So today I did something spontaneous/ exciting! I bought an unlimited pass to Pure Barre for the month! I have heard about barre for a long time, but for some reason I never looked to see if there was one near me? But today I heard about it at work, and when my coworker said “I really saw a difference in my arms and lower abs” I said sign me up. So I just sprung for it and did it! Nothing like already paying for something to really force you to go through with it.
I went to my first class tonight and it was for sure different then anything I have ever been too. I am used to running and getting really sweaty, and I really wasn’t that way tonight. Well that could be because I could only do about half the class! With the small pulsing movements my muscles literally worked so hard they couldn’t hold it anymore! It was a pretty cool feeling, and I loved that there were little stretch breaks intermixed in the class. At the end of the class, I walked out and just said “ouch”. All my muscles were exhausted. It was awesome. I have a feeling this will also really help build core strength for running, while also increasing my flexibility! Great all around in my book.
And to end on a cute note, here is a picture of my baby Toby puppy attempting to play with his “brother” my bunny Doofy. Toby loves him so, and Doofy could really not care less. Have a great night!
So I may actually suck at this whole blog writing thing! Actually I think I just suck at doing things unless I am on a schedule, and I work them into my schedule. So good news! I now have a schedule haha. All this week I have done morning workouts, and while I have been consistently tiredddd I know it can only get better. I try to go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time, and I think I am doing ok with it. Luckily I had today off for Good Friday, so I can squeeze in my long run before the weekend at the in laws! Hopefully tomorrow I can do maybe just 3 miles or something there. But as for today I have nine miles on the agenda. Also I don’t have any GU or anything so that’s fun Tayler. 9 miles is a longgg run for me, so I should probably bring something, but I guess not today.
I have really been all about the running, and trying to keep to it. The Pittsburgh Half is in 16 days eek! I am very excited, mostly because I still get to go into the race with the same goal: Just finishing. It’s relaxing and I just have to keep reminding myself how blessed I am that I get to run (jog slowly) around towns. Also that I get to buy running gear. I am really really excited for this summer in terms of running, and I have set some goals for myself I think are attainable.
I’ll keep this post short and sweet, just saying that I am indeed back :) I promise!
This week has flown by seriously! I started my new job, and so far I really like it! But it did make me realize one thing: I really need to schedule my life now. I was so used to just doing whatever, whenever, and all this week I was just tired and lazy! (as seen here on the blog, or lack there of… lol) So today after work I went out and bought a planner which I hadn’t done this year yet, and I feel so much better! I have scheduled my runs and workouts, and frankly love the organization. I felt like I was slipping out of control and wasn’t going to be able to do anything, and then I’m like “hey, lets do this planning thing everyone keeps talking about. Your life isn’t that hard, you can just do what everyone else does.” So I did. And now I am happy.
Me, jamming and attempting to work, typical.
In other news involving my planner, I am officially going to become a morning workout-er, and have scheduled all of my workouts with times. I plan to document that here to kind of keep me going because frankly my down time taught me that my workouts are my key to my sanity. I cannot let them slip, and at the end of the day I want nothing more then just to come home and sit on my butt. So if anyone has any tips/mantras they tell themselves about their morning workouts, please let me know!
I just had to check in here to make sure all know I have not run away, I am still kicking, and I also happened to squeeze in 14 miles this week. Not quite where I want to be, but still moving up. I have an 8 mile run calling my name tomorrow! Bring itttt :) Have a great weekend!
Busy weekend I suppose! First wedding shower, check. Picked out wedding bands, check. Invitations in, check. Pretty overall successful! Now to the fun part, running!
So last week I ran.. 9 miles… blerg. I say that 1. because it’s disappointing and 2. because I was supposed to have a long run on Saturday but it rained/snowed all day so I moved it to Sunday, therefore disqualifying it from being “last week”
Last week in terms of running/working out and eating was.. bleh. But I will say this: Friday I was supposed to run outside after I made my last post, but then it down poured. So I put off my run the rest of the day, just napping and laying around. When I was about to say “forget this run” I looked online here at the blog and I saw a couple “good luck on your run’s!” and I thought that I couldn’t lie to you good people, so I ran downstairs in our super tiny and hot exercise room in my building! So thank you for encouraging me :)
So I felt my running grove back and wanted to long run on Saturday but it was raining so hard and it was freezing. Plus my shin was throbbing all day. So I ran Sunday.
And it was cold! And I didn’t want to, and there were these little rolling hills that made me mad, and for the first 3 miles my left shin felt like it was going to just fall off and I was dragging my leg. But I kept trucking. And slowly but surely I finished my 7 miles for the day, and I literally can’t think of a better way to start a day! Or a week for that matter!
