Weekly Updates: 09/15/14 – 09/21/14 (Zooma Week 7)

weeklyworkouts.jpg I can’t believe how close Zooma actually is! It’s crazy how long I have been thinking of the 10K, my GI issues have persisted so it definitely won’t be a PR, and I am okay with that. I think it will be nice to be back to the racing scene, even if I am not really competing.

Monday, September 15 – Cross Training. Nailed it. Took a night class at Pure Barre and it was a tough one that’s for sure. It probably didn’t help that I was up at 5 am because Nick had a very early doctor appointment (7am!) I pretty much went straight to bed as soon as I got home.

Tuesday, September 16 – 60 minutes. This ended up being a little less than 60 minutes and that’s mostly because I was not prepared for the downpour that happened towards the end of my time.

Wednesday, September 17 – Cross Training. Another great pure barre class! I ended up going to the 6 am class, and then meeting some girlfriends and their kids for breakfast. It was a bit of a drive so I was hangry by the time I got there! Also, 3 adults and 4 kids out in public was a total success!

Thursday, September 18 – 60 minutes. I went a little longer then scheduled because of Tuesday’s rain. I am definitely feeling a bit stronger. I will say, I am LOVING my ASICS GEL-Pursue shoes, seriously they are making this training cycle.

Friday, September 19 – 6 miles. So this did not really happen. B was still recovering from a cold and I didn’t feel super comfortable taking him out in the weather we were having, especially since he refuses blankets in his stroller now. I did take a pure barre class so that should count for something right?

Saturday, September 20 – Rest. I ended up taking an early morning barre class, and I ended up doing an hour-long walk. The barre class ended up being sorta frustrating, the GI issues are now effecting my barre workouts as well. I was practically in tears during the ab work because I am so frustrated with the issues. I know that the meds that are causing this are worth it in the long run, but what is happening now is so frustrating.

Sunday, September 21 – 90 minutes. I ended up only doing an hour, my GI issues were flaring and I really needed to take a break.

How was your training this week?

Weekly Updates: 09/08/14 – 09/14/14 (Zooma Week 6)

Have you RSVP’d to the Mocktail Party sponsored by Honest Tea on Friday, September 26 from 7-8 pm at the SeaCrest Hotel yet? Make sure you do that ASAP!

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Monday, September 8 – Cross Training. I went to an evening Pure Barre class. I ended up taking an evening class, and as much as I talk about being a morning person, I don’t hate the night time classes. I do hate getting home super late, and the parking issues ha.

Tuesday, September 9 – 55 minutes. Today was B’s first day of preschool, and it was pretty overwhelming for me, I did however get to do my training on my own. It wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. I am currently on some temporary medications to help with some of the fertility issues I have been dealing with and the medicine is taking a toll on my GI system. Any time I started doing anything faster then a slow jog my body started revolting and I had to find the nearest bathroom. I feel like Zooma is definitely not going to be a PR, and will be more like a power walk 10K…

Wednesday, September 10 – Cross Training. I went to my 75th Pure Barre class! I am so close to that 100 class milestone!

Thursday, September 11 – 55 minutes. School drop off for the B man, and then off to walk/jog the 55 minutes for me. Again, my GI was not happy with the running, but I am able to walk fast very comfortably.

Friday, September 12 – 5.5 miles. I took a Pure Barre class in the morning, still trying to get in lots of classes for the Fit for Fall challenge. I did not end up getting my run though.

Saturday, September 13 – Rest. B was up the night before getting sick all over our bed, I ended up being able to get out of the house on my own for a bit and did 3 miles instead of the 5.5 on yesterday’s plan.

Sunday, September 14 – 85 minutes. I went to Pure Barre in the morning, then I took B out for a bit in the afternoon so Nick could get some last minute work done. Thankfully this ensured I could get me 85 minutes in. Again, it was walking/jogging, and not running.

How is your training going?

Weekly Updates: 08/11/14 – 08/17/14 (Zooma Week 2)

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Monday, August 11th – Cross Training. Since my car was still out of commission I exchanged Monday and Tuesday’s schedule. I did 35 minutes up and down the hill on my street. It was hard, but it’ll be worth it.

Tuesday, August 12th – 35 minutes. I did this workout on Monday, so I went to Pure Barre first thing in the morning!

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Wednesday, August 13 – Cross Training. I took another Pure Barre class. 55 minutes of pure fun!

Thursday, August 14 – 35 minutes. B and I went for our early morning jaunt. It was more of a slow jog/walk then a run, but I am just focusing on getting the minutes & miles in, more than anything.

Friday, August 15 – 3.5 miles. B and I did 2 miles, I was feeling sick the night before so we got a late start and I wanted to make it home for nap time. He didn’t end up taking a nap, so we spent some time running around outside.

