Monthly Archives: February 2012

Workout Windup: Need for Speed

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, I know I sure did. After my long run on Saturday, I met up with my family! My mom surprised my step-dad with a trip to the city for his birthday, and my brother came over from Pennsylvania to celebrate too. We did a lot of sight-seeing and just spending time together, which I absolutely adore. I was exhausted by the end of the weekend, but it was well, well worth it. I’m hoping they come back for another visit soon!

But don’t you worry, I still managed to sneak in all of my workouts! That’s right, every single one of ’em! Here’s what I did:

  • Run four miles and upper body exercises on Monday at 10 a.m. (Woohoo, day off!)
  • Cross-train and lift on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Run 1 mile warm-up, 4×800’s (with 400m jog in between) on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. p.m.
  • Rest Thursday
  • Run 1 mile, maintenance, upper body, [add lift] exercises on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
  • Run 12 miles on Saturday [add: 4 hours of walking around city with family]
  • Run 4 miles on Sunday [add: 4 hours of walking around city with family]

I was most proud of my speed work on Wednesday. I don’t do it that often unless I’m told, and I really am starting to like it. It’s difficult, but I know I’m doing it for a reason. I left that run feeling really accomplished – and incredibly sweaty. Best part? I banged it out fairly quickly. Run and done.

Here’s this week’s schedule:

  • Rest on Monday
  • Run 5 miles: 1 mile warm-up, 2 @ marathon pace, 2 @ half-marathon pace (I should figure out what that pace is…) on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
  • Run 1 mile, maintenance and upper-body exercises on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Flywheel class on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and lift at 6:30 p.m.
  • Rest on Friday
  • Run 15 miles on Saturday (PDR!!)
  • Run 4 miles on Sunday

I’m really hoping for a solid long run on Saturday. My knee is still giving me issues, which is incredibly annoying. I’ve become great friends with the foam roller and stretch wayyyy more than I used to. I elevate and ice after every run, and take naproxen for the pain, if necessary. I’m also the proud owner of a new pair of hot pink compression socks to help increase the blood flow in my left leg (where the pain is) – I have a varicose vein from my blood disorder, so I should have been wearing them already. If it still doesn’t subside, I’m also looking into buying a knee sleeve.

If anyone else has suggestions, throw ’em at me! I’m dealing with an acute case of tendonitis and built-up scar tissue.

I also really need to get back into yoga. I’ve been feeling very lethargic lately, and am working the kinks out with my coach so that I can drag my booty out of bed for a morning dose of sweat. Otherwise, I end up running out of time. It’s hard to fit it all in!

Now it’s your turn: tell me your workouts! What are you looking forward to? Dreading? Favorite way to sweat?

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Gyro Goodness

Thank God for Pinterest, is all I have to say.

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It’s been a serious lifesaver when it comes to whipping up quick, delicious meals for dinner. Dustin pulls up my “Dinner Desires” page when he’s wondering what I might like because it’s already been approved! After a quick check of what ingredients we have on stock, we pull something together fairly quickly without any unnecessary nonsense. And that’s very important to someone who doesn’t really like to cook all that much. (If you’re a new reader, that’s me, not Dustin. Heh.)

So when Dustin and I were craving something Greek, I instantly went for these gyros. I made a few tweaks and came up with something magnificent.

Here’s how it all came together:

Chicken Gyros

Tzatziki sauce:

8 oz. plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)

1 regular cucumber, peeled and diced (you can seed it, but I didn’t…lazy)

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon alcohol-removed  chardonnay

Juice of one fresh lemon

Salt and pepper

Chicken prep:

2 teaspoons minced garlic

Juice of one fresh lemon

2 teaspoons of alcohol-removed chardonnay

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

4 oz. plain Greek yogurt (Again, I used Chobani)

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 1/4lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed

Other ingredients:

Whole wheat pita pockets

Fresh tomatoes, diced

Red onion, chopped

Directions:

Chop the cucumber in a food processor, or if you’re like me, just chop it up yourself. Wrap in a towel and squeeze to remove all excess water. Mix together all other ingredients for tzatziki sauce. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour (I was about 40 minutes) before serving so all of the flavors can blend together.

