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?

Preschool, Asics, and 5 Things My Kids Will Never Know

Yesterday was ridiculously hard for me. It’s been a year since the worst day of my life. Clearly we aren’t any closer to having a child than we were back then, which can be super frustrating.

On top of all that we sent B off to preschool, he did wonderful, he wasn’t upset, he had fun, it was pretty much everything I could hope for. I, on the other hand, was a total mess. It was very lonely being by myself. I got my Zooma training in, and ran some errands, and then I picked B up.

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It was really great to get some miles in without pushing a non-running stroller. I have been testing the new Asics Gel-Pursue, courtesy of Asics, and I have been loving them. I feel like I am running on soft pillows. It’s been awhile since I had done any running, so it was nice to have shoes that really catered to my feet. I will have a full product review coming to you in the next week or so!

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I mean this really is an Asics family.

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Nick and I were talking the other day, and I was telling him about a road trip I took in college from Vermont to D.C. (where my sister was). There was a part of the trip where we took a the wrong split on the highway and got seriously lost. We ended up having to find a non-sketchy gas station to get a new map and directions. This led us to having a conversation about things our kids will never have to do.

1. Use a paper map. Now that everyone basically has a navigation app on their phone or a GPS system, paper maps are pretty much obsolete… and unless you are visiting the middle of nowhere you’ll never use one.

2. Listening to the radio all day to record your favorite new song on a tape. I hope I am not the only one that did this. I also had a walkman and a record player, so there’s that….

3. FLOPPY DISKS. I still have some from college that had info on them, I mean they are probably buried in a box in the basement, but I still have them.

4. Bringing your film to CVS or Wal-Mart to get it developed. I am not trying to start any drama here, but when I was in high school and college if I wanted photos I had to take them with film and let someone else develop that film. I feel like way fewer people took nude photos that they would be embarrassed  about if the whole world saw, since the tech developing would see them, and probably show more people who worked there.

5. Wanting to bail on plans, but because no one had cell phones you couldn’t. I didn’t have a cell phone until the end of my senior year of high school, not like the service was great where I grew up anyway, so if I made plans with someone I could never back out, especially if it was after work or after school, because I wouldn’t be able to get a hold of that person.

What things from your childhood and teenage years do you know that your kids won’t know about?

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: 08/18/14 – 08/31/14 (Zooma Week 3 & 4)

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Monday, August 18th – Cross Training. I hit up an evening Pure Barre class, it was one of the hardest Pure Barre classes I have ever taken. Melissa + the double tubes = insanity!

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Tuesday, August 19 – 40 minutes. On target so far with my Zooma training plan. Nick and I had some early doctors appointments so we got his mom to watch B. After Nick headed to work, I went for a 40 minute jog, followed by a Pure Barre class. Not my best plan, but I had some aggressions to work out.

Wednesday, August 20 – Cross Training. I was pretty sore and had a whole slew of more doctor appointments so I took a rest day instead.

Thursday, August 21 – 40 minutes. This ended up being only 30 minutes because of the weather, but I was pushing B, so it still counts….right?

Friday, August 22 – 4 miles. This ended up being only a 3 mile “jog”, B was getting cranky, and sometimes that’s what happens.

Saturday, August 23 – Rest. Since we had to get on the road early, I went to Pure Barre early because I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get in a ton of workouts over the next week.

Sunday, August 24 – 65 minutes. Yeaaah, no this didn’t happen at all. Nick had been super busy all summer with a big project at work and we finally had some family vacation time. We spent the first half of the week visiting family in CT, and that clearly took precedent over anything else.

Monday, August 25 – Cross Training. We spent the entire morning walking around the Mystic Aquarium, so much better than the Boston one IMO. I tracked my time and I did a decent amount of walking so I counted it as Tuesday’s workout. Also, we had an amazing lunch on the water. A few friends of ours have lived in Mystic for a few years and they took us to this great lunch place off the beaten path and away from the tourist traps.

Tuesday, August 26 – 45 minutes. I used Monday’s workout as my 45 minutes, and I did a little cross training in the pool at Nick’s parents.

Wednesday, August 27 – Cross Training. We came home from CT early Wednesday afternoon. I was able to sneak in a workout at Pure Barre. Man it felt good to have the 3-day break, my muscles really needed it.

Thursday, August 28 – 45 minutes. I took a break, I spent some time cleaning the house and doing tons of laundry. It was nice to spend time with the family.

Friday, August 29 – 4.5 miles. I took a Pure Barre class in the afternoon and a little bit of a walk in the afternoon.

Saturday, August 30 – Rest. I knew I wanted to take a class since we were having guests over the weekend and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get out for long run so I went to Pure Barre in the morning.

Sunday, August 31 – 75 minutes. Again, I took a morning Barre class followed by a long walk. What you can, when you can.

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FOOD: 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.

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?

 

Summer Craziness and Running Updates

I know that my blogs have been inconsistent as of late, and I want to apologize.

These summer months, and the nice weather lasts only so long, I like to spend the majority of my weekdays with B.

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Fill me up with gas please

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You’re taking to long, let me handle it

He received a bunch of wonderful outside toys, and before you know it, it is going to be brutally cold, so I want to make sure he has ample time to play with them.

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It’s also only about 8 weeks until the Zooma Half Marathon (by the way you can still get 10% off with the code: CCAMB9) and I don’t think I have had a great training so far. I am getting the miles in but I feel slow, and my last long run was supposed to be 7 miles and I had to tap out at 4. My left hip, right leg and left heel were bothering me and instead of hurting myself I decided to take a break.

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I am still doing a ton of strength training and metabolic conditioning at Achieve, so I am hoping that I will be able to log some serious miles these next few weekends, I really want to PR at Zooma, but I know that I need to set myself up for success.

I know I will be out and about the next 3 or 4 weeks so I need to make sure that I make training a priority.

How is your summer training going?

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?