XT and quality over quantity


Workout – my XT of choice tonight was the Stairmaster.  there really was no choice. that’s the only other equiptment I have in the house, other than the treadmill.  and we all know that wouldn’t be cross-training, don’t we.  glad you are paying attention. 

look at those beauties. i love my stairmaster. best ebay find ever.

The furnace was off, so I wasn’t stripped of every ounce of water in my body.  Normally, I curse the evening workout that doesn’t happen if it hasn’t happened before dinner.  but because I have this fantabulous new regiment to follow, I bopped my little hiney downstairs and got to steppin’.  I welcomed it with open arms because it was a short day, turned long day, turned get these kids to bed ASAP DAY. (all kids in bed by 6:30 tonight – no that’s not child abuse.  the rule is that if they have been awake for 12 hours or more, it is necessary to put them to bed.  my rule.  feel free to borrow it) 

Here’s a little insight into how the day had progressed:

Cute little fashionistas by morning….


my poor son. trying to be like his sisters. I worry for him sometimes.

Turned scary basement dwellers by dinner….

photo of gremlin #2, courtesy of gremlin #1. gremlin #3 was probably plotting to take me down.

That’s rated R scary.  you would put that to bed asap too.  you don’t want that hanging out in your basement. 
(please disregard the hideous basement.  my hubs would kill me, or sick one of those kids on me if he knew I put a picture up like this.  little rough around the edges down there.)
So, quick recep of past 24hrs (that you have anxiously been waiting for) – foam rolled last night – GLORIOUS.  Thought my ITband was going to pop right out of my leg.  beyond tight.  If you don’t have a foam roller, get one.  I don’t care if you sit on your bum all day. you can sit on this.  they are fantastic.  and I’ve found a couple more uses for them:
#1 – banana boat
#2 – daybed for watching TV

maxin' and relaxin'. tough life of a 4 year old.

hope that’s helpful. 
This morning I went into my daughter’s kindergarten class – I have the “visitor” sticker to prove it.   


I don’t just say these things to make you think I am the perfect mother that is 100% involved in each of my children’s lives.  you can’t just get this sticker anywhere.  you do have to visit the school and get it from the lady sitting at the table at the door.  I’m sure she has a lovely name, I just never remember to ask.  so rude, I know.  to make you feel even better about me as a person (did I just write that?), I’m also room mom for my little ‘gartner.  it’s as close as I’ll ever get to being a celebrity.  let me have my 15 minutes.
Fast forward. yadda yadda.  more school.  dance class.  be completely unproductive at home.  cook dinner.  fold laundry.  workout.  and now I’m here with you explaining reason #2 why I’ve seen the light for using a race training plan.  instead of reinventing the wheel.  by myself.  and why everyone should do a plan.  now. 
#1 reason was because it takes the figure out of figuring out what workout to do.  easy peasey lemon squeezy.  definitely stole that phrase from my 5 year old.  plenty more where that came from.  watch out. 
#2 is because it turns my workouts into QUALITY, productive workouts that are going to get me to my goal.  that’s the plan anyway.  phenomenal.  (you might want to spell check that word.  I’m not great with the long ones;))
Right now, there’s a lot of QUANTITY going on, not necessarily a lot of quality.  because I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HECK I’M DOING.  like I’ve said before.  I just kind of roll with the punches.  well no more rolling with the punches my friends.  I’m working out and I’m making it count.  because runner’s world tells me I am.  This plan has me taking 2 rest days if I want!  holy moly!  normally I would bust my butt 6 days a week.  Instead, I can really bust my butt with quality workouts and take those 2 days to really rest and recover.  less chance to injure my aging body.  mind blowing stuff here.
Tomorrow’s edition of “Katie’s 2 cents on everything running related because she’s been running so long she’s basically a pro. or no where close” will be on the #3 reason training plans are the bees knees and my transcendental thoughts on setting goals.  Tune in.  sweet dreams little chickadees. 

