My Spring Workouts

As the weather changes, I feel like my workouts change as well. Not only that, but honestly, I get bored really easily. While I have continuously professed my love for boot camp as of late, I know I need to mix it up as well, so I wanted to share with you all what I plan to (loosely) be doing this spring as far as workouts go.

1.) Boot camp 3-4 x’s a week: Boot camp is held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. I always plan to go Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and try to make it Thursday every other week. This ill give me the opportunity to get an extra run in every other week, or a second rest day if I feel like I need it.

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2.) Run 2-3 times a week: After a near PR at Rock ‘N’ Roll NOLA after only running once, occasionally twice a week, I decided I want to ramp up my running to 2-3 times a week, but since we are getting out of half marathon season, they will be shorter runs (but I would like to keep a 7 or so mile base through the summer). So I will run on Wednesday and Saturday, occasionally throwing in Thursday as well.

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3.) Rest 1-2 times a week: I always take one weekend day off to rest (preferably Sunday), and on weeks I run twice instead of three times, I will use that second day as a rest day. I just think every other week my body responds best to two days off. Let’s face it, life happens, and sometimes we have doctor’s appointments, extra work, or are out of town. I don’t want to get so strict that I am beating myself up over a missed workout.

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Now that the weather is nicer, I plan to be outside a lot with the family, too. We love going on walks, and Emma Kate is now old enough to go to the playground, so I will do some “active rest” as well. I mean, let’s face it….with a toddler do you ever REALLY get a full rest day?

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QOTD: What will your spring workouts look like?

February 2016 Goals

Hi friends! Happy Monday! I trust everyone had a good weekend. The weather was beautiful here, sunny with highs up to the low 70’s. I haven’t seen the sun in what seems like forever, so I am getting some serious spring fever now.

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I am so glad I decided to go back to monthly goals this year. I think it’s helping keep me on track, so let’s see how I did last month before diving into February.

1.) Read a book: A+! I read not one, not two, but THREE books this month, and it was wonderful! I forgot how much I love getting lost in a good plot line. Must do this more and turn OFF the TV.

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2.) List baby items for sale: B+: I listed SOME baby items for sale but not all. I was able to sell a whole bunch at once to a sweet neighbor having a baby girl soon, and I have listed some more expensive pieces on Facebook. I still have a few things in the garage but not near as many.

3.) Go to boot camp 3-4 x’s a week: A+ I have been to boot camp four days a week every week, except for the week we were on the cruise, obviously. I’m really proud of myself, because Fridays in particular are hard to make myself want to go, but I have been sticking with it and seeing results in the form of gaining muscle. I have gained a POUND of muscle in a month, yall. I’m super proud.

4.) Run twice a week: B- I did this every week except for one week I only ran one time, so I am giving myself a B. This of course doesn’t count the running we do at boot camp. I typically do one short 3 mile run then a longer run of 5+ miles. Taking advantage of this nice weather is a must.

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5.) Foam roll after long runs: F: No two ways about this one, I just failed. Really, I just forgot. I’m so out of the habit that I just never remembered. I foam roll after boot camp but REALLY need to make an effort to do so after long runs. My right hip has been tight so I definitely need it.

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So, what are my goals for February? As a person who doesn’t like to leave things undone, I am going to take my big fat F from January and put it at the top of my February list.

1.) FOAM ROLL AFTER LONG RUNS: Do ya hear that, self? Just do it. Must do it.

2.) Daily devotions: I have been doing well with this on daycare days, but the days I am home all day with Emma Kate are just harder in the morning, which is a terrible excuse. I need to start doing them at night on those days.

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3.) Walk the dog more: Yall, it’s been cold. I haven’t been walking the pup like I did in the fall. She weighs nine pounds so she gets exercise running around the house, but she loves being outside. I just need to do it.

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4.) Limit night time snacking: We eat dinner early because of the little one, so this leaves me wanting a snack around 7:30 or 8:00, which is fine, but I eat too much and all the wrong things. I want to limit myself to one fun sized piece of chocolate, and if I want anything else it needs to be more healthy.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Here’s to a great February!

QOTD: What is one thing you want to do in February?

