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Change in plans…

Happy Wednesday friends!  I hope you are doing well and enjoying your week!  I feel like I am still recovering from our little trip to San Antonio over the weekend.  I love to travel, but I am not a fan of the unpacking and recovery time.

I am linking up again today with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus for another Wild Workout Wednesday recap!  Feel free to add to the link up and join in the fun!

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Thank you for all the kind words last week about changing up my distance for my upcoming race.  I talked to the race director and I am pretty sure that is what I will be doing.  My hip has just not been really happy with me plus running has just not happened the way I have planned.  I have been discovering that I kind of stink at following a training plan…I really don’t know why.  So I will be dropping from the half marathon to the 5k, and then working on getting this hip back in shape before I pick another half to run.  I am disappointed in myself a bit, and in my body, but I am trying to stay focused on the positives.

My plan from last week:
Thursday- Body pump and hopefully 2-3 miles.
Friday- Piyo and a run outside
Saturday- Walk/jog outside- 5-6 miles
Sunday- Walk/rest day
Monday- Body Pump & maybe piyo and zumba.  Depends how I am feeling
Tuesday- 2-3 miles and Zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga

What went down:
Thursday- Body pump
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Friday- A walk with the kiddos.  A dr appt threw the plans a little, but that happens sometimes.
Saturday- Pretty much a rest day. I was worn out from traveling.  I did walk some before we watched the Spurs play, so I did get some steps in.
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Sunday- Short walk and more rest
Monday- Body Pump! When I arrived at Zumba the gym lost power so they closed and there was not class 😦
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Tuesday- Biked 6.45 miles and Zumba.
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Wednesday- Body pump and yoga (This was all for you Andrea!!)
img_7259Overall it was not a terrible week.  I def feel like my glutes, shoulders and triceps are getting stronger.  I was able to up my weights a bit in body pump for a few muscle groups, and the ones where I stayed the same I felt challenged but not like I was going to pass out!
I joined a little 5 day healthy heart challenge this week and getting points for workouts, sweaty selfies and eating fruits and veggies….so pretty much what I already do 😉

I am out of town again for a few days so we shall see how that works out with my training.  I hope I will stick to it better than last weekend.  Hehe

Thursday- 2-3 miles
Friday- 2-3 miles and 30 min of stretching
Saturday- Elliptical recovery 45 min
Sunday- 3-4 miles
Monday- Body Pump & maybe piyo and zumba- Gonna try this again!
Tuesday- Elliptical or bike recovery and Zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga (maybe

How have your workouts been going?  Do you use a training plan?

Don’t forget to join the link up 😉

Ps, I am getting back to my comments soon…we had a water heater flood our house on Tuesday night and my SIL is in the hospital in critical condition so I have not been on my computer as much to reply!

Have a joy filled and healthy day!

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Wild Workout & Training Update!

Hello friends!  It has been a little crazy and exhausting getting back into my workout routine!  I was still active on and off the last few weeks of 2015, but didn’t really get to the gym very much.  It felt SO good to be back last week!  I also got back into my training for the next half marathon that is on the books (March 5th)!
I am joining the Wild Workout link up with link up with Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus and Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama

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A little recap since last Monday

Monday- 2.75 elliptical miles
Tuesday- 3.83 elliptical miles and half a zumba class- I left a little early for date night with the Hubs
Wednesday- Body pump (hello muscles!!!), first 5k of 2016 (47:15 min….I have a LOT of work to do)
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Thursday- Walking
Friday- Rest and enjoying my new running coloring book by a fellow Sweat Pink ambassador, Sarah, and book by one of my favorite and inspiration runners, Danica.
Seriously, if you love to run, want to run, or just want to learn more about running, go get these books! (I am just putting them out there because I have really enjoyed them…not benefiting in any way other than sharing the awesomeness!)

