Monthly Archives: October 2012

Who turned off the lights?

Monday-Hip hop cardio

Tuesday-Powers Out circuit

The power is back on in my house and I couldn’t be happier! Just in time for trick or treaters. We were out of power for about 36 hours, and two huge trees crashed into our backyard and on a neighbor’s house. We definitely felt the wrath of the hurricane all the way on Lake Huron.

So what is there to do when the power is out? Well…my first instinct was to hoard all of the apples and bananas from my dad. Then I started munching on products that didn’t need to be refrigerated. The only problem with that is  usually the longer the shelf life of an item, the worse it is for you. So I decided to rethink my activities. I started thinking about working out. Can’t run in the stormy weather, the gym is out of power, and I can’t access my workout videos. I’m left with simply my body weight and an empty living room.

Try this workout when you are short on time and resources. It takes about 15-25 minutes depending on how many times you repeat it. Simple exercise that everyone knows and to the point. Try it and let me know what you think!!

As the month is ending, I am left thinking about my activities and accomplishments in health and fitness. And I am looking ahead to November to see what I want to try and how to set myself up for success.

What did your October look like? Any big milestones?

What are you working on for November?

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Pro Compression Review

Rest Day

Remember how I set a workout schedule for this week? Well, life got in the way and it changed a lot! I am still happy with my exercise for the week, and I hit my streak of 4 workouts a week or more. Plus I still have a fifth day planned!

Monday-Hip hop cardio class

Tuesday-Halloween themed spin class (so fun!)

Wednesday-4 mile run

Thursday-Barbell blast class + 25 min bike ride + 15 min elliptical

Tomorrow morning I am running 6 miles around town and I can’t wait! Plus, I will be wearing my compression socks. 🙂

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During marathon season this fall I used compression socks to help speed up my muscle recovery. I bought Pro Compression socks online and they shipped very quickly. I wore them after both races during the car rides from Chicago and Toronto. I also wore them the second day after both marathons at school under my work pants.

I have worn the compression socks a few time since the marathon and I liked running in them. Compression socks are not proven to improve performance, but I liked the fact that my calves warmed up quickly and stayed toasty during the run. I think it is likely that this helps runners because your muscles are loose and ready to cruise.

Compression socks aide in recovery by increasing the blood flow to your large muscles. People with poor circulation, especially the elderly, wear a similar type of sock or stocking to help with blood flow. Compression gear is very trendy in the running world and a lot of runners swear by them.

This was my first time running back to back marathons, so I don’t have a lot to compare it to. But I was running again after 3 days for both races and I think that is pretty awesome! I was much more sore after Chicago but I think that is because I was really pushing my speed. Toronto was more of a survival and finish race for me.

The socks fit very tightly, but are still very comfortable. I love the colors, and the material of the socks. They washed well, and I hung them up to dry so they wouldn’t shrink. I would definitely buy more compression gear to try and I think this brand is great!

Have you tried compression gear?

Fitness Plans & Healthy Eats

4.5 mi run

I sure do miss having a structured running schedule. I went out today not quite sure how far or fast I wanted to run. Sometimes that is a great thing, but today I just felt confused and my speed was all over the place. Oh well, I have a schedule for next week so that should help. I hit my 4 workouts a week though!

Here is the plan for next week!

Monday-Hip hop cardio class + ab video

Tuesday-4 mile run (not sure before or after school)

Wednesday-Rest

Thursday-Barbell Blast weights class (kicked my butt last week!)

Friday-Spin class

Saturday-6 mile run

Sunday-Rest

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Here are a few healthy eats I have been saving to share! Most are from the weekend 🙂

Vegetarian chili in a roasted acorn squash.

This is from a little cafe that just reopened under the name Kate’s Downtown. I absolutely love this little cafe and I had lunch with my mother in-law. We both had this dish and it was pretty good. I didn’t care for the cheese topping or the bread but the black bean chili and squash was tasty.

