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This weekend…. Sarasota Half Marathon!

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It’s been a whirlwind of races the past month. Between Best Damn Race Safety Harbor, then Gasparilla Distance Classic, and then Best Damn Race Orlando, I’ve been a busy little runner. The past week and a half though, since Best Damn Race Orlando, I have not been running at all. My back has been telling me to take it easy, and I have been. But I am itching to run. And even more so, I am so excited to run the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay this Sunday!

Last year I ran the Sarasota Half Marathon on a whim, after seeing the amazing dolphin medal. Besides loving medals, I love dolphins and when I saw the medal that was up for grabs, I knew I had to make it mine. I knew the race had a BIG bridge but I didn’t care. I was training for Iron Girl and figured if anything, it would be a great training run.

What it turned out to be, was the first half marathon I finished under 3 hours. I was a sweating, crying mess when I cross the finish line in 2:48:12, so darn proud of myself. It will always be a favorite running memory of mine.

 

sarasota half 2013

 

 

I knew I had to do it again this year. It’s a beautiful course and there is another great medal with a bridge and dolphins. How could I pass this up?

 

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I also know many runners who will be running this. That’s another thing that makes these events so fun…. Seeing your running / blogging friends who enjoy the events as much as you do!

This will be half marathon #9 for me. I’ve PR’d the last three that I’ve run. I am going to run this one for fun and enjoy the course and see what happens….

 

Will I see you out there? Let me know if you’re running!

WW Weigh-In #59

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What a crazy few weeks it has been… After my last WW Weigh-In post on 02/15, I missed the next two weekly weigh-ins and meetings due to races. Looking back, I could have – should have – attended a different meeting during those weeks to weigh-in and try to stay on board. Unfortunately, in my tunnel vision mind, I don’t think like that and I just knew that I was going to be busy during my regular meeting time.

Yesterday, I finally made it back. I was very excited to go and see everyone. I cannot explain how much I love that meeting and the people there. It’s such a great feeling to be a part of something like that. It also doesn’t hurt to be cheered on and made to feel very special about my running… During the meeting, Beverly mentioned that I was finally back and asked me to step to the front and tell everyone what I had been up to the last two weeks. And, much to my surprise, she gave me a cool little Thumbs Up! award. This is just one of the many reasons I love my meeting…

 

ww thumbs up award

 

Of course, I knew going into the meeting that I was going to be up on the scale. Besides missing two meetings and running three races, we had a busy couple of weeks where we ate out 4 times just for dinner. Outback Steakhouse, Molly Goodheads, Mellow Mushroom, and The Thirsty Marlin. Everyone of those dinners was a great time with great company and in my world, part of the good time is enjoying food and beverages that I love. I believe that will never change. I work hard and MOST of the time, I am mindful of what I eat and the points. However, it is a rare occasion to eat out 4 times in such a short time.

I briefly thought about not weighing in until next week, but I reminded myself that I have yet to back down from the scale since January 1, 2013. So, I went in knowing that whatever it was, I could deal with it and move on from there. The scale told me that I had gained 5.4 lbs…. Happy? No. Frustrated? No. Holding myself accountable Yes.

 

WW Weekly weigh-in Week 59

 

 

I didn’t really want to see the 150’s again, but I know it’s not permanent. What I have decided, though, is that after doing the Simply Filling / Simple Start since the beginning of December, I think it’s time to get back to tracking my daily points. I still eat many power foods, but I think I need the added accountability of tracking every single point that I eat, as well as getting back to weighing and measuring portions.

 

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Despite this weight gain, I went shopping afterwards and bought 3 new bikinis for our upcoming Vegas trip. Hubby is going for work and we are very thankful we could make it work so that I could go with him. I look forward to pool and sun time while he’s at his meetings during the day and I knew that I needed a new bathing suit. The last time I bought one was back on 2006 and it’s too big on me now and I wanted something new. When I couldn’t decide on just one, I bought all three. I’ve worked hard to be able to wear them and I deserve them!

 

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My activity was way down this last week. After running 3 races over the course of 8 days, I was exhausted and my legs were tired. My back was also bothering me and I knew it would be best – and very smart – to take the week off from working out hard. That will change tomorrow when I get back to it again. And, I have half marathon #9 coming up next Sunday, the Sarasota Half Marathon.

I am breaking from my regular WW post and skipping what I did right and what I will focus on this week. I know what I need to do and I know how to do it. And, I will.

 

How do you handle weigh-ins after missing a couple? What changes do you make to get back on track?

Currently | February Edition

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I almost forgot to do my Currently post for this month! Take a couple days away for a shorter month and it just messes me up!

 

Current book:

I have been so busy, I have not had any time to read. But, I did get a couple new YA books the last couple of weeks at book events that I attended with my sister-in-law Jenna. I have met both authors and both are very cool!

