Sunday, June 29, 2014

Last week's workouts and back to "training"

Why hello!  I've had a lovely weekend.  One of my dearest friends, Emily, came to visit.  She and I were random roommates when we interned in NYC a few summers ago.  It was one of the most fun summers I've ever had!  She went to college in the Philadelphia area and ended up living there for a year after school, so it was easy for us to keep hanging out.  Last year she moved back to NYC :((( but it's okay we still see each other when we can!

girls night

I've decided that instead of documenting my workouts here and there, I'll just recap all of them for the week, once a week.   So here goes:

Monday 6/23: GFit
24 Minutes
30 Wallball
30 Situps
400 meter run
I liked this one!  I love the running part; most people at GFit hate it, which surprises me.  This was the first time I didn't modify a weighted squat, and my quad felt fine.  That was nice.

Tuesday 6/24: 3 mile run before work
It was okay, you know I'm starting to realize that although I like running in the morning, I don't think my legs like it very much, especially not in the humidity, ha.


Wednesday 6/25: 3 mile run before work (same route)
I don't know what happened on that last mile, but see above for explanation. :)  My overall attitude one these runs was good, even though they weren't too fast.


Thursday 6/26: GFit
SDHP stands for Sumo Deadlift High Pull, which is just about as informative as the acronym, ha.  Basically it's a sumo squat with a kettlebell, directly into an upright row.  I started to do these, but the wide-leg squat hit my quad in the worst way.  I ended up just doing upright rows, since I was already working my quads a lot with the box jumps (which felt fine).  In case you're wondering, a man maker is a pushup on dumbbells, then you lift the dumbbells into a row one at time.  Does that make sense?

Friday 6/27: Rest

Saturday 6/28: GFit
Another great one.  PP stands for push press (basically a shoulder press with dumbbells).  Farmers walk is walking with kettlebells in each hand.  Sounds simple, but it's ROUGH.  I did 35lbs in each hand.  

So there you have it!  I didn't do anything today, oops. 

Tomorrow I start "training" for my next half marathon (RnR Philly on September 21).  I'm going to be following this plan by Hal Higdon, loosely.  I'm in better shape than I need to be for the first couple weeks of the plan, so I will run more than the 2 miles it calls for some weeks, and I'll also probably do an hour of cross training every time.  I also may turn some of the midweek runs into tempo or speedwork.  I need to make sure I don't just slog through every run, that's not going to help me.   I looked at the Novice 2 program, which is one step above this one, but it didn't have any strength training, and only one day of cross training.  I think my body needs more cross training than that.  

Speaking of what my body needs, I am so bummed I'm done with GFit after tomorrow!  I am seriously considering just continuing to pay for it, but it's just out of my budget :(  I'll keep thinking about it.  I'm going away a few times in July so it wouldn't make sense to continue for now, but maybe when I'm back home I'll think about paying for another month or two.  I just need to make sure I keep up with the HIIT and strength training, which is why I'm glad my half marathon plan has some added in.  

One last random note, I have been OBSESSED with watermelon lately.  I've eaten almost an entire watermelon since fact: I used to hate it growing up.  Weird!

1. Are you training for anything right now?

2. Favorite fruit?

3. Do you have lots of friends spread around the country?  Or are most in your area? 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Zac Brown Band and Rocksylvania

What a great summer weekend I just had!

Before starting the weekend recap, here are some of my latest workouts:
Two morning runs: the one that I fit in last week was wretched.  Just one of those everything is wrong days, ugh.  Today's was much better!
G Fit: I went 3 times last week again, and last night.  I'm feeling a lot better!  Still modifying slightly, and my quad feels great.  I'm really going to miss it when I can no longer go after next week...this is no fair.
Hiking: We'll get to that later :)


On Friday I took the day off to go to Zac Brown Band in Camden, NJ (Philly's best outdoor venue happens to be across the river...).  It was AMAZING.  This was my second time seeing them, and I was blown away.  1) ZBB is one of my favorite bands/artists.  2) They are EVEN BETTER live.  Honestly, not many artists can say that.  3) Last year we missed about 30-45 minutes of the concert because of unforeseen circumstances that I won't get into, ha ha.  It was funny, but a bummer nonetheless.  So I was SO excited to get to go again!  Now for pictures:

 Deep conversation while tailgating.  (I wish that Jeep was ours).

This is Drew's "I was in the middle of a deep conversation why are we pausing for pictures?" smile.

The coolest chick I know.

