I RAN 1,000 MILES IN 2013. NOW FOLLOW MY MONTHLY GOALS FOR 2014!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Winter Funk

Texas weather is about as unpredictable as Kanye West at an awards show. One day it's a perfect 75 degrees and sunny, the next it's overcast, rainy, and cold! I'm really tired of it and it's had a huge impact on my mood and workout routine. Lately, all I've wanted to do after work is lay around inside my warm apartment. And for the most part, that's what I've done. I gave up and just went with it. But it's easily starting to show based on the fit of my clothes and my mood and energy levels. 



It's freaking March! Texas isn't supposed to still be cold...stupid groundhog. 



Unfortunately, there's nothing I can do about it and I know I need to get it together for the sake of my sanity (and wardrobe). 

Since running outside has been somewhat off the table, I've tried to stick with a few indoor workouts...mostly 30-minute living room routines or a few cycling classes here and there. 

Bathing suit season is (hopefully) upon on us, so even though I'd rather cuddle up under a blanket and eat Doritos, I'm going to try and become a functioning member of society and do my best to work up a sweat a few days a week. 

Please tell me I'm not the only one on this struggle bus?! 

3/4/2015: Miles run - 449.3 of 2015. Miles remaining - 1,565.7 of 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2015 3M & Austin Half Marathon Recaps

Hello everyone! It's been a while and I'm way behind on posting, but I figured better late than never, right?

My friends and I have completed two half marathons in 2015 already! I think it's safe to say that the runner bug has bitten a few of them :) it happens...as for me, I may take a little breather from long runs due to some knee issues. 

I have the Bearathon Half Marathon in Waco at the end of March and then the Liverpool Half Marathon mid-June. Other than that, I'm going to take it down a few notches until my knee is back to normal. 

Backing up a month or so, I mentioned in my first post of 2015 that a group of us girls would be running 2,015 miles in 2015. We kicked off our goal with the 3M Half Marathon on January 25th. There were about 8 of us girls running it and we kicked some booty! The majority of us ran together in a pack while we motivated and encouraged each other for the bulk of the race (a few others went ahead and got some great PRs!). Around mile 10, we broke out into individuals or groups of two. Everyone had great finish times and I really enjoyed getting to run this race with my friends. I already know a few of us signed up again for the same race in 2016. 



The group waiting in the cold before the start (yes, those are trash bags to keep us warm)

Our group of two near the end - me and Ashley

The group near the finish line by The Capitol (we went with a pink theme so we could easily find each other)


Three short weeks later, a few of us ran the Austin Half Marathon this past Sunday. This was my first time running this race and it was much harder than the 3M. The elevation and hills were killer, but I actually enjoyed the course a lot. There were definitely more people running it, which meant more sideline crowds (my favorite).  


The girls who ran that morning

Post-race pain faces

Love this medal! 

I was pretty sore after both runs and it took a good 2-3 days for my knee to stop hurting. But after some rest and relaxation, my legs feel much better and I'm ready to get back out in this wonderful weather we're having here in Austin...sorry East coast...


2/18/2015: Miles run - 382.45 of 2015. Miles remaining - 1632.55 of 2015

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. 



AND THE BIG KAHUNA...

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.