Workout – stairmaster crosstraining day. 45 minutes. speed intervals. 6 something miles. which is completely irrelevant, really, because I was not running. I was stepping. there were no miles involved. which is exactly why I love my stairmaster. and why I love my crosstraining. I get a killer workout. without the pavement pounding. that which I also love. more on that in a minute.
Let’s drag this post on a bit, as usual, before I give you any information that might actually be useful to you in your day to day.
Truth be told, today might have been one of the most uninteresting and uneventful days. so I will share it with you.
1. We woke up at 5am. not to an alarm clock. to an alarm child. per the usual. not exciting.
2. I was indifferent about working out at that hour because I wasn’t running and I wasn’t sure about my crosstraining plan for the day. I was in workout twilight zone, neither here nor there, but pretty confident it would happen. still not exciting.
3. I did get showered and dressed for the day before leaving the house. you’re welcome world. that is not exciting. in the least. but it is a generally noteworthy thing because this would be my wardrobe of choice. everyday. it’s lululemon head to toe and it is magical. and it’s hidden behind a sticker covered, fingerprinted mirror. yay.
I’m comfortable in it. I feel like a rockstar. a workout rockstar. there is a reason they charge that much money for workout clothing. it brings out the magic in the girl. or guy. true. get yourself some wunder unders and see for yourself. it is also generally noteworthy, but not necessarily exciting, when a female, especially of the ‘stay at home mama’ kind, is having a particularly ‘nicehairday, skinnynotbloated, cuteandsassy, makeuplooksgood’ kind of day. that was kind of this kind of day. and I think it was mostly due to the fact that a) I shoved my kids in the basement to play this morning while I stairmastered and b) took a shower as noted above. like I say – the little things. but not exciting.
4. We went to Target. not exciting in the least. but I got the strict necessities and left without committing grand theft. somehow, some dollar item usually ends up in Luke’s pocket or some inconspicuous place to be found when we get home. not so this time. I made sure to keep this Target trip on the up and up. all items paid and accounted for. some nutritious and delicious highlights that are not very exciting…
nutella. combined with peanut butter is a deadly combo.
these are pretty tasty too.
5. The hubs got some new FREE mizuno sneaks in the mail, thanks to yours truly.
the beautiful little child was certainly not free. she costs a pretty penny.
that is completely not exciting to me because they were not MY free sneaks (mine should be coming tomorrow, which I will surely share that piece of exciting mail with you). I am working on a fun giveaway that just might have something to do with mizuno. that would be exciting. for you and me. stay tuned.
6. Not cooking dinner tonight is actually pretty exciting. Dinner courtesy of whole foods sushi bar is also pretty exciting.
this calamari salad I got is very exciting and may warrant a daily trip to whole foods until I grow completely ill of it. what’s also exciting about this sushi dinner extravaganza is that yours truly has no cleanup after. just toss in the trash. easy peasy. so exciting. and fantastic. I can hardly stand it.
7. Technically, the bachelorette was last night but we are going to include it in the post to enhance the non-excitingness of me today. the word on the street is that this season is pretty boring, or not exciting. that’s what I’m hearing through the bachelorette grapevine. which is interesting because I found this show to be thoroughly entertaining last night. so if the show is boring and it completely amuses me, it’s safe to say I am pretty boring these days. or easily amused. and I’m ok with that. I’m also ok with being into the bachelorette this season. mindless, stress free entertainment. I’m highly amused by all of these grown men swooning over little miss southern bell. she’s adorable. and I kind of want her hair. but that’s all I want. her life seems too exciting for me. I probably couldn’t keep up with all the action.
That’s all of the non exciting things for now. We can move on to the stairmaster. fun stuff. I LOVE it. here she is…
that’s my view. no side handrails.
that’s the model.
Like I said, I got mine used but in like new condition on ebay 5 1/2 years ago, and it was probably almost half the price of buying it new. so look around on ebay, craigslist, or whatever other online source that would giveaway offer discounted exercise equipment. This has done me good through shin splints, running time off and getting back into running without getting injured or losing my running is happy and jolly and fun and not stressful attitude. it’s giving me good balance. and a really good workout at the same time.
