Life has different plans sometimes.

Today has turned out a bit differently than I planned it. My plan was to eat breakfast, let it settle, do a workout DVD and then go for a run. However, about 45 minutes to 1 hour after eating, my stomach started to hurt a lot. I laid down and hoped it would stop. Then I threw up breakfast. TMI? 

So, I’ve been taking it easy today. Could be the sprouted grain toast (brand new, just opened the package today) or almond butter (which wasn’t new, and I had eaten from that jar before), or the banana. Not too sure. I’ve had both of these things before, but I’m going to do some research on sprouted grains.  

Anyway, hope to get that trial run in tomorrow. 

Hope your workouts have been better than mine! 🙂

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Overview of my Piyo Strength Experience So Far… And Another Race?

Today I took, what I think was, my 4th Piyo Strength class.  It is a low-impact workout that combines yoga and pilates.  Let me tell you, I was curious how many calories this would burn, and I have been consistently amazed!  I’ve been wearing my heart rate monitor, and for a 55 minute class, I burn between 550-600 calories.  CRAZY!

There are multiple segments you move through that include flexibility, cardio, and strength.

Today we did more tricep push-ups, which are killer.  I’m doing them on my knees, and it’s still challenging!

I found that I have a difficult time going quickly from plank, to up dog, and transitioning to down dog.

It’s the up dog pose that is challenging me right now.

Upward Dog pose

Upward Dog pose

It’s a combination of upper body strength and pointing my toes like that, which is hard.

I definitely DO NOT look like the lady in the above photo.  Maybe someday 🙂

Before the class, I did some short intervals on the Cybex Arc Trainer, which got my heart pumping before all the Piyo action.

For the past week or so, I’ve been contemplating an upcoming race.  There’s a choice between a 10k (6-mile) and a 10-miler at the end of October.  The registration cost is the same for both.  However, being honest, I haven’t run at all for the past month.  Between the heat, going on vacation, I need new shoes (my pinky toe is poking out of my current pair), and other excuses :), I haven’t been pounding the pavement.  However, I looked up training plans, and I think if I count today as my start, and try out a run tomorrow, I could definitely be ready by then.

It would also be a local race, which would be nice, because we wouldn’t have to get a hotel or any of that stuff.

Anyway, I will see how tomorrow goes, and then make a decision by the end of the week!

No More Trouble Zones!

Did you know that with your Amazon prime account, you can do full length exercise videos?!  I didn’t know that until last week, when another blog that I read told me so.  I feel a little dumb for not realizing that sooner.

Enter Jillian Michaels’ “No More Trouble Zones”.

She will kick your butt.

She uses circuits to challenge your body to change.  Basically there are several moves that I hadn’t been introduced to previously.  Squirms, surrenders, fire hydrants (I think that’s what she called them).  Good lord.

Even though I’ve been running pretty consistently for the last 6 months or so, there are definitely muscles that I hadn’t been using.  I’m hoping that by doing these types of exercises, I will become a stronger, more fit runner.

bodycombat class

I went to my first BodyCombat class (which I think is a Les Mills creation) two weeks ago. I loved the instructor; she shared a really personal reason for why she is so dedicated to exercise and getting healthy. It helped me connect with her as a person, which I appreciated. I was also very sore the next day! Good, because I’m trying to strengthen and tone! Also, I burned an impressive number of calories for a class that clocked in at just under an hour. 

(I am typing this on a Nook, so forgive the extra typos, I do not use it very often. In fact it will be a miracle if I manage to get this posted, since I seem to have a tendancy to push the wrong buttons).

We went on vacation, so I missed BodyCombat for a week, but I returned yesterday. The class beforehand was a Zumba class, and the room literally felt like a sauna! I couldn’t believe how downright tropical it felt. 

We found out that the A/C was broken, but a call had been made. As this is a high-energy class, there was no small amount of sweat. Thankfully I had a towel and water bottle, which I visited often in the 55 minutes. 

Such a great workout! And the instrutor moved around the room frequently so we could all see how to perform the next move. She encouraged us to think about our goals and why we’d shown up. She was encouraging too. 

Thanks to the sauna-like temps and all of the cardio, I burned over 700 calories! That’s just crazy. 

And today, I’m sore, just as I was after the last time, though I like to think it isn’t quite as bad, because I’m getting stronger. 

 

In the way of a catch-up, a 15k, and a half marathon recap

First, let me state the obvious: I’ve been neglecting this little blog.

It’s not that I haven’t thought about the blog.  I have.  I also read a fair number of other people’s blogs regularly.

I started this as a way to keep myself accountable for getting into shape.  While I haven’t been the best at writing about getting in shape, I have been working pretty hard.

Last summer and fall of 2013, I went through an intense love affair with spinning.  I even contemplated purchasing spin shoes.  I know, it was serious.  I read about a bunch of the options online, I priced them out, and I visited them in a store. 

In the end, I decided to wait.  Which is good, because I basically got to the point where I needed to break up with spin.

I was attending a noon spin class during the week (since I wasn’t employed), and when I finally GOT a job, noon spin class, needless to say, was bye-bye.

In January 2014, I decided to dust off the running shoes and try to build up mileage again.  Mslow runningy first exercise love is running.  I started in high school, and have continued on and off through adulthood.  Little known fact, I also ran cross-country for a year, but I had to stop for health reasons.  I have had various injuries that have sidelined my running through the years.  However, I always seem to come back for it.  

Running, I just can’t quit you.

I started to run 3 days a week, and do Bob Harper DVD’s 2 days a week (to work on strength and flexibility).  Pretty quickly thereafter, I decided to sign up for a 15k in March.  I figured that would keep me motivated to continue, and give me a goal to work towards.  

