The Cherry Blossom 10 miler that Wasn’t

So I didn’t run the Cherry Blossom Ten miler.

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I was okay with this. Hubs’s drill schedule changed about a week and a half out from the race and his drill was moved up a week. For those of you who haven’t run the cherry blossom 10 miler, it’s a fantastic race and I highly recommend it, but it’s an early race. I would have had to leave the house by 5:30 – latest. Before Hubs left mind you – to get to the race. I probably wouldn’t have gotten home much before 11a so even if we got a sitter for when hubs left around 6:30a, it would have been 5 hours so between $50-75 for a sitter – roughly the cost of the race.

I’m not about doubling race fees for baby sitters. I don’t roll that way.

So, knowing the transfer period ended, I took a shot in the dark and emailed the race director explaining the situation – no family, no babysitters (seriously, the likelihood of me finding a sitter on short notice for 6am on a sunday?! LOLOLOL) and a husband with National Guard duty that changed last minute.

Bless them, they made an exception. Relief!

Had I trained better, and actually gotten my long runs in,  I might have been more disappointed/pissed at the situation. But there was a lot of life over the past three months (we moved! bought a house! I changed jobs! we hosted family for Easter! And had Ethan’s 3rd birthday party at the house! ) so my training didn’t go as I had hoped and I was very much okay with this outcome (even more so when I saw the weather forecast – bravo to ALL the runners who ran on Sunday – especially in those conditions!)

So what did I do?

Registered for another race, duh.

I’ll be running the Sole of the City 10k in Baltimore next weekend. I’ve been solidly running 3.5 – 5 miles the past couple of months so I feel okay with this despite…a kind of…m’eh training for the 10 miler

It sets me up quite well for Zooma training though! And that race, I’m itching so hard for a PR – sub 1:00? I’ve got this. Next weekend will set a good baseline since I haven’t run 6.2 miles since the bridge run in November.

So how am I preparing?

Well, to date my longest run was just short of 5 miles so I’m not in awful shape as far as distance goes.

This past week I fit in ~10 miles. This upcoming week:

Monday: Run 3.3 (for my 33rd birthday which is technically on Tuesday but I have a busy day Tuesday so I know it won’t happen)
Tuesday: rest (or another 3.3 if i feel like it)
Wednesday: 3-4 (hills?!)
Thursday: rest
Friday: yoga? maybe?
Saturday: 10k!

Speaking of Zooma…

They added a 5k for Annapolis! How flipping awesome is that?! There’s less than 60 days until the race now, so register early before the fees go up! Keep in mind for Zooma Annapolis or ANY of the Zooma series races in Florida or Cape Code, you can use code HEIDI16 to get 10% off your registration fee. Come run/train with me! 

How do you handle race set backs? Did you run the Cherry Blossom 10 miler? How did it go for you? 

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January Workouts & February Goals

Rather than sharing my workouts weekly, I’m going to share them monthly. I had a rough start to January but in general I think I did pretty well!

I restarted the Bikini Body Mommy challenge. I jumped in around Day 16 of 3.0 with some mamas in a facebook group I’m a part of. I had grandiose plans of doing P90 this month but I got away from it. I have workout program ADD. But my goal is to make it to the end of February with Bikini Body Mommy and then start the new 21 day Fix Extreme in early March  because I figure if I can make it to day 45/60 of BBM, I’ll have some real measurable results just in time to go shopping for my spring wardrobe. Right? Right.

Why Bikini Body Mommy?

It works for me. I generally find that 3-5 workouts per week is doable. This month is really strength building since in February I start training for the St. Michaels Half which is going to result in 3 runs per week – 1 long run, 1 speed workout, 1 easy run. I don’t have much time to do more than that and that coupled with strength (well Bikini Body Mommy) 3 or 4 days per week (the program is 6 workouts but I typically double up or catch up on nights when hubs has class).

Plus Breanne is adorable and super relatable – she shares similar struggles to mamas of all kinds – working and stay at home moms alike.

