Category: Fitness

Friday Fitness: Back from Vacation

So, I’m back from vacation.  Both a small vacation from the blog and a vacation away from home.  I guess it’s also a staycation as we went to the family lake house.  Along the way we stopped off for some fun at the Columbus Zoo and then it was lazy days!  It was great to get away for a bit even if I’m still trying to unpack and catch up on laundry post trip.

The first day at the lake I hit the road after breakfast.  It was a muggy morning for a 5K (9:27 min/mile) and I forgot what it was like to run rolling hills.  20160630_091859On Friday I tried something new!  We now have a kayak at the lake.  Despite never having kayaked before I took it out for a spin.  It was a lot of fun! It was such a peaceful morning on the lake and the wind felt good on my face.  I went out for about 30 minutes and made it about 1.3 miles.  And it was a great arm and shoulder workout!

kayakingSaturday was a busy day.  We had a family reunion, so I got up early to get some miles in before breakfast.  It was a cooler morning and it felt great. I had no big plans for how far to run since I’m not really training for anything, so I just went out for 6.2 miles (9:35 min/miles).  It was foggy, there were lots of rabbits out, there was a snake (dead) on the path, and those rolling hills again.

20160702_061739Sunday morning I was on the lake again after breakfast.  This time I went out for about 45 minutes and covered 2 miles.  I passed a lot of early morning fishers and a few other kayakers. 

I don’t typically run on Mondays, but I knew I wouldn’t get a chance to run on Tuesday, so I laced up (and wore the same stinky running clothes for the third time on my trip!) and headed out.  I was hoping to run 4 or the 4th, but I just wasn’t feeling it so I stopped after 3.1 miles (9:12 min/mile).  I’m going to blame it on the dead skunk in the road. 

20160704_084207Tuesday hubby and I had a day date!! We did some fabric shopping in Amish country, ate way too much food and hiked Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 

Hiking Cuyahoga ValleyIt was back to reality on Wednesday as we headed home.  Luckily I had running to look forward to.  I skipped trail run group in favor of a Pub Run with the local running store that didn’t actually take place at a pub.  They had a summer cookout instead.  A bunch of my MRTT crew showed up so there was lots of chatting while we ran (3.1 miles at 9:45 min/mile) and burgers at the finish.

Thursday I hit the gym in the morning since the girls had swim lessons and did a total body strength training set and some ab work.  Cupcake had an appointment after lunch, so I loaded Pumpkin up in the stroller and we hit the road.  It was an overcast day except for that 29 minutes I was running!!  3 stroller miles at 9:57 min/mile. 

20160707_092432So despite being on vacation it was a very active week!  I didn’t take my usual rest day, but I enjoyed it.  I liked the change in routine and the change of scenery.  But now it’s back into the swing of things and hopefully that includes more blogging, too.  Have a great weekend!!!

Friday Fitness: Summer Routine

Guys, summer break is in full swing here and the girls and I have been having some fun!  We wrote out a summer bucket list (cute printable from Eye Candy Creative Studio) and we’re doing a great job of checking things of so far!  We’ve had playdates with friends, gone bowling, seen a movie, went swimming, and Cupcake is learning how to machine sew! 

Having both kids home makes running a little trickier for me.  Cupcake is too big for a stroller (and I wouldn’t want to push her plus Pumpkin anyway!), she’s too young to run and she doesn’t have the patience to bike that long either.  And she can’t keep the pace.  Last year I did a lot of my running in the evening, but I much prefer morning running.  Luckily I’ve been able to make that work so far this summer as our YMCA allows outdoor running while the kids are in child watch! 

Friday was National Donut Day, so a group of MRTT moms and kids got together for a donut dash!  We met at our local bike path and ran a mile, then headed across the street to a great little local donut shop. 

20160603_075221Usually I would run on Saturday morning, but we had a class at the zoo, so I skipped it as I didn’t want to feel rushed.  I wouldn’t call this a rest day, though because we walked around the zoo all day!

I got my run in on Sunday.  Just 5.25 miles.  Since I’m not training for anything I just ran what I felt like running.  Stopped when I felt like stopping. 

20160605_082701Monday we headed to the Y in the morning for my favorite class, Group Power.  After the Y we headed to the arboretum and went on a hike (or as Cupcake prefers to call it, a nature walk).  I hiked with a toddler on my back the whole time.

Tuesday I hit the streets for a run, but my Garmin battery was low, so I cut my outdoor run short (after 1.5 miles) and went inside and did a fast mile on the treadmill, for a total of 2.5 miles.  I then spent 30 minutes in the weight room.  Also, my left eye was super duper red and scratchy so I had to wear my glasses.  Wearing my glasses while working out is the pits!


