Monthly Archives: August 2012

The day has arrived

5 mi, 9:26 average pace

I have been loving my morning runs this week and I spend every mile daydreaming about seeing my husband this weekend! I am flying tommorow to go see him. I have been missing him so much since July 11th. I know Sunday will be really tough for me to leave him, but I also have a lot to look forward to. I am running 18 miles on Monday! And meeting my new kiddos all next week. Time will keep on flying by I just know it.

Have I bragged about Kevin before? Just this week he ran 2 miles in 12:58! And he doesn’t even like running. Plus he is hilarious and makes me laugh all of the time. He is handsome and sweet and silly. All wonderful things 🙂

Here I go! See you next week and have a healthy long weekend!

What are you looking forward to in the near future?

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Run, Recover, Repeat

8 mi, 9:40 average pace

 You work hard all week fitting in each run and then put your body through grueling miles on your weekend LSD. You may be feeling pretty rough at this point, but you know that your mileage is only going to increase the following week. How can you keep your body healthy and in tip-top shape to continue your “take-over-your-life-but-you-love-it” training plan? I asked around to find out the best of the best 😉 recovery tips and tricks.

My girl Jordan said: Chocolate milk! Stretching and holding for 30 seconds each stretch, ice baths, and foam rolling. A nap too!

Amanda at Peanut Butter and Adrenaline said:  “To recover, I eat as soon as possible, and it’s usually toast with peanut butter and fruit or eggs and toast. I drink a ton of water, ice any aches while I eat, and then I lay around/take it somewhat easy. I might go for a walk in the evening so my legs can loosen up a little.”

Guest writer Melissa said: “After stretching I like to recover on my couch with a bottle of water and a good movie! I tend to eat more later in the day than right after a big run. I think my adrenaline is up from having accomplished a long run that the hunger doesn’t kick in till later!”

My cutest coworker Kate said: Do a mile shakeout in the evening and make sure to properly rest.

My mom said: “After Laura’s long run I really like taking 100’s of pictures of her all sweaty for the blog and listening to her mile splits. Sometimes she even lets me make her a recovery shake!” Just kidding but really this all happens.

Yours truly said: After a long run I try my best to foam roll, stretch, and shower. I have done a few ice baths and I think they are helpful with soreness and swelling. Jumping in the lake or a cold shower must be similar right!? But my favorite way to really unwind is with a cup of coffee and sweats.

Great ideas ladies! To recap we have…

1. Drink chocolate milk and water and eat a healthy meal.

2. Stretch, foam roll, and ice for swelling.

3. Watch a movie, take a nap, and wear sweats.

4. Go for a walk or short run to shake out sore legs.

5. Bask in the amazing accomplishment. Then realize that you are going even farther the next weekend and start to prepare!

Tell me about your favorite running moment?

Crim Review + 32 miles

16 mi (10 mi Race, 1 mi cool down, 5 miles in the evening)

Let me jump back to finish the work week! I completed one more 4 mile run on Thursday. This week was jam-packed with 4 mile runs, and even 16 is 4×4. If I needed a lucky number this week, it would have been 4!

After work on Friday I went to my college and study abroad friend Jacylyn’s wedding. It was perfect and beautiful! I realized how much I missed having Kevin on my side during events like this. But I will be seeing him in 5 short days!

Next, I took off to Flint to complete the Crim 10 mile race. The race has some crazy hills, but it is a really fun event! I ran with my sister-in law Melissa and her husband Mitch. They are so sweet to always let me tag along with them 🙂 Basically, I’m like their child. Happy Anniversary to you cuties!

The race included a dri-fit shirt, medal, pizza and beverage at the finish line party, water stations, and timing system. We finished in 1:41 which is our best time yet! I can’t say it felt like our best Crim yet though because we were a sweaty exhausted mess during most of the race. I tried a Power Bar Energy gel during the race because the Toronto Marathon will be supplying them. I found out that I prefer GU and it sits better in my stomach. I’m glad I tried it so now I know – No thank you to EnergyBar Gels!

There we are after the Crim. Our training plan had us running 16 miles, so we did a 1 mile cool-down after the run. That means I had 5 more miles to do! I went out at night and it was still pretty scorching. Here I am after run #2. This is the new Crim shirt too!

Tired and Sweaty

That is a total of 32 miles for the week and my highest mileage week since my last marathon two years ago. There is no time to bask in the glory of 32 though because this coming week is 35! I am going to change it up a bit and do my mid-week 8 miles all in one swoop before school Tuesday. Wish me luck! 🙂

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Recovery is important after a long run and especially when the following week also has high mileage to hit. Let me know what your recovery looks like and I will include it in my next post!

Tell me about your recovery method after a long run!

Do you think races are becoming too pricey? (I heard NYC marathon is  $255!)

Blog on fire!

4 mi in the AM, 9:01 average pace

4 mi in the PM, 9:01 average pace

Ok, that is the weirdest thing ever! I just noticed that I ran the exact same pace this morning and after work. This morning was 36:03:65 and this evening was 36:03:88. I was all set to write a bit about how much more difficult it is for me to run later in the day! That theory sure doesn’t hold through time wise, but I did feel exhausted this evening.

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Amanda over at Peanut Butter and Adrenaline nominated me as a blog on fire. What a sweetie! This is a type of chain where you tell 8 things about yourself and then nominate other bloggers.

I just started Miles for a Smile last month, but I have been reading healthy living blogs for a while now. I started with The Fitnessista and have found a lot of other blogs that I enjoy reading. Here we go!

1. I hated running in high school. Running was a dread while I played softball and the coach would yell that we could stop once Laura reached the front of the pack! It was playful but a gives you an idea of how much I disliked running.

