Goals, weekend and training update

We had a fairly calm weekend compared to what they’ve been recently. I didn’t have anywhere I had to be on Saturday except to run. I got 7 miles in, struggled, but it got done. Caught the last half of Ally’s softball practice, caught up on laundry and a little cleaning. Ally decided to clean out her closet and we did a little shopping. We didn’t have much luck finding her anything.

Mellow Mushroom finally opened here and we decided to meet some friends for dinner. We got there at 5 and we finally got dinner about 8. We were there for 4 hours. It was fun hanging out with friends, but we will wait a few weeks for things to settle down before we go back.

Ally’s last softball game is tonight. We’ve had a fun season, some wins, some losses but it’s a great group of girls and parents!

Warming up at her pitching lesson.

Warming up at her pitching lesson.

School is out Thursday morning, just have to stay for the awards at 9:30. Have I told you how ready I am for school to be out? Going to fully enjoy this summer. We have a few things that need to be done around the house, but definitely planning lots of fun stuff on my days off. I’m going to church camp with Ally in July. It’s her last year at pre-teen camp. She starts in the youth group next week.

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It’s been a while since we’ve talked goals. I’m still hard at work (most days) but I like to re-examine them periodically.

  • Water. I got really dehydrated at my half last week so I’m drinking water like it’s my job!
  • Mileage, it’s climbing and except for adjusting to the temperatures I’m handling it well. I love track workouts!
  • Strength training. Still going to the gym 1-2 times a week. Our running club moved locations and now we meet in the same parking lot as my gym so I may be able to head over there after running.
  • Half marathon goals. I did not hit my 1:50 goal last week, I came real close. So, now I need to decide what goal to work for the Fall.

Training last week:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Patriot half marathon (recap here)

Tuesday: Rest day

Wednesday: rest day

Thursday: 6 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 7 miles

Pace was not great this week. I’m going easy on myself for that because of the race and the temps/humidity. But going forward my goal will be to get my pace down. I know it will take hard work and I have to stay on top of my hydration to be successful.

I don’t have a race until October as of now, so I have plenty of time to just focus on the work.

Surround yourself

Did you workout today?

Have you made new goals?

When is your next race?

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Goals Check

Happy Monday! I started the week off with a 6 mile run this morning. Normally Monday is a rest day for me, but I’m changing things around and trying to add a 4th day of running.

Haven’t looked at goals in about a month, it’s a little past due.

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I have a half coming up in about 30 days. I’ve really seen some improvements since starting track in March. I’m looking forward to seeing a PR next month.

  • Run 4 days a week
  • Gym 2 days a week
  • Water, water and more water.
  • Food, was under control, then I started splurging too much, then it was good again. Need to get it consistent. I have splurged more than I should but it hasn’t been an all out eat fest, so that’s a little better.
  • Stretch every day. More running means tired legs and my ham strings haven’t been happy this week.
  • Food prep more consistently

Did you workout today?

Have you set new goals?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Goals Check {link up}

It’s past time for a goals update! Time to get focused.

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I have lots of goals for the year. Both personal and fitness related. I will break them down weekly and share a few for the year. I have to keep these goals in front of me each week to stay on track.

Weekly:

  • Water: drink it.
  • Food: gotta track it in MFP. Every single day. I’ve been gaining weight these last few weeks. I haven’t been completely out of control with food but it hasn’t been perfect. I’m working on getting back on track. Seems like this is a never ending battle.
  • Training: it seems to be good. I’m getting in my workouts, changed things up, adding a spin class when I can, I’m going to the track and running.
  • Weights: keep lifting. Start working on lifting heavier.

For the year:

  • Half goal of 1:45. Most likely in October at the Michelob Ultra 13.1 in Dallas
  • Full Marathon, Dallas, December 14. Haven’t decided on a goal time yet.
  • 5k time under 24 minutes, but deep down I want under 23 minutes.

These goals are going to take hard work and dedication. That includes my diet. I know that eating garbage will not get me my goals, I just have to keep reminding myself that.

