26 January 2015

Monday Mileage

Holy soreness, Batman.

I forgot how much my muscles hate me after strength training. Most of it is self induced. By nature, I am not a competitive person, but when it comes to strength training and lifting weights, I want to lift ALL THE WEIGHT. And apparently do all the squats. I may have over done it, hence the lower mileage this week, but I'm cool with that. My ankle has been a bit tender so backing off has been a good move.

As was the purchase of some new shoes! Here's the deal....I love my Merrells. LOVE THEM. But the nagging "ache" in my ankle wasn't going away and after looking back at my training log, I noticed my first mention of it when I started running in my new shoes. Crap. So, I took myself to Running Fit, our local running store, to see about some new shoes and to get fitted for a pair based on my foot type. What I learned is that I tend to roll my feet out when I walk and run and while the shoes I have were great, they weren't great for me. So after running laps around the store (in my little black dress/business attire because I did this on my lunch break) in various running shoes, I ended up with a new (and least fun) pair of Brooks Ghost 7 running shoes. Friday was my first real run in them and I totally dig these shoes. They felt great on my feet, didn't feel heavy and I was able to "feel" my right foot roll to the outside as I ran. The best thing though is because I could feel my foot roll out, I was able to correct it by consciously leveling out my foot. The result.....no pain in my ankle! So excited. It's going to take some getting used to and adding some additional strength in my feet and ankles (while keeping those calves loose) but I am hoping we're on the right track.

Monday: 2 mile walk with Bandit
Tuesday: 4 mile run
Wednesday: Personal training session, 1.6 mile walk with Bandit
Thursday: 2.5 mile run, 1.75 mile walk with Bandit
Friday: 3 mile run
Saturday: 2.2 mile walk with Bandit
Sunday:  1.3 miles on the elliptical, yoga class, personal training session, 1.7 mile walk with Bandit

Weekly Total: 18.75 miles (9.25 miles walking, 9.5 miles running)

23 January 2015

Random Stuff v1

It's been a week.

I feels weird to be typing this, but I have a new personal trainer.

I fought the notion of signing up with a new trainer for quite awhile. I just couldn't imagine putting my trust in someone again like I trusted D. Melodramatic, I know. But asking for help, no matter the reason, is not something that comes easily to me. So reaching out to someone new is not easy.

But I did and it's been o.k. Not great like it was when I started with D (we connected right away which was the only reason I stuck with it), but I think that is because of my own expectations. I worked really hard to get where I am so having to constantly ask for more weight and adding reps on my own has been a bit frustrating, but we'll get there........I hope.

It's been almost 4 years since I starting seeing a specialist for some foot/ankles issues I was having with my left foot/ankle. It was pretty bad and I ended up having to have surgery to correct the problem. Over the last 2 or 3 weeks, I've been experiencing a similar twinge in my right ankle. No bueno. The frustrating part is that it doesn't hurt all the time. Just occasionally. Sometimes when I run. Sometimes after a run. Sometimes when I am just walking down the stairs. It only hurts whenever it feels like being annoying.

In an attempt to ward off an actual full blown injury, I stopped into Running Fit to get fitted for a new pair of running shoes and will be adjusting my workout schedule accordingly. Back to the elliptical and maybe even the bike for awhile. To say I am frustrated/discouraged would be an understatement but as a wise man likes to tell me, "You have to do what is necessary". Hopefully all of that, along with some extra stretches, ice time and massages with arnica gel  will help correct the problem. I'm not quite ready to call McDreamy yet (yes, I refer my doctor as McDreamy because he is lovely to look at).

Despite the foot/ankle issues, I've committed to my very first race! I am equally excited as I am terrified. A cousin is putting together a team for the Dirty Dog Dash in June. In the past I have sworn up and down that I would never do one of these kinds of events, but I'm actually looking forward to doing it.

21 January 2015

What In My (Gym) Bag

I admit it, I love all those "what's in my bag!" posts folks do.

I think I like them because they remind me that no, I'm not alone in carrying all the stuff with me. Sometimes totally necessary. Sometimes totally random.

I thought I'd share with you all what goes with me to the gym.

First, the bag!

I am bag obsessed. I feel one can never own enough bags. You just never know what kind of bag you are going to need for any potential occasion or event that might pop up. One must always be prepared.

