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Anyone who likes to workout outside should reconsider when they do it.  I always see a lot of people exercising outside between 11am and 5pm.  Those are normally the hottest times of the day (at least where I am at).  Exersicing in the morning around before or during or just shortly after the sun rises, as well as when the sun sets.  In the morning, you get more humidity, but the earth is cooled down after not having the sun pounding its heat on it for 8+ hours. In the evening, you usually do get cooler and less humid air (unless a storm is approaching).  But sometimes it doesnt feel cooler because the earth is still hot.  It’s like cooking food on a stove, apply heat and it gets hotter.  Remove from the heat and it still gets hotter for a short while and then cools down until heat comes back.

I also want to talk about ticks.  I live in a heavily wooded area with a ton of ticks.  I own a dog (now we own 2, but this is very recent), I own 2 cats that go outside, the third one is not allowed.  I run outside where I am at, on the road, through the woods, on trails.  Today I found a tick, but I was lucky because I caught it before it burrowed into my leg.  I have been looked around the interwebs for ways to lessen my chances for ticks.  DEET sprays and lotions is all I keep coming across.  I will try this out (especially in a tick infested area where I live and my love for running through the woods and tripping over rocks and roots).  Also warning signs of lyme disease: high fever, followed by stiff neck (I keep thinking of batman begins where batman couldnt turn his head in his suit) and rashes.  If you get a high fever following finding a tick, go to your doctor and tell dont be afraid to tell them you had a tick on you because a lot of doctors wont recognize the first symptoms of it. It can save you from a lot of missery with rashes and whatnot.

Also I want to post today’s workout.

45 min run followed by this:

I did 2 rounds, the second round kicked my butt so badly.  I never felt my heart pound so heavily, I had to close my eyes to focus on something that wasnt moving or else throw up.

Scores:

  • Pullups (with chair and broom) – 40?, 30
  • Squat Jumps – 42, 42
  • Hanging Knee Raises (with chairs) -33, 38
  • Mountain climbers – 44, 54
  • Clap Pushups (modified knees) – 21, 28
  • Lunge Jumps – 20, 18
  • Bike Abs – 30, 38
  • Tricep Dips (on end table) – 42, 47
  • Forward/Backward Lunge Left – 15, 16
  • Forward/Backward Lunge Right – 15, 15
  • Oblique V-Up Left – 32, 32
  • Oblique V-Up Right – 38, 31
  • Burpees – 10, 10

Post workout….my heart was still racing for almost an hour, coffee looked unappetizing, food looked unappetizing, blueberries tasted nasty.  Overall I think the second set went better than the first, trying to keep my form through the second round was tough.

 

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Monday:

  • Run
  • ZWOW #16 took me 21 minutes to complete.

Tuesday:

  • Warmup run
  • 6 min x3 hard with 4 min rest
  • Cooldown run
  • ZWOW #18 took me 31 minutes….holy cow those planks were like murder.

Wednesday:

  • Run
  • Followed by Burpee Challenge
  • Followed by 365 Rep workout from Bodyrock. (30 min) The first exercise BURNED

So the Burpee challenge….this happened on a website called caloriecount.about.com (I will post something about that later).  I saw someone post “1 like = 1 min of cardio/pushup”.  I decided Burpees, I wasnt expecting too many likes as I NEVER get any more than 10 so I was assuming 30….I got 80. This intimidated me a bit but I found a way to work them out somehow.

Did 2 rounds in 10:40

  • Single leg burpee 5 reps each leg
  • Side burpee 5 reps each side
  • Star Burpee 10 times
  • Weighted Burpee 10 times

Also it has been extremely humid the past few days. Drinking LOTS of water because its crazy.  I have also noticed that when I am thirsty I crave carbs…this got me thinking…carbs hold onto water, some people mistake thirst for hunger and from what I notice will probably grab some high carb snack.  Drink water and the carb craving goes away.  Im just curious as to anyone who is reading this…do you notice this?

Or with a fartlick!

  • 20 min warm up.
  • 1 min hard, 1 min medium x10
  • 20 min cooldown

A little slow for me considering my 9+ hour shifts on my feet the past 4 days (including my 11 hour 4am shift). Plus I JUST woke up, your body is not ready to do hard stuff upon waking up.  For best results you need to be awake for 3-4 hours (for most cases).

