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pasta for lunch…four miles for dinner…

I went out to lunch with a co-worker and had pasta for lunch, figuring a nice carb dish would be beneficial for a run later in the day. Let’s not even mention how delicious the pasta was!

After feeling rather exhausted all day, I fit a solid four mile run in around 6pm. Chris and Dan joined, riding their beach cruisers while I ran. To be honest, I wasn’t feeling the run but I knew I could finish strong enough and get some good rest later so I stuck it out. Plus, I just registered for a 10K this coming Sunday (more on that in the coming days) so I don’t want to slack off too much this week and end up hurting myself Sunday morning.

One of my feet has been needing some care, the foot that I most recently had surgery on. I’ve been doing exercises and stretches with it, and icing it to be sure I’m nurturing it enough to keep it in tip-top shape. Looking forward to another good run tomorrow…I think we’re looking at somewhere between 4 and 6 miles for tomorrow. The plan: throw some laundry in the washer mid-afternoon and head out for a run while the laundry gets clean! Now, there’s some good multi-tasking.

Also, I have been feeling really tired lately so getting on a better sleeping schedule and back into a routine is completely necessary. I think this will help me out with getting in some better runs too, since my body will always have an adequate amount of time to rest and recover each night.

Do you have any races coming up? Do share!

Four miles…success.

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weekend recap

Well, weekends usually bring long runs but after a few longer runs this past week I needed to work on my body, stretching, and allowing my body to recover correctly so longer runs weren’t the case for me yesterday and today.

After a fabulous time on Friday night at a wrap party in Hollywood (I know, I’m so fancy…right?! LOL), my friends and I knew I would not be waking up for the weekly Saturday morning run at 8:30am. However, at 6:30am on Saturday morning I popped up without an alarm and even though I was still a little tired I was determined to stay awake, get ready, and head out for the morning run with the group.

Sure enough, I had some breakfast and headed out to meet with everyone. A beautiful Saturday morning down at the beach and we tackled a great run. I fit in a 4.5 miles and felt great, and stretched out for a little while after the run.

We went out to dinner last night, and I tried to keep it healthy yet delicious at the same time. I succeeded for the most part, with an entree of sesame-crusted seared ahi tuna, sweet potato fries, and grilled zucchini. The martini I had was even acai berry (is acai berry still good for you if it is in a cocktail?!). That was all fine and dandy…then Jeremy decided we needed gelato for dessert. It was delicious, and everyone needs sweets every now and then. I had a small (they let me have 3 flavors!) with roasted banana flavor, extra dark chocolate flavor, and cinnamon flavor. Mmm mmm, good.

It was apparent everyone was exhausted when afterward we planned on going out, but then we ended up at my apartment just hanging out. We called it a night and I went to bed as soon as everyone went home, expecting that I would get a lot of rest and wake up early for a Sunday morning run.

I certainly did get a lot of rest and did wake up early, but a Sunday morning run just was not in the works for me. Instead, I headed out for breakfast and some errands with Chris and Kelly. I did wear workout apparel though so that I was sure to get a workout in later.

I did a long stretching session this afternoon, so I am waiting to get a good workout in tonight. It’s not good to workout after stretching out too much–the long stretches should come in post-workout or during a stretch-only time. I have found that works out best for me.

Tonight I will get in a 1.5-mile run and some strength training. I’m looking forward to a shorter run to work on a quicker pace, and this will then help me with increasing my pace on longer runs as well. I’ll also be able to work on my breathing, so if I can get some better breathing going during the quick-pace, shorter workouts I should be able to easily transfer that to longer workouts as well.

Good weekend workouts to end the month just the right way! January has been a success in kicking off the 10-month training process to successfully make it to 26.2 in October, with a gradual mileage increase, solid strength training routine, and enough stretching to keep the muscles in good condition.

Looking forward to another fantastic month in February, full of its own challenges and experiences. Hopefully by the end of February I will have mastered consistent breathing techniques and will maintain motivation.

What are your exercise goals for the February?

Weekend workouts…success.

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rest and recover

Today is a rest and recover day for me. After pushing the limit on Wednesday with a 9.75 mile workout, and going another 4 miles yesterday I wanted to be sure to allow my body time to rest and recover.

I had some errands to run today so I got my walking in that way. I also did a lot of stretching and some crunches to keep my body going and to continue working on getting into tip-top marathon shape.

As someone who is formerly one of the worst people at remembering to stretch and kind of hates taking the time to do it, I have been pretty good about making myself fit it in. I stretch just enough before runs (not too much) and certainly after runs to ensure that my muscles don’t cramp up. On days like today, I am even forcing myself to remember to stretch while I allow my body to recover, because that will only mean a better workout tomorrow.

My body is feeling good and I am certainly looking forward to a great run again tomorrow. Hoping to get a morning one in with some friends before I have to head to an even about an hour north of me for the afternoon. Be sure to look for an update tomorrow evening, and see how it is going.

And, as always I love hearing your feedback–how your workouts are going, any tips or tricks, favorite foods that give you energy and fuel, favorite workouts, etc.

Let’s keep training together! Detroit, here we come 🙂

Rest and recover…success.

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