Monday and the weekend

retail

This shot of my inbox pretty much sums up my Monday…starting at 1:30 and going until the early evening.

I love Athleta and they were offering an extra 20% off sale.  The loft was 60% off certain styles and I found a dress I liked for a wedding this weekend (last minute, I know).  And then the Gap had 40% so i bought some running capris.  I’m hoping some new workout clothes will be energizing.  hello color!

The rest of the weekend was good, but super busy, so not nearly as relaxing as I would have liked.

I was off Friday, which was great, but I had taken the day to help with One Bro at a farmer’s market, which meant it was another form of work.

20160527_124700

Weather was gorgeous and I ended up running into some friends unexpectedly, which was such a great surprise.

We were hosting a BBQ on Sunday so Saturday was prep work, pretty much all day.  Cleaning up the deck and yard area, grocery shopping, and then cooking whatever I could in advance.

Sunday I was up at 6 and again, non stop prep until the BBQ at 1.  Exhausting.  It was a lovely BBQ with friends and family, but it was exhausted.

One of the hits of the party was the tuna tartare that I made.  It’s loosely based off Ina Garten’s recipe, which is here.  I’m going to work on writing up my recipe and hope to share it in the future.

My head started to hurt Sunday afternoon and it hung around until I went to bed.  Unfortunately I woke up this morning and the ache had gotten worse, so I slept in a bit and took it easy (hence the couch time that resulted in the shopping).

Right now I’m relaxing and trying to mentally prepare for the week.  The half is 4 weeks out so it’s time for high gear.  Fingers crossed!

Hope you have a wonderful week!!!

Advertisements

Starting a running club

Anyone have experience in this area?

Or maybe you didn’t start a club but you participate in one and can tell me the things you love/hate?

Thing is, I’m toying with the idea of trying to put something together.

While right now I’m really enjoying my solo runs, I definitely enjoyed running with the group when I was “training” for the last half.  What I do like is the accountability aspect and knowing that people are expecting me to show up.  I swear that’s why i’m such a reliable spin instructor but not so good going on my own.  If I have to be there for people, I will be there, I will never flake or bail.  But when it’s just me, that’s different.

So what i’m thinking is this…

Talk to a local coffee shop (I have one in mind) and give them a heads up that I’d like to get a running group together (i.e. use their parking lot).  Depending on the size of the group and the interest level, there could be set routes or paces, but otherwise I’d just say go run and then let’s all come back and have coffee together.

Is that too simple?

My running shop has “group coffee runs” on Saturday mornings which are essentially just this.  But, the shop is about 10+ miles away, so i’d prefer something more local.

Feedback is much appreciated.  Thanks in advance!  😀

Hello

Happy Tuesday!

I’m not sure what happened to Monday.  Work was crazy so before I knew it was 3pm.  I hate when that happens.  I left work around 6 and of course there was still traffic, so by the time I got home it was around 6:30 and then the evening just flew!

We had a delicious dinner of steamed baos with braised chicken and kimchi, and a side of collards and kale.  My other half is seriously so amazing in the kitchen.

No workout yesterday because I was SORE.  Going into my 8 miler on Saturday my legs were already a little sore from Thursday.  Obviously post run they were more sore.  Then OTF on Sunday morning took it to the next level, but this time attacking my upper body (which is much needed, so it’s a good thing).

The workout was heavy on pushups, and included burpeees (ugh!).  It was a tough one, but good and it moved quickly.  I really love how you never know what you’re going to get.

So I took Monday off.  I attempted to jog about 15 feet with the dog and everything hurt.  You know when you’re sore and the littlest movement hurts?  Yes, that was it.

I also have my first rowing injury.

hand

I shrunk the photo down because who really needs a huge shot of my hand?  In case you can’t see it, it’s a burst blister and let me say that IT HURTS.  I can’t figure out how to put a bandaid in that spot, so it’s exposed.  Hopefully it will be better by Thursday.

Tonight is spin and then I have an s$$ crack of dawn flight to Dallas for work.  My flight is at 6a which means leaving my house around 3/3:30.  Gross!  Why did I voluntarily book this flight???  I fly back on Thursday morning (thankfully not at 6a), will swing by work, and then head home and then i’m off on Friday.  Hooray for a 4 day weekend!  Much needed!

9 miles on the schedule for this weekend and will plan to get it in either Saturday or Sunday.  It’s getting close!

Well, back to the craziness.  Have a wonderful Tuesday!!!!

8 Miles – DONE!

I’m so happy about accomplishing this that I just had to post today (guess that doesn’t say much about my Saturday night).

