Tag: fitness

Friday Fitness: Frostbite 5

The weather here in Ohio has been crazy!  Up and down. Up and down.  On Saturday, when I would normally do my long run it wasn’t even 20 degrees outside.  I didn’t run on Saturday, not because it was too cold, but because I had a race on Sunday afternoon.  Our local running club has several events throughout the year and this was the first of the year that I could attend.  I did this race last year, too, but pushing the stroller.  And, just like last year the weather was unseasonably warm.  Despite the bitter cold temperatures on Saturday, Sunday afternoon was a gorgeous one!  It was in the upper 40s and sunny.  But quite windy.  So of course I had no idea how to dress for the weather.  And I overdressed.

This is the only picture of me in the race photos.  And it’s a horrible one.  I had to wear the Buff because of the wind.  My ears don’t like the wind.  These races only give you a gun time (no timing mat at the start), so I placed myself sort of close to the front (but nowhere near the 5 and 6 minute mile runners).  I started off at and 8:46 min/mile, which might have been too fast, but by the time I made it to the photographer around 2.5 miles I was maintaining the pace.  Mile 3 brought a small hill, mile 4 was into the wind, and at 4.5 miles there was another decent hill.  So the last half slowed me down just a tad. 

But I crossed the finish line in 44:38 (8:50 min/mile), which is a 5 mile (race) PR for me. Though, this was only the 3rd time I’ve raced the distance. I felt great at the finish, too.  I even turned around and went back out to find a friend and run her into the finish line (so I got another 1.5 miles in). 

It was great racing with my MRTT crew and a nice change of pace to run in the afternoon! And it’s fun to run these little races and see the strong running community we have! 

 

Friday Fitness: Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon

A few weeks ago I completed my second triathlon, but this one was an indoor sprint triathlon.  I hadn’t planned on doing it because it was a week after the Beast Challenge, but a bunch of friends were doing it and there was an open spot and well, the next thing I knew I was in the pool practicing my laps in preparation.

The race was 10 minute swim, 30 minute cycle, 20 minute run.  I spent all of December practicing 10 minutes of straight swimming, as I’d never really swam 10 minutes straight before!  I also got in a few brick workouts of a swim and bike or a bike and run.  So when triathlon day came I was feeling pretty optimistic. 

Our group was split up between waves, so we were able to cheer on our swimmers, especially me being in the second to last wave of the day (last of our group).  But that meant we missed a lot of each others bike and run. 

After one last bathroom break it was time to get in the pool.  We had to share a lane and luckily I had a friend to share with.  Except once we started swimming I was super paranoid about running into her and I actually bumped hands with the person in the next lane at one point.  Despite hitting 400 or 425 yds in 10 minutes consistently in training I only managed 375 yds. 

Out of the pool it was into the locker room to go to the bathroom again, because wet bathing suit.  I put on a pair of shorts and shirt over my suit and headed upstairs to the cycle studio.  I had gone into the studio before the race started so I knew what settings I needed on the bike.  So I grabbed a bike without clips and got my feet into the straps just in time for them to say go.  Except no one showed us show to start the recording on the bike.  So I started pedaling and it didn’t start recording.  We had to call someone over to get it recording, so I lost some time/distance there.  I also didn’t like how the bike didn’t tell you what gear you were in so it was a  guessing game and I kept adjusting up and down trying to find a good gear.  In 30 minutes I biked 8.3 miles.

After hopping off the bike we had to head down the stairs, across the fitness center and back up the stairs to get to the treadmills.  The wave before us was finishing up so we cheered on some of our girls and when the timer stopped for them it started for us.  I hit the quick start jog button and we were off.  Every few minutes I upped the speed a bit and sprinted to the finish.  When the 20 minutes was up I had run 2.31 miles. 

Overall I was pretty happy with how it went.  Since it was my first indoor triathlon I have nothing to compare it to, but now I have some numbers to improve on for the next one.  I’m not sure when the next one will be, though.  Until then I’ll just keep running (cause I still have some running races on the calendar and well, that’s what I do) and I’ll keep swimming because I really enjoy swimming.  I’ll bike if I have to.  It’s my least favorite part.

Mostly I had fun because my MRTT crew was there.  And then we went to Whole Foods for lunch afterward. 

Friday Fitness: The Beast Challenge

I have some race updates to give you!  It’s been a while since my last Friday Fitness post and I’ve raced twice since then!  The first was on New Year’s Day. I did the Pancakes and Resolutions Run Beast Challenge.  The race had a 1 mile, 5K and 10K option.  Or you could do all 3.  I did all three.

