Winning weekend

I’ve been a delinquent blogger, my apologies! Let me get you caught up on some workouts!
Since we last talked there’s been some running going on! Backing all the way up to Thursday at the track. Every Thursday night my team does workouts with our coach. We do ~2 or 3 warm up miles and then the workout. It varies every week and there’s a workout for distance peeps and then those focusing on shorter efforts. I do the distance workouts and here’s what we did Thursday: 5x1000m at 5k pace with up to the same time for recovery. I ended up doing a 600 recovery between each on and a mile cool down for a little more than 7.5 for the day.

20130923-215406.jpg Friday was pretty uneventful and I just logged some time on the elliptical to recover from track and be ready for a 5k in the morning. My friend hosted a memorial 5k for her dad, so we drove out to Vermont on Friday!

20130923-215625.jpg The race was awesome! They did such a great job organizing and had a great turnout for the first year!

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My husband ended up winning the whole thing and I was 2nd female!

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I actually don’t know what my time was since the clock started early and I forgot to start my watch! It was a pretty small race, about 150, but I’ll take it 😉
The rest of the day was spent hanging out and enjoying the beautiful weather. Also playing with the llamas

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The awkwardness of these animals make them so cute!
Sunday was a nice 6 mile run and more time with friends. Love weekends like this! Today was an off day for running so I enjoyed another spin class!

Any good workouts or races this weekend?

Tempo Tuesday

I promise I’ll stop talking about how awesome the weather is in Boston, but it’s seriously perfection. Sunny and 60s? Yes, please. 

I decided against a run yesterday and went over to my gym for a spin class. I didn’t make the 5:30 class in time, with the instructor I really like, so I took a chance with the 6:30 class. The class was packed, so I figured the guy must be good. I really like spin because I feel like it’s one of those things where you get out what you put in. I also like how it caters to so many different fitness levels. You can make the class as hard, or as easy as you want. I’m not one to bag a workout, so I was there to get sweaty. I’m a little picky when it comes to spin classes, especially when it comes to the music. I wasn’t thrilled about his warm-up song, so I was having doubts. This instructor was a little old school in his teaching style, and there wasn’t too much going on within each song. I’d definitely say this class was more catered to endurance than sprint work, but it worked. A few of the songs seemed to drag on, and half way through the class we did a 9 minute climb. Really? As much as I wanted to hate him, he was also playing Pink’s “Try”:

But just because it burns
Doesn’t mean you’re gonna die
You’ve gotta get up and try try try

Ok, ok, I get the point. It’s not going to kill us. Overall it was a good class. I sweat, it was hard, all in all, a good workout.

Back to running and wanting to be all committed and stuff, I did a tempo run today after work. If I don’t run from my house before work, the odds of me coming home from work at night and going back out for a run are, well, none. To get around this, oftentimes I’ll bring my running stuff to work and just go from there. I wanted to do ~6 miles, so here are my splits:

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I realize I didn’t really cool down, but I was already back at my office and feeling lazy. I forgot my Garmin at home, so used MapMyRun on my iPhone. I don’t use it often, and completely forgot about the little woman announcing your splits and pace at every mile. It was kind of cool to run by effort rather than looking at my watch, and it was reassuring to hear my pace drop as the run went on. Overall I felt pretty good on this run. I felt like I was running hard, but controlled. I’m hoping to incorporate more speed work in the next couple weeks before my half marathon on October 13th. I’d really love to PR, but I don’t have my heart set on it. I’ve been doing a lot more shorter/faster work outs than long runs, so I’m curious to see how that will translate into a distance race.

I’m planning some easy, relaxed miles tomorrow after today’s tempo. 

Unrelated to anything I mentioned today, but this is a good read if you’re looking for a laugh.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelly-maclean/surviving-whole-foods_b_3895583.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

What was your workout today?

Would you rather do a long run, or speed work?

 

Weekend round-up!

Hi, Friends!

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty uneventful on the running front, but let’s recap, shall we?