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Saturday- Walking
Sunday- 4.31 miles- Wog 3.85 miles and a .46 mile cool down
Monday- Body pump (muscles are getting back into it!) plus 2 recovery elliptical miles
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Tuesday- 3 miles of elliptical sprints and zumba class!  Felt good to be back!
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Wednesday- Body pump, sprint workout

I have been a little sore, but really loving getting back to my training and routine!
I started using a supplement from Young Living called Ningxia Nitro, and I can totally tell a difference in my workouts!  So awesome!
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Coming up:
Thursday- Zumba and 2-3 recovery miles
Friday- Piyo and 3 miles
Saturday- Body pump
Sunday- 5 miles
Monday- Body pump and 2-3 recovery miles
Tuesday- 3 miles and zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and sprint drills

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Texas 10 Series, Katy race recap!

Happy November y’all!
October ended and November began with rain! And lots of it!  At least we didn’t have a hurricane this weekend like we did last weekend!
Anyways, I actually took advantage of daylight savings time and I went to bed early.  Well really early so I could get up at 4:15am on Sunday!
I first woke up at 2 and was all ready to wake up! I mean, it was 5 solid hours of sleep! More than I usually get.  I was able to fall back asleep for almost 2 hours.  Now we are talking! 7 hours of sleep! Yahoo!!!  I got all ready and waited for my ride!

I was doing the race with 2 awesome ladies I met through MRTT.  Kala was so sweet and offered to pick me up and drive!  She arrived a little after 5 and we headed to pick up Charissa.  It was a little bit of a hike down to to the race and we also needed to hit up a Starbucks on the way.  We did a little detour to get some coffee and made it to the race site at 6:15.  It was perfect timing! Right after we parked tons of cars came pouring in!  Kala quickly went and picked up our race packets!

When it was close to race time we headed for one last bathroom break and then the start line.  The sky was NOT looking good!  This pic doesn’t really do justice!  It was sprinkling at the time but it looked like the sky was about to open up and POUR!
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We had all signed up to run the 10 mile race but I had already made a decision that I was going for the 5 mile race due my hip issues.
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Everyone lined up for the start and they played the National Anthem.
Then it was go time.  Since I am a slower runner I stayed at the back of the pack.  I said bye to Charissa and Kala and we were off.
The first mile was alright.  I was trying to get my music to work correctly.  I had put my phone in my SPI belt under my shirt to help protect it from the rain. So trying to get to my phone while running and dodging people was oh so fun.  I finally got it on and tried to find my rhythm.  I could feel my hip slightly start to tighten up and I reminded myself I am here to just have fun and finish.
Mile 2 I felt like I started to find my groove a little bit.  I was running in the midst of several running groups. We were all doing run/walk intervals and would pass each other back and forth.  It was sprinkling lightly but nothing too bad.  My music was going and my intervals were pretty consistent.  I tried using my HRM for pacing but it wasn’t reading my HR correct.  It was fluttering between 70-84 BPM.  I know I have a good, strong heart, but when I am running my HR is in the 150s! So that was a bust (Note to self: Get HRM fixed ASAP)!!
When I got to the start of mile 3 I really felt my hip tighten a lot!  Ugh, I really was hoping to keep my interval pacing up for the whole race.  I slowed down a little and walked a little more.  As evidence of my pace for that mile, it was slower than I had been going.
When I saw the mile 3 sign I new I was going to make it with my intervals.  I kept putting one foot in front of the other and turned the music up just a bit.  I knew I was off for my time goal but that is ok!
As I was running a group of ladies passed me (once again) and one was encouraging the others to keep going.  A different lady slowed down and told her group that she was going to take it easy.  No one was going to care about her race time when she was gone from this earth and that she wanted to enjoy the run.  It reminded me to refocus my mind and just be grateful that I can do this!
When I broke my foot in college and had to have surgery to repair it, spend 10 weeks in a wheel chair and even longer in a cast I didn’t know this would be possible again.  And when my dr told me that I wouldn’t run again, I was pretty crushed.  So here I am, many thousands of miles later and I am running.  No matter how fast or slow I am, I am still defying the odds!
Mile 5 felt pretty good!  I knew the end was in sight and even if I had to walk, I was less than 20 min from the finish line!  I kept on trucking.  I chatted with a girl a few times when we were in the same place on our intervals.  Part of me wanted to run with her, but I was also really anxious to be finished.  The wind was picking up and I could feel the rain starting to fall harder.  I kept trucking along and I realized the finish line was just around the corner.
One thing I do well is finish races strong! And that is what I did! I was in a bit of pain, and was tired but I dug down deep and crushed the finish!!!  I am not a fast runner by ANY means, but an 8:11 min/mi pace to the finish was pretty good for me!
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Overall it was a so-so race.  The course wasn’t too bad, but not very wide. I had to dodge walkers a lot when I was running.  I don’t know if others know it is common to pull off to the side when you are walking during the race.
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Anyways, I found my girls who also had a rough 3rd mile! Man, something about that mile!
We headed to the car and not long after we were driving home did the rain POUR down!  We were thankful we were finished!
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We did it!
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Thank you Kala and Charissa for a fun day!  Hope the weather and my hip are both better next time!

