Workouts This Week

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2/17 Monday- Rest

2/18 Tuesday- 4 mile run.  Outside!!! At 40 degrees we are starting to thaw out.

2/19 Wednesday-Rest

2/20 Thursday- 3 mile run and volleyball league

2/21 Friday- Rest

2/22 Saturday- 7 mile run.  60 degrees feels so nice!

2/23 Sunday- Rest

20140222 Twilight RunThoughts on the week:

I didn’t do much other than running this week.  Next week I need to get my cross training up.  I was loving the weather this week, I even wore shorts on my run on Saturday afternoon! I think I may need a change of scenery for the long runs, I’ve been running the same direction on the trail and got to a big busy intersection at my 3.5 mile turnaround.  I’ll have to look at the trail map and see where some other paths link up for my upcoming runs.


Workouts This Week

1/27 Monday: Power Flow Yoga I/II

Since I enjoyed the Hot Power Flow class I took last week, I thought I’d try this Monday night class.  This one was just lightly heated, but with the mix of I/II levels it was still a tough workout!  There were a few people in the class who were REALLY good.

1/28 Tuesday: 2.5 mile run on the treadmill

Brr!! Had to stay inside for this one since it was 15 degrees out before the windchill here.

1/29 Wednesday: Wandering around Macy’s for 2 hours with a scanner gun counts as cross training right?

1/30 Thursday: 3 mile run and volleyball league

It was still fairly cold, just barely 30 degrees so I bundled up a bit for this one.

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1/31 Friday: Rest

2/1 Saturday: 5 mile run

We got a break from the cold and it was almost 50 degrees out!!

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2/2 Sunday: Rest

Thoughts on the week: I’m really getting into the groove of doing my weekday runs during my lunch hour.  It is such a nice feeling at the end of the day to know I’ve already gotten my workout in.  Things to work on for next week will be incorporating some strength training and drinking more water.

Workouts This Week

1/20 Monday: 3 mile run outside

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1/21 Tuesday: Rest

1/22 Wednesday: 2 mile run on the treadmill


1/23 Thursday: Hot Power Flow Yoga

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1/24 Friday: Volleyball league

Friday Night Volleyball

1/25 Saturday: Does bowling count?  Just kidding…

1/26 Sunday: 4 mile run outside and Flow Yoga.  Although it was pretty slow, I did the run outside in the less than 30 degree weather so I’m proud I was able to motivate myself to do so.  Hopefully it warms up soon!

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Friday Things

I’ve been having a good blog week with getting a post up everyday.  Yesterday I was pretty busy and just didn’t feel like I had anything interesting to write about.  Oh well!

I’m really really glad its Friday, with the snow and cold weather it feels like this week took forever.  I’ll leave you with some reflections from the week and weekend plans…

1. Zac comes home today!  He has been in Alabama all week for the Senior Bowl.  Its nice to have the place to yourself for a little bit, but then it starts to get a bit lonely.

2. I ordered the Jade Yoga Mat the other day with some Christmas money.  Can’t wait until it arrives!  I really want to try and get to more than one yoga class per week.  It helps stretch me out from the running I’m doing and I typically leave class feeling tired but energized. I figure if that’s the case why shouldn’t I do it more often?

3. In that spirit, I tried out a new class yesterday at the main studio in Alexandria.  It was called Hot Power Flow I.  What a great class!  I was a bit worried about the ‘power’ part that I wouldn’t be able to keep up but I did and it was a great workout.  While there were typical vinyasa aspects of the class, the way the sequences were to go between the poses was a bit different and we did some poses I’d never done before.  She also did a bit of a workshop for a few minutes on ways to get into the side crow pose, which let us cool down a bit.  I’m always intimidated by poses like that so it was really great to try it with her tips even if I didn’t get into the pose last night. I know with some practice I can do it!

Mind The Mat Del Rey

4. I’ve got volleyball league tonight.  There was no room for individuals not already on a team in the DC Social Sports league that I had been playing in. After some googling, I found the Chantilly Women’s League and emailed the organizer to ask if there were teams that needed any additional players.  Well, luckily for me one team has a woman who is pregnant so they do.  A bit weird that the games are spread out through the week instead of all on one night but I suppose gym time is hard to come by.

5. I have a meeting set up for Saturday morning with a local designer to talk about wedding invitations.  I hope she has some great ideas for us and her pricing fits in the budget.  Her style is described as traditional with a twist, which is pretty much what we’re looking for so cross your fingers it works out!

6. Anyone else secretly happy Justin Bieber got arrested for his antics?  No? Just me?

7.  I need to run 4 miles this weekend.  The forecast says 36 degrees for tomorrow.  4 miles would kinda suck on the treadmill so I’m thinking I need to suck it up and run outside.

8.  My W2s arrived this week.  All 3 of them.  If you work in 3 or more states in a year the company will reimburse your taxes if you go to H&R Block to get them done.  That will be a nice perk.  Since I’d moved from NJ to VA last year and still went to NJ for work a few times I went to H&R Block get them done just so I didn’t screw anything up.  While it ended up being good I did that because my W2 info somehow didn’t get switched over to VA so I needed to get an amended one, it cost a pretty penny!  It will be awesome to get my entire refund back this year.