Anywho, I am currently using a bag from Haiku. I absolutely adore this line of bags and when I was able to scoop one up for myself (hello discount and gift certificate!) I didn't hesitate. I picked up the Weekender bag, which is kind of like the Tardis. It's a lot bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside.

To be honest, it's almost too big BUT is actually perfect. Because I hit the gym immediately after work, I need somewhere to stash all my work clothes which can be kind of a lot here in the winter (layers people, so damn many layers).

I dig it though. It holds everything I need, with room to spare. AND there is a separate section for your shoes which is a huge bonus.

Onto the stuff!

Drew would tease me all the time about my obsession with all things pink. Which is funny because I don't actually like the color pink. I just own a lot of "pink" things. It's weird.

Shirt // Sports Bra // Shoes // Socks

I always have a long sleeve shirt of some sort to wear after my workouts. Right now, this pink one (I don't get it) is my favorite. I picked it up for like $6 at KMart and it's perfect to throw on before bundling up in my winter jacket.

As for my shoes, I LOVE my Merrell's. This is one of 10 pair of running shoes from them that I own. These are by far my favorites, All Out Rush. Super comfortable and fit like a glove.

Full Length Leggings // Cropped Leggings // Purple Tank // Red Tank
I like to have options when it comes to what I wear during a workout. I adore Old Navy's compression pants and have yet to find another brand that fit me as well as these do. I always have two pair of leggings (full length and cropped) and a few tops to choose from.

These two are my favorite: the purple one I had custom made (an inside joke with Drew) and the red one is from The Fitness Tee Co on Etsy. They have lots of fun tanks and tees. I own way more of them than I really need to.

The bag within a bag....

I bought this zipper pouch from a friend who sells Thirty One bags. It's the perfect size to carry around everything else I need with me at the gym as well as for the cold walk to the car when I'm done working out.

From right to left......
iPhone (I need my jams), headphones, TomTom Runner Watch (I'll be doing a post on this watch within the next week or two), iPod Nano (in case my iPhone dies, I dunno why I have it with me), class punch card, folding brush, loose change, hair ties (can never have too many), bobby pins (again, never enough!), padlock, mascara & eyeliner, deodorant, hand sanitizer, lotion, arnica gel (the best thing EVER for sore muscles) and multiple things of chapstick.

Cold weather accessories which also fit in the pouch...

Hat, buff, headband, and gloves.
Hat // Buff // Headband // Gloves

Not pictured:
--I do tend to layer my tanks when I work out. I don't know why I do it, but my favorite tanks to do so with are from Next Level. They come in lots of fun colors and are relatively inexpensive.
--CamelBak Water Bottle: I always have one with me for optimal hydration during gym session.

There you have it! Everything I haul with me to and from the gym, which sometimes feels like a workout all in itself!

What is something you can't live without when you hit the gym?

19 January 2015

Monday Mileage

Again, yoga took a bit of a backseat this week. I've been working in a few yoga flows after each run but none of them "felt" long enough to be noteworthy.

I started back with a trainer this week. I'm still trying to get my thoughts together about it, so that'll be a post later this week.

As for the running, I felt mostly great this week. Tuesday and Thursday were a bit of a struggle--Tuesday I was just plain exhausted and Thursday I wasn't feeling so hot, but I powered through. And felt better for doing so. I do need to figure out how to pace myself better. As I said last week, the faster I run the more comfortable I feel, it's just that I can't keep it up for the whole run. I had planned on running 4 miles on Friday, but by the 3rd I was spent and I know it's because I ran the first 2 miles too fast.

The highlight of the week though was Monday. When I started my run I figured if I could finish 4 miles in 48 minutes that would be great. I'm still taking walk breaks so I feel pretty good about a 12 minute mile, especially at that distance (especially for this newbie runner). But after the first mile I was feeling pretty good and decided to set a goal of finishing in 45 minutes. It took a ridiculous "sprint" at the end but I finished my 4 miles in 44:37. I was pretty excited. There may have been some no-so-subtle fistpumping on the treadmill.