I like this particularly over the elliptical because it takes up less space. I don’t have a lot of extra home space to be used up by clunky fitness equipment. this is clunky enough, but it’s not as long.
I also like it because it gives a very different workout from running. but very beneficial to running, I think. as long as you don’t hang all over it like a rag doll. that’s just lame. and cheating your workout. which will only harm you in the long run. don’t do it.
A lot of people are concerned that it will make your legs huge. not true. no further comment. but doing cardio on this will not make your legs look like a body builder. It will give you some great tone, definition and butt lift though. I can assure you that.
And lastly, HERE is a little post I did awhile back on how to get faster. there have been some inquiries about that. read with caution. I’m a stay at home mom. that’s all I have to say.
What is your favorite form of cross training?
What is your favorite or most used speed workout?
Workout(s) – and a couple of fantastic ones at that. Run. run. run. Someone asked me the other day if I really loved to run. just with my past races and my big disappointments and what not, she said, ‘do you love to run?’ without hesitation, I said why yes I do. funny question to a runner, but a good one. I do love to run. and I do love it more now than I did 3 months ago. 3 months ago when I was running faster and farther and with more confidence. then, I was broken down with a little shin splint action and a couple spirit crushing races and a little mental/running burnout that called for a little break time. and that is what I needed. sometimes you need to be broken down a little bit to appreciate what you love. sometimes you need to lose a little bit to figure out what you want. take a step back and realize how something really fits into your life. and to come back with a different, better attitude. and sometimes you appreciate it more when you come back with less and have to work your way back to your best. so yes, I love to run. and I will really love to run when my legs are moving even faster. working on that. slowly.
Yesterday – 6 miles. no pace. no stress. no watch. no clue how I was running. I can’t believe I am admitting it, but I am a garmin-less running convert. It’s a funny thing. somehow, back in the ancient of days, before the running with a gps idea came about, people were running, and they were running fast. baffling how they did it without guidance from a gps, but they did. amazing. I am getting on the boat. I will run with my garmin, but I am hoping to run more without it than with it and use it more as a check in. ditch the watch once in awhile. it will probably do you good. I ran 2.5 miles to meet my girlfriend and dragged her along with me for the last 3.5. perfectly humid, sweaty, early morning run.
and I had energy to burn after that. so I hopped on the stairmaster for 30 minutes. even more perfect.
and then my little anna bam had a hankering for Jillian.
happy to oblige little lady. get on your gear and get moving.
she could do more of the workouts than I could with my withering right arm that still can’t lift things. except little boys named luke because he doesn’t understand that it hurts mommy’s arm when he throws a tantrum in the coffee shop and I have to peel him off the floor and out to the car, kicking and flailing or when he tries to climb the counter at Sweet Frog to get into the toppings and I have to hold him back with a death grip. love. where was I. Jillian. I sat there and did ab work while she worked it out with J-dog. and then she ran a mile with the hubs later. my little athlete.
so that completes the workouts for that day. no it doesn’t. the day ended with me sitting on the couch watching a movie that I can’t pronounce, eating these…
they were 2 for $3. which means I could have just gotten 1 package for $1.50, but I felt the need to buy 2 packages. I only had two. I LOVE anything mint chocolate. junior mints go down like water. I have a decent amount of self control when things are individually wrapped. not so much with a bag of m&m’s, which is why I don’t buy them, or these….
but I did buy those because they were buy 2 get one free, so I had to get 3. I obviously got a discount for that one that is opened. I actually have pretty good self control with these suckers as well. My sweet tooth has really tamed down a lot and I only need a little bit to keep me happy. it’s really only the bag of m&m’s that get me. again, that’s why they are never in my house. that was my evening workout.
