Let’s Be Honest


Workout – yesterday, 8 miles as promised.  fantastic.  on the treadmill.  at the gym.  I haven’t seen the inside of the gym in probably a month.  treadmill running has not become any more fun in the time of my absence.  unfortunately.  it’s still utterly and completely boring.  too bad.  here’s how it looked:

A repetitive progression of sorts I suppose, but kind of just all over the place…

8:00, 7:30, 6:58, 8:00, 7:30, 6:58, 8:00, 7:15

I had to do that last one at 7:15 pace to get it in before the 60 minute turn off.  success.  all of my body parts were a go on this run.  all happy.  all did their job.  It is kind of strange to be running but not training for anything.  which means I don’t have any real direction with my pace when I run, except not to push it too hard right now.  I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve run to run and not had a race on the horizon.  people really do that.  hmmmm.  it’s nice.

Today, 45 minute stairmaster, fairly intense.  25 minutes of strength.  loved every minute of it.  especially when my little devil came down at 5:30 to join me.

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blurry little devil. my camera skills are lacking while I’m stepping.  he’s making sure we are properly ‘dehumidified’

always makes it a very special time of entertaining and having a little sweatfest of my own.

Like I’ve said before, I generally come up with my own full body circuit to do when I workout at home.  It usually includes anywhere from 4-6 moves rotated through 3-4 times.  They generally work multiple body parts (legs shoulders) at the same time and I never get too concerned with getting my heart rate up because I do cardio separately.  although there are times when I’m huffing and puffing my way through a strength session.  This morning was just a good mix of strength that left me feeling strong.  go figure.  it works.  I find the benefits and the ‘good’ feeling from a decent strength circuit sticks with me throughout the entire day as opposed to the endorphin rush from cardio that usually only lasts until my 3 little birds have their mouths open for breakfast an hour later.  yet I still opt for cardio or a run if time only allows for one or the other.  muy interesante.

Let’s be honest today.  I’m always honest.  but for the sake of this post, let’s be honest.  today.  because that’s the most catchy title I could come up with and I am now seamlessly segway-ing it into the body of my ramblings.  lets itemize the honest feelings…

Item 1 – does anyone really jump out of bed at 4:50 am ready to get some heart pumping cardio on?  I know there are morning people.  I like to think I am a morning person.  and I go to bed looking forward to and excited for my early morning sweat sessions.  but early morning comes and I have a decent amount of self talk going on to actually make myself get out of bed and get moving.  I do get out of bed and am eternally greatful that I made that decision.  but that time between alarm ringing and getting my bum moving are painstakingly difficult moments.  that’s my thought on that.  if you are that special breed of people that jump out of bed ready to move at 4:45am, than you must go to bed at like 6pm.  not so sure about that.

Item 2 – I want to hate the bachelorette, for no good reason, but she’s so stinkin’ adorable and I totally got sucked into the whole drama/reality on Monday night, I think I’m hooked.  we’ll know for sure when next monday rolls around.  I don’t really want to be that reality show watcher person.  but I’m afraid I am for this bachelorette season.  and of all shows, it’s the bachelorette.  it’s like reality soap opera.  I need mindless entertainment in my life.

Item 3 – I am feeling really good about running this week.  and I guess I’m really suprised my plan of only running every other day is doing this body good.  I’m glad I made that plan, otherwise I would have probably stressed about running everyday and I would not be as happy with the week.  I might have started getting a bit hysterical in my mind this past weekend that I would never really run again without some sort of discomfort in my right leg because it’s just been off a bit still.  thinking possible amputation, torn ligaments requiring life threatening surgery, tendonitis in my hamstring that would leave me immobile, you know, very reasonable thinking that was going through my brain.  but after 8 miles yesterday, my legs are really loosening up and feeling more like themselves.  perfect.  lets stay on this track.  hysterics be gone.

Item 4 – I’m not stretching or rolling.  so bad.  probably why I am thinking crazy thoughts.  because I will have good reason to if I don’t start coddling my legs.  I am going to.

Item 5 – I have the cutest little boy in the world.  just thought I would throw that one out there.  feel free to agree, or keep your mouth shut if you have a cute little boy at home.

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Item 6 – I went to Target yesterday.  without a plan.  going to target with a plan is dangerous.  going without a plan is darn near shopping suicide.  I came out fairly unscathed. target may be a little worse for the wear as we may have spilled a bag of popcorn and a bag of goldfish.  oops.  as it turns out, the plan was to get a little bit of summer clothes shopping done for the kidlings.  deals all around.

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Item 7 – I don’t know if this is just me, or a general ‘mom’ thing, but if ever I have delightful plans for an evening out, the entire day leading up to the evening out is kind of painstakingly slow.  particularly the last hour before I get out of jail the house.  and I might be a little bit irritable as the day comes to a close.  up for debate.

Item 8 – I’m pretty darn happy with the naturopath I went to see and the whole regimen of things he put me on.  I’ve definitely noticed a difference.  I’m glad I dug a little deeper than just what my primary care doctor was telling me.

Item 9 – (no worries, this will end at some point today) we were outside at 6:45am playing in the driveway.  I would have to say that’s not an acceptable time to go outside.  only because it’s very difficult to get the boy back inside to do things like let mommy take a shower.  which is a slightly foreign experience to him I guess as it doesn’t happen as often as it should in the morning.  but little boy loves his little bike.