Best combo ever! Candy corn, almonds, and chocolate chips.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made this recipe and I love them! I gave a bunch to my brother because he has been asking for some healthy cookies. These are thick and chewy and the pumpkin is just right.

Peanut Butter 2

This low calorie and low fat peanut butter is the best! It doesn’t taste any different than regular PB. You just add 2 tbls of the powder to 1 tbls water. One serving is 45 calories, 1.5g of fat, and 5g protein!

What are your healthy eating and fitness plans for the week?

 

Guest Post: Toronto Waterfront Marathon Review

Thursday: 20 mins elliptical +Barbell blast class

Friday: Spin class

To Run or Not to Run

Melissa:

Toronto was a blast in hindsight. We arrived Saturday afternoon and checked out the expo. The expo was good but not enough to buy anything. I bought a hat! (Laura) Lots of fun goodies to taste. The race shirts were great and the bibs were awesome, large print with your name and number. Good swag overall. (Laura) Best idea ever to put your name on your bib when running a marathon, you really need those random shouts of your name throughout the course.

We ventured out that night to find pasta for dinner which proved harder than expected, we walked block after block, ending up at a little walk in pizza place that sold pasta. With our pasta in tow we headed back to the hotel to crawl into bed and watch the TIGERS! And paint our nails and find a good spot for the candy corn supply. (Laura)

Comfortable beds at the Holiday Inn, so my night of sleep was alright, slightly restless because of the pending race. I woke up to Laura snoring and when her alarm went off, she shot up in bed and was moving around in seconds. I don’t know if I have ever seen someone wake up and be so alert. Another reason why that girl is my hero. Dress and ready to go with ponchos on we ventured out in the rain to find the start. And then reality hit. We had work to do! (Laura)

We were only a few blocks away but as we walked in the rain Laura and I were already doubting why we were doing this. When you walk to a marathon start, you are nervous and worried already but add in rain and it crushes your dreams of a good race with each drop. (Laura) We found shelter under a building, yet the port-a- potty was calling my name and I stood in line and waited, not even sure if I needed to or not but it didn’t feel right to start the race without one last stop. 🙂

We jumped in a random corral and before we knew it , we had crossed the start line, Laura’s Garmin without a signal and wearing our ponchos. Then all of a sudden, the rain stopped and about mile 3 we took off our ponchos. At this point my right foot was on fire, my feet were wet enough to start rubbing the wrong way in my shoes. And I had to use a potty on the course at this point, but I swear I didn’t have to go at the start! (Laura) I kept fighting it and at mile 10, I confessed I didn’t know if I would finish. Coach Laura told me to keep pushing and re-assess at the Half Marathon split. I kept fighting and as we passed the shoot for the half runners, I envied them, every single one. Me too! (Laura) By mile 14, we were heading out of downtown and I threw the towel in. Laura encouraged me but also felt my pain, as she wasn’t enjoying the run either. I told Laura to go on without me and I would see her at the finish line but I wasn’t going to make it running anymore. I took the next mile to decide what to do…..I had options :

1.      Walk of shame back to town, while all the other marathon runners headed out on the course

2.      Step off the course and just stand there and cheer for runners

3.      Try to dodge up a side street so no one would see me quit

4.      Keep walking and trying to run

I chose to keep pushing through, I had told people I was running a marathon, I wanted to wear my shirt with pride and I wanted that medal. I decided not to care about my time and just going. I saw Laura a few miles later and she encouraged me as we passed, I kept going. I was so impressed and happy that she kept going! (Laura) I started to enjoy the race a little more, the walking took pressure off my blister. The rain has stopped and things were looking up. About mile 19, I found a friend who was also run/walking, Elizabeth. She took had missed her PR and was just trying to finish. It was great to have another buddy to help take my mind off of what we were doing and we pushed out the last miles together.

When we finally crossed the finish line at 5 hours and 18 minutes, I saw Laura standing there.  I just started crying saying I never ever wanted to do another marathon ever! We awkwardly walked back to our hotel, jumped in the pool, showered and got the heck out of Toronto. We trashed Toronto, then we praised it , we analyzed it and then I swore off marathons for life.

