Stroller Running Day & Across the Bay 10k Recap

I noticed, as I started up RunKeeper on Saturday morning in Quiet Waters Park, that I had run 5 miles in the month of October.

Huh. That’s not good. Thankfully, this weekend I exceeded that, and by Sunday, I’ll have doubled it. Woot! Am I back to running? We’ll see.

National Stroller Running Day

Saturday was National Stroller Running Day, so the local Stroller Strides Chapter hosted a little family friendly workout/play date at Quiet Waters. I brought my two favorite running companions and we made a morning of it.

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National Stroller Running Day is a day when “active parents everywhere declare their commitment to family fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.”

Adam and i are bad running partners, since when we run together, we usually spend half of the “run” walking and chatting. With life being so crazy, we rarely have moments where we slow down and just appreciate the company of each other and the little guy and being outside with no other commitments. It was really refreshing and necessary.

After all the PiYo, I’ve been doing, it felt really good to lace up my sneaks that I scored way back at the Nation’s Tri. I kind of got discouraged from running after all the tightness in my calves (which I still had mind you) so running was incredibly frustrating for me for a few months there, and while my legs aren’t yet 100%, they felt better this weekend than they have in weeks. It was a really great way to spend our Saturday morning, especially since we – when I’m not PiYoing it up – generally like working out together.

Running for mom and dad + a play ground for little man = win win for everyone!

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Across the Bay 10k Recap

Last week, my coworker roped me into buying a bib off her husband’s boss. It wasn’t an official transfer, so don’t go searching for my name in the results, but she kept talking the race up and I had non-buyers remorse (as in I thought for weeks about signing up but then didn’t for some…unknown reason).

I’ve gotta say, I’m usually a solo runner. Like 9 times out of town a solo runner. But running with a pal who kept me moving, and kept me motivated was a lot of fun. The race was incredibly, amazingly well organized. Everything from the lines for the busses, which weren’t that bad, to the lack of traffic getting to the start to the starting corrals not being at all crowded, and the lack of lines for the port-a-pots….I was just floored all around.

 

 

My one complaint? It was too warm. I had expected much cooler temps and a stronger breeze. Instead, there was no breeze. Lots o’ sun and even though it was low 50’s, it felt much warmer than that. I always like to be on the cooler side when I run (I heat up fast and hate being hot) so I definitely regretted over dressing. Thus you can see my headband/ear warmers around my neck because my head was getting too hot and my lulu winter running top…definitely a bad choice.

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Many thanks to JL – my coworker/partner in crime who roped into this whole thing (so glad she did) – for kicking my butt and pushing me to the end. After the descent off the bridge, once we got on to level ground I was definitely hurting. Six miles is a lot to go when your longest run in 2 months was like… three miles. I’ve turned into a slacker. I know.

Ahhh well. You live, you learn. I’ll definitely be signing up for this one again.

Time: 1:12:04
Pace: 11:36/mile

You know what that is? A post-baby 10k PR that’s what. Not my fastest 10k for sure, but since baby when I had pregnancy SI joint issues that never fully resolved and stupid tight calves, and just…feeling not confident in my running and generally sluggish, I’m pretty proud of that. Especially for you know, deciding about five days before the race that I was going to run it. Next year I’m actually going to race it and you know…train and stuff (and I think because of my goal of an Olympic Tri, next year is going to be the year of that sub 1 hour 10k).

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Friday Fives: Fall Favorites

There’s a crispness in the air friends. After spending last weekend in the beautiful lake region of NH watching two of my favorite people get hitched, I’m loving this pseudo-fall like weather.  The cooler mornings, the pretty trees…you  know fall like stuff. AND we’re going pumpkin picking this weekend with little man, so that’ll be fun! I still need to hunt down his costume, I’m not a 100% sold on what I bought at the wee-sale.

Anyhoozle, onto my favorite things at the moment!