Weekly Training Recap 2015: Week 3

Now that I have at least four races I am training for, I think it will be helpful for me to go back to posting my weekly workouts here on the blog. It will help me hold myself accountable as I go forward. I have added a lot of distance since having Emma Kate, but my times are not where I thought they would be almost four months postpartum, so I need some accountability! I get in a trap of getting the miles in but they are “junk miles” a lot of times.

Races planned:

RnR New Orleans

rnDisney Princess Half Marathon

LA marathon

Crescent City Classic 10k

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This is what I did last week:

Sunday: Off

Monday: 3 mile treadmill run

Tuesday: 4 mile treadmill run

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 4 miles on the treadmill

Friday: 35 minutes stationary bike, arm weights

Saturday: 7 mile taper run, Rock ‘n Roll New Orleans half marathon is next Sunday!

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This next week will be toned down quite a bit since my race is on Sunday, but after that I have to get going again for my next three races!

QOTD: What is the next race on your calendar?

Pregnancy Update: Week 20

Halfway!!!!!! Yippee!!! Never thought this day would come back when I was nauseated at all times and barely strong enough to walk across the room. Wow!

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I think it’s funny how depending on what I am wearing, what I have been eating, etc. it can change how I look. For instance, I think I look smaller than last week, and way smaller than at my gender reveal party last weekend. Granted, at the party I was wearing a white shirt, and I had been at the hospital for 3 days with my dad sitting on my butt eating fast food, so I’m sure that made me look puffy, too. Also, some shirts don’t go “in” under your boobs so they kind of make a tent from boob to belly making me look bigger. New observations abound I tell ya.

Symptoms: More of the same (I know, I am ssooo exciting). Round ligament pain when I run or even power walk, acne, tired, peeing a lot, noticing I just get run down more easily than I used to.

Baby’s Size: Banana!

Maternity Clothes: Nothing new, still haven’t even worn all the ones I have yet!

Stretch Marks: Just the boobs. Hang on belly!

Sleep: Pretty good, I pee a LOT right before I go to bed, but then usually only have to get up once in the middle of the night.

Miss Anything?: sleeping on my stomach for sure.

Cravings: Not really a lot in particular other than sweets, haven’t really noticed!

Aversions: still can’t eat large portions of meat or chicken.

Looking Forward to: picking out a name! Registry shopping! It’s time for the fun stuff.

What I’m Loving: Finally knowing that baby M is a GIRL!!!! Also, this is the first week I have felt baby kick! I can recognize it now, an is usually at night when I lay down and am very still. Exciting!

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Workouts: This week was pretty bad. I was at the hospital Wednesday-Friday then the party Saturday, Mother’s day Sunday. I did work out Monday and Tuesday though, so starting the week off right!

There is my 20 week update in a nutshell (help! I’m trapped in a nutshell!) I will be back in the next few days talking names and registering All scary things for this first time mama!

QOTD: Did you ever feel you were smaller some weeks than the previous week when you were pregnant?

What is your favorite non running workout?

Monthly Goals: August 2013

A week late again, I know. One of these months I will get this done on time. The new month just sneaks up on me! Good thing I don’t scare easy. Well…maybe I do, but please don’t use it against me.

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Bella scares easy. Anyone else’s dog?

Let’s take a look at last month’s goals I gotta say I’m a bit embarrassed…

1.) Heal my IT band: (D-) Still hurts. Not when I run, but still hurts after.

2.) get back to my happy weight: (D-) So I haven’t GAINED anymore weight but I have only lost about a pound.  I went to Disney last month and weeellll that makes it hard to lose. Ug.

3.) Go back to body pump: (F…) It just didn’t happen yall. I was out of town for 2 Mondays, and the other two I was busy catching up on everything I missed. I fail.

4.) Leg strengthening exercises: (C-) I actually did well the first 1.5 weeks of the month with this, then went on a trip and slacked off.

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This will NOT be me!

For this month, since last month was SO bad, I really just want a redo of last month, so I am keeping ALL my goals the same for the first time ever. We shall see how it goes.

***WINNER of my Dream Flats giveaway is: Margaret Harry! Please e mail me at heatherslookingglass@gmail.com to claim your prize!

Also, the kind folks at LUV Footwear have offered a 20% off code for THLS readers through August 31. Simply enter code Heather at checkout for the discount!