Total Race Review:

1.      Decent Expo

2.      Great Shirts

3.      Course was nice along the water

4.      More inclines than I expected

5.      Really difficult to watch the half marathons head home and you are heading out of town

6.      Not many spectators along 2nd half.

7.      Course was open, not very crowded with runners

8.      Water stations every 1.5 miles was awesome

9.      KM markers sucked, kept thinking at 12 km, I was at 12 miles.

10.  AWESOME MEDAL

Today as I sit here and write this review, I contemplate running Indianapolis Marathon on 11/3/12. Do it! (Laura) Now that the pain is gone from Sunday, my determination returns to make my goal of finishing under 5 hours.

We have good runs and bad runs, we hate it and we love it and somehow we all end up going back to it. 🙂

Thanks Laura for all your help in surviving Toronto!!!

Laura:

My race looked pretty similar. I usually get sore through my hips and knees during miles in the late teens. But this race I could feel tightness around mile 6! Not good but I knew a lot of that was from running Chicago the weekend before. Miles 15-18 plain sucked and I hated each step. But then I too met a running buddy, Oscar. He was running his first marathon and lived in Toronto. It was great to have someone to keep pace with, to tell me about the streets of the course, and to help battle the mental part of running. We split with about a 5k to go because he stopped to chat with his wife.  The last 5k was about the slowest jog you have ever seen but for me walking hurts too much. I finished at 4:51 and was so thankful to be done. Candy corn, chatting with Melissa, and compression socks made the rest of the day better 🙂

Have you ever struggled mentally with a race or workout?

If you want to see Melissa’s disgusting blister scroll down…

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Mid-week shakin’ it out

3.5 miles, slow

First run post-marathon felt great! We had a beautiful day here in Michigan so I just had to get out there. I wasn’t sure on Sunday evening when I would want to run again, but running and I have reconnected our romance. 😉

Like the compression socks? Review to come on those too!

Have you heard of a running streak? Check this idea out. Want to start a streak with me? How about exercising 4 days a week or more?

I’m heading to spin class on Friday morning before work and I’m super pumped! Also, I am planning a yoga class for next week, and maybe some weights classes.

My college buddy Jordan is running a 5k on Saturday with hopes of hitting a PR. She is one of my friends that helped me start running and she is very dedicated to running and super speedy. Plus she is adorable! So send some running vibes her way this weekend 🙂

Can you tell I’m a little hyper this evening? The endorphins are doing their job 🙂

Have you ever had a streak going?

What kind of streak do you want to try?

WIAW (What I ate Wednesday)

Still Resting…boo!

Oats in an almond butter jar with bananas, cinnamon, and honey.

Lunch: Sweet potato with cottage cheese, grapes, and almonds with candy corn. Big lunch, I was hungry!

After school snack: Greek yogurt and an apple

This happened during homework around 4:30!

Dinner: Veggie chili

What tasty foods have you had recently?

 

 

WTF (Where’s the Finish?) Toronto

Sunday: 26.2 miles/42.2 km, 4:51

Two marathons on back-to-back weekends are complete! Wow, it has been a wild ride. I will do a full review on Toronto soon, but I will just say that it was NOT all flowers, kittens, and sparkles. It was more pouting, grumpiness, and self-doubt. I think some races just go that way, especially depending on the weather and your overall motivation. We keep racing because we know it will get better and we trust in our love of running. And…Melissa and I both finished and were happy to do so.

Test the Limits Week Conclusion

Miles completed: 57.6

Smiles had: Lots!!

Candy corn consumed: 1.5 bags

Miles driven: 1048

Rest days: 4

Running buddies gained: Mel-1, Laura-1 (Thanks Elizabeth and Oscar!)

I’m really excited to incorporate other types of exercise into my weekly schedule and to write about it on here! I also want to focus on nutrition in the coming weeks.

Have you ever felt relieved after completing an event or a series of events?

What are you up to this week?