Baby Bella

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My Birthday was last weekend and I had a great time with our new little family :)

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Baby girl is getting spoiled with all the snow days.

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She likes to nap on the couch and sleep around my neck :)

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We got to play in the snow today.  Poor girl was cold and look at all the snow beside her!

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We’ve been working on “sit” and “lay down” … look at that little butt sitting on the cold ground!  I warmed it up by wrapping her up in blankets and sitting by the fire after we took pictures!

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We love her so much!  More pictures and videos on my Instagram!

Fitness Friday!

Friday Workout: Rest day!! Only foam rolling and stretching for this lady!
After tough Tuesday-Thursday workouts, I kept my word and I am taking a rest day! I would really love to do a longer run tomorrow, so I have to take it easy today. My muscles need a break!

Ran some errands with Mommy today… picked up a pair of tan dressier shorts and a few shirts at Target.

 

Found a new Target nut butter to try! I’m not usually a cashew fan, but I thought I would try this mix out. Nutritional Facts: 2 Tbsp. 185 calories, 3g fiber, 7g protein.

I also picked up some chapstick. I have a slight obsession with chapstick and it has to be this brand in strawberry or cherry flavor. I have them stashed everywhere: at school, home, desks, purses, car, computer bag, gym bag, SPIbelt for running,  next to the bed… I loose them constantly, but I can always find another because I have them everywhere.

Mom and I went to Panera for lunch… Half a Mediterranean Veggie sandwich on Tomato Basil bread, half a Greek salad and an apple. Seriously good and lots of feta cheese!

My Sunny Seeds came in the mail today! I asked if I could write a Sunny Seed Runner story for their blog and I got them in the mail today! Rocky tried to steal them, but I told him we can’t open them up until we use them for our running story!

Fitness Friday!

Trying something new! I’ve gotten a few compliments on workouts I’ve posted (so nice!) and I decided to create an entire Workouts! tab at the top of my blog. I am hoping to post a different type of workout each Friday and keep all of them together in this page.  Workouts may include: treadmill intervals, running playlists, half and full marathon training plans, strength training and yoga sessions. It’s a work in progress! I also want to know what workouts you did today!

Today is a “Glute Strength” workout from the March 2011 issue of Runner’s World!

This article says that glutes are an important muscle group for runners and are often neglected.

The glutes keep a runner’s legs, pelvis and torso aligned.  Weak glutes can cause Achilles tendinitis, shinsplints, runner’s knee and IT band issues.

Most strength-training routines don’t isolate the glutes, so it is important to work them out on their own!

This article recommends doing two or three sets of these glute exercises – 12 to 15 reps two times a week.

What was your Friday workout???

My Day Suddenly Got Better!

Today was a LONG and frustrating day at work today. I’ll leave it at that and not go into work-details :)

I woke up this morning at 5:30 when the BF was going to go workout and swim and I had planned to run a nice 4 miler. That did not happen because I couldn’t open my eyes and set my alarm for 7.  When it went off at 7 I hit snooze for 45 minutes. 45 minutes!! I basically rolled out of bed, threw my greasy hair in a ponytail and coffee with my eggs and waffles.

I finished around 4:00 today and thought maybe I would go to the ab class that was a half an hour before the spin class I was supposed to go to at 5:30 tonight.  I came home and sat down for 15 minutes and when I tried to get up to change for the gym I knew it wasn’t going to happen. I NEED to start taking recovery drinks when I kill my muscles at BodyPump! My legs still feel trashed from all the extra weight on the squats and lunges Monday night.

When training for the Pittsburgh Marathon… I always made a smoothie with my recovery powders:

Lesson learned… when I work out hard – I should probably make a recovery smoothie.

When I got home, my day got better when I saw this face:

and got this in the mail:

and even though I was bummed about not working out and being tired I was pretty ecstatic when I saw that…

I WON THE HUNGRY RUNNER GIRL’S ANONYA CAPRI GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

I seriously ADORE Janae @ The Hungry Runner Girl and I NEVER win anything!! I am SO excited to try out the Anonya running capris !!!!

I’m okay with my “off” day on my workout log because I know I have BodyPump tomorrow night and will hopefully run too :)

Summer :)

Now it is officially summer! Today was my last “teacher” day at school (even though I will be in my classroom a lot this summer).  I am exhausted after getting home at 8:30 tonight. After school, I went to a end of the year party with Colby and then had a marching band practice 6-8.  I help teach high school marching band with my friend Kim and we were happy to plan a sleepover for next week.  I am trying to talk Kim into joining my gym to go to classes with me. I know she would love spinning and BodyPump!

Really unflattering picture of me from this morning before school.  It was the only take, so I guess I have to post it!

My “newer” big room I moved into this week :) Not very exciting because everything is put away for summer cleaning, but I’m so happy!

Ignore my junk laying on the counter. Look at all that storage space I have now!

I actually have three classrooms because I teach at different schools so I was at different places cleaning today.  I will be teaching lessons next Tuesday/Thursday but will probably need to go in to this new room on Wednesday to file music.  I have lots of piles right now…yuck.

Reasons I’m happy it is now my summer:

More running!

More swimming!

More foam rolling and pushing Rocky out of the way!

More sushi!

More Rocky in the sun!!