Combine all of the ingredients for the chicken prep, except for the chicken. Mix well. Add chicken and coat well with mixture. Transfer to skillet, until chicken is completely done. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Heat pitas. Top with chicken mixture, tzatziki sauce, diced tomatoes and chopped onion. Serve and enjoy!

This definitely satisfied all cravings for a Greek dinner, and we had enough leftovers to turn it into a salad – I just dumped the chicken mix on top of a bed of spinach and added a dab of tzatziki sauce. Yum.

What easy dinner recipe are you loving these days? Feel free to send me links!

Moments of Impact

Dustin and I went and saw “The Vow” on Sunday morning ($6 ticket if you go before noon at AMC theaters – holla!), and I really loved the film. Yes, it was a chick flick, but it wasn’t nearly as cheesy as others I’ve seen. Dustin even said it was a decent movie. As long as you go into the theater knowing that you’re going to see a chick flick, rather than some epic masterpiece, I think you’ll enjoy this movie 🙂

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But what I really loved most about it was the concept behind it. Right in the beginning, Channing Tatum does a voice-over and says this:

Life is all about moments of impact, and how they change our lives forever. But what if one day you could no longer remember any of them?

It really got me thinking, as I’m sure it did many others: what if I was the one to get into a car accident and when I woke up, I couldn’t remember anything from the last five years? That’s some scary stuff. So I took a trip down memory lane and really realized how much I’ve changed in five short years.

First of all, I would be just like Rachel McAdams (yeah, ok, Sam) and wouldn’t have any recollection of this guy.

Dustin and I met just under three and a half years ago, so if five years were gone, I’d be pretty scared waking up and seeing him by my side. If he told me we’d been dating for a little over three years and that we lived together, I’d likely laugh at him. Five years ago from today, I was dating my high school sweetheart and we’d been together five months. It lasted for eight months total, which was my longest relationship before Dustin. So I think it’s safe to say I’d freak out a smidge. Good thing he’s attractive (like Channing!) to put me a little at ease 😉

I’d also be a senior in high school again, and Lord knows I have no desire to go that far back in time. I grew up so much and experienced a lot in college; I would never want to lose that.

See, grown up 😉

If I were still a senior, New York City and the magazine industry would still be a distant dream, and I’d constantly be questioning myself, wondering if I could really make it.

I definitely wouldn’t be running, either. If my high school self met my today self on a random weekend for a long run, she would be huffing and puffing after two miles, cursing at me and saying, “What the efffff is wrong with you? You do this for fun?!”

And I never would’ve imagined running 13.1 miles would be possible, nor would I even dream of training for 26.2.

So many people would be missing from my life, too. People who have come to be my closest friends simply would cease to exist (to me). That’s completely crazy! My current roommates, college roommate, college friends, Nina, and countless other people would just not be around. I can’t imagine it.

And my family dynamic would have taken a huge step backward. My parents and I have gotten so much closer in the last five years, and so have my brothers and I. We’ve all learned more about one another than I ever thought would be possible, and the last few years have seen major growth. I don’t care to go back.

So it’s safe to say a lot would change if the last five years simply erased itself from my memory. Fingers crossed (and knock on wood) that it never happens. The beauty of the film, though? Paige and Leo fall in love all over again, proving their love can withstand anything. I love that it’s based on a true story…I hope we’re all able to find that once (or twice with the same person) in a lifetime love.

What would you do if you lost the last five years? How different would things be?

Workout Windup: Marathon Training Push

Good evening, friends! I hope you all had a great President’s Day yesterday. If you had the day off, I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and got some extra much-needed rest (it was much-needed for me, anyway). If you didn’t, I hope you were able to be super productive and knock a bunch of stuff off of your to-do list.

