weekly workouts {10/1-10/7}

runSBit’s marathon week!

i’m not really thinking about too much else this week aside from the fact that i’m running 26.2 miles on Sunday — for the second time in my life, exactly two years to the day — but thankfully, i’m not nervous or jittery (yet!). i’m more at that “eeeee this is actually happening SO SOON & i feel good about it and am excited to see what the race ends up looking like for me and hopefully really enjoy it” phase.

someone asked me last night how i felt about it (because i think everyone close to me knows i’m one dimensional this week), and i said i was just trying to focus on how grateful i am to be healthy and strong enough to choose to want to do this — and i really mean that. that’s the mentality i’m trying to keep throughout this week, and hope those positive thoughts (& the prayers i hope all of you send my way!!) keep me uplifted & feeling fab going into this race.

*my week in workouts*
Thurs, 10/1: ran 3 miles, walked 1.
Fri, 10/2: morning gym session: kettlebells, free weights, planks, abs — anything but lower body
Saturday, 10/3: 10-mile hilly run upstate. my plan called for 8, but i’d previously decided i wanted a 10-miler as my final long training run. although i loosely based my training on a Hal Higdon plan, i definitely adapted it to what i thought worked best for me, which often meant changing both the # of days a week i’d run or the mileage. like anything in life, i think you have to be flexible and find what works for you. i knew that running 5 days a week was often too much on me as my mileage was building during my weekend long run, so i changed things up a bit.
Sun, 10/4: ran 3 miles, walked 2. i love my early mornings to myself upstate — it’s so beautiful & crisp & quiet at this time of year.
Mon, 10/5: rest. work + internship = long Monday = perfect rest day.
Tues, 10/6: 4-mile run home from work. felt pretty good.
Wed, 10/7 (today): planning to walk the 4 miles home and then do a light upper body + abs workout in my gym.

as much as i’m loving all this running, i’ll be stoked to get back into some harder total body workout routines again. i’ve put that to the side the last month because my legs & butt get so sore and it makes running tougher/more painful/slower, so it’ll feel good to weave those back into my weekly routines again.

hope you’re having a great week of healthy choices, friends! 🙂

PS – marathon prayers appreciated!! good luck to all my friends running races this coming weekend as well!

weekly workouts {9/24-9/30}

runSBerrr…so who stole the glorious September weather we were having up until the last few days? it was 98% humidity this morning when i went running at 6am. that shouldn’t be allowed to exist. like, utterly disgusting. i don’t care if it was 72 degrees — this was the worst humidity i’ve run in all summer and i looked — and felt — like i was running under water. i’m so over that.

Thurs, 9/24: ran 5 miles in the morning along the river
Fri, 9/25: morning strength/abs workout in my gym (kettlebells, free weights, planks, back machine)
Sat, 9/26: 14-mile hilly run upstate. the first half of this run felt amayyyzinggg; the second half a bit sluggish — oh right, that half was entirely uphill.  i walked about a mile of it altogether. still, it felt good to be outside on such a lovely morning!
Sun, 9/27: 1-mile run (so sore), 3 miles of a hilly speed walk.
Mon, 9/28: rest day. i watched The Voice & drank a lil red wine and it was lovely.
Tues, 9/29: awesome 6-miler at 6am. felt sooooo good, & i saw the sun rise. so lovely.

i then did an hour of kettlebells/free weights & abs last night in my gym after work, as i was feeling like i needed a good upper body workout. i’ve been staying away from any lower body stuff other than running the past 2 weeks, as my race is next week and i don’t want my legs to be even tighter/more sore!
Wed, 9/30 (how is today the last day of Sept already?! seriously, this month FLEW):
4 quick miles at 6am in the soupiest air ever. gross. but it felt good to sweat so much, in a weird way…after it was over. unfortunately, it’s super overcast so the sun never rose…but i felt awesome throughout the run, so it was a great start to my day. tapering seems to be liking me, thankfully.

i feel great about this past week of runs/workouts and hope i’m feeling this good next week, as it’s the final week before my race!! eeeeee!!

Has September been a good run month for you?
Anyone else clueless as to where this month went?!

weekly workouts {9/10-9/16}

Thurs, 9/10: 5.2 mile treadmill run — it was raining and 90% humidity at 6am, so inside i went. didn’t love it, but did a bit of speed intervals, so it was okay.
Fri, 9/11: walked the 3.5-4 miles home from work in prep for my long run the next morning, then did some upper body (kettlebells, free weights, lat & row machines) and abs at the gym.
Sat, 9/12: i ran a million miles. okay, so it was 17. but it felt like a marathon, i swear.
Sun, 9/13: 6 mile easy recovery run (okay so a total jog) around 5pm. i surprisingly felt like i had some energy to burn and wanted to be outside, and nothing hurt, so i went for it.
Mon, 9/14: walked 3.5-4 miles home from work; did a little stretching & strength in the gym. nothing strenuous.
Tues, 9/15: toyed with the idea of taking a class at Lulu that my old trainer was teaching, but felt good enough to run, and it was so beautiful out, so i ran 4-5 miles and then did some kettlebells and planks.
Wed, 9/16 (today): dragged myself out of bed (yay!) for an hour-long total body workout this am, mostly upper body: kettlebells, lat & row machines, free weights, lots of push-ups. felt really good. & i’ll walk home tonight from work — it’s SO lovely out!! i’m enamored with this September in NYC so far.

