“I Love You Man!”

It may not seem like it, but I think about you all daily. Something will happen, and I say to whoever is listening to me, “I SHOULD BLOG ABOUT THAT!”.  Sometimes the listener agrees, and sometimes they say nothing. I’m waiting for the day someone says “Nah. Keep that one to yourself”.

Here is a list of some of the things I think of blogging about:

  • Bucket List Item: Taking a Yoga Teacher Training course to deepen my yoga practice.
  • Hair products that I use as a natural hair African American. Particularly while running in high humidity and practicing hot yoga. Our hair is not easy to manage, and I  learned a lot of tips and tricks from social media. I feel compelled to give back.
  • My Debt Freedom Journey: Working to be debt free but my mortgage by August 2018.

My summer, fitness wise, has consisted of building mileage and lots of yoga. I bought a 3-month unlimited yoga pass to a nearby studio, which is something I do once a year or so. I have been enjoying my yoga practices so much that sometimes I go for a run and then do yoga practice that same day.

To be fair, I have the summer off from my school system and teach an Algebra course for my state’s virtual school. Having this setup aids in my body being able to rest and recover for the next day. It’s still quite busy though.

I’ve been running between 3-4.5 miles 3 times a week and a 6 mile run on Saturdays. I want to build my mileage as much as I can before August, but… you know how I am. For example, my running coach instructed us to run 10 miles. When I woke up and got there, I wasn’t feeling that idea. So six miles it was.

That may sound like a humble brag, but I’m not about that. You see, what “had happened was” I was at Fresh Market yesterday evening and my mind told me to get a coffee while I was shopping around. Clearly, I wasn’t thinking. I couldn’t put together why I did not sleep well. This morning, when I hoped in the car, that empty coffee cup brought me back to reality.

But let me tell you about this gem that I found at Fresh Market:

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(Sweet Baby Mother of All! It was so good! )

How have you all been? Don’t be shy. Comment below.

You “Betta” Ask Somebody… About Trail Running.

Here is the logic when I saw the  $25 Big Dog Trail 5k/10k race here in town:

“Twenty five bucks for the 5k and the 10k? Might as well get my money’s worth and run the 10k”.

That’s okay if you have trail running experience. For some reason I was inclined to think it was going to be a cute little scenic run like high school cross country running. NO. It’s running through ditches and large tree roots. Just imagine high stepping off and on for 6 miles.

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(This is a picture of the the trail that I found online. The race used red tape and red flags to keep runners on the course. There was also a simultaneous bike race. So we runners had to also be on the look out of not being ran over by  mountain bikes. )

Despite the drama of the terrain, the run is worth it because the scenery is beautiful. I would have taken pictures, but I needed to focus in fear of falling and breaking my neck. I’ll take pictures next time, as I want to run this race again next year.

I will wear my race t-shirt with lots of pride and dignity!

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(The Bookworm is currently reading Hidden Figures.)

I haven’t seen the movie, but I will as some point. The book is nonfiction, but when I see the movie I will be prepared not to do the comparison thing. Hollywood producers can be inclined to mold true stories into historical fiction.

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!.

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?)

 

#Melowdrama

Before I get to the meat of this blog post, I want to ensure you that melodrama is indeed spelled with one letter l. I know I am “doing the most”, but I like to be together for my fact checkers and receipt viewers.

Anyway, I want to discuss how neurotic I am the evening before a Saturday morning long run.  It’s one of the reasons that  I don’t care to race anymore. It cuts into my hangout time. This is how it usually played out the Friday evenings before:

  • Grocery shop because I knew I would be too tired after the run.
  • Tidy/Clean the house because I knew I would  be too tired after the run.
  • Do laundry for workout clothes and find watch, food, water bottles, etc.
  • Lay out your clothes, gear, food, water bottles, etc.
  • Complain about going to bed early.
  • Go to bed. Late.

THEN, the alarm would go off. It’s worse than that workday alarm feeling…..Not that I would know .

