I Ran the Race and I Liked It.

Remember the last post, back in December, when I was whining about running in the cold? Well, race day, the temperature was the same (a windy 29 degrees). With a virtual push from my Facebook friends, I made it my business to solider on to the start line. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this race! It was well organized and nostalgic in a good way.

Half marathon race days  are akin to a teenager starting an athletic season. If you played sports back in the day, remember how good it felt to put on that uniform after you been training for several months prior? This particular race gave me the same type of vibe. I think it was the fatigue and stress of training through the holidays

I saw many of my runner friends and acquaintances from the local active community. From what I understand, about 1500 registered for the race and about  500 showed up. I will be running this race again next year. For sure.

My finishing time was  2 hours and 38 minutes. I used the a 90 second/60 second walk- run ratio. This race was very much treated as a long run. Happily, it felt like one too!.

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December Thoughts: Brace Yourself.

Back in mid-October, I started back with CrossFit and Half Marathon training. It happened on a whim.  A lot of whimsical stuff happened around that time. One could blame it on the full moon but that’s another story for another time.

Around this time of year, marathons crop up. I suppose the excitement  lead me to more running than usual. I am pairing the CrossFit with running for crosstraining purposes. I have been going to CrossFit on strength days twice a week; For the run, I run once during week and perform a long run each Saturday with a training group.

Kid you not, my running store sponsors a FREE half marathon the first Saturday of January every year. It’s the Red Nose Half Marathon. That’s right, a free half marathon that is about 5 miles away from my house.

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(FREE !! FREE!!!! FREE!!!!!!!)

 

I do have a lingering thought. It’s really cold outside. For example, tomorrow morning’s long run of 11 miles begin with 29 degree weather.  Wouldn’t be cool to celebrate half marathon training by….sleeping in race day? Think about it.

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(It could be fatique talking. Quiet as it’s kept, I really think it’s the dude on the right talking mess.)

 

I’ve been easing away from the vegetarian lifestyle by eating tuna fish a few times a week to up my protein. Those little Bumble Bee Tuna and Crackers are tasty. I only like the Thai flavored ones. That’s the only seafood I like right now. I don’t have any interest in going back to white meat or red meat.

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(It’s delicious!)

I want to get back into meal prepping. Right now seems impossible, but I want to resume doing so after December 16th when I am on Christmas Break from my full time and part time teaching jobs.

 

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(The Bookworm just finished reading Outliers. Here is her favorite quote from the book:)

“In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.”
Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

It’s Okay. Scale Down and Be Flexible!

 

When I started this blog, I was a fairly high octane chick with a decent level of  down time and optimism. This enabled me to do stuff like train for full marathons or CrossFit 4-5 time a week. I enjoyed the experience, but as far as time and recovery was concerned, it wasn’t sustainable for me long term.

I’m more of a scaled down version these days. Like 10k races and YMCA scale down. I’m signing up for the YMCA this week. It’s time to add cross training into my running. Also the area is scenic and runner friendly, so  I could  go for jog before a yoga class  or bodypump class (for example).

Last week, I signed up for a Labor Day 10k race in my town. I plan to walk/run, long run, and socialize during the run. So don’t judge my time in the next post! The only gag is that that a shuttle will not be provided. So more than likely, I will park my car at the finish line and take a taxi to the start.

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(That’s why I’m not taking an Uber. Don’t worry, Uber has a launch date in the area for 9/21/16. )

Also, I am leaning toward buying a 10k decal. Even though I have completed distance races ranging from 5k to 26.2 , it was a couple of years ago. I like the idea of representing my most recent distance.

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(Something like this will do. What do you think?)

 

I’m Had a Corny Moment, But I’m Good Now.

Yesterday, I created a video blog for you all. I wanted to spice things up around here. I tried to upload it, and Miss WordPress wanted me to upgrade this blog for $100. Lol. No.

So I tried to upload it to YouTube. No luck. This morning, I tried to find other options. No luck. Out of frustration, I ALMOST reached for my debit card. However, there was one problem:

This was not planned out at the beginning of the pay period when I created my budget. It wasn’t an emergency, so I couldn’t justify going into savings for it. I can hear some of you right now saying:

“Bookworm, you need to lighten up and live on the wild side sometimes!”

I would have to disagree. I know myself. Giving into wants here and there is how  I would get into consumer debt. That’s right. No consumer debt here. I’m not above it, I just don’t like the bank or companies having dibs to my once a month teacher paycheck.

I like to read blogs, watch videos, and listen to Podcasts for reinforcement. It works.

My Favorite Money Blog: DoubleDebtSingleWoman.com

My Favorite Money YouTuber: FrugalChicLife 

My Favorite Money Itunes Podcast: Dave Ramsey  (I usually don’t agree with his politics, but I still like his sense or humor and overall spirit of helping people better their relationship with their money).

Do you have a favorite money personality? Sharing is caring!!!

 

 

 

Gratitude Post

It seems fitting to create a gratitude post for two reasons:

  1. I am happy to be getting back in to the routine of blogging.
  2. It’s holiday season. This makes for a good time to reflect and be thankful.

Gratitude works in conjunction with the spirit of giving (you know, because you’re busy giving thanks). It’s not a “what’s in it for me” mindset. At the same time, it not about being gullible either.

Well, without further adieu, here is the list:

Support: I am so thankful for my family, friends, associates, and acquaintances who enable me to not loose my marbles. I am also VERY thankful for YOU the reader!