So far I’ve stuck with it for 2 weeks which is pretty flipping good for me. I lasted with PiYo for about 3 weeks because of said ADD (and the holiday craziness so there’s also that).

Why Weight Watchers?

Hubs’s office is doing it. So he decided he wanted to do it. So we decided to do it together. In the past, if I was eating well, or trying, we’d usually end up sabotaging one another which is just…total fail. So it’s been two weeks and I’m down both weeks. I don’t feel bad if I go over my points as long as I stay under my weekly points and earn activity points.

As my father-in-law told me (my mother and father in law have both used weight watchers in the past) “if you stick to the points and don’t go over, you will lose weight.” it might only be a half a pound, but it’s better than nothing right?

What’s my goal?

Back when i was nursing, I was pretty much at my pre-baby weight of 139 (I was actually 135 before I got pregnant but was up to 139 when I got pregnant). My doctor and I agreed that 135 would be a good goal for me to have but realistically I’d love to be closer to 125/130ish. Where am I now? At the start of 2015, after the holidays I was at 155. When I stopped nursing, the weight just came on…every so slowly and I’ll raise an eyebrow if I’m in the 140’s but the 150’s are just not okay with me and my 5’2″ self so I’ve been battling the bulge pretty much since I stopped nursing in October 2013. Despite my best efforts, my doctor confirmed that my metabolism has slowed to a crawl and/or went on strike so it’ll take a little bit of extra effort to get to my goals.

So how was January?

january workout recap

Workouts: 20
January ending weight: 152.3
Total loss from January 2: -3 lbs
(I weigh in on Fridays for now)

Workouts? Averaging 3-5 workouts per week is pretty goo. I’m pretty good about getting workouts in during the week (especially wednesday and thursday – that’s when hubs has class) Tuesdays i usually have Junior League stuff going on, and with an exception of one weekend when hubs had drill, I was good about working out at least one day on the weekend. The yellow days? Workout changed from what I originally planned. Red days are obviously missed workouts. I had intended on working out this past weekend but was a bit under the weather with a small head and just haven’t gotten around to updating the spreadsheet.

All in all? I’ll give January a B+

Goals for February

Weight wise I want to stick with my 4-6 workouts per week and tracking 5-6 days per week and hopefully be well back into the 140’s which I haven’t seen since I stopped nursing E over a year ago.

– My first race of the year is on the 14th with a 5k and I just want to run the whole thing. That’s all. I also want to add in 1-2 spin classes or rides on my trainer each week.

– Complete the Green Smoothie cleanse which I’ve started today alongside a pal who is also following the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge

– Workout 22 days in the month of February. I hit 19 in January but I’m in a routine for the most part so I think 22 days is doable in February despite the shorter month.

 

What are your workout goals for February? How did you stay healthy in January?

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Weekly Workouts

I got off the blogging bandwagon just as soon as I got back on it. It’s okay friends, I finally have a plan to get back into this. I’m inspired. Again. And I’m back on the workout wagon also…it’s been a rough month and a half and the fact is my pants aren’t fitting me so well these days so it’s time to remedy that ish. ASAP.

Recently…

Hubs and I both joined weight watchers. He has a tiny bit to lose for Army standards and well, I don’t want to be the fat bridesmaid in his brothers wedding that we’re both a part of in May. So, he joined through work, I joined online and I’ve been tracking for about a week. I’m feeling good about this all, I’m solidly inspired and him and I are supporting each other so it should be really good.

I signed up for the St. Michaels Half marathon – I have a whole list of races to do this year, but this is my first half marathon post baby. I’ve chickened out on the other two due to lack of training/discipline. So, I registered, and I’m really shooting for a sub 2:15:00 half marathon that I was so close to hitting before E.

So in an effort to hold myself accountable – here’s my weekly workouts….