PS – There’s a great article over at a blog I like to read – HungryRunnerGirl <—- check it out there, about base building in running.  muy interesante.  go read.  whether you are a beginner and have little goals, quite an exprienced runner with big goals, or even if you have no goals  (you should set some, like yesterday), its got some good info.

Goals, people – I want to hear them:

What was for dinner tonight?


About msfitrunner

I am a 29 year old stay at home, hardworking mom to my three little loves! My oldest little darling is 5, little sis is 4 and baby brother is almost 2. I have been married to my Mr. Wonderful for almost 7 years (ahhh!). My faith and my family is my rock, and I have a newfound LOVE for running. Maybe it's more of a necessity at this point - to maintain household peace and my own sanity, but whatever it is, it's working for me and I'm loving the racing. The vegan world has been calling my name, so I am testing out those waters as well! That's a tough one with three little picky eaters at home, but I am having fun coming up with new recipes and trying out new things. Follow along as I chronicle this crazy running life, and ALL the craziness that goes with it!

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    • I’ve been wondering how you’ve been doing with that?!?! and no, I didn’t lose 87lbs, if that’s what you said “really??” to. dont know what that was about. So I can check YOUR fitness pal? I actually think I have been undereating, and that has caused weight gain. I upped my calories and I’m actually hungrier. so strange. You can totally run a 5k!!! do you have a training plan??;-)

      • Yes, check my diary !! Hold me accountable!!:). I think you can see all my food and exercise since we are “friends”.
        As for the 5k, I am using another app…ease into 5k. Have you seen it? Check out their site. It’s a little easy since I am active, but I’m following it anyway and then cross training with the stair master and Pilates.

  1. THANKS FOR THE LINKAGE:) You are the best. You really have the cutest kids in the whole wide world. SO FUN! I love the picture where you explain gremlin #3 is plotting how to take you down ha! YAY FOR QUALITY!! You really inspire me. I love that you have a stair master…I am jealous!

    • I really liked that article! the stairmaster is pretty special:) ideally it would be a stepmill, but there has to be a little hole in the ceiling above my head as it is, for me to go on that thing. that and the stepmill is completely unrealistic machine to have in the house. I need higher ceilings.

  2. Funny post…you made me laugh. If my kids were up at 4:30 every day, they’d definitely be in bed by 6:30 too. And I agree about the foam roller…it is torture, but it really feels like I have fresh legs every day. Before I was using it, I was in pain a lot of the time. Glad you like your training plan so far.

  3. My biggest goal currently is to run a 10K this year. I’m also focusing on my nutrition.

    Dinner tonight was baked potatoes and boneless, lean pork chops. I had 2 tablespoons of Ghiardelli chocolate chips for dessert. 🙂

    • A 10K is awesome – do you have a race in mind? I am a HUGE believer in nutrition and the role it plays in fitness. I think it’s something like fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. No meal is complete without chocolate. sometimes I start my day with it just to put me in a good mood:)

  4. Your kids are the sweetest things!!!! Our dinner tonight was red beans & rice in the slow cooker. Love that. I always love reading about people who fit in with kids!! We have a hard enough time with just our dog!! Way to stick to your plan. I really need to get one! I have such a hard time committing! Haha. Really, my focus this year needs to be more on nutrition because I have no problem getting to the gym. It’s totally routine these days.

    • That dinner sounds delish! Love the crock pot, should use it more. I have a great tortilla soup recipe for it. Kids make things interesting for sure! Just takes a lot of teamwork and communication with me and the hubs. Usually works out pretty good, if you don’t need basic things like sleep to function:) Nutrition is a tough one, but I think once you get into a good pattern, it gets a lot easier!!

  5. My goal is to rebuild my mileage again after dealing with runner’s knee and a second goal is to build some muscle. I want to look strong, not scrawny!

    • Those are some good goals! I had runner’s knee awhile ago – kills all the work you’ve put into running, frustrating. But it will come back! I think it’s so important to strength train with running. I think they go hand in hand and make you a much stronger runner. doesn’t hurt that a nice toned body looks nice too!

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