Draaaagin My Stumps For A Long Run

I ran 24 miles today. Before I go into that, I need to back up a minute to let you know that Tuesday is lower body day at CrossFit and I did 5 rounds for time of 15 Snatches, 15 … Continue reading

Fall Creek Falls Race Recap

I really don’t expect people to read this small novel…. I guess I had more to say about this than I had originally thought. -5am wakeup (&check weather) and tell James “happy birthday” -Breakfast: cinnamon raisin bagel with peanut butter … Continue reading

Pooch has a Brand New Toy!

Woke up. Drank coffee. Didn’t feel well so I watched a movie. I still didn’t feel well but I ran with the pooch for 4 mi (no excuses!!). Then did the runner yoga sequence and fell asleep at the end during the relaxation point. Oops. Cleaned up around the house some.

IMG_0922[1]I ran some errands… tracked down some coconut flour for a Paleo Pumpkin Bars recipe I’m looking forward to trying tomorrow. While I was at The Fresh Market I found myself wishing I would win the lottery… I stopped by Pet Smart to find a toy for Roxanne, my dog that tears through “tough” toys in less than a day. I settled upon a large rope. I also used the $30 gift cards to the local running store (that I won in my 10k) on a box of vanilla bean GU.

Came home to play with the pooch with intentions of going to my box because we IMG_0942[1]are doing the girl benchmark WODs this week for beast cancer awareness… but I needed to do food prep for the week… so I did that. I made a pizza casserole (with zucchini and yellow squash as “noodles”, the pumpkin bars, hard boiled some eggs, and prepped some chicken for easy meals.  I’m beat so I think I’m gonna hit the hay.  But not before I share pictures of the pooch and her new toy!

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10K Race Review! :)

ImageAlarm goes off and I hear “Animal I Have Become” and I opened my eyes and Imagegrumbled cause it was time to roll out of bed… I drag myself into the shower (showering to go get sweaty, go figure). I begin to feel more and more chipper as I piece together a run outfit. Then it was coffee and snack time while I blogged (what? I live a simple life).

We (Paul, the husband, and I) left just after 7am to pick up the bib and I found thisImage pill. Who doesn’t take a picture with some person in a costume the morning of their race? haha. See a trend with the green socks?! (if you have seen more than one post you have) Clearly I need to invest in more socks… ANYWAY.

We hung out in the car before the race because it was kinda chilly and drizzly. I looked up and out the window at 745 and saw a beautiful full rainbow. Good omen, right?!

ImageThe start line was ambiguous… So ambiguous that I had no damn idea where it was.  We walked past it and finally Paul brought it to my attention that it was probably near where the cops were hiding from the rain.  Ugh.  I looked on the bright side though and claimed the extra steps as warmup. haha.Image

The small group of racers gathered up on the road.  I don’t know how many did the 5k (at least double the 10k), but I know 23 people ran the 10k.

Paul snagged a real photo… drawing a blank on what those are called… but anyway. I have my serious face on. Then I found him!

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOONK. (that’s the sound of a blow horn thingy)

Imageaaaaaaaaaaaand we’re off!

First thought “THANK GOD IT’S DRIZZLY”….

A quarter of a mile into the stinkin’ run someone had to go and jinx it that by saying to the guy running next to them “This is perfect running weather with the drizzle!” I swear it stopped instantaneously!

I found a girl from the start that I was gonna pace behind for the first 3mi or so… she split where the 5k people went just before mi 2 and I was like Oh CRAP! I hit the 2mi point at 17:20 or so… for some reason they told us splits there?  I just focused on not falling because running on wet bricks is terribly slick and kinda scary… I pushed the pace just a hair beyond comfy but kept controlled breathing. Just keep chugging along… Until I FINALLY saw that “5 Miles” sign… then it was time to turn it up a little bit… Then came the bricks again and I had to slow down due to no traction.

ImageI rounded the corner and hit the .2mi run that quickens to sprint to the finish….
Paul easily found me because of my socks.Image

<– Here I come!

—> There I go.

FINISH!!!!!!!!!

52:30. PR.

BOOM!

2nd Female overall…

I’M CHOOSING SMALL RACES FOR LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFE.

And they definitely win the “Greatest Race Shirt” award in my experience thus far.

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The Glare From Across the Room

ImageSo here I am… 0630 in the morning having devoured my piece of ezekial bread toast with peanut butter, chia seeds, raisins, and cinnamon on top patiently awaiting time for me to struggle into my lime green compression socks (the only real ones I own) and then hit the road to go run my 10k. But that story shall come later today! I’m here to write about yesterday! ❤ i AM so excited to tell you about yesterday!!!!!!!