MondaySpin  (done! 6:15AM this morning – great class!)
Tuesday – Pure Barre
Wednesday – Trainer Ride
Thursday – Trainer Ride
Friday – Pure Barre
Saturday – Pure Barre
Sunday – Run 3

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I’m kind of excited – I received a heart rate monitor for Christmas and I finally figured out how to get it to work. So I was pretty pumped when i saw I burned 350 calories in a 55 minute Pure Barre class. I have 3 classes this week before my class package expires on Saturday (same day as the Polar Bear Plunge! I’m jumping into the Bay….in January….but I think Hubs is past having me committed.)

 

 How do you re-motivate yourself after falling off the bandwagon? Have you ever tried Weight Watchers? Any tried and true recipes?

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The Wurst: Life Lately

So I have to step back and apologize for officially being a horrible blogger.

Life, man.

It started with the week of our anniversary – cramming two weeks of work into five days that didn’t have nearly enough hours and a lot of other crap going on. Thankfully we did get a date night and got to enjoy dinner and some live music out at Lures in Crownsville. Highly recommend!

Anniversary weekend was followed by a week long conference in Boston for work. During which I had the best of intentions to blog and workout but neither really happened (at all) but I did tweet a bunch and because the convention center where the conference was, I did manage to get in about 15,000+ steps each day. BALLER.

{with JL & Liz – two my awesome co-workers at Inbound Rocks with Janelle Monae}

We got home late Thursday night and I had an early (crappy) train ride to New York City, a mediocre lunch with my dad in Penn Station, followed by a m’eh train ride up to Brewster to meet Adam and my sister in law for a weekend at Hunter Mountain where we celebrated my brother in law and his fiancee at a joint bachelor/bachelorette party weekend. Little man stayed with the grandparents – all parties had a great weekend. Adam and I did in the mountains and my in-laws loved their time with the little guy.

Highlight of the weekend? This view.

And these donuts. Homemade, old fashioned cake donuts with your choice of toppings.

This past week was supposed to be clean eating but ended up being…not so clean. That’s what happens when you have events going on every. freakin’. night. Ugh ugh ugh. Life needs to slow the eff down.

I did start out days with some Shakeology (YUM) once I got back and one day even got some juicing in. I need to do that more often.

This week will be a bit more tame. But I’m restarting all of my goals. The tri is off the books, but I am getting PiYo certified next weekend (exciting!). And, and, I’m actually going to menu plan. I haven’t done that in 3 weeks. No wonder I’m so off my friggen a-game.

I digress. October intentions/goals coming up Wednesday. If I want to hold other people accountable, I need to hold myself accountable first. Not just with my fitness goals but also my blogging goals.

This week’s workouts…

Monday – PiYo
Tuesday – Run
Wednesday – PiYo
Thursday – Run
Friday – Rest
Saturday – Dirty Damsel 5k
Sunday – PiYo Certification

Who’s going to be my October accounta-billy-buddy. I just made that word up. What of it? But really, who wants to hold me accountable? (and vice versa! I want to help you reach YOUR goals!) 

 

 

 

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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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Less Guilt More Living

I’ve been feeling really bad about being so neglectful of my blog lately.

But…life. I’ve been living it.

Last week was a crap shoot when it came to workouts. But c’est la vie. Saturday, my committee for Junior League hosted our first of two open houses, and Sunday I hosted a lovely baby sprinkle for a good friend of mine.

{Spending a lovely Sunday afternoon with two of my favorite ladies}

No excuses for the other days – except that I forgot my towel for one of my pool workouts and was so annoyed and pissed that I just went home.

I could have fit in my BRICK and my long ride on Saturday/Sunday but instead, chose to spend time with hubs and E – a wise decision if I say so myself.

But here’s the thing. I stopped feeling guilty about my lack of blogging. I work in marketing. I work on social media and write blogs and content every day all day. I don’t need to sit at home and rehash my day, my eating and my workouts. I’m pseudo/mostly active on social media. But I have a life. And I’m not going to feel guilty – constantly – about the things I”m not doing.