 

1. My Bobeau Wraps

Seriously, these are the most comfortable things EVER. Go get one. Or two. Or three (I have three. But i’m dying for the camel one.)

2. Shakeology

So I became a coach mostly for the discount. But mostly because I REALLY like the product. I did the 3 day refresh before the wedding we went to earlier this month and had decent results (down 4.5 lbs). I’ve since gained 2 back but I’m trying to get myself back into my routine. It’s been really challenging with the darker mornings – you know, everyday struggles but I’m getting there. At least I’ve effectively kicked my soda habit (WAHOO!)

3. My new Mom-mobile

Last week, I picked up a new Honda CRV. I call it my happy mom-mobile. No, it’s not a minivan (or family fun bus as Liz would call it) but it’s bigger for me. Our 2001 Ford Taurus was about to gulp down another $1,000 in repairs and as Hubs just got a new job, and we just paid off our other car, we made the plunge so that we don’t need to be a pseudo-one-car family anymore. We were trading off the Ford depending on who was on drop-off or pick-up duties with Little Man.

4. Zucchini Muffins

I made some delicious zucchini muffins a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING. I have some zucchini that i need to use this weekend so I’m thinking of this bread (maybe muffins?) or something similarly inspired. Cue pinterest.

5. Leggings and Boots.

I don’t care what anyone says. Leggings and boots and long sweaters are my fall uniform. Nothing says fall more than a cozy sweater, a nice pair of leggings and some cognac colored boots. Forgive me but leggings can be pants any day (as long as your butt is covered).

 

What are you currently loving this fall?

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October Intentions

After talking about my September fails, let’s chat about goals.

When I don’t have goals, I feel like I’m flailing. Like I’m not on track.

So, I decided to get back to it and set myself some goals to get back on track and not eff up this month.

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1. Complete the 3 day refresh.

I’ll be starting that this week in preparation to fit into my bridesmaids dress for my friends wedding in like…11 days.

Ladies, here is a tip: if you are ever a bridesmaid, try the dress on so you know how it fits. I did not try this dress on because the only place that had it in stock to try on in a 45 mile radius wanted to charge me $40…just to try it on. I was all like, eff that noise. I went up a size but apparently I should have gone up 2 sizes. That or I’m not the size I thought I was even though I based it on the bust size which I measured and had hubs measure me for – I am a solid 36 my friends, but I should have added 2 inches to that because that’s how much I had to have it TAKEN OUT. That dress was not 36 bust size. So I’m hoping the 3 day refresh coupled with 2 weeks of healthy eating makes me feel a bit more comfortable in the dress (which is so pretty!)

2. PiYo certification.

I want to do a full 30 days of PiYo before I start teaching but I’m super excited to a. find a place to start teaching. b. start teaching. c. stick with it and get in shape. I’m struggling because, as I suspected and my new primary care doctor confirmed, my metabolism is stupid slow and is making it stupid difficult to lose weight. Seriously, I take a sip of beer or even look at a bagel and I gain 5 lbs. It’s ridiculous. If you’re interested in trying PiYo – email me!

3. Blog regularly.

Three times per week. That’s not a lot. More is better but I want to commit to 3 days per week. At least.  I blogged exactly like…five times in September which is just…sad. I love blogging and I love sharing my journey with y’all so I need to remind myself of that, especially when life is feeling overwhelming.

4. Workout on a schedule.

I’m not really training for anything right now, but I do miss running so I think committing to running a couple of days would do me, and my new sneaks some good, fitting in some PiYo (which I especially enjoy in the mornings) and even a Pure Barre class or two before my class package expires in January.

Get it done!

One tip I really like? Tony Horton suggests 22 days. Schedule out ahead of time and in a 30 day month, you only need to work out 22 days. So me? I’m committing to 24 days this month. #24inOctober.

5. Try two new recipes.

I have one on tap for this week – a baked pumpkin tortellini which I made for a pal who had a baby at the beginning of September but haven’t tried myself. Also I really want to make a soup. I’ve been jonesing for hearty, autumny soups (think butternut squash…) so I really want to find a recipe to try out (post-our next trip north).

