Sunday, November 12, 2017

Austin Half Marathon - Week 4 / PFTW

Last Week...


  • 35 min run 
  • Front squats (40lb) - 3x10
  • Squatting Rows (45lb) - 3x10
  • Kettlebell arm extensions (10lb) - 3x10
  • Single leg hip thrusters - 3x10
  • Sit ups with a 5lb weight behind my head (so weird) - 3x10


  • Single leg squats (10lb) - 3x10
  • Incline press (15lb) - 3x12
  • Slider leg curls - 3x10
  • Bent over row (12.5lb) - 3x9
  • Star crunches - 3x10


  • 40 min run, 30 sec. pickups


  • Kettelbell swings (20lb) - 3x10
  • Push-ups - 3x10
  • Upright row (10lb) - 3x10
  • Single leg bridge - 3x8
  • Figure-4 oblique crunches - 3x10
  • Calf raises - 3x10
  • Hammer curls (15lb) - 3x6
  • Tricep extensions (15lb) 3x12


  • 55 min run, slow AF

I ran here and it was lovely. Drizzly and cool and it almost seemed like fall.
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After running very little for a long time, and then not at all for six months, it shouldn't be but definitely is shocking how challenging it is.

This week, I have to travel for work and - AND - see Hamilton, finally! I don't have any training scheduled since I won't be here - that's why my Saturday workout was so shitty - and probably won't run while I'm there. We'll see. Plan is:

Tuesday - 40 min run
Wednesday - travel, talk to too many people, late work dinner
Thursday - 30 min am run, 9 hour meeting, HAMILTON
Friday - talk to more people, more meetings, socially taxing efforts, travel home
Saturday - sleep? talk to no one?
Sunday - 60 min run

Monday, November 6, 2017

Austin Half Marathon - Week 3 / PFTW

Shalane Flanagan, eh?

Last week:

  • 35 min run
  • Squats with kettelbells (20lb ea) - 3x8
  • Squatting Rows (35lb) - 3x8
  • Kettelbell arm extensions (10lb ea) - 3x10
  • Sit ups while holding a giant bar behind my head?! - 3x10


  • Single leg squat (20lb ea) - 3x10
  • Chest press (45lb bar) - 3x10
  • Bridge curl with sliders - 3x8 <- font="" the="" these="" were="" worst="">
  • Bent over rows (15lb ea) - 3x7
  • Star crunches - 3x10
  • 35 min run with speed intervals 


  • 45 min run

I always swore I was not a person that would put clothes on my animals, because it's so weird. Yet, here we are:
Fear him.
I usually try to run before my appointment because 1. running is fcking hard already and 2. I'm concerned my motivation will disappear once I'm done with the thing I'm paying for, but Friday I was bamboozled into training first. Never again shall I make that mistake - I was correct that it was harder, but even worse, the trainer suggested I incorporate some speedier (lol, "speedier" intervals) and then when I argued, busted out a training book explaining the science to me. I got confused by the words and did it and it was the worst. Tricky bastard. 

On Sunday I stopped by Target to check out the new Hearth and Home line from Chip and Joanna for some grocery shopping. These Texas ladies sure do love them some Joanna

And finally, this. 
I think it's been something like five years since the husband and I took a night away without kids! Our 20th anniversary is next year, and when we I started thinking about what to do, we I originally thought a family trip to Europe would be fun. An opportunity came up to have someone stay with the kids for a week, though, so BYE SUCKERS. 

This week!
I'm heading to Chicago next week, so I'm cramming in an extra trainer session. Can't wait. 

Wednesday - 35 min run, trainer, in that order
Thursday - 40 min run, trainer
Saturday - 55 min run, trainer

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Austin Half Marathon - Week 2 / PFTW

Last Week


  • 35 min run
  • Kettlebell deadlift (35lb) - 3x10
  • Chest press (20lb ea hand) - 3x10
  • Reverse row 3x8
  • Reverse lunch with slider (10lb ea hand) - 3x8
  • Side bends (35lb) - 3x10
  • Weighted squats (65lb) - 3x8
  • Kettelbell arm extensions (10lb) - 3x10
  • Kneeling row (22.5lb) - 3x10
  • Hip thrusters - 3x10 
  • Weighted sit-ups (10lb) - 3x10

  • 35 min run
I've been fighting a plague going around my office for a week, and it finally destroyed me on Friday, so I pushed my run to Saturday, and my "long" run to a random PTO day I had planned for Monday. 

On Saturday, I took Gab to the most Texas thing we've done since the time we went to a rock-skipping contest at an outdoor barbecue restaurant in hill country. Texas is crazy. 
Anyway, Gab loves horses and now wants to own one. We have a yard (a yard!), but I don't think it's that big, kid.

