Weekly Recap February: Week 3

 

Happy weekend! This one has been great so far. We are still at my parents house having a great time. Today we are hosting a surprise 70th birthday party for my aunt and hopefully getting in a long run in the morning. I would really like to have time for 11 or 12 miles so we will see.

We watched movies and cleaned the house yesterday, and last night we ate pizza and watched the Endymion parade on TV. For those unfamiliar, it’s a HUGE Mardi Gras parade with 2600 riders and I think 24 or so floats. I would love to go to the ball one day, it always looks so amazing on television. Speaking of which, my parade recap should be up tomorrow, then Tuesday the next part of my Rouge Orleans recap.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Here is my workout recap from this past week.  It is more sparse than usual due to recovering from Rouge Orleans. With two half’s back to back coming up I knew I needed to take it easy this week.

Sunday: Ran 7 miles and biked 8.5 for the remaining legs of the Rouge Orleans ultra-marathon relay

Monday: rest (really, sleep!)

Tuesday: Valentine’s Day, more resting

Wednesday: upper body weights, 10 minutes elliptical, 1 hour yoga class

Thursday: ran 2 miles, upper body and ab weights

Friday: upper body, ab, and leg weights, 15 minutes elliptical.

Saturday: rest (was supposed to be long run but were under a tornado warning!)

TOTALS:
miles run: 9
yoga taken: 1 one hour class
strength training: 3 days
cross training: 3 days

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I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend! We are headed back home this afternoon, then I have a couple days to pack and get ready for Princess! I cannot wait to share all the fun with you.

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QOTD: If you could design your own Mardi Gras float what would it look like?

Weekly Recap January Week 4

 

I am doing something I rarely ever do, and that is post twice in one day. I realized I forgot to do a run down of last weeks training in today’s post so this week it gets a post all it’s own!

Week of January 29-February 4:

Sunday: rest

Monday: 1 hour yoga class, 4 miles running, 40 minutes of weights (upper body/back and bi’s and abs)

Tuesday: 20 minutes elliptical, upper body weights (chest tri’s) and legs

Wednesday: ran 5 miles with my mom

Thursday: upper body weights (back, bi’s) and legs

Friday: 1 mile walk on the beach

Saturday: 3 mile run on the beach

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(more beach pictures and recap to come tomorrow!)

Miles run: 12

Yoga taken: 1 one hour class

strength training: 3 x’s

cross training: 2 x’s

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Ok, must go DVR the Bachelor before I made supper then head to the gym with Bobby. Have a great evening everyone!

QOTD: Who is your favorite Bachelor girl now that we are a few weeks in? If you don’t watch, would you ever participate in a reality show of any kind?

Childhood Obesity Vlog

 

Good morning! I am actually away/busy this weekend, but here is something fun I filmed for you yesterday before the craziness started. I decided due to some coaxing from some blends to do some more vlogs. I have some great ideas for some fun and action packed ones for when I am out of the boot, but for now you just have to listen to me talk. Smile

Today’s vlog is about something near and dear to my heart, the childhood (and college student) obesity epidemic. Hear what I have to say on the matter, and I would LOVE your feedback! I will “recap” below the post in case you don’t have speakers/don’t want to wake your entire family up by listening to my dog growl at me in my video. Enjoy!

Oh boy. Yes, my dog DOES growl to be held, like a child. Well, kids don’t growl…I hope. Anyway, as a recap:

-Obesity in children and young adults is worse than ever

-College students need better education on healthy habits and eating/exercise coming into an already overwhelming Freshman year.

-kids need to step away from the screen and go PLAY outside.

-PARENTS need to take responsibility for instilling healthy habits, and with the help of schools and the community, we need to come up with more ways to fix this problem.

QOTD: My questions for you:

1.) What can we do as a parent/teacher/member of a community do to fix this

2.) What do you already do/implement as a parent/teacher/community member to teach children and young adults healthy habits? I would love to start some discussion!

*Bloggers! If you are running Disney Princess and want to take part in a meet up please vote on the poll on my right sidebar!

*readers and bloggers, if you would like me to share a picture of your Christmas tree and or outdoor lights e mail me a picture at runningwithsass@gmail.com and your blog link (if you have one) and I will post them all as a virtual Christmas tour as we get closer to Christmas

 

…aaannnddd for your enjoyment, I present you this six second little gem. By the way, the last word I am saying (which sadly got cut off) is “fail!”

California Fun Part 2

 

Ok so we left off after a fun filled night at downtown Disney in California. Oh wait, did you miss part one? check it out HERE. Ok, moving on. So Sunday the weather was equally beautiful. I woke up wide awake at 6:00, even got up and did some things on the computer and called Bobby. Then I realized I was still sleepy and fell asleep again. Time zone fail.

