Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Weekly Workouts #10

Monday, 11/4: 3 mile run
Tuesday, 11/5: 4 mile run
                        arms and abs

Wednesday, 11/6: 5 mile run

Thursday, 11/7: rest

Friday, 11/8: 4 mile run
                     chest and back

Saturday, 11/9: 6 mile run

Sunday, 11/20: Your Best Butt 

Since I have stopped half training I'm not quite as worried about having sore legs which means I need to add more squats, lunges, etc. into my routine.  As you can see, I am still running on a regular basis but if I'm too sore and need to skip a run one day or cut it short, it's not too big of a deal.  So that's my goal for this week....add in more legs and booty work!


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Weekly Workouts #9

The week has gotten away from me and now this is really late.  Sorry about that!

Monday, 10/28: arms and abs

Tuesday, 10/29: 1.5 mile run
                           20 minutes elliptical
                           chest and back

Wednesday, 10/30: 5.5 mile run

Thursday, 10/31: 3 mile run

Friday, 11/1: rest

Saturday, 11/2: 8 mile run
                         arms and abs

Sunday, 11/3: group Insanity workout

I have been having some symptoms of peroneal tendonitis on my longer runs so I pulled back on my long run this week.  I should have done a 10 miler but stopped at 8.  I have felt good since.  I have decided that since I am not registered for a half and there aren't any coming up locally, I'm going to put half training on hold.  I will still be doing a longer run on the weekend but I am not sticking to a specific schedule.  I am thinking 5 - 8 miles depending on how much time I have and how I feel.  I still have every intention of running a half in the spring or summer.

Have a great week!


Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween 5k Fun Run Recap

Last Saturday a group of us got together to run our local Halloween 5k fun run.  We put a team together and since it was a mish mosh of people, we called ourselves the Mismatch Runners.  It made sense given the group and we thought it would make for some easy costume ideas.  I knew I didn't want to run in a full costume but could definitely put on some sort of mismatch gear and call it good.

Saturday morning we all met up and got ready for the race.  It wasn't a large race but for a smaller town, almost 1,200 participants was a pretty large group. 

I am always nervous on race day no matter what.  I think about all the what if's.  What if I have to go to the bathroom during.  What if I don't do as good as I want.  What if I don't finish.  Once the race starts and I get in a groove, I forget about the what if's.

I went into this race thinking about my PR and wondering if I could beat it.  I knew I could get close but didn't want to get disappointed if I didn't.  My son was running with our group so I decided not to put too much pressure on myself and to have a good time.

They counted down and soon enough we were off.  I felt good.  About 1/4 mile in I looked at my watch and saw that I was on pace for an 8:15 mile.  That's good for me considering all of the dodging of people you have to do in the beginning of a race.  I knew that I needed to speed it up if I had any chance of setting a new PR.

I only looked at my watch here and there to see where I was at but I decided to go by how I felt.  There were a decent amount of hills in this race and I am definitely not used to hills.  Training on hills is on my must do list.  They kicked my butt.  I powered through though.  The downhills towards the end saved me.

I saw the clock as I crossed the finish line and knew I was in the 24's (my previous PR was 24:51).  I was beyond excited when I saw my official time and it was 24:09!!!  A new PR!

I mentioned that my son ran this with me.  He is 11 years old and does not run on a regular basis.  He is very involved in athletics so that helps him but I am pretty darn proud of him for running and loving it!  This is his 4th 5k and his best!  Actually, proud doesn't even begin to describe how I feel.  I love this kid with everything I have!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Weekly Workouts #8

Happy Tuesday!  This wasn't my best training week but I think that was because of my race.  I signed up as part of a team for a Halloween 5k.  I will put up a separate post with all the details.  Anyway, I had a 10 mile run on the schedule for Saturday. My son had hockey practice that afternoon so I thought I would run 7 miles on the treadmill while I was waiting for him.  After 3 miles my stomach wasn't feeling so great so I got off and used the restroom.  I felt a little better so I got back on thinking I could finish.  After about 1/2 a mile I got chilled and my stomach was churning so I decided it was time to quit.  I was so disappointed at first but then realized that I probably just overdid it.  My body was telling me enough!  Once we were home I jumped in the shower and laid down for a while.  My stomach cramped up on and off the rest of the day which resulted in us staying home from a costume party but I felt fine on Sunday.  Lesson learned! My plan is to just redo last week's training since I don't have a race that I have to be ready for on a specific date.  I need to stop being so hard on myself and realize that I am going to have good weeks and bad weeks.  And just because one run didn't happen, it doesn't mean my training is derailed.

