Monday, July 25, 2011

I've Moved

I have fully moved over to wordpress. come visit me! 

If you don't, then you will really miss out!

You will miss hearing about my running

Wait, that isn't me....I just couldn't resist - I love this picture!

You will miss seeing pictures of Sirius Wiki

You will miss A-dizzle

But, dare I say, more importantly, you will miss ME

So....Unless you want to go through withdrawls, I suggest you follow me to my new home over at Green Mountain Runner @ Wordpress

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Moving and a coupon

So I have been in the process of moving Green Mountain Runner to wordpress. I haven't fully made the move and the site is currently under construction but if you want to check it out... Here is the link to Green Mountain Runner via wordpress

Now onto the coupon. I just purchased a road id bracelet and as a thank you for the purchase they sent me a coupon to share with my blogger friends. You can get $1.00 off your total purchase!
Just use: ThanksMelissa8160733 to get the deal! Look forward to a full recap of what I think about mine when it arrives! 

Here is what I ordered - obviously I picked green as it's my favorite color! 

Hot outside, Humid inside

 4.5 miles - 40 min
60 min body pump

There has been a massive heatwave on the east coast this week and we aren't supposed to see any relief until tomorrow. I decided that since I am trying to get back into the swing of things I would get up early, run on the treadmill and do pump. I also got a new pair of running shoes and wanted to try them out on the treadmill before going outside.

I got to the gym at 7 and started on the 'mill. I HATE my shoes so went back into the classroom to switch out to my old ones and started back up on the treadmill. I tried to bust out some speed and did 3 miles in 22:30. I then walked for a bit to cool down and then started jogging again and did another 1.5 miles. It was so hot in the cardio room that I was dripping with sweat. Great image huh! I cannot wait until the fall and it is cooler inside and outside! I do not do well with the heat. I could never live in Georgia where Gourmet Runner lives, or worse, Texas where Reese's lives! I do not know how people in the south handle this weather!

After my treadmill session I went to Dicks Sporting Goods and exchanged my shoes. I had bought the Brook's Cascadia Trail shoes:
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but the heel on them felt really big and like I was running with boxes on my feet. I think I also ordered the wrong size (6.5 instead of a 7) I guess Brooks run slightly small??? Anyways, I exchanged them for the Brooks Ghost 4:
They felt really comfortable when I was in the store and am going to try them out on the treadmill on Monday to see if they are a good fit for me. I usually buy New Balance shoes and typically choose a trail runner so this will be my first pair of running shoes for me in a LONG time!

Anyone usually wear Brooks? Thoughts? Feelings? Reviews?

What brand do you usually wear? Are you loyal to the brand or do you switch it up depending on the season or whatever?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Heat Wave

I really didn't want to, but I forced myself to do a little 3 mile walk with a friend. It is 93 degrees but don't worry, they say it feels like 101 out there. I believe it! SO stinking hot! With such high humidity. I know I shouldn't complain because some of you are living in even hotter climates but I am just not used to this heat. Not at all! Give me 50 degrees and I am happy. At least I did 3 more miles than I wanted to and I am planning on getting up early again tomorrow for another hot 5am run. Whatever. I would rather do a hot run at 5 am than a miserable furnace run at 4pm!!!! I will be happy when the heat wave breaks!

How can it be this hot, this early?

4.5 miles / 37 min

I set my alarm for 4:55am and got up. I checked my phone to see what the temperature was. 77 degrees. For real? It's 5am!!!! Shorts and a tank top. I got going and left a little after 5. The run was hot, humid, muggy. Not comfortable at all. There was a slight breeze but instead of it being nice and cool it felt more like a hair dryer. More hot hair just blowing in my face. It was disgusting. I wanted to do a little bit longer than what I did but I did, what I did and that's better than nothing!

I didn't make it to the gym yesterday for pump and a run. Family stuff came up and I just wanted to be home with Alan. I knew because I took Tuesday off and didn't make it to the gym yesterday I knew I had to do something today which is why I forced myself up at 5am. It wasn't too bad though. I definitely enjoy doing my runs in the morning before work, it is just so hard to wake up so early. I just need to do it. I am going to try to start back up with my morning runs along with my usual gym routine. Hopefully if I get back into the habits of all my "usual" habits then I will be back to where I want to be mentally and physically.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Clean Eating

I could easily tell at Monday's Body Pump class that I hadn't been in a while. I had to decrease my weight I usually use and was sweating profusely. I knew I was going to be sore the next day. Today, is two days later and I am still sore. This does not bode well as today is my other regular schedule body pump / gym day. I am nervous. My inner thighs are so sore from the squats and lunges. My hamstrings are super tight and need to be stretched out before they are put through any more torture. The easy thing would be to take another day of rest off and go on Saturday morning.

Nope, not doing it. I am going to go to the gym and I am going to run before the class and I am going to suffer through another painful strenuous pump class. My body will forgive me as it usually does, and I will finally be back in the swing of things.

Hopefully this will help my figure as well. I have noticed that the past few months that have been chaotic and I have been skipping my usual gym days I have been getting "softer". I do not enjoy softness! Much to my husbands disapproval, I enjoy flexing my back muscles and making him gag. I take this as being, I am one buff lady! I enjoy the fact that when I am running my biceps and triceps flex as I pump my arms. I feel like it makes me look tough and it wards off any unwelcomed advances from strangers! I also like walking by buildings that have windows and I can see the reflection of my quads flexing as I walk.

I take pride in my muscles, and pride in my body. Lately, I don't feel like I have much to be proud of. I have been slacking in the gym, doing mediocre running and have been eating more calories than I should. Sugar, grease, fat have been old friends of mine that I have banished for a while, but when I got burnt out on running I also go burnt out on eating healthy and fueling my body properly. Eating crap has left me feeling exhausted and stomach aches. The past few days I have been trying to eat healthy. Sugar snap peas, carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli and califlower have replaced the unhealthier snacks that I have been ingesting. I feel like I am back to me again. The me that is strict with her diet, and excited about her workouts. The me, that goes to bed early because she worked hard that day. The me that sleeps more soundly and refreshed when I wake up. It is so amazing how eating healthy and working out can change so many aspects of your life.

What are you favorite healthy foods?
I love fresh veggies and fruit!

Any ideas on what to do with a mound of beets?
We joined a local farmers co-op and have been getting TONS of beets. I heard roasting them is good? Mama, what does your hubby do with them? He's a chef, I need tips!

Is anyone else tired of the warm weather?
I have realized that I enjoy low 50-low 60 degree weather temps way more than 80 - 90. I am so over the heat. I feel like I melt when I walk outside :(

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ahh let the soreness begin

5 miles / 41 min
60 min body pump

mile 1 = 1.0 % incline 8.0 mph
mile 1 - 1.25 7.7 mph
mile 1.25 - 2 = 8.0 mph
mile 2 - 2.25 = 7.7
mile 2.25 - 3 = 8.0 mph

I did the first 3 miles in 21:40
mile 3 - 4 was in 30 min
mile 4 - 5 finished at 41 min.

After the first 3 miles I took a little walking break as a cool down. I realized I still felt strong and had some energy left and started back up. I stopped again after 4 miles and started to cool down. I, again, realized I felt strong and could do another mile which is why it was so back and forth and jumpy.

After the treadmill I headed over to body pump and did a strong 60 mins of heavy lifting. I know I am going to be sore tomorrow. I can already feel the soreness and it hasn't even been 2 hours since I left the class. That doesn't bode well for how I'm going to be feeling in the future.

Hope everyone had a strong workout today to start off the week off right!