I hit the road this morning a bit before 9.  Later than I’d prefer, but it is what it is.

The start didn’t feel so great and I was definitely moving slowly.  Thankfully that improved as the miles ticked by.  It was an out and back, so I ran a little over 4 out and then turned back.  I always like to run a little more than half so that I have a walk to get home.

I took my Nathan hydration belt today and was glad I did.  While it wasn’t hot, it was definitely warmer than what i’m used to, so it helped to have water with me.  I also had some honey stinger chews, although I didn’t use them.  (I had one pre-run, but that was it.)

Here’s the route and elevation.

8

This is my favorite route and the ideal distance because the turnaround point is right at the end of a street, which just makes it so easy.  (I didn’t run 8.31, it just says that because of the out and back.)

It’s what I’d consider rolling hills, it’s a nice residential area, it’s shaded, and typically there aren’t a ton of cars.

I finished it with an average pace of about 10:35, which was fine.  I’m wondering if I have it in me to take 15+ seconds off that pace for the half.  I don’t know.

I feel like I have one pace.  I don’t really know how to go slower nor do I really know how to push.  I’m hoping to get in some more speedwork in the next few weeks to see if that helps.  Fingers crossed!

Tomorrow is an OTF class.  Right now my legs are sore and tired, so hopefully class tomorrow will be OK.  The class I did after my 6 mile run was the worst (performance wise) I’ve ever taken.  But, still something.

So in summary, I did it, I felt good, and am actually encouraged for the rest of training.  Hallelujah!

Here’s a shot of a gorgeous flower I saw today at Stew Leonard’s.  🙂

IMG_20160521_163423

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!

Thanks and a dump

If that subject doesn’t get you interested, I don’t know what will. 🙂

First, the thanks.  Thanks to all who read/liked/commented on my post yesterday.  After doubting whether or not I was going to continue to write, it felt good to get that feedback.  Hugs!

The dump.  No, not that dump, or the other dump, just a brain-dump.  You know I love random posts, so here’s what I’m thinking today.

I subbed a class on Wednesday night.  It’s a gym that’s affiliated with a hospital so historically the clientele was older and had some health issues.  Recently they’re trying to shift that a bit, so while the average age is probably still a bit older than the chain gyms, there’s a solid group of people who want to work hard.  It’s a nice gym, complete with really nice locker rooms, shower, sauna, steam room, pool, indoor track, and they even have robes.  Yes, robes. (Side note: I love gyms that provide towels.)

Because it’s a completely different group than Tuesday I used the same playlist, just changed one song.  It was great.  I had a decent group and they worked hard.  A couple of them even came up to me after to compliment me (love that!).  But what really made my night was accidentally overhearing a conversation about me and the class in the locker room.  It’s a big locker room so they had no clue I was there and they had such nice things to say.  

But I digress…I used my heartrate monitor again and am happy to say that no naps were recorded.

5-18-16

Much better!!  The key was that I tightened the strap.  Rocket science really!

So now here’s the dump…

Food

While at the supermarket earlier this week I saw this new addition to the frozen foods department.

birds eye

So intriguing!  I bought the Buffalo Cauliflower and the Fiesta Lime Corn.  I haven’t tried the cauliflower yet but did try the corn and I loved it!

Next up I think I’m going to grab the wasabi peas.  Have you seen these?  Tried any of them?

They all look interesting with the exception of the carrots.  I hate carrots.

The time waster but good for you to do

The personality test from 16 personalities.  I took it this morning.

estj

It’s pretty spot on and i’m interested in learning more.

Serious stuff

Read this post from Movin’ It With Michelle.  She is currently in the midst of her husband’s year-long deployment and this post is a poem written by her daughter.  It’s amazing and eye opening.  While I have zero personal experience with the military, I am a huge supporter and am blown away by the strength and selflessness of all those involved in that lifestyle.  Read it, but be prepared, it might lead to tears..and smiles.

Have  a most wonderful weekend!  I’m planning for 8 miles tomorrow and hoping the weather cooperates.  Talk soon!

Yo!

So i haven’t exactly been the best about posting and i’ll admit that I’ve even thought about calling it quits.  But the fact of the matter is that I like to write and share my random thoughts and so even if no one is reading, I’m still going to write.  Of course if people are actually reading it’s a bonus!  🙂

My next half is in exactly 39 days.  Which actually sounds a bit better than I thought it would.  My training has been half-assed.  That’s not OK.  WHY CAN’T I MOTIVATE???  I’m trying now, I really am.  Fingers crossed!!

I even went so far as to think about deferring to next year.  Technically that’s still a possibility but I feel like I’d be disappointing myself because I really had no good excuses as to why I didn’t get out and run.