After I arrived home from the race it was time for an ice bath and a nap!
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Workout Wednesday!

For weeks…errr…months now, I have meant to have 1 day a week where I discuss my workouts and training plans.  Since December 2014 I have been recovering from a hip injury.  I toyed around with running again on and off during the spring, but each time my hip felt like it was going to fall out of the socket.  I decided to just take it easy with running and participate in other workouts that didn’t bother my hip.  That meant a lot of swimming, some weight lifting, walking, volleyball, biking and light Zumba dancing!  Plus stretching and foam rolling to keep my hip feeling ok.
A few weeks ago I decided to try to start running again and I was surprised that it felt ok!  It was SLOW, but no pain! After all my years of running (wow, just over 10 now since I decided I wanted to run vs it being forced on me), I feel like I am starting over from scratch.  And of course there is the random heel pain that I have been having that has hindered things a little bit.
Thankfully a great friend recommended me these little toe stretchers and they have been really helping tons! Just a few min a day and I have had less heel pain! Yay! (Thanks Sharon!)
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It feels good to be able to get out a few times a week, even if it just a few miles.  It has felt even better to get back out on the bike!
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Even some indoor biking has been back in the rotation.
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Lifting weights has always been a passion of mine! I have been on the weight floor on and off since I was in high school! I love doing things on my own, but once I discovered Body Pump classes, I have only lifted weights on my own a handful of times!  I mean, for me, it is great! In 60 min I can get a full body workout and I have loads of fun with my friends!  Plus it is motivating to me to show up for my classes! 🙂
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Over the summer I was only able to attend 1-2 times a week due to my schedule and the class schedules!  But now I am able to make it 3-4 times a week!  I have already seen changes in my muscles and in the amount of weight I can lift! It makes me happy to have at least one area of fitness/body changing!

And then there is the Bosu Challenge!  I have been working on getting in the daily challenges and bonuses when I can also!  Not something I normally do, so it has been kicking my booty for real!
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I have a duathlon in 11 days, so I have been trying to motivate myself to get myself out there and run/bike/run! So far it has not happened.  This weekend I am getting some aero bars for my bike (thanks to a gift cert I won from my MRTT group!!), and I know that will motivate me even more to get out there!  I was really hoping to be in better shape for this race, but alas, life has gotten in the way and thrown be for a loop a lot the last few weeks.  So my new goal is to finish and have fun 🙂

For my birthday I received an ithlete finger sensor.  It has been helping me to evaluate how my body is doing and how hard I should train each day!
Some days are better than others!  My main issue is needing more quality sleep!  So I am also working on that along with my regular training!
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Goals for the next week:
Thursday- Body Pump + 2-3 mile walk/run
Friday- Probably a run depending on how long my tire replacement goes…If not a run, then elliptical for 45-60 min.
Saturday- Practice duathlon
Sunday- Speed drills on bike and running
Monday- Body Pump & 3 miles + 90 min beach volleyball
Tuesday- 10 miles on bike & Zumba
Wednesday- Body Pump + 3 miles running
Plus the Bosu Challenge each day!