Speaking of not having a race, I'm not sure that I ever mentioned it here.  I was unable to find a half marathon to run.  Race season has basically ended here.  I decided to continue the training and just run it on my own to prove to myself that I could do it.  I will train for a real race in the spring when one comes us.

Monday, 10/21: rest

Tuesday, 10/22: 3 mile run
                          arms and abs

Wednesday, 10/23: 5 mile run

Thursday, 10/24: 3 mile run
                           arms, chest and abs

Friday, 10/25: rest

Saturday, 10/26: 5k race (PR!)
                           3.5 additional miles

Sunday, 10/27: rest


Monday, October 21, 2013

Weekly Workouts #7

Another week has gone by and I'm feeling great on my training runs for the most part.  I got a new pair of shoes recently and tested them out on the treadmill for a couple of training runs last week.  They felt good but by the end of the week I was starting to feel some symptoms that I first felt when I ended up with peroneal tendonitis.  I put the shoes back in the box and will be returning them.  I'm so glad running stores give you that trial period to decide. I will be going back to my trusty Mizuno's.  If it's not broke don't fix it! 

Monday, 10/14: 3.5 mile run
                          12 minute abs and arms

Tuesday, 10/15: 3 mile run

Wednesday, 10/16: 5.5 mile run

Thursday, 10/17: 3 mile run

Friday, 10/18: rest

Saturday, 10/19: 9 mile run

Sunday, 10/20: slim down workout
                         plank your way to better abs workout

Have a great week!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Weekly Workouts #6

Week 6 of half training was a lower mileage week.  Instead of a long run on the weekend, I was to do a 5k race.  There happened to be a local race on Saturday that I planned to sign up for but my son's football team made it to the playoffs and ended up having a game Saturday morning.  I wouldn't miss a game to run a 5k so I decided that I would run my own race and that is exactly what I did.

I do have a long run on the schedule for this weekend and to be honest, I am looking forward to a longer run again.  The weather is turning chilly here though which I don't look forward too.  This week shouldn't be too bad though.

Here is how last week went down....

Monday, 10/7: 3 mile run
Tuesday, 10/8: rest

Wednesday, 10/9: 4 mile run
                             arms and chest

Thursday, 10/10: 4.3 mile run
                            arms and 12 minute abs

Friday, 10/11: rest

Saturday, 10/12: 5k race against myself :)  (24:38)

Sunday, 10/13: rest

There was a little more resting than I care to have but sometimes my schedule gets packed and it just works out that way. 

Have a great week!



Monday, October 7, 2013

Weekly Workouts #5

Week 5 of half training was a good one.  I am always nervous going into my long runs even though I have felt great after every one of them.  It just helps me prove to myself that I can do this!

Monday, 9/30: 20 minute bike ride = 6.25 miles

Tuesday, 10/1: 3 mile run
                        100- 20 lb. kettle bell swings (I felt this for days!)

Wednesday, 10/2: 4 mile run
                             abs and legs

Thursday, 10/3: 3 mile run
                          chest and arms

Friday, 10/4: rest

Saturday, 10/5: 8 mile run - I felt so great! It was a bit of a chilly start but I warmed up fast.  I chose a completely different route this time and it flew by.  My average pace (8:26) was quite a bit faster than my previous long runs.
                          40 minute treadmill walk w/ a friend - I believe it was about 2.7 miles

Sunday, 10/6: rest

My training plan calls for a 5k race this next weekend in place of a long run.  There is one here locally that I was all ready to register for but my son's football playoff schedule came out and it's not going to work out.  Looks like I will just hold a race of my own! :)

I did register for a Halloween fun run and have a 10k on my radar that would fit in perfectly with my training schedule.  I just need to work out the logistics.  I have not had any lucky finding a half marathon.  Race season is coming to an end here.  There is a half in 2 weeks (the same place as the 10k would be) but I'm not sure I want to push it and participate in that one.  Otherwise I am looking at spring. Not sure what to do.  Do I just finish my training and run a half on my own to prove to myself I can do it and train for one again in the spring?  I know I should have planned this out better but I decided to do this on a whim.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Weekly Workouts #4

The weather has been a little crazy around here.  We have had some summer like days and some very chilly, dreary days.  Trying to plan my runs around the weather has been a little challenging but I got it done.  My son plays football Saturday mornings.  I had been doing my long runs after his games but I looked at the forecast Friday night and it was showing thunderstorms starting mid-morning on Saturday.  I decided I needed to hit the sack a little early that night and get up early Saturday morning to get my run in before the game.