{We got E a big boy pair of shoes!}

We recently found out that Ethan has some slight developmental delays. Nothing major, but it requires four appointments per month from Infants and Toddlers focusing on speech and Physical Therapy. He needs a bit of extra attention whenever we can – so rather than spending after work blogging,  we’re working with him on walking and talking and playing and then having dinner and by the time he’s down in bed by 8 PM on most nights, I’m exhausted and want to just veg out in front of Pretty Little Liars for a couple of episodes – don’t judge. But as of lately, I’m trying hard to get rid of the guilt. The guilt from working. The guilt for not working enough. The guilt from not sticking to my training. The guilt from not eating well enough. The guilt from skipping a workout because OMGI’MSOTIRED. Because life. This is life y’all. And living it actively and being present is so much better than feeling guilty for the crap I’m not doing or not doing enough of.

That being said. I have enough working mom guilt – enough guilt that I feel like it’s my fault that my son is delayed. That it’s my fault that E isn’t walking yet. I know these are completely irrational but, they’re there. And I don’t need to feed those guilty emotions with guilt about not blogging.

This week…

Monday was a rest day (unintentional since I took the weekend off), but E was a little sicky with a slight fever that he’s had on and off since Saturday afternoon.

Today: Swim. Created a ladder workout for myself with 50/100/150/150/100/50 with a 50 yd w/u & cd. Not too shabby.
Wednesday: Run 30 minutes
Thursday: Swim 750 yds
Friday: BRICK
Saturday: Dirty Girl Mud Run
Sunday: Long Ride

Other things…

+ Finding out that diet coke (while not the best beverage choice) is certainly…to a level…not harping ALL of my weight loss. Thanks SparkPeople!

– Realizing that Nations Tri is in THREE weeks. EEK! Egads!

+ Thinking of becoming a Beach Body Coach. Mostly I want the discount (because GNC Lean Shake is just…not the same or as good as Shakeology) but also because I think it would totally go hand in hand with my run coaching.

 

Stay tuned for a weigh in Wednesday tomorrow. Need more accountability. For realzzzz.

What’s new with you all freaders?? Catch me up! 

 

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21 Day Fix: A First Thoughts Review

Earlier in March I started my first ever Beach Body Program – the 21 Day Fix. I saw a friend of mine from college with some pretty legitimate results and she inspired me to get my butt moving again. Now that I’m back at work, and not walking 7 miles around the mall every other morning with fellow mama pals, I find it tough to stay motivated so I thought this was a great kick off point.

Food: The food is pretty easy. It comes with it’s own tupperware-like containers that dictate portion sizes. You are allocated a certain number of each container each day (i.e. Yellow is carbs, usually 2 per day. Red is protein , 3 per day) it varies depending on your starting weight, but they make it pretty easy and they’re great to use as to go containers for lunches. It encourages real foods – especially veggies and proteins.

Untitled{I should note that hubs did NOT workout with me. He was setting it up.}

Workouts: I LOVE the workouts. They’re short and sweet – I don’t have time for much more than 30-45 minutes, so I like that they’re quick, tough and get the job done. There’s 2 discs each with 4 or so workouts (upper body, lower body, two cardio type workouts, pilates and yoga and a 10 minute ab video).

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Shakeology: I actually really like Shakeology. I’ve tried a number of different protein/meal replacement shakes and this is by far my favorite. Above is a chocolate, peanut butter & banana shake which is pretty much my go to. I’m a big fan of my shakes for breakfast. I find they’re a great way to start the day and are super quick to make in my compact, often crazy mornings managing getting myself ready for work, getting Ethan ready for daycare and making sure Hubs is on track to be on time also.

Results: TBD. Mostly because I haven’t measured and I know my clothes are fitting better, but the number on the scale hasn’t gone down much but inches lost could be a completely different story so I’ll post those later.

weight start: ~154
weight end: 149.6

Cons

Just a couple of things I didn’t like about the program:

  • Coaches are pretty insistent that you stick to the workout plan. For me this meant forgoing Pure Barre and running because well, I don’t have time for 2 a days like I used to. I like a lot more variety in my workouts than just 30 minute videos. So while I know I’ll use them for round 2, I might be a bit more willing to throw in a Pure Barre class or a run over the next 3 weeks.
  • Variety. Workout videos are cool and such – but if I go for round 3 I really might need to change it up because ish gets old.

