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: 09/01/14 – 09/07/14 (Zooma Week 5)

Before we get to this week workouts, I just wanted to share some information on the Zooma Cape Cod Race! There is a 10 Mile Training Run hosted by Marathon Sports of Mashpee, it is this Saturday, September 13 at 8 am in Mashpee, make sure you RSVP if you plan on attending!

There is also a Mocktail Party sponsored by Honest Tea on Friday, September 26 from 7-8 pm at the SeaCrest Hotel, and you will get the chance to mingle with all the ambassadors as well! Make sure you RSVP for this event as well! Now on to how I handled this weeks training plan!

weeklyworkouts.jpgMonday, September 1 – Cross Training. We were having a few people over for a BBQ so I was cleaning and prepping since 8 am. I didn’t get a chance to get to barre for a class since they had a modified schedule.

Tuesday, September 2 – 50 minutes. I took a barre class at 6am and had planned on getting my 50 minutes in after the fact, but I had a marketing call and by the time I was down it was too gross out for B in the stroller.

Wednesday, September 3 – Cross Training. I took another barre class. I am participating in their Fit for Fall Challenge, similar to the one I completed in March, it is to complete 40 classes in 60 days, starting September 2 and ending on October 31.

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Friday, September 5 – 5 miles. I was still feeling pretty weak, so I ended up taking another rest day.

Saturday, September 6 – Rest  Day. I felt like I had taken enough rest days, so I took a Pure Barre class with Jane, then in the afternoon I did 50 minutes at a very slow pace, just to get the time in.

Sunday, September 7 – 80 minutes. I got 50 minutes of slow walking in, I had plans for most of the day, and I couldn’t fit in the entire 80 minutes, unfortunately.

FOOD: Again, I am keeping mum on this for a bit. I had some test results that were unexpected, so until I get all results I will be postponing this section.

Are you planning on attending the Zooma Mocktail Party?

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?

What to pack for race day?

You have until midnight (EST) tonight to enter the Wild Harvest giveaway.

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As we all know, I am running the Nike Women’s Marathon – Half on Sunday. I am excited for the race and I have a few goals in mind, goals I will probably share post race. But I have finished a half-marathon previously, so what am I nervous about?

The packing! It is easy when you are in your own house and you are able to do something last minute or you have a pantry full of your staples, but how do you pack for a race that includes a flight?

I know that I need my clothes, fuel, chargers, but what are the little items that I can’t remember?

What are the must-have items on your packing list?

Fundraising Winners & Playlist Thursday: Viewers Choice

First things first, the 4 giveaway winners, and SURPRISE I have one extra case of Carb Boom, so there are 5 winners.

If the winners do not want their winnings I will pick a new winner.

I want to apologize, this was supposed to go out yesterday afternoon, but I cut my finder open while trying to cut open a butternut squash and it hurt to type, thanks for bearing with me.

First Giveaway Package

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Winner – Caitlin and Shawn

Second Giveaway Package

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Winner – Johanna

Third Giveaway Package

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Winner – Walter

Local Giveaway Package

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Winner – Nick

Bonus Package!

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Winner – Team Bashley

If you still would like to donate you can still do that here!

Now onto Playlist Thursday!

I am linking up with Pavement Runner today. I LOVE his music posts, mostly because I am always looking for new running songs to add to my playlist, but because of the format of his posts.

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Today’s theme is: Viewers Choice. I have decided to pick slow songs. Slower songs that still make me move.

SOMETHING OLD

Artist: Ray LaMontagne
Title: You Are the Best Thing
Side Note: I used this song for B’s one year of life video. It makes me think of him, it makes me want to be better and healthier for him, and it makes me want to be a great role model.
Quotable: Oh because, you are the best thing. You are the best thing. You are the best thing. Ever happened to me.

SOMETHING CURRENT

Artist: Demi Lovato
Title: Give Your Heart a Break
Side Note: I think this song speaks to me because it’s not so much about my heart as it is about giving myself a break on the criticism that I hand to myself.
Quotable: I know you’re scared it’s wrong. Like you might make a mistake. There’s just one life to live. And there’s no time to wait, to waste. So let me give your heart a break.

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER

Artist: Of Monsters & Men
Title: Little Talks
Side Note: I listened to this song ON REPEAT on the way to my first half-marathon.
Quotable: Though the truth may vary. This ship will carry. Our bodies safe to shore

48 Hour Fundraiser

Saturday morning I am running my longest run to date and my longest run before the Nike half-marathon. In honor of that I am holding a fundraiser, the catch? It is for 48 hours ONLY.