Afterwards:

  • mountain climbers
  • side planklifts with elbow to knee (weak shoulders = hard)
  • prisoner get ups (these were harder then they looked)
  • v-up hug your knees

50 : 10 seconds intervals, 3 times

Yesterday: run plus abs:

  • stability ball crunch
  • pike ups on ball
  • side woodchops……um…i dont remember the rest.

Ok so the beer candles…was something I ran across a few years ago at the mall during one of those weekends where theres a large amount of vendors all over the mall.  This lady came up with a way to make candles look and smell like beer, coca cola, coffee, hot chocolate, margarita, and lots of other drinks.  I dont know if they have a website, so I wont post one. And my camera is out of commission, so no photos unfortunately 😦

 

Work out this morning was hot and humid (ok not that hot but it was pretty damn humid) and I was exhausted.  I worked 9 hours (i am on my feet all day at work) yesterday from 8am til 5pm.  Today I dont work (yay! rest!) and I decided since im not working to do a hard workout followed by something new from BodyRock.

Here’s my workout:

Ladder Set workout:

Begin with 15-20 min warmup run.  Followed by dynamic stretching (leg swings) and sprinting drills (high knees, butt kicks, A and B skips, karaokes, cross over high knees, ect).

  • 1 min hard : 1 min moderate pace
  • 2 min hard : 2 min moderate pace
  • 3 min hard : 3 min moderate pace
  • 3 min hard : 3 min moderate pace
  • 2 min hard : 2 min moderate pace
  • 1 min hard : check heart rate

begin 15-25 min cooldown when heart rate goes down to your normal run levels.

During this workout my watch decided it wasnt going to catch a signal (again!?).  But that was a good thing because I wasnt concentrating on how far I ran during my hard intervals but how hard I pushed myself.  During the hard intervals I would chant “push” during my exhales, I used to do similar stuff like this before and I find that it helps motivate.  Because after I logged my run into mapmyrun.com, I was expecting to see the normal 7:30 mile/min for the total ladder set run but instead saw a 7:00 mile/min for the total ladder set run.

So my advice to those who train by themselves, if you are able to when you exhale on a hard run, tell yourself something that will motivate you to push yourself harder.  It’s the same as when the coaches tell you to push yourself on the sidelines.  When you hear it and say it it is more powerful.

Now here’s the 600 rep challenge (its actually 550, but I decided to do more reps on the ones that said 25 each):

I completed it in 35 min, including the breaks i took to figure out how to do the next workout and the extra reps I did.

Also here is the website below.  I am not sure how I feel about their new stuff yet.  I used to go on it back during my track and xc days and wished I could do them (I didnt want to risk an injury).  I am not sure what route they are taking right now, it is very….idk conflicting messages. BodyRock website

Have an awesome monday 🙂 and tell yourself you can do it, even on days you are too tired to do a scheduled hard workout, just do it you will be surprised.

18.5 miles today (in before wind storm).  I don’t really have too much going on, just midterms taking over my whole life at the moment.  So I have decided to take a stab at reviewing these tasty gummies.

I tried out these Clif Block Shots.  I have also test tested other gels like the Strawberry-Banana Powerbar.  Way to sweet for me.  Plus I cant run with a bottled water.  The way I let my hands “hang” like they’re holding potato chips wont hold a bottle water.  I’ve dropped my ipod so many times because I don’t like to grip things running.  I find that it makes my arms stiff and I exert too much energy that I could use in my legs.

This is what I tried, Black Cherry Flavored.

After the first 6 miles I popped one in and tried to chew it.  It was kind of too big.  Small people have small mouths lol.  At 6.5 miles I popped another one in and chewed part of it and almost choked, so I decided to just stick it in my cheek and see if it dissolves in my mouth.  That worked.  At mile 12 I popped one more in my mouth, stuck it in my cheek and let it dissolve.  Mile 15 I popped my last one in and let that dissolve.  I’m pretty sure you don’t HAVE to chew these. I chew gum when I run, but this does not have the same consistency as gum and I ended up drooling a bit trying it the second time and pretending it was gum.  I also loved the fact that it had 2 servings of 100 calories and that I could space out my consumption.  Also holding it was real nice, its lightweight and like a stick.  I am pretty sure i can stuff a few in my sports bra haha.  Getting them open was a pain, I had to use my teeth (yeowch).

