Run, Run, Run

It’s been a pretty typical week. Meeting Monday. Got nails done yesterday with my mom and went out to dinner. Another meeting tonight.

Because I ended up working a lot of hours on Sunday I get to deduct some hours from my days this week. So when I got off early on Monday I thought I would make dinner. I wanted to try Iowa Girl Eats’ Caprese Lasagna with Spicy Turkey Sausage.

Ohh the adventures of Katie in the kitchen. I really should have someone film me cooking because I’m sure it’s quite hiliarious to the seasoned cook. From my chopping skills (or lack there of) to my sauce making. Instead of letting my sauce stay on the heat and get all nice and thick I turned off the heat and it stayed thin. When Jon saw me finishing off my assembling of the lasagna layers he said, “You know you’re supposed to break off pieces of lasagna to make it go all the way across if the pieces are too short.” Oops. Enter random leftover noodles being crammed into the sides so the lasagna wouldn’t cook weird.

I made the recipe just as it was written and I think it actually came out pretty good. I could have put more basil, but other than that it was good. A pretty simple dish. Jon and I both agreed some sort of green and mushrooms would have been an exciting addition. But since this is a caprese inspired lasagna I know it was meant to be simple and light tasting.

So I’ve kind of been ignoring running lately. Since I don’t have a race coming up I thought I could just take it easy. Plus I’ve been hitting up Fit for Fashion and enjoying the change up in workouts.

But there’s already been talks of fall races and I’m already officially signed up for one. It seems so far off, but in running time it’s really just around the corner. I was asked if I wanted to do the Hooters 2 Hooters run, which is in September and I jumped on board. Then I was trying to decide if I wanted to do the 5k or 10k. I’ve done two 5k races so far and would like to do a 10k at some point. I know I definitely want to do the 10k for my friend’s Race for the Cure team in October. So I’m thinking I’ll give the 10k a shot for the Hooters race and then really race for time for Race for the Cure.

Here’s a rundown of all the races I’ll be doing this fall:

September – Hooters 2 Hooters 10k

October – Race for the Cure 10k

November – Women’s Running Magazine 5k

December – Color Run 5k

Ok, so now I have a goal of running my first 10k in September. Last night I found a 10k training plan that I liked and backed up the dates. To be ready by race date I have to start training June 25. Holy crap, that’s like a week and a half away! I was a bit overwhelmed at first, just because it’s been awhile since I’ve been consistently running. And the long runs are indimidating to me. The most I’ve run without stopping is 5 miles. Can I really run 8 miles (the longest run in my plan)?

Yesterday morning I went to a Lift & Run class at Fit for Fashion. It was a mix of weights and running drills. Great class, but I hate suicides with a passion. Then the last thing we had to do was sprint across the parking lot, then jog around the front of the building. Three times. It might not seem like much, but after an hour of moving and sweating this was the last thing any of us wanted to do. Our instructor saw our faces and said, “I know that each and every single one of you can do this…without stopping. Now you just need to tell yourself that you can do this.” And we did.

I always try to bring that encouragement with me on my runs. Running really is a very mental sport. I know my body can do it. I just need to believe that it can and trust it.

10k here I come!

What races do you have planned for the future?

Cookies, Happy Hour and a New Dress

Ghiradelli chocolate chip cookies are the bomb.

So far in my life they’re the best homemade cookies I’ve made. I use the recipe right on the back of the Ghiradelli chocolate chip bag. And I add walnuts. Quick, simple, easy.

They’re that perfect mixture of crunchy and chewy and nothing beats having one of these gooey ooeys straight from the oven.

Jon had been requesting cookies for a few weeks and I had been hankering for them as well, so I finally remembered to get some chocolate chips at the store. These never dissapoint! Although I have yet to try the New York Times best chocolate chip cookie recipe, which according to Pinterest, is out of this world.

I probably had the most unhealthy day that I have had in a long time yesterday.

I always eat a nice healthy breakfast. But then lunch came. I had brought a burrito from Taco Bus that Jon had gotten me when he called the night before saying he was picking up dinner and I was already half way done with stir fry leftovers.

Then after work we all gathered at the Postcard Inn beach bar for goodbye drinks with a coworker who is moving.

The whole hotel has a really cool retro surfer theme to it. And the bar was pretty cool too.

I got the Hunch Punch, which was made with moonshine, pineapple juice, orange juice and grenadine. It was dangerously good and quite strong so I only had one. We ordered a bunch of appetizers to munch on as well. I had a few bites of almost everything. Two wings (not thrilled with them), a coconut shrimp (awesome!) and a few beef nachos (also really good).

After some chatting I left to go get my mom for some errands and dinner. One of our stops was Old Navy. I used to never like this store, but now everytime I go in there I walk out with something. I’m kind of a plain Jane. I like clothes with simple to no designs so I can wear them forever. And Old Navy is pretty good about supplying those kind of clothes. I got a new pair of running leggings, the cutest sleep shorts with seahorses on them, an extra pair of these shorts that I really like and this dress.