It started with a 1 mile run.  There was a small crowd gathered at the start and the race started 10 minutes late because it was taking so long for everyone to get checked in.  I started near the front because it was a small crowd.  Knowing I had two more races ahead of me the plan was to take it easy.  After all, I had 20 minutes from the start of this race until the next.

And then I crossed the finish line in 8:07.  Oops. Not the slow start I had planned.

Next up was the 5K.  Now, I have a knack for running a 27 minute 5K and when chatting with friends prior to the race I made that remark.  But I also said I should probably ease back a bit since I still had the 10K after that. 

And then I ran a 27 minute 5K (8:43 min/mile).  Ha!  My speedy friend was waiting at the finish line (she got 2nd in our age group) and the first thing out of her mouth was “You called it!”

I took a bathroom break after the 5K, which was the best decision I had made all day!  I swapped out my last bib and headed back to the start line for the 10K.  I got off to a great start, but then we took a turn and headed up a hill.  And when we got to the top of that hill there was another small hill.  And when we descended from that hill we had to go up a third hill.  By the time we hit the third hill my legs were done.  I took a walking break.  No shame.  I was tired and hungry and running out of steam.  But I made it to the top of the hill and then got to run back down.

Pretty good finish line photo, too, in my Balega Crazy Crews!!!  It wasn’t my best 10K time, 59:47 (9:38 min/mile), but it was the 3rd race of the day, so…….

But look, still smiling!  It was a fun way to start off the new year.  And I was happy to have some of my MRTT crew there to chat with and cheer on.

If you completed any one of the races you got a pancake medal (and his little legs swing back and forth!) and for completing all 3 races you got a beast medal to go with it. 

And then there was all you can eat pancakes!!!

They tasted much better than they looked! And yes, that’s caramel drizzle on them!  (I’m not a big fan of syrup)  This was a great little local race.  I’m glad I did it!  (It didn’t hurt that the weather was pretty nice.  36 degrees and sunny!) 

 

 

Friday Fitness: Hot Chocolate 15K or Running with Bronchitis

I ran my last race of the year on Sunday.  I’ve always wanted to do the Hot Chocolate 15K, but usually have a conflict.  This year I was able to fit it into my schedule!  I was so excited!  And a bunch of my MRTT crew was there, too, so it was super fun and cold!  Hot Chocolate 15K

We had amazing weather last week, particularly on Friday (it was in the 70s!!) so when race morning rolled around and it was only 34 degrees, cloudy and windy it was a smack in the face!  Also a smack in the face was being diagnosed with bronchitis on Friday, after having felt under the weather for almost 3 weeks.  I struggled with what to wear because we hadn’t eased into the cold temperatures.  Thankfully I picked the right outfit for running. Not so much for standing around before or after the race.

Hot Chocolate 15KI had originally submitted proof of time when I registered for this race.  I ran a 10 miler at an 8:56 min/mile in March so I used that as my proof of time for a preferred corral.  That put me in corral A.  Granted it was the back of corral A, but the first corral none-the-less.  Because I was constantly coughing up a lung I wasn’t holding out hope that I would actually complete this race in my predicted time. 

When the gun went off I just started running at a comfortable pace.  I was just going by what felt good and trying not to look at my watch.  I was pretty consistent, too.  9:33, 9:47, 9:19, 9:29, 9:41 Just over half way.  But then my chest was feeling really heavy.  I found a pit stop just after mile 5, so I took a bathroom break, coughed up a lung, blew my nose about 10 times, coughed some more, then walked through the water stop.  After that I felt a bit better.  11:41, 9:32, 9:52, 9:55, 8:46 sprint to the finish.  

Chip time 1:32:26 (9:55 min/mile)

So about a minute slower per mile than anticipated, but I survived.  It took quite some time after running for me to stop coughing and make my way over the the gear check to get my extra layers.  I put on some dry, fuzzy gloves and a fleece jacket, but it was still just so cold! 

Hot Chocolate 15KI managed to eat my marshmallow and Rice Krispie treat before my chocolate hardened and once the rest of my crew was done running we didn’t stick around.  It was just too cold!!!  We had a nice hot lunch at Melt Bar and Grilled and then we headed back home. 

I didn’t meet my goal and I didn’t get to take my picture with the inflatable marshmallow (they didn’t put them up because of the high winds), but it was a fun race!  I’d love to do it again some time and hopefully be able to enjoy the after party a bit more!

 

I’ve taken most of the rest of the week off to try and kick this chest stuff, but I did run to and from our local Turkey Trot (3.1 miles each way) to volunteer yesterday.  I helped out as a start line marshal and a finish line people mover and got to see a bunch of my MRTT friends run a great race!  I’m still struggling with chest pain so I’m hopefully heading back to the doctor today to get this taken care of.  Until then I’ll (try to) rest.

 

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and 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!

20160607_084718

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?