So THEN you have to determine whether it’s worth it. Because that sleep was good. More like amazing. Short answer: If you already paid for a race that helps .For many of us, it also depends on how many people you humble bragged to.

But guess what?! I’m reformed. It took only 26.2 miles to understand that I don’t have to do that mess anymore. Insert the 6 mile limit:

  • I can finish  within an hour and a half.
  • I can go to bed when I feel like it.
  • Pack water/food? Not nearly as much, if any.
  • It’s easier for people to relate to that distance.
  • The hidden cost are lower: food and  shoe replacements, in particular.

Yep. So this Saturday, I will run 6 miles. And that will be that.

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(The Bookworm has just finished reading the How to Write a Short Story.  A good friend recommended it. The e-book was .99 on Amazon, so she didn’t have much to lose.)

 

5k to 10k

In the last post, I mentioned that I was using a 5k training plan. I finished it up and  I moved to a 10k plan. My longest run was 5 miles. It wasn’t a good run either. Plantar fasciitis showed up the next morning.

The next week, I reduced mileage, but concluded that it was time for new shoes. So I bought new shoes. I ran in them for a week, and found that they were not the best shoes for me. I took them back and got another pair of shoes. I like them alot better.

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(I made it to week 7, but I’m  going back to week 3.)

I walked/ ran 3 miles twice this week . More walking than running happened during these two runs. It’s that time again in the year to get acclimated to the humidity. So sad.

My goal is to COMFORTABLY run 3 miles 2-3 times a week and complete a long 3-5 mile long run each weekend. I also plan to pair  the running with yoga this summer. There is usually a steep summer discount special at my local yoga studio that I have enjoyed in the past.

Happy running and be safe!

 

 

Exploring My Options….

Now that the school year has began, I am back into a lifestyle with less downtime. I maintained a baseline of fitness through CrossFit workouts. However, I am ready to mix it up a tad bit. The past few weeks, I finally made it my business to check out more of the active community in downtown Columbus, Ga. I live about 10-15 minutes away, depending on traffic.

I did the following:

  • Yoga on Bikes: A free hour of yoga at a bike shop with my favorite yoga instructor!
  • Bike Ride 20 miles with a multi-level/ability group of about 100 cyclist: I used my hybrid bike. I anticipated soreness the day after, but there was none!!!
  • 3 mile run with a new running group: It is very nice to know that through functional fitness training, I can still comfortably run 3-5 miles whenever I feel up to it!

CrossFit has definitely toned me up. It has also made me see diet and exercise from a different perspective. Before, I was a vegetarian half marathoner. My mobility was poor. I was also sore the next day when I completed other fitness activities outside of running.

However, the cooling weather has me wanting to be back outside. I definitely plan maintain functional fitness at least 3 times a week.  I enjoy the toned look that I have worked hard over a year and a half to develop. I am in the process of coming up with a plan. Stay tuned!

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(Not the most flattering, but you get the PICTURE… Get it?)

Eureka!!!!!!

GOOD NEWS: It is a teacher in-service day, and also my last work day of the school year! I got the idea to workout during my lunch break today!

BAD NEWS: Today’s WOD is Murph….

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Hopefully this trial run plays out well so that I could do this on other in-service days. For those that don’t know, teacher in-service tends to be chock full of meetings. This can make for a long work day, even though the hours are the same. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but as a teacher (math teacher at an alternative school), I have always envied people with other jobs/careers that are blessed with this option. Seriously, even a lunch break power walk is out of the question for the average educator.

I changed my WOD workout time from 5:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. about a month ago. I plan to maintain this for days when students are scheduled to report to school.  It takes prior planning and organization, but it works for me because it provides enough time for me to also  (power) walk my dog and shower. Right now, I am getting up at 4:45 a.m.; but when the school year resumes I may choose 4:30. I would like to walk my dog first, so that I have time to put on makeup and jewelry.

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(A little after WOD grub. I will drink the shake en route back to work, then eat the salad when I get there. Don’t worry, I have more food around if this isn’t enough.)