Friday, August 24, 2012

Life is a Highway

A BUSY Highway!

Thank goodness I did so much running last week, because I went 3 whole days this week without running! Eeeek! My lovely husband is enjoying all of the beautiful amenities in the city of Las Vegas, and I am preparing for guests this weekend. Oddly enough, when you are already busy, strange little things come up.

Monday I was on vacation and totally busy doing confidential activities. (No, nothing dirty. That sounds weird.) I may have watched Friday Night Lights for 4 hours in the morning. That's important though! My husband and I also managed to feed Baby Lo an entire jar of baby food apples, because we don't listen when the other speaks. So Monday was definitely a classic Monday.

Tuesday, I had my workout clothes at work, ready to go, and I got the call.

HottieLo: Hey babe, I just checked my Amazon shipment...
Me: Yes?
HottieLo: I accidentally had it shipped to the old house.
Me: Michael!
HottieLo: You wouldn't want to go over there and get it, would you?
Me: Not really!

So, workout was skipped, ran to get BabyLo, over to the old house, left a note on the door, and headed home to pick up my meat head before going to a visitation. Tuesday night = fail.

Wednesday night we had to run across the state line and pick up a table I ordered before my muscle man left for his vacation.

And FINALLY, after my meat head left, I was able to get in a run yesterday. I'm just kidding, I love him and miss him very much. But I really did get in a run. I did a little over 2 miles on the treadmill at work. First mile was at a small incline, second was flat. Did okay on time, nothing too crazy.

Today is another rest day because I'm going to the Chiefs game with my BFF while my parents and grandparents hang out with my teething baby. I mean technically, I'll be getting a workout in. First there is the lifting of beer to mouth, then there is the long walk through the parking lot, up the roundabout to our seats on the top level, lifting of more beers to the mouth, a long walk down the roundabout, and back through the parking lot. That doesn't even include all the trips to the bathroom!

Tomorrow we are having a celebration with family for my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary. Holy moly!! 60 whole years! My awesome brother and sister-in-law are coming to stay with me, and I can't wait to see them! S-I-L and I are running a 5k Sunday morning while I let my brother decide if he ever wants children by watching my teething baby. Muahahaha. Sorry Dee, hopefully BabyLo doesn't scar your husband too bad!

I'm not sure what I want to get out of the race Sunday. Half of me wants to PR, the other half wants to take it easy and treat it as a training run. I suppose it depends how much meat and garlic mashed potatoes I consume Saturday night. 

What are your plans this weekend?? 
When is your next race?

~Mama Lo~

Monday, August 20, 2012

Gasp! I worked out on a weekend!

Friday was a rest day, and I very much enjoyed the break. I hung out at home, watched some TV with Baby Lo and made some peanut butter oatmeal cookies. The cookies were low fat...and they tasted low fat. Not impressed.

Don't worry, I still ate them.

Saturday was a great workout day. I did a weight circuit in the gym followed by an easy 2 mile run on the treadmill. When I joined the gym, I went through orientation with the trainer. The trainer told me it was best to do my cardio after weights if I was going to do cardio on the same day. He said there were benefits, because while you do your cardio workout, you will repair your muscles and give nutrients to your muscles that they need. Interesting topic. Google it.

The other thing I noticed was how much easier those 2 miles seemed after doing a strength circuit. I liken it to yoga stretches always being much easier at the end of the yoga session than the beginning.

Yesterday, I was so incredibly tired. Hit a wall. Exhausted. As I sat on my couch, I kept telling myself I needed to run. I almost had myself talked into a nap, and then I laced up my shoes and told myself, "just a mile, walk it if you want to." I reminded myself how guilty I would feel if I skipped the workout. I ran a nice quick 2 miles at a 10'13"/mi average pace. I'm getting faster! My quads are yelling at me today though. I've been icing and sretching. I was penciled in for cross training, so I might do a little bit of  light Yoga before bed.

And since I hate posts without is a cute baby for your viewing pleasure.

Check out that bedhead!
~Mama Lo~

Friday, August 17, 2012

Don'tcha know?

Did you know when you eat well and run, you can quite possibly break through a plateau and see this?