So I am reenergized. I start my new job tomorrow, it’s going to be a pretty great week weather wise, and I am ready to roll. I am going to give meal planning a shot, as well as exercise planning. Instead of just going to the gym whenever and doing whatever. We shall see!
I also snapped a pic of me before I went downstairs for my Friday run. I am trying to not have a blog post without a pic hence forcing me to take more pics.
Gotta love those Mizunos :) Have a great week!
Am I the only one? I honestly cannot be. I am sitting here waiting for all of my stuff to charge so I can go on a run, and I realize how much I hate my stupid Nathan’s brand belt that I wear to put my phone and keys in. It is wayyy too small, and I have seen some of my favorite blogs try out the flip belt and now I want one LIKE NO OTHER. Especially because it is only $28.99, which to me is not a totally unreasonable price. I can spend $30 without feeling super bad. Why can’t it be $40 or above? I have a tough time when it gets to 40.. ACK.
Then Monica over at runeatrepeat.com had to post today about how her favorite Moving Comfort shorts which I have been wanting to try for a while are on sale today! They are $35 which ONCE AGAIN I don’t have the biggest deal spending. But I really want them.
I swear I could browse the internet all day for new gear. I need someone to smack my hand away!
Off to run for a little to enjoy it being 50 degrees for .3 seconds! Literally I have 3 hours before a cold front blows in.. thanks Ohio..
.. when it comes to dogs! Today we went to go look for my mom’s dress for the wedding, and when we got to the salon the absolute CUTEST dog was there! Turns out it is called a Wheaten Terrier and it is at the top of my list of dog’s to scoop up now! Sure, the rules are now that I can’t get a dog for around a year, because I have to see how this new job is going to do throughout busy season (Jan-April) of next year, and we have to have the wedding and everything and just enjoy us for a time, but it never hurt to look right :)
Nothing super exciting happened yesterday! Just the basics. And today’s workout consisted of burpees and pushups. It was a long travel day so I figured I would just do that and call it a day! Not that those are easy, because seriously, they are not.
In other news the weather is starting to perk up, it was 47 in the Cleve today! Here we come spring!!
SO one of my new favorite blogs HAS to be stuftmama.com ! Go over there and see her diet forreal though. She is healthy healthy and has some very interesting veggies and meals! Also she runs all that high mileage, which is as close that I have seen yet to my all time favorite blog SkinnyRunner, even though alas she has departed from the blog world! Nothing gets my butt out the door faster then reading a post where a woman just ran 20 miles, or over 100 a week. I know that is a little much, but I just think it’s really empowering and it seriously pumps me up. I cannot wait for the day when I can hit double digits whenever I want like it’s no big deal. But wait, I guess I have to run to make that happen..hmm.. my long run this weekend should help! (and by long I mean 7 miles, which is long for me.. haha)
And I know you didn’t think I would leave you without a picture of my new favorite dog breed, did you ? :)
This girl is 28 pounds of love, and great for apartment living! And honestly, who could say no to those eyes… I would gladly accept a girlie like this if someone has an extra laying around :)
Howdy from my parents house! Also my puppy’s house. He is not a puppy anymore, he is almost 2 and an 85 pound lab, and he is my favorite. I wish I could steal him with me always. I could write a love song for you about Toby but I will spare you.
Anyway today I tried on my wedding dress! It was fun and it is so beautiful and I love it, but I did see how much work I had to do still. Not a ton, but I am not 100% yet. Fun stuff though seriously it is my dream dress and I have some awesome accessories!
I ate like poo today as well though. Weird as I started out the day seeing all the work I had to do to be super ready for my wedding dress. I know, I stink at complaining and not doing, but I digress.
Yesterdays workout: I ran another 3.1 and did arms and some abs. I took today off running because I am exhausted and I wanted to rest my calves for a sec again just to check in. My speed is still pretty good but I really need to build up mileage for my half at the beginning of May. If I can run 3.1 at least two more days this week plus a 7 mile long run I will feel pretty good. I feel like I have a pretty good icing and compression system. Also something that has been doing WONDERS for me is elevation of my legs? Let me take a sec and describe what I mean before we start jumping to things haha! At night once last week and last night, I went to my guy’s apartment to read my current book, where he has this awesome reclining chair next to the wall, so I put my legs up on the wall and read for like a half hour or so. It is pretty amazing at taking away any throbbing in my lower leg after runs. I need to research that more I guess.
Anyhoo I will end with a picture of my baby Toby!
we call this his “Rocky the Squirrel” because of the cartoon about the flying squirrel. I have never seen a dog lay like this past the tiny puppy phase, but that is my weirdo for ya. So handsome!