After work on Friday, I did a cross training workout for about 60 minutes.  I wanted to keep it on the light side, knowing I was going to have a tough Saturday. A tough Saturday meaning: fasting. ugh. My husband and I celebrated Yom Kippur on Saturday, which traditionally means fasting from sun down on Friday night – Saturday night. We decided not to make a big deal of Friday night, and we were both a little late getting home, so we did the obvious choice in that situation- ordered pizza. Hit the spot. Easy. Done. Since I’m oh-so-crazy, I fell asleep at an embarrassingly early hour and decided to just go with it. I set my alarm early to meet my team for a long run. Well, that didn’t really pan out. I woke up around 7 and immediately knew the run would be a bad idea. Even though I run a lot, the members on my team are FAST, so even if I’m doing a shorter version of a long run, it’s still a hard effort for me. The thought of taking in no fuel sounded terrible, so I scratched that idea and decided I would head out later on my own run. This way I could go a little closer to the time I could eat again. Soooo if you ever want your weekend slow down and last a lot longer, just don’t eat. I promise it will make the time crawl by. Seriously. WTF? I am not a happy camper when I don’t eat. I’m a creature of habit when it comes to eating breakfast and snacking, so by the afternoon I was pretty miserable. I tried to keep busy by cleaning and organizing our apartment a bit.

IMG_0831I finally cleaned out our cabinets and found these. How these weren’t eaten still amazes me.

We also did some fun stuff, like sign me up for my Scuba certification – super excited about this!

Being in the nutrition world, I get a lot of questions about fasting, especially this past summer when the “8 Hour Diet” came out. This diet works on the premise of alternating between fasting for 16 hours and eating for 8 hours. It’s a type of intermittent fasting. You can read more about it here:http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130327/entlife/703279999/ 

There are definitely safe ways to fast, especially if you subscribe to fasting for religious or cultural reasons. Some people take it further than others, and fasting can mean different things to different people. The most important thing while doing a fast is listening to your body, and not trying to be a hero. You think you’re going to pass out? Then it’s probably OK to have some water. There are also some people who shouldn’t follow a traditional fast, such as the elderly or expectant females.  With the exception of Yom Kippur, I’ve never tried a fast, so if any of you have fasting experience out there, do tell!

I ended up heading out for my run around 5pm, which was perfect. It definitely feels like fall around Boston these days, and I actually went out in shorts and a long sleeve shirt – awesome. I was going to do a quick loop around the Charles River, but got stopped by a nice Policeman who informed me the Esplanade was closed for a concert. Boo. I guess I was oblivious to the swarms of people entering the river around me. So, I turned around and headed back to the Cambridge side of the river which sees much less action.

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Truthfully, even if the Esplanade was open, I would probably have turned around anyways. I know I still haven’t officially addressed my Boston Marathon experience on the blog, but I’m still pretty iffy with big crowds and public events, so I was more than happy to bop off and do my thing on the other side of the river. I covered about 7 miles at an easy pace. Not a long run, but enough to feel like I did something. When I got home I showered quickly, ate a handful of trail mix (oops!) and got ready to head over to Temple. For those of you out there not familiar with Yom Kippur, it’s part of the Jewish New Year where you atone for last year’s sins and go into the new year fresh! It’s actually pretty cool and I really enjoy the temple we go to. About 8pm, we finished up and headed over to “break the fast.” Unfortunately we had to wait a while for our table to be ready, so I ended up breaking my fast with vodka sodas. Again, oops. Let me tell ya, food has never tasted so good.

I was pretty beat from all the not-eating all day, so was happy to sleep in a bit Sunday. I dilly-dallied around a bit, doing some schoolwork, EATING breakfast (I missed it!) and headed out for a long-ish run around noon. I decided to hit a time goal for the run instead of milage. I really like the idea of running for time, especially on the long runs. I get a little caught up with pace sometimes, and have a bad habit of running too fast in longer efforts. I decided to do a 90 minute run with just my watch, no Garmin. I went back on the Charles River again with no problem and it was truly the most beautiful day! I don’t typically take pictures on my training runs because I don’t like running with my iPhone, and also don’t really like stopping to take pictures. I figure I would never do that during a race, so why do it when I train? There are definitely easy runs I’ll stop here and there, but for a concentrated effort on time, I wanted to be running the full 90 minutes. The Charles River is awesome because there are only a couple places you have to stop for traffic. It’s the best place to get an uninterrupted run in. The only downside is the lack of hills, but there are plenty in the area to practice on. I ended my 90 minutes and felt great! Of course being a runner, I had to check my milage, so I checked out MapMyRun and figured I did a little more than 10.5 miles, which is an average pace of about 8:25. Still a little faster than I want to be running long runs, but for “only” 90 minutes, it was still a comfortable pace.