Yep, that's a 3 in the second digit there. Friends, I've broken out of the 140's and I'm feeling like me again. This is basically in the range where my body is comfortable and healthy. I'd *like* to lose another 10 and get back to the really FIT level I was at right before I became pregnant.

What do we think, 10 pounds by BabyLo's first birthday? That's a little over 18 weeks. That's like half a pound a week. Hmmmm.... What do y'all think?

By the way, I've become a daily weigher.

By the way by the way, my husband is worse. He weighs twice a day. :)

~Mama Lo~

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mini-Goal #1 - 5 Days of Running

For those who haven't noticed my annoying daily posts about running, I made a goal to run 5 days in a row.

And for ONCE I finished something. Okay, maybe I'm being dramatic. I finish lots of things. College...dinner...dessert...and running 5 days in a row.

Last night I did 30 minutes of arms and shoulders on P90X with my super cute husband, and then I hopped on the treadmill for an easy mile. I promise, this one was easy. :)

While we were working out in the basement, we had this cutie playing downstairs and laughing at us. Trust me, he has plenty to laugh at. We look like two extremely uncoordinated people trying to get back into shape...because that's what we are.

After putting that sweet baby to bed, I pretty much RAN to this glorious bubble bath.

Tonight's training schedule was a moderate 3 mile run. I have a loop in my neighborhood that is a third of a mile. The temps were in the 70's and it was cloudy with a little bit of wind. Just like I like it. (Minus the wind.)

I ran the loop, because it looked like there could be a possibility of rain. I don't think I'll put myself through this again. It's like running around a track 9 times. BORING. And the slow incline for the second half of each loop kind of sucks. Dramatic hills with a nice rewarding downward slope afterwords is much more up my alley. (That's if I'm going to do hills. Don't mistake this for me actually LIKING hills.)

Surprisingly, I ran 3 miles at a decent page.
Mile 1: 10:29 avg. pace
Mile 2: 10:43 avg. pace
Mile 3: 10:46 avg pace
Total: 31:59.

Obviously I need to work on starting slower instead of wearing myself out early and getting slower towards the end. I did have to walk a couple of times during the last mile, giving myself about 30 seconds to walk.

So now that I've bored you with my "running" in great detail (Like it was a marathon or something), I'll leave you a photo that proves my shopping addiction. At least 2 days a week we have boxes stacked on our front porch. This week's delivery was from Kirkland's home decor store. Photos of the goods later.

~Mama Lo~

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"Easy 2 Mile Run" - Pfffft

Last night's training called for an "easy 2 mile run." I am following the 5k training plan now found here.

The weather was absolutely GORGEOUS yesterday with highs in the 70's. So Daddy Lo and I took turns staying with the baby while each of us went out and ran a couple of miles.

In CrazyLo fashion, once I started running and had a pretty fast pace to start, I decided to push myself and run those 2 miles as fast as I could. So much for doing my easy run. I'm a real piece of work sometimes.

My 2 mile run has some decent hills and allow for a pretty quick first mile, but the mile coming back is a bitch. Check out the snapshot from my Nike+ below.

See the hill to the left of the screen in blue? Yeah, that thing sucks to climb at the end of a run. But I did it. I never stopped. And I ran the 2 miles in 20:32 seconds. I haven't run that quick since before BabyLo took residence in my belly, so I was pleased. Side note: I was pleased after I stopped panting following the run.

That makes for day 3 of running folks.

Tonight calls for strength training, and in order to honor my 5 days of running, I'm going to run an easy mile. It will be easy... I promise.

One last thing, I wore both my Garmin and my Nike+ and they were pretty darn close on distance. The first mile was spot on, the second was just a little off. Nike hit the second mile before Garmin.

If you can't tell, I'm an analyst by trade. :)

I really, really want to get a 30 minute 5k under my belt by the end of the year, so that's what I'm working towards.

Do you follow a strict training plan, or do you break the rules sometimes? 
What is your favorite post-run fuel?

~Mama Lo~

Monday, August 13, 2012

Day 2 of 5 and a 3 hour Nap

Lotta numbers in that title!