Do you set goals? Share one with me that you are working on.

How do you track them?

Set your goals and link up here! 

 

Did you workout today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart Day 27: Goals Check + Giveaway

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Anyone else feel like that? This month has flown by! I wish time would slow down a little. It may have something to do with the fact that I’m counting down to my marathon, that is probably making time go faster.

Monday brings goals check time. How’d you do this week?

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I did ok this week. Not great but good.

  • Eating out: I caved and ate fast food for lunch on Friday. It was a moment of weakness.
  • Water: really good! Maybe the best week ever!
  • Weight: I was up slightly on Friday morning, but I’ll just give it my best this week.
  • Food: I did track it, even on the bad days.
  • Workouts: Ran fewer miles, but got some good workouts it. Tried wall balls with squats for the first time.

Overall I’m pleased with my progress. I’m definitely headed in the right direction. I just have to keep making good choices and change those bad habits.

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It wouldn’t be Monday without a giveaway from Active Accessories. We have one more On-the-Go accessory pouch to give away. This one is black with white polka dots. Isn’t it adorable??

There are several ways to earn entries in the rafflecopter. This giveaway runs from 8AM CST January 27, 2014 until 8PM CST January 31, 2014. Winner will be contacted via email. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to enter. Must be a US resident to receive the prize.

Go visit their page and give Active Accessories lots of love for all the giveaways this month!

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Did you workout today?

Try any new workouts this month?

How’s the weather where you are?

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January Jumpstart Day 20: Goals Check, giveaway and a contest!

I have a big favor to ask everyone! Zooma has started an inspiring blogger contest. Whoever wins gets a trip for 2 to the Napa Valley race AND gets to give away a trip on their blog to a reader. I’d love your vote, you can find the info here.

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It’s Monday again! (yep every week) It’s also day 20 and goals check time.

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January Jumpstart is about fitness, it’s about goals, about trying new things (scary I know), it’s about getting back on track or starting from scratch. Wherever you are in your journey I’m glad you are following along. It’s time to update you on my goals.

  • Food: tracking every single day. Did not have fast food for lunch last week. Yesterday wasn’t a great food day. I think Saturday’s 18 miles was catching up and I was hungry and fighting a headache all day long.
  • Water: doing good, but Saturday was not near enough. (probably what triggered the headache)
  • Workouts: good, marathon training is trucking along and I am headed to the gym this morning.
  • Close to about 2.5 pounds off since January 1.

The weather here has been great on the weekend. John was able to grill dinner Saturday night for a change. Ally has started pitching practice as well. Softball will start up soon. I’m glad she decided to play again.

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We have Active Accessories on deck again this Monday for a giveaway. This week it’s the On-the-Go Accessory pouch in black! There are several ways to enter in the rafflecopter. This giveaway runs from 8AM CST January 20, 2014 until 8PM CST January, 24, 2014. The winner will be contacted January 25, 2014.

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No purchase necessary. You must be a US resident to win. Void where prohibited by law.

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Just a reminder there’s a January JumpStart board on Pinterest. I’ve pinned all the blog posts and a few exercises in there as well. You can find the board here.

How are you doing on your goals?

Are you checking them each week?

Did you workout today?

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January Jumpstart: Day 13, Goals Check + Giveaway

Welcome to day 13 of January Jumpstart! It’s Monday, let’s make this a great week. Did you stay on course this weekend? If not, it’s ok, today is a new day. We get another chance. I’m starting the week with Goals Check.

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  • I logged food every single day so far.
  • Down 1.4 pounds since January 1!
  • Water intake has been pretty good.
  • No fast food for lunch since December 30 and only once for dinner so far.

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We have another awesome giveaway today from Active Accessories. This week the On-the-Go Accessory Pouch in Pink and Gray Polka Dots. The giveaway starts today, January 13, 2014 at 9AM CST and ends January 17, 2014 at 8PM CST. Winner will be notified January 18. No purchase necessary to win. Must be a US Resident to receive the prize. Void where prohibited by law.

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Don’t forget the Sweaty Bands giveaway ends January 14!

