And Now I’m Feelin Fine

January 25, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Posted in Training | 1 Comment
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So Friday I had a pretty good session with my trainer. It was a BEAUTIFUL day outside so we ran 4 miles. I managed a nice kick at the end. She hates it when I do that. She says she doesn’t expect it and all of a sudden I’m pulling away from her and she’s like “What’s going on?!?!” πŸ™‚ I like to sneak it in there. Hehe.

So after that we did some ab work. I told her how last time…I wasn’t sore after. I have pretty decent ab muscles…and apparently it’s taking a LOT these days to make them hurt. The workout Friday did make them a little sore…but I’m going to have to try something different. Grrr.

But on to Saturday…I felt like Sperly!!! I did a run, I roamed, AND I recycled!!!!!

I did a nice 7 miler so I’m now back on track with training after shifting last week’s LR to Monday. So…7 in the park. It was pretty nice and I felt pretty great and could have maybe done 8 so that was exciting. The downside was that only PART of me felt great. My knee and foot weren’t too happy. I had a blister from Monday’s run…and um…the 7 miles…kinda wore on it. 😦 So that wasn’t too fun.

Then my left knee was hurting some…not real sure why…but it wasn’t too happy. Actually still isn’t too happy. I’ve been trying to ice and and rest. I felt really great after my run and thankfully nothing is sore…yet. 2 day delay and all…we’ll see tomorrow how it’s going. I was more tired today than after the run yesterday.

So that was the run, and here’s a view of the park where the run happens…well part of it. πŸ™‚

Nice and flat!!! Lol, I did 2 major hills within the 7 miles so…not all flat. The half course is basically flat (it’s at the beach…so YEAH!!!

Ok…well let me just pause and say THANKS to the wordpress gods that make wordpress save my drafts automatically…because mid-blog…I got the blue screen of death. Awesomeness.

Anyway. Now that we’re back…

The recycling followed the running because the recycling bin for the city happens to be in the park!!!! Yeah…seems odd…but ya know, a LOT of runners care about the environment…and having the bin there…saves me a trip AND gas AND therefore destruction of the ozone layer!!! Or something. Whatever it does, I like it, because I can run AND recycle all at once.

Plastic, steel, and glass, OH MY!!!!

Oh, and I heard a disturbing story…someone tell me if this can remotely be possible. Someone told my mom that they were at a local dump where they offer recycling…and while this person was throwing away their garbage the trucks came to collect the refuse and take it to the big landfill or whatever. According to this person they put the recycling in right with the regular trash!!!! How can that be??? Isn’t that illegal in some way?? I’m thinking this person HAS to be mistaken…because WHY would you have the separate bins….isn’t that just a waste of taxpayers money? Really though…that’s can’t be right, can it? Anyone? Thoughts?

Ok, well tomorrow is my first day of student teaching *gulp* so…I’m going to go prepare and sleep!!!!

Hate Me

January 17, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Posted in Blogroll, Cross Training | 2 Comments
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Yesterday was “I Hate Trainer” day. πŸ™‚ Ha, not really. But during some ab exercises I was NOT loving her so much. πŸ™‚ But I’m hoping to be sore later today…the good sore. I love that sore SO much.

I also did 30 minutes on the eliptical and WOW that hurt. It was an older machine and it was more like a stair climber than an eliptical. My glutes and quads were screaming by the end…but it’s for the best. πŸ™‚

In other fun news….I went shopping πŸ™‚ Wanna see what I got?!!?!? SURE YA DO!!!!!!!

MMMM KNITTING!!!!!!!!! I got an awesome eco yarn (the pink) and some Aplaca (grey) as well as some red and white to re-do my friend’s scarf. Here’s a taste.

I’ve gotten a lot of it done. It’s red, grey, and white. OSU colors. πŸ™‚

AND…I got some other nifty yarn from an awesome local knitting store, Mosaic….

What’s that for, you ask???

Why an awesome hat compliments of Brian!!!

No, that’s not Brian. It’s a random kid’s picture that is on the pattern, which Brian provided me a link to. Because Brian is awesome. And yes, Brian. I knit. πŸ™‚ And you ROCK for that pattern.

And also, I got a fun new scratchy thing for the cats!!!

Paco is clearly enjoying it.

So tomorrow is LONG RUN DAY!!!!!!!! 6 miles…and hopefully some warmer weather. It’s so cold outside it HURTS. I’m not pleased with this whole artic blast we’re having. It’s really not that fun. πŸ™‚ So…let’s hope it warms up so I can get a nice run in!!!!