Today I left at noon and took a half vacation day. I could feel ragweed season was upon us when my day started, so I went to the allergist office to get my weekly shot. The shot intensified my allergies, and with my Zyrtec working magic, I just needed a nap. So, for the first time since Baby Lo was born, I took a half day from work with the house to myself, and I slept. For 3 hours. To say I could have slept for 12 would be a lie, I could have slept for18.

The funny thing about that is that Baby Lo has been sleeping since like 6 tonight. Guess the whole family is worn out!

Even though it took me a while to really wake up, I knew I had to work out tonight. Without tonight's workout, I would have been a blog failure and broken yet another commitment.

Tonight's proof of a quick 1 mile run.

Followed by arms and butt by Bethenny.
Too lazy to rotate this picture, my computer won't save the edit. Rotate your head to the right. (Did you do it? Silly goose!)

For those who don't know, I'm a little bit obsessed with Bethenny. I'll try her 40 minute yoga on this DVD soon.

After this workout, I had a protein shake with Jillian's protein powder, non fat yogurt and some frozen berries. Wow, I'm really utilizing all of my power ladies' products! Now that I think about it, if I could get Jillian Michaels, Bethenny Frankel, and a few of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, OC, and New Jersey under one roof, I think I'd have a hay day!

Tonight, I read about a lady who put together a ton of crock pot meal ingredients in zip lock bags and froze them. All she has to do is throw them in the crock pot and she's good to go. This is BRILLIANT! Why didn't I think of that? I can't wait to get out my crock pot cook books this week and see what I can throw together. I already love to make different soups and freeze them, so this is right up my alley.

What is your favorite crock pot meal?
Does anyone have a good recipe for homemade granola?

~Mama Lo~

Try a little harder!

Of course I would write down a commitment with a running goal and not meet it.

So I made 3 of the 5 days, and life happened. A.k.a. I went to the Chiefs game on Friday and didn't plan ahead/make the effort to get up and run before work. What's up with that? Then hair was just too cute.

On the 20's board I recall doing the OP to Overcome challenge or something like that. In that challenge, we were supposed to try to make it 30 days to meet a goal, whether that be tracking, fitness, etc. When we fell off track, we had to start the 30 days over again, even if we were on day 29. (We may have decided at one point that this was B.S. and rewrote the rules.)

In the same fashion, I've started my 5 days in a row of running over. I ran yesterday, and I tried out the Nike+ app and chip in my shoe. It was alright. I don't feel it is accurate on the treadmill, but when I use the GPS function on my phone, I'll venture to guess it is more accurate outside.

Here is a photo of yesterday's proof of run.

Did you know if you have "bang bang chicken" for lunch and run in the afternoon, you will have bang bang esophagus and indigestion?

BabyLo was so cute watching Veggie Tales and playing with his little walker/play table thingy while I was running. And then he determined it was nap time. Now. Mom, quit running and get me out of this thing. Totally cool, I was spent!

I will say, Nike+ made me very self conscious, and I did run faster, because I knew all of my Facebook friends would see my pace and distance. Haha maybe I need new friends if I'm worried about them judging my fitness while they are posting up about Sunday Funday's and getting bombed.

As for the other events of the weekend, we were rather busy!

Friday night we watched the Chiefs preseason game and took Baby Lo! It was a lot of fun, but we won't make it a habit to take our 20+ pound wild child and all of the stuff that we have to take everywhere with him. He had fun though.

Note the bag of clothes for good will that has been living in my car for a month.

After the game we hit up Orange Leaf afterwards so I could get a chocolate fix in the form of Chocolate and PB Frozen Yogurt.
Yes, that is an oreo.

Saturday I met a friend and her little girl for lunch at The Fig Tree in Lee's Summit. I love that place because they use local, fresh ingredients for all of their dishes. I had Chicken crepes filled with cheese, zucchini, tomatoes, and spinach. In the afternoon, Daddy Lo and I ran some errands, visited some family, and we MAY have eaten some 5 Guys Burgers and Fries for dinner. Maybe.