My week:
Monday: 4 mile run (whoop! whoop!), 1.25 walk with Bandit
Tuesday: 2.33 mile run
Wednesday: 1.6 mile walk with Bandit
Thursday: 3.5 mile run, 1.35 walk with Bandit
Friday: 3.1 mile run
Saturday: 1.5 mile walk with Bandit
Sunday: 1.8 mile walk with Bandit

Weekly Totals: 20 miles (12.93 miles running, 7.5 walking)

14 January 2015


Let's be honest.

I would be lost, LOST I tell you, without my iPhone. The dang thing is practically another appendage, but as much as I wish I didn't depend on it quite so much, it has become irreplaceable when it comes to keeping me on track and motivated to workout.

I thought I'd share some of my favorite apps that I've been using to keep track of everything and to keep me moving!

Zombie's Run!

I started using the app earlier this fall when I started running outside and was having a heck of a time "getting in the zone". This app has been a fun way to get in the groove while running outside (especially when running hills). Because I also only use it when running outside, "wanting to know what happens next!" helps to push me out the front door. You can listen to your own tunes while saving the world and the GPS is pretty accurate so it tracks my time, miles and pace which is handy.

Rock My Run

I've seen lots of folks post links to their running playlists using services like Spotify and even Pandora has some pretty great cardio playlists for running. I've used them both in the past and Pandora is a staple at the office, but let's be honest--I'm lazy and don't want to labor over putting together a playlist for the gym. Enter, Rock My Run. I've used this app for the the last week or so and it is fantastic. I love that I can sort and pick out mixes based on bmp. It has definitely helped to keep me going on the treadmill.

Daily Mile & Nike +

I may be a wee bit of an over achiever but I actually log my miles in two places. Weird. I know. Previous to using the Zombies, Run app, I used the Nike+ app for all my runs (inside and out) and bought the Nike Fuel Band to keep me motivated and moving (and it makes for a cool watch). I LOVE the Nike+ app and fuel band, but I also needed a place to log other workouts (yoga, strength training, etc.) which is why I started using Daily Mile as well. I can import my runs/walks from Nike+ and it keeps everything nice and tidy.

Lose It!

I started using this app seriously when I started training with Drew. Everything gets logged here (food and activities), but the only thing I actually pay attention to is how much protein I eat a day. The rest of the numbers, while interesting, aren't really of much concern to me.

12 January 2015

Monday Mileage

One of the drawbacks to the gym membership I have is that there are certain "blackout dates" which means I'm on my own to figure out how to workout. It can be a bit frustrating, but since the membership is actually free, I don't like to complain about it.

Having said that, after being away for a week and a half, it felt GOOD to get back and get some good workouts in. One of the challenges I have while running on the treadmill is not trusting my legs. I tend to worry too much about not being able to adjust my pace as easily as I can while running outside. But I'm learning to push myself by running "just 30 more seconds" or "just 0.10 further" before slowing down or taking a walk break.

I'm also finding that I'm more comfortable running a faster pace than I am slower one. I just need to work on being able to run at that pace for longer periods of time, but I know that will come over time. With each run I can feel myself getting strong and stronger which is pretty awesome.

My week.......
Monday: 3.31 mile run
Tuesday: 3.1 mile run
Wednesday: 20 minutes of yoga
Thursday : 20 minutes of yoga
Friday: 3.25 mile run
Saturday: 1 mile walk, 30 minutes of yoga
Sunday: 3.2 mile run, 1.5 mile walk, 60 minutes of yoga
Weekly Totals: 15.36 miles

I've been tracking my miles and workouts on Daily Mile. It's pretty awesome to see them rack up! How or where do you keep track of your workouts or miles?

08 January 2015

31 Day Yoga Project: Week 1

Oiy vey.

This week. I just. Real life gets in the way of fun some times.

Things have been progressing very slowly with this project. Which I guess in a way is o.k.

At one point, I had thought about trying to tackle baby grasshopper instead of Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana for this project, but managed to tweak something in my wrist. Sadly this made any attempt at any pose requires my hands/wrists was impossible. But that's o.k. I need to remind myself that building a good base is better than mastering some of these harder poses.

Having said that though, trying to find time for yoga has been difficult. I managed practice 4 days this week, which was a total win. After a 4 day weekend, getting back in the swing of things with work and hitting the gym were a tad difficult so I didn't spend as much time doing yoga or working on my core strength as much as I wanted to.

But, it's a new week and another chance to focus on working on the pose and working on building some strength and flexibility.