Category: Fitness

Friday Fitness

We’re getting used a new normal around here without Oscar.  Sticking to my usual workout schedule helped.  Though I still expect him to come running when we get home from the gym.  It’s very strange not having him around.  I know it’ll take some time to get used to this new normal. 

Saturday we had our Moms Run This Town Winter Virtual race.  We had big plans for signs and distances, but Mother Nature was not kind to us.  The path was snowy and slick and the temperature wasn’t even in the double digits with a negative windchill.  I decided to stick to 10K instead of a half marathon because, well, I couldn’t feel my thighs.  I took it slow and ran the whole thing with a friend.  I enjoyed the company.

MRTT Winter VirtualSunday was a rest day.

Monday I hit the YMCA and did 20 minutes on the elliptical and ran through some weights.  Hubby was home for President’s Day, so I was able to go early, which was nice because it wasn’t very busy and I didn’t have to wait for any machines or weights.

On Tuesdays I run.  So I put Pumpkin in the stroller and we hit the neighborhood.  It was an interval day and I’m pretty happy with my performance considering I was pushing a stroller.  3 miles (9:19 min/mile) 

Tuesday runWednesday I tried a new class with some friends.  It’s called CSI (cardio, strength, intervals).  It was a great class!  We did some tabata (starting out with burpees!), lots of plank variations and some high rep weights.  It was an hour well spent!

On Thursday I hit the pavement again for a 6 mile tempo run.  The target was 9:28 min/mile and I came in at 9:26 min/mile for 6.5 miles.  Again, I was super happy with that especially since I was a stroller pushing.  Thankfully the weather was great.  Almost 30 degrees, sunny and no wind!!!

Thursday tempo runToday we were off to the Y again.  I did a 20 minute warmup on the bike before going through my weight routine.  Today was a back focused workout.  And because I had a little more time before I needed to be at the running store for their clearance sale I ran a quick-ish mile on the treadmill (9:06 min/mile).  Pumpkin and I were twinsies with our gym hair.

Gym hairI’m looking at a double digit run in the morning and it looks like the weather is going to be much nicer than last Saturday!  And then it’s a birthday weekend!!!  We’ll be celebrating hubby’s birthday and spending time with family.

Do you have big weekend plans?

Friday Fitness: A Weird Week

My schedule was way off this week.   There were two big reasons.  Weather and Oscar.  Make that three.  Sickness.

Saturday I really wanted to stay in bed.  It was so warm and cozy.  And I had the whole bed to myself because hubby had fallen asleep watching a movie.  But I dragged myself out of bed for the group long run.  I had 10 easy miles on the schedule.  I figured I’d run at about a 10:30 pace, which aligned with what two of the other gals wanted to do.  The whole group set out together, but as people hit their distances they turned back and then there were just 3.  (Actually there were 5 but the other two were way ahead of us)  We ended up running 11 miles (10:05 min/mile) because two of us ran a little faster than we thought and we kept going back to pick up our third runner.Saturday group run

I usually rest on Sunday, but it was such a gorgeous day!  (50 degrees and sunny)  A local running group was having a race in the afternoon.  Hubby and Cupcake had plans to go to the bookstore, so Pumpkin and I decided to join some friends for the race.  It was the Frostbite 5, but most people were wearing short sleeves!  I had to do lots of weaving because I started in the back with the stroller and I got held up a bit behind people.  Pumpkin slept in the stroller the whole time.  Well, until I hit a speedbump running an 8:00 min/mile pace right before the finish line! 5.12 miles in 46:42 (9:07 min/mile).

Frostbite 5Monday was a sort of rest day.  I did a quick cardio dance workout just to rack up some steps on my Fitbit.

Tuesday didn’t go at all like I expected.  Since hubby stayed home from work I was able to sneak out for a bit and head to the Y.  I did a 20 minute warmup on the elliptical and then ran through my strength training program. 

