New Running Gear

Happy Friday everyone!

I just want to take a minute to thank everyone for their kind words on the 100th post, ya’ll made my day!

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I took yesterday off from blogging to spend the day reflecting on the past year, with all of it’s ups and downs, since losing my dad.  Yesterday marked exactly one year since my family lost him to a heart attack, and not a moment goes by that I don’t miss him and think about him.  Time has gone by really fast, and with all that’s happened in the past few years with my dad and Emma, I know how important it is to take a minute and be grateful for life and all of it’s blessings.  So, that’s exactly what I did yesterday- I flipped through tons of photos of my dad, my mom, the girls, Dennis and I, and just felt the love for all of the special people in my life.  🙂

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My Dad & Colette at the St Patty’s Day Parade 2009- good times!

Time flies, so take a little time to stop and reflect on what’s important to you.  What a joy and a gift, this crazy journey we call life.  🙂

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Let’s switch gears shall we?

On to this morning’s workout: On Wednesday afternoon, I headed out to Sports Authority and picked up something I’ve been meaning to buy for a while now- an armband for my cell phone!  Yay- finally!  No more carrying that giant thing around in my sweaty palms!  🙂

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At $29 bucks, it was a little pricier than some of the ones I’ve seen on Amazon, but I knew with Amazon I’d still have to pay for shipping (plus, wait time is no fun), so I figure in the end it was a decent deal.  Also, I knew Yurbuds is a trusted brand that makes quality stuff thanks to reading some recent online reviews.

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Yeah, I’m a total dork.

After chomping a coconut cream pie Larabar bright and early this morning, I put in a good stretch and threw on my running shoes.

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I was so excited to try out my new armband this morning, as I headed out for a quick and dirty 1 miler.  Just like Monday’s workout, I wanted to run a mile as fast as possible to improve my time.  Well, I guess in all of my excitement, I started waaay too fast, and ended up really winded about halfway through.  I didn’t give up and walk, I kept chugging along (albeit a little slower:) ) and completed 1.01 miles in 10:34 minutes with a 10:30 avg min/mile.  That means this week my overall avg pace went from 12:57(last week) to 11:21(this week)- woot!  I’ll take it!  Of course it’s hard to really say what that number means, because I did cover 5.6 miles last week as opposed to only 5 miles this week, but I’m feeling good about my stamina and speed.  It’s getting easier!  🙂  So for all of you C25K er’s, it does get easier!  I promise!

Oh, and I loved my armband.  It did feel a little weird in the beginning, not having anything in my hand, but I enjoyed the freedom to relax my muscles and feel the breeze… the hot, humid, Houston breeze that is.  😉

Breakfast:  While I didn’t really want anything hot, I settled on quick oats anyway, because well- they’re quick!

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I mixed in oats, natural peanut butter, and honey for a sweet and yummy hit of protein.   I also enjoyed a cup of coffee and a small glass of pulp-y OJ.  <— at least I got something cold in there!  Ha!

Questions:

  • Bought any new, fun running gear lately?
  • Any recommendations on necessary gear?

I’d love to hear your recommendations!

Have a fantastic weekend!  TGIF!!

Amy

 

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V Flies = Ow.

Good morning Peeps!

After another crazy morning of getting two girls off to school- one, a morning person, the other, not so much- I devoured a quick bowl of scrambled veggie and cheese eggs and a cup of coffee.  Oh, and a piece of bacon.  Can’t forget the bacon!  I forgot to snap a picture, so enjoy this repeat:

Breakfast:

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Once Dennis left for work, I threw in my Jillian Michaels Shred dvd, grabbed my hand weights, and got to work.

Workout:

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I completed the Level 2, 20 minute boot camp style workout.  It’s a great, full body workout, that incorporates abs, arms, legs, and cardio.  While I’ve definitely improved since last year’s completion of the 30 Day Shred, I was definitely sweating, and those V Flies… Ugh.  Worst part of the whole workout.  V Flies in a squat are HARD, especially after all of the plank work Jillian has ya doing.  

I couldn’t find a proper graphic of a V Fly, but it basically goes like this:  Start, standing in shoulder width position holding a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing up, out at your sides.  Lower in a squat, raising arms up and together creating a ‘V’ shape, with palms still facing up and coming together.  Move back to standing position and repeat.

I hope that makes sense.

I really do love crosstraining though, especially boot camp, interval style training.  I can definitely tell a difference in my core and arms after all of those darn pushups and planks, and I know the leg work can only aid in my 5k quest.

I can’t believe I just said ‘I love crosstraining’…  I’ve also recently caught myself saying things like- ‘I love sprints’ and ‘I can’t wait to get out to the park for my long run’… Give me a minute, while I grab a thermometer- I may be coming down with something… 😉

After my workout, I grabbed a FruitChia bar to satisfy my sweet tooth while I fired up the laptop.

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I actually thought it was cherry flavored, until I looked closer at the package this morning.  Oh well, the cranberry flavor is just as tasty as the strawberry.  I heart FruitChia bars!

Alrighty ya’ll, I’m off to do some running around.  I have a Target trip to make.  Meredith has requested that we dress Henry up for Halloween this year, and I think I need to make that happen, since we’ve NEVER dressed that sweet boy up.  I may also hunt for some new winter workout clothes for myself.  Aren’t new workout clothes the best?!

Question:

  • Done any crazy hard crosstraining moves lately?  
  • If you have a pet, do you dress them up for Halloween?  Any suggestions?

Mer and I are leaning towards a hot dog costume for Henry(he already has the shape for it-haha), but I’m open to anything that strikes my fancy.  I’ll keep you posted.

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Amy