Weekend in Savannah + week in workouts

Happy Sunday!

We had wonderful weekend in Savannah with friends! We headed down on Friday afternoon with a friend from Atlanta. The plan was for me to be her date to a wedding Saturday night, and we would stay with Savannah friends. Everything worked out perfectly. I only wish I had more pictures!!

We relaxed and stayed up late chatting on Friday night. The weather was perfect Saturday. After a relaxing morning, we headed out for a group run. Our host (my roommate from PT school and old running buddy), her golden, my husband, and my wedding date!! We were quite the crew. It’s always so nice to run in savannah (flat!!!), and the weather was perfect.
After we freshened up, we headed to Tybee Island for the day. Perfect beach weather. We relaxed in the sun for hours without sweating or getting burned! It was just a little to chilly to get in the water.
I wish I had pictures of our night out! We got all fancy for the an evening Savannah wedding. Even though I hardly knew the bride, and knew nobody else, it was fun to be a “plus one”. The wedding was beautiful, and the couple was so happy!!
We wrapped things up this morning with brunch at the sentient bean- a great vegetarian coffee shop and restaurant near Forsyth Park. I had a delicious tofu scramble. YUM!
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We enjoyed a nice walk in the park before we got back on the road.

Now let’s get down to business- workouts!!

Monday: 3 miler in 25:30
Tuesday: 15 mile bike, 50 minutes + Neighborhood walk.
Wednesday: 1.66 mile run in 14:30 (thanks, rain!)
Thursday: 1000 yard swim
Friday: Travel day! Literally no exercise.
Saturday: 3 mile run with a group + planks (2 x 30 basic, 2 x 20 each side, 2 x 20 single leg bridge)
Sunday: Another travel day. We probably walked a total of 2 miles- around the park before we left savannah and then around the neighborhood when we made it home.

I had a pretty good workouts this week!! I’m proud of myself for being consistent. I’m happy I got to the pool, run 3 times, and bike. Goals for this week: keep mixing if up, hopefully get back into some more strengthening, and run longer distances.

And, random, but…It’s time for a new iPhone, huh??
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I can’t update because I need more memory. I can’t put things on my computer because it’s so old that I can’t even open iTunes. I just need a complete technology overhaul!!

how was your weekend?!

Full of weddings? Or any races?!

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A few more thoughts about biking + hump day and a rainy run

It’s strange to say, but my silly bike ride yesterday felt almost…. Serendipitous. so many things happened that made it feel like the universe was telling me to do the tri, or at least take up biking.

#1- I was actually motivated to go the gym. I was excited all day about biking.
#2- When I pulled into my apartment from work, my neighbor was unloading a new bike from his car. I asked him about his new wheels, and he commented on hoping to get rid of his “spare tire”.
#3- I actually felt strong on the bike. This seems like a silly thing to be surprised about, but I’ve rides 15 miles only once before!
#4- As I was leaving the gym, the girl at the desk commented on shirt (from a half marathon). She said “cool shirt. It would be better if it was a tri, and said something about swimming”. WHAT?! This girl can see my thoughts.
#5- When I got home, our neighbor (with his new bike) was rising around in circles, looking as happy as he could be, with some other kids from the apartment.

What’s this trying to tell me!!?? Buy a bike? Ride outside? Do the triathlon?! Anyway, it felt like too many weird coincidences in a short period of time… Stars aligned!

Im other news, I have seriously been a day behind all week. It’s Wednesday? I was so off at work today too. I need to get focused!! It’s only a 5 day week, and I have a rewarding beach getaway planned to recharge this weekend!!

Exciting afternoon- I headed straight from work to the grocery store.

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Only the essentials!

The husband called when I was heading home from the grocery store, and asked if we could run when he got home. Um, yes! Always! But then he called back moments later- storm coming your way, hurry up and run alone if you want to. OKAY! I snapped into action and was out the door less than 5 minutes later (if only I was always so easy to motivate!!).

But alas, my run was cut short by the weather. I didn’t even make it down the stairs before it was sprinkling, and within a mile it was unbearable. I might have pushed on, but I was worried about lighting. I headed home, and finished 1.66 miles.

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Tired, but disappointed it wasn’t longer.

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I sat outside for a minute under a tree to cool off. Of course Charlemagne was not amused by this.

Shortly after I came in side it started pouring and I got a alert for a severe thunderstorm warning… So it’s a good thing I cut it short, but still disappointing. It’s been raining steadily ever since!

What’s for dinner?

