10 miles and sugar overload

Hello! ¬†Hope you had a lovely¬†Valentine’s weekend.

First up, an announcement to stay tuned for big blog news¬†coming later this week!!ūüôā

My weekend¬†started with a long run on Friday afternoon. ¬†I wasn’t sure if I was going to run or not because my nose was¬†a stuffy¬†mess all morning, but I¬†felt okay later¬†and followed¬†the “neck rule” of running: Green light if your symptoms are above the¬†neck (i.e. head cold); Red light if your symptoms are below the neck (i.e. chest cold).

And good thing, too.¬†¬†I had a fantastic pain-free & sinus-clearing 10 mile run, which is the longest I’ve gone post-injury. ¬†I ran a 3-mile loop three times and then circled the parking lot until I hit 10 miles. ¬†Sometimes I have days¬†where I’m in the mood for a monotonous route that requires no thinking. ¬†Anyone else?IMG_1749

I’m not sure if running long makes me crave sugar or what, but I went grocery shopping before Ryan arrived later that evening, and I somehow found myself at the checkout line with cake mix, ice cream, cool whip, and a bunch of toppings for breakfast crepes.

We started Valentine’s Day with¬†two batches of crepes (Ryan’s mom’s mom’s delicious recipe!) and an assortment of fun fillings. ¬†The line-up: frozen berries, sprinkles, chocolate chips, peanut butter, jelly, Nutella, bananas, and cool-whip (unpictured).IMG_1757

I went for the classic peanut butter + fruit + banana combo for all of my crepes, but Ryan thought outside the box and brought in a few new players, including chocolate ice cream and dark chocolate Easter eggs (um, that he found in my pantry from last Easter).

Later [waaay later because it took a long time for either of us to be hungry again], we went to Qdoba for the “kiss for a BOGO smothered burrito deal.” ¬†Ryan actually ate both smothered burritos (he continues to awe me), and I ordered¬†tacos.


It might sound like all we did all weekend was eat, and that’s pretty accurate. ¬†We made a jello cake on Friday night that I’m not even sure what to do with¬†because my stomach is boycotting sugar.

We also fit in two killer workouts.

Sat: 80 min strength circuit. ¬†We created six different groups of 3-4 exercises and completed each¬†group¬†in a 6-minute AMRAP style, and then repeated everything. ¬†I can tell that I’m getting stronger because exercises that used to leave me sore for days (pulsing lunges with dumbbells–that’s you) seemed easier.

Sun: 3 x (10 min treadmill run + 10 minutes strength). ¬†I started each treadmill run at an easy pace and upped the pace by 0.1 every minute. ¬†In case anyone is interested in the strength set, here’s what we did between runs. ¬†I really liked it!
12 squat + side kicks per side
12 dumbbell deadlifts
15 supermans
20 bicycle crunches
0:30 wall sit
10 side plank dips per side
12 weighted lunge pulses per side
10 push ups

Have a great week!

Design your perfect crepe.
Any good runs over the weekend?

Workouts 2/7 – 2/13

Hello! ¬†And it’s Friday (again). ¬†The pipe dream of a¬†midweek post¬†will come true some day…

My schedule this semester has me in a different city for half of the week, so¬†the only hobby I carve out time for is running (and Trivia Crack because really, that’s like “hobby snacks”). ¬†Our topics of choice today are cochlear implants or running, so let’s chat running!

With one quick detour to say…HAPPY¬†21st BIRTHDAY¬†to my little brother! Hi Greg.
[flashback to that time we went to Canada to watch my dad compete in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship!]

The rest of this post is straight up workouts, starting with last Saturday morning because Ryan and I had a killer workout that made me sore until Tuesday!

Sat (2/7):¬†Ryan and I did this 30 minute workout from Patty at¬†Reach Your Peak. ¬†It’s a full body routine¬†with four different 6-7 minute AMRAP sets. ¬†I LOVED this workout because¬†all of the AMRAPs were hard but doable, so there was a perfect balance of hard work and recovery.¬†¬†Ryan and I did it twice for a 60-minute workout, which may have been a little ambitious because I was sore for days, but I would definitely do it again. ¬†This¬†candid picture of Ryan is¬†how we both felt at the end:

Sun (2/8): 3 x (run 10 min + 10 min strength).  Ryan and I did the run part on the treadmill, similar to the one we did a few weeks ago.  Fun!

Mon (2/9):¬†5.5 mile run (easy pace) + 15 minute arms. ¬†The run was a good way to shake out my legs after the strength workouts over the weekend. ¬†I was on the treadmill in my apartment’s fitness room because it was really early and dark. ¬†The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air¬†was on t.v. sooo that’s what I ended up watching.

