Weekly Workouts

Welcome to a new weekly series where I share my workouts. This is mostly a fun way for me to keep track of my progress and goals. I also hope that in some small way, by sharing my successes and challenges you will learn something new, be inspired, or, at the very least, be entertained.

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Seen on Monday’s run

 

Weekly Workouts (June 20-26, 2016)

Monday – ran 3 miles (10:04/mile average pace), abs (this video)

Tuesday – Flywheel

Wednesday – off

Thursday – off

Friday – off

Saturday – ran 4 miles (10:18/mile average pace)

Sunday – off

THOUGHTS: As I mentioned in my last post, I recently signed up for my first half marathon in October. While official training doesn’t start until mid-July (which I am now realizing is two weeks away, help!), my goal at this point is to build up my number of workout days per week, so that when training does start, my body doesn’t go into total shock.

Another current goal of mine is to incorporate at least one day of cross training and at least one day of yoga into my weekly routine, so that I am not just pounding the pavement. I recently have felt a twinge in my knee, and some annoying back pain, and I know that strengthening my full body as a whole (not solely running) will help with this.

Given all of this, I am okay with how this past week’s workouts went. I would have been VERY happy with this week if I had done some speed work on Thursday and yoga on Sunday. I got very tired towards the end of this week with long work days, a few late nights seeing shows, and PMS — all causing me to be sluggish and crave extra sleep and couch time.

GOAL FOR NEXT WEEK: To have 5 days of workouts on the books. I think I can do it!

INSPIRATION: If you are a fan of gymnastics and have a spare hour on your hands, I highly recommend you check out this documentary about The Ranch built by Bela and Martha Karolyi. I watched it on Sunday (when I was supposed to be at yoga) and thought it was really interesting. I loved following the Fierce Five in London back in 2012, and can’t wait to see who is chosen for the 2016 Olympic team. I will definitely be channeling these ladies’ strength and determination in my workouts this week.

That’s all for now. Have a great week!

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Guess who’s back. Back again.

Hello from The Greener Bean!  It has been quite a while, I know.

Are you surprised to see me? I’m surprised to see me too. Over the past few weeks I have heard that inevitable, nagging voice that always brings me back to blogging start to whisper in the back of my head, urging me to log on and type, share, reflect. It is impossible to get that voice to quiet down until I actually do something about it so, here I am!

A lot has happened in my world since I was last here:

  • I tried to start a running blog and got bored of that pretty quickly.
  • I did not get bored of running and finally made it a regular part of my routine which I have been attempting to do for years.
  • We got married (!!) and had the dance party of our lives at a historic barn in Bucks County
  • D graduated from law school (hooray!) and is currently drowning in bar exam study (boo!)

Actually, now that I think about it, this may partially explain my urge to revisit this little blog of mine. I currently have some extra time on my hands while D spends his summer in the library, and while I do plan on spending a lot of that time catching up on all the Housewives, Dance Moms, and Bachelorettes (no shame!), it feels like a fun time to jump back into blogging, possibly with more of a focus than I have had in the past.

Here is what is on my mind lately:

I Registered for a Half Marathon

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So as I mentioned, I have been consistently running for almost a year now and it has been life changing. I feel lean and strong and love the extra time I get outside in nature (aka the concrete jungle), or exploring new places by foot when we travel. Last week I took a big step and signed up for my first half marathon! I will be running the Brooklyn Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on October 8. This is a bit daunting as the most I have ever really run at one time to date is 6 miles, but I am excited to train and to have a goal to work towards. As of right now I have been running about 3 miles x 3-4 days a week before work or on the weekends, but it has gotten kind of monotonous. It will be awesome to have a goal down the line to help keep me excited about running, and possibly add some other forms of exercise into the mix. I am still trying to figure out exactly what my training plan will be, but it looks like I will officially start training in mid-July, to give myself a solid 12 weeks. I can’t wait to share all of that here with you.

I joined a new CSA

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I signed up for a CSA at work! Some background: for the past few years, we were members of a CSA in our neighborhood, but we failed to incorporate it properly into our lives for two reasons: 1. It was often very stressful trying to get out of work early enough/re-arrange schedules to make it in time for the pick up and 2. We had trouble keeping up with all of the veggies which led to a messy fridge and a lot of embarrassing waste (AKA throwing out rotten veggies every week). To sum it up, for me, my experience with the whole CSA thing has been CSA = STRESS. I am determined to start fresh and turn this outlook around. This new CSA is amazing because they deliver right to my office every other Thursday, so I don’t have to go out of my way at all, which just makes life that much easier 🙂 I’d love to make it a summer project to do a great job taking advantage of the CSA and teaching myself to properly wash, prep, and store the veggies, making them to easier to use throughout the week. My goal will be to post at least one recipe every other week that I make with my CSA veggies! Any ideas on a cute name for this series?

So — that’s the update! Looking forward to jumping back into blogging and spending a bit more time reflecting in general. Life can feel sort of like a conveyor belt sometimes… it is nice to make it a point to find a moment to pause and appreciate everything.

To close things out, since we are still on that “wedding high,” here is a gratuitous photo of the most magical day ever:

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Thanks for reading and see you again soon!

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Turn off the voice feedback and FALL in love with running

While there hasn’t been much blogging going on over here… there has been quite a bit of living, coffee-drinking, and running!Fall1

^gorgeous tree at my parents’ house in NH

Since my last post I have had some really good workouts. I’ve also had some not-so-good workouts that felt really good anyways. A complete 180 from just a few weeks ago, right?

My secret to this new-found happiness? I turned off the voice feedback updates on my Map My Run app. I am still using the app to track my distance and time… I have just turned off the voice that interrupts my podcast or music with updates like: “distance: 1.5 miles, pace: slow, you SLACKER!”

Okay, okay… that’s not really what the app says. But sometimes, as a person who puts a lot of pressure on myself, that’s what it feels like. Since I’ve turned that feature off, I’ve been going out for each run with the goal of just trying to enjoy the process and experience of running… and it has made a HUGE difference in my happiness.

Some days my workout feels really hard and I think I totally blew it — then I finish and look at my results and it was my fastest pace ever! Other days things feel really fast and easy, and then I finish and my pace is about a minute over where I thought I should be. It is sort of like a game — it is fun getting to know my body as a runner and focus on the FEEL of running instead of speed or any made up benchmarks I think I should be hitting.

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^hitting the pavement in my ‘hood, Harlem

As a new runner, I feel really confident that this is where I should be right now. The weather has been beautiful, there is a chill in the air, pumpkin is everywhere, and I am falling in love with running 🙂

Question: Do you use voice feedback or track your pace during your runs? Also — name something about fall that you are LOVING right now!