Monday, 9/23: 30 minute bike ride = 8.5 miles
                         arms and abs, 50 - 20 lb. kettle bell swings

Tuesday, 9/24: 3.6 mile run
                        chest, 75 - 20 lb. kettle bell swings

Wednesday, 9/25: 4 mile run

Thursday, 9/26: 3 mile run
                          arms, 25- 25 lb. kettle bell swings

Friday, 9/27: rest

Saturday, 9/28: 7 mile run

Sunday, 9/29: rest

Look what I got......

I can't wait to try out the Muscle Rope and let you know what I think.  


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Weekly Workouts #3

Half training has been great for me so far.  I am really enjoying the longer runs on the weekend.  The weather here is beautiful this time of year and perfect for a long morning run.

I am putting the Bikini Body Mommy challenge on hold because I was struggling to keep up with it all.  I definitely plan to start it again after half training though.

Monday, 9/16: weights (arms and abs)

Tuesday, 9/17: 4 mile run

Wednesday, 9/18: 4 mile run

Thursday, 9/19: 3 mile run

Friday, 9/20: rest

Saturday, 9/21: rest - I went outlet shopping all day so I got plenty of walking in :)

Sunday, 9/22: 6 mile run

All of my runs have felt great.  I was a little concerned that my tendonitis would rear its ugly head again but so far so good.  I have been stretching really well after all of my runs and making sure to take my rest days. 

My long runs have included some pretty good hills which is something different for me.  I am used to running on pretty flat roads so I wanted to add in these hills to challenge myself.  They are getting easier every time.

Watch for a post on my favorite workout gear coming soon!


Monday, September 16, 2013

Weekly Workouts #2

My life is busy so fitting all of this in gets a little crazy sometimes but I do it for my own sanity.  I love the way I feel after a good run or lifting session.  The endorphins power me through each and every day.

Monday, 9/9: BBM Day # 8 - 8 Count Body Builders (these are no joke!!)
                      5 mile bike ride

Tuesday, 9/10: 3 mile run, 1 mile treadmill incline walk

Wednesday, 9/11: 3.5 mile run

Thursday, 9/12: 3 mile run, 1.5 mile treadmill incline walk, arm workout

Friday, 9/13:  ab workout

Saturday, 9/14: 5.5 mile run

Sunday, 9/15: rest

As you can see I am not fitting in all of my Bikini Body Mommy workouts.  It is proving to be a little difficult to fit it all in but I am doing them when I can.  Just keep on keeping on!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Weekly Workouts #1

Happy Tuesday! 

My plan is to recap my workouts for the previous week from now on.  I should have gotten this posted yesterday but life happened and I didn't get it done.  As I told you last week, I am half training so a lot of my workouts consist of running but I also started the Bikini Body Mommy 90 Day Challenge.  It started on 9/2 but feel free to join in!

Week of 9/2/13 - 9/8/13

Monday, 9/2: BBM Day #1

Tuesday, 9/3: BBM Day #2
                      3 mile run

Wednesday, 9/4: BBM Day #3 (cardio day)
                            3 mile run

Thursday, 9/5: BBM Day #4
                        3 mile run

Friday, 9/6: BBM Day #5

Saturday, 9/7: Rest

Sunday, 9/8: BBM Day #6 (cardio day)
                     4.25 mile run

As you can see I took Saturday as my rest day and did my BBM cardio on Sunday which was also my long run.  In the future I plan to do the cardio/long run day on Saturday as it is supposed to be.  My son had a football game on Saturday morning and then we spent the rest of the day on the boat with our friends.  It was too nice of a day to turn down an invite like that and it was so hot that I figured Sunday would be better for my run anyway. And for once I was right!! :)

PS....My boy attended his first middle school dance Saturday night!!  So sweet.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Back In the Saddle...

I guess I was never really out of the saddle but I haven't been posting here.  Oops!   Life has been crazy, but a good kind of crazy.

Our son kept us super busy playing ball all summer.  He goes all year round with one thing or another.  Currently he is playing football and fall baseball.  We love it though!

We did head out of town for a couple of fun weekends which was so great for our family.

I have still been running and lifting weights.  Being busy isn't going to keep me from taking care of myself.  The same can't be said for my house at all times :)

Over the summer I ran a couple of 5k's.  My current PR for a 5k is 24:51.  I also ran a 5 miler.  Running a half keeps popping into my head and I keep squashing it down.  And then I thought, why not give it a shot.  I started Hal Higdon's Novice 2 half training program this week.  Guess I better start looking for a half to register for.

