Friday, August 27, 2010
To Lighten things up this morning, here are a few jokes.
Joke: Why did the tofu cross the road?
Answer: To prove that he wasn't chicken.
Joke: What does a cow eat for breakfast?
Answer: Mooooozle, of course! (Muesli)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Today is day four of our newly added training program. We have really jumped into the training program with an open mind. We have decided that even if it kills us, we are going to do the training for the day. Okay, so maybe not as far as the death bed but we are trying to remind ourselves that we have to get over the first few weeks so that we will enjoy the training fully.
Last night we did 4 mi w/ 2 mi @ LT pace. We started out with a nice warm-up run of .5 miles. We were doing 11.10 min mile pace. It felt really good to go slower than normal and just really get into the swing of things. We haven't been training for a long time (or running longer distances, so I have to admit that we are a bit slower than normal). That's okay though because we are out there getting into running again after a short break.
We decided to go ahead and do the warm-up as stated above. Then, we went ahead and did the 2 miles @ 70% LT pace. Afterward, we went ahead and did our pre-decided "fartlek training" for 2 miles. It is basically speed/endurance training. We want to get back into our 9-10 minute miles for our long distance runs, so we are working extra hard at endurance also. It was really hard work!!! I couldn't believe that it was only around 80 degrees but we were sweating like crazy... We laughed though because our new suntan lotion (Alba Botanica) worked so well as a physical suntan lotion that sweat-beads were forming on our skin. It was gross but still funny to see...or maybe it was because we were fatigued and delirious- who knows... haha
We were thrilled when we got back to the house, boy were we tired! Thankfully the shower did the trick and then we rested the entire night. It was another great workout! No injuries (besides the normal beginners' side stitch when running) thus far. Crossing fingers!
Tonight is Cross-training! Yay! That means more Yoga Infusion and maybe some weight lifting if we can get down to the gym.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Made it to day three of our training program. We are really excited about the program and getting back into longer runs. It is rather hard though trying to get the runs in when the sun goes down much sooner now. Seriously, where did the summer go? Fortunately though, the hubster has been harboring two flickering light boxes that strap to your clothes for running. It keeps him wanting to go out and try them so thankfully I will have him amused and we can follow the program.
Day 1: 3 mi @ 70% MHR
Sounds easy however we were running in an extremely hilly location, maybe not the best location to start out the training program. But then again, if we are going to do it, we might as well jump right in! Right? We did our .5 mile warm-up run, followed by the 3 miles @70% MHR (sometimes more, oops) and then 3 miles of a walk back (cool-down). We were thankful to have completed the run at a waterfall so the beauty that we saw after the hard workout was much worth the sweat and a few tears... Had a side stitch though most of the way - had to work through it and press on. There were no stops the entire route which we were thrilled about since we normally have to stop for traffic lights. Not really sore after-wards, just muscles pulsing a little.
Day 2: Cross-train:
Much harder to understand than just 3 miles run at a certain tempo. We decided that we were going to go ahead and do a nice yoga & pilates infused video that was placed online. We had a good time doing it and we felt like our muscles were really relaxed and stretched after just 20 minutes! Amazing how well one feels after just a short amount of infused yoga. (for the buns, thighs and legs) Hubster, who isn't very cordinated - bless his heart, tried eagerly to do the moves and have fun while doing so. Today was again another great success. No injuries or severe pain besides a few blisters (but we are used to those by now).
Wednesday: 4 mi w/ 2 mi @ LT pace
Looking forward to this exercise tonight. I think we are going to do the 2 miles @LT pace but then we are going to do some endurance training for the other 2 miles. We can run a good distance at LT pace however we want to increase our speed so endurance training should do the tricks. Husband was also talking about doing some nice fartlek training too tonight. Plus, I think we might throw in some yoga before bed to get our muscles stretched for proper sleep.
Things are going really good in the exercise department however I didn't do a very good job with food yesterday. I knew I was overeating in calories (ate two snack foods that weren't even vegan!!) but I pressed on. My stomach really felt it last night as I was sleeping, sick feeling rather than a pleasant sleep. It is amazing at what our bodies tell us about the food that we take in when we start to listen. It serves me right.... but today is a new day and that is how I'm treating it.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Things have been really crazy around here - family visits, business meetings, hot summer days, a gym without working treadmills and a spot on my skin that is getting checked into right now. Boy oh boy, busy....
This week though I plan on getting my husband and me back into the swing of exercising on a daily basis. We have been really bad lately with a gentle walk each day with the dog for about an hour and that is it. Some days, gasp!, we didn't even go on that long of a walk. I know I know... yikes, right!?!!
So, here is the schedule for this week. (Barring nothing happens with the consultation with the doctor tonight)
Monday: 3 mi @ 70% MHR
Wednesday: 4 mi w/ 2 mi @ LT pace
Friday: Rest - gentle walk
Saturday: 6 mi w/ 4 mi @ 60% MHR
Sunday: Rest- gentle walk
Total: 13 mi
This includes at least ten minutes of yoga each day also however not on the plan since its a daily activity. We are planning on building our bodies back up to 10K. We have been off running for a little bit of time so we have to build our bodies back up to reach this distance (sad, I know but that's what happens when we decline for a while). I'll try to keep everyone updated. Today's goal: Try to stick to the plan and have some fun with it!
Sunday, August 08, 2010
My former favorite bottle of sunscreen, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, was just about to run out so my husband and I decided we wanted something healthy, possibly from the health food store. It is important to not only eat healthy food but to also put healthy things onto our bodies, aka sunscreen. As we were looking, we were alarmed at finding that our sunscreen was not the best option, actually the SPF has been challenged as being incorrect or something like that... We found this wonderful website that actually tests SPF (the gov't supposedly doesn't require the companies to test it themselves before putting the label on the bottle). Yikes, we also found the list of "Hall of Shame" sunscreens to be the most popular on the market. This is alarming seeing that we are all trying to better our lives but could have danger times ahead because we were active and chose the wrong sunscreen.
So, I highly recommend looking at this site listed below to find the best sunscreens, lotions, and lip balms. It does baby and children lotions too! You can also look up your current produces in your household.
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