The rest of my evening included heading over to Fenway Park for the Red Sox- Yankees game! I’m not really a baseball fan, but the games are fun to go to. Again I felt a little anxiety in such a public/big event, but Ben fed me beer and warm pretzels and I magically felt better. Weird how that happened 😉

Hope you all have a great Monday!

Have you/would you ever fast?

What’s your favorite place to run?

So long, summer racing

Yesterday’s 5k can be summed up in 2 words: PAIN-FEST. We’ll get to that in a minute, but first lets rewind to the rest of the day.

Because I know you all want to know my daily schedule, my Thursday are spent all day at school with class followed by a 2.5hr lab. Normally I would hate this, as I have hated most labs in my program, but this one is more case studies and critical thinking, so it’s not nearly as bad (or smelly), and actually really interesting. My group ended up finishing our lab a little early, which either means we had no idea what we were doing, or we did great, who knows. I’ve mentioned the weather a couple times this week, so it was no surprise when I left school that it was still a gazillion degrees. I’m still committed to practicing some good race habits, so I wanted to get in some sort of warm-up, but didn’t really want to run around in the heat much longer than I had to. I decided I had enough time, so headed to a Boston Sports Club to do an indoor warm-up. I realized I had only brought enough clothes for the race, so I ducked into a Marshalls and picked up this gem for $5.

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Don’t mind my weird face, I promise I did want to be there. I have a bad habit of buying work-out things when I forget them. Thank god for places like Marshalls and TJ Maxx, I think I’ve bought more $10 sports bras than anyone needs in a lifetime. I know you’re probably thinking that one workout probably isn’t worth the trouble and money to buy something you forgot, but it is for me.

I ended up doing about 30 minutes of cardio, just enough to work up a sweat but not work my legs too hard. I did a couple stretches and then changed into my race shirt for the night.IMG_0823

I’ve been trying to sport my Boston gear during races, gotta represent.

I jumped back on the T (that’s what we call our subway in Boston) and headed over to the Charles River for the 5k. I mentioned this race series in a previous post, but they’re the best. They’re held on the 3rd Thursday (I realize yesterday wasn’t the 3rd Thursday, figuring it was early for light purposes) of every month May-September. These races have changed a bit over the years. They used to be 4 milers where everyone would start at once, but now they are 5ks with wave starts. These are not extremely official or fancy races, you kinda just line up wherever the race director decides to start, and then you line up in order at the end so they can kinda guess about what your time might be – so PSA: this is not the B.A.A. BUT, they’re so much fun. There are always awesome live bands, there’s a BBQ and they usually have enough free beer for everyone to have at least 3 – all for $30.

Anyone who can run a 5k <24 minutes is put in the first wave, so I hurried over there to make my wave start at 6:30. I had plans to meet my husband somewhere near the porta-potties (we’re so romantic), but between me taking the train and him driving from work, our timing didn’t really match up and I ended up heading to the start without him. I ran into a couple people from my running club and we chatted a bit before I took a position a bit towards the front of the pack. These races are on trails by the river, so it’s pretty narrow. If you want a chance to run hard, I suggest you get to the front, otherwise you’re at the mercy of the pace of those in front of you. The course is a bit strange as it loops around the start (I know I’m not selling this race too well at this point, but I promise, it’s awesome), which ended up being great because I spotted Ben, my husband, and he jumped in to try to pace me to a PR- ha. Ben is an amazing runner. He ran XC at Lehigh University and is way way way faster than me. Since he was late and couldn’t really “race” the race, it was nice to have some company. I felt good through the first mile, but then the heat and humidity really started to hit me. By about half way, I was looking at my watch just hoping I would be closer to the finish than I actually was. I thought about stopping at the water stop to recollect myself, but I always feel a bit funny stopping at a water stop in a 5k. Since it’s such a hard effort, a few seconds here or there can really make your time. Anyways, by mile 2 I knew I could stick it out for 1+ more miles, but was feeling pretty awful. As we made our way into the last .10m, I knew I was pretty far off my PR. I made it to the end, stopped my watch, and then tried not to throw up in the line to hand in my number. Unofficial finish: 23:09. Not my worst, but definitely not my best. However, in talking to people after the race, I realized most people struggled in the heat, and I was pretty happy with this race because it was a hard effort for me, and I feel like I gutted it out even when I felt terrible. All in all, it was a really fun night. The band flew up from New Orleans that morning to play, and I was obsessed. A few of the band members actually jumped in and ran the race – how cool is that!? A good friend of ours at the race is from LA, so we all had fun dancing and drinking too much free Harpoon. I’ll leave you with one last picture, you can thank Ben for capturing my stellar dance moves.