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Did you work out today?

How are you doing on your goals?

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January Jumpstart Day 6: goals & a giveaway

Happy Monday! It’s Day 6 of January Jumpstart! How was your weekend? Did you stay on track?

I did pretty good considering how my weekends have been going that last 8 weeks or so. I tracked all my food and I’m mostly pleased. Gotta start somewhere. I’m bringing back Goals Check Monday. I like to check my goals each week, it helps to stay on track that way.

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  • Tracking food: did well. Tracked every day since January 1.
  • Water: pretty good, can always do better.
  • Workouts: good, I got weights, abs and my runs in.
  • No fast food! I’ve made it 5 whole days so far!

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We have an awesome giveaway starting today! Active Accessories is a great supporter, this week we have 1 On-the-Go accessory pouch in black to give away. I love mine, I’ve had it for a year. It stays in my gym bag. I put my drivers license and ID in there when I go run or to the gym. It has bobby pins, safety pins, chapstick, and a hair tie in it.  It will hold my phone as well.

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Today is a rest day for me. I will hopefully get more sit ups and a few weight reps in tonight before bed. I’m bringing back plank a day too. More on that tomorrow! I also couldn’t resist the urge to get on the scale this morning, it was good news! Gotta stay motivated!

Did you workout today?

How did you do on your goals the first week?

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#GirlsofFall and #GoalsCheck Monday!

Today’s post is from Shelly at Running Pfuhl. My goals for the week are at the bottom.

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So by now we’re getting into the groove…..
School is in full swing…
Cooler temperatures are here…
Our teams are winning or faltering….

I’m beginning to feel like I’m in a routine. School starts later in the day now and I’m having to figure out when to eat breakfast, when can I run, when will I work, when will chores be crossed off my list (read: Ever Be Done!). Today was the first day I ate breakfast before a run, in a long time. I need breakfast. I don’t know if it’s been the lack of breakfast or the hot temps, or the cooler weather or just my mentality lately. My runs have been horrible. It’s amazing that I keep lacing up and putting one foot in front of the other!

Last weekend I had an 8 mile run, it was warm towards the end but it was a great run. Monday’s run was well… walking. Wednesdays run was well… intervals. Thursday though was my annual birthday bridge run…. I smoked the bridge! It’s amazing it’s still there!! One of my fastest runs. Woo Hoo!! Then Saturday came and my long run sucked. It shouldn’t have. It was great weather, a flat(er) route than the week before. I just couldn’t get into a rhythm. It was a struggle. Meh. Running Is Stupid!

I feel like my runs these days are like watching a football game. Like the Packers Game Sunday. Interceptions. Fumbles. Penalties and Personal Fouls. I feel like there should be a press conference after my run to discuss what all I did wrong. But it’s a new week… time to prepare for a new week. Watch the film (play out in my head)….. watch film of the opponent (longer distance) and prepare accordingly.

Be Swift!
Stretch! I need to stretch after every run and do yoga on off days. It’s Got To Happen!
Water! Drink It!! Set my timer, do what I have to do to get hydrated, just because it’s 75 instead of 105 doesn’t mean my body suddenly doesn’t need hydration.
Ice Ice Baby! It’s good that nothing hurts! Hooray!! Let’s keep it that way with natures anti-inflammatory. Ice it all down after a run!
Fuel!! Get Real Food!! My Birthday Week is over, and it’s time to get serious about fueling for these runs. They are getting longer. I wouldn’t drive my car long distance without a full tank of gas…. why do I ask my body to?
Time. Time to sleep…. naps are for grown ups too. Down time for my brain…..veg in front of the tv, or knitting, or with a book. Time on my feet… putting the miles in. Time reading… blogs, blurbs and runner’s world. Time to stop worrying about time. There is plenty of time. It will all get done. I will be ready for the next run, walk, race.

In looking things up about being swift this week… the word that comes into play is agility. This link shows various Agility Drills.