2. I was a college athlete, well… if you count dance team 😉 I danced at Western Michigan University for all of the football and basketball games. We competed at a National competition in Daytona Beach Florida too. It was such a wonderful and fun experience. We even had a scary trainer!

3. I traveled in Europe during my last semester of college. I lived in Heidelberg, Germany for four months and traveled to new cities every weekend!

4. I married my high school sweetheart! We started dating a month before my 15th birthday and were married at 24. I can’t wait to see him!

5. I am traveling to see the hubs next weekend! Woohoo!

6. I came in 2nd out of 2 in my first 10k race. It was called the Pickerel Fest at a nearby small town. Rocked it, hehe!

7. I am house hunting! I can’t wait to own a home and make it amazing.

8. I am currently going to graduate school to further my teaching certifications! I am a nerd and love school.

Thanks for making it through the list! Here are some other great bloggers on fire…

On the Road Again

Fit and Fun in Third

Ricole Runs

Strong Like My Coffee

Do you like to run early or later in the day?

What is your absolute favorite blog?

Rest and pack your lunch

Monday, 4 mi slow & hip hop + weights

Today, rest day

Oh thank you relaxing rest day. My body thanks you for giving it a break after 3 days of working it. The demanding title of this post is a requirement for a happy and healthy day!

We all know how important rest days are in a training plan. Resting our bodies help our muscles to repair, energy stores to accumulate, and with our general mental health and well-being. I feel so ready to tackle a tough run after a day or two of rest. I really think that taking last Thursday and Friday off helped me to have a great running weekend. I forgot to tell you that I came in 2nd place in my age group for the 5k. That’s a miracle for this long-distance lover!

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Back to school means packing lunches! Woohoo, isn’t it the best thing ever? 😉 Here are some ways to make it less of a pain.

1. Pack your lunch while making dinner. You are already in the kitchen and making a mess so you might as well get it all done at one time.

2. Use leftovers whenever possible. You could even cook a little extra to use specifically for leftovers.

3. If you have a short lunch like myself, prep everything before you pack it. Peel hard-boiled eggs, cut fruit, pack silverware, etc.

4. Have a lot of containers handy so you don’t have to go digging around for them while you are packing.

5. Pack healthy! I like to make sure that I have incorporated a vegetable, protein, and healthy fat. I usually have a piece of fruit at the end of the school day. A small treat usually sneaks it way into my belly during the day too.

Here is an example of a typical lunch! I had a salad with spinach, cucumbers, green pepper, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese. I put one HB full egg and one white on my salad with balsamic dressing. I also had a serving of grapes and blueberries. At the end of the school day I had a serving of almonds and I did not end up eating my greek yogurt. Too much working talking and not enough time!

What do you like to pack for lunch?

How many rest days do you take in a week?

I’m a running fool and back to school!

10 mi, 9:32 average pace

I have been absolutely loving the weather for running lately! It has been so comfortable in the mornings with a mix of sun and clouds and around 55-60 degrees. My 10 miles went really well and I couldn’t stop daydreaming about coffee and sweatpants as my reward. So I enjoyed that for a while and then went to a few open houses and grocery shopping. I prepped lots of healthy eats for the week!

I had to prep all my food because I start back at school tomorrow! Wow, it is crazy how quickly time goes by. Of course I feel a bit sad, but instead I will tell you why I’m excited to go back!

1. I like a structured schedule. So many times in the summer or on weekends I don’t accomplish a whole lot and feel like the day passed too fast. Having a set schedule at school keeps me focused and forces me to use my time wisely.

2. I get to teach preschoolers and they are hilarious. Expect some funny school stories in the next month or so.

3. I enjoy the people that I work with, especially my paraprofessional who likes running too!

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Running Schedule

Monday- 4 mi and hip hop class

Tuesday- Off

Wednesday- 4 miles AM and 4 miles PM

Thursday- 4 miles

Friday- Off

Saturday- Crim 10 miles + 6 miles

Sunday- Off

This is what I do while I’m waiting for pictures to load. Say goodbye to summer clothes!

What are your plans for the upcoming week?

OA 5k Race

5k Race, average pace 8:11

Oh hey PR! How does it feel to PR you ask? It feels so good. Sorry for the red face and maybe you should just get used to it. My face gets really red while running so if you see me on the sidewalk and I look like a tomato, don’t worry I’m fine. I stopped my watch a few seconds late at the finish line, but I think I was right around 25:40. Woop woop! I don’t really have a 5k PR time so it was a guaranteed fastest time 😉 No pressure and that’s the way I like it.

The local Orthopedic Associates race was well organized and they gave out super cute dri-fit shirts. I ran into a few people I knew and found another friend to run the Crim (10 miler in Flint) with next weekend. My mom stopped by the race to cheer me on and my in-laws were planning on coming but thought it was Sunday! Oh well, just the thought was sweet. Here is my cute mom. Too bad I can’t convince her to read my blog regularly. 🙂

 

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I think I mentioned that I was working on a little project yesterday. It involved spray paint and adding a pop of color to my bedroom. Here are the before and after shots!

 

I wasn’t sure about the school bus yellow, but it is starting to grow on me. I love the way grey and yellow look together but I was envisioning a more muted shade. The options for yellow colors in spray paint were limited. I wanted to tie the color in somewhere else in the room so I did one more paint job.

 

Do you know what this container used to be? A beanie baby display case! I think they are cute painted yellow and are useful for small storage. I can see them in a bathroom for q-tips, cotton balls etc.

This was my first time spray painting and I think it is a great way to change your furniture and add a little fun. I used a spray primer, and painted two coats of the yellow to avoid the streaky zebra look.

Wishing you a healthy and fun weekend!

What is your favorite race distance?

Do you race with a time goal or just go out and see how you feel?