I’ve been knocking workouts off my to-do list left and right, pushing through marathon training to get to that fabulous day in Nashville. It’s sneaking up on me quickly and I am so excited. I love feeling my body get stronger and watching myself improve. It’s still crazy to think I’ll be able to run 26.2 miles in a little over 2 months, but it feels great to just let go and trust the process.

Here were my scheduled workouts for the last week, and how they all played out:

  • Meet with coach Abby for light work/evaluation on Monday
  • SoulCycle on Tuesday at 7 a.m., strength train at 6:30 p.m.
  • 4-mile tempo run on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m., hot power yoga at 6 p.m.
  • Rest Thursday
  • Run 1 mile, maintenance and upper body exercises on Friday at 6 p.m.
  • Run 14 miles on Saturday Run 10 miles
  • Run 3 miles on Sunday Rest

I skipped my upper body exercises on Friday because I’ve been fighting a cold this week and my body just didn’t want to do anymore. If I kept going, I would’ve half-assed the moves and I didn’t want to do that. So I saved them for another day, which ended up being Monday.

I had a really crappy run on Saturday and couldn’t get in a good groove for multiple reasons. My body couldn’t push out any more than 10 miles, and after beating myself up over it for a while, my run coach helped me chill out when she wasn’t pissed at me. My knee gave me a lot of trouble too, so I took Sunday as a rest day to elevate, ice, stretch and foam roll. My main goal for this week is to make sure I get in my Sunday run so my body starts getting used to running on fatigued legs.

Speaking of goals, here’s what I have lined up this week:

  • Run 4 miles and upper body exercises on Monday at 10 a.m. (woohoo, day off!)
  • Cross-train and lift on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Run 1 mile warm-up, 4×800’s (with 400m jog in between) on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m.
  • Rest Thursday
  • Run 1 mile, maintenance and upper body exercises on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Run 12 miles on Saturday + showing family all over NYC
  • Run 4 miles on Sunday + showing family all over NYC

Here’s to another great week of workouts!

What workout are you most looking forward to this week?

Surprise, Surprise

Remember how I said all you need is love on Valentine’s Day, and that Dustin and I never really celebrate? Well, that’s true…for the most part. We usually don’t pull out a ton of fancy stops. Instead, we acknowledge that it is in fact Valentine’s Day and make sure that we keep our calendars as clear as possible so that we can simply spend the evening together.

This year, Dustin kicked it up a notch. Kicked it up so much that he managed to surprise me, which he is never able to pull off. He can’t keep a secret – he gets too excited and then blows his cover. The reason he pulled this one off? He later admitted to me that he pulled it all together that day, so as long as he didn’t text me (which he actually avoided my texts), then he was safe.

I still smile every time I think about it, so I figure it’s worth sharing. When I got home, I was greeted with this on the front door of our apartment:

The note says, “Samantha, follow the roses.”

I opened the door and found another taped to the side of the fridge.

Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted another one hanging on our bedroom door.

This one reads, “I told you I love you.” Silly boy.

By this point, I’m looking around waiting for Dustin to pop out and scare me. With him nowhere in sight, I opened the door and saw this fun little trail:

Conversation hearts! Yes, I read them all.

That sugary path led straight to the TV, where one more rose was resting.

The final note reads, “Samantha, turn me on…the TV.” I giggled at that.

So I flipped on the TV, and this was awaiting me!

Wahoo! We have a tradition: he buys me all of the Twilight movies, and I buy him all of the Saw films. Both series seem to be ending soon, so it’s worked out well for us.

Dustin came up behind me, greeting me with a kiss and dinner of spaghetti and meatballs. Yum! We ate it as we watched the film and enjoyed a quiet evening together. It got me excited all over again for the next film! I don’t think these are any major works of art, but I enjoy the mindless entertainment. Why not, right?