I ran a half in March with not nearly enough training and I survived, although it wasn’t pretty.  I know I can do it, but I’d really like to do it well (let’s rephrase that to say I’d like to run the whole thing).  So we’ll see.

This weekend I plan to run 8 miles.  There, I said it.  If I can do it, all is good in the world.  If not…well, that’s not really an option.

Last night I got in 2 treadmill miles before class.  I should have done more but because I’m not fast, I run (ha!) out of time.

I tested out my OTF heartrate monitor for something other than an OTF class.  I’ll share the results in a moment.

Spin was good.  Here’s the playlist.  It was a crowd pleaser (if you call 2 people a crowd…don’t judge, it’s corporate, it’s rarely more than 3 or 4).

wwe14

And because I know you’re sitting on the edge of your seat, here’s my heartrate info.

heartrate

The first 22 minutes or so were running and pretty much the only time I was in the orange.

What this shows is that numerous times in spin I apparently laid down and took a nap.  The gray is where my heart rate is before an OTF class gets going, so no effort. And the very bottom of gray, well that’s just about a flatline.  My guess is that my chest strap wasn’t fully secure during all the movement of a spin class.

But provided that some of this is accurate, it also shows that I’m not working that hard when I teach, which is definitely possible.  In order to be able to lead a class and project my voice, I can’t go all out.  But that said, I could probably push a little harder.  Or maybe I was pushing harder, but the monitor was off.  Who knows?

Tonight i’m subbing a class and hoping for a nice turn out (although I’m not overly optimistic).

Tomorrow is OTF and hopefully running a little each day as well.

And I’m off, have a wonderful day!  See ya when I see ya!

FriYay!

I’m so glad it’s Friday (yes, again, I know I always say that).  The week was CRAZY at work and so I’m glad that it’s Friday and things might actually slow down a bit.

Class on Tuesday night was fun.  Here’s the music if you’re interested.

wwe11

Initially I wasn’t sure what I thought of the new JT song, but I do like it.  I don’t think it’s the most amazing song ever, but it’s upbeat and fun, so that works.  It was perfect for a warm up.

Last night I was convinced to cancel my OTF class and instead go for a run with my other half.  We’re both signed up for the Fairfield Half on 6/26 but I am WAY ahead of him in training.  I think he needed me there to hold him accountable, but don’t tell him I said that 😉

So we went out for a leisurely 3 mile run, sans music.  I’m happy that I can now run without music, but I definitely still prefer the tunes.  Maybe a full on race without music would be OK because of all the other people, but when it’s just one or two people, it’s not my preference….unless I have a lot to say.  Who am I kidding?  I always have a lot to say.

So we went out on our usual route.  It’s a little hilly.

3 mile elevation

Some days these hills are nothing and other days they actually feel a little tough.  Well, even though I wasn’t feeling 100% yesterday, I’m happy to say that all the hills were just that little bit easier.

For that I am thanking OrangeTheory Fitness! Why is that?

At OTF, for the treadmill part of the workout, you are either a power-walker, a jogger, or a runner.  I experimented with running and jogging but ultimately decided that for my OTF workouts I’d go the power-walker route (which is kind of funny because I never power-walk).

What that really means is that the focus is on incline.  Like 15% incline at times (which is the max).  it’s a lot.  I try to stay on the faster side of the speed range and really push myself on the uphills.  It gets my heartrate up just as much as running, so it’s still hard, just different.

I honestly think that because of all the hills i’ve done on the treadmill as a power-walker, the hills on my run felt easier.  Nice!

This is the first time in a long time that I feel like I’ve seen any progress or improvement.  Yay!

So now i’m getting ready for the weekend.  OTF in the AM and then a big pizza event where I plan to take lots of pictures (and probably eat a bunch too).  Sunday is long run day (only 7 miles, not too crazy) and then hopefully the weather cooperates so we can finally do some planting.  Fingers crossed!

Have a most wonderful weekend!

Do you like hills?

What is that yellow thing in the sky?

It’s SUNNY!!!

finally sunny

It feels like it has been AGES since the sun was shining.  My car is in desperate need of a wash but I haven’t been able to wash it since getting back from China because it has rained at least every other day (or so it seems).

But the sun came out yesterday afternoon and again today, so that’s a WIN!  (if only I wasn’t stuck at work)

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!  Let’s recap…

Friday started out well, just as most Fridays do.  Having not done any grocery shopping in quite some time, I was a bit limited on the breakfast supplies as was reminded of this bad boy in my purse.

picky bar

A couple of weeks ago, I was with my  mother and sister at Trader Joe’s and my sis saw this and told me I just had to try it.  A few weeks later, I finally did.

