Still not a Runner

Well I ran a half marathon…then I stopped focusing on running and focused on other forms of working out.  Now, I have no idea how I ran 13.1 miles without stopping and rolling over on the side of the road.  It’s amazing how easily I lose my running endurance.  I’m not a runner…at all.  But, my biggest problem is probably the fact that I mentally can’t call myself a runner (which started in middle school when we were forced to run in gym).

I ran 5 miles on Saturday morning and could hardly walk on Sunday because my hips were so tight.  Next week I’m running 2 5k’s (Turkey Trot and an Ugly Sweater run) so I’m hoping that will help me get my speed back up to where it was (still no where near a majority of the fitness bloggers out there…but I try). Tina Reale’s Best Body Boot Camp interval runs have helped a lot too.  Not only are they an awesome workout but the time flies by on the treadmill.

Oh and this happened on halloween…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here we go again :)

So I took a little break from blogging.  Things were really busy and I found myself needing to write blog posts instead of wanting to write them. I’ve found I miss sharing my thoughts…AND it kind of helps to “keep me on track” with my workouts and watching what I eat.  I don’t know if anyone actually reads this but it’s fun to think that I might inspire or help someone get up off the couch and do something.

A lot has happened since the last time I wrote a post:

-I ran and finished a half marathon! My final time was 2 hrs 15 min.  Not the time I wanted but still a huge accomplishment.  Is it weird that I still don’t consider myself a runner?

-I tried and LOVED crossfit.  Unfortunately I can’t afford how expensive it is with a mortgage to pay every month as well.  I have another LivingSocial deal for another Box so I’m going to take full advantage of that!

-We’ve been in our house for a year already!  It’s crazy how fast this year went.

-We ran in the Color Run!  They’re popping up all over the U.S…if there is one close to you I would highly recommend it.  It was suppose to be a 5k but I think it was only about 2 miles.  Or maybe it was so much fun I just didn’t realize how fast I was running?

 

 

 

 

-I just started Tina Reale’s Best Body Boot Camp workout.  I made it through week 1.  The workouts are a lot of fun and pretty challenging!  I like doing something different in the gym…I’ve been getting burnt out of doing the same thing everyday.

Tonight’s the big dress up night!  We don’t have any plans but I did plan out a costume…I’ll give you a hint:

Be safe tonight if you’re doing anything crazy 🙂

Miranda Lambert: Someone to Look Up to

“I don’t care about being stick-thin. I don’t want stuff to jiggle. Really skinny actresses make me hungry—I see them and think, Honey, you need to eat! I’m lucky I don’t have to live like that. I feel my best when I’m a toned, not flabby, size 8. Women come up to me and say, ‘You’re beautiful and confident, and that makes me feel I can be, too.'” Miranda Lambert in SELF Magazine

I love this.  This is how every girl should approach fitness…including myself.  It’s not easy but it’s an amazing way to look at it.  I have always struggled with body image and looking at myself in a negative way rather than congratulating myself for all the hard work I put in.  I recommend reading this article.  Since I’m not a huge country fan I haven’t really followed Miranda Lambert, but I now have an all new respect for her.

Who’s excited that it’s Friday?!  I took a half day at work to come home and clean the house this afternoon for our BBQ tomorrow.  It’s freezing right now, I hope it warms up for tomorrow.

Tomorrow morning I’m also running The Color Run.  I’m very excited!  I will be sure to post some very colorful pictures afterwards!

Workouts

Tuesday: Ran 3 miles for training

Wednesday: Ran 4 mile interval run then a quick biceps/triceps workout

Thursday: I went to the gym without a plan so I created a workout on the go then ran 3 miles

Weekend Recap (Better late than never)

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday and I’m just writing this now! Not only was the weekend full of activity I feel like this week is crazy as well!  I feel like I’ve done so much lately that if I wrote about everything in detail we would be here for hours. So here is a quick Rachel catch up session…with some pictures to go along with it 🙂

Thursday night was the Chase Corporate Challenge. When I said there would be a lot of people I meant it, 23,000 people (which meant 46,000 elbows to avoid) later we made it to the finish line!

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Friday night I met my best friend downtown at Bottles and Bottega, a BYOB art class. I am not artistic with a paintbrush, but I thought my artwork turned out pretty well.

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Saturday I needed to sweat out the wine from the night before so I did an Insanity DVD, Plyometric Cardio Circuit. Sorry I don’t have any photos of me sweating my butt off but don’t worry…it was insane. After doing some more yardwork on Saturday, Adam and I met up with some of his past clients for a happy hour followed by some sushi. I was able to enjoy my first Summer Shandy of the season.

I woke up at 6:45 am on Sunday to run 7 miles for training. I wanted to get it in before it got too hot…I’m very glad I did because it got up to 97 later in the day! I was proud of myself…7 miles in 1 hr and 3 min. A lot better than my run last week!

