Insanity, Tomatoes, and Happy Endings

Insanity, Tomatoes, and Happy Endings

So how was your weekend? I had a really busy weekend, between my run, my workout, and all the prep work for school, which started for my kids yesterday. (Boo hoo, summer, I hardly knew ya…) I started the weekend at 6:30 Saturday morning with a 10-mile run.  I had made plans to meet my friend Toddra (I used to say she was Ann’s friend, but now that we’ve run together so much, I’m claiming her as mine, lol!).  She conned me into signing up for the Detroit Women’s Half with her, and so therefore, we’re pretty much on the same schedule. Ann is signed up for it too, but she hurt her ankle (in ballet class—holy cow!), so she’s currently trying to recuperate.  Shout out to Ann—feel better, my hard-core ballet friend! Toddra had warned me on Friday that she would be...

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McDonald’s and Me

McDonald’s and Me

Thursday was my day off running, but it’s normally my strength training and “ab workout” day.  I had promised I was going to do something different this week, to help me “shake up” my metabolism, and after discussing it with my husband, I decided to start the Insanity workout. However…let me be clear—my plan is to do it in a much moderated form.  I know it’s a very tough workout, and I don’t plan to do it six days a week. I figured I would just do it two days a week, to the best of my abilities, and still do my strength training in addition. It will be harder to fit in the extra time, but I’m going to try. I did the fit test on Thursday, and I won’t lie—it was challenging!  However, one thing I think I have going for me is that my cardio abilities are pretty damn...

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Running Hot

Running Hot

Typing that post title reminded me suddenly of one of my very favorite movies: Running Scared. It’s a Billy Crystal movie from the 80s, and if you haven’t seen it, rent it some night when you’re looking for something to watch. It’s worth the cost, especially to hear such great lines as, “He fell on a knife. Seven times.” 😀 Thankfully, I’m not running scared these days, but I am running hard and running hot. The weather here in Southeast Michigan has been nasty, but we’re supposed to be getting a cool down sometime tonight. I can only hope! I have this dichotomy going on in my life, where I curse the heat because I’m a runner, but I curse the cold because I’m a pool-owner. Like all women, there is no...

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Something Has GOT to Change. For Real.

Something Has GOT to Change. For Real.

  Okay, we’ll just start right off with the bad news.     Damn it all to hell, another gain—almost a pound.  Truly, it is blowing my mind.  I’ve complained about it enough that I won’t do it again here, but I will say that I’ve decided I really do need to do something different.  I’ve been putting it off for a while, because running is really my favorite type of exercise, but I think it’s time to cut down on the running and branch out. I’ve seen some stuff about “cross-fit” appear in my BlogLovin’ feed, and one blogger in particular swears that running and cross-fit do go well together. (And she looks pretty good, so there’s some physical evidence to support it, right?) I’ve also heard about the HIIT, high intensity interval training, which was...

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I Wish I Could Think of a Title For This One

I Wish I Could Think of a Title For This One

It’s pretty much all just random stuff about this week!  I am trying to update my blog more often, but this means you get a hodge-podge of stuff! Tuesday morning was a run I had been dreading for a couple of days: 4 miles at race pace. I’ve set a goal for my September half-marathon to come in under 2:09 (my current PR is 2:09:07), which would be about a 9:50 pace. It’s probably a crazy goal, since my last half marathon was at 2:30 (under pretty awful conditions), but I figure all I can do is train for it and see what happens. For Tuesday, it wasn’t the “4 miles at race pace” I was dreading, but the “4 miles at race pace in the heat and humidity.” The temperature was 65.5°, and the dewpoint was also 65°, which means...

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Activity Points Galore

Activity Points Galore

  My weekend was extremely active, though not totally by design. It started Thursday night, when I took JJ to his off-ice practice. It’s basically a chance for the kids to do some conditioning work, similar to how they do it in football and, I suppose, other sports.  I didn’t participate, except to take pictures, until the very end. They were doing wall sits, and the coach was offering a five dollar bill to whoever could do it the longest. Here’s JJ, giving it his best shot. The coach was also offering an extra chance for a kid to win the five dollars if their parent participated. JJ begged and pleaded with me to join in, so I did. There are no pictures of that, of course, since I was the only one with the camera. I don’t know how...

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Hockey Clinic and Fair Week

Hockey Clinic and Fair Week

Last week, Jamie had a defensive hockey clinic in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  That’s about 40-45 minutes from my house, and it is, for the sadly uninformed, the home of the greatest university in the world, THE University of Michigan. 😉 (No, I am not an alumna; but I desperately wanted to be!  My parents, however, felt that the college that offered me a full four-year scholarship was a better choice.) The camp was from 3-6pm Monday through Thursday last week, and because of my husband’s schedule as well as JJ’s hockey schedule, it was easiest for me to take Monday and Tuesday afternoon off and take Jamie to the camp myself.  The first hour of the camp was actually an off-ice class, where they learned the finer points of defensive techniques.  It...

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