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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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4:45 am rolls around and my alarm goes off. I get out of bed…nooooo do I do a long run? or should I wait til friday? Tomorrow I have to be at work at 4am. A long run after a day like that is torture.

So long run it is.  My hammies were still a tad sore, but not as bad as yesterday.  In fact no where as close.  Clocked in 10.5 miles in 90 min.  Pretty slow for me, but considering the past 2 days were hard workouts and trying new crazy weight bearing exercises what else was I going to expect?

I decided to just to ZWOW #14. With 5 lbs weights, I was going to do 10 lbs but those who know that long runs can zap you know that doing any sort of lifting afterwards is brutal.  The lunge jumps killed me as well as the burpees. I ended up doing pushup burpees because of the amount of space I had. And now I realized I did the back curl lunge wrong…woops. Next time I’ll just do it the correct way haha. My time: 15:18

Yesterday: New BodyRock post, almost puked the last round. Then went and did the Challenger from NTC…bad idea.  I didnt realize how weak my upper body got…especially the shoulders (i’ve been avoiding doing shoulder lifting haha).  And I thought it was 3 rounds…not 4…yick.

Scores:

1) 40, 40, 38 (one rep per side? if not then 20, 20 18…ouch)
2) 5, 6, 4.5
3) 36, 44, 30 (no bar so squat woodchops with my kitty litter bag meow)
4) 8, 8, 9

Today:  run at 8 min/mile pace(ok compared to last week….wow).  ZWOW #15 with 10 lb. dumbells. My time: 21:30.  I had to modify the 180° Burpees to not jump over something after the second round because I wasnt landing right.  They were still tough, after 7 in a row it was hard but you just gotta push.

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.

So this morning, 10 mile run, froze my butt off and got blasted by the wind.

Afterwards, drove down to the hospital to get a mole removed…..

…..on my breast.  Not the most pleasant experience but it went surprisingly smooth.  I didn’t even know the dermatologist removed it. It was 1cm and she pretty much cut out more than half an inch I believe (dont know, the sealed wound is close to an inch).  The doctor stitched it up real nice(it looks like a pretty damn good Frankenstein if you ask me lol). If it weren’t for my high tolerance of pain I would probably be crying right now because of how badly this thing is now throbbing and how BADLY i want pain killers and dont have any.

And I learned a fun fact while getting my stitches: One stitch costs about $10 (they do not want to waste their stitches!).  So yea I may have 5 stitches on the outside, but who knows how many stitches I have on the inside…thank goodness for insurance 🙂

I asked her about running, she told me to not run today. But after today when i do, to make sure I apply some bandaids and wear a well supported sports bra…..well supported sports bra….I don’t even know what well supported sports bra feels like I think.  The closes I think I have gotten were the ones by Nike that compressed everything to your chest.

And I swear they increased their sizes because I had to buy an extra small and I usually get a small in these…and no my chest did not shrink.  These bras tend to restrict my breathing when I first get them. (As far as budgeting myself goes….yea this splurge on bra and the capris I randomly bought pretty much killed my last paycheck)

Honestly I didn’t feel any pain until 6 hours after I left…yick.  Anyone else have similar experiences and would like to share?

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

Today’s weather….sunny with a chance of pelting rain.  Yup that was an enjoyable 10 miler of pelting rain that pretty much blinded me for a few minutes…did i mention there was a lot of oncoming traffic?

Back to Budget Challenge….I ended up buying stuff yesterday at the cafe and some more stuff today from the cafe. I might be over on my account now (I really have no idea anymore my meal plan got changed so many times).

I also made this nomtastic oatmeal cake from Love Veggies and Yoga.  She has a lot of awesome recipes I want to try. And she also has a link to a yoga site that you can download some free PDFs and audio (yogadownload.com, check out the poses tab)

I changed it up a bit:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Packet of apple cinnamon oatmeal
  • 1 bannana

Directions:

  1. Mash Banana (microwave it for a max. of 10 seconds if it came from the fridge, its so much easier)
  2. Mix both ingredients together. Split the mixture in half. (it makes 2 servings!)
  3. Place 1 serving of mixture in a microwave save bowl.
  4. Microwave for 90 seconds.
  5. Let it cool down a bit and harden before removing from bowl
  6. ENJOY! (I need to be more consistent with layouts lol)

I also found out today that I might possibly have a protein deficiency. I mean I usually have dry hair, my nails show that I’m not getting enough (This fortune teller last fall told me this). Although I think I may have gone overboard with the budget thing and forgotten how to eat healthy. Did you know your ankles swell up when you have a protein deficiency? I didn’t know that! Also that your gums bleed more easily (this happened last night). So I think I need to start taking things in a new direction.

These past 2 weeks I have learned a lot I guess, like planning my meals in advance and planning them according to what my schedule is going to be like for the next couple of days it will still be edible.  Also I need to start eating healthier. Budgeting =/= cutting out certain nutrients.  I mean yes, I’m not going to the extreme on this, but hte fact that I’ve been buying the cheaper stuff (things with lots of carbs) has probably thrown me out of balance a bit.

I am a vegeterian also, so this probably is also a challenge concidering trying to come up with meals that fit my nutritional needs as a competitive runner (60% carbs, 20% protein, %20 fat, at least from what I’ve always seen/heard/read).

Havn’t bought anything from the cafe, except for milk (I ran out, I cant drink coffee without it). I also started using the massive storage of food in my room.

Two nights ago, a blizzard came to town (I somehow managed to drive to my house afterwards last night), I went over my friend’s house to kill 1 of the 7 boxes of pierogies in my freezer.
Then yesterday was the long run of 2 hours, then I ended up at iHop (once again, it was offered). I probably made dinner twice this week, which I like to cook my food so that was different. Although I did end up buying coffee creamer (Shopper’s Value from Kuhns, under 3 dollars!) and then I realized that I needed to buy my graduation application…..this makes me angry because I am already 40,000+ in school loans and they want me to pay them another “small” sum just so i can graduate???? ugh…seriously? And on another note, I still can’t pick up hours at my old job 😦

Question to all those reading this:

Did/Do you have to pay a fee in order to graduate? Im curious.