Today – 7.25 miles. and still very humid and sweaty. I love CT weather. this was my first early outdoor run – feet on the pavement at 5:15am. regretting going to bed at 10:30pm. happy I pulled my bum out of bed anyway. and thanking the good Lord for the early sunrise so I could get it done pre-children rising and attacking lovingly adorning me with their presence and allowing me to cook for and dress them. I’m going to take full advantage of early days. 7 min/mile avg pace. rolling hills throughout. fine. I did wear the garmin. and I did push it a little at the end. 6:25 min mile for the last mile. actually very happy I pulled that one out of nowhere. I will not feel badly about pushing the pace today. or about wearing the garmin. it was the kind of run I wanted to do. nevermind what coach B said about running easy paces for a few more weeks (technically that should be an easy pace consistently for me. in time) but he also said run how you feel. some days will be great and some days will be not so great, and slow. today was good. tomorrow will be slow/easy, sans garmin.
so I thought it would be fun to make this post SUPER long and see how long you can stick with me. I’m going to continue talking about running, and ‘run’ through a little bit of Katie running history for you newer peeps that are braving my blog. Get your pens and paper out. there will be test at the end. I am finding that a lot of runner’s go through A LOT of different phases in running. I honestly used to think that all runners just ran and it was always happy and rainbows and lululemon filled dreams. not so my friends. It is rare that things go pretty smoothly all the time where nothing changes, la dee da everything is always perfect in running world. even with elite runners and olympic athletes, a lot of them have their share of seasons and ups and downs. Runners go through different training plans, styles, phases. Runners go through different injury and recovery processes that slow down the running and decrease the mileage a ton. Runners go through a lot of different seasons of emotion about running, how they feel about it, what their goals are and how and when they want to reach those goals.
I know for me, my running perspectives and feelings have changed a lot over the past 6 months and they continue to change and to teach me about myself. So here’s a little timeline of ME.
I wanted to do the VT50 in September 2011. Was starting to train for it. not really sure how to train for it. and probably wouldn’t have been prepared had I gotten in to run it. Registration was closed, couldn’t run it. Plan B. Run a marathon instead. total gear change from running a 50. My 50 plan was to run VERY slow, steady, and probably walk a lot. I just wanted to experience it. any training I did reflected that mentality. Marathons were not on my radar at all.
October 2011 – I like to run. but I’m bummed about the 50. I’ll just do a marathon for fun.
Plan B marathon. Hartford Marathon. shooting for 3:15 finish that I very arbitrarily pulled out of my bum. decided to run with a pace group. worst decision I made for that race. It wasn’t MY run. I will never run with a pace group again. I was running the pacers run. horrible race for me physically. Finished in 3:17. fine. I think I never want to run another marathon again. I was so miserable. 3 hours later….just kidding. I want to run MY marathon now. not the pacers. signed up for Harrisburg 4 weeks later.
November 2011 – I just love to run phase. kind of a newbie runner. I love running. and I think I could be fast.
Harrisburg Marathon. Ran my run. excruciating ITBand pain started at mile 14. quitting wasn’t an option. just had to figure out how to finish. I finished. painfully. 3:11. on cloud 9. Now I want to hit 3 hours. and I dove right into training for the next one because I am an all or nothing. I want it and I want it now and I’m going to start working for it now. Big mistake. I should have taken much more time off from running. solely to avoid what happened before my next April Marathon. total burnout. and injury. and I realize the competetive in me takes over the ‘I love to run because I love to run’ in me. and I need to find a balance.
Ran a hilly half marathon in the middle of marathon training. good in theory, but looking back, it threw off my long run schedule, and I missed out on more long miles than I should have for my marathon training. Got a new half marathon PR. 1:28. still running good. injury free.
Speedwork continues. loving it. feeling fast. feeling confident. injury creeps in…
Last minute, innocent little 5k. gave me a new PR. 18:42. and it gave me pretty rough shin splints 6 weeks out from my marathon and a handful of long runs and tempo/speedwork to do. tough place to be. I was only able to run a handful of times before the marathon. I should have ADJUSTED MY MARATHON GOALS, to mentally keep me in the game. but I was a stubborn invincible runner. and I didn’t.