6. Buy Nothing

I’ve been shopping a touch too much for my liking. I’m cutting myself off for October to save some dough for Christmas and for our trip in January.  Stay tuned for more on this later.

What are your October goals and intentions? Any fitness goals I can help you reach?

 

 

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Clean Eating … Part 2

It’s time again my friends for another clean eating week. It’s a recovery week for me after yesterday’s tri/duathlon (thanks corrupt DC Sewage for overflowing into the Potomac) but I’m registering for the Rock Hall Sprint Tri the first weekend of October so I need to keep up with training (I’ll go into that later this week).

So what does this clean eating challenge look like?

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Shakes for breakfast.
Two Clean snacks each day.
Healthy lunches – mostly soups and salads.
Dinners are going to be tough – Wednesday night with a Junior League event I’m hosting* and Friday night with Hubs and I’s 5 year anniversary. (!!!!)

Last time, I stuck with it about 80%. But I was down 1 lb, and overall lost 4″. This time, coming off a week of serious carbo-loading, I’m up about 2 1/2 lbs from my lowest, and I haven’t even measured my inches. I’m mildly afraid to.

Either way, this week is back at it with two days of PiYo and some swimming, biking and running to get back into it before the Rock Hall Sprint Tri in 4 weeks.

If you’re interested in joining me for a clean eating challenge, the next one will be starting Monday 9/22! Email me if you want more information! 

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PiYo Baby

So I finally got PiYo in the mail yesterday.

Finally. God the USPS is so SLOW sometimes (kidding. I just have the patience of a newborn). It actually got here relatively quickly

Did my first workout last night – sweaty…holy sweaty! I really enjoyed the fast pace of it, though it was hard to follow at times, I’m excited to continue so stay tuned for some before/after images and a follow on my journey. I know my blogging has been a bit lackluster as of late but I’m trying to get back on board.

So this morning, Hubs kept E home from Daycare so we could break in his new orthotics for a little while since for the next 4-5 days we increase time by an hour (1 hour today twice per day, two tomorrow, twice per day, etc…). Homeboy has learned how to turn on the DVD player. He’s also walking more and more every day. We’re not in infant stage any

 

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I’m super excited to dive right into PiYo. It’s definitely challenging, but I think within a few weeks, if I can stick to this 3 days per week and keep up with my training (Waterman’s Tri on October 4th will be my last tri of the season!) I think I’ll start feeling a lot more comfortable with myself.

Interested in PiYo? Or in joining a clean eating challenge (teaser: 1 lb,  -4″ overall after 4 1/2 days of clean eating)  email me and we can chat about goals and motivation! 

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Race Recap: Foam Fest 5k

Recently, I completed my first adventure/endurance race and holy….eff…was it hard.

I mean, there are hard races (like the one I ran Sunday in Baltimore that was a bit hillier than I was prepared for) but then there are races that just challenge your endurance and make you leave everything out on the course. Those races can be marathons or they can be endurance 5k races. Regardless of the race that challenges your endurance and confidence as an athlete, the Foam Fest 5k was that race for me.

It was a good race – the Foam Fest 5k course was challenging enough, it looped through woods (wowza hills!) and up and down motocross jumps on a dirt path. We started by running through a massive pile of foam.  Woo?

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The obstacles seemed pretty standard for a mud run/endurance race based on what I’ve heard – army crawling through mud (gross. I was so grossed out), over/unders on logs, walls that you climb over, you know the drill.

It was pretty well organized with some solid volunteers kicking around. I was late for the race because it took us longer to get down there than we anticipated, but jumping into another wave wasn’t difficult – they started about 10 – 15 minutes apart. However, as I’ve heard from many others who have completed other endurance runs, I did think that there was a lack of volunteers on the course with many obstacles not having any supervision. Although I personally never felt unsafe, I can see how if someone was a newbie, they could certain feel like something was lacking with the race.

