Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Early Morning Run

This morning I woke up at the crack of dawn, literally.  I was up at 5am to fit in my 3 mile run before work.  I had looked at the weather the day before trying to figure out if I should run before work or after work, knowing that I could not do another treadmill run after my 7.  Well the morning was about 20 degrees cooler than the 100 degree afternoon, so it was a prety easy decision. The hard part was waking up, but I did it.
Miserable haha.  Even though it was 5am, it was horribly humid outside and I came back drenched. I stood in front of the rotating fan for about 10 minutes trying to stop sweating before I got in the shower.
Mile 1: 10.01
Mile 2: 9.27
Mile 3: 9.20

Now that my run is out of the way, it's What I Ate Wednesday!
I added a little more substance to my usual overnight oats by adding 1/2 scoop of protein powder and 1/3 cup oats instead of 1/4 cup. I had a busy morning at work and really needed this to last.

Blurry KIND bar. Too busy shoving it into my mouth!

Spinach salad with....celery, broccoli, carrots, blueberries, strawberries, craisins, blue cheese, hummus and black beans.  YUM.  I also had a peice of a CLIF Builders protein bar.

Before I left work I ate an apple and some whole wheat pretzels. 

Wrap with slow cooker buffalo chicken, blue cheese mixture (blue cheese, greek yogurt and white vinegar) and spinach leaves. With some Summer Black Bean and Corn Salad on the side.

Mini Cookie Dough Blizzard. I love the mini blizzards at DQ. They are the perfect size!

Monday: 7 miles (check)
Tuesday: Abs/Arms weights with light leg work (check)
Wednesday: 3 miles (check)
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 4 miles on the beach
Saturday: 3 miles on the beach
Sunday: Rest

Matt and I leave for OBX tomorrow afternoon! Hoping to fit in the rest of my week of half marathon training while we are there. Love running on the beach! I'm hoping I can convince my sister to run with me!

Monday, July 16, 2012

7 MILES!!!

Today after work I ran 7 miles for the first time in my life!  The whole day I was going back and forth about if I should run outside or not. When I got out of work the heat index was around 96 degrees.  It was so humid out today and I was honestly worried about passing out if I had to run for over an hour in the heat. I opted for the....dreadmill instead.  I definitely wasn't the most pleasant experience, but I finished, and that's all that really matters.

I finished 7 miles in 1 hour 8 minutes and 45 seconds (9.49 pace).  This was a bit slower than I wanted to go, but I had to stop and walk for a couple seconds at mile 5.5 because I was getting a cramp in my side. I brought a water bottle mixed with half water and half coconut water to drink while I was running.
Love this stuff!!

When I got home I was starving.  I whipped up the quickest high protein meal I could think of. I cooked 2 eggs with some cheddar cheese in the middle.  Put that on top of half a deli flat with hummus. I also made a smoothie with half a scoop of protein powder, strawberries, half a banana, handful of spinach, coconut milk and a spoonfull of cottage cheese. Yea that's a lot for a little smoothie haha.
Simple dinner but it hit the spot.

After dinner I showered off and was looking at all my war wounds from the warrior dash. The right side of my body got beat up.

The one on the right side of my knee is going to be a doosy when it comes in all the way.  Don't judge our blue blue bathroom haha. Can't wait to remodel that thing!

I'm off to watch some of the crossfit games with Matt.  The one thing that the warrior dash made me want to do even more is CrossFit!!! After we are done our half marathon I think we are going to give it a try.  It's on the fitness bucketlist!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

My First Mud Run!!!

Yesterday Matt and I and two of our friends drove to Morristown, NJ for the Warrior Dash!! I started our my race day morning with a big smoothie:
1/2 frozen banana, 1 container vanilla chobani, blueberries, strawberries, 2 tbsp of PB2 (I'll talk about this later in the week), splash coconut milk.

Egg whites, spinach, zucchini, squash and cheese!  Apple on the side.

Then we were off.  We drove 2.5 hours and got to the race 1.5 hours early. On their website we were told to get there an hour early. Boy am I glad we got there when we did. We parked our car and then got in line for the shuttle to the race area. This is when we saw our first obstacle of the day:

We waited in this line for an entire hour until we finally got on a bus.

When we finally got to the actual race, we had about 20 minutes to check in and get our bibs, go to the bathroom and check our bags.  Lets just say it didn't happen. Instead of starting at 3:30, we started at 4.  This race was really poorly organized. Matt and I were both really frustrated by the time we finally reached the starting line.  All that frustration went out the door when we started our 3.2 mile run.  Most of the run was through the wood and most of the obstacles were at the beginning and end of the race. Here are some pictures that Matt got of a few of the obstacles.

I loved the obstacles! They were so much fun and I definitely woke up sore this morning.  The run was a little harder. There were some huge hills to go up and they were pretty difficult with mud and rocks caked in your shoes.

We Made It!!

We got these sweet hats along with our medals and a tshirt (that Matt is sporting). Other than a couple scrapes and bruises I made our pretty well. 

Week Setup:
This week is going to be a little different for my running schedule.  Matt and I are heading to OBX on Thursday, so we want to try to get our long runs in before we leave. The weather looks....horrible this week. Every day is in the mid 90's.  So here is what I'm going for:
Monday: 7 miles (later run around 6pm)
Tuesday: Strength and Crosstrain
Wednesday: 4 miles on the treadmill
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 3 miles on the beach
Saturday: 3 miles on the beach
Sunday: Rest and drive home

I skipped a running day from my training plan today so that I could do my long run tomorrow and not be dead. Instead I went to the gym this morning for some stregth work and crosstraining.  I started out my workout by doing this arm workout:

Repeat 2x:
Barbell Bicep Curls (10lbs)
Front Shoulder Raises (8lbs)
Hammer Curls (10lbs)
Lying Tricep Extension (10lbs)
Upright Row (15lbs)
Crossbody Hammer Curls (10lbs)
Overhead Tricep Extension (10lb)
Side Shoulder Raises (8lb)

After completing this I did 15 minutes of ab work and then moved to the elliptical for 25 minutes before heading home. 

It's currently pouring and starting to storm so I'm going to go before I get electricuted!