Monday, December 30, 2013

To Be Read Pile...2014

Last year I joined in on the blog, Bookish TBR challenge. I made a list of books that had been languishing on my bookshelf that needed me to come rescue them. I love buying or getting books, but sometimes don't make time to read them.

It was definitely a success for me and really had me reading. I read 17 books during 2013 challenge.

So I made my list for 2014, checked it twice. (I had to go back and get the e-books I got, forgot about them). And I'm ready to dive in.





For the TBR 2014 Challenge there are 6 levels:

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - First Kiss
31-40 - Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 - Could this be love?
50+ - Married With Children


Since I managed 17 books last year, I'm going to stretch into:

21-30 - First Kiss

Oh la, la.


Here's my TBR list for fun:

A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini
A Patchwork Planet- Anne Taylor
What Night Forgets- Don Yorty
The Road- Cormac McCarthy
Dead Until Dark- Charlain Harris
Brisinger -Christopher Paolini
Ranger's Apprentice Series- John Flanagan
Fable Haven- Brandon Mull
Alice 19th-Yuu Watase
Sailormoon- Naoko Takeuchi
Odd Hours- Dean Koontz
The Teahouse Fire- 
Wizard's First Rule- Terry Goodkind
Chrestomanci- Diana Wynn Jones
Watership Down- Richard Adams
Cinder- Marissa Meyer
Scarlet- Marissa Meyer
Fool- Christopher Moore
She Went All the Way- Meg Cabot
The Color of Magic- Terry Pratchett
The Light Fantastic- Terry Pratchett
Interesting Times- Terry Pratchett
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell- Susanna Clarke
Percy Jackson and the Olympains- Rick Riordan
Stardust- Neil Gaiman
Daughter of the Forest- Juliet Marillier
The Diviners- Libba Bray
Beautiful Darkness- Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Cloud Atlas- David Mitchell
Austenland- Shannon Hale
City of Ashes- Cassandra Clare
Beloved- Toni Morrison
Ending An Ending- Danny Birt
Esperanza Rising- Pam Munoz Ryan
Ouran High School Host Club-Bisco Hatori
The Phantom Tollbooth- Norton Juster
Chronicles of the Black Company- Glenn Cook
The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett
Enclave-Ann Aguirre
Daughter of Smoke and Bone-Laini Taylor
Delirium-Lauren Oliver
Selection- Kiera Cass
Little Women-Louisa May Alcott






Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I Did Run

Yesterday I bugged off running because it was dark out and I'm too easily talked out of things when it food time.

I made up for it today. 5 miles done.
My splits were not very encouraging though. They were up and down and all around.

Just when I'm starting to think I can pull of a sub 2 half marathon...

I'm hoping it was just left over sluggishness from lots of yummy Thanksgiving food and actually having to be at work again.

Kind of a bum other-wise though. I checked to see if the wreath I have will fit over my mailbox for decorating purposes. They are big on decorating mailboxes out here, I have to keep up with them!

Here is our happy mantle that I did get done and Christmas tree.





I am really not the greatest picture taker. I'm sure if I knew about lighting and whatever else these would look so much more awesome instead of yellow-like. 
Oh, well

Christmas lights are awesome and I so enjoy having something to look at when I run at night.



Monday, December 2, 2013

Kitty Demands Love

I was working on my To-Do list and Kitty-Girl decided it was love-love time.




I was trying to sew on the missing buttons for my coat. Though, I some how managed to lose one button altogether...

...And here comes Kitty-Girl, swatting at the thread and digging through the coat itself before she settled herself right down in the middle of it all.

Yes, I did just sew around her. I tried rebuffing her several times but when it snuggle time, who I am to say no.



Cats are awesome.

Buttons were sewn on though, so mission accomplished.

