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Mind Games

In Fitness, Food, Road race, Running, San Diego on September 30, 2012 at 3:50 am

I set out early this morning for a 10 mile run with two of my best running buddies. Both have pushed me through many a painful runs while marathon training. There is something special about the bond you share with your ‘endurance’ friends. They get it. They understand when everyone else just thinks you’re crazy.

Last weekend said friend and I ran 8 miles, fairly easy.

Danielle, my dearest friend.

This weekend, knowing I should run long, was already in the mindset that I didn’t want to run more than 6 miles. This week starts an intense training month leading up to Ragnar Relay, so I thought I’d take it easy this morning. Nope. Danielle says “I’m running ten”. She is one of the LUCKY few who was accepted in to the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon in San Francisco (SOOOOO happy for her) in a few weeks. It’s a lottery entry, she is stoked to be running it. So, how can I leave her hanging for 10 miles alone? So another friend and I man up and run it with her. Endurance was fine, but my legs hated every step of it. Bricks, much? Especially those last two miles where they were cursing me. Yes, I heard them.  And the red lights, the dreaded red lights. Stopping and going, might as well just shoot me now. Ok, so I might be a tad dramatic…but you get my point. The funny thing is, how many times have I ran 10 miles? I’ve lost count. But I still have those runs where I feel like a beginner and not quite sure how to make my legs move forward. Those are the runs where I have to visualize what awaits me at the finish…

Recovery

A delicious Con Pane cinnamon roll and roasted turkey sandwich. I’m telling you what, you haven’t experienced a deli quite like Con Pane. It makes ANY run worth it! Oh and the San Diego skyline isn’t a bad view either.

Fun in the sun

Took the kids to Coronado to run around this afternoon.

A trick I learned (thanks Holly!) during marathon training to help aid in recovery was to “rinse” your legs using a water hose, as soon as you could after a run. There were many a run, I was standing in my driveway hosing my legs down with ice cold water. But, I swear by it. Same effect as an ice bath, just a tad more bearable. I say that because my legs were sore today and standing in the ocean had the same effect. It was COLD today. But the kids loved it.

Pre-RUN: GNC’s Pro-scuplt and 1 orange.

I’ve also added these bad boys to my supplements.

GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil 1500

Fish Oil

GNC Probiotics Ultra 5 Probiotic Complex with Fiber

Reduces harmful bacteria and aids in good bacteria for digestion.

GNC Total Lean Engergizing Lean Chew

Energy chews

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

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Yummy Eats

In CrossFit, Fall, Fitness, Food, Life, Recipe, Running, San Diego on September 29, 2012 at 1:00 am

 

Homemade taco seasoning

Do you make your own taco seasoning? Well you should ;).

What you need:

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic & onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon sea salt & pepper

It won’t turn your meat that weird orange color and tastes better.

Almost done with September…notice our Disney week?

Did a 3 mile beach run last night, averaged a 7:45 pace.  Was your run this gorgeous?

Sunset run.

Friday ‘WOD’: Run 200m, 11 push-ups, 11 weighted walking lunges (35lb weight plate), 11 thrusters. 5 rounds for time.

Core workout: Plank 2 spidey, reverse plank w/ leg lift, V-ups, ankle taps, butterfly sit-ups. 5 rounds, 15 reps each.

Happy Fall!! We might not get all the beautiful tree colors of fall, but my Birds of Paradise have bloomed! Love them!

Birds of Paradise are blooming!

Workin It Out

In CrossFit, exercise, Fitness, Food, Life, Running, San Diego on September 20, 2012 at 4:09 am

Morning run

I had an awesome 3 mile short run this morning. It was 70*, perfect running weather!

Not a soul on Coronado!

Came home and combined a WOD and sprint exercise. It was tough. I really hope CrossFit will help me run on tired legs during the Tennessee Ragnar Relay race. Especially since I’ll be running two legs. :/ Guess I should start seriously training, eh?

Wednesday WOD

I don’t why I put 5 rounds. You only go through this once, but you sprint 200m 5 times.

I buy all my “training” food from REI. Anybody else love that store?? I mean, it’s addicting. I can’t go in there and NOT spend at least $100. They are running their 20% off 12 or more nutrition items…can’t pass that up! I’ve also been eyeing Teva sandals for Sophie. Some people like Chaco’s, I like Teva’s.

For my inner endurance junkie!

My workouts warranted Chipotle, right? Well, my parents have never been to this amazing place. So of course, any excuse to go is good enough for me! Steak burrito and chips/salsa. I love that all of their meats are hormone/anti-biotic free.

Food for my running soul…Chipotle!

The wild ones.

The little beasts!

So, I ran in my new Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0. They aren’t classified as running shoes, but they are “minimal” inspired. They felt great and are super light. Now, can I have a red and grey pair??

Hope you guys worked it out today. Another beautiful day in San Diego (sorry, don’t mean to brag ;))

Feelin’ Beachy!

In 2012, California, Fitness, Food, Life, San Diego on September 18, 2012 at 4:08 am

My growin’ girl!

So, I’m originally from East Tenessee and my parents are here visiting us in San Diego for a few weeks. We are going to Disneyland next week!!!! If you know my child, you know she is OBSESSED with all things Mickey. I mean, she will even watch the old school black and white  Mickey. I bought her a few classics off Amazon a while back. She l.o.v.e.s. him! We have all the plush toys, coloring books, plates/silverware/cups, movies, all of it. So I think I’m more excited to watch her experience it more than anything.

Anyways, we spent the afternoon at the beach today. It’s finally back in to the 70’s and it was a beautiful day.

Pretty girl.

My mom and nephew.

It was back to the grind today and I managed only 20 minutes of strength training today, oh well.