The course it self first sent us through a dirt motocross track for about the fist mile, into the woods, there were a couple of inflatable obstacles that were fun but nothing challenging.

There was one obstacle that held us up for about 10 minutes or so – annoying – it was when you had run over a foam bridge over a pool of muddy water. Of course I fell. Of course I did.

The course had a couple of more obstacles in the field area before we headed into the woods for a good mile and a half with a few obstacles (spider web, army crawling) along the way. We came out of the woods around mile 2-2.5 for a few more inflatable obstacles and a couple of ropes challenges which were…okay…but kind of cheesy at best.

It should be noted that my lululemon cool racerback tank top grew in length about four inches because of the water. Thus looking like my shorts were MIA.

We finished off after a massive slide that totally scared the pants off me. I’m afraid of heights so I definitely had breathe deeply for that one.

All in all, it was a really fun, challenging race. But there were tons of walkers, groups and people of all levels so it was an all-levels race. Definitely, no matter what level you are, go in expecting to run for time.

Unfortunately, Foam Fest has since gone bankrupt leaving a lot of people out of money (the race wasn’t cheap!) and angry – understandably so.

All in all, it was  fun day. It would have been a lot more fun had I ran it with a group of pals. It’s definitely an all-level kind of activity – no one is going to make you feel bad for walking up hills or struggling through obstacles. Everyone was super supportive and the volunteers were great along the way (when I saw them. there didn’t seem to be an over abundance of them).

Have you ever done an obstacle race? 

Disclosure: I was provided with a free entry to the race thanks to Fit Approach as a race ambassador. All thoughts here are my own. 

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Summer Racing Goals

I’m excited to get back into racing shape. With triathlon training under way (exception, this morning because little man got Tubes in his ears) I figured throwing a few fun races into the mix this month and maybe next isn’t a bad way to keep myself motivated and training hard for Nations Tri and for the Baltimore Half – my two big races this fall.

What can I say, I get bored easily.

That being said, I don’t have much for goals – though I would love, love, LOVE to finish the 10k as close to an hour as possible which may or may not be doable depending on my legs. But they’re feeling okay lately and I have high hopes that my triathlon training will help them. Fingers crossed.

So I have 3, maybe 4, races to round out my summer which I’m pretty excited about! Summer racing is the most fun.

 

Race #1

Foam Fest. I’m an ambassador for this race (which is flipping awesome) so I’m excited to go down. You can register using code  FF3108 for a discount off your registration fee! Code is good for ANY foam fest race. I’m super excited for this race since it’s my first ever “adventure” race and should be a lot of fun!

Race #2

A friend of mine is running her first 10k in Baltimore and asked if I wanted to join her. Because I can never turn down a race – seriously – I told her I’d be down. So I registered for the Run in the Sun 10k in Baltimore on July 20th – they also have a 5k race if you’re interested and local to the area!

Race #3

I originally signed up for the Dirty Girl 5k with a pal – but now she’s pregnant and due in September so no dice. Hooray for her but bummer for me…now I don’t have anyone to run it with. Not that’s new for me – I’m used to running races solo.

There are a few others – including the Dog Days 8k run by the Annapolis Striders that I’m not yet registered for and will probably make a decision the day or so before the race.

What’s your summer racing schedule like? 

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Fueling with Vega Sport

As I’ve decided to start from scratch with my running, I’ve also decided to rethink all my fueling and eating. I think since ZOOMA and my RRCA training I’ve wanted to get my ducks in a row to make sure I’m being the best runner I can be to be the best coach I can be once I get there.

So I got an opportunity to try out some Vega Sport fuel through Sweat Pink, and I’ve gotta say…big fan.

I tried the Vega Sport pre-workout energizer – the taste is kind of m’eh but I really like drinking it before my workouts as I’m getting ready to go out running. You drink it about 20 minutes before your workout and it provides immediate energy, increases your endurance and anaerobic capacity, and enhances mental focus and recovery.

