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Ice Skating Made Me Realize…

Mon: Rest

Tues: 5 Rounds w/30lb bar: 8 Overhead shoulder press, 15 front squats, 10 thrusters, 5.75m easy 8:01/pace (ranged from 7:22-8:20)

Monday’s are my new rest days. Just thought i’d share. I only like worrying about coffee & training others on Mondays. It makes the day much more bearable. Tuesdays now, are a new beast. I’m finally on board with “Track Tuesdays” or as i’m going to call it “200s Tuesdays” since I’ve been doing 12 x 200s.  Today though, I ended up outside for more of an easy run. The wind and hills made it difficult to push or maintain any sort of pace, but I needed to get outside..turns out wind, hills and cold feel a lot easier than the treadmill lately. 8:01 easy pace?? I’ll take it. Track Tuesdays, are paying off :).

Also, I got a haircut.

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SO—A few weeks ago I went ice skating. No, i’m not bragging, i’m a terrible ice skater. There is a reason I run. Forward. In a straight line. On my feet. I’m also a little OCD when it comes to knowing distance/pace with any type of cross training i might come across. My poor Garmin probably thought i strapped it to a chicken with it’s head cut off (sorry to the vegetarian readers), but seriously, this is a screen shot of my Garmin from the 1 mile skate I did.

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I used this picture the other day, but I just had to share that it wasn’t a stock photo–it was legit mine. As I was skating dodging kiddos and their parents, teens and their selfies, and my own two left feet, I realized that I can totally do an Iron Man one day. If skating a mile takes me 25 solid minutes I can totally push through a triathlon. Science. Logic. Other smart words even though this concept is terrible. 

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I guess I assume since Skating isn’t a part of the Iron Man, I’ll be fine.

haha.

Last Week

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 6.5m intervals (12 x 200s, 5 @ 5:39/pace, 5 @ 5:33/pace, 2 @ 5:27/pace)

Wednesday: 30min Kettlebell workout (5 rounds: 20 overhead swings, 20 off set weighted lunges, 10 tricep pushups)

Thursday: 4m easy 9:00/pace, 30 min core

Friday: 6 easy 8:45/pace, 20 min TRX Upper Body

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 10m easy 8:30/pace

Total Miles: 26.5

Are you a practicing Track Tuesday-ian?


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Future Future Goals

Monday: 30 min core

Tuesday: 50 bodyweight dips, 100 alternating rows (40lb cable)

Wednesday: 5m easy 8:40/pace

Thursday: 5 miles, 6 X 400s @ 6:00/pace, recovery @ 10:00/pace

Alright, it’s that time to solidify some real goals. After a few days of a fever (i’m a 5 year old) and lounging in pjs, my only goal was to watch as many movies as possible… I’m now ready to begin this year and start attacking goals!

Sub 20:00 5k

Whenever I hit a sub 7 mile, a puppy is born. Wouldn’t it be great if more puppies were born?? Sorry, caffiene’s hitting me hard right now —I want to run fast and I like to run fast. It’s been a long year of slow easy miles, so i’m ready to tackle a completely different style of training and mileage. Lauren @ The Foodie Runner challenged her readers not only to set goals, but also come up with a plan for how to get there.

Most people who walk in the gym this week will want to lose 20 lbs or whatever, but the second you ask them how they plan to do it, they get stumped. Or say “i’m gonna do cardio and maybe a class or two”<—Not good enough!

Having a plan or someone to help with that plan is sooooo important. It’s like going on a road trip without a map or a gps, ridiculous right? So don’t chance it with your goals this year. Ask me questions! Or head over to Lauren’s page and have her coach you for a specific race.

Sub 1:30 1/2 Marathon

How am I going to meet these time goals? I’m following the Ultimate Runner program for an entire year to see what changes occur in my running life. I’ve learned so much over the last few years from blogs, Lauren, my own trial and error and I’m ready to take everything I learned and put it into a program that makes a lot of sense for me and my schedule.

I plan on focusing solely on the 5k until summer. I’ll still do long runs and i’ll have a race or two during the next 6 months that aren’t the 5k distance, but my efforts will all be geared toward getting faster. I’m going to try running a 5k once per month to give myself ample opportunities to succeed and get used to racing! Im hoping that as my speed and racing skills improve, by fall i’ll feel more confident going into the half marathon training and aim for a huge goal.

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after 400s. First time since the marathon doing a real speed workout!

Complete 5 Consecutive Pull Ups

Last year I focused on doing body weight dips, which now, i’m pretty comfortable with, but pull ups are still such a hard exercise! I’m using the pull up assist machine and doing jumping pull ups, where you jump up and grab the bar then focus on the deceleration (or the negative). I’m definitely getting stronger, but i’m still far from being able to complete a set!

timed flex arm hang (not pull ups, but still tough!)

timed flex arm hang (not pull ups, but still tough!)

Travel More

I don’t have specific places I want to visit, I just want to go, explore, run, eat, drink and be merry! There’s too much of this world (and country!) I have yet to see, I’m open for anything this year.

Visit & Review Breweries

It’s no secret I love good beer, especially ones that are hard to get. I figure that when i travel I also want to try out the local brews and since I have a blog, review them. Anyone ever watch Brew Dogs? This show makes me incredibly happy, and bonus! the hosts are hilarious and have a sexy accent. I’m pretty sure this show is why I want to travel and visit breweries.

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Stress Less, Be Present & Enjoy the Surprises 

I’ve talked about this before, last year was Stress Fest 14′ and I was the main event. The worst part was that I never asked for any help with the stress, I assumed I had to handle much of everything myself and tried to control too much. Unfortunately for me, stress leads to depression and depression leads to me living a life without being present. I have many new outlets and healthy ways to cope if I feel overly stressed so this should never get as bad as it was last year. I feel prepared now, but it’s all about practice!

That’s kinda it. It’s a small, but precise list. Fast times, traveling, beer and less stress. Sounds like a good year to me, no?_______________________________________________________

For fun, I want to throw these into the mix so you might know what to expect one day on the ol’ blog. These are Future Future Goals–ones that aren’t going to happen until 2016+. And ones that I daydream about often…

I still want that BQ. A Boston Qualifying time isn’t just about running the Boston course, I really want(ed) to run a fast marathon and I felt 3:30 wasn’t a crazy goal. I still think it’s tangible and when I attempt the distance again, I’m going to shoot for under 3:30.

I want to run a Ragnar Relay, re-lay bad (okay that was a re-lay bad pun. dammit i can’t stop!) I feel like there are enough bloggers in the local area here that we can throw together a pretty fun van full of girls that want to sweat and run together for an obscene amount of miles. I’m talking to you Emmeline, Salt, Lisa.

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Iron Man. I think Robert Downey Jr. would agree that being an Iron Man is pretty sick. To finish an Iron Man, just once, would make me feel like a superhero. At least, that’s how I play it in my head.. even though It would probably feel more like greeting death, but as equals, like in the Deathly Hallows. That’s what they should call Iron Man– the Deathly Hallows- Swimming, Biking & Running until your legs fall off. When the 3 are joined together you become the master of death, thus an Iron Man or Woman! Now, how can I make an ironman/harry potter tattoo work…

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Do you have a Future Future Goal?