10 DB hang squats, 6 push-ups – 12 rounds for time. 100 plank jacks/mountain climbers alternating every 10. 

Look who got new kicks!

Snazzy right?

What I’m eating…

Breakfast.

So I’ve finally gotten my coffee protein shake the way I want it.

What you’ll need…

4 ice cubes

1/4 c. almond breeze

1/4 c. coffee

2 scoops

GNC Lean Shake 25 – rich chocolate

Couple truvia packets (your choice)

It’s something like 240 calories, 4 g. sugar, 26 g. protein…

Hope you found time to be active today!! 

AFAA Day 3

In Fitness, Life, Personal Trainer, San Diego on September 17, 2012 at 5:39 am

Goofing off.

This is what happens after two 10 hour days in a classroom. Battery problems and practicing joint actions.

Today was day 3 of AFAA personal trainer certification and test day. We studied applied resistance training in the gym for an hour then took the two tests required for certification. Unfortunately, I won’t find out for a few weeks if I passed. I feel very confident about the written test. I’ve been studying since June and definitely felt prepared. The practical test is extremely intimidating. It’s one on one with the instructor, as you are training a client, who most likely needs modification of some kind. Then recalling joint actions of said exercise, 2 stretches for primary muscles, 2 more workouts for opposing muscles, etc… The instructor is very short and to the point and you don’t get a redo. Even with lucking out and getting a fairly easy workout, I know I still could’ve done better. But I can’t redo and can only hope for the best. It really was a case of “fake it till you make it”. ha ha

Looking at some more certifications I can get. I definitely know I will go for my group certification and indoor cycling through AFAA. But also looking at other organizations. The more the better!

We’re done!

My friend, Danielle, took the course with me. We’ve been studying together since June and I literally would have been lost w/o her. We really leaned on each other for support and knowledge and no matter the outcome have learned SO much about the body and fitness. Thanks for the push girl!! And THANK YOU so much to all the family and friends who sent up prayers and ‘good luck’ vibes on our behalf. We definitely felt them all and they helped keep us calm under pressure.

AFAA Day 1

In Fitness, Life, Personal Trainer, San Diego on September 15, 2012 at 6:36 am

 

 

 

 

All smiles…little did I know…

The three day (long) weekend of AFAA personal trainer certification has begun. Today we had lectures from 12pm-10pm. Oh. my. brain. So much stuff was covered, but it’s definitely starting to click. We have a phenomenal instructor, he’s legit. Biggest Loser trainer, along with other great credentials. If I pass this course, I’m driving to LA to personally thank him.

We are experiencing record high heats here in San Diego, 105 today on campus. Ridiculous. I feel like I can’t stay hydrated!!

My buddy, Danielle and I.

One of my running and training friends is taking this certification with me. So happy to not be doing this alone. Well, I’m out…tomorrow is 8am-6pm of more lectures. Was college really 8 years ago? Definitely don’t miss the classroom…ha!

Proof.

In CrossFit, Fitness, Food, San Diego, Weight loss on September 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm

First, I have to say, I did not want to work out today. I set my alarm for 6:00 this morning, hit snooze about 5 times, by that time I had to get ready for my CPR/AED certification class. So I blew my morning workout, which I always feel guilty about. I finally made myself do it around 3:30 this afternoon. Once I got going, I was good though. Anybody else feel like it should be Friday already?

So here was the workout today:

WOD: Burpee to push-up, 10 push-ups, back to burpee. 5 rounds for time. 

Today was core day, except when is it ever NOT core day? Especially with CrossFit. Did 5 more rounds of:

Plank knees-to-elbows, table top crunches, v-ups, ankle taps, butterfly sit-ups. 15 of each. 

#proof

I only took the side shot because in a month, I want to see how far I’ve come. I’m 3 1/2 weeks in to more HIIT workouts and can already see a difference in my abdominals area. It’s a tough area for us girls to tone. So ladies, it is possible after baby!! Don’t believe the lie that you can’t be better than ever. If you put in the work, you’ll see the results.

Gotta share the top I’m wearing because it’s amazing. The Nike Pro line is worth every penny you spend.

Look what I found??

Ok, so I can’t lie and even pretend like that Fro Yo is even remotely healthy. 23g of sugar for 1/2 cup, 200 calories. You really are better off just eating plain ole vanilla ice cream or something. But it sure is yummy. So if you can keep it to 3-4 small bites, you won’t derail too much! 😉

Want a better alternative?

150 calories, for a whole pint???

These bad boys have whey protein in them and only 150 calories for that whole pint. I found these at Sprouts Farmers Market here in San Diego…you can check their website to see retailers near you.

Nutrition label

Happy Hump Day, bring on Friday!

Sweat it out Saturday

In CrossFit, exercise, Fitness, Life, Running, San Diego on September 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Time – 9:20

Sophie and I started off the weekend with a 3 miler on Coronado. I forget how heavy she is to push, but makes for a great upper body workout. Then came home and did my WOD workout (above). That’s 950 squats for the week. And yes, I totally plan on hitting 1000 tomorrow.

Afterwards, I did this short but heart-pumping set from BlondePonytail. I told you, she was my trainer. 😉

Squat jumps, plank jacks to spidey, split-jack lunges, burpees. 

Set timer to 20:10 for however many rounds you want. I did 3. It was roughly about 6 minutes.

We are lucky to live in San Diego and the tourists have all gone home! So after our run, Sophie and I did some more running up and down the beach playing in the water.

I mean, how cute is she?

California Girl!

Beach babe!

So, I’m in the market to buy a few weight plates (rubber). Any recommendations? I would rather purchase in store so I could play around with them, but am open to online if recommended. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Fall in San Diego

In San Diego on November 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Beautiful, right?

Bright lights in the city.

In San Diego on October 9, 2011 at 3:11 am

San Diego really is a beautiful city. Day or night!