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Hope you all have a great Friday! 🙂

 

The Name Game

To hold me accountable, I’ll admit I did not wake up early to run yesterday like I said I was going  here. I’ve been having such a hard time getting out of bed lately and doing anything productive in the morning. Lately, the thought of putting an effort into a workout first thing in the morning seems daunting and miserable. Also knowing I have time after work/school is another reason I’ve been hitting the snooze lately. I’ve come to admit to myself that I am an afternoon/evening runner/exerciser, which is fine, but sometimes it’s nice to get it done and out of the way. With a little extra time in the morning due to my laziness, I thought I’d head over to the social security office to change my last name. Yah- it was just as bad as it sounds. IMG_0814

The line actually moved fairly quickly, mostly because a lot of people didn’t have all their paperwork ready. I think I shocked the employee when I had all my documents, I almost thought she was looking for something to tell me my application wasn’t complete – she didn’t seem too thrilled to be there herself. If there are any newlyweds out there changing their name, or want to look into the process, I found a couple good guides, which are both pretty similar.

http://www.wikihow.com/Change-Your-Name-After-Marriage

http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/planning-a-wedding/articles/name-change-101.aspx

Updating your social security card is the first step, and after you receive that, which I was told is about 10 days, you’re good to go with the rest! I’m actually a little excited to get a new license (not excited to go to the DMV) since my current picture is from my 21st birthday- ha!

Back to the working out I didn’t do in the morning: By the time I got out of work at 5:30, it was still way too hot to run. I’ve definitely run in 90+ temps before, but yesterday was so humid and muggy, just walking around was pretty gross. I stalled for a while and thought about what to do – run on treadmill (meh), spin class (?). I ultimately just did some cross training. I pushed myself pretty hard so got a good workout, but was still a little bummed I didn’t get a run in. I’m telling myself it was smart to save my legs for my 5k tonight, but truthfully I would have liked to get some miles in.

I’ll go into more depth in a later post, but after the Boston Marathon this year, I’ve had a hard time getting back into running. The reason I’m bummed I missed some miles yesterday is because I finally feel back and motivated again. I’ve had some great runs in the past couple weeks and I’m hoping to build on that, BUT, reminding myself it’s just one workout and today is a new day.

Today is filled with class and then an afternoon lab before I head over to my race!

Your turn:

What’s your go-to workout when you can’t run?

 

Moving around

I found myself taking quite the tour of Boston today! Tuesdays are a little on the busy side as I have class and then head straight to work afterwards. I’m currently finishing up my requirements to become a registered dietitian, so I’m taking two classes in addition to my job. I started my morning with a little studying at Starbucks

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I’m always so tempted to get a Pumpkin Spice latte (or PSL) but I think I need to save that for a treat occasion. Also not really up for spending $4 on coffee. Anyways, after class and work I headed down to the Seaport to scope out some apartments. I hate moving more than anything, but our building is raising out rent so we gotta go. Boston real estate is OOC. Rents have gone through the roof, it’s sickening. I’ve always wanted to live near the water so I met with a real estate agent to check out a couple places.

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I was a bit early so I headed to Flour to read a bit. Flour is one of my absolute favorite coffee shops. Everything is absolutely delicious, and totally tempting. I compromised with some trail mix.

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I’m not really sure my book would agree with that statement, but whatever.
I finished up the day with a workout at a new-to-me gym. I have a regional pass at Boston Sports Club but don’t venture to new clubs too often. This BSC was a bit smaller than some of the others, but did the trick. I did about 5 miles on the treadmill before I hopped on the elliptical and zoned out with some Bravo TV. I have to get my fix outside my house because my husband has banned certain shows in my home. Mainly anything that has the word ‘Housewives’ in it. I’d like to say I did some strength training, but lets be real, totally didn’t happen.
It’s suppose to be 90 degrees tomorrow, so I’m planning an early morning run before it gets too hot!

Catch you tomorrow!