Why yes, she IS a giant.

This week:

  • 45 min "long" run

  • 40 min run
  • Trainer

  • 40 min run
  • Trainer


  • 55 min run

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Austin Half Marathon - Week 1 / PFTW

Last week!


  • 30 min run
  • Weighted squats (55lb) - 3x8
  • Kettelbell arm extensions (10lb) - 3x10
  • Kneeling row (22.5lb) - 3x10
  • Hip thrusters - 3x10 
  • Crunches with medicine ball (10lb) - 3x10
  • Leg lifts with medicine ball (10lb) - 3x10


  • 30 min run 
  • Deadlifts (65lb) - 3x8
  • Chest press (20lb) - 3x10
  • Reverse row - 3x8
  • Weighted reverse lunge on foot sliders (7.5lb ea hand) - 3x10
  • Side bend (25lb) - 3x10

  • 45 min run

I haven't been running outside since we moved because - I'm not sure if anyone has noticed this - Texas summers are the most oppressive, terrible things in the world, unless you enjoy feeling like you live literally on the sun. 

One of the reasons we picked the neighborhood we did was because of this beautiful, shady trail that goes on forever. A lovely storm came through early this morning and made temps a fairly bearable 75*, so I took myself outside and ran, and it was hard, because running is really tough.
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We had Lora home for a fall-break visit last week, which was weird. It's weird to say, "Lora's visiting for the weekend!"
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This week
Wednesday - 30 min run, trainer
Friday - 30 min run, trainer
Sunday - 60 min run

I feel like I've forgotten how to write words and things that don't include statements like, "I want to make sure I'm fully understanding....." and "Going forward, please be mindful of your comments" and "I have some concerns." Work is going super great, thanks for checking. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Zombie Runner?



I'm not sure which came first - the retirement, or the blog quitting. But since they seem to go hand in hand, I'm picking both back up at the same time. I tried this before and it didn't stick, but maybe.... 

Some bulletpoints to catch-up:
  • I am still with the same company I was when my job ate up all my running time and I retired. 
  • But now I'm doing the work in Texas! I took a great promotion a few months ago to lead a new branch of the business, and it's been swell. Especially the super comfortable and pleasant summer parts.
  • I tried running while retired, and it didn't go super great. I was DFL at a trail race in Colorado, DNF'ed CIM, and slowly. SLOWLY finished a half marathon earlier this year. {links courtesy of Becka, who continued to blog and do fun things while I did neither of those}.
  • I'm running the Austin half marathon in February! I plan to a. finish, and b. not be last.
  • Lora (previously known as #1) continued her high school running career, and was a big shot. She finished 29th in the state in XC her senior year, and is now running collegiality. I tried to convince her the PNW is where it's at, but she selected a school in the south. Related, she's now An Adult, and apparently makes her own decisions. 
  • Marissa (#2) is still feisty and likes to keep us on our toes. This is the understatement of the century. 
  • Gabby is still healthy, and adorable, but also getting mouthy, so that's new. 
  • I'm still married, and I still really like that guy.
  • We've added a new friend to our family!


Oh yeah! We went to the Grand Canyon!

I do a poor job of keeping track of my workouts and since that hasn't worked out so great for me over the last few years (see: my DNF at CIM last year), I'm rising this mess from the ashes to rekindle my PFTW and other things if I feel like it, tdb

I also joined a gym when we moved here, and have been working with a personal trainer. This wasn't my choice, but I was suckered into paying for it, so I'm certainly not quitting. It's not great, and it's really, REALLY tough, but I guess it's working because I seem very strong now. 


I see my friend twice a week, but I don't really know what my workouts are until I get there - I've asked not to be warned in advance so I can't chicken out. Ideally, I'll post this plan on Monday, and recap the following week with what I did so someday when I stop paying a million dollars a month for this guy, I remember what the workouts are. 

Wednesday - Gym (30 min run, 30 min with the trainer) 
Friday - Gym (30 min run, 30 min with the trainer)
Saturday - "Long" run

Monday, July 20, 2015


Last week:
Monday: lower body/HIIT
Tuesday: upper body, 4 miles "fast" (with The H), and it was awful
Wednesday: HIIT/abs
Thursday: 30 min cardio, 20 min yoga, 3 miles easy
Friday: XC "fundraiser"

Saturday: stretch/yoga, 5 miles at Peters Canyon with ex-neighbor Will. This was Will's first real trail running experience, and I was afraid it would scare him away. Lucky for meeeee, he says he'd do it again :D. 
Sunday:3 miles, lower body

Total: 15 miles. #elite.