In the afternoon we went to my parents house for a BBQ. My aunt and uncle from Wisconsin were in town, I haven’t seen them since Christmas so it was nice to catch up. Oh, and Adam got to drive my Uncle’s Corvette…probably the highlight of his day.

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Sunday night, Adam, Howell, and I went on an adventure to Redbox to pick up Iron Man 2 (I’ve never seen it and after seeing Avengers I thought I should). Well…lesson of the day…check the Redbox you’re walking a mile and a half to before you leave to see if the movie you want is there. At least we got a good walk in? Good news though, Iron Man 2 was on Netflix so we got to watch it anyways.

Monday was a catch up day…a trip to the grocery store, hardware store, and the gym. I was very excited to actually lift again! I decided to repeat the Total Body workout I did a few weeks ago. It’s a good workout and I didn’t want to focus too much on only one part of my body.

We ended the weekend with the perfect summer meal: grilled chicken breast, grilled corn, and watermelon.

 

I think it’s okay to say summer is officially here! What did you do this weekend to celebrate the beginning of summer? Were you able to fit in a few workouts between all the parties?

 

We’re having a Summer kick-off BBQ this weekend with friends.  I never realized how much work is needed to put together a BBQ.  I have numerous lists going! 

Chase Corporate Challenge

It’s less than 2 months until the half marathon… and my knees already aren’t happy with my decision to run this. Yesterday when I was running on the treadmill (it was suppose to be a 4 mile day), I was bored. I found myself glancing over towards the weights and everyone lifting. I miss it! I’m sore after my runs, but it’s a different type of sore. I only made it to 3 miles before I called it quits. I wasn’t mentally in it, so another mile was not going to happen. But this is something I want to achieve…if only once, I want to run a half marathon. July 23rd I can go back to my normal routine. Until then I have to get my head in the game (Sorry I had to link it…Zac Efron gets me everytime…sigh)
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Tonight I’m running the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge for my company. It’s 3.5 miles with 22,000 other people. Last year I spent most of the time dodging people, but I ran a 8 min mile pace while doing it. Probably because it was more of a game then a race. Also, last year it was 40 degrees and raining while this year it is suppose to be 80 degrees and very windy. Oh Chicago weather.

Workouts

Monday: Full Body Workout then 35 minutes on the StairMaster
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Tuesday: Ran 3 miles and some abs

Wednesday: Ran 3 miles and 10 min on the bike

Summer Weekends Start with Lilac Days

On Friday I decided to take a half day at work…and I’m so glad I did! It was beautiful outside. Adam and I started the afternoon at Brickhouse, enjoyed lunch and an adult beverage outside, then headed to Home Depot to pick up some flowers. When we got home I turned on the music outside and spent the afternoon planting some flowers while Adam spray painted our patio furniture. The best parts about my Friday afternoon:

-My only Ipod that works at the moment is a generation II Ipod from high school. This meant some awesome throwbacks throughout the afternoon.

-My Grandpa gave us his patio furniture and we decided to paint it red. It looks really good! I’m excited about it. I’ll post a picture when it’s done.

-I actually did some gardening. Now we have to see how long the plants actually last and if any tomatoes actually grow.

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Friday night Adam and I participated in a Lilac Days beer tasting in the town’s Lilacia Park. It was a lot of fun! Since it was just Adam and I we met two other very nice couples at our table of 6. We split six different bottles of beer then got to choose one from the list to have afterwards. My favorite was the New Belgium Shift. Which one on the menu do you think would have been your favorite??

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On Saturday morning I ran my 6 mile run for half marathon training. It was a rough one. Not only was I a little dehydrated from the beer tasting but it was my first hot weather run of the season (I even got my first running sunburn). Thankfully the prairie path has drinking fountains every few miles…I took full advantage of each one of them!

Yesterday I spent almost the entire day outside! In the morning I went and watching Adam play soccer in a men’s rec league and in the afternoon we went to the Lilac Day parade in downtown Lombard. It is my first year as a Lombard resident and I was impressed with the parade. It was almost 2 hours long and included the Jesse White Tumblers and Civil War reenactments. Sadly, there was no candy throwing. That seems to be a thing of the past now but it always was my favorite part of parades when I was younger.

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It’s too bright!

How did you enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend?? Are you ready for summer?

Now it’s The Bachelorette time 🙂 Enjoy your Monday night!

Healthy lunch!

Just a quick post to say how proud of myself I am right now. (I promise I’m not trying to brag…I just wanted to tell someone!)

Today we are having a team lunch meeting and everyone ordered Portillos.  Even though most of my co-workers are ordering the chopped salad (yum…) I resisted and decided to stick with my lunch I brought from home. A spinach salad with chicken breath, tomato, and some avocado. (I should’ve taken a picture before I shook it up with dressing)

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Resisting junk food and desserts has always been my downfall. I haven’t been happy with how I look and feel lately and I’m pretty sure my diet has a lot to do with it. 

This week I really wanted to focus on a cleaner diet and skipping out on Portillos was a pretty good first step.