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Sweaty Saturday’s- Fast Times

I’m going to start documenting my weekly work outs here on Saturday’s. Obviously, because it is the last day of the week.

Last week was not a good running week. With my monthly visitor approaching, my runs were less than stellar. Going into this week, I definitely wanted to take things slower and enjoy my runs. Well, needless to say, my runs this week were 110% better and FASTER than last week.

Sunday: I lifted weights in my room because I was baking Christmas candy with Ryan’s family all day.

Monday: 5 miles at 9:30 pace. First day of Christmas break and this run felt really good.

Tuesday: 5.5 miles at 9:43 pace. I was going to 6, but stopped short at 5. Oh well.

Wednesday: 4 miles at 9:22 pace. I did 2 miles running, then 20 minutes on the elliptical, then 2 more miles running. Let’s just say my legs were DYING!

Thursday: 5 miles at 9:18 pace.

Friday: 3.1 miles at 8:46 pace. This was my first attempt at speedwork and it went really well! I did 6 x 800’s and in between 800’s I did 10 push-ups (regular, wall, incline), 30 crunches (standard, stability ball), 20 squats (regular, weighted). It was a lot of fun and I hope to incorporate that once a week!

Saturday: 2.5 miles at 8:54 pace. I just ran and increased the speed every half mile. Did some weights before and after.

Weekly miles: 25

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Juneathon Day 15: YMCA!

I joined the YMCA for the summer yesterday! Yay! I’m so excited! We went there yesterday and I paid the $80 for 90 days. I would like to go there on either Thursdays or Fridays and lift weights and use the other cardio machines there.

Yesterday, my sister and I started with dumbbells. I did some squats, overhead presses, bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, raises, rows, and some core work. It’s easier for me to get a better workout there than at home because I only own up to 10lb dumbbells. Obviously there, they have a ton more options. We then went over to the weight machines and I did some leg work. These machines are great because they keep count and time.

My sister wanted to run after we were done, so she did that and I used my favorite elliptical EVER! The Cybex 750AT. I used this in college EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It was awesome to use it again. 30min on there. I hopped on the rowing machine for 5min while my sister was finishing running and then I stretched.


I felt so great after! I had a crabby day at work and working out made the difference.

Juneathon Day 15: 30min Strength training. 30min elliptical. 5min rowing. 5min stretching.

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Juneathon Day 12: Trying New Things

This has been a great week so far. I had a good weekend, and I didn’t have to go to work yesterday or today. It’s been awesome 🙂

I did my scheduled run this morning. A 5mile pace run. It went so well. So much better than yesterday. I didn’t feel sluggish and the pace I was doing at the end was comfortably hard.

Mile 1: 9:19

Mile 2: 9:12

Mile 3: 9:09

Mile 4: 9:02

Mile 5: 8:35






Since I had today off, and I had nothing planned, my sister and I made a date to go to the YMCA! She goes all the time with her friend and sometimes by herself, but I’ve never been there. I had to pay a $10 day fee, or, if I think I will go there more this summer, I can pay $80 for 90 days. I’m tempted to do that.

We started off with dumbbells. I did some squats, rows, and overhead presses. We also worked with a medicine ball. Then we tried out the rowing machine, which I liked a lot (but I have a feeling I’m going to be sore tomorrow!) We moved onto the stationary bike for 20min and I like that a lot. My legs were really feeling it. My sister wanted to run, but I had already ran today, so I went on the stair climber. I liked that as well. We finished with some weight machines.

I really enjoyed going there today! I wasn’t sure if it would be weird or anything, but it was a really great atmosphere and all the staff seemed really friendly. They have my favorite elliptical there and that might just be a good reason to get the summer membership.

Juneathon Day 12: 5.06mile run (45:47)  YMCA 1.5 hours

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Juneathon Day 3: Cross-Training

Today is one of my scheduled rest days from running (the other being Thursday), so I decided to do some cross-training. Weights and the elliptical.

I ripped out some work outs from my old Cosmo magazines (and it’s a big deal for me to rip things out of magazines) and I did a couple of those. One was a killer Kettlebell work out. I love working with the Kettlebell, it always gets my pulse going. Then I focused on my legs and thighs and ended with some core work. All of this was done while watching three episodes of The Big Bang Theory. That makes strength training that much more enjoyable.