That's better!  Drew made sure his NRA koozie and PBR were showing.  America!!

Drew's first time eating Wawa!!!  Welcome to the North, my Southern friend.

Just love me!!

I'm not a huge fan of taking pictures of the actual concert.  It's boring to look at for me and everyone else.  But for the encore ZBB came out in really awesome skeleton costumes.  That's all.

We met up with our friend Allison, and tons of others, of whom I do not have pictures...but it happened!

Although duck face is so 2012, I really like this silly picture.

Dawww :)

Not a bad Friday night!!


The next day Drew and I went camping for the night.  Okay full disclosure...I had NEVER camped!!!  I like to call myself an outdoorsy girl.  I can hike ALL day.  But my family was never the camping type.  We have a mountain house in NY and that's where we always went growing up, so no camping for us.  And believe me, my mountain house is rustic - it's one step up from sleeping in the woods.

So Drew, on the other hand, is an Eagle Scout.  He knows what's up in the woods.  He has camped all over.  I first noticed that Drew knew a thing or two when we hiked Longs Peak in CO two years ago.  He had so many camping gadgets...I didn't even know they made all that stuff.

Anyway, it has been Drew's mission over the past few years to get me to sleep in the woods.  I even bought a really nice sleeping bag, sight unseen, to go along with this.  We just hadn't quite gotten around to it till last weekend, and it was MY idea by the way!

We did about the most basic camping excursion imaginable.  We went to a section of the Appalachian Trail a little over an hour from my house, started hiking at about 4pm, hiked for 3 hours, set up camp, ate, slept, and hiked out in the morning.

Okay so according to Appalachian Trail hikers, PA has been affectionately nicknamed "Rocksylvania."  Here's why:

That is literally what we hiked on the ENTIRE time.  It was brutal.  We probably covered about 2 miles an hour, and it wasn't even steep!!  The trail we took was along a ridge, deep in the woods.  Turns out there were NO views.  AT ALL.  EVER.  Had we started at a different spot, farther north, or if we had time to hike longer, we would have seen some.  We just had no idea what to expect.  And that's fine, because like I said, this was about just getting out there.

Drew looking for bears.  Just kidding, I don't know what' he's looking at.

Our (Drew's) snazzy new tent we (he) bought.

 Inside the tent...thrilling I know.  Here's the thing.  As soon as the sun goes down, I am TERRIFIED.  I don't even know of what.  Drew I were joking: Ghosts? Bears? Murderers?  Ghost bear murderers?  Ghosts that murder bears?  Or ghostly bears that are murderers?  I just don't like being in the woods at night!!!  Drew says it's perfectly safe, but I probably shouldn't have watched The Blair Witch Project 35340 times in my youth.  Ugh.

 The next morning, we may or may not have had to pull a tree down because our bear bag got stuck.  Don't tell the Appalachian Trail Park Service, or whatever the governing body of the AT is.

Thoughts on camping:
1. I will do it again.
2. I need to invest in a sleeping pad - turns out a sleeping bag does NOTHING for cushioning.  Drew tried to warn me, but I didn't want to spend $100 on one before I'd even camped.  That's like buying brand new skis without ever having tried it.
3. Next time, we need to have some views.
4. Next time, we'll set up camp earlier and actually get comfy and enjoy our post-hiking-pre-sleeping time.
5. Freeze dried backpacking food is DELICIOUS (because it's literally all sodium).
6. It's really weird to literally not look in the mirror for 24 hours.
7. I better not come across any ghost bear murderers.

LONG POST!  See you next time!

1. Ever been camping?  Have a good camping story?

2. Do you know what Wawa is??? Have you ever been?

3. Favorite band to see live?  Dream concert?? - my dream concert is Mumford & Sons.  Preferably at Red Rocks in CO. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Helene in Between

Today I'm taking part in #totalsocial, put on by Helene in Between and Venus Trapped in Mars.  This month it's all about your 9 to 5.

These pictures are from tonight actually!

I work in admissions at a Pre-K-12 girls' school.  I really, really, REALLY love my job.  It's perfect for me - a hybrid of behind the scenes organizational skills, and being in front of people and building relationships.  We do lots of fairs to try to gain interest in our Pre-K program, so that means I basically go to Center City Philadelphia and wear balloon's no big deal really.