I finished the 15k in 1:50:20 (according to my endomondo app).

That whetted my appetite to try for something a little more lofty.  My second half marathon.  I completed my first half in 2008, which I didn’t really train for outside- I was running on the treadmill, doing spin classes, and other random stuff, with the occasional long run outside.  I decided that since I had already built up to running 9 miles, what was 4 more miles?  run

On the very last day of April, I signed up.  Race day was set for June 1st.

I wish now that I had kept better track of my running on this blog.  I posted a plethora on photos on Instagram though. I had several “bonk” experiences, where I didn’t plan ahead, or bring enough water.  I tried a couple of different water systems, and had to adjust when it got hotter.  I learned quite a bit about my body, and could start to tell about what pace I was running without looking.

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I have to say though, that no matter my running times, I appreciate that during training, it kept me sane at my job.  Running gave me an outlet, a place where I felt strong and confident, it was a stress release, and I was beyond thrilled that my knee and hips were feeling good! 

I felt ready and pumped to run the half.  The first 9 miles were pretty on-target.  I went out a bit fast, and turned in my fasted mile of the day at 10:30 (mile 1…).  I started to reign it in a bit, but still went faster than I probably should have the first 3 miles.  After that I started to find a rhythm and kept on moving.  Then it got warmer.  It was already humid, but the sun started to break through.  I caught up with my pacer, and stayed with him for a little bit.  He encouraged me by saying he’d seen me throughout the race, and was impressed at my consistency.  We stayed together through a downhill that made my hip feel like it was on fire.  Clearly I was started to struggle there at mile 10.  

I started to question why most training plans for half marathons that I’d seen didn’t take you past 10 miles for the long run.

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Clearly the above photo was taken during the golden miles.

I think mile 11 was where we went under an overpass, and there was a very loud DJ.  I was wearing headphones and it still hurt my ears.  There were also lights going, and it was a very bad combination for me.  I was sweating a lot, and my body hurt, and the lights and sound just tipped it over for me.  I just tried to keep moving and get through that stupid tunnel.  I couldn’t wait until the finish line came.

I managed to pick up the pace a bit at the end, but I also thought at one point that I had crossed the finish line (the finisher’s chute was loooong and there were a ton of people lined up), as well as photographers on a lift over what I thought was the finish.  However, I quickly realized that I had to keep going.

When I crossed the actual finish line, I lifted my hands up.  Couldn’t help it.  I’m no speedy person, but the sense of accomplishment I felt was immense.  I always said I wanted to complete another half, and redeem that last experience, and I did.  I even PR’ed by a minute!  

A lady said “you need a medal!” and she put it around my neck, and someone handed me water and I found some type of electrolyte drink, some food, and chocolate milk (full hands by this point).  I saw that official photographers were taking photos of finishers, so I hopped over there real quick since there wasn’t a line.  I was also trying to spot my husband in the crowds of people.  We didn’t make a plan of where to meet, so it was a little crazy.  My body was also starting to revolt a bit (going from running for 2+ hours and then suddenly stopping made my body feel very weird).  I needed calories and fluids quickly.  The chocolate milk helped, and I ate a banana (very slowly).  I found my husband and his parents, who had come to cheer me on- which was totally amazing, and made me feel like a million bucks!

I sat down and took off my shoes, changed my shirt, and continued to drink water.  I started to feel better, and like I could get up and head back to the hotel.

Recovery time on this race was awesome.  My last half I was sore for almost a week.  Clearly I had trained better and smarter.  I also wasn’t injured this time.  Yay!

Home from Vacation, Trying to Get Back Into the Groove!

Since last time we met, I went on a delightful week-long vacation with the hubs to the lovely island of Kauai!

We ate.

We snorkeled.

We lounged.

We hiked.

We read.

We explored.

It was amazing!

Since coming home, I’ve sort of hit the dreaded “I just got home from vacation and am struggling with getting back on-track with my food and exercise plan.”

This week I’ve gone to the gym twice (Monday spin class, Thursday elliptical and treadmill) and went for a (Wednesday) neighborhood 3-ish mile walk once.

I’ve also eaten more of our anniversary cake, which I should likely just toss, but I keep it around because I can’t resist the white chocolate layer… MMMM.

And a photo I took of the Napali Coast, because it’s amazing.Image

Yoga

Hi there.  I was going to pass on posting today, because I have a crap-ton to do before our trip.  But I wanted to do a little write-up on my workout yesterday.

Yes, I did a new-to-me yoga class.  My quads were in fi-yah! from stand-up paddle boarding on Tuesday, so I thought yoga would be a good choice.

Wow, yoga is hard!

I sweated.  And stretched.  And looked around to make sure I was doing the moves (mostly) correctly.  And I sweated some more.  And I did the moves wrong.  And I tried to have grace with myself, because as the instructor said “If we can’t laugh at ourselves, we have work to do… well, we all have work to do”.  

I kind of appreciated the mind-body connection component.  Especially because I’ve felt kind of frazzled with the job hunt, and feeling like nothing is coming from all of my labor.  It was really nice to unwind and listen to my body more than I have in awhile.

However, the moves were challenging for me.  I guess I’m pretty tight!

We did a lot of downward facing dog, which is good, because I can actually get into that position.

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Disclaimer: this is totally not me.

However, the tabletop one, not so much.

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I could only get to this point, which was fine by me:

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Bridge pose has my vote, it felt amazing.

I unfortunately didn’t carry my good vibes through the night and was a bit impatient with the hubs.  Oops.

Again, grace.