Bam, Kettlebell

After my strength training, I did 30min on the elliptical. I really hope I can get a TV for while I’m elliptical, because 30min with nothing to look at gets REALLY boring. My grandparents are getting a new TV and we should be getting their old one. Thank the Lord. Then I can watch The Office while I’m ellipticaling.

Juneathon Day 3: 50min weights. 30min elliptical.

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Juneathon: Day 1

This almost didn’t happen…and it’s only the first day of Juneathon!

Juneathon dude logo

My plan of attack today was to go to work, do some shopping after, and then come home and go on the elliptical. While I was shopping though, my parents called and asked if I wanted to go out to dinner with them. I wasn’t about to turn down a free meal (especially since I really hadn’t gotten a chance to eat all day), so I said yes and met them at Applebee’s.

This posed as a dilemma. It was already 6:00pm. I don’t like working out late at night because then I can’t sleep (I’m most productive after I work out). But, when I got home at 7:45, I still definitely felt like working out. So the elliptical it was!

I bought my first pair of Nike tempo shorts at Dick’s Sporting Goods. I now want them in every color, they are so comfy!

Day 1 of Juneathon complete: 20min elliptical

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Juneathon 2012

Was I always into exercising? No. I played golf in high school and had Phy. Ed. but that was about it. Once I got into college, I worked out at the free gym on campus and I loved going there. Every day, at the same time, I would be there getting my sweat on. It was a way to get away from homework, troubles, and school life for a little while and just be absorbed in my work out.

Since graduating from college, I’ve gotten into a pretty good work out routine with running, ellipticaling, and strength training. However, I usually take one-two days off a week to give my body a break or if I’m busy a day, I don’t work out. But when I saw Juneathon over at bouffe e bambini, I knew immediately I was going to attempt this challenge.

Juneathon is where you work out every day for the month of June. Then you blog about your work out and log it at the Juneathon group at Running Free. Here are the official rules from their website:


Rules? We prefer to think of them as guidelines.

Juneathon is, after all, (to quote Highway Kind) ‘an annual festival of activity and excuses’, so there aren’t really any rules as such, but, it’s nice to have a few guidelines.
So here they are:
Run or do some form of exercise every day.
Blog about it within 24 hours.
Join the Juneathon group at the Running Free website and log your runs/exercise.
Visit other blogs and leave comments, giving your support.
Link to the Juneathon website and display the ‘Juneathon Participant’ logo (above).
And that’s about it really. Simple, huh?

I know I can work out every day. Training for my Marathon 4 days a week will help with that. The other three days I will cross train and strength train. That’s the easy part of the challenge. Blogging EVERY DAY will probably be the hard part. But whatever, I’m ready to take on the challenge.

Juneathon dude logo

I’ve been using this phrase a lot, but Bring it June! I’m ready for you!

Do you work out daily?

Do you blog daily?

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2012 Goals- Update

Well, we are three weeks into the new year and I thought I would give an update on my goals.

I’ve been doing pretty good at taking pictures everyday. I thought this would be a struggle, but it hasn’t been too hard. The goal I have been slacking in is my book reading. I haven’t even finished one book yet! Yikes, I better get my act together with that goal.

I have also added a couple goals to the list:

Goal #3- Eat healthy. I usually eat pretty healthy, but I tend to eat a lot of sweets. So I made myself a little chart called Don’t Eat a Sweet sheet. If I go all day without eating a sweet, I get a smiley face! I am using a weekend day as my cheat day. It’s kinda lame, but it has been working so far and I feel great!

Goal #4- Run 2-3 times/week. I know, I know, I was running everyday before. Well, that was before I hurt my knee. It hasn’t been the same sense. I have elliptical-ing for mosg of my workouts, but I can run for about 3 miles before it hurts. And I have to remember that I can run. So every other day or every three days I wanna run.