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I am in the final push to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through my Team In Training efforts. I have FOUR great gift packages. For every $13.10 donation you will receive one entry in to the raffle.

First, donate here! Again, $13.10 gets you one entry, for each additional $13.10 you receive another entry. Example $50 = 3 Entries.

Let me tell you a little about where your money goes before I tell you about the great prizes.

✷76.2% of all funds go to research projects, grants, financial assistance to patients, producing educational material and videos and run support groups.

✷$25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.

✷$50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.

✷$100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.

✷$500 could provide patient aid to THREE patients with Leukemia or a related cancer for a year.

✷$1,000 makes possible one-on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Now onto the prizes!

First ($140 value):

✷Gift card to Lululemon

✷CASE of Carb Boom gels

✷Team In Training NUUN

✷Water Bottle

Second ($130 value):

✷Gift Card to Starbucks

Sparklysoul Headband and Fit Approach SweatPink shoelaces

✷CASE of Carb Boom gels

✷Team In Training NUUN

✷Water Bottle

Third ($130 value)

✷Gift Card to Johnny Cupcakes (apparel)

✷CASE of Carb Boom gels

✷Team In Training NUUN

✷Water Bottle

Fourth – The local package ($125 value)

✷Gift Card to Marathon Sports

✷Gift Card to Emack & Bolio

✷CASE of Carb Boom gels

✷Team In Training NUUN

✷Water Bottle

I will contact all the winners on Wednesday! Good luck and GO TEAM!

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We Run This

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you have probably seen my pictures and tweets getting ready for my first 10k road race this past Saturday.

With six other Fitfluential Ambassadors, we were given the opportunity to run either the 5k or 10k for Reebok at the Canton Road Race.

Reebok was awesome and sent all seven of us bright matching outfits!

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We received an outfit for race day and the Team Reebok event t-shirt.

Reebok hosted the event at their headquarters and I learned that as a company Reebok launched a program with their fitness apparel, if the mission of the clothing was to “Empower People to be Fit for Life” they wanted their employees to have the opportunity to be fit as well. Reebok employees are encouraged to workout daily, you can even schedule your workout as a meeting, how cool is that? Reebok employees have world class facilities and coachers at the ready, and healthy eating is encouraged. Um, how do I get a job here!?

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Shirt: Play Dry Short Sleeve Top in aubergine
Pants: Play Dry Skinny Capri in black
Socks: Reebok CrossFit No Show Socks

I have an irrational fear that my shirt is going to ride up and my pants are going to fall down, and since it was cold, I threw a gray tank on underneath, just in case my fear came true. In retrospect I should have known better, both the shirt and pants stayed put. I already own 3 pairs of Reebok capri’s and they are my favorite running pants, and the Skinny Capri’s did not disappoint, they fit my body perfectly and moved well when I was running. I don’t typically wear t-shirts since they usually make me feel like I don’t have a full range of motion with my arms, but I didn’t even notice I was wearing a t-shirt or tank once I started running. The reebok socks are my favorites, I already had 5 pairs at home. I love love love them, sometimes no-show socks still show over my low sneakers and I hate that, but not these, they are the perfect height.

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Nick was sleepy so this was the best non-mirror photo I could get Saturday morning.

On my way to Canton Saturday morning, it started lightly raining, as I pulled into the parking lot. I ran to get my bib and t-shirt and it started down pouring. I quickly ran my shirt to my car then met up with the other Fitfluential Ambassadors, Elizabeth, Tina, Katie, Mattie, Robin and Sarah. Four of the seven were running the 5k, and with the weather and my busy day ahead I was so tempted to also run the 5k but Mattie said she would regret it if she didn’t and I knew I would do. I had never run a 10k road race, and I had 7 miles on the training plan so I needed to run the 10k.

We started a few minutes after the 5k group and the 10k was two loops through a very hilly Canton, I guess this was good preparation for Nike. I typically run a 15 minute mile in practice with Team In Training, so when I looked down at mile 1 and my time was 12:30 I was so impressed with myself. I just wanted to remember to not blow out too fast and not worry about my place or pace. Mile 2 was 14 minutes, and I knew it was because of a hill I struggled with, when I hit the 3rd mile marker my pace was 13 minutes. As some 10k runners were closing in on the finish, including Mattie, I was starting my second loop.