QOTD: Have you ever re-tried goals you failed to achieve?

Weekly Workout Recap: May 2013 Week 3

Another workout week is behind us! I am happy to say I did a good job of getting back on track after vacation.

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I worked out six days this week, and did a good job of varying things up. I even got in a long run, which I haven’t done since March! Sadly, it’s already starting to get really warm here (it was 85 during my Saturday MORNING run!) So I need to get acclimated, and fast. I spent all day yesterday guzzling water and Gatorade because I sweat so much on my run. I felt really accomplished afterwards though. Ok, so here is what I did this week!

Sunday: rest

Monday: 3 mile run, chest and tri’s

Tuesday: 2 mile power walk on 7.0 incline, back bi’s and abs

Wednesday: 3 mile run

Thursday: 45 minutes stationary bike, chest and tri’s

Friday: workout DVD

Saturday: 6 mile run

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I am hoping to do a long run of 7 miles this next weekend, and we will be sure to start a little earlier in the morning before it gets too hot! Have a fabulous Sunday everyone. Rest day for this gal.

*Don’t forget about my Disney swag bag giveaway or my $100 visa giftcard giveaway!

QOTD: What was your best workout this week?

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Weekly Recap: June Week 2 and a Day at the Pool

 

Hola and Happy Father’s Day! I hope you are having a beautiful weekend like I am. It started out great on Friday with a surprise lunch date with my hubby for some hibachi. We were so full we ended up not even eating dinner. I have never had so much fried rice in my life! We hung out and watched a movie and then Saturday we got up for an eight mile long run. We didn’t get out the door till 8:00, and the sun was already high in the sky and it was hot. Luckily, there was a slight breeze to keep me from death.

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My moving comfort Jubralee sports bra was drenched, but I had no chafing or issues with support. Barely even noticed it, I really love this bra, especially the adjustable straps on the front, no more trying to reach to the back to adjust! If you are in the market for a new one, be sure to check it out!

It was actually a really good run. Since I now have a half marathon training plan, I wanted to stick with my pace called for, which was fine by me since it was so hot, I don’t know if I could have gone much faster anyway! We kept just about an 11:30 pace, and ran home to rehydrate and relax.

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Best thing about this bra, I felt totally comfortable wearing it by itself for my run. Some sports bras just don’t lend themselves to being worn alone, if you know what I mean girls, but I felt great in this one. It’s just wwaayyy to hot to wear a sticky shirt on long runs down here.

Hubby headed to the pool to cool off and swim a few laps. I figured it would be jam packed full of people (I hate getting to the pool to discover there are no chairs!) So I sat on the front porch with the pups to cool off.  Soon enough, Bobby texted me saying he was the only one at the pool. I jumped up, changed into my suit and met him down there.

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It was so nice being the only ones down there for awhile. The breeze made it feel great, and I had one of those times (very rare for me!) Where I felt truly relaxed. I love that feeling after you have a good long run, and you feel really productive so early in the morning. Know what I mean?

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After awhile we both got really hungry, so we headed to my favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch, hit up Target for groceries, then took a nice long nap. It was glorious! Unfortunately, I woke up with a bad headache, so it was staying in and vegging out the rest of the night in hopes it would go away.

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Here is my week summarized. This is the first week in long time I felt like I accomplished all I wanted to do workout-wise for the week. Check it out!

Sunday: rest

Monday: 3 mile Treadmill easy(ish) run, upper body weights

Tuesday: 3 miles stationary bike, upper body weights

Wednesday: ran 2 miles outside, upper body weights, stationary bike 20 minutes

Thursday: ran 4 miles (tempo run), upper body weights, stationary bike 20 minutes

Friday: upper body weights, 15 minutes stretching/yoga on my own

Saturday: 8 mile long run

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running: X’s 4, total of 17 miles.

cross training: X’s 3 (stationary bike)

weights: X’s 5 days

yoga: I missed class due to a killer headache, but stretched on my own 15 minutes

My goal for the week was to run all 4 days and to make sure I was still cross training and lifting. I would say I accomplished my goal, yay!