I also had mail from my mom, which included these treats:

Can’t get enough of the Reese’s. Dustin’s mom also got me a giant Reese’s heart. Sugar coma = commence. Luckily, I’ve managed to space it all out and only indulged on a nibble here and there throughout the week. Talk about control.

So that was my Valentine’s Day, where I was definitely feeling the love. It was still quiet, but Dustin took that extra special step and I couldn’t have been happier. The most important part is that we all tell each other how we feel every single day.

Have you been feeling the love lately? Tell me your stories.

Workout Windup: Full Steam Ahead

I realize I’m late with last week’s Workout Windup, but I’m going to fill y’all in anyway. My week was great, especially in workout land, I just got sucked into everything else going on that it slipped my mind! So let’s make up for time lost by cutting right to the chase, alright?

What I had on the schedule, and what ended up going down:

  • Rest on Monday
  • Run 6 miles on Tuesday at 7 or 8 p.m.
  • Yoga DVD on Wednesday Rest
  • Run 4 miles on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., added lunchtime yoga session to make up for Wednesday
  • Rest on Friday
  • Run 12 miles Saturday morning, dance the night away at Cayla’s wedding
  • Yoga DVD on Sunday or Rest

I realize that looks like a lot of rest, but I still felt every workout! And I met every goal, so I can’t be upset. I was very excited about my 12-mile run: despite cold temperatures, falling snow, tons of hills and some bowel issues, I pushed through and finished in just under two hours. I call that a success.

Here’s what I have lined up for this week (or at least what’s left of it…so far I’m right on track!)

  • Meet with Coach Abby for light work/evaluation (details to come!) on Monday
  • SoulCycle on Tuesday at 7 a.m., strength train at 6:30 p.m.
  • 4-mile tempo run on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m., hot power yoga at 6 p.m.
  • Rest Thursday
  • Run 1 mile, maintenance & upper body exercises on Friday at 6 p.m.
  • Run 14 miles on Saturday
  • Run 3 miles on Sunday

I’m feeling nice and sore this evening from this week’s workouts and am fully embracing tomorrow’s rest day. I need to gear up for Saturday’s long run…and catch up on shameless TV 😉

What sweat sessions do you have lined up the rest of the week? 

All You Need is Love

Yep, it’s Valentine’s Day! If you’re into the mushy, gushy profess your love in the most elaborate way possible on February 14 stuff, I hope you’ve had a fabulous day.

If not, I hope you’ve had a great Tuesday, too 🙂

Me, I’m an in-between type of girl. I don’t need huge bouquets of ridiculously overpriced flowers or dinner reservations at a swanky restaurant. Just show me that you love me (preferably more often than on just one day), and I’m a happy girl.

My aunt sent me these peeps in the mail and I was ecstatic. Love me some peeps and snail mail. Excellent combo. She sent me conversation hearts, too – I get some strange pleasure out of reading every heart in the box. I have no idea why.

Some other things I love:

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(This makes me giggle)

Running. Especially running with your significant other. Can someone convince Dustin to jump on that bandwagon? I think it’d be fun…I’ve only convinced him to do it once.

My family. The first text message I received this morning was from my step-dad, wishing me a Happy Valentine’s Day. It made me realize how much I miss them and can’t wait to see ’em again. (Scott, I’m still waiting on that weekend visit!)

Peanut butter. I find myself going through the stuff way too quickly lately, but I just can’t get enough of it. I made a yummy (and healthy!) cookie recipe last night and pb was the main star. I’ll be sharing soon, as you’ll want to get in on this action.

My friends. They make me chuckle and help me hang on to my sanity.

Libby put this on my Facebook this morning. I was not pleased. She sort of made up for when she followed up with this:

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Le sigh.

To-Do Lists. I’m so type A, it’s not even funny. I get immense pleasure from writing out to-do lists and crossing off items on the list. Even if I’ve already done something, I’ll still write it down just so I can cross it off. And my race training plans? They’re blown up and put on the fridge in a pretty chart so I can make a big red ‘X’ through every workout I finish. And it must be red because that’s my favorite color.