Down The Road

December 12, 2008 at 10:28 pm | Posted in Cross Training, running | 1 Comment
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Down the road,
I made up reasons to go,
Down the road…
~Kenny Chesney

TRAINER DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was fuuuun. We did 3ish miles at a pretty decent pace. I felt like quitting at about 15 minutes but because I was with Trainer I kept going. She doesn’t so much PUSH me, as she shows me what I’m actually capable of. But man it was cold out!!! Really windy too which sucked. It was hard to keep pushing against the wind towards the last uphill part but I DID IT!!!! πŸ™‚ Twas awesome. So proud.

Then we did a killer 10 minute ab routine. We did 1 minute drills of 10 different exercises. It was awesome. πŸ™‚ I haven’t had sore abs in weeks…I’m hoping to be SORE tomorrow!!!! πŸ™‚

Well, I’d best be getting to bed. 5K in the AM with mom, then another one on Sunday!!! Watch for the race report!!!!!!!!!!

I Wanna Feel Somethin

November 11, 2008 at 11:01 am | Posted in Training | Leave a comment
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Let me tell you, I’m feelin it today.

Saturday I did lower body work, squats and other stuff. Then I moved on to abs….

Then Sunday I did upper body and more abs…

Then yesterday I met with my trainer. We attempted a 3 mile run on the cross country course but it ended up more like a run/walk. My ankle is still hurting from the race. Boo. It was ok for the first mile or so…but it slowly started to irk me. By the time we made it back to the gym…it wasn’t good.

BUT the good news is that it didn’t hurt NEAR as much as it did Thursday and Friday. So…we’re healing but slowly.

After that we did some abs and other stuff. I’m moderately sore today. Not too bad. Might try a short run tonight with the dogs to see how the ankle is feeling.

Next week is our meeting for my run club…there’s a half-marathon we’re doing Nov 22. I’m thinking about volunteering on the course. It’d be fun to see it from the other side. I’m going to try to make it to the meeting and then work the race but we’ll see what my schedule dictates.

I’m off to class now! Hopefully I’ll get that run in tonight!

Every Mile A Memory

October 28, 2008 at 10:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Ok…so let’s just get one thing straight.

I AM A BAMF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 mile run yesterday. 5 MILE!!!!! And rockin good pace, I might add.

*does a happy dance*

Seriously. SO excited.

It was with my trainer. I did a 1 mile warmup on the dreadmill while I waited on her to finish with her other client…then we went outside and it was SOOO nice and cool. We’ve discovered I do not function well in heat…but give me some crisp fall air and I can rock it out for MILES. Plus we did mostly flat and pavement with some slight rolling hills and a little flat trailwork…in the woods…which was awesome. I prefer woods to grass…but anyway. I rocked it.

Seriously rocked.

I even sprinted at the end…I mean just went ALL out….my trainer was like “30 more seconds!!! Then we’ll have done a full 40:00…” and I took OFF. She said she was thinking to herself “Wait, WAIT!!! We’re going FASTER??!?! WHAT!?!?!?!?”

Hahahahahaha I’m awesome.

I’m still super excited from that run. Can ya tell?????

But inΒ  other UBER fun news, this weekend is the race I’ve been waiting on for a YEAR!!!!!!!!!! I was too sick last year…and goshdarnit I’m GOING this year!!!!

Check it out:

I ❀ Mountain Junkies races. The race director and his wife are amazing. (If you guys read this, HI!!!!) I don’t get to see them much but they know me via email mostly. Their races are by far the best around here!!! My first ever 5K was a Mountain Junkies race so I MIIIIGHT be a little biased but WHO CARES?!?!?! The shirts are always awesome, food is wonderful, and the course could not be more fun!!! They really know how to do a good race.

Well, back to grad school now…


Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast

October 17, 2008 at 8:26 pm | Posted in running, Training | Leave a comment
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Too much, too young, too fast
I’m gonna drink it up while it lasts
Too much, too young, too fast
I’m gonna tear it up so fill my glass

Thanks Kris. πŸ˜‰

I’m pretty sure I was worthless yesterday…between a lack of sleep and some crap-tastic weather…I didn’t manage a workout.

However today…was another story.

TRAINER DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

All I have to say…is tomorrow is gonna hurt. πŸ™‚

We did 30ish min on the dreadmill because it was raining out. Did some inclines and pace work type stuff. I nearly died…it was SOOO hot in the gym. I was totally parched by the end. Not fun. Stupid rain. I’d rather get soaked than deal with running in place.

After that we did some strength training. Medicine ball drills, leg throw-downs, squats, and some other ab and back work.

It’s terrible, but the throw-downs are my FAVORITE. I requested them today…masichist much?

I love it, but MAN my stomach is going to haaaaaaate it tomorrow. Heee. Fun times.

Well, lets close this one…and move on to the MUD RUN PICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s Just The Way It Is

October 14, 2008 at 1:54 pm | Posted in running, Training | Leave a comment
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So…pretty decent workout yesterday with Trainer. Woot!