surprising take-away: i’m really enjoying my more-frequent upper body strength workouts (and definitely seeing/feeling results), as well as my long walks home from work. when i run, i listen to music to keep me motivated the entire time, but on my walks lately, i’ve been going without music and instead choosing to use that time to reflect and pray and take in everything that’s good and beautiful about my current life. i find these few walks a week have been beneficial for me in more than just the expected outcome of giving my legs a break from running — they’ve given me some really great “me” time, for which i’m very thankful.

Best workout/run of your week?
Who’s doing a long run this weekend? Want to come run with me??

Weekly Workouts: {9/4-9/10}

runSBi’m pretty sure i’ll always keep this Weekly Workout segment, solely so i can post that picture on my blog every week. it makes me so happy to remember that moment in Santa Barbara. 🙂

i skipped this post yesterday because i wanted to do a restaurant review, so we’re recapping workouts from Friday-Thursday this week (instead of Wed-Wed).

Fri, 9/4: i have no idea. whoops. maybe nothing? i went out Thurs night and i took a train upstate on Friday and i probably didn’t workout. but it’s possible i got up and did some upper body that morning…i have no idea.
Sat, 9/5: ran 15 miles upstate! yay! felt so good (but tired by the end, obvi). learned that i need to work on fueling. and also that new sneakers are making alllll the difference in the world re: shin splints. this was my first long run in brand new sneaks (same Asics as before, I LOVE THEM), and my legs felt 4235238943 times better.
Sun, 9/6: ran 5-6 miles (all the hills!) before church. felt so good, was so beautiful out, and i was so happy to be able to run that after a 15-miler the day before. ’twas an awesome running weekend upstate for me.
Mon, 9/7 (Labor Day, woot!): 4-5 mile hilly power walk in the morning — i loved this time. i actually didn’t listen to music for most of it and was totally relaxed and reflective and really enjoyed walking out in the country. i then hit a 40ish minute gym sesh with the bro at Planet Fitness, consisting of circuits of the pull-up/dip machines, lateral pull-down machines, push-ups and squat jumps, followed by 10 minutes of planks (elbow, hands, and side planks – with breaks, of course) and some other ab stuff in-between the plank sets. (felt so goodsore the next day!)
Tues, 9/8: rest day. i was sore everywhere. also didn’t feel well all day. :/
Wed, 9/9: i was out too late Tuesday to get up on Wed am (bummer), and i had plans with a girlfriend last night to just relax, so i walked about 3 miles to her apartment and called that good enough.
Thurs, 9/10 (today): 5.2 mile treadmill run — it was raining and 90% humidity at 6am here, so i caved. i did some speed intervals (nothing too crazy) and felt good about it.

on a fueling note: i snagged some of these when i was upstate the last time, b/c i was delirious and so hot after a long run and desperately craving G2, and stumbled upon these for the first time and decided i needed to try them: Gatorade Prime Energy Chews.

Gatorade Energy Chews

i prefer chews/shot bloks to Gu, as they don’t upset my stomach, and these were $1 a pack at Wal*Mart (the things i miss out on living in NYC, geesh!). i’m pretty sure i’m going to love these, but i couldn’t tell you yet because i forgot to take them on my run. whoops.

then again, i probably could just buy Swedish Fish and call it a day.

happy running/working out, friends!

Best run/workout you’ve had this week?
Preference: Blocks or Gu?

Weekly Workouts {8/16-8/22} & Healthy Snacking

holy humidity. anyone else having a humidity spike in their cities this week?? i actually chose to take the subway rather than bike to work the past two days because it was so gross out. not loving that!

before i get into this week’s workout line-up, let’s talk a bit of marathon training progress:

i’m not sure if i’m going to run the Mohawk Hudson marathon this October after all. i’d sort of half-heartedly committed myself to doing it, but to be honest, my legs are just tired alllll the time. i struggled through my (ridiculously humid) run this morning and fought for every single step, and none were pain free. i haven’t done any runs over 13.1 miles this summer, and the thought of running a marathon just doesn’t appeal to me at the moment…so i’m not sure where i’m at, but i’m absolutely not upset about it at all. i might drop down and run the half (probably have to bandit run it, as i doubt they’ll let me change), but i’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on that.