I did however miss my run. Staff meeting ran for almost two hours. Sure I could have still gone, but it was dark and dinner and excuses....
Tomorrow. Tomorrow is another day.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Tomorrow is today or some nonsense

So the whole goal setting thing, not so much.
While my break and Thanksgiving is taking forever to get here, the month of November is going really fast.
Probably because I am always saying...tomorrow...yeah, I'll do better tomorrow.




43 until the end of the year.
53 days until my half marathon.

Scary numbers for me. But still plenty of time to make an impact.

I just can't wait until tomorrow.

So I didn't. I came home, cleaned the bathroom and random stuff, had a great 4 mile run and actually trying to check things off my to-do list.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Actually Ran

Cold weather = faster running

We have a freeze warning for today into tomorrow and it is getting down into the low thirties at night and into the morning. Brrr. Especially for here.
The South has ruined me for cold weather

So I donned my hat and gloves for today’s after work run (of course still wearing shorts and a t-shirt as runners do) and there was definitely a nice icy chill in the air.


It was a great run. No sluggish feeling. No giant aches or pains. Plus, I actually had negative splits. A wonder for me because I usually do that backwards and slow down near the end, having to drag myself the last half mile.

Mile 1: 9:36
Mile 2: 9:32
Mile 3: 9:28
Mile 4: 9:10

Nothing drastic, but definitely a good step for me.

I need to get a bit more serious with my runs. Long run Saturday is no problem, but making sure I get in two mid-week runs is like pulling teeth with me. I would like to have 4 runs total for a week, but I need to start with getting 3 in regularly

Monday, November 11, 2013

Grumble

Focusing and staying on goal is not going so well with me.
I think about it. Have good intentions, but when I get home it all goes out the window.

Blahh.

It was a great, extended, weekend though. So, Tuesday--I'm coming. A little more put together and ready to use my determination.

Lunch is packed and clothes are ready. I have managed to make that a routine. Which is a life-saver because it gets me out the door in the morning on time. And they are very much habit now. There is hope for the rest of my goals I'm trying to accomplish--I know I can create now habits and stick to them!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

November Battle

I am taking on the Month of November as a challenge. 30 days of battle with my some what mediocre will-power.

During the month of September I did a diet thing. (Very few carbs, loaded up on fruits/vegetables) I did pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. My pants fit better which was the goal. I didn't want to have to buy new clothes. Though I need new jeans, but only because they are getting too worn out. But that is neither here nor there.

Battle is what I am about.

5 Goals for November:

Eating: Fruits and vegetables need to make a come back. After September I fell back into my, lets eat all the carbs all the time.

Exercise: Going to track my miles. Only 71 days until my half. I need to keep on my training plan. Also I want to throw in more walking, it helps my legs and fresh air is always nice.

Read: 20 minutes a day, at least. I've gotten all these books, they are piling up.
Part of my To Be Read Pile
Internet: You evil distractor you. 30 minute limit for me. A put a timer gadget on my desktop to keep track. I need to put one on the laptop too. And the phone apps count as well.

Create: So many projects and ideas. Kind of need to do them. Everyday do something.

Seems like a multitude of goals, but really they are all things I already do. I just want to put a little more effort into each to reach their full potential. Or at least get a little bit more out of each.

I wrote the goals out on a white board with the days of the week on the side. I'll keep track with my hopefully many successes here by putting check marks for each goal I reach that day.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday Minute (Home Owning is Awesome)

A grill. A real life, all mine and I am happy-dappy until cleaning it or something, grill!
Chicken, steaks, sausage...I can't wait.

Also my cat because he was outside too.
Mostly he wanted to know why I was bothering him.




Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Warm-Up

How is it the middle of October already?!
The days are slow, but the years go fast. Or so it seems. Unless it is Sunday. Sunday is NEVER long enough.

