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Monday, December 30, 2013

Week in Review

More like weeks in review. Here are the past two weeks:

Week of December 16th
Monday: HIIT, 3.5 mile road run, 1 mile treadmill run, chest day
Tuesday: 4.52 mile trail run
Wednesday: HIIT
Thursday: full body weight lifting routine
Friday: REST
Saturday: 2.25 miles treadmill, chest day + v-squats
Sunday: rest day, flying to Florida!
11.27 miles total

Week of December 23rd:
Monday: 3.48 miles
Tuesday: 3.03 miles, chest day
Wednesday: REST Merry Christmas!
Thursday: 10 mile beach run
Friday: yoga, leg day
Saturday: HIIT
Sunday: 5.03 mile beach run + Abs, chest & triceps
21.54 miles total

Friday, December 27, 2013

Flex Friday

This week of vacation has been really nice. Not only have I been able to get lots of runs in, but Jeff and I have gone to the local gym twice and I went to yoga this morning with my father in law!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

with love, from the beach

After a day of eating and sitting around the house, I decided a beach run was in order.  I headed for the beach just before sunrise.  There was a fairly strong headwind the entire way out, but I didn't care at all.  I was so happy to be warm and enjoying the smells, sights and sounds of my oceanfront run! 

Good morning Florida!
There were tons of jellyfish washed up on the beach.  It was so fun to see this different wildlife!

Just before sunrise is my favorite time to run, no matter where the trail is!

This couple, was like many I encountered this morning.  They were completely bundled in puffy coats, hats and gloves.  I even saw a woman in earmuffs!  By the way, it was 55ยบ out.
No puffy coat here!  Shorts and a long sleeve t-shirt and I was still drenched in sweat (my favorite)!
I think I will definitely have to get in at least one more nice long beach run before it's time to head back to the frozen west!  Oh yeah, and I'm getting faster!  All that muscle building is doing me good!

10 miles
10:18 average pace (Yay for sea level!  Yay me!)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Daily Vacation Mile

Sunday we flew to Florida for our annual Christmas vacation with the family. Monday, the forecast called for a high in the low 70°s, so of course I headed out first thing for a run!  There is nothing quite like a warm vacation run after a month of frozen, snowy runs back home!

I love this place!

3.48 miles
9:52 pace

Daily Vacation Mile

Another warm morning. Another beautiful vacation run!
3.03 miles
10:11 pace

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Daily Mile & Lift

First things first, my amazing husband got me this kick ass t-shirt and shorts from Flag nor Fail  for Christmas.  The t-shirt says, "Never catch your breath."  YES!  I love it!
Now, on to the other good stuff!  I had an huge PR at the gym tonight!  I pressed 95 pounds on the decline bench press!  I only did two reps, but still, that is huge!  I am so super pumped about that!  When I first started lifting last year, I could only bench 30 pounds.  Jeff and I went to his gym.  I did a little running on the treadmill and we did chest and I threw in some squats for good measure.  They have a v-squat machine that I had never tried, but loved!

The routine:
Decline bench press
Incline bench press
High and low cable fly 
Bench press drop set

And because there is never anyone in the ladies locker room at Jeff's gym, I took advantage and snapped a couple of selfies.  The quads are coming along nicely.  

1.25 miles
9:58 pace

1 mile- alternating walk/run

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Daily Mile (and Lift)

Today it's been dumping freezing rain and snow all day.  I went to the gym and ran on the treadmill (and actually enjoyed it) and did a nice full body routine.  To tell you how much it snowed while I was in the gym, I came out and immediately got my van stuck in the parking lot in the snow and had to call Jeff to come and bail me out!  

Feeling strong today!  Here is what I did:
Decline bench press
Overhead dumbbell press
Lat pull downs
Lat raises
Barbell bicep curls
Barbell skull crushers
Single arm tricep cable pull down

Overhead dumbbell press
Decline bench press, that's 75 pounds!
Deadlift 115 pounds, that's 87% of my body weight!
Plus, my sweet jaunt on the treadmill.  Last winter I actually ran in the freezing rain!  It sucks.  This was better.  There might not have been dirt, but there was definitely sweat!
3.01 miles
9:58 pace
Plus I did another quarter mile walking cool down for a total 3.2 in 33:11

Oh, and I know you're absolutely dying to know what I did yesterday, so here it is!