Health: I am thankful for good health. Sometimes it seems like a hassle to make sure I sleep well, hydrate, eat a balanced diet, exercise daily, and meditate/pray/reflect. But it is worth it.

Career: I am a math teacher in an alternative school setting. It is a good fit for me at this point in my career. It has helped me develop a higher level of patience and tolerance that has transferred well into my personal life. This is my 12th year in the education profession. When I was a 19 year old kid choosing this career path, there were so many people (with good intentions) that persuaded me to choose another career option. I am still satisfied about my choice, despite my “busiest” work days.

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(I believe it is a daily task to implement.)

Question: What do you have gratitude for? Take care.

Podcast Favorites!

I am really impressed with how Apple itunes Podcast have evolved. I listen to several on a daily basis. I tend to do this when I get home to tidy, cook, and dog walk. It enables a smooth transition from work to home life.

I increase the speed of the podcast of those that tend to talk slowly, have a regional drawl, or doesn’t require deep thought.

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Here is a list of podcasts that I regularly listen to. What do you all listen to?

Health/Fitness

No Meat Athlete

Squats and Espresso

Nom Nom Paleo

Work Related

How I Teach

Personal Growth

Happier With Gretchen

Real Simple

Joel Olsteen

Dave Ramsey

The Art of Charm

Entertainment

This American Life

Yo, Is This Racist?

It Was a HIT!!!!

The Salad in a Jar was a hit. I poured mine onto a plate, and I did not have to shake it. The video below is helpful if you would like more information about the Salad in a Jar process.

For mine, I used what I had around. I listed the ingredients in the order that I put them in the mason jar:

  • Italian Ranch
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Crock-pot Shredded Chicken (Can of salsa, 3-4 pack of chicken breast, 6 hours)
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Spinach (If you don’t have a taste for a cold salad, the spinach enables you to heat the entire meal in the microwave.)

Double Unders

How do you feel about double unders? To me learning how to do them will be the “easy way” out. I say this because if a WOD (workout of the day) consists of jumproping, it usually will be recorded like this on the whiteboard:

“50 double unders or 100 single unders”

Seeing a person do a large amount of double unders at CrossFit is very impressive to me. But then again, I am easily impressed at CrossFit anyway. Well, I finally got out of the admiration stage, and did the following things:

  • Bought a proper jump rope. It is measured to my height and it is lightweight. It cost me about $20.
  • Downloaded an iTunes app for my phone geared toward performing a tabata (20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest).
  • Began doing a 5 minute jump rope tabata about 3 times a week. I do this before the WOD begins. I usually foam roll after the WOD on these particular days. ( On a side note, I go to CrossFit 4-5 times a week.  When I began CrossFit, six months ago, I was going twice a week and running 3-4 miles two other times a week).

Result: I can do double unders in the following set

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Single Jump

Single Jump

Single Jump

Double Under!

Repeat

WooHoo!

To Be Continued.

Because You Might Get Injured…

Yoga, marathon running, and Crossfit seem to be 3 activities that people love to make scary predictions about how one will get injured. It is something that I take in stride because in many cases, it is true. However, with me living in the Deep South most of my life, it appears that I have seen more people get sick and injured from football, poor diet, and/or being couch potatoes.

With that said, I find myself making a lot of modifications depending on energy level, experience, and athletic ability  when I choose to complete a  CrossFit WOD.  I also began CrossFit with a slight knee injury from running; so sometimes I opt out of heavy squatting  or Olympic lifting focused  WODs.  One would consider that cherry picking. That’s okay. While we are on the topic, I think I will discuss the CrossFit moves that I shy away from 100% of the time:

Anything that involves hanging from the bar such as pull ups: I don’t want to fall. I also don’t care for wearing gloves, and I don’t want to mess up my hands.

Jumping on top of  boxes: I tried that once when I was in high school and busted my shin. It left me with a about a 1/2 in scar.

Climbing up a rope or the scaled version: I don’t care for wearing gloves, and I don’t want to mess up my hands.

Head stand pushups: I don’t like being upside down.

Wall Climbs: I don’t like being upside down.

 Yep. So there it is. Take care and be safe, or you  might get injured………

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Back to Work/New School Year/Consistent Habits

Sometimes  when the new school year begins, I temporarily drift off from healthy eating and consistent exercise. So far, I have had a smooth transition. Right now, I haven’t felt like running. However, I go to Crossfit 3-4 times a week. Throughout the summer, I often went 3 times a week. I went 4 times this week, and I didn’t t feel “broke down”. I think I will stick with this workout routine for a while. So here is my eating routine right now:

Breakfast: Oatmeal, almonds, and  coffee (holds me until lunch time with ease)

At Work:  Vitamin pack and a lot of water

Lunch: Chicken breast sandwich, raw veggies, a few tablespoons of ranch dressing

Snack: Can range anywhere from a Quest bar, to scrambled eggs , to  a few handful of Cheetos. I want to do right and stick with a 1/2 cup of almonds from here on.

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Exercise: Pre-workout and Protein shake

Dinner: Whatever my mind tells me to eat. Regardless if it is healthy or not, I am usually pretty sensible with the portions. I want to get more consistent though. I am currently looking for crock-pot meals to solve this sort-of problem.

I need ideas. What have you all been consistently eating that is pretty healthy? I will keep you guys posted.