We did a nice 3ish mile run (I’m underestimating for the sake of training) and then some serious strength training. I had a little bit of pain in my left hamstring…so we quit early on the lunges. Then…we did ab stuff, pilates and planks….my shoulders hurt…my abs are pretty grumpy…good times.

So after working out I had to run straight to a meeting then had class shortly thereafter…yeah…the apple, cheese, and powerbar was NOT going to cut it. I had to steal away for a minute and grab some subway so I could survive 2 hours of class.

Pretty sore today, thinking about doing a short 2-3 miler with the dogs tonight. Just gonna do whatever I get time for.

Speaking of time, it is now time for class. Gotta run!!!

Feelin Way Too Damn Good

September 6, 2008 at 11:24 am | Posted in Cross Training, marathon, running, Training | 1 Comment
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I was feeling way too damn good yesterday until I saw my trainer.

Cardio. Drills.

Leg work with one of those round steering wheel resistance thingies…then medicine ball drills, then balancing on a bosu ball, then squats on it, then running/jumping footwork over the bosu…then bicep curles and then rowing…after that there were pushups and tricep dips…followed by 4 different planks, crunches, and then stability ball wall squats.


At the end of the second one I asked if I could crawl to the last station instead of walk.

When I finished…I asked her if I could do it again. πŸ™‚

And I went and bought the little circle torture device. I haven’t had enough pain yet!!

But MAN I’m sore today. And it’s awesome.

Yesterday I also did a 2 mile run with a lot of sprints…was kinda in a bad mood so I ran…hard….and got it out of my system.

I’m quite pleased.

I can’t wait to do cardio circuits again. That was awesome. I love the pain. πŸ™‚

And on a side note…I’m thinking about doing MCM next year. Pretty sure I found my motivation. πŸ˜‰


August 26, 2008 at 3:56 pm | Posted in running, Training | 4 Comments
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Pain, without love
Pain, I can’t get enough
Pain, I like it rough
‘Cause I’d rather feel pain than nothing at all

Ow. So in pain. Trainer kicked my boo-TAY yesterday.

And I loved it.

We did hill repeats. 4 miles of running. 4 miles of awesome.

Actually I wanted to die after because I hadn’t run in a week and had NEVER done hills like that. We did the cross country course so…it was some slow going at times. But I made it. AND on the last run up, I kept going. We’d only been doing the lower half (steeper) of the hill because it was SOOO long…but I kept going. All the way to the top. My trainer was shocked.

What I didn’t realize is that we were going to do MORE running after that. She’d made some comment about what a great job I’d done….I didn’t realize we were only HALF WAY. *dies*

But it was awesome. I’m so proud.

Again, I’m a BAMF. Right Erika??

School has started so…kinda busy with that, but the awesome part is some of the girls in my class (We’re all moving through the program together so I’m with the same people in the same classes allllllll day) run during our 2 hour lunch break…so Thursday I’m running with some of them! SO excited!!! YAY running buddies + no excuse to be a slacker.

AND…furthermore I found ANOTHER run club in town!!!! πŸ™‚ I’m becoming more and more like Miss Erika every day. HA. I wish. She’s my idol. Lol.

Anyway…I can’t do run club this wednesday…don’t know if I mentioned that or not yet. I’ve got meetings until 7. But if that’s my only rest day…that’s awesome. This running with my class thing is AWESOME. I can’t wait. And my trainer will be SO proud.

Ok. Our class break is over. Gotta run!!!


August 25, 2008 at 10:45 am | Posted in running, Training | 1 Comment
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That’s what today spells, folks.

For one, I’ve got classes starting today. Hoorah for graduate school!! (Some sarcasam there) In case you missed it…I only got 2 weeks of summer…so I am NOT in a school-friendly mindset.

Not to mention I seem to have made a little purchase that I’m thinking is going to distract me from my studies.

Dum da dum……………..

That’s right, kids, I got me a crackberry. Any other BB users out there? Leave me a note and I’ll give you my PIN.

I’m lovin this phone. Spending waaaaay too much time on it though.

So anyway, the main reason today spells trouble is Trainer is back in town!!! Yes, I AM looking forward to seeing her, but I’m also scared. 2 weeks off….she’s gonna be in a fun mood. πŸ™‚

I did manage to do some good workouts without her though! I’m quite proud but I’ve also been slacking off since Wednesday. I got a little sick and then I had a wedding this weekend and company in town…and NO time to run.

It may be painful.

However you probably won’t hear about it until tomorrow or maybe even Wednesday. I’ve got a night class *gag* tonight from 7-10pm and then tomorrow I’m in class 9-5. Posting might become more sporadic…well not that I’ve been regular in the past few weeks!!!

Ok, gotta go get ready for class/training.

Miss me bunches!!

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