Week 9

All of my runs are now 5 miles or longer. Only a few weeks left until my half! I’m going to have to get up a little bit earlier these last few weeks to get my strength training & PT exercises in along with these longer runs. My posts may become less frequent these next few weeks, but I’ll try to keep up!

My run today..

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I wanted to run outside, but I didn’t think I had enough time before the rain moved in. Turns out I did, dang it! I actually love running in the rain, but only if it’s warm enough.

Tomorrow, I’m going to make up this weekend’s missed cross training & strength training workout.

QOTD..
Do you enjoy running in the rain?

I Drink My Smoothie From A Schooner

Thank goodness it’s the weekend! Unfortunately, I started it off with another exceedingly crappy night of sleep.

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I don’t know why my body just doesn’t want to shut down. It’s so frustrating.

I did not want to get out of bed today, but I opened my eyes & this is what I saw..

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Toby was begging me to get up. lol. So I did & went to the gym. I did 3 miles on the elliptical, 5 miles on the recumbent bike, strength training (legs), PT exercises, & a 2 min plank.

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When I got home I was in the mood for a smoothie. I don’t think I’d had one since last summer, so I got my blender out & added 1/2 c. blueberries, 1/2 banana, 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt, 1 c. almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder, 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed, & ice. I usually add spinach, too, but I’m out.

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If you’re not drinking your smoothies out of a schooner, you’re doing it wrong.

Now, I’m trying to figure out where we can take the dogs hiking, because the trail along the river where we normally hike is completely flooded, which also changes my plans for my 8 mile run tomorrow. I’m a little bit nervous to see how my knee feels during my run, but I’m ahead on my training plan, so if I have any pain at all, I’m going to back down & focus on my PT exercises. I think they’re helping already. I haven’t felt anymore tightness around my knee, but we’ll see how I feel tomorrow.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend so far!

QOTD..
What is your favorite smoothie recipe?

Must Get More Sleep

This has been a rough week. I’ve been working overtime at work & even though I’m super tired when I get home, it takes me a long time to wind down. I’m definitely not getting enough sleep. There really needs to be more hours in a day.

Today’s (technically yesterday’s) workout (I’m a little late) was a 4.5 mile run, strength training (hips & glutes), & those PT exercises I talked about in my last post.

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I did try to take a short nap, but here is what happens.

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That’s a 90 lb lab on top of me. Ellie does not understand the meaning of personal space.

This has been my new favorite thing this week.

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Iced caramel macchiato coffee! I love my Keurig!

QOTD..
What is your favorite coffee drink?

Week 7 of Training

Today’s workout was a 4.5 mile run outside & a 2 min plank. It feels like summer, upper 70’s & sunny! This is my kind of running weather!

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Here is my Fitbit weekly progress report..

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I tried a new food that I really like, avocados! I’ve had guac before, but I’d never tried plain avocados, mainly because I didn’t know what to do with them. I cut half of one up in some cottage cheese & it’s delicious!

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I need more ideas!

QOTD..
What is your favorite way to eat avocados?

Sunday Long Run Day

I ended up with 22,760 steps yesterday, a new record for me!

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I didn’t think my legs felt tired today until I started running. One mile in & I said to myself, “Oh man, I’m in trouble” but, after another mile, I was feeling a little more positive. I think it was more of a mental thing. Once I stopped thinking about it & started paying attention to the beautiful scenery & got lost in thought, I didn’t think anymore about my legs being tired. In fact, I ended up going 7.5 miles & it was a great run. 🙂

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When I got home, I did some stretching & foam rolling, & I’m feeling pretty good.

I don’t really have any plans for the rest of the day, other than some cleaning & hanging out with these guys.

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The rule in our house is that you must have at least two animals in your lap at all times, sometimes three.

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Oh, & I can’t stop watching How The Universe Works on Netflix. It’s fascinating & I’m kind of a nerd.

QOTD..
How are you spending this beautiful Sunday? At least, I hope it’s beautiful wherever you are!

Rough Workout

Have you ever had an eyelash or something stuck underneath your upper eyelid, way up in there, & could not get it out? That’s what I had going on last night & barely slept at all. Needless to say, I was not feeling my workout this morning. I think whatever was in there is out but my eye still hurts. At least I can keep it open or shut now without blinking repeatedly.

Anyway, I was feeling super sluggish, but I ran 4 miles, did strength training (hips & glutes), & a 2 min plank.

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I feel a little bit better now because exercising always gives me an energy boost no matter how tired I am, but I’m glad that tomorrow is a rest day so I can sleep an extra hour or two!

My lunch today..

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Cheese quesadillas, steamed veggies, & an apple. Yummy! I could eat quesadillas every day for the rest of my life I think.

QOTD..
What do you like in your quesadillas?

– I like chicken & veggies or just plain cheese!

It’s Official

I finally registered for the half marathon I’ve been training for.

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I’ve been hesitant to sign up because of what happened during training for my last half marathon, when I injured my knee & was out for 3 months. But, as my friend Fred said, I can’t live my life in fear of what may or may not happen. Also, the Indy Mini just sold out so the Geist probably will, too. Now, all I can do is continue to be smart about training & hope & pray that my knee stays healthy!

Today’s workout was a 2 mile progression run, squats, lunges, push ups, & an ab workout.

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Then, I did some foam rolling!

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I think foam rolling is fun! Although, when I actually have sore muscles, I guarantee it won’t be fun at all. Ha!

QOTD..
How far in advance do you sign up for races?