Wednesday was back to school for Cupcake, so Pumpkin and I went to the Y and I did my speedwork run (which I would normally do on Tuesdays).  Oh, and I normally wouldn’t run on the treadmill, but it was snowing again.  And I really didn’t feel like doing a stroller interval run in the snow!  I did 5 x 1000m (8:13 min/mile) with 400m RI (9:30 min/mile) all while watching HGTV.  I almost lost it, though, when a commercial with a dachshund came on.

treadmill runYesterday I wasn’t able to head to the Y in the morning.  We had window guys coming.  And then I couldn’t go when Cupcake came home from school because she came home sick.  Thankfully hubby came home just after 4:00 and I was able to enjoy some sunshine!  3.2 miles (8:52 min/mile)

SunshineI’m taking today as a rest day.  Cupcake doesn’t have school today and she’s still a bit under the weather so I don’t want to put her in child watch at the Y.  And tomorrow I have a race.  It’s the MRTT winter virtual.  I’m either running 10K or 13.1 but I figured I’d wait to see how I feel tomorrow (it’s supposed to be super cold) and see what the rest of the group is doing. 

I kind of slacked on the strength training this week, but hopefully next week things will be a little more normal and I can get back into my routine.


Have a great weekend, everyone!!!

Friday Fitness: Back in Training

I decided this week that maybe I should look at a calendar and figure out a training plan for my spring half marathons.  Turns out I should have started already!  Whoops!  The good news is I’ve kept up the mileage on the weekends so I’m not behind.  But I started reading Run Less, Run Faster and I wanted to try the training plan in it to reach my new PR goal.  So I had to get to work.

On Saturday we had our group run.  Luckily we didn’t get the snow that was predicted, but the snow from earlier in the week hadn’t been cleared or melted.  We had a snow run.  It was a first for some of the girls!  I didn’t really have a running plan, but my girl Kara was looking to make it her longest run ever so I stuck with her for 7 miles.  And she knocked it out of the park!!(10:45 min/mile)

Snow run!

And on Sunday I rest.  And I was super lazy.  My Fitbit step count was pathetic!

Monday I woke up before kiddos and did a HIIT workout and a weight workout.  And I figured out my half marathon training schedule.

And on Tuesdays I run.  I really should have run on Monday because the weather was nicer, but I like to stick to my schedule.  The plan was an interval run.  A 3x1000m interval!  That’s a heck of a way to start!  (I’m already 2 weeks behind)  I was supposed to do 1 warm up mile, followed by 3 9:28min/mile intervals with 60 second recovery.  I was running with the stroller, so I didn’t quite make the mark, but I got pretty darn close!  1 (9:55 min/mile) 2 (8:38 min/mile) 3 (8:34 min/mile) 4 (8:50 min/mile)

Interval runI also chased Cupcake around the skating rink for almost 2 hours that night which was a pretty good cardio workout!

Wednesday I did 25 minutes of HIIT (so many burpees!!!).  And I got 15 minutes on the step machine.

Thursday was my first tempo run.  Again, I was stroller running.  Again is was so windy!  I ran 6 miles on the hilly bike path (9:48 min/mile).  My target pace was 9:36.  Not too bad!!  Especially when I had to push the stroller up a pretty decent hill!

Tempo runI turned off my alarm clock this morning after being up with the toddler 3 times last night.  But after I sent Cupcake off to school I hit the step machine for 30 minutes and I’m off to do some push ups and crunches before I hit the shower. Nothing too strenuous since tomorrow is long run day!!  And it’s supposed to be a nice day!

I hope you had a great week!!!  I’ll see you next week!

Friday Fitness: January Cold

The winter weather is definitely here.  My fleece lined leggings are getting quite a bit of use!  I really need to get  second pair!  Especially since they have a patch on the knee from when I fell last winter

I passed up my patch pants on Saturday for my pink pants for a 6 mile run.  I was still suffering a bit from a head cold and didn’t feel up to the 10 miles some of the group was doing.  And I wanted more than the 3 some of the others did.  I had a friend who wanted to do more than 3 and I helped her get to 6 (10:23 min/mile).#happyfeetSunday was a rest day, as usual.
Monday I was up early in an attempt to workout before the kids woke up, but they woke up early, too, but I managed to squeeze in a dance cardio video and strength training session before we headed out for some family fun since hubby had the day off for the holiday.