How I did this week:
*Got oil changed
*Made my doctor/dentist appointments
*Had a fabulous day off on Thursday
*Finished my book (City of Bones)
*Ran all three days planned (a 3 miler, 2 miler and 5 miler)

*Didn't finish the wreath or even look at it really
*Went to town on food Saturday (China Buffet, Fair Food-funnel cake/fried green beans, plus dinner I really wasn't hungry food and pumpkin bread) Yeah, over ate a bit

Up Coming Plans for the Week:
*Get in another 3 runs
*Plan for my friend's half-er
*The wreath...it wants my attention
*Less computer time, more doing stuff time
*Remember veggies are our friends and you do not have to snack because you are bored

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ran Away for the Day

OH yeah!
Took the day off from work.
Ahh, freedom. You feel so nice.


 I got a bunch of things done. (I always do more on the days I take off from work than days I get off before of holidays or whatever)

*Car oil changed. (I got a nail in my tire though that they cannot patch.....sigh)
*Went to the eye doctor and now have a brand new years worth of contacts. My eyes are going to love me.
*Also got new light covers we needed to finish up with our bathroom mirror project.

Plus got to spend time with the husband and a few thousand locals. We went to a local craft market here that is kind of a big outing. I have heard about it since I moved here. So definitely had to go experience it.
It was pretty cool. Lots of vendors with their creative wares. Makes me think of all the craft projects I could be doing......but don't.

We ended up getting some metal decorations for the garden and for a great price! This seller had a line non-stop it seemed like. We got some ones in the shape of hummingbirds and dragonflies.

Here's one I got for Halloween.
Of course a kitty.

Days off are awesome!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Working Out Wednesday

So for the month of September, the husband and I dragged ourselves through some 'diets'
My deal was to give up the majority of carbs and add all the fruits and vegetables I could stomach.



I had a few freak out moments where I walked around the house pulling my hair to try to keep myself from cramming a whole box of crackers in my mouth....
But for the most part it went pretty well.

Breakfast and lunch were a breeze. Eggs galore, plus a banana. And I pack my lunch for work the night before so I can only eat what I pack. Night time was MUCH harder. I mean the carbs and breads and graham crackers were sitting right there calling to me. I am such a muncher too.
Nom Nom Nom
We made it though, and it all worked out for the better. We are both down a few pounds and feel proud of ourselves. Hopefully I will keep adding more veggies/fruit to my usual diet. We now consider what veggie each dinner will have and add in a vegetables to meals with usually do without. (Like red beans and rice, tacos, pasta)
Also I am going to add more exercise in to help balance out adding the happy carb back into my life. Because I love potatoes and bread.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday Minute (55 degrees)

I had to stumble around for long pants and a long sleeve shirt this morning for our morning walk.
55 degree according to Wunderground.

Down right freezing!

Or so we think. Moving to Canada is definitely out. The South has won and anything below 80 degree is just cold.

So in the wonderful words of my new homeland:


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday Warm-Up

So Sunday, we met again.

I can always sense when it is about 3 pm on a Sunday.

It's like my internal, aw-hell-I-have-to-go-to-work, alarm goes off.

Then it's just a sad-the weekend is over-downhill ride until bedtime.  I guess I could do something about that and plan a fun activity or something. But really is there any hiding from the end of the weekend?

On a happier note, I made some very yummy pumpkin chocolate chip bread. Two loaves so there will be goodness for at least a week. (Haaa...no, I froze one loaf so I wouldn't eat it all in one week--because I would)



Also rain! My bushes sorely needed it. 

What I did accomplish last week:
*Ran 3 days (Good thing considering that the random race sign-up binge I went on are starting to pop up!)

*Set up an appointment with the eye doctor. I can't even tell you how long I have been wearing this set of contacts. They are so old, I'm thinking about wearing my glasses until then. Hmmm.

*Bought printer ink. Now I won't have to get all grumbly when it runs out because I'll be ready! What a crazy concept.

What I will accomplish over the coming week:
*Mail off my two packages. Try to get to the post office before it closes is a fun game.

*Set up a dentist appointment.

*Bump up weekday runs to 3 miles.

*Totally take a personal day on Thursday!

*Finish wreath. I've started it but walked away because it wasn't doing what I wanted. 

