Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday Motivation

Well it looks like last week went at a speed I wasn't ready for since the last time I posted was...a week ago!!  We were chasing the last moments of summer soaking in as much sun and sand as we could!  A friend of mine posted this quote a few days ago and it got me thinking about this time of year for me.  I am a teacher which means I am blessed to be able to be home with the girls for the summer.  The turning of the calendar over to September for me means having to trade those sweet, relaxed moments for a tighter schedule of meetings and lessons....and heartache.  I'm trying to find the silver lining in this time....trying to see the positives.  I do function much better on a schedule (and eat better for that matter!) so I will have that.  Also Em is coming to school where I work so we will have our drive together.  Aubs and I will have our time at night!  Hubby reassured me that our weekends would still be packed with fun...and that the girls would be ok!  This time is hard every year but I am trying to focus on the silver lining...like injuries or challenges:
There is always a sliver lining....Will you choose to look for it?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Motivation

When talking with friends, the most common excuse for not working out is that they don't have time for it.  I'm the first one to understand that life is busy.  Yes I have summer's off but I also have a second job...and two young children...and a house, family, and you name it.  There are always things we can use to fill our time.  For me it is important to get in my workouts...not just to be ready come race day but to just be ready for the day.  Taking that 4% of my day to sweat it all out is important to me (not to mention safer for my family!).  When you think of it 4% is not really that much time...get out the door...get outside...bring the kids with you if you have to...just get moving!  Set healthy living as a priority and the rest will all fall into place...and so will the laundry!!!

How do you spend your 4%?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...Keep Your Eyes on the Finish!

In just 6 short weeks this finish line will be mine...
I just have to keep my workouts focused on what I want to accomplish....Working for a PR for my last race of the year!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Let's Talk Training

This week I'm going to lay out how I have been trying to merge my half marathon training for ZOOMA Cape Cod and the 12 Weeks to a Fit Physique program.  It certainly isn't ideal since...well I'm not a professional athlete and my job isn't working out (although if anyone out there is looking for a mom of 2 to sponser I'm all yours!) so there are days when the last thing I want to do is run! 
I start my week on Monday since Sunday is my rest day...like lay down and do not a thing day...because that could happen!!
Monday: Back and Cardio...Today worked out great since the cardio was to run 3 miles.  Headed to the gym early with the sun and cranked out the back workout and then hopped on the treadmill for 3 miles.
Tuesday:  3 miles (from schedule) and legs and abs workout-Another morning at the gym.  I did the weights first and then another 3 miles on the mill!
Wednesday: 6 mile tempo and chest & shoulders workout-I didn't want to spend another day running the treadmill (there will be plenty of that come winter) so I did my tempo first thing in the morning.  Later in the day when the ladies took a nap I headed to the basement and did weights.
Thursday: Cardio...StairMaster.  I was nervous to do this since I have always seen the StairMaster as the stairs of doom but I owned it!!  Later in the day I cranked out 3 more miles while the girls slept!
Friday:  I knew I had a busy Saturday morning so hubby graciously let me do my long run today as long as I was home before he went to work (hind sight...Aubs woke up with an infected spider bite and we ended up in Urgent Care so I guess it was good to start the day with something more positive!).  The air has been so crisp lately especially in the mornings so it was awesome!  13.1 miles down for Jost Running!
Saturday: Because I skipped the weight workout for Friday, I did it today while Aubs slept.  Biceps, triceps, and legs done and done!!  I tweaked a few exercises since I was at home and not at the gym.
Sunday:  REST!!!!!  Sat my sore hiney on the beach!!!
How do you make weights and cardio fit in for you?
When pressed for time, which would you choose?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Motivation

I think if I spoke to my friends the way that I talk to myself at times I would certainly have no friends to talk to!  Why is it that so often people are their own worst enemy...slow to celebrate a victory because they fell short of where they wanted to be.  This week I'm challenging myself....and of course you all too...to talk to myself the way I would want someone to talk to me.  I'm challenging myself to celebrate the small victories...the good choices...the daily workouts instead of focusing on the times I fall short.  Day by day I'm going to build me up...what about you?
Are you quicker to criticize yourself than others?  
What would you tell yourself today that you would tell someone you love?  
Me...I would say great job getting up at the crack of dawn to run this morning!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

TTT

Whoot whoot!!  Today is Thursday!  
Here is your weekly dose of randomness!!