Yesterday consisted of a trip to Sam's Club, a trip to Kirklands home decor store, Oak Park Mall for lunch and a nail fill, and finally, a run at home. We also watched the very strange closing ceremonies and ate a random hodge podge dinner. Corn on the cob, salad, and grilled zucchini. I chowed down on some beef jerky while I made the hodge podge dinner as well.  

What was your favorite treat this weekend? 
What kind of miles did you get in on your runs? 
Was anyone else reliving the 6th grade while watching the Spice Girls perform last night? I still love Posh! 

~Mama Lo~ 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Setting Non-Goal Goals

Sometimes I find that if I set specific goals and write them in a notebook, they are likely to end up in my desk drawer and go no farther. Especially right now, when I'm at a time in my life where time is precious and I just don't have the time to devote to over planning and actually executing.

So, my goal for right now is this: Run 5 days in a row. Just 5. Not 5 hard days in a row. I'm not looking for an injury, but I'm looking to build a habit. So instead of going straight to 10 days in a row or even 6, I went for 5.

I've made it through 2 days so far.

The other thing I realized is that the same thing goes for setting goals before my run. When I tell myself, "run what you can, even if it is just a half a mile tonight" I have even better runs. I'm not focused on, "Oh my gosh, I have 2 more miles until I get to my goal and I'm so tired. I'm just running aimlessly, listening to my body, and in turn running a decent distance without feeling tired.

Perhaps this is just how life works for me right now, and I'm really enjoying this perspective!

Day 1:
This includes warm-up and cool down walks, so for my actual run I'm pacing an easy 12 minute mile.

Day 2: Totally went with the intention of just running whatever, maybe a mile, and ran 2 pretty easily at a SLIGHTLY faster pace.

Thoughts during last night's run:
1. Does everyone run better to slower tempo music?
2. Do they run even better if it is 2pac? Or is that just me?
3. I hope I'm someone who says they ran a "short 7 miles" someday.
4. How do other moms with babies find time and motivation to run?
5. Rihanna irritates me right now, probably because I follow her on twitter.
6. It is acceptable to have tomatoes, banana bread and muscle milk for dinner...right?

I'm sure I had a million other thoughts while I ran, but I always remember the ones involving food and 2pac.

Speaking of food, check out these carrots we got from Door-to-door Organics. I still haven't cut the roots off, because I like how exciting it is when they attack people who open the fridge.

And lastly, there are two things about the following photo that I am certain of.
1. I make that face when I run too!!!!
2. I don't run nearly as fast as she does while she makes that face.
Photo compliments of my BFF taking advantage of the freeze frame feature on her TV screen and texting me copies.

Feel free to answer any of the questions I listed during last night's run.

~Mama Lo~

Friday, August 3, 2012

In This Moment

The title of this post just so happens to be the name of a band I recently stumbled upon, a big part of my last post, and a beautiful lesson from God this morning.

I took the day off as a vacation day with a lot of things to accomplish. I did go in for a conference call, but I had a trip to the gym and a nail fill all planned before I have to be across the state line later this afternoon. First, however, I desperately needed an oil change and a tune-up on the car.

My father-in-law works for a car dealership, so naturally I took my car to his place of work this morning. While standing on the service drive, I looked up, and had to rub my eyes to make sure I was really seeing what I thought I was seeing. It was my daddy!!!!!!!!!!! He just so happened to be sitting in the waiting room with his lap top while his car was being serviced as well.

My padre has honestly been my rock through so many of life's challenges, and he taught me everything I know about business. Starting in grade school, my brother and I listened to business lectures from our father. If we complained about anything, most of his advice began with, "in the business world" to which we might roll our eyes, but we must admit that advice turned us into decent successful business people.

I'm clearly going through "stuff" as is evident from my recent posts, and today when God put us in the same place, at the same time, for a full morning, just the two of us, we put all of our other plans and tasks on hold, and we lived in the moment. I'm not certain, but I'm pretty sure my dad blew off a conference call to live in this moment and teach me yet another lesson. No matter how old I get, I will always value this guy's advice.

Thank you God.

I don't think there could possibly be a better sign that everything is going to be alright.

~Mama Lo~