First ever double run day and Dan’s idea of a challenge

Hey everyone! I had my first double run day ever on Wednesday. It’s not something I plan on doing often, but it was low miles so I felt good about doing it. While I am a low mileage runner, I love reading training info from marathon runners and ultra runners. Their double run days sound so crazy to me, but I know it works for them. I headed to the gym to lift and truly focus on strength training, but the treadmill was calling my name! I did lift for about 2 minutes longer than I normally strength train. I knew I had my run with the 5k training group in the evening, but since it is the first week they are still easing into their miles so we had an easy 20 minutes scheduled. I decided I could handle an easy run in the morning so I ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill with some low inclines thrown in to mix it up. It truly was an easy run, but I still finished my work-out looking like this:

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Apparently ALL of the sweat in the world belongs to me! I show you these sweaty, make-up free pictures for a couple of reasons. First, working hard isn’t always pretty. I’m half kidding! I kind of feel the need to bring this up because I recently got on Instagram (@reservedforrunning) to try and reach new runners, low mileage runners…. people just looking for motivation. I have found that the world is FULL of beautiful people. I love seeing running updates and weight loss updates, but some of these pictures seem too perfect or too filtered. Believe me, I am not busting on anyone and how they want the world of strangers to see them, but it made me think about how ok I am with sharing my not so flattering pictures…. sweat and all. That is my promise, all pictures of me are the  real deal. I follow plenty of people on Instagram that keep it real and I so admire that.

So….about Dan’s challenge. He decided the other day that we should do 10 push-ups every hour, on the hour. Um….. ok??

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He seemed to be feeling motivated or inspired or just crazy so of course I went along with the challenge! 🙂 We started at 10am and ended at 8pm. Apparently I forgot about doing push-ups lately and they were difficult so I did modified push-ups and by the last 2-3 sets, I went to 8 push-ups. I stuck with it. Dan rocked all of the push-ups. Dan got the idea because one of his buddies was applying to work for a law enforcement agency a few years ago and was training for the physical fitness test. One of the things he did was start off with 10 push-ups every hour, on the hour. By the time he went to take his physical fitness test, he was doing 40 push-ups every hour, on the hour. Beast! I’m not quite sure I will get to that point, but I’m willing to give it a try again…once my arms aren’t so sore!

The morning of the push-up challenge, I had a great 3 mile progression run. It went like this:

5 minute walking warm-up

1/2 mile running warm-up 5.7-5.9 mph

1 mile at 6.1 mph

1 mile 6.4 mph

1 mile 6.8 mph

1/4 mile running cool down 6.0 mph

Progression runs (running each mile a little faster than the last) are a great way to train your body to run faster with each passing mile without getting crazy. It’s a perfect way to train for a 5k race. If you do enough progression runs, you will be ready to build speed without starting off too fast and have enough energy to finish strong!  I know this sounds so basic, but think of how often you walk or run the exact same pace for your entire 20,30, 40 minute work-out…. hmmm? Running at the same pace is great for an easy run, but if you are looking to get faster or run a smart race (no mater the distance) then progression runs help your body push when you need it most, without burning out before the race is done. Once again, I am a big believer in doing different types of runs to improve. It doesn’t have to be all about racing because it’s really great to see personal improvement. I have completed very few official races, but after years of doing the same thing, I changed up my running and I had great results. Maybe this is the reason I have been bitten by the racing bug…. I have shown myself that I am capable of so much more than I thought.

Thursday was a much needed rest day and today I am hitting up my Zumba class for some cross training and then a short speed work-out on the treadmill. I will be nice and warmed up after the class and I want to get in my last speed run before my first 5k race of the season next weekend.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Mine will be a busy one filled with Si-Guy’s first Little League game, opening day festivities at the ball park and Super D’s horseback riding on the farm.

 

Have you ever tried doing a push-up challenge? Dan and I did a 30 day plank challenge a few years ago and I have to say, it really helped build up my time planking.

Any fun plans for the weekend?

 

 

 

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Check yourself before you wreck yourself! And, about my face….

Wow. I sometimes shake my head at my own post titles. Like I have said before, I pretty much write the way I talk…..

Before I get into this week’s runs, I wanted to give you an update about my new skin care stuff I am trying. I talked recently about trying to fix my face. I don’t really think I need to fix myself, but I really do need to start trying some kind of skin care program, routine, whatever. I have gotten away with never going to bed with make-up on, washing my face with a gentle cleaner and using my fragrance free Curel lotion as moisturizer for a lot of years. You read that right, I didn’t even have a face moisturizer until about 2 months ago. Ooops. I started using this night cream and I love it!

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Easter dinner menu and a trip to Mystic, CT

Hey everyone! I was gone for a couple of days for a fun trip to Mystic, CT. I will talk more about that in a bit, but first I want to share my Easter menu. I will be posting the full weekly meal plan over the weekend, but I wanted to share our menu in case you are still looking for some ideas on what to make before you head out for your big grocery shopping trip.

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If cranberry sauce seems like an odd choice after Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s because the kiddos don’t consider anything a holiday meal unless cranberry sauce is involved! They know what they like. We always have ham for Easter and I never prepare it with the glaze that comes with the ham. I serve our ham with a side of tangy mustard sauce and it is so good!

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Tempo Run & Positive body talk with kids

I feel amazing after my tempo run today! As I have mentioned before, I make my own modified/abbreviated version of tempo runs that are in line with the low weekly mileage I log. The last time I did a tempo run, I did a nice warm up and ran 1.25 miles at tempo pace (7.1 mph). Today, I decided to go for a full 2 miles at tempo pace to see how it felt and it was awesome. I dialed the speed back a little bit since I was going for 2 miles. Here is how I broke down the run:

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I’m pretty sure I could have completed 2 miles at 7.1 mph, but I didn’t want to push it. I increased my speed for the last 1/2 mile of tempo pace because I felt so good. Sometimes I don’t push myself hard enough. A lot of it has to do with the fact that I am still getting used to the fact that I am faster now than ever before. I need to adjust my thinking and know I am capable of running faster and longer. Running in my 30’s has been good to me!

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7 miles so far and trying to fix my face

Hey everyone! No sighting of the mountain lion/bobcat/scary beast today. I feel like I am stalking him because I have been constantly looking out of every window in my house

The week is off to a good start with running. Yesterday I wasn’t really feeling a run, but I went since I had a couple of rest days and I never regret a run. I did some strength training and 3.1 miles. Today, I got in 4.1 miles which felt really good. I even showered at the gym to head out for errands afterwards. I am such a germaphobe and never shower at the gym and I always disinfect my phone when I get home. I told Dan that I showered at the gym and he couldn’t even process it. He paused for a while and then was like…. “You showered there? With shower shoes? You just don’t do that”.

I decided to run today since we are getting snow….again. I won’t even bother complaining about it. I’ll let my text messages with my sister do the talking. Take a peak:

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