Category Archives: Running

Attempting To Be a Runner……..Again

I have no more excuses: I’m not pregnant (that has been quite the trend the last two years), I’m not breastfeeding anymore, and both kids are sleeping through the night (well, generally)….

It is time to get back to Running.

It’s always been “my thing” and oh boy I have missed it. And my body has too. I kept myself active during both pregnancies with walking and barre classes, but I’ve been seriously missing out on my runners high.

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So I should be able to just jump right back in, right? Eh not.

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My body has changed, priorities have changed, and my schedule has changed. Gone are the care free weekends with endless time to do whatever I want.  And gone are the days of sleeping 9+ hours a night. My pace is slower, my body is heavier, but it feels good to get my sweat on.

 I do want to complete another half marathon at some point, but for now I want to get back in the rhythm of consistently running.

The last two weeks I have been able to get in 3 runs each week.  I’m shooting for two short runs (2-3 miles) and one long run (5+ miles) This was after writing it down in my planner, putting my running clothes on, and laying my running shoes by the door. No excuses right?

Did you take a break from running or exercise? How did you get back into your routine?

Please share in the comments below!

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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? 

 

My Top 3 Stretches For Runners

I’m happy to say that I am about 80% finished with my Christmas shopping! Yahoo! All that’s left is stocking stuffers for my hubby.  I actually enjoy shopping for these b/c I can buy weird random gifts and it’s okay. The fun part is just laughing at what we buy each other 🙂  I think I’ll be perusing the Rite-Aid “Made on tv” section to find some goodies.

We decided that on Christmas day we are going to go to Disneyland!  So excited!  We are celebrating Xmas with our families the weekend after,  so we wanted to go do something a little different and special on Christmas Day. My husband has actually never been to Disneyland (I know, sad right?), so he’s pretty pumped.  I have a feeling this will be the beginning of many trips to Disney. The last time I went I think I was 10, so I’m looking forward to seeing it as an adult.  I don’t even know what rides are the cool ones……but I for sure want to go on Splash Mountain! Ha.

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Onto the fitness portion of my post! Stretching. Something that I neglect too, so it’s a good reminder even for me. 🙂

*Keep in mind that maintaining and/or improving flexibility, increasing core and lower body strength can all help to reduce your risk of injury or experiencing an injury due to running.  Current research recommends static stretching at the  end of your workout. When stretching ,ease gently into the stretch and hold for 30 seconds.

There are other muscles to be stretched after running (like the quads and calves), but today I wanted to review the muscle groups that sometimes get neglected.

Hamstrings

While lying on your back, place a rope/towel around your foot and pull your leg up keeping your knee straight.  Try to pull your toes towards your face.

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Piriformis

Lay on your back, with knees bent and place one foot on top of the opposite knee. Reach your hands through and pull back on your bottom leg. Push your top knee away from your body. You will feel the stretch in the glutes of your top leg.

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Hip Flexors

Place your knee on the ground, slightly behind your body.  The other leg is bent in a “lunge” position with knee stacked on top of ankle.  Lean forward and tuck your pelvis under, while maintaining proper upright posture (abs tight, torso facing forward).  You will feel a stretch in the front of the hip/thigh of the back leg.

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In other random news, tonight is the season finale of Homeland, I’m so excited and so sad at the same time.  I’m slightly obsessed with this show and look forward to Sundays mostly so that I can watch it.  I don’t want to say much to ruin it for people, but it’s basically about an American solider, Brody, (Damien Lewis) who was a POW for years, is found and comes back to the US.  Claire Danes’ character is a CIA agent suspicious of Brody and thinks he’s been turned against the US. If you like suspenseful shows that make you think, check it out. Ahhh I’m so excited to watch it tonight!!!

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Where do you shop for stocking stuffers?

What are your go-to stretches after running? 

Calm Your Mind

If you are anything like me, your mind is always going a mile a minute.  I feel like my brain hasn’t taken a break at all this week for some reason.  I even tried to sit down and blog last night, but couldn’t focus on what I wanted to write about.  I need a turn off switch once in a while.  I tend to worry and stress about unnecessary things like:

  • Will I want to be doing the same job in 5 or 20 years?
  • Should I try a different career?
  • Should we look into buying a house and stay in California?
  • Should we try to move somewhere else?
  • When are we going to start a family?

Ahhh, it stresses me out just seeing that written down!! I’m a big planner, so uncertainty is hard for me.  I’m slowly learning to stay in the moment and appreciate it for what it is.  Sometimes I wish there was something that would tell me what direction to go.

