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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).
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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.

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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!

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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.
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[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:
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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!
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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!

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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