So let’s see how this goes!

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MADD Dash 5k

A little over 9 weeks ago, my sweet workout buddy Dy asked me to help train her for a 5k!! I of course jumped at the chance!! It was still pretty hot here in Houston, so we did our first few workouts inside on the treadmill!
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Dy was a trooper and pushed through even when she wanted to give up.  Over the next few weeks we did more and more time on the treadmill.  Then one evening after a body pump class I told her we were going to run outside!! Her face was priceless and she was really nervous.  We did a little 20 min walk/jog with our other friend Anne and they rocked it!!
Over the next few weeks we did a combo of running, body pump and piyo classes!

This past week we did a 5k practice run which I doubled as my Run for Bling virtual 5k!!
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We also did body pump, piyo and some running drills!  Dy rocked it along with our other gym buddies Anne and Steph!
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We are silly 🙂

Saturday morning was GORGEOUS!  Actually a little chilly than what we have been used to!
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We met at the race location, got our packets and bibs and were ready to rock and roll!
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They had a nice opening ceremony where they announced the teams and individuals who raised the most money.  We all said the Pledge of Allegiance and it was go time!

The course was an out and back loop through a local neighborhood.  It was a nice path filled with trees and spots of sunshine and shade.  We started off running for a few min and then got into our 3:1 pace groove.  We picked up a few other ladies along the way who were also doing the same pace. It was nice to have a little group to run with since I normally do all my races alone.  Made the time go by much faster!!! Overall it was a great little course.  Only issue we had was traffic when we had to cross a main street.  The police were out there, but we had to wait a bit both times we crossed it.  Also they did not have a real water station.  The course map showed there would be 2 different water stations.  Around mile 2.25 they had a few volunteers handing out large bottles of water.  It was nice that they were cold, but they were hard to run with.  We saw many bottles thrown down along the course soon after that.  Kinda a bummer, and I really hope someone was able to go back and pick them up.  Hate to see so much litter and wasted water.
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As we got closer to the finish line Dy and I ran together and decided to finish at the same time.
All the hard work paid off and we had a strong finish!
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I am SOOO very proud of Dy AND Anne who rocked the race! Dy has officially declared herself and runner and now wants to do a 5k each month!  She has even agreed to let me train her for a 10k and a HALF!!! I am so excited and happy 🙂
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The run/walk sponsored the MADD organization!  The teams raised over $50,000 which I think is pretty incredible!
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Way to go again ladies!! So proud of you and honored to coach you through this 5k process!

October running recap…

This year overall has not been stellar for me with running and racing.  I managed to squeeze in a few races early in the year. Then I had some knee pain and back issues. I found a wonderful and affordable chiropractor in April and I started to see improvement with my pain. Over the summer I focused more on strength training with body pump and stretching to get rid of the pain. In September I was starting to feel much better, and started slowly running again. Then my hip began to have pain! UGH I was so frustrated. I had started training for a few 5/10ks and another half marathon and I really wanted to get back into running again. It is a good stress reliever for me, and I know it helps to keep me healthy!

During October I was on running restriction, but I had already signed up for a virtual 5k race through Joggermom. This race was one I really wanted to complete since I was in honor of breast cancer awareness month. It was very close to my heart as two of my dear friends have been bravely fighting this year. Sadly one of them passed away on October 20th. I was allowed to walk, and walk I did! It took me pretty much the entire month, but I finished the 26.2 (plus a little) on the 31st. It really made my heart happy that I was able to walk in honor and memory of such brave women!

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Needless to say I am a bit nervous for the remaining training time before my next half. I know that Dec 22 is going to be here really fast. It may not be a stellar race, so I have changed my goal to just finishing! I doubt I will PR, but that is ok. Finishing the race and staying healthy are more important to me!!

And I finally got some new shoes in my favorite color!!  They are super comfy and pretty! So win-win!

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