Tues (2/10):¬†6 miles (2 miles @ 7:30 pace). ¬†Evening treadmill run. ¬†I played the tempo miles by ear;¬†I was honestly surprised that I was able to keep a 7:30 pace for two miles¬†with the little amount of fast running I’ve been doing, so I was happy about that.

Wed (2/11): 5.5 miles (easy pace).  Evening run, on a treadmill in Indy after work.  I played around with the incline (0.5-3%) but kept the run pretty easy.

Thurs (2/12): REST

Fri (2/13):¬†TBD. ¬†Possibly a long rung but it depends how I feel. ¬†I think being around little ones with runny noses in clinic has finally caught up with me, and I’m feeling a little¬†runny myself!

Valentine’s Day plans??
Do you know anyone else who has a birthday today? I know about five other people…must have been a popular day to be born!

Friday! and an oatmeal poll

It’s Friday!

I’m at the library¬†working on a research project and waiting to meet my friend Erin for a lunch¬†date. ¬†We¬†try to get coffee and catch up every two weeks, but Erin sweetly offered to do a birthday lunch this week instead of coffee, so we’re meeting at Potbelly. ¬†Potbelly and Qdoba are my two favorite sit-down-but-still-kind-of-like-fast-food places, and I’m excited for the mediterranean sandwich that I haven’t had in too long. ¬†It’s actually the only thing I’ve ever ordered from Potbelly, but it’s so good that I don’t¬†need anything different.

This morning, I hit the treadmill for 8 miles‚Ķmy longest run¬†post-injury! ¬†I took it at a nice, easy pace, and my knee felt 100% fine.¬† For entertainment, I tried to convince myself that “treadmills are fun and awesome!” and when that didn’t work, I¬†turned to an episode of Serial and¬†VH1 Top 20 Coundown (umm again). ¬†I¬†recently discovered that I love working out in my apartment complex’s fitness center because no one is ever there. ¬†That means I can listen watch VH1’s Top 20 Countdown and not feel like a weirdo, and I can aim the fan DIRECTLY toward me.
8 miles, complete!  8:50ish pace with 0.5-1% incline

I had oatmeal for breakfast, which reminded me that I want to ask what other people put in their oatmeal.  Ryan and I are BIG oat fans, but we eat our oatmeal very differently.  I like to wait for mine to cool and solidify enough for me to do this:photo-14

Then I spread peanut butter across the top and sometimes add crushed Honey Bunches of Oats (seriously, try it) and/or blueberries.  The oat base is so solid that you could probably eat it with a fork.

Ryan, on the other hand, prefers his oatmeal more watery and adds in anything and everything. Yesterday it was almond butter, banana, Honey Bunches of Oats, blueberries, and ….wait for it….tortilla chips.  Tortilla chips were a new one, but he liked the saltiness of the addition.

The week in workouts:

Monday: 55 min strength (full body)
Tuesday: 7 miles on the treadmill, easy pace
Wednesday: 5 miles on the treadmill with a little speed thrown in: 1 mile easy, 4 x (0.4 mile @ 7:30 pace + 0.1 mile @ 9:15ish pace), 2 miles easy
Thursday: Rest.
Friday: 8 miles on the treadmill, easy pace
Saturday: TBD but probably a strength & cardio circuit with Ryan.
Sunday: TBD but probably the same as Saturday, but different circuit.

What’s your favorite¬†sit-down-but-still-kind-of-like-fast-food place?
How do you eat oatmeal?

25th birthday and SNOW

Hi! Anyone else get¬†pounded with snow on Sunday? IMG_1692 My running pals and I skipped the Groundhog 7-mile race on Sunday because it was blizzarding out, and instead, we met up late morning to¬†run. ¬†We trudged¬†through¬†slushy snow and got pelted in the face with ice chunks for almost an hour. ¬†With the wind to our backs, it was gorgeous and quite enjoyable outside, but¬†then we’d turn around and literally be attacked in the eyeballs by teeny ice pellets and want to die. ¬†I’m surprised both of my contacts stayed in my eyes. ¬†Our original plan of 7 miles turned into 6‚Ķthen 5‚Ķthen 4. ¬†At a 10:30 average pace. ¬†But that’s all part of winter running,¬†and I’m glad we got a few miles in!

And what a great start to my¬†birthday. ¬†I turned 25 on Sunday! ¬†After our¬†adventure¬†through winter wonderland, our group¬†went to a local diner for brunch, where I had a little birthday celebration. ¬†It is never too cold for ice cream, and you’re never too old to blow out candles! IMG_1691

And then it kept on snowing and snowing, so I was snowed¬†in the rest of the day¬†by myself. ¬†Ha- it was an interesting birthday.¬† I bailed on¬†a Super Bowl party I was going to go to because the roads were bad, so¬†I put on the game and talked to my sister Laura on the phone; it was almost like a party. ¬†Plus, I didn’t have to share this giant 21-serving bag of Sweet Potato Fries! ¬†If you haven’t tried these bad boys, they’re from Sam’s, and they’re delicious.