9.  One of the best pug pictures ever.

10. Happy Friday everyone!

10K Training Plan: Week 11

Shunga Trail

On the schedule:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Yoga 3 mile run 35 min CT 2 + strength 50 min CT Rest 4 mile run

What actually happened:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Yoga Rest 2 hrs volleyball 3 mile run Rest Rest 4 mile run

I skipped one of the runs (95 degrees still at 6pm?  No thank you!) , but overall a good week.

I was a sub for one of my Kansas coworker’s team and they had a double header on Tuesday night!  It was fun to get out on the court again.

I definitely didn’t want to get out of bed and do the run on Saturday, but I’m glad Zac pushed me out of bed to go.  This week’s 4 miler was much better than last week’s.  The weather was AWESOME!

10K Training: Week 5 Recap

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On the schedule:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
28-Jul Yoga 2 mile run 25 CT 2 mile run 30 min CT Rest 2.5 mile run

What actually happened:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
28-Jul 45 minute walk 2 mile run Rest 2 mile run 1 hour volleyball Rest 2.5 mile run

No yoga again this week, Zac and I have been taking walks after dinner lately instead.  While I like to go to yoga, I enjoy that we can spend time together doing something active.  I think I should change my schedule to Yoga/Walk haha.

Tuesday was the summer picnic for work, so I spent my time catching up with all of my coworkers.  It was so nice to be back in New Jersey and see everyone.

Since I was traveling back on Wednesday night, I knew I wouldn’t run when I got home so I woke up early and ran before work.  Who am I?!

While it was nice to get the run out of the way, I don’t know if I could become a full time morning exerciser, I like my sleep too much.  But, in circumstances where it is necessary, good to know I can drag myself out of bed.

10K Training: Week 4 Recap

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On the schedule:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
21-Jul Yoga 1.75 mile run 25 min CT 1.75 mile run 30 min CT Rest 2.25 mile run

What actually happened:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
21-Jul 30ish min walk 1.75 mile run 30 min bike 1.75 mile run 1 hr volleyball Rest 2.25 mile run

For that walk I say 30ish because we stopped to talk to the woman walking her pug.  We’d like to get a pug in the near future, so anytime we see one, we ask the person where they got it.  Hopefully this will help us find a reputable breeder in the area.

I couldn’t remember how long my cross training was supposed to be so I went with 30 minutes on the stationary bike at the hotel.

My run on Saturday morning was the longest I’ve run in a while but it felt so great.  I’m not sure if it was the weather or if I just hit a point in the training where the running felt easier.  I’m certainly not complaining though!

10K Training: Week 3 Recap


On the schedule:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
14-Jul Yoga 1.5 mile run 20 min CT 1.5 mile run 20 min CT Rest 2 mile run

What actually happened:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
14-Jul Rest 1.5 mile run Rest 1.5 mile run 2 hrs volleyball Rest 1.8 mile run

Sunday we went to Dewey Beach for the day to visit with my parents.  We didn’t get home until after 10 so yoga was not in the cards.

This past week for work was crazy, I think I’m lucky I got these runs in.  At least things calmed down a bit at the end of the week.  Thursday’s cross training consisted of a double header for volleyball league.

Saturday I got my run in early before heading out to the winery for a friend’s birthday, but after some miscalculation on the route, it ended up being 1.8 miles instead of 2.  I suppose it was just as well, my legs felt pretty heavy.  I think the volleyball tired them out a bit.

Overall, I’m happy with the week and that even with things going on I was able to fit the runs in.  I was also able to do all the runs without any walk breaks.  Although I definitely wanted to take some on Saturday!

Five for Friday

Who else is excited for the weekend?  One of the girls I work with in Kansas has this picture at her desk and I laugh every time I see it.

Here are some highlights from the week and what I’m looking forward to this weekend:

1. Yesterday was the first game of my summer volleyball league!  I haven’t played since the fall season so I’m excited to be part of a team again.  Our team is called Sh’boom and it has a few people from the team I was on in the fall as well as some new people.  We played Ball Me Maybe yesterday.  All the games were close, but we ended up losing in game three.

Not our team

Not our team

2. The Nationals have their 5 dollar tickets going on for the next few days so we are heading to the game tomorrow!  I really need to get my Bryce Harper shirt.

3. I don’t know why, but for some reason orange soda is just tasting really good lately.  I’ve had it three times this week.

4. It is supposed to hit 90 here over the weekend.  Hot weather means lots of reading by the pool!


5. I’m going to get a little pampering too.  A pedicure for sure and maybe a manicure as well.  I’ve been keeping up with one of my goals for June and keeping them looking nice, if anything they need to be cut down a bit so they don’t get too long and break off.

Have you ever had a random craving for a few days?

What are your weekend plans?