I’ve never been one to be concerned with my pace, while 13 minutes is not super fast, I also don’t think it is an unexpected pace in a run. I’ve run 5k’s at a 15 minute pace and been in the middle of the pack. I came up on what I thought was the turn to head towards the mile 4 marker and the notification signs had been taken down and the volunteers were gone, as I came up on the water station it was being taken down as well, because they were told there were no more runners on the course. There were still runners behind me so I notified the volunteers and I asked if they could tell the second water station. I was a little frustrated at this point, I was having a personal great race, yet I felt rushed and slow, which is where I start to mentally lose it. I get angry at myself that I am not fast enough. I tried to not let it get the best of me, but when I got to the second water station all that was there was one bottle of water. I tried to pick up the pace and just get back to the finish and not feel super slow.

As I closed in on the last .2 miles the volunteers were still very encouraging and cheering me in. When I ran in, I saw Sarah almost immediately, and took this awesome picture.

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I am super red and sweaty and she looks great!

We even got our results within an hour of finishing the race, in an email, I have never experienced that before and I thought it was pretty cool, it was nice to not have to wait a few days for results.

Looking back, I am extremely happy that I ran the 10k, even at an average of 14 minute miles, and that I ran my first 10k. Reebok treated everyone wonderfully and I had a great time with my fellow Fitfluential’s. I hope next time there is more water

Sparkle Update!

Just for a reminder, you all know I am running a half-marathon for Team in Training. In order to help with my fundraising, my favorite headband company, Sparkly Soul Headbands, has offered my friends, family and blog readers!

Sparkly Soul™ Headbands are really non-slip …and sparkly! The patent pending design makes certain your headbands stay in place — no matter how intense your sports and fitness activity. It is the comfortable solution for all you athletic fashionistas! Functional and chic, they can be worn from the gym to the office to a night out. Sparkle It Up!

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Visit www.sparklysoul.com and enter in coupon code “KELLY” at checkout to receive a 10% discount and 15% of your entire order will be donated to My Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraising – the discount code will only be valid from July 30-August 6, 2012.

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If you place an order, leave me a comment and you will be entered to win one free headband!

If you left me a comment before you are already entered!

Fitness Update & Guest Post!

Hi Everyone! I know I don’t usually post on Saturday’s but I have two important pieces of information.

The first important piece of information is my guest post for one of my favorite running bloggers! Pavement Runner is unplugged this weekend and asked that I write a post for him. I obviously agreed, and wrote about how I fell in love with running. Head on over and read my story and leave some love!

The second piece of information is:
I have been terrible at my weight loss updates, it has partially been because I have been a little bit frustrated, but also because my workouts have been pretty similar as of late. I usually do between 1 and 3 workouts with my trainer a week, depending on our schedules. 1 is a TRX workout (IN LOVE) and the others are usually HIIT workouts.

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We have both seen definite improvements over my form and my abilities in the past year.

I also run 3 times a week. I have been doing my short run at home on the treadmill, I do an informal track workout with some of my TNT teammates and then finally my long run with TNT. Frankly, I had a lot of doubt in the beginning with my ability to actually run a half-marathon. But now, regardless of how slow I am, I am seeing improvement and loving it.

So that brings me to one important piece of information…I am finally down to my pre-pregnancy weight. I know for some moms it takes a few months, but weight loss has never been easy for me. The funny thing is, my heaviest weight, was probably pretty close to my weight when I was pregnant. It took me three years to lose weight prior to pregnancy, but one year after pregnancy. Improvement, right?

I still have a decent number that I would like to lose, but I am proud of where I am today!

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one year after baby!

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

FLASH GIVEAWAY: DONATE FOR A CURE

As you all know I will be running my first half marathon on October 14 with Team in Training!

In order to make this happen I need help from everyone. Help to find a cure so that those who are living with a blood cancer can beat the disease and continue living their lives.

Want to help? Don’t have a lot of money? Here is a challenge.

Donate $7, yup just $7, to my page. My long run this week is 7 miles, so I am only asking for $7. That is one drink out with your friends, two cups of coffee, a cheap diner breakfast.

If you donated more than $7 you get more entries! Every $7 you donate is ONE entry!

What do you get? If you donate before midnight EST tonight you will get a pack of one thick and one thin of Sweaty Bands ($33 value) and one tube of nuun ($8 value).

If you donate by midnight on sunday EST you get the pack of Sweaty Bands.

A little information on the products, Sweaty Bands are a no slip headband, you can even wear them during your workout and out with friends! They were featured on the Today Show! Check that out here:

Nuun is hands down one of my favorite hydrating products. It is an electrolyte tablet that you put in your water. It has no sugar or carbs, and is a little carbonated. For me personally, I hate the taste of some refueling beverages because they are too sweet. Nuun you can dilute as little or as much as you’d like, and the carbonation really helps settle my stomach.

If you already donated you are in the running for the first prize.

Help us find a cure and donate today!

Also, you will get more fun pictures like this :)

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