*my week in workouts*

Sun, 8/16: an hour of total body workout, including kettlebells, free weights, a lot of jump squats & walking lunges & the like, followed by planks & a stretch sesh — great way to start my Sunday morning before heading to church at Hillsong NYC
Mon, 8/17: evening gym workout: warmed up with 15 minutes on the Arc trainer before doing 45 minutes of upper body (back machines, kettlebells & push-ups) and finished with planks
Tues, 8/18: morning run – 5 miles on the treadmill, for the first time in months, b/c it was 90% humidity at 6am. WOOF.
Wed, 8/19 (today): 6 mile run outdoors — basically like running underwater. i was drenched by mile 1. gross.
Thurs, 8/20: i might have to take a rest day tomorrow, as i think i’ll be too busy to squeeze in a workout… sometimes all the plans come first. 🙂
Fri, 8/21: hoping for a morning Arc trainer & strength sesh, depending upon how late Thurs night’s plans go!
Sat, 8/22: long, hilly run upstate by the lake! always my fave workout of the week, so long as my legs aren’t all sorts of crazy sore and allow me to enjoy the run.

i’ve been trying to be more mindful of what i put into my body after a workout lately, as part of my whole “be as healthy as possible and take care of yourself” summer goal. i want to stay strong and fueled and feel good about my food choices rather than mindlessly snacking or eating something just because it’s convenient or tastes good.

allllll the fruit. i can't get enough.

allllll the fruit. i can’t get enough.

i’ve teamed up with Nuts.com for this post to discuss some healthy post-workout/run food options. (i’m not being paid in any way for this, but have chosen to promote them because i personally like to partner with and help support organizations devoted to healthy living.) Nuts.com is a family-owned organization dedicated to healthy snacking, offering over 2,000 items delivered right to your door! i’ve spent some time perusing their website lately and reading through their healthy snacks page, and they offer some great suggestions and yummy snacks for your post-workout noshing.

here are some of my personal fave post-workout snacks to grab on the go (because let’s face it, i’m basically always on the go in this city):

  • bananas. pretty much my go-to food. i eat one almost every day (okay i had 2 small ones already today)
  • hard-boiled eggs. i’ve been pretty consistent about keeping these on hand the past couple of months, and they’ve totally changed my snack habits. i eat them by themselves, on salads, with avocado…
  • juice. i’ve been on a big fresh-pressed juice kick this summer. it can be a bit pricey as they add up quickly, but they’re so good and a perfect summer snack. anything with beets & ginger is right up my alley.
  • Medifast bars or shakes. i really like both the taste & nutritional value of this company’s products, and they’re an easy choice after a good workout.
  • almonds. i don’t buy these enough but i really enjoy them! my fave nut.

two healthy snack options that looks really good to me on Nuts.com:

  • Freeze Dried Fruit Cocktail: 100% fruit with no extra added sugar. i really like dried fruit but i’m not into the mixes that add a sweetener, so this one appeals to me. i think it’d be great to put over oatmeal or mix with nuts!
  • Organic Trail Mix. so much goodness. just yum.

hope your running, workouts & healthy snacking are all on track this week, friends!

Runners: How’re you feeling lately? How’s training going? Any joys/woes to share?
What’re your favorite post-workout snacks?

Weekly Workouts {8/2-8/8} & a Special Day

August has started off bright & sunny & hot here in NYC, but thankfully not quite as humid as the end of July, making the running a biiiiit more manageable.

Sun, 8/2:
7.5 mile run along the Hudson. HOT but i survived. finishing a run at noon in August isn’t the best idea (i was literally pouring water bottles over my head the last 2 miles), but dannnng it felt so good when it was done!
Mon, 8/3: 4 mile walk, half hour of kettlebells in an un-air conditioned gym (woof).
Tues, 8/4: rest. i walked and biked.
Wed, 8/5 (today): bright-n-early morning 6-miler. felt soooo good.
Thurs, 8/6: i’m thinking 3 miles + abs and a little light weights.
Fri, 8/7: kettlebells & abs
Sat, 8/8: a long run. God only knows what that looks like, depending upon the weather. i’ll be upstate at my parents’ house, so HILLS. i’m hoping for 12-14 miles (aka, running to Target and having my dad pick me up), but anything 10+ is fine. not really into over-achieving these days. #chill

also, today is a very special day in my family’s life: my parents’ 37th wedding anniversary!

i’m beyond thrilled & honored to be the daughter of my favorite humans, and couldn’t have hand-picked a more amazing couple with whom to have spent my life. they’re the most incredible role models and unfaltering sources of love, encouragement, support, acceptance, humor & all-round joy that a girl could ever dream of.

happy anniversary, my lovely parents. i can’t wait to come home this weekend and celebrate you. ❤

How’re the workouts/runs going this week?
What/whom are you celebrating?