THREE book cover        Cinder cover

(source: www.goodreads.com)

 

 

Current music:

Still in a country music mood like last month, but I’ve been listening to Luke Bryan like crazy. If it’s possible to wear out a CD, it will happen with this one. The whole CD is great, every single song. “Drink A Beer” is my favorite song on the CD, but “Play It Again” is a very close second and is also the newest single out. So, basically, I can’t stop listening to it. I hope there is an official video soon! In the meantime, there’s this….

 

 

 

 

Current guilty pleasure:

In January, I posted about dreaming of a new Garmin watch. Hubby, being the wonderful hubby that he is, surprised me with one for my birthday. I love it so much, it’s perfect for all the running I do. It’s so cool!

 

garmin 220

 

 

 

Current drink:

Shameless plug here, but it would have to be Shakeology. I have both Chocolate and Vanilla, and I enjoy both. It has been my breakfast all month and it is very filling. Even better, it’s only 3 WW points before adding any extras such as milk, fruit, peanut butter, etc…

 

shakeology

 

 

 

Current food:

I am still loving power foods and WW Simple Start. Several times this month, I have mad a very simple meal that is perfect for lunch. It heats up quickly and is so full of flavor. I still need to do a post with the recipe, but basically it’s lean ground beef, zucchini, squash, onion, whole grain brown, rice, and Italian diced tomatoes. I love all the colors, too. Food tastes better when it’s pretty.

 

beef rice dish

 

 

 

Current show:

Wahlburgers. No question about it, we’ve been recording it and watching it when it replays. I have always loved Mark Wahlberg (who doesn’t?!), but after watching the show, I think I may like Donnie the best. I love the family dynamic they have and their mom seems like a real character. Have you watched it?

 

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(source: Facebook)

 

 

Current wish list:

I still want to buy all the clothes. The cooler weather is going away, sadly, which means it will be time to buy shorts and tank tops. Last year I wore shorts that I had from a few years prior. This year, I am buying new shorts that will fit the 2014 me.

 

 

 

Current triumphs:

Since I am currently all about races, my most recent triumphs are PRs! On February 1, I ran the Best Damn Race half marathon and finished with a PR of about 4 minutes over my previous time. And just last weekend, I ran the Gasparilla Lime Cactus Challenge which was the 15K and 5K. Having never run a 15K before, it was an instant PR and I was very happy with my time of 1:39:53. And the 8K, I ran in 51: which was 14+ minutes faster than last year. I was surprised at this just because I was pretty sore from the 15K on Saturday, but I managed to pull it off. (and I still have to write up a race recap for it!) It really is true… The best way to be a better runner is to run more.

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Current links:

Athlinksif you are a runner and don’t know about this site, you need to check it out. It’s a great place to keep track of all your races and finish times. I just came across it a few months ago.

Alex and AniI am obsessed with Alex and Ani bracelets and I have to get a couple. I love the look and the style and the motivation of them. Yes, I will buy one. This is the first one that I want…

 

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(source: www.alexandani.com)

 

 

Current needs:

Come May, it’ll be time for another new pair of running shoes. I doubt I’ll be able to find my beloved Brooks Glycerin 10 anymore, so I will have to find a new style. I’m sure I will stick with Brooks, they have worked very well for me ever since I had my gait analysis done back in 2012. I am very curious about the Brooks Transcend. Aren’t they fabulous?

 

brooks transcend

(source: www.brooksrunning.com)

 

 

Current indulgence:

Signing up for my first full marathon, the Space Coast Marathon in Cocoa Beach on November 30th of this year. I am still kind of in shock that I am going to run one, but it’s very exciting. I have a lot of of training ahead of me, and my goal will really be just to finish it, and I’m going to do my best to enjoy every single minute of it. Who knows if it will be my one and only full marathon…

 

 

Current outfit:

I bought a couple new running tops and I love them. One is from Old Navy and the other is from Target. I like to run in a tank top, so these are perfect. Both have built-in bras and racer back straps.

 

 

Current excitement:

My Aunt Darlene is coming out in March and I cannot wait to see her. We have such a great time when she visits and we get to play tourist, play Scrabble, and do a lot of laughing. I’m so excited to see her!

 

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Current mood:

Right now I am excited about this weekend and Best Damn Race in Orlando. I am running the half marathon, which will be #8. Hubby is running the 10K, so we will be driving to Orlando dark and early Saturday morning. Can’t wait!

 

What are you currently loving? Share!

Week 2 of T25

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Wow, last week went fast… It was also a lesson in flexibility. I really like sticking to a plan, but I have to remember to be flexible when life happens. It’s better to get a workout done later than not at all. That being said, I was short two workouts for Week 2.

I started out the week not feeling well so I did not workout on Monday. But, Tuesday morning I was feeling better, headache-free, and back at it. I just shifted my workouts back a day. On Wednesday, I worked out in the morning and the afternoon, an unplanned double day. It felt great to get caught back up from missing Monday. On Thursday, hubby and I went out to dinner so I missed my workout. On Friday, I opted to workout in the afternoon, getting home from work early enough to run 2 miles and do a double. This put me within one workout away from being caught up, which I planned to do over the weekend.