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Can you spot me? {Photo Credit: PBL Facebook}

In the evening I went to Pure Barre Lynnfield’s first intensive class, the theme was Slenderize Your Outer Thighs, instead of 55 minutes it was 75 minutes. I think every single one of us was incredibly scared. It was an intense class, I was dripping within 20 minutes of the start, but it wasn’t something that I couldn’t handle. Melissa, the instructor, really focused on making sure that our form was perfect, that our heels were high enough, our shoulders relaxed, etc… It was a great class and I can’t wait to take the next one.

Saturday,  August 16 – REST. I sort of did this. If you follow me on Instagram I am sure you saw the pictures I posted from the Keith Urban concert. We went with my sister-in-law and her husband to the show in CT. We had pit which is general admission so we got there as soon as we could and stood for a good 6 hours. My legs were pretty beat after the Pure Barre class on Friday so this wasn’t the best idea, but I don’t regret it one bit.

Sunday, August 17 – 55 minutes. This did not happen. When I woke up my legs were shot, plus I knew I’d have to drive back to Boston. I made the executive decision that rest was what was more important. I also soaked my lower legs in the freezing cold pool in hopes that it would speed up the recovery process.

Food: This week was a lot of quality veggies and lean proteins. The only exception being Thursday evening, I was feeling so gross and the only thing that sounded good was grilled cheese, but we didn’t have any bread in the house. I made a small bowl of pasta instead, it made feel a bit bloated, but it didn’t make me feel like throwing up so that’s a win. Saturday after the concert we were starving so we ended up at the local diner, we all ordered club sandwiches. I only ate half of mine and it definitely filled me up.

How is your training going? Have you ever taken a Pure Barre intensive?

Five Things Friday: Zooma Training Plan & Pure Barre Goals

Five Things Friday1. Zooma Cape Cod Training Plan

I finally made a training plan for the Zooma Cape Cod 10K. I start on Monday, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about it. I am worried, terrified is actually the more appropriate word. I need this redemption race so badly, but I am scared of what the outcome could be.

In other exciting Zooma news, the race is sold out!! How exciting! Leave me a comment and let me know if you are running, and we can try to get together! If you are running, Marathon Sports is hosting a 10-mile training run for those participating in the half-marathon.  It is Saturday, September 18 at 8 am at the Mashpee Marathon Sports. Click on the link to RSVP if you plan on attending, and stock up on any fuel you might need for the race. Marathon Sports is my go-to store for any running questions or guidance so I am super excited that they are hosting this run.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
08/04 – 08/10 XTRAIN 30 minutes XTRAIN 30 minutes 3 miles Rest 45 minutes
08/11 – 08/17 XTRAIN 35 minutes XTRAIN 35 minutes 3.5 miles Rest 55 minutes
08/18 – 08/24 XTRAIN 40 minutes XTRAIN 40 minutes 4 miles Rest 65 minutes
08/25 – 08/31 XTRAIN 45 minutes XTRAIN 45 minutes 4.5 miles Rest 75 minutes
09/01 – 09/07 XTRAIN 50 minutes XTRAIN 50 minutes 5 miles Rest 80 minutes
09/08 – 09/14 XTRAIN 55 minutes XTRAIN 55 minutes 5.5 miles Rest 85 minutes
09/15 – 09/21 XTRAIN 60 minutes XTRAIN 60 minutes 6 miles Rest 90 minutes
09/22 – 09/26 XTRAIN 30 minutes XTRAIN 30 minutes Rest ZOOMA 10K

Cross-training is definitely going to be Pure Barre, some Yoga, and probably a little bit of DanceFIT thrown in!

2. Pure Barre 100 Club

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It’s no secret that I love Pure Barre. It has been my saving grace these last six months, and the community is wonderful. I just got an email from one of the wonderful women that work there and she told me that I am over halfway to the Pure Barre 100 club. 45 awesome classes until I become part of the club!

3. Wedding Fun

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He was so stinking good the entire wedding, I couldn’t believe it. I mean he is pretty laid back, but being in a wedding makes for a long fay for anyone. He even participated in some Greek dancing and pretty much refused to leave the dance floor!

4. Boston Fun

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We went into Boston with my aunt and cousins for the afternoon, then met up with Nick and my uncle for dinner. I haven’t ventured into the city by myself with B, but this trip definitely made me realize that we could probably do it!

5. Thankful

I know I say this a lot but I am very thankful for those who have been such integral parts of my life, especially during this recovery process and moments when the grief makes me sad and angry. I am blessed to have such a wonderful support group of family and friends.

What’s on your mind this gorgeous friday?

My Goal Race for 2014

I have an exciting announcement, for you all today. It’s official, I am an ambassador for ZOOMA Cape Cod again!