Me, Crystal, and Kenji went to lunch at this cute little place by her house, and then we decided to go for a nice walk. I was still hurting from some pulled muscles and pain from playing volleyball on Castaway Cay, so we decided to walk, instead of run.

We set out to find some newish trails by Crystal’s house. We found them, and some fun parks/scenery too!

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Gorgeous weather, gorgeous landscaping, I was having a great time! We just talked and talked, and then we stumbled upon this little gym. It was like a circled track/spongy material right off the trail, and every few yards was a piece of outdoor workout equipment. Of course, I wanted to be silly and try them all out!

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of course I made Crystal try some, too. I laughed pretty hard when she got on the pull up bar and her feet didn’t touch the ground!

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hehe.

We finally decided to turn around and realized we were a LONG way from her house! We ended up walking for TWO HOURS. Of course, Kenji fell asleep when we were FIVE MINUTES from the house! Crazy kid.

We dipped our feet in the pool after the walk to cool off.

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I wasn’t really starving because I had a big lunch, so we decided to grab a pizza and I just ate Fro Yo for dinner, no pizza. HA! I can do that, right? I got a mix of pomegranate and watermelon YUM.

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I was SO tired from the walk and still wacky from the time difference, so I decided to go to bed early. We had a 4:00 wake up call! I called Bobby then crawled in bed at 8:15. it was still daylight! I can’t remember the last time I did that! But guess what? I slept ALL night until my alarm went off at 4!

Crystal was so sweet to offer to drive me to Union Station so early in the morning. a true friend! We got me there about 5:15 for the 6:00 train to San Diego. Now, I will admit I was a little nervous. One of my fears is going somewhere that I have NO idea where I am going. I have never even BEEN on an Amtrak train before, or at a station like this, so I was totally clueless. Plus it was pitch black dark when I got there, so I was slightly nervous.

I walk in, and within 5 seconds a homeless man approaches me and starts asking me for money. I told him no, sorry, and started to walk away and he FOLLOWED me and kept asking. I headed for the ticket counter where a man was working and finally the dude walked off. GAH! Just what I needed when I was already freaked out! So I pulled out my ticket I was supposed to scan at the kiosk and surprise surprise, it doesn’t work. So I go to the ticketing counter, which ended up being a good thing, because the man told me where I needed to go, but said the train doesn’t board till 5:50. Ok…so…I didn’t know if I was supposed to head that way, or wait in the main area…I was so clueless! (ok please stop laughing!) so I stood around for a few minutes in the main area and just watched to see what everyone else was doing.

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I thought about going to Starbucks but the line was really long. I had a major headache from not having coffee, but decided to just deal with it for now.

Finally at about 6:40, I decided to start walking down the tunnel towards my platform just to see. I got down to my number, looked up the tunnel and realized it was COLD! I did not want to go stand on the platform. Alone. in the dark. and freeze. SO I stood around outside the tunnel for a few minutes until I saw a couple people going up and to the platform, so I followed them.

We stood around outside, and I even had a guy ask me if this is the train to San Diego. I told him yes, I thought so, but what I wanted to say was “does it LOOK LIKE I know if this is the train to San Diego?!”

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looking back down into the tunnel. Sorry my ticket got in the way.

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I tied to be sneaky and take a picture of the train without looking like a tourist, sorry it’s blurry!

Ok, so, train is here, doors open, and people start getting on, and heading upstairs, so I follow. (Such a sheep today!) I followed the few people into the first car we got onto, and sat on the last row after putting my suitcase on the rack at the back. Luckily, there were not many people so no one sat next to me the whole way. Here are a few pics I took of us leaving Los Angeles. Let me just say I was so relieved to finally make it onto the train, I knew the rest would be smooth sailing!

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It was a 3 hour train ride which I thought would be so boring, but the scenery was great, that and I slept on and off the whole time!

When we got closer to San Diego we went along the coast/ocean, and it was so beautiful! I was of course sitting on the WRONG side of the train to see it.  But I did get some houses up on the cliffs. it was crazy to me how they were just sitting on the edge! Sorry the quality is bad…cell phone camera against a window with the sun coming up!

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Here is one I took of the inside of the train

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We finally made it to the last stop, San Diego! When we got off, there was another train right in front of me, and people were going both ways around it. um…so I asked the lady where I should go if someone is picking me up and she directed me in front of the other train inside the station. By the way, as soon as I stepped off…the weather, SO PERFECT! Breezy, sunny, about 68 degrees! I made it into the station, texted the Running skirts twins that I was there. They said they would be about 20 minutes, so I got a cup of coffee and sat down and enjoyed the pretty station and day! (I felt much better after my coffee!)

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On my next California post…picked up by the twins, meeting the other reps, and getting spoiled rotten!