Weddings. I’m a total sucker for ’em. Good thing, too, because everyone I know is getting married these days. We went to our friend Cayla’s wedding this weekend and it was so beautiful. I cried. Twice. And then I danced a lot to make up for it.

Dustin and Adam with the bride. Sorry for Adam’s crazy eyes. I swear he’s not that psycho.

Seasons. While it’s been an extremely out-of-the-ordinary warm winter, we have seen some seasonal change. I’m not complaining about the warmer temps because I’m not the biggest fan of winter, but I like to see snow make an appearance at least once a year.

We were in the middle of a snowstorm on Sunday at Dustin’s parents’ house, which was fun. If I remembered my boots, I would have made snow angels. Instead I just caught snow on my tongue.

And those are just a few things I love. Now it’s your turn! Tell me what, and who, you’re loving these days.

I’m off to spend some love time with this guy.

Now I’m the one with the crazy eyes. Go figure.

Have a great night!

Feel-Good Friday: I’m in the Clear

Happy Friday! Does anyone else feel like it’s been a really long week? I have some glorious plans this weekend, so maybe that’s why time seemed to tick by slowly for me. The anticipation kills me!

I’m in such a chipper mood today, so I thought it was the perfect time to bring back Feel-Good Friday. After all, who couldn’t use a little extra pick-me-up to soar into the weekend?

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Here are some of the wonderful things that have been making me feel great this weekend:

I get to train for a marathon. Remember back when I made my goals for the year and I was all sorts of nervous about not being able to run the Country Music Marathon in April even though I really, really want to? Well, after six doctor appointments, countless hours of lost sleep and many worried thoughts, I officially found out that I am in the clear! At the end of it all, I was diagnosed with an acute case of tendinitis in the outside of my knee, along with a little bit of built-up scar tissue. Neither of those things will derail my plans and the doc gave me the green light to move into full-blown training mode. Nashville, here I come!

Pandora’s country music stations. I don’t know about the rest of you Pandora users, but the site has been killing it for me. I put one of my many country stations and plow through my to-do list like it’s nobody’s business. As a big Carrie, Rascal and Keith fan (that’s Underwood, Flatts and Urban last names for you who aren’t familiar), I’ve been extremely pleased by those nifty selections.

Country weddings. With all this country talk going on, it’s time to talk about my weekend. As you read this, I’m packing up my bags and headed upstate to celebrate the fabulous union of Dustin’s friend, Cayla, and her fiance, Josh. Dustin and Cayla have known each other since they were little and we’re so excited to be a part of her special day. I plan to run 12 miles in the morning (gotta get ’em in) and then dance the night away basking under the beauty of love ❤

Colored jeans. I’ve been lusting after a pair of red ones for quite some time now, but still haven’t found the ones. You know, the jeans that fit both your waist and your wallet. Never fear, though, because I was lucky enough to nab a deliciously bright pair of orange jeans that I’m 100 percent in love with, along with a new bracelet and necklace. Only 35 bucks in NYC? I’ll take it.

Veggie and nut-filled salads. No dirty jokes here, I know how you guys work 😉 I don’t know what it is, but there’s something special about a salad filled with veggies. I had a serious craving for the produce when lunch time rolled around today and the salad bar at work does a great job of satisfying that urge. Super fresh, super tasty. Oh, and I love cashews. I don’t really care about almonds or walnuts in my salad, but dang, I love the cashews. If that’s wrong, then I just don’t want to be right.

When I had just about a bite left, I thought, “Aw man, I should have taken a picture for the blog!” So I did it anyway. Just trust me; it was delicious.

And that’s all she wrote! Now it’s your turn:

What’s made you feel good this week? And what are you up to this weekend? Favorite song I should request at the wedding?

Tag, You’re It!