Here’s the thing, I didn’t stick to the plan 100% so of course my results aren’t going to be as great as promised. Because well, life. Deadlines, baby, a first birthday party with company in town, yadda, yadda, yadda, but I am down about 5 lbs. So this time I’m going to be better and we’ll see how I do.

So while technically round 2 was supposed to start Monday, I’m pushing it back a week since my birthday is Saturday and I want the flexibility to have a bit of fun (bring on Moms Night Out!). And I really want to get that 10 lbs gone so until the end of the month (minus April 11-12  because hey! My birthday!) I will focus more on my eating, which I did pretty well with for the most part, and I will do better about scheduling workouts and attempt, yet again, to work out in the mornings. Ugh. Not a morning workout-er.

Disclosure: I purchased the 21 Day Fix on my own, all thoughts here are my own, this review is in no way sponsored or affiliated with Beachbody or any of its coaches.

Have you ever tried a beach body program? Have you tried Shakeology? What were your thoughts/experiences like?

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Weekly Workouts & Another #tripnorth

Another weekend, another #tripnorth.

This trip was planned, not spontaneous like last weekend when I popped up to see my Papa before his triple bypass surgery.

Hubs had drill this weekend and was originally supposed to be in Florida for four days, but instead had a three day drill based at home. So, I made plans to go up to CT for a baptism, but we also celebrated my brother-in-law’s birthday in Stamford and had a nice visit with my sister in law who came out from LA.

cask republic stamford

Saturday we went to Stamford and had lunch at Cask Republic which was AMAZING. The menu constantly changes but I highly recommend the mussles, the pesto mac & cheese, the meatballs and the fries. I enjoyed an Allagash White and a Clown Shoes Clementine Witbier which was as amazing as it sounds.

Sunday was the baptism at St. Patricks in Manhattan which was beautiful. We then had a Chinese luncheon at Joes Shanghai on 56th between 5th and 6th – highly recommend! Ethan loved everything and was a super trooper – both days the events happened during his afternoon nap so

It was quite fun, excepting the ear infection Ethan caught that landed us in Urgent Care on Saturday AM after a very sleepless night on Friday night. We’re better now, but I’m dealing with a cold/allergies that’s on the brink of a sinus infection. Color me miserable.

So last weeks workouts ended up okay. I packed my running clothes in hopes of getting a run in on the treadmill but that didn’t happen this weekend given our packed schedule and my feeling like ick half the weekend.

I did fit in a walk Tuesday morning for 5.5 miles and Thursday I fit in a 4.25 mile walk and a Pure Barre class. Slackerville, I know, but it was a rough week for the most part.

This week…

Tuesday – walk
Wednesday – spinning or Pure Barre
Thursday – walk or run
Friday – Pure Barre
Saturday
– Run 4 miles
Sunday – Pure Barre

Goal mileage: 15 miles

Stay tuned for my Cherry Blossom Ten Miler training plan later this week!

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Theres Nothing Wrong with Walking

For a while, as a runner, I kind of shunned walkers. Walking wasn’t a workout. Maybe it was for others but definitely not for me. I was a runner.

I associated mall walking with old people and frumpiness. But here’s the thing that I’ve learned over the past few weeks….it’s actually a lot of fun.

It started on a nicer day when a friend of mine and I put in a good four miles on the B&A Trail – it was warmish, and we were both struggling with a lot of feels so we got out to have a chat. Neither of us really have family around, and sometimes you just need to vent and have someone to listen. We’ve been great at that for one another lately – and I hope that continues even after I go to work.