Gansett Marathon. 3:21 finish. a debacle. I lost it mentally. My shin started acting up as well as my IT Band, but I think I made the pain worse by my really poor attitude during the run. I could have run a better race, but let myself check out when I realized I wasn’t going to hit my unrealistic goal. and that was a HUGE lesson for me. I needed this race to LEARN a lot about who I am as a runner and a person. it was meant to be this way as a little part of what will make me the runner I am. Running is not all of me. I love it. and I want to be good at it. but a bad race doesn’t define me. nor does a good one. it’s a hobby. and I will enjoy it first.
End of April 2012
Nashville Rock and Roll Marathon. Mentally a better race, physically not so much. 3:42. you can just read about here, here, and here. I say I had zero expectation of this race. but I always go in with some expectation. and I really need to learn how and when to tone that high expectation of myself down and really just have fun, no pressure races.
And all of that put me in to a two week complete running hiatus. A good friend is going to coach me, more my mind than my running because he says, ‘you’ve got the running part down. a marathon is 90% mental. we need to get you back in the mental game of running’ aye aye captain!
and I’m back to LOVING running. without any pain. with or without the garmin. fast or slow. long or short. I want to get out and run. and June is my month of just running. because before my fall 2011 marathons, that’s what I was doing. I never did speedwork. I never did a tempo run. I never followed a plan. I never hit more than 40 miles in a week. and I did a couple pretty decent marathons. and now I find the balance of running how I know to run, and training to get faster and stronger while keeping the whole experience happy and fun. while learning how to apply just enough pressure to keep me on my toes, but not so much that I want to lose my mind. and attempt to remain injury free. and replace words like ‘doubt’ and ‘I can’t do that’ with ‘I am strong’ and ‘I am capable’ and ‘I can do whatever I set my mind to’. that’s the season I’m in now.
and that should be it for now. I can’t type anymore. and I’m pretty sure you have left the computer by now. I will chat with you cool kids tomorrow about my ever loving stairmaster. I’ve gotten a few inquiries as to why I love it so much and what kind it is. I’ll give you the 411. but this post can’t handle any more info.
What ‘season’ of running do you feel like you are in?
Who is getting ready for a race this weekend?
What is your favorite chocolate/other flavor combo?
Workout – cross training day. killer stairmaster workout. 45 minutes speed intervals. I actually tried not holding on to the handles the entire time. it is killer. it was also killer because it was 90 degrees today and 1167% humidity. that’s right. hot. I was going to throw in a sexy little post workout ab ripper photo, but when I went to take it, my I feel completely bloated feelings were confirmed. no need to post scary things like that. so I give you a picture of my super sexy, sleek, un-bloated stairmaster. she’s a beauty.
I’m tired. just gonna get that out there in the open. I’m not sure exactly why, because I got to sleep in this morning until 6am. by 6:15am we were doing this…
and shortly thereafter, that progressed to this…
I am not one to dash the hopes of a little boy who wants to ‘go pee pee on the potty mama, peeeeaaaasse!!!’ no sir. not me. whether it be in the bathroom or on the front step for all to see, I let the boy do his thing. and that continued for most of the day. aside from a trip to the grocery store and other tuesday things.
and that has left me tired. the boy thought otherwise of taking a nap today. leaving his room rearranged and me even more tired. no, I would not like some cheese with my whine, I try to limit dairy, but thanks for asking. let me continue….the crazy pollen is making my head miserable and now making my body feel achy. my arm kind of just hurts constantly. that’s a little exhausting. we topped off the stellar day in the highschool auditorium with tons of little ballerinas dress rehearsing for the big show on saturday.
naturally Luke sat like a darling little child and watched the whole thing hopped every row, ran up and down the aisles and screamed his bloody head off. I’m tired. and it was 90 degrees today.
I’m recruiting more little self talks lately about being in the moment and really cherishing my little cherubs and the crazy that they bring. all the time. and the love that they bring. all the time. it’s hitting me that my two baby girls are going to be gone all day at school next fall. just like that. and I don’t know how or when that happened. because I swore it was just yesterday that I was sending my Alexandra girl to her first day of preschool. cliche. but true. the days are long right now, but the years seem to have flown. so I’m trying to say ‘yes’ to them more and less ‘not right now, in a minute’. sometimes it’s easy. sometimes it’s not.