1. What's your 9 to 5?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fathers' Day, latest workouts, and WHAAAT??

Happppppppy Tuesday!  I started summer hours this week at work, and I'm taking Friday off, so I'm a happy camper!  Speaking of taking Friday off, and camping, Drew and I are going camping this weekend!  This is really not what I intended to say right here so...more on that later.

Sunday was Fathers' Day, and my dad is HOME!  I started out the day bright and early by taking a 5 mile run in the park by my house.  It looks a lot different than it did in this post.  It was a really nice run.  The weather was beautiful and I just took it nice and slowly.  I did about 9 min/miles, but there were some good hills that I usually skip and I tackled them that day!  I really enjoyed myself - which has been a long time coming.

After my run my dad, me, and my brothers went to breakfast at Zakes.  I got eggs benedict again!!  This time Southwest style - turkey, avocado, and zesty Hollandaise.

Fathers Day
This was taken before I pulverized them and added salt and pepper.
We also of course had to get an order of the ridiculous lemon honey pancakes.  Oh my goodness gracious these are the best.


It was so nice to have my dad in town for Fathers' Day, and any day for that matter.  I know everyone gushes about their dads on Fathers' Day, and that's the point.  My dad is just the bomb - we are the same person, so I guess that makes me the bomb too.

Yay dad!  He spent the rest of Fathers' Day working around the yard, washing my car, and cleaning my brothers' house.  That's just him - he never stops doing projects.  What an enabler :)  

Moving on...on Monday and today I went to G-Fit.  I've been modifying the weighted squat exercises as to not injure my quad further, and checking the workouts beforehand, making sure they include exercises that will be good for me.  Monday's workout could be done at the track, or at the gym on a treadmill, too, if you have weights or a medicine ball.  I loved it, because I love running of course!


I modified goblet squats to air squats, thrusters (a weighted squat directly into a should press) to just a shoulder press, and ballslams to kettlebell swings.  These were all suggested by the instructor.  I feel good that I'm getting some more strength training in.  Once June ends and I no longer go to G-Fit, I have to make sure to keep doing it.  Tomorrow and Thursday I plan to fun in the morning.  Now that you know that's my plan, I have to do it! 

On to randoms (i.e. food and doggies):

Do you see a doggie in there?  Clearly the weather is getting hot, hot, hot.

black lab

Winston update: he's doing so well!  He seems comfortable and energetic.

black lab

WHAAAT??? SPEAKING OF HOT.  When did this happen?!?!  Wasn't it just January???

Philly heat

I've been really into quesadillas lately.  These Ezekiel tortillas are amazing.  They only have 150 calories, TONS of fiber, and NO sugar whatsoever.  They taste to hearty and healthy.  I freeze them and use them whenever.

Tonight I was vegetable-less (oops), but I made a quick quesadilla with chicken breast that I cooked right beforehand, black beans, and cheese.

home cooking

home cooking

Delish and healthy.  Would be very balanced if I had a side of vegetables...

1. How did you celebrate Fathers' Day?

2. What's the best workout you've had lately?

3. What ingredients would you put in a homemade quesadilla?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Midsummer Night Series 5k RECAP (and other happenings)

So many things to talk about today.

First, on Thursday, I ran the first of the three Midsummer Night races that were included in my race pass (I'll only be doing two).  It was at 7:30 p.m., and my dad was my cheering section.  It was a mental challenge to go all day knowing I had a race that evening, but 7:30 is better for me than say, late afternoon.  In the end, I have all good things to say about this race, but it could have been a bad one for a number of reasons!


Reason #1: It was about 400% humidity, and was raining by the end of the race.  The temperature was in the 70s.  I felt like I was swimming.

Reason #2:  I probably ran about 1.5 miles beforehand, which is more warming up than I ever do.  It ended up being fine, but the reason I ran so much was because after my real warm up I couldn't find my dad ANYWHERE.  He had the keys to the car for me to grab my iPod!  It was stressful trying to find him in time.

Reason #3: Turns out my iPod is DEAD.  Like dead dead.  Forever.  More on that below.  So, no music.

Reason #4: The course was three laps of a 1 mile loop.  WOOF - talk about a mental challenge, especially with no music...yikes.

Reason #5: Fast people EVERYWHERE.  I felt a tad out of my league.  This race is put on be a pretty legit running co., and people take it seriously. 

So before the race I was a little nervous from the above reasons, but my warm up was good, and because it was 7:30 I had gotten my second wind after work.  So all in all I was excited to just knock it out.  20-25 minutes of pain - here we go!