*Try not to eat so much junk food during the next weekend.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday Minute (Breakfast Egg Muffins)

Playing with post titles. Seeing if I can find something I like to do weekly.


Ham, egg muffins inspired by the ones I've seen at Pinterest.

Recipe:
Preheat: 375
Muffin pan (I used a 12 count regular sized tin)

12 slices of ham
~9 eggs
1/4 cup milk
salt/pepper
~4 cups of spinach-chopped
Oil

Spray muffin tin with Pam/oil. Push in one ham slice for each spot.
Toss the chopped up spinach with some oil in a pan for about 1 minute to wilt.
In bowl: mix the eggs, milk, cheese and spinach.
(I poured the mixture into a measuring cup with a spout for easy pouring)
Pour mixture into cups-fill to the top of the ham slice.
Bake for 20 minutes.

I am keeping mine in the fridge in some tubberware and they seem good to go. I popped them in the microwave for 30 seconds to heat up in the mornings.






Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday Warm-Up

It was been a wonderful Sunday because for once I did not have 5 hours of planning to do for work! I'm so free and it's so lovely.

Also there was again, the wonderful Autumn chill in the air this morning. It doesn't last but it is so wonderful.

In addition, pistachios (with their own dollar off coupon).

YUM!

So how did I do keeping up with last week's plans?

Monday: Did get in a run! (err...1 mile but who's counting). Sanded the shelf/trim too!

Tuesday: Got in the trip for random items, like toothpaste, and bought some other junk of course. It was on clearance....so not my fault. Also painted bathroom stuff.

Wednesday: Public speaking done! We did alright. Or at least everyone was nice and said we did good. Did get a walk in, but no run.

Thursday: We 'glued' on the shelf and trim for the bathroom. It looks awesome!

Friday: Happy Day! Didn't get too much done but happy.

Saturday: Got a walk in at the husband urging.Then random stuff.

Overall: Productive things were done. So that's good. On to the next week.

Plan for Next Week

Monday: RUN! Daily clean-up. B-day stuff. Bed sheets (wash, put away)

Tuesday: Walk/weights.Daily clean-up. Start on name project

Wednesday: Please run.Daily clean-up.  Continue name project

Thursday: Walk/weights. Daily clean-up. Continue name project

Friday: Walk. Daily clean-up. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday Warm-Up

After just over a month of work starting back, I feel like I am finally crawling out from under the avalanche.


A quick re-cap of what I have accomplished over the last month:

*Morning walks are back! It's nice and eerie out now with only a few street lamps to add to the often misty morning air. Plus sun salutations and working on push ups to wake me up.

*I signed up for 4 races (2-5ks, 1-10k and 1-12k). I plan on signing up for at least 2 more. They are spread out between October to December.

*The husband and I are both a week in on a "diet". I hate using that word, but it is what it is. More veggies and fruits with limited carbs for me. Calorie counting for him. A hungry stomach for both of us, but it is helping with our over indulgence problem.

*House projects are coming along. The garbage can and entry way shelf are done. The bathroom shelf/mirror frame is halfway done. Bushes are planted in the back, along with some grass seed. Though it's been so dry out here that everything is starting to brown. ARG!

Plans for the immediate future:
Monday-Get my butt out there and run
             Birthday cards
             Sand/paint bathroom pieces

Tuesday-Pick up some weights or something
             Store trip to pick up random needs
         
Wednesday-Steeling my nerves to talk in front of a group of teachers (Ahhhh...I hated Comm. 101 in                    college like everyone else for a reason
                  Run again....and again....and again!
                  Do some craft projects I have waiting

Thursday-DONE with subbing for a class. The happiness cannot be expressed
               Weights
                Craft projects

Friday-Happiness
           Walk to stretch the legs that probably hurt from my sudden pounce back into physically activity
         

Saturday-Morning run!
              (more stuff I image but I haven't planned this far-HA)


Anyhoo, to end with one of my favorite songs from the best CD created by the best band:


           


Monday, August 19, 2013

New Growth

Our bare spot is starting to sprout. A good reminder for me to cultivate my own growth.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Version 3.0

It is the big, medium, small 3 - 0 for me today. Depending who I talk to it is waved off as mere child's play. Or it is the end of the world and body parts will just start following off.