It rained, rained, rained, RAINED all weekend, and it was GLORIOUS, if you can overlook the soul-crushing humidity. Turns out, I can't, so while I adore the rain and thunder, I was just the whiniest jerk yesterday while I lounged around complaining about the heat. 

I'm so weak. 

This week!

Monday: Upper body (I just finished this, and I'm pretty sure I cannot move the rest of the day)
Tuesday: 4 miles, lower body
Wednesday: upper body, cardio; 5 miles
Thursday: HIIT/abs
Friday: rest
Saturday: stretch/yoga; 6 miles
Sunday: lower body, 3 miles

Monday, July 13, 2015

PFTW #6 / #SummerTrailRun, Mt Rainier, and the most beautiful place I've ever seen

June 28-July 4
Monday: Day 1 of some Fitness Blender Challenge I found - HIIT and lower body strength
Tuesday: Day 2 - Upper body and cardio
Wednesday: Day 3 - HIIT and abs
Thursday: Day 4 - This was a kickboxing video, but kickboxing confuses me (I spend so much time trying to keep the moves straight, I basically stop moving), so I did an upper body and cardio video instead
Friday: I worked, then PACKED FOR VACATION! (All of the pictures in the universe down below).
Saturday: 2 miles-ish hiking
Sunday: 7-8ish miles, hiking

July 5-11
Monday: nothing 
Tuesday: walked ALL OVER Seattle.
Wednesday: nothing (flight home followed by an all-day communications training class for me, because I'm the luckiest).
Thursday: Hold on to your hats. For the first time in almost 7 months, I pinned on a bib and RAN A RACE. 

The Renegade Summer Trail Run Race #2 was a great time, as always. It's super hard coming out of retirement (ahem not running in 10 days on top of that...), and this race was certainly challenging. 

But I've really really missed racing!! Super psyched that I made it out for this one, even if I was grossly under-hydrated and unprepared. Renegade Races are just so great. 

Friday: Nothing
Saturday: 6.5ish miles on trails while #1 was at XC hill practice - luckily, I ran into another mom who was kind enough to join me and my slow pace.
Sunday: 4 miles with ex-neighbor Will

I am working a wacky schedule for the next several weeks while I have some new hires working at night, so hoping I can fit some runs in after work (even if it's a little late). Before work is tricky, because Gab can't be left home alone, and the other kids are in XC camp until 10am. I keep making excuses in my brain about not having time, but I really just need to make the time.

I know, this is revolutionary. Don't steal my idea. 

This week!
Monday: Lower Body, HIIT 
Tuesday: Upper body, 4 miles
Wednesday: HIIT and abs
Thursday: Upper body, 4 miles
Friday: Lower Body, HIIT
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 6 miles


Saturday: In an effort to convince #1 that the PNW is obvs where she should spend her college years, we spent a long weekend in Seattle. #2 was dressed the part. 

We got into SEA at 11:30am, and spent the day wandering in the Carbon River area. 
Me, all weekend: Man, that is a Big Mountain. 
We trekked up a giant hill in search of a waterfall that was apparently all dried up. It was kind of pretty. 

Sunday: We headed around the north side of the mountain, stopping a gajillion times for coffee and pretty views, before landing at the Sunrise Visitor Center and doing the Frozen Lake trail. 

Aside from a bathroom incident with Gab and #2 trying to fling herself off the mountain to avoid flies, it was a lovely hike. 

After lunch in Sunrise, we headed to Tipsoo Lake, where the wildflower game was strong...

After my family was sick of hearing me exclaim, "LOOK! So many flowers!", we headed south to the Stevens Canyon entrance, and hiked Silver Falls and Grove of the Patriarchs. 

Monday: Drove up to Bellingham via Chuckanut Dr and Larrabee State Park.

We wandered around the Fairhaven district for awhile and ate delicious, delicious pizza (for real, Fat Pie Pizza in Bellingham, you should go there). We took a walking tour of Western Washington U, which #1 did not LOVE, but I kind of did, and then ate all the food in the universe at Boundary Bay Brewery, which came recommended by internet friend Alma.
The beer was great, the food was great, the desserts were great, the service was great, it was all great. 

Tuesday: So many hours of walking and drinking coffee, and farmers marketing, and monrailing. 

After a super quick coffee with Alma at the craziest library I ever have seen, we took the ferry over to Bainbridge Island, which was fun for a couple hours (and so peaceful, besides the part when #1 lost her mind because she thought we might miss the ferry back, and didn't accept that there were later ferries to be had). 

Wednesday: 3:30 wake up for a 6am flight that was delayed to almost 7am when the co-pilot's chair broke. No, really.


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