The verdict?  Didn’t love it.  I can’t pinpoint what it was that I didn’t love, but it wasn’t my fave.  I’d definitely prefer a Lara bar (and they’re cheaper).  This bad boy was $2.39 (I think) which to me is steep for a bar.  I know lots of people love these…was it my flavor choice?

I had a lunch date with a coworker at Chopt, which was lovely. Braised Greek once again for the win (no pic this time).

Then I managed to cut out at 4p because I had booked at OTF class at 5:45 and was not going to miss it.  (my commute can vary greatly, but on a Friday it is possible that it can take 45+ minutes to go 10 miles)  I wanted to go home to change, take the dog out, and then hit class.

The class was literally just what I needed after the week I had.  OTF saved me!

From there I went home and took a quick shower before we headed out to Mecha Noodle Bar for dinner.  Here’s a shot of my drink and the apps.  Yum!

mecha

Not my best photography, but that’s OK  (actually, I didn’t even take this picture, my other half did, so not his best photog).  Pictured is the KFC bao (korean fried chicken) and a pork belly bao and then my Asian Sangria is in the back.  The past few weeks have no doubt caused me to drink more…and I’m OK with that.

Saturday I got up to yet another gray day, but had a run planned.  I checked the forecast which called for gray all morning, with temps in the low 50s.  Thankfully no rain until later in the day.

I headed out around 9 or a little after with 6ish miles planned.  I felt OK, so that was good.  Around mile 2 it started to mist a bit.  At first I didn’t even notice, I’d say I saw it more than I felt it.  It stayed like that for a bit and then stopped. Then it started to drizzle and by miles 3.5-5, it was full on raining.  I’ve been running for just over a year now and had never run in the rain.  My schedule always was flexible enough that if it was raining, i’d go indoors or reschedule to another day.  Well…that streak ended on Saturday.  And you know what?  I actually enjoyed it.  I felt kind of hardcore.  It wasn’t cold, so that helped.  I wasn’t 100% prepared in my attire, but I wasn’t too bad either.  I thought of all the posts I read last week where people were too warm in their rain gear and I was appreciative that I wasn’t wearing a raincoat because my temp was just fine.

So I kept going.  My only concern was if my ipod would be ruined, but thankfully it was fine.  I was definitely wet, but I didn’t really feel wet, so that was good.  Of course right around mile 5.75 I stepped in a puddle.  Duh!  So then I had wet feet, but I was almost done, so it was OK.

I finished up 6.3 miles and walked a bit to recover.  My training for my next half has not been the best, but I’m so happy that I managed 6+ miles at my usual long run pace.  Phew.

I dried off and we went out for an early lunch before I was off to errand…and then lose all motivation to be productive and collapse on the couch. 🙂

For dinner we went to an Ethiopian restaurant.  Quite tasty although my stomach was not the biggest fan around 3am.  But then again, my stomach has hated me for the past week, so I’d still return.  Although I will say I am not a fan of, nor am I good at eating with my hands.  I wanted the authentic experience but next time might actually request utensils.  Don’t judge.

Sunday I took an 8:15 OTF class before heading to NY to see my family.

otf workout

This class was a rough one for me.  My body was exhausted.  My stomach was still not 100% and I had worked out more in a short time than I had in a week.  It was tough.  But I was still there and still consider it a success (even though it was the lowest splat points I’d ever earned).

It was a partner workout and I really liked it, I just didn’t have the energy to give it 100%, which kind of stunk.  Lesson learned though, an OTF on Friday night, a long-run Saturday morning, and another OTF on Sunday is not for me.  Better to space them out more so I get more out of it.  Live and learn!

From there it was off to NY for Mother’s Day.  We had a lovely day hanging out and enjoying the bit of sunshine.  Of course miss Minnie was with me and she loved running around in my parent’s backyard and getting attention from others.

And oh yeah, I registered for my first NY Road Runners race, the Mini 10K on 6/11.  I’ve never done a RR event, ran in Central Park, or done a 10K, so it’s a lot of firsts.  Looking forward to it though! (and brunch afterwards)

And now the weekend is over and it’s back to the grind.  I’m going to attempt a short run tonight and see how that goes.  My body is TIRED, but that’s a great thing!

Have a great week!!!

The power of 2

Good evening!

It’s been another nutty week and it’s only Tuesday.  Ouch.

The weekend was great, although completely and totally exhausting.  My other half’s food truck/trailer business had its first event of the season.  Being the good girlfriend that I am, I help out whenever I can.

westport mini maker

The event ran from 10-4 and was a public event in the nearby town of Westport.  They were expecting between 6K-10K people, so it wasn’t a small event.  The potential was big.