Fortunately for everyone, the roads cleared up enough for¬†our seven hours of class to happen on Monday, so that was cool. I¬†got up extra early on Monday (today)¬†to fit in a¬†5:30am workout¬†in my apartment’s fitness room, and it reminded me how much I like early morning workouts. ¬†My schedule is all over the place this semester and most of my workouts have been happening later in the day; I much prefer¬†the early morning sweat sessions. ¬†Today was¬†60 minutes of strength training (similar to the “5 min on + 1 min off” workout Ryan and I did last weekend) and again, to the tune of VH1 Top 20 Music Video countdowns (I swear, it’s always on).


Andrea was super nice¬†and brought¬†these healthy carrot cake cookies¬†to class to celebrate my birthday and Lauren’s birthday, which was a few days before mine. ¬†They had a little bit of a biscuit feel to them, but I really liked them. ¬†And perfect¬†little poppers for so many hours of lecture.

IMG_1700 Have a good week!

What did you do for the Super Bowl? Current favorite chip?

Running lately

Hello, and happy Saturday! ¬†I¬†am enjoying a super low-key day. ¬†I just got back from an easy 5-miler outside, and now I’m eating pancakes and deciding which direction to take my day. ¬†Probably clothes shopping at the mall (still waiting for yoga pants to be the new dress pants)¬†and one last hurrah through Sam’s Club. ¬†My Sam’s Club membership expires tomorrow (on my birthday…doesn’t everyone want that as a gift?),¬†and I don’t think I’ll renew it, so¬†I have to¬†make sure I’m all stocked up on my economy-sized food items.

But I want to chat about running today: this week in running, an injury update, and goals!

My longest run since the injury has been 6 miles, which I’ve done three times in the past two weeks, and I’m HOPING to run¬†a 7 mile “Groundhog race” tomorrow (Sunday) near Indianapolis with a few friends. ¬†We’re under a winter storm warning tonight¬†through tomorrow¬†though, so I have a feeling the race might get cancelled or the roads might be too messy for the hour drive. ¬†Plus, my recovering glutes/hips/knee/ailment isn’t ready for slippery¬†terrain yet.

This past week in running:
Monday: Rest.  Busy school day, and I was SO SORE from the weight workouts Ryan and I did over the weekend.
Tuesday: 5 treadmill miles, easy pace (8:39).  I listened to the first episode of Serial, and time has never passed so quickly on the treadmill! (Thanks for the recommendation, Kelly!).  I was only able to listen for about 30 minutes until my earbuds fell out because my ears were too sweaty, but that got me through the majority of the run.
Wednesday: 6 treadmill miles with 2 miles at “tempo lite” pace. ¬†I want to ease my way back into speedwork, so I warmed up¬†at an 8:30 pace and then varied the pace between¬†a 7:45-8:00 for miles 4 & 5. ¬†Felt good!
Thursday: Rest.  Busy day.
Friday: 60 minute circuit: 4 x (run 1/2 mile + 15 weighted squats, 15 push ups, 10 step ups, 10 burpees, 10 single leg bridges, 1:00 plank, 10 side plank dips, 20 leg lifts).
Saturday: 5 miles outside, easy pace (8:54).  This felt really hard, but I was happy to run outside.


Injury Update:
I¬†don’t feel like I’m completely healed yet, but I’m definitely moving forward.
To back up a bit for anyone new, I’ve been dealing with right-side¬†knee pain since a marathon last May, which slowly got worse and worse until it hurt to walk at the beginning of November. ¬†I transitioned my workouts¬†to the AMT (until¬†that started to hurt my knee) and then to the ARC trainer (until that started to hurt my knee), and then finally settled on cycling and strength training with 1-4 rest days per week. ¬†I’ve been working with a PT, but¬†I only see him about once a month because he is¬†in my hometown, a few hours away.

From what I understand about WHAT this injury is/was, it’s ITBS (IT-band syndrome) on the right side that is/was¬†caused¬†by¬†my hips, sacrum, & lumbar spine rotating to the right. ¬†This threw me for a loop¬†because I think ITBS¬†knee pain¬†is usually the result of weak hip abductors on the same side, but my hips & glutes were weaker on the opposite side (left side). ¬†My pelvis rotated to the stronger side (the right side), which caused a whole host of issues, including a leg length discrepancy, a weird foot strike to subconsciously compensate for the leg length issue, SI-joint dysfunction, and ITBS. ¬†At least that¬†was my interpretation of¬†the million questions I asked my PT, so that may not be 100% accurate. ¬†Anyway, he had me doing glute & hip strengthening exercises on my weaker side only (left side) for a few weeks, and now I’ve graduated to doing both sides.