 It is b-i-g to me though. Sure, it might not be the Over the Hill, end of the world, doom and gloom it has been building up to. It is definitely out of the foothills and tackling the big mountain time though.

Squatting down elicits groans when it comes to straightening up. Lines don't quite bounce back and maybe are starting to stretch out.

  
However, I never really feel my age. I have moments of adulthood. Scorning all those young'ns with their twitter accounts and throw back 80s clothes fashions. Pondering the next step in my career. The house buying thing and wondering if I should contribute more to my retirement account (that's probably a big yes and I need to get on that).
On the other hand I still love cartoon movies, little boxes of cereals excite me and I hide from the phone.

It does seems like a great time to shake things up and get ready for 'MyNext Thirty Years'.


I have a house I want to make our own.
A masters to get to help give me options in my career.
A half marathon to conquer.
And learn how to be more proactive and productive with my time.

It is so on like Donkey Kong!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Flip-Flop Storage

I was creative and did my own little DIY project to help wrangle in my flip flop situation.
Before I just heaved all my footwear into a basket in my closet. While it kept them contained it was a pain matching them up again when I wanted to wear them. It was like matching socks from the dryer-so not fun.

I did a little searching on the webs to get ideas about how other people handled their shoes but nothing really interested me and I didn't really want to buy something. So I cast about my house for what I already owned and inspiration struck!

I found a left over basket that I wasn't using anymore and some long cardboard from the bed rails for the bed in the guest bedroom. (I just typed bed three times in a row...that can't be the best use of the English language).




I present my flip flop storage:




Step One:
Cut up the cardboard. I just did some guesstimating cutting. No real measuring involved unless you want to be more precise. Though I did figure out that I only needed 3 pieces in each size. Oy.











Step Two:
Cut notches into the cardboard where they will fit together. I cut the pieces to a little past halfway for each.

















Step Three:
Fit cardboard pieces together to make the grid. You position the notches/cuts so one set is at the top and the other is on the bottom and they just slide into each other.




Step Four:
Wrangle the completed grid into the basket and bask in your brilliance.
















You can tell that there were no rulers or measuring tape used by the un-uniformed spaces produced. But once the flip flops were in, it all worked out.




Wednesday, July 17, 2013

If you still look pretty after a workout...

...You did not try hard enough.



My smiling only comes from the fact that it started raining drizzling for the last third of my run and really cooled things off.

IT Band runs from your hip to your knee
You'll never regret a workout, walk, run, whatever. It is so hard to get that first step out the door though. I'm doing good with my runs and I get in at least a walk on my off days. It's the adding some muscle part and stretching I've been lazing with. And I know better. My poor IT Band threw me for a loop 3 years ago. The way to combat that is not to be lazy and skip the before mentioned funness.

So how to get out there and do your thing?
The methods I have tried:


  • Have a written schedule of workouts on your calendar. Make exercise a part of your life. My people already know that yes, I will be running on certain days. No penciling it in either, write it in pen and mean it. If I have an early meeting, then I move my run to an earlier time to get it in. My other going ons don't get to interfere.


  • Get the smelly clothes out and dress the part. Okay, maybe not the smelly part. But lay your gear out, take it with you. Then get dressed. No waiting, no thinking. When the schedule says 4:00-walk. At 3:45 you better get those shoes on. During the school year, I change out at work to get me going.


  • Buddy up. Best way to keep at it is to have a friend calling you out for not being there and vis-a-versa. Don't get a buddy who will just talk you out of it though, or has too many time commitments to be faithful. That won't end well. You need someone who is motivated like you will be.


