Friday, January 16, 2015

Long Run Weekends

Happy Friday, y'all! This is the last weekend to get some long(ish) runs in before the 3M Half Marathon next Sunday. I would love to be able to run more than 4-5 miles after work during the week, but this time change is still crap and it's dark by 6. So I've had to deal with medium distance runs Monday-Friday and schedule my weekends around getting some longer runs in. I honestly haven't run more than 6 miles since November at the Las Vegas Half Marathon (which was brutal). We'll see how it goes tomorrow! I also plan to go run some stairs at Mt. Bonnell at some point. I did that last Sunday for the first time in months and my calves felt it all week long. 

My friends and I are slowly chomping away at our 2015 goal! Everyone is doing their best to train for this half, which has been somewhat last minute since the holidays got in the way. After next Sunday, 6 of us will each contribute 13.1 miles to the log (78.6 miles), so we will no doubt be on track in January (we need 168 per month to keep the pace). 

Hope everyone has a great weekend! The weather is Austin looks perfect...mid-60's and sunny. Hallelujah!  

1/16/2015: Miles run - 82.75 of 2015. Miles remaining - 1932.25 of 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2015 in 2015

Hello, strangers and Happy New Year! I know I've been MIA for a few months, but I'm baaaaack. 

In 2014, I attempted quite a few monthly goals (failing at most of them), but I was excited to try new diets and workout routines to mix things up a bit after running for an entire year

After unsuccessfully completing over half of my monthly goals last year, I've decided to venture back to my main love and stick with running again...but this time I'm not in it alone.

Six girlfriends and I will be attempting to run a combined 2,015 miles in 2015. 

To break it down:
2,015 divided by 7 girls = 288 miles per person
288 miles per person divided by 52 weeks = 5.5 miles a week

Completely doable! We are keeping track via a shared Google Doc. 

Most of us have signed up for the 3M Half Marathon in Austin coming up in about 2.5 weeks. It'll be the first one for many of them and I'm so excited! I know they'll get the half marathon bug and will want to sign up for more like I did. It really is addicting. 

I'm hoping my friends will be willing to do some guest posts throughout the year to share their experience with this goal. 

1/7/2015: Miles run - 21.75 of 2015. Miles remaining - 1993.25 of 2015

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October's Goal

Officially 3 more goals to go this year! September's Paleo goal was kind of a hit and miss...the first two weeks were good, but I honestly got a little bored with the limited options and decided to kick it to the curb. I wasn't feeling much different anyways so I concluded that it just wasn't for me. Hey, isn't that the whole point of testing these goals out anyway? 

I did start the 24-day Advocare Cleanse on September 24th. I'm about 8 days in, so I'll be sure to do a separate post on that next time and report back once it's over. 

Here's an updated list of my goals for 2014. I think I have come to the conclusion that I do really great in the fitness/exercise related challenges, and not so great in the nutrition/food related ones. 

October – Squat/Ab challenge
November – No sweets or processed sugar
December – No eating out

Yoga and Insanity were amazing at keeping me in shape and motivated, so I thought I'd steer clear of another food goal (because lets be real, I'd probably fail again) and stick with fitness...which I'm better at anyways. 

At first I was going to do a Squat/Ab challenge (similar to what you see below), but I found this calendar on Pinterest and it looked like a good mix of workouts that will target more body parts than just squats and abs.  

    Who doesn't love Burpees? 

Happy almost Friday! Now get to Burpee-ing! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Upcoming Races

Happy Friday!

Now that it's not 100+ degrees out, running season has official started back for me. I enjoy running just to run, but it's also fun to have some upcoming events in place to help motivate me on those days when I'm not feelin' it. 

Here are a few races I have coming up in the next few months. 

September 27 - ROC Race 5K Austin: I am SO excited for this. I joined a group of people on a team and while it's only a 5K, it includes some really fun obstacles very similar to the show Wipeout! I love that show, so I can't wait to try and attempt some of the same things, like the "Wrecking Ball," "Sweeper," and "Jump Balls." I just hope I don't hurt myself...it's my first obstacle race ever. 

November 16 - Rock 'n Roll Vegas Half Marathon: I've only been to Vegas twice and haven't been back in over 4 years, so I'm pumped to go back with my friend Kristen and do a race down the strip. We are staying at the Luxor, but it'll probably start off pretty calm since we have to run a few days after we arrive. Since it's a Rock 'n Roll race, there is always a headliner...and this year it is none other than SNOOOOOOOOP! I would never pay to go see him on my own, but the fact that he'll be performing at the race makes me oddly happy. The race starts at 4pm, so there will be plenty of time afterwards to get our "Vegas" on. 

November 27 - Turkey Trot 5 Miler: My first Turkey Trot ever! I've always wanted to do one but I usually prefer to be lazy the entire day of Thanksgiving. Not this year! My friend Deanna and I registered a few days ago and I'm hoping it'll start a new tradition. I need to brainstorm costume ideas. I definitely won't feel as guilty eating 8000 calories later in the day. 5 miles = unlimited calories, right? 

December 5 - Lights of Love 5K Austin: Deanna invited me to join her in this charity race for the Ronald McDonald House. It's Christmas themed and has beer at the end, so it didn't take much to convince me. 

January 25 - Austin 3M Half Marathon: I completed this race last year and hit my PR (thanks to the downhill nature of this course). I convinced a bunch of my friends to sign up for it with me this year, so it should be a good time! It's a first half marathon for a bunch of them, so I'm really excited to see how they like it...I've warned them that it's pretty addicting. 