So for me, walking has been entirely social but then, we put in two hours, cover about 5-7 miles depending on length of walk and suddenly whoa legs!

workout while walking

Make it social. For me, while I don’t mind running with friends once in a while, running is more a solo thing. Walking though, is entirely social for me. It’s for catching up, and fitting in a workout when you think you don’t have time for one.

Bring weights. Seriously, you can have a workout with 2-5 lb weights walking 4 mph (15:00/mile) that is similar in intensity to someone running 5. mph (12:00/mi) (source). Granted intensity, weight, metabolism and all that jazz plays in but still, weights add a nice resistance if you’re looking to add a little umph. Me? I push a stroller with 17 lb little boy in it.

Go for time not distance. Usually when we stroll about in the mall, we meet early before the crowds, and go for 1-2 hours and can usually cover a surprising amount of distance – our record is 7 miles and yesterday was our shortest walk in a while capping out at 4.25 miles.

Use it as a backup. Bummed that the sidewalks aren’t plowed? Don’t have cold weather running gear? Go inside. Bring your GPS and walk through the mall for an hour or more and you’d be surprised how quickly the distance adds up.

Change it up. Hate running on the treadmill? So do I! But you can walk at a brisk pace and add some hill work in there and that’ll get your quads and glutes begging for forgiveness in no time. Check out pinterest for some good walking treadmill

Don’t think you’re being a slacker when you just want to walk with some friends and have a long chat. I for one am going to miss my walking workouts once I’m back to the 9-5 grind, but thats what the weekends are for.  Running is running, and I’m all about running and training and racing but sometimes your joints need a break and if you’re just getting on to the fitness scene, then walking a great way to ease into things.

Don’t know the walking workout ’till you’ve tried it.

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Weekend Recap: Impromptu #tripnorth Edition

I did pretty good for workouts last week – mostly.

Until I popped up to Vermont unexpectedly (and surprisingly inexpensively!) Saturday morning and returned this afternoon. That’s what you do for family though. I ate like crap and now I’m feeling it. I need to get back into eating clean because ugh, I just feel sluggish based on the crap that I inhaled all weekend into my gullet.

I suppose a Choco Monkey crepe from Skinny Pancake doesn’t help matters. At all.

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Last weeks workouts…

I went spinning on Monday, walked 7 miles on Tuesday AM then went to a fab-abs 75 minutes Pure Barre class (Holy Butt Kicking!). Seriously, if you are local to Annapolis and want your abs to be hurting for three days, go to a Fab Abs class with Gabrielle.

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Wednesday was a well deserved rest day, and Thursday I went to another Pure Barre class. Then Friday, I managed to get a 5.5 mile walk in before heading north for the weekend.

mall walking with baby

Not too shabby.

Total miles in January: 39.3 – just short of my 40 mile goal. I’ll get into my February goals this week, but let’s just say since it’s a short month, I’m just hoping to ease into training, a full time job and a possible move without dying or completely falling off the bandwagon. It’s going to be a busy month so my expectations are relatively low.

I’m heading up to CT this weekend for a baptism (and because Adam is going to be gone for 3 days for drill) so next week I’ll be starting my Cherry Blossom ten miler training. Then, in early March, I’ll be transitioning into half marathon training for Zooma.

I know, I know I’m all gungho Zooma 10k and I still am. One of the baller perks of being an ambassador is a free race entry so I kind of feel obligated to go big or go home. Stay tuned for my training plans (10 miler next week and half marathon in early March).

Workouts this week…

Monday – travel. No workout.
Tuesday – walk (5-7 miles)
Wednesday – gym (spinning?)
Thursday – Pure Barre and/or walk (5-7 miles)
Friday – travel to CT
Weekend Saturday/Sunday – we’ll be in CT so while I’m not expecting to get any workouts in I’d love to fit in either a run or a yoga class. We’ll see though.

Don’t forget if you’re interested in Zooma, use code ANNAMB3 to get 10% off your registration. Also, save the date for March 8th for the Zooma Kickoff event at Charm City Run in Annapolis. It’ll be a fun day with a 3-5 mile fun run! 

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