I took a 7a OTF class and then met up with him and the crew around 9:30a.  The event started off pretty quiet and then BOOM, it was crazy.  We had a line at least 5 deep non-stop for about 2 hours.  It was organized chaos and so busy.  But, it was great!

We wrapped around 4, I helped with breakdown, then headed home to walk miss Minnie.  My parents were in town, so they swung by and then we all headed out for dinner.  Post dinner we came home and I did all I could to stay up until 10.  Then I crashed hard.

Sunday I woke up, took out Minnie, had some breakfast, and hung around for a few hours before actually going back to bed.  It was cold and rainy and I was still quite tired.  A small part of me felt lazy but the larger part of me felt GOOD.

Then Monday happened, then Tuesday.

Tonight I had a spin class at my corporate gig.  The past two weeks have had really low attendance (2 people one week, only 1 the following).  Not ideal.  Unfortunately this week wasn’t any better.  I almost had 3, but one girl was having an allergic reaction and instead decided to go home (good idea!).  So I had 2 people.d

To make it that much more interesting, I had no sound system.  They utlize a portable Bose docking station.  Every week before class, the gym manager gives me the unit.  Today however, he was nowhere to be found.  So what did we do?  We spun for about 15 minutes without music.  Not fun.

I can deal with it, but the two people in class were definitely not feeling it.  Finally he returned and gave me the sound system and all was right in the world.  Music does make a big difference.

While i don’t like having 2 people in class, I must say that these 2 people brought more effort than other classes I’ve taught with much larger groups.  This I appreciate.  Somehow it’s never awkward and they always work hard, which makes it worth it.

So here’s a snip of the playlist I used, enjoy.

spin 5 3

My laugh of the night was the girl who told me at least twice how awesome it was that I incorporated Jimi Hendrix into spin…when actually it was Lenny Kravitz.  I didn’t have the heart to correct her since she was so enthusiastic!  🙂

Enjoy your evening!

The Biggest Loser

This article was just published in the New York Times, and the findings are being published today in the journal Obesity.

It’s a bit long, but it’s a very interesting read.  It focuses on how difficult it is for contestants to keep the weight off.  Ultimately it seems to conclude by saying that the contestants had lower ending metabolisms than when they started, which means that just to maintain they’d need to eat fewer calories than other people at the same weight.

I’m curious to understand more about why this is and if it has anything to do with the drastic measures the show takes, or if it’s just a bad side effect of significant weight loss.

While I no longer watch the show, I was a loyal watcher for quite a few years.  The year that Erik from Long Island won, I was captivated.  I lived on LI at the time so he was a local hero.

eric

I also remember seeing him on TV a few years later and noticing that he had gained quite a bit of weight back.  According to popcrush.com, he lost 204 pounds on the show, gained back most of it, and then settled in around 245 lbs.

I did always wonder how sustainable the weight loss would be when a lot of it occurs during a time when your one and only responsibility is to work out and eat well.  Plus you have trainers and chefs at your disposal.

Check out this excerpt from the NY Times article:

Sequestered on the “Biggest Loser” ranch with the other contestants, Mr. Cahill exercised seven hours a day, burning 8,000 to 9,000 calories according to a calorie tracker the show gave him. He took electrolyte tablets to help replace the salts he lost through sweating, consuming many fewer calories than before.

Eventually, he and the others were sent home for four months to try to keep losing weight on their own.

Mr. Cahill set a goal of a 3,500-caloric deficit per day. The idea was to lose a pound a day. He quit his job as a land surveyor to do it.

His routine went like this: Wake up at 5 a.m. and run on a treadmill for 45 minutes. Have breakfast — typically one egg and two egg whites, half a grapefruit and a piece of sprouted grain toast. Run on the treadmill for another 45 minutes. Rest for 40 minutes; bike ride nine miles to a gym. Work out for two and a half hours. Shower, ride home, eat lunch — typically a grilled skinless chicken breast, a cup of broccoli and 10 spears of asparagus. Rest for an hour. Drive to the gym for another round of exercise.

If he had not burned enough calories to hit his goal, he went back to the gym after dinner to work out some more. At times, he found himself running around his neighborhood in the dark until his calorie-burn indicator reset to zero at midnight.

That to me is CRAZY!  Who can afford to leave their job to focus solely on health and fitness?  Not many!

Since I found this article quite interesting, I figured it was worth a share.  I’m not sure what will come out of future research, but hopefully some information that will be helpful to those dealing with obesity.

Enjoy the read!