Goal #5- Be more organized and keep a better house. This one I think will be the hardest, but will certainly pay off. I moved into my boyfriends house soon after we started going out. It’s a small house, and there really isn’t room for a lot of extra stuff. But miraculously, we have accumulated a lot of extra stuff. I hope this year to get into a cleaning routine and organize the house more effectively. I’ve never really been a cleaner, but I deep cleaned the bathroom recently and it was great! So I think it will be okay. I want to make a cleaning schedule and write it in my planner so I don’t forget.

So those are a few other goals I have. It’s only month one, so hopefully i can continue with these goals through the year!

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Run, Run, Rudolph

Not only does today mark one week from Christmas, but I was able to RUN today; for the first time in exactly one month! It made me so happy. Believe me, it wasn’t the prettiest run, or the best run of my life. But I ran 4.5 miles at an 9:18 pace.

Although this injury sucked, I have learned a lot. Instead of running this past month, I have been lifting weights and doing the elliptical. My muscles have been improving with the weight training and I definitely want to keep up with that. And after my elliptical sabbatical of 7 months, I remembered why I loved the elliptical so much. I learned how important cross training is to fitness and to keep from getting bored.

Tomorrow I plan on doing weight training and elliptical. I think I’m going to run every other day until my leg feels completely better.

How do you cross train?

Are you ready for CHRISTMAS!?

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Definitely Tapering

With the Turkey Trot on Thursday, I will be tapering my runs this week. But that’s pretty simple when you can’t run period.

I haven’t been able to run since Thursday because of my mystery injury. I have determined that it’s in my buttock and it is probably just a pulled muscle. But, it still hurts enough that I can’t run on it and I have been walking with a bit of a limp. Saturday I was going to try the elliptical, but my love/hate relationship with it stopped me (that could probably be another post), so I just did a lot of strength training and stretching. Work was a nightmare because I’m on my feet all day and it just kept getting worse as the day went on. That night I did some foam rolling and watched The Office. Sunday I took a rest day because I had Thanksgiving #1 and didn’t have time for anything. It didn’t hurt as bad but I was sitting most of the day. Today was more strength training and I tried the elliptical, but that even irritated it. Gah.

So, I guess this week will be mostly strength training and POSSIBLY some elliptical tomorrow, but I really don’t know. I just really hope I can run on Thursday.

Do you like using the elliptical?

What injuries have you sustained?

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Chain of Events


I signed up to run the Festival Foods Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. I’m super pumped because my sister is running it too (she’s doing the 2 mile and I’m doing the 5). And these have been the chain of events that have happened since registering.

Wednesday: Last day to register for the cheap price. It really shouldn’t have taken me this long to register because I knew I wanted to do it, but for whatever reason, I procrastinated. Maybe that was a bad omen. We shall see. So registration, done and done.

Thursday: My running shoes are atrocious. They have a hole in one shoe and are so gross from sweat, not to mention they are four years old. So, since registering for the Turkey Trot, I figured I would ask for some new shoes for Christmas. Obviously, that doesn’t help with the race on Thanksgiving, but I can start the new running year off right. So I went shopping with my mom on Thursday and we went to Scheel’s to look at the running shoes. Awesome. I never tried on actual running shoes at a sports store, so this was exciting. I found a pair that I liked and I got to run on the treadmill to try them out. Good or bad idea, we will see. The shoes were super comfortable and I wanted to run out of the store wearing them. I pray for them for Christmas.

Friday: Hmmm, my back is feeling a little weird. Whatever, I have a short run scheduled anyway today. So I lifted my weights and then went to the basement to run. The first 1.5 miles were awesome. I was feeling good, watching Regis Philbin’s last show. This is going to be a great, short run. I turned up the pace a little and that’s when I got a pain in my back. It hurt so bad. I turned down the intensity, hoping it would go away. But, unfortunately, it did not. I walked the remaining .5 miles and was done. Even walking hurt. Oh. No.

So, unfortunate turn of events. I don’t know if my back hurt from the new shoes I tried (and by tried, I mean running for a whole minute) or what. But I really hope I am all healed by next Thursday. Tomorrow I think I’m going to do some weights and then try out the elliptical. Fingers crossed things go well.

Are you running a race on Thanksgiving?

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