On Saturday, I spent much of the late morning and afternoon with hubby at the Spartan Race in Tampa. It was really fun to play spectator and be there to support him. This also meant no workout for me after going out to eat on the way home from the event.

My Sunday turned into an unplanned rest day as well. I woke up exhausted and decided with races on the schedule for the next two weekends, yesterday would be my chance to sleep in and be lazy. I’m not going to lie, it was really nice, but I did feel slightly guilty. I did, however, go grocery shopping and do food prep for the week.

So, I missed one workout and the stretch for Week 2. Still, I am very pleased with how with T25 I did given how my week went. Speed 1.0 is still my favorite. On the more challenging workouts, such as Total Body Circuit, I am still doing many of the modifications. No shame. Modifying is better than not moving! My one regret is that I only got one run in all week long…

 

 

Monday

Rest

Tuesday

day 9 t25 challenge

Wednesday

day 10 t25 challenge    day 10 pt 2 t25 challenge

Thursday

day 11 shakeology

Friday

day 12 t25 challenge

Saturday

Rest

Sunday

Rest

 

As for my Shakeology, I absolutely love it. Especially after my morning workouts, it hits the spot and it super filling. I have a new favorite recipe now… You will want to try this:

  • Chocolate Shakeology
  • 8 oz. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • Ice

Just blend it all to perfection and enjoy. It’s like a milkshake!

On to Week 3! I hope this week stays on track a little better, but I know regardless I will roll with it and do my best!

 

 

I am enjoying T25 so much, that I have decided to put together my first Challenge Group for March. If you are interested, please comment below or email me at crazylifeofmineblog at gmail dot com. If you would like to be a part of a group of 5 – 6 people interested in fitness, motivation, and support, than I would love to have you as a part of this!

Week 1 of T25

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What a great first week of T25! I thought it would be beneficial to do a weekly wrap-up of my workouts in hopes of seeing improvements and changes on a weekly basis. Next week, hopefully, I won’t be two days late in sharing the week I just finished.

The idea behind Focus T25 is pretty simple. You work out 5 days a week. It’s 25 minutes a day, except on Friday, which is a double so it’s 50 minutes. Saturday is a rest day (love those!) and Sunday is stretch day. Easy as pie, right?

As I mentioned in my post about this challenge I’m doing, I needed a workout that would not take away from my running. That just cannot happen. This 25 minutes a day is just right… Here’s how my first week went:

 

Monday

T25 Cardio

Run 1 mile  -  Plank

day 1 t25 challenge

Tuesday

Speed 1.0

Plank

day 2 t25 challenge

Wednesday

Total Body Circuit

Plank

day 3 t25

Thursday

Ab Intervals

Run 3.11 miles  – Plank

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Friday (double day)

Lower Focus

Cardio

Plank

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Saturday

Rest

Plank

Sunday

Stretch

Run 9 miles / Plank

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My thoughts on the workouts completed this week…. For the most part, I completed each one, with modifiers. That is the wonderful thing about this series. There is a modifier for each workout that shows a low intensity option for most of the exercises. For those of us who maybe can’t move at such high intensity or can’t reach as far, and more… Do not be afraid of the modifications. You are still moving and burning calories. However, I hope to be able to say I “nailed it” soon!

My favorite workout this week was Speed 1.0. I love this workout. It’s a challenge, but it’s doable. I also believe it will benefit my running more that anything.

My least favorite workout of the week was Total Body Circuit. It’s hard, plain and simple. My quads and shoulders were both on fire. Again, no shame in doing modifications and doing what I can just to keep moving.

The double workout on Friday was also a challenge. I stressed over this a little. Do I do them back to back? One in the morning and one at night? The answer was made for me when I found out I would be spending the afternoon with my most fabulous niece and I knew I needed to do both workouts Friday morning just to get them done. And I’m glad I did. Yes, it was a challenge and I was like jello afterwards. But, I did it and that’s what matters.

I was happy with the 3 runs I got in for the week as well, especially just coming off a half marathon. I am kind of in shock still that I ran 9 miles Sunday morning so soon after a half and working out hard all week. I certainly felt it, but it wasn’t so bad I had to stop.

I also enjoyed a Shakeology every morning for breakfast. Yum!! Some mornings I just mixed it with water and ice, other mornings I made a blended smoothie with fruit and unsweetened almond milk and fruit… All in all, week 1 of the T25 Challenge was a success! I hope that week 2 is the same!

Exciting news! I am now an Independent Beachbody Coach!  If I can answer any questions you may have regarding Shakeology, Focus T25, 21 Day Fix, and other Beachbody products, please do not hesitate to let me know! You can find out more at my Beachbody website!

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