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?!

SWIMMING!

I finally did it!

I’ve been trying to talk myself into swimming again for what seems like months now. Last night, I was feeling pretty committed after a disappointing run and all my tri talk this week. So I prepared, and I completely contribute my success to my planning. I packed my gym back, set it right next to my bag with my swimsuit out. I set up my work clothes in the bathroom. Had my lunch packed and ready to go. Of course I stayed up to late, but I was still getting almost 7 hours. I had no excuses. I set my alarms and called it a night.

I’m so thankful I got up with my alarms this morning- props to the husband. If he hadn’t already been up, I might not have gotten out of bed. But I did, and I’m so glad. I washed the sleep out of my eyes, chugged some water, and ate a banana on the way to the gym. I feel like I wasn’t even fully awake until I was in the water.

side note- I always feel so awkward putting on a swim cap. Will it ever get better?!

I swam 1000 yards in about 30 minutes. I love to break up the time when swimming!
200 yard warm up, with 2 sets of 25 yards with only left breathing. (I prefer to breath right- I always have to warm up my ability to breath on both sides! After this warm up, I was breathing on both sides the rest of my workout)
25 yards legs, 75 yards freestyle
25 yards arms, 75 yards freestyle
100 yards freestyle
25 yard sprint, 25 yards freestyle
25 yard sprint, 25 yards freestyle
25 yards arms, 25 yards freestyle
25 yards legs , 25 yards freestyle
200 yards without stopping, touching the wall or ground (awkward little turns in the water)
50 yard free style
50 yard backstroke cool down

I did the bit without touching to see what it would feel like in open water. It was easy, but I wasn’t going fast. I would have loved to stay in the water longer, but I guess I would need to wake up earlier to make time! I will definitely be back in the pool soon. I had a great workout, and it’s nice to go into evening knowing that I’ve already checked my workout off my todo list. I’m also feeling better and better about this potential tri. Does it mean I’m going to sign up?! No. I’m going to see if I can keep up with this for another week or so- then ill decide if I want to invest in the gear. So… To be continued!

It’s finally Thursday. I few fun pics from today-

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I saw a fortune cookie in the break room today. Before 9am. So I ate it. What does this mean?! Practice what you preach??

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I made a bit of a mess at lunch. Seriously, my strawberries were delicious, but they had some bad spots. Don’t judge.

Like I said yesterday, this week has been dragging by!! But we’re getting closer and closer to beach time this weekend. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel!! Speaking of which… I need to pack.

how long do you swim when you work out?<30 minutes didn’t feel like enough…
have a great day!!

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?