Isn’t it pretty? I love the color and simplicity of it. I can easily wear it out to dinner or to a cocktail hour. I’m always finding I need more nicer dresses for Junior League events and other professional type outside of work events. This fits the bill.

After some shopping we headed to Macaroni Grill for dinner. I hadn’t been here for AGES. I’m not a big fan of chains, but for anyone who knows the Tyrone area in St. Pete there’s not too many options for local eating. But, I’m going to say it, it wasn’t half bad. The atmosphere is pretty nice and the service was excellent. I loved seeing that they still do a lot of the same things like have a woman sing “happy birthday” in Italian to you on your birthday, have the servers write their name on the paper table cover and have “learn to speak Italian” recordings in the bathroom. The menu had changed some since I’d last been. It was two sided on a long piece of paper and really had the feel of an Italian bistro…much nicer to look at than a laminated menu. I noticed my old favorite (the Pasta Milano) but decided to give the Chicken Scallopine a try. The food was just ok…nothing special, but definitely edible. We also got the house Chianti, which they pour very generously.

Thank goodness I had three days of awesome workouts at Fit for Fashion this week. I’ve now been back for a month and I feel awesome. I will never stray again!

I also signed up for this December’s Color Run. So excited! They seem to be doing one everywhere so I’m sure there’s one where you’re located!

I have a looong day at work today. Going to see Rocky Horror tomorrow night. Then Mother’s Day Sunday. It’s going to be a fun, not-too-busy-thank-goodness type of weekend 🙂

What’s on your agenda for the weekend?

P.S. This came up in my Facebook newsfeed the other day. Love it!

Pre-run Yoga Poses for a Better Run

Finding My Fitness Groove

For awhile now I have been doing a lot of exercising on my own. The blog world is filled with awesome workouts from personal trainers and then there’s also the glory of sites such as Pinterest. Then I decided I wanted to run my first 5k, which led to running 3 times a week. Once I started training, my other workouts got pushed to the side. In the beginning I wanted my body to rest, but I was also just so busy it was all I could do to even fit my runs in. But I do know that cross training is important and I didn’t want to put myself at risk for injury.

I could have just added back in the workouts I had been doing before, but I realized something. I really missed group classes! I’ve also heard so much about BodyPump through other blogs that I was dying to try it. There’s a gym not far from my work that offers BodyPump and all of those other LesMills classes. It seemed like a pretty good gym and I thought that maybe I’d consider joining. It’d give me unlimited access to classes and to all of the machines and such that I don’t normally have access to. So I printed out the free pass that all gyms seem to have and went in to try the BodyCombat class.

I was a bit underwhelmed. The gym itself was just ok and the class was definitely not as intense as I thought it would be. I even zoned out at one point. All it made me do was miss the classes at Fit for Fashion.

F4F is a bit further away for me…definitely not on my way home. It’s also a bit more expensive than a gym depending on what package you get. But I bit the bullet and bought an 8-class package which would allow me to take 2 classes per week for a month, which is just the amount I need. I went to the Tabata Love class yesterday. And it was awesome. I love tabata already and doing it in a class atmosphere was fun.

I’m so happy to be back at F4F. I like the intimateness of the studio, the variations of classes, the challenges, the people…I just feel comfortable there. And back when I was going all the time it was the best my body had ever looked and felt. I hope to get to that point again. I’ve definitely noticed positive changes in my body with running, but am hoping that the F4F classes will tone me up.

My point to this post is that I feel like it took me awhile to find my “fitness groove”. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. I feel like you really need to get in tune with your body to understand how it reacts to different exercises and what you need to do to get to where you want to be fitness wise. I knew all along that my body needed cardio, but I wasn’t able to get myself to do it until I started training for a 5k. Now that running 3 miles ain’t no thang for me I can comfortably incorporate it into my routine while doing cross training classes at F4F. And I tried to workout on my own to save money and time, but I realize now that I need classes. I enjoy the atmosphere and I also push myself harder. Some people can push themselves, but having someone encouraging me along really helps motivate me.

I’ve also made claims before that I’m ready to be in the best shape of my life and I’m going to exercise regularly, eat healthy, blah blah blah. And each time I’ve fallen by the way side a bit. But I’ve learned now that I just hadn’t found my groove yet. Now that I know what works for me I’m sure I’ll be able to stay accountable.

Another thing I should stress (because I always think it should be stressed for us women) is that I am NOT looking to loose weight. I am happy with my body. It carries me around every day and has been good to me. I strive for a healthy lifestyle because I want my body to FEEL as good as it can feel…very different than LOOK. I had to remind myself of this when I visited the gym the other day. There was a scale. And I stepped on it. And I was shocked to see that my weight had increased 5lbs. How could that be? I had been running so much I was sure I had lost weight. My clothes were fitting great and I felt like I looked good. I mentioned this to Jon that night and he helped remind me that muscle weighs more than fat and that the number on the scale doesn’t mean anything. And he’s right. So many of us worry about a silly number on the scale rather than body fat percentage, which is really a better indicator of where your body should be. And at the same time I’m glad I got to see the scale number because I do track calories in/calories out so I needed to update my FitnessPal 🙂

Do you feel like you’ve found your fitness groove?

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