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Top left- kale waiting to be steamed. Top right- water that forgot to boil itself for spaghetti noodles. Bottom left- marinara, waiting for everything else to be ready. Bottom right- grit tofu, in progress.

I typically pride myself on efficiency in the kitchen, achieve by order of operations. But man, tonight wasn’t one of those nights. I did everything out of wack and a simple dinner tool much longer than it should. Not to mention.. Huge mess!! Like I said… I’m just off today!!

Bedtime- it’s another day tomorrow. Closer to Friday. And, since its real if I tell the Internet, I’ll be headed to the gym to swim in the morning!! Wish me luck!

swim, bike, or run?! Pick your poison!

do you like to run in the rain?

Tri on Tuesday

I’ve been “tri”ing to see if I could succeed in training for a sprint triathlon this week.

Yesterday I ran 3 miles (pain free!) in the neighborhood with my husband. Or, almost ran the whole thing with my husband. He stopped around 2 miles to rescues a turtle. I love that man! Anyway, I was pain free but started to get a bit of glut discomfort when sprinting the final downhill. I’ll continue to take it easy, and increase my distance/speed careful, but I think I’m in the clear. My splits were 8:45 (hmm, I’m feeling okay, maybe ill speed up), 8:35 (still feeling good!! Lets cruise!) and 8:18. Yes! Maybe I’ll be ready for the peachtree after all.

Today I decided to hit the stationary bike at the gym.

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I may have not mentioned this before, but I don’t actually even own a bike. I used to (it got stolen from under our patio! But it wasn’t locked up. Or worth the insurance deductible…), and I actually used to bike to/from PT school everyday when we lived in savannah. But it’s been a while (with the exception of some cruising with my parents this weekend!) and I feel like in a tri, biking would definitely be my week sport.

Today I did exactly 15 miles in 50 minutes. I have no idea what is good, or what to expect for racing. I put forth a moderate effort, my legs felt like jello afterwards, and it was awesome to get so much cardio in!! I’m hoping to squeeze in some core/arm work later.

I guess I’m due for a swim for my next workout!

Happy Tuesday!

do you bike for exercise?

have you done a tri? What’s your week sport?

week in workouts + might as well tri

We ended up going to my parents this weekend! Recap coming later today.

Monday: 2ish miles slow run with walking break + 2 mile walk
Tuesday: Long walk + frisbee
Wednesday: 2.3 miles- 8:30 pace
Thursday Short neighborhood walk + 30 crunches, 30 push-ups, 30 squats
Friday: rest
Saturday: leisurely ~5 mile bike ride with my parents
Sunday: Rest

I started the week out strong, ambitious to recover from my injury scare last week. But traveling this weekend messed up my plans! I was pretty motivated to wake up and run at my parents Saturday morning, but then we ended up lounging around with coffee and deciding to ride bikes. Priorities- sometimes family time is just more important.

Saturday night we got to chatting, and SOMEHOW spring triathlons came up. I have really wanted to do one for years, and I think this might be the summer. My parents and husband want to do a relay (my dad swims, mom bikes, and Brandon runs), and then meanwhile, I could do the whole thing! We’ll have to see if we can find a weekend that works for everybody. But just in case- I need some advice about what to wear!! And… I should probably get in the pool.

Happy Monday! Let’s have a great week!!

Midweek update + running in the heat

Problem. When you work constantly, you think Thursday is midweek. I worked 6 days last week, only had Sunday off, and I’ve been back at it all week. Can’t wait for the weekend! We’re celebrating Mother’s Day with most of our mothers.

It’s been warm this week in hotlanta. Time to get acclimatized to the heat! I also had a momentary panic on Tuesday when I heard of first “code orange” air quality alert of the season. I have asthma, and have been really bothered by Atlanta summers in the past- but so far so good this year. Yay pollution.

Anyway- it’s been warm. I’ve (luckily?) been trying to ease myself back into running after my injury scare last week. Brandon and I ran on Monday, but I started to feel discomfort (I refuse to call it pain…) around 1 mile. We walked for a few minutes, and he convinced me to to cut the run short. I did run 1 more mile (pain free!) before calling it a day. Wednesday I wanted to squeeze in a run before book club, but Brandon was working late. He texted me “go easy on yourself” so I only ran 2ish miles again. This time, however, I was totally pain free!! I picked up the pace in the final mile or so, and ran 2.3 miles at an 8:30 pace. I’m seriously craving a hard workout right now, but I know I’ll thank myself later if I take it easy right now. Both runs were 87 degrees. I seriously need a new running tank. Favorites?