I wasn’t planning on working out tonight, but I needed to run and relax my mind.  It was one of those runs where I felt like I could keep going and going, I love that!  Now, I’m happily on the couch and in sweatpants. 🙂

I found these little quotes while browsing on Pinterest, and they have quieted my mind for tonight at least.

 

Do you worry a lot?

What helps you to calm your mind?

Booty Shaper Workout

Happy Sunday All!

I love finishing all my errands done early on Sunday and now I have the rest of the day to do whatever I want. I got a 6 miler done this morning, met a girlfriend for coffee, went to trader joe’s and now I’m back!

It felt really good to get in a long run, but I could tell it’s been awhile….the last mile was a little tough and I definitely slowed down my pace. I haven’t ran a 1/2 marathon since last November, so I’m starting to get the itch. I usually like to have about 3 months to train for a half, so I’m going to start looking for one in January or February. Im excited to get back to a training! Today I also downloaded a couple new songs to add to my playlist, which always motivates me to run a little faster. Here’s a little sample:

On a random tangent, it seems that everyone is starting to get as obsessed with Pumpkin flavored foods & goodies as much as me, and I love it. I’m excited to try this one out…..

Yummy! I also can’t believe Halloween is in 2 weeks!! What the heck. I’ll see if I can convince the hubby to go to a pumpkin patch or haunted house next weekend. 🙂

Here are some pics I took while getting a water break on my run this morning. I swear beach pictures can never get old.

Onto the Workout…

For Lunges, Donkey Kicks, & Leg Circles complete the listed # of reps on both sides!

Remember with lunges and squats always keep knee on top of ankle (not past), and in line with 2nd toe. With the bridges, make sure to keep core tight and not let your back arch.

Get off the couch and get that booty shakin’. Enjoy!

-Marielle

Run in the Sun

Happy Sunday Bloggers! I love the weekend 🙂

First off I want to thank the few people I’ve interacted with already through blogging.  The sweet comments are really encouraging and make me feel less nervous about blogging.  I’m still learning as I go- but it’s been a great journey so far. So THANKS! This weekend I bought myself a “blogging notebook” to carry around with my as much as possible to keep my thoughts organized and in one place.

Cute right?

Onto my hot run……..

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This is my first summer living in Southern California.  Being from Seattle, I’m used to running in rainy and cloudy weather. It’s been SO great not having to wear my rain gear on my runs- I don’t think I’ve touched them since we moved.

But with that said, I’m not used to running in the heat. I decided to go on a 4-miler yesterday at 2:00 pm. Not the smartest choice. Half way through I could feel my face turning beat red and I felt sluggish. I wasn’t prepared and the run was not that enjoyable. I definitely know better, but I blame it on being a Seattle girl- not used to the sun yet. 🙂

Here are some “exercising in the heat” tips I will remember for next time:

-Decrease the exercise intensity until your body gets used to the heat

-Drink water (16 ounces) 2 hours prior AND ideally, 6-8 ounces every 15 minutes

-Wear a hat to keep the sun off your face

-Try to exercise early or later in the day to avoid peak sun hours

-Take a cold shower before you head out

Here’s a picture of my amazing view during my run. It can’t get better than this, seriously!  Ps. I adore Instagram!

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Random tangent- I need to share my awesome find at Target today…..

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$22.99 by Mossimo! So cute & I adore the color! I feel like this is something that you can dress up or down easily- Wear it tucked into a skirt or pants, wear it with jeggings/skinny jeans and some flats, or wear it over your bathing suit and shorts on a beach day!

Thanks for reading blogger friends!

Living life in a Sprint

This has been one of the busiest weeks in a long time, and it’s only Wednesday! There’s a few therapists that are out on vacation, so that means I’m seeing extra patients.  Luckily, the days have  gone by quickly, but I’ve been coming home exhausted! I’m really looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday already!

I was extremely tempted to skip my workout tonight and just sit at home, but my hubby was already at the gym so I know I had no excuse and I’d feel better afterwards. 🙂  I decided to do a sprint workout today- something quick that’ll make me sweat and get my heart pumping.  Sprint workouts are great because you only need 20-30 minutes and can still get a great workout.

Here’s what I did:

Done!

I feel much better already and now I don’t feel so guilty having a glass of wine and sitting on the couch.

I think next time I do sprints, I’m going to add in some p-ups and dips in between, what do you think?

Until next time! I’m going to head to the couch with some wine and hopefully some trashy reality tv!