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I hope you all have a fab Father’s Day. I won’t get to see my dad, but I did see hi last weekend. I love you dad, thanks for all you have done for me and sacrificed over the years so we could be taken care of. You rock!

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I wanted to let you know about a cool opportunity to win a race weekend getaway:

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QOTD: What did your workouts look like this week? Anything you are especially proud of? Brag away!

Weekly Recap: May week 5

 

I hope everyone had a good Saturday. We had an unusually low humidity day, and I went for a walk with my mom and we were able to sit in the shade on the porch without dying. It was really good to see my parents, and I think the boys had a great time at the golf tournament.

This week was pretty good in the workout department, check it out!

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Sunday: rest

Monday: 2.5 mile run, weights

Tuesday: 5 mile run, weights

Wednesday: rest, yoga/stretching

Thursday: 2 mile run, weights

Friday: weights, 20 minutes elliptical

Saturday:  20 minute walk

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summarized:

Running: 3 x’s, 9.5 miles total

Cross training: 2 x’s

weights: 4 x’s

yoga: a few minutes of stretching on my own

I did a good job keeping with my new half marathon training plan, so hopefully I will be able to keep it up!

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Also check out Friday and Saturday’s Posts:

RWS Features #26

June Goals

and in case you missed it, I was Women’s Running Magazine’s Blogger on the run for the week: Blogger on the Run

Cross Training Favorites

 

Good morning! Catching up from a weekend away from the blog world? Here is what you missed!

A year ago…November flashback

The One With the Emergency Room <—– Yes, Bobby had to take me to the ER…

I am SURE you went and checked out that ER post. Now that you feel sorry for me, and are glad you are NOT me, let’s move on ok? I actually feel fine now. Friday was really rough recovering from the Demerol, and Saturday I still had some bad stomach cramps (and my hand still KILLS where that awful nurse ripped out my IV!) and yesterday I just had SLIGHT cramping, so hopefully today is by “100% better” day. I am headed for a day with my mom today, dropping off the pups to get groomed. They need it badly.

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No we don’t it’s just our winter coats!

They were pretty tucked out after that heart attack inducing Saints game.

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As was their mama. I thought I was going to need a return trip to the ER. Twice in three days would not be so much fun. Let’s try and not go into overtime next game ok boys?

Alright, down to business. The sad truth I hate to admit…my foot still hurts. I will not be running a half marathon Thanksgiving weekend as planned. Since I don’t want to have an ER repeat due to inactivity, I have got to get to cross training. Luckily, the YMCA opens IN my neighborhood on SATURDAY so I am going to implement a serious routine to keep me as fit as possible without putting too much force on my foot.

So, my question for you is what is your favorite non running way to workout that I can do in a gym without putting pounding force on my foot? The gym will have your standard weights and cardio machines as well as one fitness class room where they will have Yoga, zumba, and some form of body pump maybe? Not sure yet. All I know it I have to do SOMETHING and I don’t want to lose all of my fitness, so what are your suggestions? I will get bored doing the same thing every day, so I need variety.

Although I DID get a little workout doing something last night, I will give you a little hint…

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Any guesses? Smile Not to mention, tomorrow is a pretty special day here on RWS. You will just have to come back and see why! Have a marvelous Monday.

QOTD: Cross training. Hit me!

Building Confidence

This morning I went on a 5 mile run at my parents house. Yes it was sunny and yes it was hot. but, there was something that made a BIG difference in this run…TREES! My neighborhood was basically built in the middle of a cow pasture, so the only trees in the front yards are the tiny trees planted when people moved in which won’t be tall enough to produce shade for about 20 years!
On the other hand, my parents live in an older neighborhood filled with tall beautiful oak trees:

SHADE!!! It was FABULOUS!!

It really made a big difference on my run. 5 miles went by really fast, and I had more energy then I thought, so I felt confidence! I had a banana for breakfast and a spoon of peanut butter and some powerade, and I took a bottle of water with me. I may have posted this picture before, but there is a river that runs though the back of the neighborhood, it’s nice and peaceful.

In other news, I won my first blogger giveaway! I enter them all the time and am SO excited. Go check out Melissa’s site!
Life by Melissa

Have a good afternoon everyone! Going to eat dinner.

QOTD: What is the best blogger giveaway you have ever won?