Item 10 – to make it a nice even number.  I went to Sweet Frog twice yesterday.  it doesn’t hurt that we are friends with the owners and therefore doubles as an excuse to chitty chat and hang out.  with froyo in hand.  I don’t have frozen yogurt problem.  honestly, as good as sweet frog is, frozen yogurt is just not one of those things I crave after having kids.  but, I have three children, on different schedules.  and the 11am sweet frog run would have been bragged about to the morning kindergartner that didn’t get to go for froyo.  naturally, I had to take the morning kindergartner while the afternoon preschooler wasn’t around.  all in order to avoid a disastrous, raging jealous fit of sister got sweet frog and I didn’t meltdown.  rough life.  Luke has the rough life.  lucky dog is always around and got to eat fro yo twice.  but all he wanted to do was makeout and pet the ceramic frog decorations.  and take them all home.  should I be concerned about that?  I told him he had to stop messing with the frogs until he finished his yogurt.  so he promptly took his cup, midbite, and tossed it in the trash.  all done.  and the frog kissing and petting resumed.

All done.  you may get back to your lives now.  and I need to continue counting down the minutes until my escape.  I mean my evening out.  and I will be looking forward to my 8 mile run in the morning, because this week is moving along swimmingly according to plan. it will be even more swimmingly if the run is not on the treadmill.  but that might be asking for too much.  counting my blessings.  of which there are many.

Is your week going swimmingly according to plan?

What do you do when it doesn’t go according to plan?  throw a big tantrum?  scream and yell?  me too, it’s ok.

Are you the type that jumps out of bed at 4:45am ready to go?  please explain in detail how that happens.

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!

12 responses »

  1. Yes, I can get up and workout butt crack of dawn early, but not every morning! I typically go to bed around 9 and then get up at 4-ish for a 5:30 spin class before I go to work. Same thing for Saturday morning marathon training in the summertime. We have to beat the HOT HOT temps here in Texas before it hits the triple digits! I’d much rather get up early and knock it out. Also, I don’t have children and I’m single. It makes a BIG difference, I am sure.

  2. I love the honesty 🙂 And I was under the impression that FroYo addictions were considered normal. I don’t know how many there are in your neck of the woods but they are EVERYWHERE here. I HATE getting up for morning runs, but they always end up being so worth it. It’s likely my best time of day to run.

  3. glad your bod is back and ready to enjoy a nice ride of stress free training. love running when there is no goal race around the corner because then THERE ARE NO RULES! backwards running, sideways running, skipping, and running like a kid with your arms flailing all over the place are all fair game. can’t wait to get me some of those runs in.

    ps, i dont stretch so in my eyes no crime is being committed.

    pps if you find someone who gets up at 4:50 am jumping up and down to workout, please send them over to me. i can barely get my tush moving before 10 am!

  4. I so wish I could fly out of bed to work out… but nope, just not one of those! I actually stopped stretching a few months ago after reading this http://sock-doc.com/2011/04/stop-stretching/ I learned about him from Miss Zippy who has been treated by Dr. Gangemi. I have to say, I don’t notice a difference in flexibility and I have had far fewer injuries since stopping stretching, though that could just be coincidence. I’m continuing with the low to no stretching experiment for the rest of the year, but try to foam roll often and see my ART therapist at the first twinge of potential injury. I also started heart rate training… VERY interesting and so hard to slow down just when I was speeding up! But will hopefully pay off in September at my next marathon. Do you train using an HR monitor? Glad you’re running again 🙂

  5. It always makes me feel less guilty when I read about someone else who struggles to get out of bed. But my problem is I struggle to get up at 8.30am on the weekend ! Most people would have already finish running and eating breakfast by then. Sorry to hear about your right leg

    Your little man is growing so fast! The new clothes are so cute, who’s getting the tie-dye dress?

  6. My alarm goes off at 4:30 and sometimes it is a real internal battle to get myself out of bed. Once I am up it’s all good but its the time between the alarm and coffee that is excruciating.

  7. I can only work out early (before 6am) if I am meeting a friend or running group. This morning I did a spin class at 5:10, and I made sure that other people were definitely going to be there!

    What do I do if things don’t go according to plans? (Er…. a DNF because of a pulled hamstring, then a hot marathon with temps near 90 last weekend….) Sign up for another race! Yep- just signed up for Grandma’s on June 16. Thankfully I am not too sore this week since my pace on Sunday was not even close to what I was trained for. I am not expecting amazing results at Grandma’s, but hoping for a BQ (I missed by 39 seconds this past weekend because of the heat). After Grandma’s, I will chill for a little bit then on to Marine Cor at the end of October. I think I am an addict 🙂

  8. I do get up ridiculously early – between 4 and 4:45 depending upon the length of my run. It’s hard but for me the key is keeping a consistent schedule and getting to bed ontime (also easier for me since I don’t have kids). I’m just a morning run person – if I don’t get it done before work it might not happen and that’s enough motivation for me! Plus is so nice and cool in the morning…

  9. Don’t hate me….I am one of those persons that can just pop out of bed at 4:30 and be chipper and full of energy. I always totally drag in the afternoon.

    I’m a total Bachelorette/reality show watcher. How does Emily always look so perfect??

    • I hate you;-) hey, if you can do it, more power to you! I am ALWAYS happy after I actually get moving. And yes, a tad irritating that she is completely perfect all the time. I kind of think she would look that perfect without a whole crew working on her- good genes! Have fun on your west coast vaca!!!


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