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I know a few months ago I talked about taking a break from running and focusing on yoga, studio classes, and my mental health. Those things will still be a focus for now, as I won’t even start training until mid-June and I am going to register for the 10K, not the half. I need an event to push me and make me get out of the house and run. However, I think a half-marathon would not be ideal as I haven’t run since September 7, and I don’t have any intention on running until June. I don’t want to burn out or get injured. I am still pushing for a PR as my current 10K time is: 01:30:11 (from the Tufts 10K in October of 2012), I’d like to get it down by at least 10 minutes. I have the tools and the knowledge to do this, I just need to put in the work this summer and fall.

For me, this is about coming full circle, not being able to run due to the miscarriage and everything that happened in early September was frustrating, depressing and made me question a lot about my body. I want to get to toe the line in September 2014 and have a fun race. Even though, I didn’t run in 2013 I did have fun volunteering!

If you would like 10% off either the 10K or the Half, use discount code CCAMB9!

 

Have you run a ZOOMA race? Are you going to be running ZOOMA Cape Cod?

 

Zooma Cape Cod 2013

It took me awhile to get back into the swing of things, and unfortunately blogging just took a backseat for a while. I am not “healed” of course, and so that might affect some things. Some of what I blog or share and the other being people who I followed before the miscarriage. While I am not angry or hating on anyone, sometimes it’s just HARD for me to see your cute squishy baby photos or your 12 week pregnancy announcements, and I may have decided to not follow you on IG, twitter or Feedly for the time being. I will be back, eventually, I just can’t bear with it some days.

With all that on my mind, I really wavered on whether or not I should even go to the ZOOMA race this past Saturday. After what had happened at the triathlon (which I still need to blog about) I knew that even the 10k would be too much on my body, after the miscarriage, not only was my body physically not in, my heart wasn’t either.

I talked with my husband and doctor and eventually broke the news to the women who run ZOOMA. They were incredibly gracious and supportive of my decision, and understood if I couldn’t make it. I decided then that I would volunteer. I’ve never been on “that” side of racing and I thought it would lift my spirits.

I wasn’t able to make it up to the Mocktail event hosted by Honest Tea, but I was sent many of their products, so I will have try some the cocktails on my own.

I headed up bright and earl on Saturday morning. I mean it could be considered Friday night…I was up by 4:30 and out the door by 4:45.

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At least I got to take in this gorgeous sunrise

I helped Allison at the runner information tent, and then took over once the race started. I have to say, the amount of those who came to the tent to pick up their bib and swag, even though the website clearly indicated no day of pick up, that morning was surprising.

The race started on time and as soon as the runners took off the women behind ZOOMA went to work turning the start line into the finish line and making sure everything was ready at the post-race party. These ladies, and the help with the many volunteers, made it a seamless transition.

I LOVED being a volunteer, I loved seeing my friends race and seeing those that I didn’t know get excited to run and see the high they had after they finished.

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One of my best friends and his wife. She trained hard and earned one of the sought-after Personal Best medals!

Even with the ups and downs that will happen in any “job”, I loved volunteering and spending so much time with runners and on the other side of the race.

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The Swag!

An awesome yoga mat, tech tee, bag and water bottle. The finishers also received a necklace!

I will most certainly be at ZOOMA Cape Cod 2014, whether I am a runner or a volunteer is yet to be determined, but I will be there.

Have you ever volunteered at a race? Love it or hate it?

Bowling and Running

Before I get to today’s post, make sure you check out my feature on Katie’s blog!


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Now for some Marvelous in my Monday

First up is some marvelous in YOUR monday

As you know already, I am a Zooma Race Ambassador

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The Cape Cod race is September 28th. There is a 10k and Half-Marathon option, since I am an ambassador I have a code to share, register for either race and get 10% off by using the code CCAMB9.

Zooma also has this great program, if you PR in either of the races you get a special gift, all you have to do is submit your PR for the race you are running on their webpage after you have registered and fill out the information. Very easy and very awesome. So who is racing with me in September? I know I am gunning for that PR gift :)!

This weekend was super busy, if you follow me in Instagram, you probably saw this picture.
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someone (post-workout) desperately needed a haircut!

The boys both got haircuts as well, and there were no tears (from any of us!), we had a nice lunch out, then I spent some time at Whole Foods and before we knew it is dinner time and we came home!

Sunday, I spent with one of my sisters and my mom watching my (very tall) nephew in one of his last bowling tournaments as a high-schooler.

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He’s the blur in the red & blue shirt

It was nice to spend some time with family & after the bowling games were finished (not of course with a few lane breakdowns and the power going out mid-game) we had a nice sushi dinner and I headed home to my boys.

A full weekend, but a marvelous weekend indeed. What did you do this weekend?