The few exercises though that I think helps runners the most though is:

  • One Leg Squats
  • Step Ups (done fast or slow)
  • Vertical Jumps

I encourage you to add this onto your routine. Maybe 20 each leg…. or how many can you do in 60 seconds. And if you want…. do the drills. These are easy and can be done in your neighborhood… with mailboxes instead of cones. Or at the park…. use the swings as your target to turn or pivot. Switching things up causes the body to bring results. It has to think about what it’s doing, it has to use different muscles, parts of the brain to keep up with your new moves!

Let us know how you’re doing! And how’s your favorite team this year?

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With marathon training in full swing, my weight training and cross training accidentally got put on the back burner. There are only so many days in the week and I got off track! I have some goals to work on now.

  • Weights: even if it’s just my 5 pound weights at home, gotta get this done!
  • Abs: Every.single.day. This is a must!
  • Stretching.
  • Water.
  • Food. I can’t seem to find a balance right now. I have really good days and really BAD days. I don’t think My Fitness Pal is giving me enough calories so I’m hungry and that leads to really bad choices. I’m upping those calories and going to try to eat 1/2 my exercise calories back. Long run days are still a work in progress. When I burn over 1200 calories I have no choice but to replenish those. The caloric burn on those days will get to 1600-2000 soon.
  • Sleep. I’m tired, I have to try to get in med 30 minutes earlier to at least get settled down. That’s 9:00-9:15pm. It’s not going to be easy but at least 3 nights a week I have to try.

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Did you workout today?

How was your weekend?

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#GirlsofFall:Plyo drills and #GoalsCheck Monday!

This week’s post is from Sara at She Cooks, She Crafts, She Runs.

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I am so deliriously loving football season right now.  Even though it seems one of my fantasy football teams in losing one player after another to injury…

Regardless, the agility drills that football players use are great for everyone.  They make you quicker on your feet and help with footwork.  So what if you aren’t on a football team, it’s not necessary.  Doing these drills can get your heart rate up and give you something fun and challenging to practice.

Bodybuilding.com has some great videos and I found this guy on Youtube.  Ask.com has some great pylometric drills to try. Pick a couple, grab some cones, and have fun in your backyard.  Maybe even challenge your kiddos to try them out!

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Haven’t done a Goals Check in a few weeks, I’ve just been concentrating on marathon training.

  • Drink water all day long!
  • Weights: I hit a PR last week with 60 pounds on the bench press. I am lifting twice a week right now.
  • Keep up my marathon training. This week starts longer mid week runs (7 miles). That means getting up earlier to get those extra miles in.
  • Nutrition: I had gained a little bit of weight this summer, got a pound off last week. I have to make sure I’m eating properly and not lose too much weight. After 14 this weekend I was hungrier on Sunday than I was Saturday.

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Did you workout today?

Anyone race this weekend?

Has the weather cooled off where you live? (No such luck here, 97 today….)

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#SummerRefresh: Balance

This week’s topic is Balance brought to you by Sara at She Cooks, She Crafts, She Runs.

 

As with anything in life, things can quickly get out of hand.  Think you need to spend every moment out of work at the gym?  That’s excessive.  Obsess over every single bite that enters your mouth?  You will become miserable and drive everyone around you crazy with your obsession.
Sometimes it’s hard for us to recognize that healthy can become UNhealthy when the balance topples.  The yin and the yang must be in sync for things to truly run smoothly.
One of my favorite ways to even myself out is yoga.  It stretches out muscles that I work in running, biking, and strength training.  I have an opportunity to work on meditating.  I work on slowing down.  I am so much more flexible since I started.  The reasons can go on and on.

Yoga influences:

 

 

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My goals for this week:
  • Stretch and foam roll. Every. Single. Day!
  • Drink water
  • Drink more water
  • Stretch some more

Yep, that about sums it up. My husband told me I’ve been twitching and kicking in my sleep and I’ve been sore. Guess it just dawned on me I haven’t really been stretching or using my foam roller since starting marathon training.

Got a new record at the gym this morning for the stair master: 30 minutes! Then abs and weights.

Did you workout today?

What are your goals for the week?

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