Mile 1 - 7:30
Mile 2 - 7:58
Mile 3 - 8:01
last .05 (according to my watch it was not a full .1) - 0:28
Overall - 23:57

Positive splits, I don't like you.  BUT a few things to point out: this was 45 seconds faster than the June Fete 5k, and only 20 seconds slower than my PR.  Not bad for the weather and how slow I feel like I've been running lately!  Plus, the course was not very flat - each lap had three slight inclines.  The end of the lap was uphill. 

I was DRENCHED afterward, it was horrendous.  Anyway, it was an okay race.  I was glad my dad was there to cheer me on!!

The next day was going to be my day off from running.  But my dad wanted to go on an evening run, and of course I couldn't say no!! Oh, because you're wondering, my workouts for the week were comprised of:
Monday: 30 minute at home toning workout
Tuesday: 3 miles in the a.m.
Wednesday: 3.5 miles in the a.m.

Again, it was infinity% humidity, but hell.  We had a good time.  We took old Bishop dog.

I swear, running with Bishop is like running on a treadmill.  He just pulls you along, and you don't even think about it.  It's such a welcome distraction.  We ran 3 miles around town - 8:37, 8:15, 8:28.  My new thing is to run up hills without decreasing effort.  Imagine that, right???  I am the worst with hills. When I'm by myself I give myself way too many breaks.  That ends now.  Thanks to Bishop, I succeeded with that last night.  

Last night I did my muscles good but sitting in a hot tub for far too many hours with my gals.  So needed.

Today, I finally got that day off from working out.  I bought a new iPod!!!  My iPod, like I mentioned, died on Wednesday/Thursday.  I'd had it for 6 years, and treated it pretty poorly by the end - I wore it in the rain, let it roll around the bottom of my workout bag, etc. etc.  It gave up and I was not surprised in the least.  Today I replaced it with this baby.

iPod nano

Does anyone buy iPods anymore?  I didn't even know what the newest ones looked like.  Everyone uses their phone, but I'm against that.  I don't feel like lugging my phone along, and it's too important.  I'm an iPod user all the way.  Anyone else??

1. What devices do you carry with you on your runs?

2. Do you ever run with a pup?

3. How was your Friday night?

Monday, June 9, 2014

PIZZA! And leftovers.

Last week I talked about cross training and Crossfit/G-fit.  I went three times last week...

My calf was so sore after Saturday's workout that I haven't worked out since.  Oy vey...Gfit.  You get me every time.  I'm probably only going to go once a week till my membership runs out - it's just not worth being debilitatingly sore these days.

Anyway, that's my update on the workout front.  I have a 5k this week, in the evening.  So I'll be taking it easy till then!

This weekend Drew came up for his birthday.  I was going to go down to DC, but I am uncomfortable leaving Winston these days.   On Friday night Drew and I made pizza, which we love to do, but haven't done since Boulder!!  I was so excited.  I only took pictures of one, because the other was just pepperoni.  Booooooring.

The other one had: whole wheat dough, arugula, fresh mozzarella, ricotta, cherry tomato, basil, and prosciutto.

Pre cooking.  Hi Winston!
I made that.
 Next time we make pizza, we will use less dough.  It was a little too doughy, but hell - I don't mind alllll the carbs.

I got Drew concert tickets for his birthday (Zac Brown Band in 2 weeks)!!!  But he already knew about those so I wanted something to give him the night of.  How about BEER!  Hazed and Infused is by Boulder Beer Co., and is our absolute favorite.  It goes without saying that it brings us right back to Colorado.  He was happy!

On Saturday morning I went to Gfit and Drew went on a mountain bike ride.  I'm so happy he's geting back on the bike.  He took a little hiadis this past semester because of school and research.  Did I mention that Drew is a cyclist?  Well now you know... see?

Oh I mean...

That's better.

In the afternoon we went to my cousin's graduation party, then rallied straight to the evening with GIANT margaritas.  Can we agree there isn't much better than chips and margs on a summer night?

In the time since making the pizza I have had nothing but leftovers for dinner.  I'm so psyched that I had all those awesome ingredients.  Sunday night it was arugula, prosciutto, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.

Tonight I had arugula, sweet potato, tomatoes, avocado, and basil.

And in closing, here are 2 things I want to show you:

If you know me at all, you will know that this describes me to a tee.  It's a rough life.

Winston, chillin'.  I love him!

1. What's your favorite meal to make at home?

2. Do you do Crossfit?

3. Been to any graduation parties lately??