By now you must have seen at least one other blogger playing the fun little game that’s been bouncing around for the last few weeks. It’s the post of randoms, which I happen to love. I like reading personal, quirky things about the person behind the computer screen; it makes me feel more connected to them as a person, rather than just a computer screen. Abby graciously tagged me to play the game and I am more than willing to oblige.

Here are the rules:

  1. Post these rules.
  2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions set for you in the post.
  4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
  5. Go to their blog and tell them they’ve been tagged.
  6. No stuff in the tagging section like, “you’ve been tagged if you’re reading this.” You (the blogger) have to legitimately tag 11 (or so) people.

Phew, that’s a lot of rules if you ask me! So let’s just hop right to it, shall we?

Eleven Random Things About Yours Truly

  • I graduated as the salutatorian in high school. People are impressed. Until I tell them my class size was 26. Heh.
  • I absolutely loathed running until my sophomore year of college. Run a mile for gym class? No thank you. Now I’m tackling 26.2.
  • I tried Chobani’s apple cinnamon flavor for the first time this week. It was good, but not as OMG fantastic as everyone made me believe. I blame too much hype. But yes, I’ll still buy it.

  • I have a leaking radiator in my bedroom. The dang thing randomly spurts out water and it’s incredibly annoying. If anyone knows how to fix it, I’m all ears.
  • Dustin was out of town for the last few days. Despite starting on “my” side of the bed, every morning I woke up on his side of the bed. Either I miss him or I just like my space.
  • My best friend moves back to New York (from Oklahoma) this summer. I am STOKED.
  • I’ve never lived without a roommate.
  • My one regret about college was never studying abroad.
  • My lucky number is nine, and I almost always bowl a nine for every frame.
  • It’s not a coincidence that the above factoid was the ninth one about me.
  • I have yet to meet someone who knows more about FRIENDS than I do. I bet I’d even give each cast member a run for their money about each character they played.

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Eleven Questions from Abby

What was your best race? My very first half-marathon: the MORE/FITNESS half in April 2011. The weather was gorgeous, I was excitedly nervous, ecstatic to be back in NYC (I didn’t live here yet) and just ready to run. I blew my estimated finish time out of the water, felt great the whole race and soaked in the wonderful feeling of runner’s high. I’ll never forget that race, especially because I got a tattoo after it.

What is your favorite place to go for retail therapy? Hmm, that’s a tough one. I honestly don’t shop all that much because I have such a difficult time letting go of the money I earn. I’ll treat myself every once in a while, but I still can’t drop $80 on a pair of pants or anything like that.

What is your favorite color? Red. Always has been, always will be. I’m obsessed.

If you could go anywhere for a vacation, where would you go?  Somewhere I’ve never been that’s warm. It needs to have a place for me to run and a place for me to relax outside. Those are my only specifications.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Another tough one, Ms. Abby. I’ve received a ton of great advice. But I think the one that applies to nearly every area of my life is “push for what you want and never settle for anything less than what you deserve.” Maybe it sounds cliche, but it’s always in the back of my mind. My family taught me to be strong, independent, caring and compassionate. And I deserve to be treated nicely because I’m nice 🙂

What would your friends say is your most redeeming quality? You’d really have to ask them. But a lot of them have told me that I’m a great listener and they always feel like they can really open up to me without fear of being judged.

How did you start blogging? Originally, I did it for my career. Every editor told me I needed to have a blog so that higher level editors could see my work unedited. Now I blog because I love it and it’s another creative outlet for me.

Twitter or Facebook? Twitter. There’s a better sense of community there.

What is your pre-race ritual? Wake up, drink a glass of water, change into my race clothes right away, eat an untoasted bagel with peanut butter, drink another glass of water, stretch a bit, sip on water, spend lots of time in the bathroom, double-check I have everything I need, another trip to the bathroom….leave.

Woody Allen movies: yay or nay? Yayyyyy

Favorite book you’ve read in the last few years? The Hunger Games series. The Help and Unbroken are close behind.