June 14 - Rock 'n Roll Liverpool Half Marathon: Yes sirrrr! Liverpool, England. An international race has been on my bucket list for quite a while. After much thought and discussion, Kristen and I bit the bullet and registered for the race and bought our plane tickets. She's doing the full and I'll be doing the half. We are flying into Dublin first to give us a few days to rest, adjust to the time difference and explore a bit, then we will cross the pond over to England and run our little hearts out. We'll spend a few days there and then return to Dublin for a few more days to recoup and drink Guinness and Jameson, naturally.  I believe a few more girlfriends may join (but not run) so it'll be a fun girls trip! 

I'm sure a few others races may pop up in the Spring. I can't wait to get back into running shape and log some more miles. 

Hope everyone has a good weekend! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paleo - 2 Week Check-In

I know everyone is dyingggg to know...have I turned into a cave-woman yet? Not really. 

About two weeks ago, I set my September goal and have been attempting to follow an 80/20 Paleo diet. I would say it has turned out to be more like 70/30, but ratios were never really my thing.

I knew going into this goal that I had to be honest and realistic with myself. With it being football season, it can only mean one thing...consuming some adult beverages and eating some Not-So-Paleo meals more often than not. 

During the work week (AKA zero football times), my breakfasts and lunches are 99% Paleo (everything minus some salad dressings here and there). The trouble comes on the weekends and some evenings during the week when I'm actually a social human being. Eating Paleo at home is extremely easy, because I know what to buy and avoid at the grocery store. Dining out or eating at other people's houses on the weekends is a different story. 

I'm not sure if it's because I'm not 100% in it or what, but I really haven't noticed that big of a difference. For the most part, I have cut out certain foods like hummus, quinoa, rice, black beans, sugar, and most refined carbs like bread/pasta...but I don't really feel a change. I never considered the majority of the above foods "bad" in the first place (everything in moderation), so I haven't decided if I would benefit from going Paleo long-term. 

Maybe it's the 20-30% cheats that ruin any chance I have of progress or feelings of change? Thanks pizza. 

I definitely think this is one of the harder diet-related goals I've had this year. Gluten-free wasn't easy, but it gave me more options that Paleo. And Vegetarian was a breeze compared to both of those. 

Two weeks to go! 

In other news, the weather is amazing now and I'm back into my running-after-work routine. Two months until the Vegas Half Marathon!! I gotta break these bad boys in. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September's Goal: Paleo Diet

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day! It's safe to say Tuesday is the new Monday today.

Now that we've started a new month, it's time for another monthly goal. 

September: Paleo! Otherwise known as "The Caveman Diet."

For those of you who aren't familiar with the Paleo Diet, there is quite a bit of information here

But just as a brief overview, the basics of the diet instruct that you only eat the following:
- Lean proteins (such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs, etc. It's important to pick grass-fed vs. grain fed)
- Fruits and Vegetables (natural fruits and nothing deep fried)
- Healthy Fats (nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, etc.)

It suggests avoiding certain kinds of foods, such as:
- Dairy
- Grains
- Processed Foods & Sugars
- Legumes
- Starches
- Alcohol

For the most part, my diet already fits fairly well into this lineup. But there are a few foods that I do regularly eat that aren't allowed, such as beans (sad face for no hummus), quinoa and rice, and peanut butter (yep, peanuts are actually a legume/bean). 

I'm going to try and be realistic here and know that I won't be able to go 100% Caveman (another month of no alcohol...not gonna happen). So instead of setting myself up for failure, I'm going to approach this with an 80/20 mindset. 80% of my diet will be on the Paleo track, while 20% will most likely be "whoops" incidents. I still view certain beans, grains, and other "off-limits" foods as healthy, but my main goal here is to avoid the processed fake "food" as much as possible, and stick with all-natural, multi-ingredient-free choices. If the name of the food isn't actually the name of the food in it, it's not happening (ex: a banana is a banana...chips are not just chips). 

I've heard a lot of pros and cons regarding this diet, so instead of being confused about it, why not try it myself and see how my body reacts? 

Good news - Bacon is allowed. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Alcohol Free August Recap

Happy Friday!

So, I'm a failure. I completely bombed Alcohol Free August...okay, not completely, but I did drink. Who didn't see that coming, right? 

That being said, I did make it 14 straight days without a drop. Then I had a fun outing planned with some girl friends on August 14th, where I was okay with having a "cheat night." I knew about this night going into my monthly goal, so I had already planned on it happening. This night was going to be one and done. Or so I thought.

Basically, after that evening, I told myself I had ruined my progress and rounded out the rest of August without a care in the world (I don't recommend this mindset). A cheat night turned into a cheat weekend, which turned into I really don't care anymore. 

I will say this...there were only 4 times the entire month where I drank more than 1 alcoholic beverage. Impressed? Small victories, people. The other few times I did have alcohol, only one drink was consumed (i.e. a work happy hour cocktail, a glass of wine with dinner, one margarita with Tex Mex, etc.). All in moderation. 

I'll be posting September's goal next week. I'm pretty excited about it. It does involve cutting back on alcohol again, but come on, it's football season...the likelihood of that happening is slim. 

And on that note: Hope everyone has a great Labor Day Weekend! Stay safe and don't drink too much ;)