Does Anything Turn Out the Way It Looks on Pinterest?

I’ve recently decided to start yet another health kick. When I say “health kick” I don’t mean finally start working out, blah blah. I work out regardless of how I eat, but I’m pretty sure my cocoa puffs and popcorn for breakfast lunch & dinner today cancelled out my morning run and yesterday’s and the day before’s. I found this great recipe on Pinterest, Caprese Stuffed Burgers. Sounded healthy enough if I ate it without the bun and the picture posted on Pinterest? I was sold immediately. I can’t be the only one…look at this thing!

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Hello, Trail Running Season in Park City

Once again I am working on getting back to normal life and routine after about a week and a half from being away. I love going home to Missouri, of course, seeing my family and friends is always a highlight – but being away from my new home, the office and my normal routine gets hard after awhile. I had an absolutely fantastic time while I was home this time around though. As I already mentioned, the bachelorette party was a blast and the wedding festivities somehow even topped that. Thursday was the rehearsal dinner in St. Louis, Friday we all got together during the day to get our nails and toes done and that night we stayed at the hotel together for one last night! There were so many great things that happened during all of it, way too many to recount, but it will not be a wedding soon forgotten! The bride was stunning and it was truly her fairytale wedding. So I’ll just share a few photos instead :)

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Training for a Trail Run Indoors

With Utah being such a winter loving state (especially Park City) I’ve had to opt for some indoor training trail running tips (try saying that 5x fast!). Running on a treadmill or around an indoor track have always been just about 2 of the most boring activities I could find myself doing. Unfortunately, I don’t always have a choice, so I figured I might as well be doing it right if I’m going to be doing it. I found these two great treadmill workouts from Caitlin Chock, a former Professional Nike Runner, at TrailRunnerMag.com

The Long Haul: Three-Mile Hill Climbs
The workout should be completed at a pace that is difficult but sustainable for the entire three-mile repeat.

  • Warm-up 15 minutes at 1.5-percent grade
  • 1st mile at 4-percent grade
  • 2nd mile at 6-percent grade
  • 3rd mile at 8-percent grade
  • Cool-down 15 minutes at 1.5-percent grade

Zero-Drop: Flat Speed Sessions on the Belt
The goal is to run slightly faster than you could on the track because you are running sans any grade or wind resistance. For example, if your hard 800-meter pace is 3:00 outside, aim for 2:55 to 2:57 reps on the treadmill.

  • Warm up 15 minutes at a 1.5- or zero-percent grade. With treadmill on a zero-percent grade, run six to 10 x 800 meters hard with a 400-meter recovery jog between each. Cool-down 15 minutes at a 1.5 or zero-percent grade.
  • Warm up 15 minutes at a 1.5- or zero-percent grade. With treadmill set to a zero-percent grade, run 10 to 20 x 400 meters hard with a 200-meter recovery jog between each. Cool down 15 minutes at a 1.5- or zero-percent grade.

Tonight I am going to attempt The Long Haul: Three-Mile Hill Climbs. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that because it’s new and not repetitive I can finish before I die of boredom.

The good news though, is that while I have been off the running trails I’ve been stepping up my snowboarding game on the ski trails. I’d like to think that has kept me in pretty good shape but I guess my run tonight will be a testament to that.

Me when I was just a newbie snowboarder last year. My outfit has come a long way since then!

Me when I was just a newbie snowboarder last year. My outfit has come a long way since then! I would like to think I no longer look like the Michelin Man.

 

Update!

I did The Long Haul: Three-Mile Hill Climbs as  my cardio workout last night. Holy cow are my legs burning today! I ended up having to cut the warm-up and cool-down a little shorter than 15 minutes because of a time constriction, but I think my body is secretly thanking me for that. It’s a cardio workout that I will definitely be keeping in the rotation to get ready to hit the trails this Spring!

 

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My Favorite Purchase Ever

Happy Friday! I really need to step up my blogging game lately, I am just always so exhausted outside of work, running and feeding myself. I’ll work on it! My running this week has looked like this:

Monday – 4 miles outside
Tuesday – 4 miles outside / 3 miles outside after work
– I ran a 5:55 mile on my lunch run, I have no idea where it came from! But it felt awesome!
Wednesday – 5 miles I ran up to the Olympic Park, I haven’t done that in forever!
Thursday – Rest Day. I didn’t plan on it, but I feel like I pulled something in my quad from my hill run on Wednesday and I didn’t want to push it 2 weeks before race day
Today – snowboarding this morning, planning on 5 miles this evening

A few pictures from Wednesday’s run. You can never beat running while the sun is setting in Park City.

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A Lot of Talk of Shoes

This week’s running is going surprisingly well and I am loving every minute of it! I’ve also been making sure each run is not flat…and bonus they’ve almost all been trail runs!!

Tuesday – 4 trail miles up to Olympic Park, 450ft elevation gain
Wednesday – 4 trail miles, 600ft elevation gain
Thursday – 3.5 miles before work (on the road bc it was dark)
Friday – I am planning to do a trail run with a couple of coworkers during lunch

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Happy belated Thanksgiving!

Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope you all ate too much and relaxed even more.

My little Thanksgiving break from work started Wednesday afternoon with a quick and hard workout at the gym. I felt like I severely pulled my hamstring after the gym on Tuesday so I started the day off on this new stretch machine at my gym. It looks a lot like a luggage cart so I felt awkward on it the entire time.

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Back on the Workout Train

I finally made it back to the gym for a hard workout and it felt great! I haven’t had that feeling in a while after a workout, but I’m glad it’s back because it definitely makes it easier to get back into a routine.

Today’s workout:

Ran on the treadmill for 35 minutes (3.75 miles) at different speeds/inclines.

Workout!

I like to change things up to make sure the treadmill doesn’t bore me into a walk. It’s happened more than I’m proud to admit.

After running I did a 10 minute stretch routine and an ab circuit that I mostly just made up as I went. Which means it definitely needs some tweaking before it makes a regular appearance in my routine.

I received my New Balance 890v4′s in the mail last week but today was the first time I was able to wear them. I will have a full review of them later – they still need to be worn on a longer run, but as a trial run today I absolutely loved them. They felt much lighter (6.64oz) than my other pairs of New Balance but still kept that cushion feel in the heel. They are also sportin’ an 8mm heel to toe drop which is one of my favorite heel drops.

NB 890v4

NB890v4

The nice post it that came with my shoes :) Don’t mind the peanut butter stain…I couldn’t stop myself from digging into the jar after my workout.

My plan is to make it back to the gym in the morning so I have 0 obligations after work tomorrow! Tomorrow evening is decorate the house in Christmas day and I need my schedule cleared for that!

How do you stay entertained on the treadmill?

Favorite time of day to workout?

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Bic Mac’s for EVERYONE!

Well, helloooo! Is it the weekend yet? Just kidding! I hope you all got some good, long runs in this weekend (especially if you’re some where that had this beautiful weather) because I did not. Not 1 run. Notta. Didn’t even snowboard. I did however get in a 7.5 mile run during my lunch on Friday and another 2.5 at the gym after work and I guess I just decided that was good enough for a couple of days. I finished the run (7.5) in right under an hour, which was a faster pace than I anticipated. By the way, my race is in about 2.5 weeks and I have not run more than 8 consecutive miles in 2014…so things are really looking good for that.

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Spring Running Clothes are Here!!

I woke up today with a super, super sore calf so logically I went out and ran 4.5 easy miles. I came home and did a lot of foam rolling and stretching. I don’t have anything calf specific as far as foam rolling goes, so I just used what I had and hoped for the best! It’s still pretty sore, so instead of going out for another run (which was my original plan) I opted for an at home workout from the Sarah Fit book. I pretty much just mashed about 3 workouts into one and skipped the ones that made my calf hurt. I also gave myself a nice little pat on the back for getting in some strength training. These arms are looking prettyyyy ripped. Just kidding, I can barely lift a piece of paper.

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Snow on April 27 – WHY!

Lately, I haven’t been minding Monday’s as much as usual because I have a lot of stuff going on (traveling wise) and they are somehow the day’s that I get the most done. However, a Monday during the last week of April when I wake up and there are inches of snow on the ground is not my favorite thing in the world. Talk about a buzz kill. Luckily the rest of the week is supposed to gradually get nicer and eventually end in Spring-like weather. Now to cross my fingers that it actually sticks around this time.

I had a pretty uneventful weekend given the amount of rain/snow/ice we were getting. Saturday morning I woke up and laid in bed all morning reading my book (finally finished Divergent) and I did not mind it one bit. The afternoon was spent car shopping (in the rain) and then a quick pizza and salad dinner at an Italian restaurant near the house. The rest of the evening was spent reading and watching TV. Told you, very uneventful :)

 

Sunday was supposed to be as gross as Saturday, but I lucked out and got out early enough to beat the snow. I went into town and did my own little version of a hill run. I did a 5ish  mile loop that ended up being around a 900ft elevation climb overall. I found a 1.5 mile loop that climbed and then had a really nice downhill (I wanted the downhills for my upcoming race). Right after I finished my run, it started snowing and continued to do so until my drive into work today. Yayy. I took a detour for a quick rest after one of the hills and found this neighborhood I never knew existed. I could live there. Yep.

 

I conveniently ended my run next to the bookstore on Main Street so I could pick up some goodies.

Books not sold on Amazon are really expensive, for anyone not aware. Probably just me.  But I couldn’t resist, the bookstore atmosphere is awesome and I hadn’t been in one in a really long time. I’d say it was worth it (kind of:))

Although the weather slightly made this Monday morning a downer, I stopped by the grocery store on my way to work to pick up some fruit for the day and LOOK WHAT I FOUND! 2 packs of Halo’s!

I sincerely hope someone was promoted for this genius idea.

Today’s planned run is an easy but longer run. During my morning routine of watching The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, I threw in a little bit of stretching and core work. There has been a significant drop in my workout routine that is anything but running since ending my gym membership so I am trying really hard to get back into a routine that includes it again. I have a few random P90x cds that I hope can help me out.

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