Eleven Questions for Bloggers

  1. What’s your lucky number?
  2. How many siblings do you have?
  3. What was your favorite school subject and why?
  4. What’s your biggest gym pet peeve?
  5. What’s a healthy food that you really can’t stand?
  6. What’s your favorite cereal?
  7. Where’s the farthest you’ve traveled from home?
  8. N*SYNC or Backstreet Boys?
  9. What’s one career you find fascinating?
  10. How do you feel about Pinterest?
  11. What’s the biggest fear you’ve conquered?

You’ve been tagged:

And there you have it! Now you go: answer one of the above questions in the comments or tell me something random about yourself. Want to know more about me? Feel free to ask a question, too 🙂

Workout Windup: Super Bowl Sadness + Running Success

Welp, I clearly went way too long since blogging last. Sorry! Work’s been pretty crazy and obviously I’m trying to fit all of my workouts in while maintaining some sort of social life. Clearly blogging fell by the wayside last week, but I’m ready to pick right back off where we left off. No excuses, right? (Now I sound like The Biggest Loser…)

By now basically everyone in America knows that the Giants won the Super Bowl against the Patriots. While I live in New York City, I am not a Giants fan. Nor do I like the Yankees. Quite the opposite actually. I’m a huge Patriots and Red Sox fan. My family is from New England and I just love both teams. It usually leaves me a little stranded when it comes to talking about sports at work, but such is life. At least I’m always game for a friendly wager, which clearly I lost this time around. I went from a happy, excited fan at the beginning of the game…

To a very sad fan by the end.

This was after the twenty or so heart attacks I thought I was having throughout the fourth quarter. No matter what team you root for, if you watched the game, you have to admit that it was excellent. By far the best Super Bowl I’ve seen in a while. And forget all you haters, I loved the Madonna half-time show. She has my heart forever. #likeaprayer

We had some yummy eats too, none of which were healthy. We whipped up a healthy chili in the crock pot, but didn’t want it by the time it was ready. Left overs! It’ll give me lunch at work for the rest of the week. #score (Clearly I’m on a hashtag kick right now. Please forgive me).

Anyway, we ended up munching on cheesy salsa bread that Dustin made and salsa dip that I whipped up. Again, not healthy. But do I regret it? Not even a little bit.

Yum.

Besides all the eating, lots of sweating happened this week. Not necessarily on Super Bowl Sunday, but still. Here’s how it all went down:

  • SoulCycle on Monday at 7 a.m.
  • Run 3 miles on Tuesday at 7 a.m.
  • Hot yoga at Yoga to the People on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Rest
  • Run 4-6 miles on Thursday at 6:30 a.m., strength train at 6:30 p.m. Run 5 miles
  • Rest on Friday Elliptical 23 minutes, strength train
  • Run 11 miles on Saturday Run 9 miles
  • Yoga DVD on Sunday Rest

So I failed on the yoga front, but did pretty good with everything else! I obviously modified things, but I fit everything in. And I’m fine with only nabbing 9 miles on Saturday. I worked hard for each mile and I had already increased my weekly mileage a decent amount. I’ll tackle a longer run on Saturday.

Speaking of, here’s what I have lined up this week. It’s another crazy week and I have a wedding to attend upstate on Saturday, so a hilly long run will be quite interesting. But it’s all about the positive thinking, right?

  • Rest on Monday
  • Run 6 miles on Tuesday at 7 or 8 p.m.
  • Yoga DVD on Wednesday at 7 a.m.
  • Run 4 miles on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Rest on Friday
  • Run 12 miles Saturday morning, dance the night away at Cayla’s wedding
  • Yoga DVD on Sunday or Rest

I know I’ve already knocked out Monday and Tuesday’s workouts, and it’s time for me to hit the hay so I can get in tomorrow’s. Good night!

What workouts do you have planned this week? And where can I find a dress for this wedding without breaking my bank account?!