QOTD: Do you get nervous going somewhere you have never been before?

Doubling Up

 

Wa wa wa Wednesday! Ok not sure where THAT came from! (Probably the same place my dancing face came from…)

Anyway, yesterday I posted about my 2 week plan to get my body toned and ready for a swimsuit on our cruise. I mentioned working out twice a day. I haphazardly mentioned cardio and strength training without really thinking it through. YES I still plan to do both, but I will NOT strength train every day. I am thinking more like three times a week, and the other three would be double runs.

This works to my advantage for two reasons:

1.) It is HOT outside y’all. In case you missed my tweet earlier today, when I went to run it was 86 out with a “feels like” temp of 99!!!! Wanted. to. die. So I shortened my run and went back out again later instead of baking in the heat for too long.

2.) It will keep my energy levels up all day, and obviously, running for a longer amount of time will we beneficial. (maybe that’s three reasons?)

This article from the oh so wonderful and helpful Runner’s World gave me a few pointers when running twice in one day like building slowly, recovering right, and mix and match. Check it out, I found it very helpful! This article was also very insightful.

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What I liked about the first article was how it explained the “benefit” of each “way” of doubling your runs. For instance, doing an easy 3-4 miler in the morning and an interval run in the afternoon gets blood flowing through your muscles, and provides extra aerobic work without fatigue. There are a few “combinations” given in the article that I will have to try.

I definitely only plan to run twice a day 2 days this week and 3 days next week, I don’t want to overdo it. My plan for the rest of the week is as follows:

Wednesday: cross train and weight lift

Thursday: Run twice (not sure exactly what my “plan” is for these runs yet. Suggestions?)

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 5k race with the handsome guy pictured below, and an easy afternoon run if I am feeling up to it. No pressure.

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So, I am very curious to hear your thoughts on running twice a day a couple of times a week. have you done it? Did it work for you? What was your plan or goal? (by the way…that’s the QOTD in case you didn’t figure it out.)

Have some Fun while Working Out

 

Hump Day is here! It’s cloudy, windy, and dreary, AGAIN! We had so many sunny beautiful days in early April, what’s the deal?!? Everyone having a good day? yes? I am waiting on someone to come fix our shower door, so I am stuck in the house this morning anyway.

Last night, I didn’t feel like running or doing a workout DVD but wanted to sweat and get in a good workout. Of course when I asked Bobby to hit the volleyball with me he jumped at the chance!

Did I ever tell you Bobby and I met on the volleyball court? It was the first weekend of college my sophomore year, and we were playing in an intermural tournament, on opposite teams. His team crushed mine, but we met, chatted, and he invited me to play with his group the next week. Soon after he asked me out on our first date and the rest is history!

We continued to play volleyball through college, and When we got married we joined a church league at well, our church. It was pretty comical, we got frustrated because the rules were so silly (no spiking, a boy and girl must hit on each turn, etc.) so we didn’t play after that season.

In the fall, I became the varsity and JV coach of Madison Central High school. I coached the varsity team to the state playoffs, and the JV team won a tournament we hosted.

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my team!

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As much as I loved coaching, I got a job teaching at another school the next year which made it near impossible to teach then get to the other school to coach and go to games, etc.

I am the person who randomly walks up to people playing volleyball on the beach and asks to join in.

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huh? I don’t know you.

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that’s ok. As long as you can play ball.

Over the last couple of years I haven’t gotten to play much or really at all. I am hoping to find a team or league or just some people to play with now that we live just a few minutes from the beach. Ok, so back to last night. We headed out into the park that is our front yard and played for 45 minutes.

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except now the grass is green!

Here I am ready for some fun!

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We got in a great workout, and I topped it off with some bench presses in the garage. Well, this morning I am sore! The great thing about volleyball is it is a full body workout. My arms and shoulders are sore from setting and hitting, my legs are sore from getting down low, and my abs are sore from stretching and reaching.

The best form of volleyball of course is sand volleyball, which is what we mostly played in college. A woman can burn around 400 calories from an hour of sand volleyball according to THIS website. (Take it with a grain of salt people.) I don’t know about you but that’s a pretty good burn, and a LOT of FUN!

The thing I want you to take away from all of this, is working out does NOT have to be boring or a chore! Make it fun in these ways:

1.) Mix it up. Doing the same thing over and over is sure to be boring.

2.) Workout with friends. Playing volleyball, tennis, basketball, anything with friends is always more fun!

3.) Try something new. Don’t be afraid to explore and try an activity you have never done before. You may find a new favorite!

4.) Keep moving! Even if you aren’t any good, that’s ok! Just keep moving and sweating and having fun. You don’t have to be good at something to burn the calories!

QOTD: What activities do you do besides the regular old running or gym classes that give you a good burn?