  • Websites, apps, plenty of places to track workouts. Sparkpeople is what I started with back in the day. Dailymile records mileage, Mapmyrun helps you map out mileage, 3FatChicks is a forum if you want to do some internet talking and connecting with people. If you can't connect with a people in real life, get connected and track online. 
  • Have a goal. Make a goal. Set a goal. I need a finish line to work towards. I can't just arbitrarily say I'm going to workout-yay. I need something to work towards. My main one right now is my half in January.  So find your goal. Walk 3 miles, run 3 miles. Be able to do a pull up. Hold a plank for one minute. Set a goal you can quantify. How many push ups do you want to be able to do? How many miles or how fast do you want to go?
I'm hoping this post will help me focus a bit more on my own training. Get out there and get some!





Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Netflix Find: It's always about the Mad Hatter

Just when I think that me and the SciFi SyFy Channel have nothing in common anymore, Netflix brings them back from the dead. Sure, Eurkea is fun, but generally their programming is a little past watchable. I missed out on the whole Sharknado camp too. Only saw the random jokes on the interwebs and wonder what in the blazes people have been watching on the tube.

With my trusty Netflix I can watch shows from the past though and wonder how I missed out all those years ago (Firefly--where was I when that came out, seriously?!)

On to my find:
Alice

A 2-part mini-series that is a tad more than 4 hours in all.
It is of course a reworking of the classic Alice in Wonderland tale. Alice is all grown up and more headstrong but still follows that white rabbit. (Though it did capture her boyfriend this time) So, through the looking glass she goes.

This Wonderland is more modern and steampunk inspired. The Red Queen played quite well by Katy Bates is still the villain of the land. The conflict got updated to the Red Queen kidnapping humans to drain them dry of their emotions to bottle up and feed to the wonderland inhabitants. Quirky. We like that.

Assassin Rabbit reporting for duty
Many of the original book's characters and details show up in the mini-series with their own twists that were fun to see. Though the Hare Rabbit twist is rather creepy.


The shining stars of the mini-series is definitely the Mad Hatter and the only remaining White Knight of the land. Some the other acting is rather wooden but their performances are well worth a watch. The Mad Hatter played by Andrew Lee Potts is happily sarcastic and teddy bear squishingly cute at times. The White Knight played by Matt Frewer could be called over the top by some, but I think it was what his character was all about.


Also, I just want Alice's purple coat. So reminiscent of Wilder's Wonka coat which I adore.

Wonka would approve of Wonderland

So if you are a fan of fairy tales and fantasy shows. If The 10th Kingdom was a happy fest for you, definitely give Alice a try.

They will be waiting!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

I like crossing things off

Sunday update on how marvelous I am at keeping up with my to-do list.

I did pretty good, though I have to admit the husband did some of the work with the help of our friends.
It takes a village and all that you know. Go team!

So the score card:
Obliterated the termites. Done and done. Here's the sweat-inducing trenches I dug along the fence so the Ortho concentrate stuff can work it magic to the subterranean buggers. It's a thing of beauty.
The tracks the wood eaters made

Finished the framing of the third picture from last week. The one that I managed to break the glass on last week.
We got the painted picture in Cozumel, Mexico


Plant the bushes. Not so much. I moved them out from under the covered back patio so they could get some rainwater though.
Yeah, facepalm for that.

Trashcan is built thanks to the husband and our friend who owns all the tools imaginable. I just need to paint it now. I'll show it off when I get that done.

Did do laundry and cleaned up a bit. 

Pallet shelf is built, again thanks to help from the guy with the tools. It's just awaiting some stain from me.

Followed my running plain. Yes and yes.

Final score: 6 wins vs 1 lose  =



Though I guess I could note 2 of those wins need a little more work....but progress!