I will leave you with a family picture from one of our weekends out of town and I will be back soon to update you on how my running is going! 

Thanks for reading!


Friday, May 17, 2013

Injury Update

In my last post I talked about seeing the podiatrist and where things stood with my foot.  I was able to run but at about 1.5 miles into my runs my foot would start to hurt.  It wasn't as bad as before but still not right  I decided to try some KT tape to see if that would help at all.

While it did seem to help some, I could tell that something still wasn't right.  I had made an appointment with my chiropractor when my foot started hurting but he is amazing and really hard to get into.  It took 4 weeks for me to get in.  I finally had my appointment last Wednesday.  I explained what the podiatrist had said about it being peroneal tendonitis.  He said that he agreed but that is an outdated term and diagnosis.  This particular chiropractor uses the Graston technique.  He worked the muscles on the outside of my right leg.  If you are looking at the picture above, he was working just to the left of where the tape is going up the side of my leg.  When he felt that was loosened up, he worked along the side of my foot.  It is somewhat painful in parts but it is one of those hurts so good things.  He told me to rest a day or two and try running.  I am so glad that I am here telling you that I have had almost no pain when running.  I have run 5 times since last Wednesday.  Those first couple of runs were 2 - 2.5 miles but the other 3 were over 3 miles.  At the very end of the runs I can tell that something just isn't right in that area on the outside of my foot but it is not painful.  I went back to him today for a follow up and he worked my foot a little more.  He thinks I should be good now.  I am so excited to start slowly increasing my mileage again.  I am definitely going to ease into it so I don't overdo it right now.

If you have an injury, be sure to rest and see a doctor or chiropractor.  I am positive that if I hadn't gotten it checked out it would still be bothering me.

Happy Friday!! 


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Peroneal Tendonitis

Last Friday I went and saw the podiatrist for my foot pain.  After I explained what was happening and he examined my foot,  he came to the conclusion that I had peroneal tendonitis.  According to the doctor, the cause of this is unknown but it is common in athletes. 

He taped my foot really well and instructed me to leave it on for 72 hours.  Start taking Aleve or Ibuprofen 3 times a day to reduce inflammation and after removing the tape, ice for 20 minutes daily.

 Monday morning I removed the tape and my foot felt great.  He told me that I could try running at any time but to stop if I had any pain and to ease back into it.  Monday afternoon I ran a mile.  It felt great.  Tuesday I went and got fitted for new shoes since my current ones were reaching their mileage limit and I wanted to eliminate anything that may be causing the issue.

This afternoon I went for a run and stopped at a little over 2 miles but felt great.  Hopefully things have cleared up.  I am still taking the Aleve per doctor's orders and have been icing for at least 20 minutes a day.  Today I iced right after my run and will ice again this evening.

I can't say enough good things about Runners Gate.  If you are from the Twin Cities area, I highly recommend you check them out.  They were so helpful and did not rush me in any way. I spend an hour trying on different shoes and running on their treadmill.  And when I realized my keys and cell phone were locked in my car, they let me use their phone to call my insurance company and allowed me to hang out in the store while waiting for the company to come unlock my doors.  Oops! 

I got some new snack bars today......

I can't wait to try them out!  I have heard such great things about them. Definitely going to break into them for my afternoon snack.

And now I leave you with a picture of me with a couple of nasty cold sores :(

Baseball season has started for my boy so even though we had 6" of snow a couple of days ago we are off to a tournament this weekend.  Forecast says 70° and sunny!  Sure hope they are right!


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Down and Out

My thoughts and prayers go out to the runners, spectators and all others affected by the Boston explosions.  It is such a senseless act.  Incredibly sad.  Runners unite!

I wore my Get Lucky! 7k sweatshirt in honor of Boston.....

Last night I ran 3.25 miles in honor of Boston.  I have been having some foot trouble so struggled through it a little.  I have an appointment with a podiatrist on Friday and with a chiropractor on Tuesday.  I am so frustrated.  If you are a runner, you know what I am talking about.  The feeling I get from running is incredible and I'm really struggling with taking time off.  Hopefully I will be able to report back with some good news after my appointments.  Until then I will settle for the bike and elliptical.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Get Lucky!

I am a couple of weeks behind but on March 16th I ran the Get Lucky! 7k in Minneapolis.  I signed up with a friend back in October.  I didn't necessarily train for this race because it isn't much longer of a distance than a 5k and I was running 4 or 5 milers here and there so I knew I just wanted to keep up my running base going in to this.  March in MN can be super cold or it can be super warm.  You just never know what you're going to get.  Well this year it was super cold!