I’m not the perfect patient, but I really like to run, so I’ve been¬†trying hard to keep up with those PT exercises. ¬†The entire routine is 8 moves and takes about an hour (who has time for that?), so I usually pick 3 moves and do two sets of 15 reps.

My favorite moves:

  1. Squats with resistance band around knees. Example.
  2. Bird-dog.  Example.
  3. Quadrupled Hip External Rotation. Example.
  4. Single leg deadlift (no weights). Example.

Aside from trying¬†to do 15-20 minutes of hip & glute strength a day, I’m focusing on my running form—“tucking my tail” to help activate my glutes when I run. ¬†As far as I can tell, it’s helping!

Running Goals

First and foremost, to stay injury-free. ¬†Distance-wise, I’d like to be able to run 13 miles by the end of March, which should be fine. ¬†I have a marathon relay the last weekend in March, and my leg¬†is a half marathon. ¬†There are a few other potential¬†races I could do this spring, but we’ll see. ¬†Pace-wise, I’m playing that by ear and not setting any goals yet.

So that’s where I am with running! ¬†Enjoy the weekend!

Any good runs lately?
Where do you put your key when you run? (I had a moment of panic this morning when I forgot that I tied it to my shoe and couldn’t find it in my pocket).

Weekend randoms and fun workouts

Hello! ¬†Hope you’re having a nice weekend. ¬†Ryan and I just finished a killer workout, and then he left early for his long drive home because it’s sleeting. ¬†I guess I can’t complain too much since it’s been relatively warm, but ugh winter.

Ryan and I had two really great workouts this weekend. ¬†Last winter, I¬†got up super early on Saturdays to run with friends and freeze our butts off, and it was awesome. ¬†This winter,¬†Ryan and I have been doing cardio + strength circuits on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, and it’s a different kind of awesome. ¬†We¬†watch VH1 music video countdowns and work our muscles. ¬†Our workouts this weekend were set up a little different from what we normally do, and I really liked them! ¬†In case you’re looking for something different:

Workout One:¬†12 x (5 min AMRAP of circuit + 1 min rest). ¬†We created 5 different circuits that each had four moves (e.g.¬†12 push ups + 10 lunge pulses + 8 reverse lunges + 6 burpees) and went through each circuit¬†AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) for 5 minutes, rested for 1 minute, and then did it again. ¬†It took a little over an hour to do all 5 different circuits twice, plus an extra “choose your favorite” two circuits at the end. ¬†We¬†used the Interval Timer app on my iPad¬†to keep track of the 5:1 minute set-up, which worked out really well. ¬†This workout¬†was like sneaky hard‚Ķit didn’t feel like death¬†during the workout, but¬†it did after.

Workout Two:¬†3 x (10 min treadmill run + 10 min strength). ¬†One person was on the treadmill while the other person did¬†the strength circuit, and we switched every 10 minutes. On the treadmill, we tried to keep the incline high. I set the incline at a 4-5% grade on my first round, and when I got back on the treadmill, I saw that Ryan had it at 10%?! I cranked that sucker right back down. The strength set was AMRAP¬†of a list we made (included¬†burpees, weighted squats, weighted Russian twists, mountain climbers, supermans, donkey kicks, and push ups). The only change I’d make is to do a different strength circuit each time, but otherwise, this workout was a good change of pace.

Other weekend ramblings…

Ryan and I read and studied for a long time, and that about sums up the rest of the weekend.  I finished reading Karen (loved it!) last week and started Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (2015 reading challenge category= book with a color in the title).

We continued our reading spree at Barnes & Noble, where we sat on the floor in the running section for a long time.  Weird or not weird?

And weird or not weird that we had super healthy “experimental bean ball” wraps, squash, and brussels sprouts for lunch‚Ķand Taco Bell for dinner? ¬†Just keeping our digestive systems guessing.

I also got two fun packages in the mail!

This is the running log that I’ve been using for years, and my 2015 log finally came in the mail. ¬†I say that like I ordered it a while ago, but really I ordered it last week and kept track of my workouts on random scrap paper,

Looks like this on the outside:

And this on the inside:

The other fun package was from Shutterfly. ¬†I ordered a pack of photo magnets from because there was a¬†special deal and they were free, and I’m happy with how they turned out! ¬†I’m also proud of myself for decorating the fridge‚ĶI’ve lived in the same place for over a year, and all of my picture frames are sitting on the floor. ¬†The bottom left is Lake Erie, and the bottom right is on a flight to¬†Montreal.

Have a good week!

Are you into decorating or a mega decorating procrastinator?
Do you use a running log?