Big sis...Today is my big sister's birthday.  I make sure to say big sister since so many people think that I'M the big sister!!!
She's awesome and I am so proud to call her my sister and friend!!!  And just because she loves to torture herself on her birthday, she is packing up her girls and going on a road trip to Nashville....with 4 preteens!  Some women would have chosen the spa Amy but happy birthday!!!  We love you!!!

Giving back...My BRF Jill was telling me about a great sock company that not only wicked comfy but is also doing amazing things to help the community around them.
Austin based company Mitscoots gives a pair of socks to someone in need every time you purchase a pair through the charities they have partnered with.  Above that...they employ those who are in need of jobs and need a second chance.  It comes full circle...they help others and then allow those same people to help another person!  Such a great idea and again super comfy socks!!

Bad blogger...I was talking with a fellow Cape Cod Fitfluential blogger Susan in the library yesterday and we were talking about how the summer just lends itself to us being bad bloggers.  I am missing catching up on all that you all are doing and celebrating but my time has been really full trying to eek out the last few weeks of summer with these two lovely ladies...
and pretty much going from my gym clothes to this get-up!
There is no denying I love all things about summer but more than anything I love being able to spend time with the girls!!!  I promise I'll be back to weeding through my Bloglovin feed before you know it!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Let's Talk Training

I haven't done one of these posts since I ran Ragnar!  Yes I've been training but haven't been posting.  I guess at times it seems pretty boring to me since it all sort of looks the same but this training cycle for ZOOMA Cape Cod has been different because I have been working to incorporate my miles in with the 12 Weeks to a Fit Physique that I am doing with Jolynn Toma.  I can honestly say it is kicking my hiney but it's awesome and I can feel myself getting stronger and stronger!  This past week however I was away from a gym and thus I stuck to just the running plan....I will post next week how I'm working in the strength training from Jolynn and my half marathon training plan.  I loved my week filled with running but was sad that no miles were clocked with my BRF Jill who is battling foot injuries!  She's a trooper but injuries stink!  Dare I say I missed the weights....who am I becoming???

Monday: 4 miles after class...Realized with a quickness that I am SOO spoiled by living on Cape Cod with our sea breezes.  I felt like my face was literally melting off!!
Tuesday: 5 miles...Woke up with the sun for a loop around the island of Nahant.  I was missing my BRF but loving the sunrise views!
Wednesday: 6 mile track workout...3X1600 @ 8:07 pace with 800 jogs and 1 mile WU and CD...Yeah the heat I was mentioning....SUCKS!  I quickly chugged down a bottle of water and a Quest bar before meeting a good friend, Lisa, for a boot camp class.  It was a hard class but you know me...I loved it!  Certainly earned my margarita after!
Thursday: 3.5 miles...Jill yes is battling her foot injury but convinced me she could do a quick run...Marathon Sports in Melrose was hosting a pub run.  It was fun and had a great time meeting many new runners!
Friday: 10.1 miles...I knew I wanted to get my long run in before I got home so that I could relax and spend time with my family who I had missed terribly!  I woke up bright and early and literally ran 10 circles around campus!  It was such a peaceful time on campus and I was able to spend the time laughing at memories and praying over the campus.  I'm not going to lie...it was a challenge in the later miles each time I passed my car!!!
Saturday & Sunday: 2 miles....Brought the girls out for a bike ride on a path near our house...while they rode I ran!  I was more than happy to rest up on Sunday!!!

How was your week?? 
Have you ever done a pub run?