Workout Wednesday

At the suggestion of my body and my “friend mom” Christine, I am trying to learn a new term….”rest day.”  It’s hard to pronounce but I think it means “sit on your sofa and drink coffee on Saturday morning instead of run to the gym.”

I like it.

Monday: Rest Day! (Always a necessity for me post-half.)

Tuesday: Austin’s Ass Kickin (aka Unite)

Wednesday: Rest Day (I start class again tonight!)

Thursday: Unite

Friday: yoga

Saturday: Rest Day but maybe Unite…who knows?  Gotta start slow with this resting thing.

Sunday: Rescue Run 5K!  Animals and running = my two favorite things.

Mondays won’t normally be a rest day, but I’m thinking two a week is probably a good idea.  Especially with classes starting tonight, I’ll need the extra time to do actual work!

Rest Day Meme

Dehydration Nation

I started my weekend with a wedding and ended with epic dehydration issues….all-in-all, a solid weekend.

Amanda and Ian’s wedding was absolutely gorgeous!  So fun.  And the food was awesome, as was the beer which I probably drank too much off.  Great idea before a half-marathon.

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The beautiful Kate and me on the bus…this was pre-beer and pre-windswept hair.

I spent Saturday being mildly productive…cleaning, groceries, and grabbing my race bib from Meghan’s house.  Ate dinner, ate salty chips, and went to bed feeling pretty excited for a fall-like race.

SIKE.

Holy  humidity on Sunday!  And I was the worst hydrator in the history of water.  I didn’t feel that hot, so I just sipped some here and there which was STUPID since I was so sweaty that my pants were soaked through by mile 7.  Too little too late.  I finished, grabbed a Gatorade and banana before heading home to jump in the shower and head to McGillins for the Eagles, where I didn’t drink enough water for sure.

I left right after the game, grabbed a SmartWater from Walgreens, bought froyo (Whirled Peace is the best place in Philly, hands down) then went home and died a little.  Seriously. I slept from 6pm-9pm, woke up, ate an english muffin, then went to bed for reals.  It probably took me until 3pm yesterday to feel 100%.  I am an idiot.

What I should have done:

1. Drank a lot more water on Friday night/Saturday.

2. Drank the ENTIRE Gatorade after the race as well as a lot more water.

3. Ate a real meal (not chili nachos).

4. Put down the beer.

5. MORE WATER.

Do as I say, not as I do.

Go Eagles.

The end.

 

Unplanned rest days are the best days.

I woke up on Tuesday with every intention of going to the gym on Wednesday, but my legs didn’t share the same sentiment.  After working out 5 days in a row, my body was like “Whoa, hold up.”  They weren’t sore, but they were tight and tired and….blah.

I decided to come home and make dinner and spend time with my neglected foam roller and holy moly that thing works.  I went through the Runner’s World how-to videos and rolled out my legs and back….I kind of feel like a new person.

It’s a gentle reminder that listening to your body is super important.  As a larger runner with flat feet, I know I’m prone to injury.  Thankfully I’ve found the right shoes (Asics Kayanos are beautiful, beautiful things) and I heed the gentle reminders before they become loud notices from my body to my brain.

So the rest of the night involves a little more foam rolling and a lot of rest….and a couple hundred viewings of this….

Weekly Workouts #1

I should have probably done this post on Monday, but Wednesday is cool too, right?
Monday: Fly 60 class with my AM workout buddies Maggie and Anne –> DONE!

Tuesday: Unite…Austin’s classes are killer but in a really good way.

Wednesday: Unite

Thursday: AM run (hopefully!)

Friday: Yoga (I have the day off of work for a wedding, but I have time to sneak in a quick yoga class before!)

Saturday: off

Sunday: Rock and Roll Half!  (I’m hoping for 2:25…fingers and toes and legs and arms crossed.)

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27 things about being in your late 20s.

I don’t know how I missed this, but a few months ago ThoughtCatalog.com published a post called “27 Things You Must Say Goodbye To At 27.”  Apparently the writer is a very old 27, because this advice is kind of crappy.  Either that, or she’s still in college and is imposing her life plan (HAHA…life plans) on the rest of us.  As someone who has made it to the ripe old age of 28, I’m here to impart some counter wisdom…

