Weekly Workouts

Welcome to a 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.

I’m a bit delayed, but here are my workouts from last week!

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Weekly Workouts (June 27-July 3, 2016)

Monday – ran 3.2 miles (9:44/mile average pace), abs (this video)

Tuesday – Flywheel (45 min)

Wednesday – off

Thursday – off

Friday – off

Saturday – ran 5 miles (11:08/mile average pace) with Meg & Reagan & Bow

Sunday – off

REMINDER – GOAL FOR THIS WEEK WAS: To have 5 days of workouts on the books.

THOUGHTS: Well, my goal for the week was simple: to work out for 5 days, which clearly didn’t happen. I have (annoyingly) had a really hard time getting up in the mornings before work lately (dehydrated? not going to bed early enough?) and my morning workout routine has definitely suffered. Something I am proud of? The 5 mile run! And thanks to Meg and Reagan chatting my ear off, it went by so very quickly. It was a bit hilly, but I felt strong and fit and was totally able to tackle them. I definitely felt good about that!

GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK: Let’s try this one more time! To have 5 days of workouts on the books and to make Saturday’s run 6 miles. I have two weeks before I start my 12-week half marathon training and I really need to bulk up my endurance so I don’t get burned out. I need to remember to stay hydrated (it’s steamy out this week!) and to get to bed early. Any other tips?

INSPIRATION: My dad! On Saturday he and his friend did what they called a “trifecta” which consisted of: 1. A five mile mountain bike ride, 2. A 5k run and 3. A kayak across the lake and back… all just for fun!

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That’s not my dad. But it is his beer!

My dad loves being active and is always encouraging us to get up and move. I will be channeling this energy in my workouts this week!

Feel free to share a goal of yours, tips, and/or inspiration below!

Happy sweating,

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Weekend Reflections

This weekend was exactly what I needed:

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Friday evening, post-work, was spent in Central Park, reading. I found a little grassy nook with an accordion player close by and took in the gorgeous early-summer sunset. I texted D a version of the picture above and he left work and found me without any other clues! Impressive. We went and grabbed dinner at one of our favorite spots.

Saturday included some much-needed yoga, a Coffee Bean date with myself, a bit of baking (I made this gluten free, dairy free strawberry rhubarb crumble which was delicious!) and a night at work wrapping up the first show of our summer season.

This morning (Sunday) I woke up feeling really achey, with a headache and sore throat (boo!), so today I’ve laid low all day — lots of resting, reading and way too much housewives watching.

This is the first weekend we have stayed put in the city in quite a while and I have to admit, it was just what I needed. Lately, it feels like my weekends are jammed packed with activities: weddings, visiting family and friends, MOVING, chores… and it felt really good to stay in one place for a weekend.

Every week, when this time of the weekend rolls around, I routinely start thinking about the week ahead and the way too many goals I have for myself including:

  • eat healthy — stick to dairy and gluten free if possible
  • get up early before work and exercise, ideally every day
  • get to work early and have a really efficient week
  • make plans to see friends I haven’t connected with in a while
  • make meals at home, pack lunch for work, no eating out
  • organize everything
  • blog every day
  • I could go on and on… the list is endless!

I know, I know… this list of “goals” is clearly overly ambitious. I don’t know if it is the oldest-child-perfectionist in me or what, but by the time I get to the end of the week and realize I haven’t stuck with or accomplished any of the above, I start to get really frustrated and end up picking on not only myself, but on others around me as well. Not cool or cute.

This coming week is funky — it’s a short week (long 4th of July weekend here I come!) I have visitors in town for a few days (hi Mum and Erin!), a huge one-night-only concert to manage on Tuesday night, I have to get my NY license and registration figured out at some point, and on top of it all, I’m feeling achey and under the weather.

That all being said — this week I feel the need to kick things off with a new attitude. It’s time let go of the unrealistic goals I create and time to start being kinder to myself. After a day of “me time” (or G-Tox as I like to call it… get it, G, for Gillian?), I was able to take the time to reflect and create some positive intentions that will help me make the most of this week:

  • drink lots of water (I am terrible at this! Especially when sick.)
  • attempt to stay peaceful and positive with others (in work and personal relationships), take deep breathes where I need them
  • eat foods that make me feel good and not crappy (lots of greens!)

This list feels a lot more manageable — I seriously already feel lighter. We will see how it goes!

Now I am off to bed early to get some extra shut eye and see if I can kick this sore throat situation I have going on… I need to get heathy, I have a baby to visit next weekend!

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What are some ways you would like to be kinder to yourself this week?

New Years Goals-a-lutions

I started writing this post before we left for our New Years Eve Vermont trip. Between closing out work for vacation (yes!), packing and getting on the road, things got a little crazy! I’m emerging from the other side of the trip now, but thought I’d keep the post as is…

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This photo was taken from the window of our Box Office – my first real New Hope snow! I guess this place ain’t so bad… 😉

Before taking off for Vermont in a few hours, I wanted to check in one last time in 2012.  2012 was a huge year of growth for me, for sure, but it was 95% focused on work, and little on anything else!

People tend to have mixed feelings when it comes to New Years Resolutions. Resolutions can be cheesy, they are often forgotten about within the first few weeks of the year, they can ultimately set the individual up for failure… the list goes on.

That being said, I am all about using the New Year as a fresh start to set some goals! Cue the following quote:

“If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.”
― Seneca

Too true, Seneca, too true. In 2013 I am generally looking to get back to being more well-rounded. Having a successful career is important to me, but if I know anything about myself, it is that I need a variety of “flavors” in life to feel fulfilled. Here are some of my 2013 “goals-a-lutions” (that works, right?) to get this ship pointed in the right direction:

1. Volunteer at least once – since I graduated college in 2008, I have been horrible about “giving back,” which is completely pathetic, because I know how awesome it makes me feel. Time for a change.

2. Run six races – I need to make the time to get back in shape and what better way to do it than to commit to some races? Why six? Why not?

3. Go to the dentist twice – I haven’t been in two years. I have nightly panic attacks about cavities. ‘Nuff said.

4. Don’t sweat the small stuff – especially when it comes to work. I need to focus on closing my eyes, counting to ten, staying positive and remembering that “it’s just theater.” 🙂

5. Keep blogging! I love having this outlet to write, photograph and share… even if it’s just a few posts per month.

These sound do-able, right?

The countdown is on — in about 5 hours I go on the first vacation I’ve been able to take in a year. We are up to Vermont with friends for New Years and then, who knows? Trying to relax, plan as little as possible, and take things one day at a time.

Do you have any resolutions, goals or “goals-a-lutions” for 2013? Share away!

HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR! I will see you in 2013! xoxo