How I felt during the run, like I can conquer the world.  One block has 33 calories and a little kick of caffeine.

After the run I did some stretches for the hamstrings and the hip flexors (I have a history of tendonitis in the IT band).  I also rolled my foot out with a frozen piece of Jimmy Deans Sausage (I recommend this over a frozen water bottle) as I also have Planters Faciitis.  I got that in October and got it under control and it’s been acting up since I got tripped at my last race.  I also did a 20 minute session of runners yoga from Yogadownload.com *ahem*theyhavefreestuff*ahem*

I also got extremely nauseated after I ate (1 1/2 hours after I completed my run).  I am pretty sure that waiting 90 minutes to eat after a run like that was a dumb idea (after doing some googling).  It really didnt hit me until 4 pm.  I was half passed out for 2 hours.  Finally ate dinner, which wasn’t much.  Got hungry after 2 hours so ate a little bit more (my watch said I burned 1700 calories…like I don’t think I will be able to make that up in one day lol).  Half hour later I was doubled over with my face in the toilet.  Needless to say the nausea went away for the most part.

I don’t know if it was the shot bloks, or if it was waiting that long before eating (I do this a lot because of scheduling), or if it was from the fact that I kinda went fast (but I felt fine and I was on a flat surface so I assumed my faster pace was a result), or it could be that my blood pressure was extremely low (I have had problems with this in the past).

Question to all those who read my posts or stumble upon it:  Have you ever gotten sick from your long runs?  Have you found a cure to this?  I am open to any suggestions.

Seriously…it snowed last weekend and that was it for this month…so far, there’s still 10 days left!

Did my long run, and I will be thankful for painkillers and Dr. Scholl’s inserts for Planters Faciitis.  I got it back in October (due to the running schedule of high milage one week, low milage next week, high milage week followed by low milage week, ect.  Usually it’s 3 weeks increase milage and 1 week back off).  I’m pretty sure I have it back in my left foot, and now in my right (I am a dummy who tied their shoes on too tight.  Anyways, I guess when your watch reads 8min/mile for your long run instead of the usual 8:40 I guess that says something haha.

Recap on my budget challenge again…I used my credit card yesterday, but only for gas.  I planned on using whatever I had in my bank for gas anyways since I have cash floating around left and right, it’s an awesome day when you do laundry and a 10 dollar bill falls out of your pocket.

I also snagged a huge fruit tray for free on Thursday.  My friend and I went to see this guy from Business Week talk about how they design their magazines (British people, love your accent, hate trying to pick up on what you are saying).  I guess looking like a starving college student made 3 people walk up to us and ask us to take the trays since it was going to go to waste…um….SCORE!!! There’s a ton of grapes and I really want to try making raisins from my dad’s dehydrator and make english muffins (they’re so expensive to buy!)

I don’t have any recipes this time around…that deal with pancakes or breakfast foods…but…

Enjoy your day with the biggest peep in the world (and sugar rush jk).  I like to put marshmallows in my coffee for some reason.

 

I feel like I need to update before the weekend…not too much has happened except for dread on what the next week will bring me. (and no I am not talking about Valentine’s day)

I am talking about being a student athlete.

Some of you may be aware that I compete for Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor track.  Many of you may not know that our schedules for competition are “lighter” than in highschool.  We compete on the weekends.  Cross country is usually half a day or overnight.  Track is either all day or 3 days (this includes the travel time).

What I am getting at is this:  it’s very frustrating to balance homework, life, track, getting money (as in a job haha), working on my future career after I graduate.  I am working towards a BA in Graphic and Web design, I need my computer to do my work not a book to dig my nose into and memorize words that I will possible forget in a year.  I am also not the only one on my team with this double BA major, the other girl also feels the same way.

What other people don’t realize is that we are creative people who have creative projects.  It takes time and effort and dedication to put good work out there.  I have seen kids in my class that half-assed their work just to satisfy a professor.

 

Seriously sometimes I wonder if my mind is constantly on some sort of high (runners high!!!)

Back to my challenges:

Smiling seems to have helped in many ways.  Like when a printer randomly decides it doesnt want to print because it thinks it has no paper….force a smile, stare at a wall, and instantly you wont feel like throwing the printer out a window.