  1. Everything bagels with full-fat cream cheese are sometimes the only way your hangover is going to go away, and since you’re now 27 and working, you can’t just NOT go to the office. And maybe at 27 you’re eating the full-fat cream cheese because you’ve finally started reading ingredient lists instead of just the words on the pretty packaging.  Chemical free is the way to be, homies.
  2. If you can still celebrate your birthday for a week when you’re 27, good for you. It means that enough people love you that you can’t just have one celebration.
  3. If you have the time and money to take a vacation “just because,” go for it. Good for you.  You work hard, so play hard.  Yes, you will be spending a lot of money on weddings, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squirrel away some money to hike to Macchu Picchu or see the Eiffel Tower.
  4. I personally love babies and I’ve never ignored them. If babies aren’t your thing, they’re not your thing.  Don’t be a meanie, but don’t be a meanie because you’re a good person, not because you’re 27.
  5. DANCE LIKE NO ONE’S WATCHING. And lay in bed until 3pm if you need to.  I’m assuming since you’re not an idiot, you didn’t do it the day before a huge meeting at work so you’re allowed to.  Enjoy it.  Don’t forget the bagel.
  6. Shop at Forever21 if you want, just don’t expect the clothes to last forever. And definitely shop there if you’re looking for a top to wear to the bar.  You know some 21 year old is going to spill her 17th vodka cran on you and this way, you can throw the shirt out instead of crying over spilled liquor.
  7. See #6.
  8. You should quit shopping at Urban, but because of this .
  9. Hopefully at 27 you’ve adopted your own style and if it calls for hair accessories, it calls for hair accessories. Do you.
  10. I wasn’t aware that you gave up comfortable footwear at 27, but I am rocking my Rainbows until I have to be in orthotic sneakers.
  11. Go to law school, go to med school, go to clown school. You’re 27, not dead.  Keep dreaming.
  12. If your only social events are weddings, you are doing more things wrong than buying white dresses. Buy a white dress and rock it proudly.
  13. Personally, I’ve given up midnight movie showings but that’s only because Harry Potter is no more. I’m not going to judge the Hunger Games people out there.
  14. See number 11. Why does this chick think 27 = death?
  15. Get a hobby and work it around your day drinking. I run marathons…and I day drink.  I’ve gotten it down to a science.
  16. This isn’t because you’re 27, it’s because you’re a classy broad.
  17. This lady is an idiot. Harry Styles <3.
  18. Be dependable because you’re a good friend, which you were at 7, 17, 27 and you’ll be long after 30.
  19. People who love each other don’t always agree. Don’t throw a tantrum, though.
  20. I’ll stop watching MTV when CT stops being so damn good looking.
  21. A fresh wound is a fresh wound. You should probably forgive your 7th grade boyfriend for passing a note to your old best friend Sarah, but other than that…
  22. Why wasn’t this girl doing this long before 27?
  23. There’s a difference between a theme party and a slutty party…while I probably wouldn’t go to a “golf pros and secretary hoes” thing, I’m always down for a fun “wiggin out” 30th.
  24. It took her until number 24 to come up with a valid point.
  25. See number 24.
  26. There are things that are ok to post on Facebook and there are things that are not ok to post on Facebook. Use your judgment, but don’t deny your mother a visual update on your life.
  27. Make it your hobby if you want, but this is for your forever health, not because you’re suddenly SO old at 27.

As my friend Jess pointed out, there aren’t many life rules to follow at 27 except for these…

Be a good person, be a good friend, don’t be an idiot, and be yourself.

MAHJAH News.

So, I’ve been going to Unite faithfully and adding in some Flywheel classes as well as running outside, PLUS I went to yoga on Friday.  I’m basically Superwoman.

Looks like these things are the ingredients for success because I had a big day on Sunday at the Heroes Run 5K in Fairmount Park…

I BROKE 30 FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN A 5K!

 

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I AM so excited. I’m not scared at all.

Imagine what I could do if I wasn’t hungover…did I forget to mention that part?  Luckily, my running buddy on Sunday was out with me on Saturday night…we were in the same boat.  While my PR is probably the slowest she’s ever run, she was a great sport about it. :)

I decided to do the Rock and Roll Philly on Sunday because 1. Kara Goucher will be there and 2. my friend is unable to run so I get a free bib.  I wonder if all this speed in the 5K will translate into a half marathon….we shall see!

I’ll be sticking with my regularly scheduled Flywheel, Unite, and yoga workouts this week and hopefully I’ll be all ready on Sunday!  Let’s do this!

Thankful Things Thursday!

1. I’m thankful that I can sit outside at lunch.

Love Park

I can’t wait until the fountain is on again!

I enjoyed the sunshine even though my hair part is now pink.  My dermatologist will hate me.  Also, I still get amazed that I get to live in a place where tourists come to visit.

2. I’m thankful that I go to run the Cherry Blossom 10 miler last weekend!

 

Cherry Blossom

Excellent medal! Well done, race organizers.

Yup, I paid for the medal.  And I’m glad I did because it’s so pretty.  We had amazing weather and I loved seeing DC from a running point of view.  Also, I am so thankful that my friends Emma and Chris let me stay there and they made me delicious meals.  Food is the way to my heart. And that my BFF Mary and her husband were able to come run it too!

3. I’m thankful that I got to see the dinosaurs.

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We had to make a pit stop between the race finish and brunch to clean up a little and use a non-portable toilet.  We could have gone to Starbucks, but there are no dinosaurs at Starbucks.  Natural History Museum for the win, people.  Seriously.  Best idea Mary has ever had besides becoming my friend in Kindergarten.  Apparently the dinosaur exhibit is closing until 2019 for renovations, so we were extra happy to see them.

4. I am thankful for leftovers.

Leftovers

I’m not even going to explain this one because it’s obvious.