Monthly Archives: May 2014

A Half Marathon in 11 Weeks

Alright you guys, I bit the bullet and signed up for a Half Marathon  coming up on August 2nd, eeek! I would like to do one a little farther out, but our summer is already filling up, so this was the best option. And hey, it’s in Huntington Beach so it can’t be that bad!

I’ve done a lot of halves in the past (over 10), but it’s been more than 2 years since my last one….crazy how time flies. Even though I haven’t been training for a race, I still run regularly 3x a week up to 5 miles.  So, giving myself 11 weeks to train seems like a do-able challenge. (If it was my first half ever, I’d definitely give myself more time!)

I wanted to share my tentative training plan, and will update on how it’s going. A lot of training programs I’ve seen, suggest running 4-5 days a week. But I know my body responds much better with 3 days of running and 1-2 days of strength.  So, take my training program with a grain of salt as everyone is different! And if it’s your first race, I’d suggest training 14-16 weeks.

On my strength days I plan on doing a barre class/DVD & some at home circuits. I will also add in some sprints and intervals during some of my 3 mile runs.

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I finished week 1 of the training today and feel pretty good. I can tell my legs are not in running shape yet, but I made it through the 6 miles today at a 9:45 pace. Hopefully I can keep up that pace with the longer runs.

 How much time do you give yourself when training for a race? Do you follow a training program? 

 

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Catching Up

Life has been busy busy lately, which has left me feeling too tired and lacking creativity to do much blog posting. And we just got back from a trip, so that kept me away from the computer.

Hubby and I spent a long weekend away in Dallas visiting family and friends and it was just what I needed. Work has been busy and it was fabulous to get a little break and catch up with all of our Texas people. Here’s some pics I snapped while we were away:

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Highland Park. The cutest  little neighborhood near downtown Dallas full of trees and perfect houses. Love it.

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I was able to sneak in a little bit of shopping and at an outdoor mall? Even better.

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Hubby and I out at dinner. We are matching in blue, lol!

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Lunching with some friends and eating some awesome Tex-Mex food. Yummy.

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Hubby and his best friends reunited, how cute!

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I was able to fit in one run which was nice since we ate a lot. I’m happy to be home and to get back to my workout routine. I just finished a little run with the pup this afternoon and had to stop to take some shots at the beach….I swear, this view never gets old.

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Hubby and I are thinking of getting back on the half marathon train in the next couple months. I haven’t ran a half in way too long (since before we moved to LA, yikes) and I’m ready to get back into shape and into training mode. I’ll keep you all posted!

Thanks for reading!

Vega Sport

Hello Blogger People!

I hope everyone is having a great start to the week. It’s going to be a hot one today in LA, I think it’s already up to 85 degrees and it’s not even 9am. Wish I could be at the beach and not at work!

As a Sweat Pink ambassador for Fit Approach ,I have the opportunity to participate in product reviews. I always choose products to review that I’m curious about and think my readers might be interested in as well. So, I jumped at the chance to try out a Vega Sport product.

I’m a big snacker and during the week I am constantly on the run, so I like having something easy to grab that satisfies me until I can eat a real meal.

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Their products offer plant-based, gluten-free, non-GMO, and nothing artificial. Read more about their guiding principles. 

I was given a box of chocolate coconut almond energy bars. The bars contain 27g carbs from whole food ingredients, high and low glycemic carbohydrates for immediate and sustained energy, as well as 1g Omega 3

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Honestly, I can be turned off when hearing that the ingredients are all natural, gluten free etc….that usually means they don’t have much flavor.  But , these were pretty yummy and perfect to throw in my purse when I knew I’d be out and about.

They have more products available such as pre-workout drinks, recovery drinks, performance protein, and endurance gel. 2353-FuelYourBetter-800x800-v5

 

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Check out The Vega Blog if you are interested!

What are your go-to snacks on a busy day? 

How to Fit Exercise into Your Schedule

I’ve been asked this question a lot recently so I thought I’d dedicate a blog post to it.

There are so many things that get in the way of working out: work, family, a social life, and catching up on your favorite reality show. (one cheer for the housewives). Exercise is a priority for me so I always save time for it, but this is something that I constantly work at. Below are some of my tips!

You Don’t Need 1 Hour to Workout. There are many times when I only have a 15-30 minute window to exercise. And we can always spare 20 minutes of our day. Doing something is better than nothing. The fitness world knows how busy our lives are, so there are many sources for quick workouts. I’ve shared a few of my routines here. Squeeze in a workout wherever you are (in a hotel room, at home, at a park). Check out this article about the 7 Minute Workout!

Find Something You Like. This is a no brainer- if you hate running, you aren’t likely to do it. There are so many options so anyone can find their niche whether it biking, hiking, swimming, dancing, paddle boarding, yoga, Pilates, boot camp, barre, trx or cross fit classes. Be realistic about finding something you enjoy.

Schedule It. Plan ahead and put it in your calender. I like that a lot of the barre classes make you sign up for class before you attend, that way it’s already factored into my day. Remember it’s your body and it should be a priority.

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How do you fit exercise into your weekly routine?  Please share in the comments below!

Happy Saturday to you all from us and Paisley!

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