Wednesday I squeezed in 30 minutes of strength training including lots of abs and push ups before the girls’ swim lesson at the Y.  And then it was trail run night!  It was a gorgeous night, too!!

trail runThursday morning I met up with an MRTT buddy to hit the road again and break in my new shoes (3.5 miles).

new shoes 

I’ve got a 5K farm race coming up this weekend, but I’m running that one for fun.  It’s supposed to be super hot on Saturday and the race starts pretty late.  I’m looking forward to the milkshake at the end!!

What have you got on tap this weekend?

Friday Fitness: Indy Mini Marathon Recap

Last Saturday was the 500 Festival Mini Marathon in Indianapolis.  A sizeable group of MRTT ladies made the trip to run the race together.  We had experienced distance runners, a gal who has run the race before, semi-experienced half marathon runners and a handful of first time half marathoners.  And we had a lot of fun.

Indy Mini #mrtt #indyminiWe lucked out with hotel rooms right at the start line, so we could just stumble out of bed, get dressed and head out to see our gal Trudy who was doing the 5K.  Then we were able to head back up to our room to make sure we had everything, put on some sunscreen, go to the bathroom in a a real bathroom, not a port-a-potty!  And take a picture in our cute matching outfits!

Indy Mini #mrtt #indyminiThen we made our way to our corrals.  The race started at 7:30, but our corral didn’t take off until 8:00.  So we had quite some time to hang out, dodge the beachballs that were bouncing around and take selfies.

Indy Mini #mrtt #indyminiKatie and I were in a corral together, with a goal time of 2:10.  I was hoping for a 2:07 finish time to beat the Colts cheerleaders.  There were a lot of people hanging out in our corral who shouldn’t have been.  And once we started running it became more obvious they were in the wrong spot.  We spent a lot of time early on trying to get around people.  But in mile 2 we found our stride.  And things were going good.  We passed the aid stations (which there were PLENTY of) because we both were carrying water.  Despite the forecast it turned out to be a pretty overcast day, though it seemed like it could rain at any minute and depending on our direction and location we had to battle some wind.

Indy Mini #mrtt #indyminiThe part of the race I was most looking forward to was running on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  It is just a unique feature of this race and even though I’m not a race fan the idea of running where cars drive 200 mph seemed fun.  Unfortunately I didn’t actually find running on the track all that fun.  Even though my smile and the abundance of pictures I took of the experience might make you think otherwise.

Indy Mini #mrtt #indyminiWe went from great crowd support to nothing.  It was actually pretty boring on the track.  The best part about it was that it was very smooth.  No dodging potholes!  It was also narrower than the road so we suddenly became very condensed.  Particularly where the two water stops were.  And you had to look for people to suddenly stop when you crossed the bricks.  The miles on the track were the slowest splits of the race.

About a mile after exiting the speedway Katie and I got separated.  I was now on my own.  I was feeling good, though.  I picked the pace back up for a bit and checked in with my Garmin to attempt some math while running.  I figured if I could keep the 9:30 min/mile pace I was cruising at I could beat that 2:07 finish time.  Unfortunately that’s not how the last 3 miles went down. 

It got very humid, then it got very windy, then it rained.  It wasn’t a heavy rain (while I was running) but the wind that came with it was coming right at us.  I was so happy to make the turn for the last mile of the race to get out of the headwind, but I knew it slowed me down too much and I was really struggling to breathe in the humidity.  (I’ve had some breathing/sore throat/coughing issues ever since I had strep)  I just kept chugging along and eventually made it to the finish line.

My Garmin said 13.26 miles with a time of 2:13:14 (10:03 min/mile).  Faster than the half marathon a few weeks back and I knew it was a PR.  Chip time was 2:13:09.  While it wasn’t the time I was aiming for (or have been training for) it is 49 seconds off my PR, so I decided to celebrate it.  The conditions were a lot different than my winter training runs, there was a large crowd and I did the best I could that day. 

Ringing the PR Bell at the #indyminiI waited for Katie at the finish line, we posed for a picture together, grabbed all the snacks at the end and made our way to our group meet up spot.  We drank our chocolate milk, ate our cookies and celebrated with those who finished before us and those who finished after us.  I really enjoyed having so many MRTT ladies at that race and it was great celebrating everyone’s accomplishments together.  And it was great having a girls weekend away in Indy.  Even if we ended up being to tired on Saturday night to paint the town.  It was a great runcation. 


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Friday Fitness: Taper to Indy

It’s the day before race day!!!  Tomorrow is the Mini Marathon so I’m heading to Indianapolis this afternoon.  I’m really excited for the weekend.  So many of my Moms Run This Town ladies are racing in the morning and we’re going to have a fun weekend.  I made it through the taper week.  I think I’ve recovered from being sick.  Hopefully I’m ready for this race!

Saturday – rest

Sunday – 6.11 miles  I ran the first 5K trying to help a friend achieve a sub-30 5K and ran the last 3 with a friend who was pushing a double stroller.  Sunday group runMonday – Group Power.  I love this class!  I know I keep saying this.  I made it to the morning class which is doing my favorite routine.  It was a killer workout and felt so good!

Tuesday – 3.5 run/walk with some other MRTT ladies.  And my sleepy running buddy.

Tuesday runWednesday – CSI (cardio, strength, intervals)  For an hour we did 4 minute intervals of 1 minute cardio, 1 minute arms, 1 minute legs, 1 minute core.  Phew!  We were sweating!  Then in the evening a group of us headed out to the pub run that a local running store does once a month.  We logged 2.5 miles and I celebrated my last run before race day with some some pretzels and a house root beer.

pub runThursday I went to yoga and get a great stretch in!  It was like the yoga instructor knew what we needed!

Today I am resting.  And by resting I mean packing, wrapping up a few things around the house, driving and then walking around Indy. 

I’ll see you on the other side of 13.1!!!  Have a great weekend!!!

Friday Fitness: The No Good Very Bad Half Marathon

This past Sunday was the Brokeman’s Half Marathon of Southwest Ohio.  I signed up for the race because it was $10 for a limited number of early participants.  I figured it would be a good training run for Indy Mini.   I have a big goal for Indy and I wanted to feel really prepared going in, so I figured a race before the race would help.  Well, right now I”m feeling defeated.  Brokeman’s was a no good very bad half marathon.

20160417_082424I was pretty happy about twinning with my RBF, Lindsay, but I wasn’t feeling my best.  Something just didn’t feel right.  I passed it off as race day jitters.

It was a warmer day that what we’ve been used to.  Last’s weeks training run was in 30 degree weather.  It was 60 at the start of the race.  And sunny.  We had a good group of girls running, though, so I was having fun mingling with my MRTT gang.  And then it was race time!  My Map My Run wouldn’t start, so I didn’t get my GPS going until we had already gone maybe a quarter of a mile.

13002570_10154098609499500_3006915434328604039_oI was happy that two of my speedy running pals were happy to run my pace (which was the same planned pace for Lindsay).  The four of us were having fun chatting, swapping stories, talking about our goals for Indy Mini and tackling the rolling hills.  We had a small section of tree lined path, but there was a lot of full sun running after that. 

I was feeling OK to start.  We were comfortably cruising at a 9:00-9:15 pace.  Right where I wanted to be.  But around mile 6 or 7 I started falling back a bit.  My legs weren’t working the way I wanted them to.  I was feeling sluggish.  I couldn’t regulate my breathing.  After 8 miles I had to walk.  It killed me to do it.  But I just needed a break. 

13041180_10154098609529500_6693178574346143793_oRock star Karen stayed with me.  Just like she did at the 10 miler a few weeks back.  She kept me on a run walk interval for the rest of the race, let me put my handheld water bottle in her stroller (yeah, she was pushing a stroller!!), and was my cheerleader through the last few tough miles. 

13015500_10153483175231657_7009194344665606079_nAfter what seemed like a million miles and a constant uphill we finally rounded the corner to the finish line.  And everyone’s GPS read 13.4 miles.  2:15:12  (10:07 min/mile)

So, the race was longer that the 13.1 we were expecting.  And my pace was about a minute slower than I was expecting.  And I felt a lot worse than I was expecting.  My hips were tight and my lungs felt like they were going to collapse. 

20160417_112157After a good stretch and cheering the rest of our gals across the finish line a few of us snapped a picture and we headed out.  We stopped for lunch on the way home and I took a hot shower. 

And then I felt awful the rest of the day.  And the next day.  And the next day.  And this whole week.  Turns out I had strep throat.  So I’ve been trying to rest and recover this week.  I haven’t run or worked out.  I had less than 1000 steps on my Fitbit on Monday! 

So, what was supposed to be a practice round for the race I really care about has turned into a bit of a disappointment.  I was really hoping to come in under 2:10, closer to 2:05.  I’ve got 2 weekends left before race day, so I’m hoping to get at least one more strong, long run in so I can get to Indy feeling ready to come in under 2:05.  Fingers crossed. 


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