Tuesday I hit the trail with a friend and my little running buddy in her BOB for a 3 mile run (10:30 min/mile) in some super cold weather and wind!  It was only 9 degrees.  Thank goodness for the weather shield to keep Pumpkin warm.  My MRTT magnet had been flipped the day before, so I got to flip it back.

#mrtt #magnetflipI felt like changing things up on Wednesday, so I did 15 minutes of a strength training circuit, 15 minutes dance cardio and 15 minutes of yoga core before the kids woke up.  And then I got the call that it was a snow day!  So I also got a bit of a workout in shoveling the driveway and sidewalk in the afternoon.

On Thursdays I run.  Even when there is snow on the ground.  Pushing a stroller in snow is another ballgame, though.  Luckily a lot of the road had been cleared so I only had to run in snow on some roads or in some spots.  Pumpkin and I got in 3.68 miles (9:46 min/mile) and I rocked the patched up knee pants for the second run this week.

Stroller run in the snowThis morning I did a quick Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred video because I had a little one watching me.  It’s only 25 minutes, which is about the length of time a toddler can tolerate momma working out and not paying attention to her.  But by the time I had finished she had dozed off on the couch.  She’s so cute!

I really like the 3 day run, 3 day cross train schedule and as long as I can get up before the kids it works out really well.


I also got the ridiculous idea to sign up for a DietBet this week.  I needed a bit of motivation to work off the few pounds I put on last year.  And I figured it would help me stick to my exercise plan when I don’t feel like waking up on cold, dark mornings.  So far so good.

We’re supposed to get some snow today, so tomorrow’s run should be fun!  I’ll tell you all about it next week!  Have a great weekend!


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Friday Fitness: Under the Weather

Phew!  I’m glad it’s Friday.  I’m ready for a little weekend relaxation!  My schedule was weird this week and winter showed up.  And I’m not feeling 100%.  Here’s hoping some family fun and maybe putting my feet up for a bit will do some good. 

Usually I run on Saturday, but not this week.  Hubby ran on Saturday.  I did a workout in the basement.  I did Tracy Anderson’s Dance Cardio and Metamorphosis workouts instead. 

Sunday was my run day this week.  And Sunday was the day Mother Nature decided that we should get our first taste of winter.

snow runningI was so happy some of my running buddies joined me despite the weather!  That’s me in the second row on the right.  One of the gals had 9 miles on her training schedule, so some of us stuck with her for support (10:30 min/mile).  I don’t really have a running agenda right now, so I just run whatever everyone else is running. 

Monday I woke up with a headache, which progressed into a sore throat and congestion.  The best I could muster was 20 minutes on the step machine.  And I went bowling.  And how two good games and one crappy one.

Tuesday was crazy cold!!!!  Normally I would put Pumpkin in the stroller and log some miles, but it was snowing and windy and the “feels like” temperature was in the single digits.  So, instead I waited until hubby got home from work and logged 3.37 miles (9:18 min/mile) in the slush and sun.

Tuesday run Thank goodness for the sun.

On Wednesday I slept in.  I forgot to set my alarm the night before so I didn’t wake up until Cupcake crawled into bed with me when her alarm went off.  So I missed my workout window.  And it was a jam packed day so I took an unplanned rest day.

Yesterday I had to stay home because we had a window crew coming, so there was no stroller run in the morning again.  But when hubby came home in the evening I threw dinner at the family and ran out the door to get 2.25 interval miles (8:43 min/mile) before the sun set.

I’m cranking out a bit of at home strength training this morning to finish off the week. I’m still feeling a bit congested, but I’m hoping to feel better this weekend! 

12565357_10208649449332931_7276167092007404977_nAnd hopefully next week I can put a bit more effort in. 


Let’s talk head colds.  Do you rest or run?


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