Upcoming battle:
Paint trashcan
Stain pallet shelf
Plant bushes
Build entryway shelf
Laundry (...again)


Pondering the To-Do List

How I keep track right now
I've been thinking about an update to my to-do list. Sure, a list on paper works just fine, but maybe I need something fancier, more organized. Or maybe I'm just over thinking this.

I am considering switching to some system that would break my day up into 3 or 4 sections. Morning, afternoon, evening and night to help manage what I want to get done during each part of the day. I'll give a few trial runs and discuss later.
Something I just like using all my time to make lists and not actually doing any of it.



Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Workout Wednesday

So close, have to knock 3 min. off


I am working on my speed with running.

The goal and the hope is that I can pull off a sub 2 hour half marathon come January.

I've been sticking to my running schedule. It's actually making me work. Nothing that I can't handle, but nothing I would have done on my own.
Logging 10 miles, no problem. Logging a 8:20 pace half mile....not so much. It is good that is pushing me out of my comfort zone. It is the only way to grow.

The panting and the cursing that my neighbors may or may not hear 4 days a week is my gift.

They probably think I am crazy because I do these warm up drills that include different forms of skipping, tip-toeing and hoping around repeatedly like a crazy person.

A big thanks to my brother for the GPS watch he gave me this Christmas. It is coming in very handy for this endeavor.
Always looking at my watch now to check my pace. I am one of those runners now

Here's this week's running schedule so you can see what I am babbling about:
Sunday
7/7:
Workout Type: Rest
Assigned Workout:No Running. Active Recovery Optional (Hike, Bike, Walk, Stretch, etc.)

Monday
7/8:

Workout Type: Track
Assigned Workout:
  1. Warm up: Jog 0.5 mi very easy; light stretch; 7 Drills + 3 Strides (100 meters or 25 seconds)
  2. Workout:
    1. 1 set:
      • Run 0.75mi in 7:22 ( 9:52/mi )
      • Jog for 1:00
    2. 1 set:
      • Run 0.5mi in 4:43 ( 9:29/mi )
      • Jog for 2:00
    3. 1 set:
      • Run 0.75mi in 7:22 ( 9:52/mi )
      • Jog for 1:00
  3. Cool down: Jog 0.5 mi very easy; Good Stretch

Tuesday
7/9:

Workout Type: Cross Training
Assigned Workout:Aerobic Cross Training such as Cycling, Elliptical, Pool Running or equivalent activity for 25 - 30 minutes and/or Core Strength workout


Wednesday
7/10


Workout Type: Maintenance
Assigned Workout:Run 20 - 25 mins @ 10:36/mi
Assigned Miles: 2

Thursday
7/11:
Workout Type: Threshold
Assigned Workout:
  1. Warm up: Jog 0.5 mi very easy; light stretch; 7 Drills + 3 Strides (100 meters or 25 seconds)
  2. Workout:
    1. Run 2mi in 20:34 ( 10:17/mi )
    2. Jog for 5:00
    3. 10 sets:
      • Run 100m in 0:32 ( 8:29/mi )
      • Jog for 0:30
  3. Cool down: Jog 0.5 mi very easy; Good Stretch

Friday
7/12:

Workout Type: Cross Training
Assigned Workout:Aerobic Cross Training such as Cycling, Elliptical, Pool Running or equivalent activity for 25 - 30 minutes and/or Core Strength work

Saturday
7/13

Workout Type: Long Run
Assigned Workout:40 - 55 mins @ 10:36/mi





Fun times had by all. Thursday is the the fun one. Pretty much sprinting 10 times in a row wipes me out. I look pretty awesome the first two go arounds. The last two go arounds you'll be able to hear me fighting with myself to keep at it while I drag myself down the road.

I was going to take an award winning picture of my panting, sweaty self to help with visualization, but I did a cool down walk and was looking rather tolerable by the end so it wouldn't have had the same effect. You are saved this time, but next week...


PS.
Still working on that eat 2 fruits and/or veggies with every meal. Not really great at it. I have to put a little more effort into that. And not just give up on it because I'm out with friends or a restaurant.