I was scrambling around the morning of the race because my son was playing in a hockey game early that morning.  I went to the game for as long as I could and headed out early for my race.  I got there and oh my goodness, there were people everywhere!  I never found my friend that I signed up with so I ended up running the race solo which is fine.  I'm not one to chat during a race anyway.  I crossed the start line about 30 minutes after the gun went off.  I just tried to keep moving while waiting because it was about 15°.  Once I crossed the start line, I weaved in and out of people the entire race.  It was frustrating but what do you do?!?  It had snowed a bit the night before too so the roads were slick.  But with the poor conditions, I did pretty good.  I ended finishing in 40:40.  With better conditions I could have done quite a bit better but I will take it.  I would definitely sign up for this race again because the atmosphere was so much fun (lots of people and bagpipes playing along the course) but I wouldn't go into it aiming for a PR because I would more than likely get too frustrated.

And now I will leave you with some crappy race pictures....

You're welcome :) 


Monday, February 11, 2013

Didn't See That One Coming

Exactly 2 weeks ago today I was hit like a ton of bricks with a sickness.  I was exhausted, had a fever and a cough.  I stayed home from work for a day and felt better besides my cough.  Once I went back to work I felt good but when I got home at night I was exhausted and the fever would come back. This went on all week that first week.  By the end of the first weekend I thought I was good.  Last Tuesday rolled around and it was like I was back at square one.  I would come home at night, eat a little something and fall asleep in the recliner.  I am hoping that I am at the tail end of it right now.  I still am a little congested and have a terribly nagging cough but feel good otherwise.  The exhaustion seems to be gone.  I did make a trip to the doc the middle of last week but of course he said it was just a virus and all you can do is rest.  Womp womp.  I was hoping for more answers and maybe some antibiotics.  With that doctor visit and all of the different medicines and cough drops I have tried, this sickness has cost me a few hundred big ones.  Can't wait to be over it.

In the last 2 weeks I have gotten in exactly 2 runs.  It has been driving me crazy!  I can definitely tell that I have become a workout junkie.  Which is a good thing I guess.  I did do some weight training in those 2 weeks but when I tried to do some cardio, I wold have a coughing attack and had to stop.  Today I did a very short run to test the waters. I got in about 2.75 miles.  It went okay but my lungs did hurt a little.  Such a strange feeling.  Hopefully I can work my mileage back up.

Now that I am back at it I am hoping to get some new things posted for you here.  I would like to start sharing some meal ideas with you.

Hope all is well with all of you!


Friday, January 11, 2013


I have been running for over a year.  Things started out pretty slow but I have been running 3 - 3.5 miles consistently for the last 6 months or so.  I love to run.  Once things thaw out here and I can get out and hit the pavement, I plan to increase that mileage.  Right now I run on the treadmill because I am afraid to slip and fall on the all of the ice that has accumulated.  The treadmill is alright but I get bored easily. 

Other than running, I didn't do a whole lot of other training.  A week ago I got some workout plans from efitmama on Instagram.  Follow her.  She is a hard core!  I love her workouts. But oh my goodness gracious have I been sore. It feels great though.  She is running a special on her workouts right now.  I highly recommend them.  I am so excited to see how my body changes from adding in the weight training.  Someday I just might be brave enough to share some pictures. :)

Are you trying anything new? 

Thursday, January 3, 2013


I went MIA and here I am to say I'm sorry.  Life got so busy with the holidays on top of life in general. We had such a great time throughout the holidays but I am happy to be back in the swing of things.

I knew going in to the holidays that losing weight would be hard.  I definitely wanted to lose but in the back of my head I knew that if I could just maintain, I would be doing pretty good.  I am happy to report that not only did I maintain but I have lost.  Such a wonderful feeling to see that number go down each week I stepped on the scale.  Could I have done better?  Of course.  But part of my journey to a healthy life is to know that I can have treats in moderation and not deprive myself.

I didn't stop working out through the holidays but my plan right now is to step things up a bit.  Yesterday I actually went to the gym twice.  I'm not entirely sure why I went early in the day knowing that I would be in town in the evening to bring my son to religion and I always work out while he is at religion.  So, I just went twice.  And I felt awesome.

A new little fitness center opened in my small town.  It is not a gym but a center run by a personal trainer who is offering small classes.  I attended the open house yesterday and was excited to sign up for a class.  I signed up for a total body workout class that uses the Step 360 PRO.  It starts on Monday morning and I can't wait!  I will fill you in on how it goes.

Here is a little video about the Step 360 PRO: