Monthly Archives: June 2012
Thursday’s Workout: 3 mi/ 28:42
Friday’s Workout: 4 mi/ 39:41
Mo and I made a beautiful and easy display for me to hang my medals. Just wanted to share it with you in case you have some medals hanging around. Next I want to make a bib holder.
Mo already had a piece of wood cut (approximately 15″x5″). I painted it (I always get the hard jobs). Did you know you can buy just a sample size of paint for a couple of bucks? More than enough. We bought hooks at Home Depot and got 50 hooks for about $5. Mo screwed them in by hand.
I’ve just been doing some short fast runs the last couple of days. I’ve been using the Map My Run app to track the runs. I’ve never been a fan of using my phone while running. My dad drilled it in my head that it wasn’t safe to listen to music by running and even sent me to safety seminar especially for women where we talked about how listening to music while you run makes you vulnerable.
My Athleta Bermuda Presto shorts have awesome side shorts that hold my iPhone, so I’ve been using Map My Run on a couple of new loops. I like that the app announces each mile and your pace I’ve felt so fast on these runs that it makes me wonder if my old loops are accurate or if the GPS on the app is a little off.
Do you run with music or your phone? Or use an app to track your distance?
Bike- 10 miles in about an hour
Swim 4×200 yards
The best thing about ripping the scab off my Muddy Buddy wound? The Cynthia Rowley band aid I got to put on it. I was definitely the most fashionable person wearing padded biking shorts out there this morning.
It was so weird today to work out twice and not run at all. I worked really hard over a long time to get to where I could do six good runs in a week so switching out some runs in order to swim or bike feels like…I’m cheating on running. I’d never cheat on Mo, but Running, it appears my priorities have changed, at least for the next couple months. I’ll be seeing a little less of you, but I won’t be abandoning you.
I was a bit nervous for this morning’s bike ride, especially since I was planning on using the new road bike. Turns out I was just fine. Actually, more than fine. I enjoyed the ride! I thought riding a road bike would be something I had to endure to do a triathlon, but it may turn out to be something I do regularly to cross train. I got in and out of the cages and stopped and started just fine, which were my biggest worries.
Unfortunately, I encountered some technical difficulties swimming. My left ankle and achilles’ tendon behaved but my goggles filled up with water on the first flip and continued to do so each flip. Who knew ten year old goggles were going to malfunction all the sudden?! I just turned at the end of each lap instead of flipping which is too bad because my flip needs some work. Looks like I’ll be shopping this weekend.
I’m thinking of taking some private swimming lessons, just to work on technique. I’m surprised the life guard hasn’t jumped in after me, mistaking my laps for drowning.
Have you ever gotten a coach for a sport? Was it worth the money?
I wasn’t going to post this til tomorrow, but then I decided not to taint these two great things with tomorrow’s scary ride on my road bike.
I love frozen coffee. Not iced coffee, not cafe au lait, not lattes. Coffee smoothies. I most of all love CC’s Mochasippis but at $4 a pop and at least 1.5 miles from my couch, they are not always a good deal. I modified this recipe from Pinterest, and here it is: The Laurasippi. (2 WW points plus if you’re into that)
2 Tbsp instant coffee
2 Tbsp fat-free vanilla creamer
2 Tbsp sugar free flavoring syrup
1/2 cup 1% milk
8-10 ice cubes
Directions: Dump ingredients into blender or Magic Bullet. If you are using the Magic Bullet, put the milk in first because otherwise all of the dry ingredients stick to the top of the cup, like in this picture. Blend.
Voila! A Laurasippi.
After enjoying a Laurasippi, I waited about 1.5 hours and then went to boot camp. Y’all. I go to the greatest boot camp ever. It’s called Camp Sweat and if you live in the New Orleans area, you should be going there too.
Jessica Windham is the instructor and she pushes you like crazy. I can make myself go run, swim, and bike, but circuit training/lifting weights/kicking my own butt, I’m not so good at yet. After six months of Camp Sweat, my running training time is down by about 2 minutes. I can tell a big difference in my core during races. There are muscles in my arms. I love my boot camp family too because everyone is super supportive. It also doesn’t matter where your fitness level is. The workouts are designed so that you can push yourself no matter where you are, which I love. Seriously, if you live in the New Orleans area, check out the website and come! Feel free to ask me any questions about it because I truly believe in this boot camp. And if you aren’t in the New Orleans area, consider checking out a boot camp style class because the cross training benefits are substantial.
What kind of cross training do you do? If you don’t do any right now, what would you consider good cross training?
Last night I was rocking some purple and gold (Geaux Tigers!) for the Louisiana Running Company Run Group.
Not quite LSU gold, but close. Also, check out all those moles! After we went hiking in Nashville with Cate, I made Mo check me for ticks. He said it took him awhile because I have so many moles on my back.
I ran the five mile loop again, and the heat was intense. I don’t usually check the temperature before I leave the house, but I did this time, and it was a solid 95*.
I ran the loop in 46:44, which was slower than last week, but still a 9:20 pace. If I can keep going to a run group at least once a week, I think it will improve my speed a lot.
This morning’s run was much slower; I was feeling the drain from running fast in the heat. I ran 4 miles at an 11:30 pace. Definitely a recovery run.
I came home and made myself get my new bike out. Josh from Bayou Bicycles had suggested that I take it to a parking lot and test ride it a bit. Well, I live next to a parking lot and I was still putting it off. I was scared of the cages. I was scared that the bike would be too tall, even after Mo lowered it.
Suck it up.
So I did it, and like most things, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Hopefully I will ride it tomorrow for real now that I have practiced getting in and out of the cages and stopping with the cages.
Last week I had a couple of runs that I felt I really tanked on. I was trying to decide if I needed more rest, rearrange workouts or what. I finally hit on what I think it might have been though.
Those of you who know me know that I have a few vices: Robert Downey Jr., kittens, and Coke Zero.
Oh Coke Zero, if I could bathe in you I would. Just kidding. But seriously.
I don’t like drinking water. I never have. But I am committing myself to it because it’s hot in Louisiana in the summer. So here’s my hydration plan:
1. Buy a fancy water bottle:
This one is insulated AND has a filter AND has a straw. I’m planning on bringing it to school in the fall and I’ll probably have to fill it with *gasp* tap water, so I really wanted the insulation and the filter. Drinking out of a straw is more lady like than dumping water back during class. Right now I am going to drink one of these in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one before bed.
2. At restaurants, order a Diet Coke and a water. Don’t drink the Diet Coke til all the water is gone.
3. No caffeine after 3:00. This is part of the plan for two reasons. Caffeine dehydrates you and if I drink caffeine in the afternoon/evening, I don’t sleep well. Wuss.
So there’s my hydration plan. How do you stay hydrated? Got any tips that would help me out here?
We got back from Nashville with just enough time for me to throw my last clean set of running clothes on and dash off to Audubon Park for Run Louisiana’s Sunday Runday. My last group run at the Louisiana Running Company went so well that I wanted to try this one. It was a little harder to find, so if you go looking for it, it’s at the shelter in Audubon Park on Magazine Street. It was a much smaller group than at Louisiana Running Company, maybe 20 people or so, and started at 6:30. Just like at LRC, there was a longer loop (6.2 miles) and a shorter one (The website said the course was 3.3 miles, but my Map My Run app clocked it at 3.5 miles).
Everyone in the group had been there before, and I was the only one who didn’t know the course. I was a little intimidated because I don’t run uptown ever, but two girls said they would run with me once we got started.
It was hot (someone said 96*), but the park is shaded and paved with blacktop. It was a really pleasant course that went all the way down to the Mississippi River and past a horse stable. I just wanted to loosen my legs after the long car ride, so I only ran the short course and finished in 34:22. There was watermelon for all the runners when they finished which was a nice touch. I would definitely consider coming back again and would recommend it for anyone looking for a Sunday evening run group.
With regards to triathlon training, my weakest event is
swimming, biking, swimming. At least I am hitting the pool twice a week, which is more than I can say for my poor lonely bike. This morning we slept in and got to the gym around 1:00. I had 6×150 yards scheduled for today, and as usual I tried to trick myself into doing it all by promising to quit at 5 sets.
During the 4th set, my left Achilles tendon started to bother me. I am guessing this is because I rolled my left ankle a few times at Muddy Buddy on Saturday. My ankle is a little tender and a little swollen, but just enough to slow me down so I pushed through the 4th and the 5th set and called it quits after that. Mo was lifting weights on the third floor where he could see the pool and informed me that my kick looked a little slower than normal.
What do you do when you are just a little bit injured? Take time off? Push through? Or just back off a little?
What’s just as important as Pre Race? Post Race!
After the race, we stopped for a salad at Bread & Company. If you live in Nashville or are planning a visit, GO THERE. There and the Parthenon (I’m cool like that). Cate was going to a concert with her brother and cousin, so Mo and I had the evening to explore. He has cousins in Nashville and my friend Kristin lives there so we wanted to meet up with them too.
So what’s the perfect post race tourist attraction? The Zoo!
Plenty of walking to keep your legs loose!
After the zoo, we ate at a sushi restaurant, Sonobana, with Mo’s cousins and my friend. Of course, we had to order the Laura Roll.
And what evening is complete without some of this? Great suggestion Kristin!
Thanks Nashville, Muddy Buddy, and Cate’s parents! See you next year! Check out my Muddy Buddy battle wounds and my Tom’s tan.
Cate, Mo and I got up pretty early and left the house by 7 AM for the race. We were supposed to get to the race an hour before our 9 AM start and it was actually about 45 minutes from Cate’s house, in Ashland City.
I like frozen coffee and the barista was kind enough to let me order my coffee like Sally Albright would (No whipped cream or syrup crap on the top, and can I have skim milk it and oh, do you do sugar free flavors?). Sometimes I get too excited before a race with lots of friends and don’t pay attention to what I’m eating, but I was careful and just had a banana and a mini bagel.
Not only was Mo our pit crew, he was also our driver, allowing me to take silly pics of Cate and I. And me, being a lousy navigator (right, no, no, the other right!) didn’t do a lot to help us get there in a timely fashion.
This was Muddy Buddy’s first time in this particular location and the announcer said there were over 800 runners alone in the first of the three waves. They will have a few kinks to work out in the future, but overall the race ran well. For those of you not familiar with Muddy Buddy, you must complete the race with a buddy and you can choose to do a bike ride/run or a run. The announcer said over 80% of the participants were doing the running race as opposed to the ride/run, a first for Muddy Buddy.
I was glad we picked up our packets the day before because the registration was at the end of the race, which was maybe a quarter of a mile from the start, and we were directed to park at the start. There were no port-a-potties at the race start so we had to walk towards the registration to find them. The race started promptly at 9:00, which was great, but the waves were not organized well. They asked anyone that they thought would run fast (7:00 minute pace) to move to the front, and then anyone running 8:00-9:00 minute pace to the second wave, and then the “party people” in the back. They started groups of around 100-150 runners at a time.
There were 10 obstacles on the course. Some of them were challenging but doable, like the over-under-over walls, cargo nets, and the giant slide. Some of them were worthless, like the three inch balance beam and spider webs. Some of them were really unique, like the wall where you had to hug each other to get across. I didn’t bring my phone to take pictures because I knew we were going to jump into a mud pit, so I don’t have any pictures of obstacles. I just kept thinking the whole time, “This is so much fun and I can’t wait to do it again next year!”
The last three obstacles before the mud pit were the hardest. Of course they all involved rope climbs! The first was a straight up rope climb to ring a bell at the top. We agreed that we were going to try every obstacle, so we tried it! The next was a wall to scale using a rope. We did the short wall and both got over.
The slippery mountain! Mo said he saw volunteers pouring cooking oil down the side of it to make it slippery. I got all the way to the top and the slid on my knees back down. We tried it twice and then went around. We were ready for MUD!
Mo didn’t capture the beginning of the mud pit, but for about thirty feet, we basically swam through two feet of mud before we got here.
And to answer my mom’s question, yes, there were showers! We didn’t get into the car looking like this!
Mo and I left NOLA for a few days for the Muddy Buddy race in Nashville. My friend Cate is from Nashville and her parents graciously let us stay with them so we decided to make a trip out of it.
I made sure I got a run in before we left Thursday morning, but it was a short one-just 3.2 miles. The race was on Saturday and I wasn’t sure what we were going to do on Friday, but I packed extra workout clothes, just in case.
On our way to Nashville we stopped and ate at the original Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa. We’ve eaten at different locations of this restaurant a few times and it’s one of our favorite but this was the first chance we had to eat at the original location.
These ribs were not Weight Watchers friendly, but they were delicious! We got back on the road after eating a slab of ribs and made it up to Nashville in good time. We got to Nashville pretty late and went to sleep soon after arriving.
Whether you consider it hilly or mountainous, it was nevertheless a good workout!
Later that day we picked up our race packets and went shopping for matching shirts for the race. Cate and I talked about what kind of obstacles we might see on Saturday at the race and we agreed that the main thing we did not want to encounter was a rope climb. We set our alarms for super early and tried to sleep…
Stay tuned for Part 2-The Race!
Mo and I love to eat out. Anyone who has known me for awhile knows that I don’t like to cook and I like having a waiter to refill my Diet Coke over and over. And over and over.
This summer we have been working on eating in and cooking more often for two reasons 1) as teachers in the summer without much to do, it’s easy to spend a lot of money and 2) I am serious about losing the last 15-20 pounds and I am hoping that cooking will help me stay on track.
Our plan has been to make a list of meals that Mo and I will cook. Then we set a goal for how many meals we will eat out and how many we will eat in. I do better with goals and a way to track. On the back I make a grocery list. As we eat a meal from the list we cross it out.
After cooking a few meals, it starts to become a habit and at some point, I am happy to stay in and eat. If we can keep it up, then maybe in a few months when schools starts, it will be a habit we can stick with!
One such meal was a pinterest inspired crockpot meal. I recently upgraded my crockpot to one that has a “keep warm” function which keeps the food from drying out.
Crockpot Chicken Caesar Sammies!
Gotta love pinterest recipes!
Do you get any good recipe ideas from pinterest? I have maybe a hundred pinned, but I’ve only tried about 10 of them.
I went out last night with some friends and come home late. I kept myself to one drink, a strawberry mojito, A) because I am a lightweight and don’t drink often and B) I don’t like the idea of something I ate or drank impairing my training. It irritates me to no end.
I had planned a mid-day swim and then an evening run with the Louisiana Running Company, but the kids from my old school are playing a practice football game tonight and a friend invited me to go watch them. I haven’t seen my kids for a few weeks, so I was hoping to get up early and run instead and then swim.
If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans…
I was beat when I woke up this morning so I decided to skip the run. I rarely skip workouts so when I am just not feeling up to it, I let it slide. Hopefully it is my body telling me to take it easy. I hate missing a run, but I decided to prioritize the swimming since my swimming and biking need the most work.
Today’s swim was 8×100 yards. I swear, as soon as I finished the first one I thought there would be no way I could do eight. I made a deal with myself to do four. As soon as I finished the first four, I knew I could make it through eight, just like I was secretly hoping. By the time I finished, 100 yards didn’t even feel that bad. I hope that I can say the same next week when I have 4×200 yards!
You can see in my training guide, I scratch things out and move them around. I also run a lot more than the book says, since I have been running for a long time. I’m scared to lose my running fitness. I am also writing everything in the book so that later I can develop my own training schedules.
Just for your enjoyment, here is my kitten Bella, hiding in a fort of performance wear (hanging on a drying rack). She appears to be guarding her fort with a fleur de lis spear, which we caught one Mardi Gras. She drags that spear all over the house!