So. the objective of this post was to chat about information in regards to something that might enlighten you about running, fitness, health, or anything remotely related. that’s not going to happen. not in any coherent manner anyway. because I’m tired, as I mentioned. all I can do right now it talk about me. and my running. and hope that you don’t get more stupid as a result. or wonder why you are still reading this ‘running’ blog. my running seems interesting enough. probably just as interesting as looking at my wedding pictures. don’t worry. I won’t take it that far. back to running. I get out and run and am happy to be out. yes, I get anxious about my speed. when will it be time to get back into speedwork and speed training and tempo runs. and yes, I get anxious about how much endurance I’ve lost. but I think about what I have now. I have healthy legs. I have a bum arm. awesome. I have strength. I have the knowledge of what I can do. I have the ability to grow. and learn. and I keep learning more about running and myself. good stuff.
so I decided to do a little speed test on my Sunday 7 miler, just to see. I was running 5:30-40’s for mile repeats back at the track in March. that seems so far off right now, but I know it’s in me and I will find it again. so I had no expecations with this run, it was to bring on the challenge a little bit with the pace, but keep it short and sweet with the faster pace.
It looked like: 10 minutes fast, 3 minutes jog, 10 minutes fast, 3 minutes jog…and then just run a slow comfortable pace back home. I did an out and back. I don’t know why, but I didn’t warm up. I went right into the 10 minutes fast. I never learn. I miss those injuries I guess. anyway, I was pretty happy with it. I didn’t push it all out and my 10 minutes fast were right at 6:30 and my jogs were between 7:30-8. and looking back at the pace, for the last few miles of the run, I progressed from 8:20 mile to sub 7. and it was about 88 degrees. it was not my best run ever, but it didn’t have to be. I used to get in a constant competition where each run had to get better and better. not so my friendly friends. each run has a purpose. I ran in my brooks pureflow for this one. love them.
Monday’s 10 mile was a perfectly pieced together run. I ran with my baby boy in the jogger for 2 miles, to the coffee shop and back. I then ran 3.6 with my neighbor, who was jogging by and I tagged along. I don’t know that she will ever run with me again. I think I stress people out. they think I want to be going faster and they are never going fast enough, when in reality – like I mentioned, most of my speed is lost somewhere back in the month of March, so all is A OK with a slower pace! and then to complete the run, I did a 4.6 mile out and back. another hot run. which I think is great training. 10.2 miles total. in this snazzy outfit.
I’m not sure how many good running decisions I make. wearing all black on an 88 degree run in the sun day.
and my mizuno precisions. great sneaks.
I generally choose these over the waverider 15’s lately, just because I’m a snob for the lighter weight shoe. and this one is perfect for me now – not too light and not too heavy. i’m goldilocks the runner.
and I felt a well deserved cross training day today. as I’m getting back into running and getting my mileage up, I’m trying not to run more than 2 days in a row. and I think it will do my body good. I am hoping for 40 miles this week. and I think it’s doable. by the end of june, I would like to be up to 50 a week and hang there for awhile to see how it feels. I guess my marathon training will really start end of june/beginning of july. excited. the goal now is to keep running as stress free, happy go lucky, fun and exciting as possible. and I think it’s going well. that means lots of runs without the garmin. no prob.
oh, here’s something healthy I can throw in here! My lunch…
I switched it up a bit today from my usual flatout wrap that I have everyday. I went for an open faced sammy on sprouted grain bread with hummus, salsa, eggwhites and avocado.
looks delish. yes? no? it would probably turn your stomach to actually witness the consumption. it’s not a clean meal. maybe if it had a top, but that would have been too much for me. I try to eat an avocado a day. not a whole avocado, more like a serving. and I love that mango salsa. this was a tasty non sandwich my friends.
get out there and run. for fun. for fast, or slow. for however you are feeling today. take the pressure off. and you might surprise yourself with a pretty decent experience. and have an avocado while you’re at it. they’re healthy. believe me. and go do something intelligent to make up for the brain cells you may have lost as a result of reading this all over the place post. there’s always a point. its up to you to find it.