As far as budgeting….well my recent paycheck from work study was less than I thought I was going to get. I was going to use that money to sign up for a marathon (well I still am, the deadline for cheap registration ends the 15th). So I can’t use my credit card for a month.  So here’s to 30 days of not using a credit card…starting…now.

Yesterday I had a track meet in one of the most shadiest places I’ve ever been to I thought I was gonna get shot or something. I ran a 3k, hit my PR time, ran without inserts for the first time in months  and with no spikes as my calves are KILLING ME (I have planters faciitis)

Night before, prerace meal got invaded by the pink Domo. (I still don’t have my camera battery, I just have my backup camera)

Spaghetti, edamane, veggies, and canned tomatoes.  Pretty cheap (edamane = plant protein for non vegheads out there)

This morning…2 hour long run of 14 miles.  Afterwards….the best breakfast in the whole entire planet…I mean you can’t make blueberry pancakes without fresh (or frozen!) bleuberries, it just ain’t right!

I also added cinnamon and brown sugar to the mix.  I also used strawberry preserves instead of syrup, I honestly cannot handle the sweetness of syrup.  I might as well TRY and post a recipe, I don’t know how long I cooked anything for or how much of the stuff I put in.

Blueberry Pankcakes:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Krusteaz fluffy pancake mix (or any pancake mix that spells FLUFFY!)
  • 1/4 cup-1/2 cup of blueberries (somewhere in that range)
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • 1/4 water (for the mix, less water for thicker pancakes, more water for thinner pancakes)
  • 1 Tbsn strawberry preserves

Directions:

  1. First you need to turn on your stove and ready your pan with Pam or butter, a stuck pancake is a sad pancake.
  2. Mix the pancake mix and water together until mix is not clumpy and lumpy.
  3. Add blueberries.
  4. Pour the batter into the pan, sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon ontop.
  5. I don’t know how long I left the pancake sit there, it was probably 5 min.  But the middle was still moist so I put a lid ontop to cook the top.
  6. Take a spoon and loosen the pancake once you think its ready to flip, slide the pancake onto a plate.  Place the pan upsidedown ontop of the plate and flip it so that the pancake is now in the pan.
  7. Now cook the other side, this shouldn’t take as long as the first side.
  8. Now slide the pancake back onto the plate, get your strawberry preserves and spread some ontop.

As for the budget challenge…well I havn’t really spent anything, but I need gas BAD. I’m so scared to know what gas prices are now lol

I went home this morning and got my GPS watch back, I had to send it back because the band was torn when I received it.  The people there are so nice, they took off the 12 dollar shipping and gave me a new one 🙂  Soleus is the brand, the GPS has no map features or plug-ins to your computer, but I have mapmyrun.com or runkeeper.com for that.
Did a test run, long run of 90 minutes. The GPS wouldn’t pick up (I live in an area where GPS systems and cell phones get confused lol).

New Recipe:  Curry Eggs

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup egg white
  • 1 small red/yellow pepper
  • 1 tsp of curry (my roomate left this)1/2 cup of diced tomatoes (or fresh tomatoes would be better, salsa could substitute)
  • cumin
  • 2 Tbsp cheese

Directions

  • First you need to turn the stove on to med/high heat
  • Cut the peppers, slice them, dice them, whatever you like and toss them in, let them cook for a few minutes.
  • Add the egg white first then the egg. Add the curry and the cumin and scramble the eggs in the pan
  • Add the tomatoes/salsa after your eggs have cooked. This is because if there’s liquid in the tomatoes it will make your eggs runny. Try to get most of the liquid out first before adding. If you do end up with a ton of liquid, turn the heat up. The liquid will evaporate and your eggs wont burn.
  • Add the cheese. Cook until slightly melted. You can scramble the eggs more if you want
  • Enjoy! 🙂

I like died and went to heaven here lol. I had them with smiley pancakes, I have a pancake maker I bought at what the clearance price should be (they won’t go on clearance for a long time, and I use it a lot considering how much I love pancakes).

I also went to the dollar store on Friday to buy steak knives, since my roomate is not coming back and took all of her knives with her. I also brought up rugs to make the dorm look more homey (my mom hordes everything!) I still need a new can opener (the other one broke), a napkin holder (before they end up on the floor and I have to throw them away), and I need a TV…but that’s not happening for a long time…