The first time I tried it was before my 8 mile run in May.  I had a banana and a glass of this before I headed out for my run and by the end of my run, when I’m usually famished, I was hungry but felt energized through most of my run, and didn’t ache nearly as much as I usually do after long runs. Who knew fueling properly (and by that i mean fueling at all) could help you get more out of your workout?!

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I really need to start bringing one of these to work with me for the nights I run afterwork – it’ll be a nice end of the day energizer that’ll get me through the last hours of my day.

Find out more about Vega Sport and #fuelyourbetter here.

How do you #fuelyourbetter

FTC Disclosure: I did receive the product for free, however all thoughts here are my own. 

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Friday Five: Summer Bucket List

This week, I’m linking up with some of my favorite DC ladies (and fellow ZOOMA Ambassadors!)  for Friday Five and sharing my top five must dos for the summer.

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1. Stand Up Paddleboard – I’ve been saying for YEARS that i want to try this. I recently wrote a piece for Chesapeake Inspired on where to go, and there are TONS of places in our area thus now I know. I’m dying to try out Mantra Fit in Severna Park since they offer SUP yoga (!!!). Anyone want to join – there’s a deal on LivingSocial today for a $15 class!

2. Unpack my bedroom. Seriously we have not unpacked our clothes yet and it’s a huge problem. I’d love to have our bedroom in order sooner rather than later to get my butt in gear.

3. Run. I have two adventure races (Foam Fest! Dirty Girl!) this summer and I really want to put together a training group of friends who are looking to run/train for their first race. I also start training for Baltimore at the end of July so I need to start working on building my base and getting over this calf issue. Also, once Adam gets back from AT at the end of June, I really want to make the whole AM running thing more of a habit.

4. Go to a beach. We didn’t go to a beach last year because Ethan was too little and it was super duper hot. This year, I want to make it to Rehoboth or the Cape or NJ at least once.  I think Ethan would just have a blast 🙂 Likewise, if we can’t make it to the beach (which we will. For sure) I definitely want to spend some quality time at our pool

5. Redesign my blog. I know it’s not really a summer-y thing to do, but it’s slow at work and it’s a time to refresh everything else and recommit to fitness goals and eating fresher so why not show the blog a bit of love too? Right? Right.

Check out the other Friday Five participants and share your link over here!

What’s on your summer bucket list? 

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National Running Day: Why I Run

Today is National Running Day – also known as one of my favorite days of the year. Happy Running folks!

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This morning, I got up stupidly early (seriously, pre-6AM wake ups are not regular occurrences) to run downtown with my colleague.

Seriously, with a view like this why wouldn’t I go running in the early morning? I find that when I run in the morning I definitely have more energy, and I’m so much more productive throughout the day. Also? I eat better. I need to do this more often (except when Adam is gone of course because that just will not work for me).

My top five reasons why I run?

1. To clear my mind. When I run solo, it’s time for me. Solo. I don’t get much of that these days so I revel in my solo time.

2. To be a good influence. I want Ethan to grow up and be active. I want him to have the same passion for team sports and physical activity that I do.

3. To challenge myself. Each goal I set, whether I accomplish it or not, keeps me focused. It reminds me to continuously challenge myself and push my own limits and be outside of my comfort zone. (i.e. today. I’m not a morning person but running at 6:15 am was a good decision and wayyy outside my comfort zone).

4. To be active with my family. On nights when Adam and I run together, it’s family time. It’s time for us to chat, catch up and just be together and outdoors not in front of the television. Not to mention, we run with Ethan and I hope that as he gets older, he’ll learn to love the sport as well (if he doesn’t that’s cool too).

5. To race.  I have a competitive spirit and racing – and training for races – keeps that spirit alive and well. I love the pursuit of PR’s – even if I don’t meet them – I always gain something from every racing experience.

 

Did you run today? Why do you run?

 

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