Nothing else exciting is going on this week. I have been working on cleaning out my dresser… One drawer at a time.
I tackled one over the weekend, and another drawer tonight.

This is obviously a drawer of running clothes. Why must I hoard shirts from every race I do?!

Before:

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And after:

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Progress, guys. An updated post about staying clean and organized is coming tomorrow!

do you have any Mother’s Day plans?

any strategies to beat the heat?

Last week in workouts + weekend

We’ve been staying busy around here, obviously! There wasn’t much to report as far as workouts- see below for disappointments. We did however, have a nice weekend.

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Braves game Sunday, and a chance to catch up with old friends.

We also had a fun Cinco de Mayo yesterday.

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Charlemagne hanging out with an old “pin the mustache on the man” bridal shower prop. My sister was the worlds best maid of honor and hosted my cinco de mayo shower 2 years ago! We enjoyed tacos and margaritas this year after a hot run.

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Speaking of Charlemagne, she has been enjoying some supervised time in the sun on the deck since its been warmer.

And- last weeks workouts. I’m only a little behind!

Monday: Morning yoga, evening 10 x 10 crunches, 10 x 10 push-ups, 10 x 10 squats
Tuesday: self directed yoga focused on abs and hips (oops) + neighborhood walk
Wednesday: This is where things fell apart. I had right sided glut/piriformis pain from steps into my run. I ran about 1.5 miles until Brandon convinced me to stop. I literally laid down on the grown, he attempted to help me stretch out, but no dice- the pain returned with any attempted running. Long walk home in disappointment.
Thursday total rest, worked with a PT coworker mainly on trigger point release, symmetry and stabilization of my pelvis. Pain free with walking!
Friday: 2 mile walk in the neighborhood.
Saturday/Sunday: rest/short walks. Trying to be 100%.

I’m trying to ease back into in slowly this week. spoiler alert:I’m running and it’s pain free. I might be overdoing it on the time off after 1 painful run, but this pain is familiar, and I don’t want to repeat last summers injuries!! Goals to help with injury reduction- don’t overdo the yoga, don’t run 2 days in a row, and DO walk and swim. I have a run planned for tomorrow.

do you enjoy a sunny run and/or margarita for cinco de mayo yesterday?

Summer running + weekend wrap up

Welcome to “summer” in Georgia. It’s getting hot out there. It is hard to get used to the sunny running. I can’t imagine running almost degrees warmer than this… But I guess we’ll get there soon. I try to stay comfortable in the hot GA summers by running at dawn, wearing sunglasses, light colored tanks, and carrying a water bottle. We’ve gotta train for the peachtree somehow!

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How could you not want to run outside when this is the view from the living room?!

I ran outside in the hot sun 3 times this week, twice in the middle of the day! Friday (on my day off!) I enjoyed a midday run, but remember the benefits of shade.

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The cat was jealous and wanted to join.

Friday I wanted to attempt track work,
But I kept it simple since my legs weren’t really ready, and I ran Thursday. I had a VERY strategic plan for my track workout- but then I got to the track and it was LOCKED. I hadn’t been the track at the local college in almost a year, and apparently they set up a key pad/membership system. It’s $100/year, and I’m not sure if I want to invest in that. We’ll see! Either way, I was really feeling a hard workout and ran some hill repeats instead for a total of 3.5 miles.

Today, Brandon and I headed out in the middle of the day again. Mistake, it was even warmer today. Brandon actually sad in the middle of our run, “we’re waking up early next week, I don’t know what we were thinking”. We enjoyed a destination run (my favorite!) to the Inman park festival. It was hard! We took walking water breaks every mile for 4 miles total.

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Rehydrating with beer.

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We enjoyed a beautiful festival afternoon.

We walked at least another 2 miles around and then back to his car, which we (coincidentally!) left close by on Friday night. It was a great Sunday. We came home in time to watch a afternoon thunderstorm on the porch, and then had a game night with friends.

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Friends, including a pup.

I haven’t done a workout wrap up a while- but I think now is a great time to bring it back!

Monday: rest
Tuesday: Morning yoga for legs, and core
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: neighborhood 3 miler
Friday: 3.5 miles with hill repeats
Saturday: morning self led living room yoga
Sunday: 4 mile run

I’m so happy to be back out there running, and the yoga feels really good too. I’m hoping to do a little more swimming/strengthening/cross training. Here’s to next week!!