I got home at 945am from working my 12hr shift. Played fetch with the pooch. Took a bath (and a nap) for 30 min. Made a grocery list. Researched Beachbody programs I would be interested in. Talked on the phone with a Beachbody coach with all kinds of questions and things (she was able to diffuse a lot of my aversion to the idea of selling and coaching a product). The only problem that remains is my antisocial tendencies.  Okay, okay so that’s nothing to be so excited about…

Then the hubby came home and it was time to design a CrossFit workout for us since Fridays at our box means Hero WOD and I need to work on strength (Strength is my main focus right now since I have a cardio base with running). We decided upon 1RM of strict press (aka shoulder press or military press). I had us warm up with turkish getups (5 reps per side rotation for a total of 3 rounds per side) and that’s a nice way to warm up the whole body and work on some balance and grace!  We found our 1RM (I was able to push 75lb and Paul managed 100lb). Then it was time for my WOD.

Jayme’s Upper Body and Core (mini)WOD
3 Rounds For Time
5 Wall Walk Ups
10 Burpees
15 Dips
20 Russian Twists
15 PushUps
10 Hollow Rocks
5 DB Push Press (25#)

I would be lying if I told you that was easy. It wasn’t. It took me 15:36 and Paul 16:20 (who did Round 1 with 35# DBPP). Now for the best part. While we were dying (particularly with the wall walk-ups) I looked up at one point to see a glare from across the room… this awful, terrible “Go to hell” look from my loving husband… I glanced over to see that look a few times to be frank. I smiled every time. Upon completion I got the greatest compliment ever! He told me that we are getting a divorce. haha. That translates to “Good job designing a killer WOD babe”. WIN! 🙂 🙂 Last Friday I got a sorta go to hell look and that was an appropriate mini WOD. I kinda blew past mini and almost made it to full blown. One more round, mayyyybe two if we hadn’t done 1RM Strict Press. 🙂 It’s nice to know that WHEN I FINALLY am able to have my own box (that’s my dream) I can design killer WODs 🙂 That glare and that compliment put some pep in my step. haha. 🙂

Time to get up hair up and head on down to get my race on. Happy Saturday people!

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Tell me a dream of yours!

Woke Up With Too Much Awesome Today!

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Today started with peanut butter toast, chia seeds, and a banana with a glass of almond milk while reading the remainder of my amazing book that I already gushed about on my previous post today… 3 hours flew by as I was engrossed in that…

Forgive the fuzzy picture, my iPhone has taken a beating, but this looks like good conditions for a good midday run, right? I get that you can’t see the temperature, but I chose to ignore the 77 degree temperature. I honestly went out there with a good attitude. I even skipped the music today (GASP!). I was out there to listen to my footfalls and not only smile at other runners/walkers but to hear them say hello.Image

I found this wild creature. Three of them actually. One was black and I had to sprint past it before I took it home and named it Bagheera…

I took the scenic route through the woods for two (almost) one mi loops. It’s hilly and interesting back there. I was sweating profusely and panting like I was working hard so I thought I was practically flying.

I didn’t look until I was done. I don’t know what I was expecting… but it wasn’t this.

ImageI’m not disappointed. Okay, so maybe a little. You would understand why I was if you had seen how much I was sweating. oh wait! I have evidence

ImageThere you go… Those are beads of sweat. 9min/mi doesn’t usually destroy me like that! My hair was wet! haha. Oh well. It doesn’t matter. I got out there and got my shit done.

^— See that part not around the lake? I smiled when I saw that it was shaped like a fish. That was the forest part.

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This lady was suffering out there with me. She was getting work done out there. I think she might have finished right about 3mi herself. Kudos to her for bringing the toddler and newborn and getting work done.

I walked back to my car. Did some stretching and have discovered that when I finally add in hill repeats, I have found a good hill…. ImageI don’t look forward to it.

I have never done hill repeats. I have always crammed training in. I’m kinda ADHD about this stuff…

—-> It’s a short but steep hill, I think it would be a good start… THOUGHTS?

I had a late lunch, played fetch with the puppy, and then the hubby came home early from work! I napped on him and afterwards we watched an episode of Supernatural before heading over to the box to get out strong on.

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It was a good interval type wod. 5 3min AMRAPs with 3 min of rest afterwards. 5 Hang Power Snatch, 10 Knees To Elbow, and 20 Double Unders (I can’t do them yet so I do 3 singles for each rep. I did 60 singles to equate the effort of 20 double unders) Folks. I worked my stinkin a$$ off tonight. I was POURING sweat (clearly I woke up this morning with too much awesome and it came out my pores). My snatch is ugly. I need some help with them, but they did get better as we went along. As well they should considering I completed 117 of them.

All in all, today has been good to me.

An Incredible 4day Weekend (ALMOST) Staycation

After long run Wednesday, Thursday was a rest day and that evening began my husband’s 4 day weekend

ImageFriday was a suuuuuuuuuper lazy day watching episode after episode of Supernatural until about 5pm when it was time to visit Imagethe box with a WOD I designed and then hit the pavement with Paul (the hubby).  We did “Bring Sally Up” as a squat challenge warm-up. He used 45# and I used 35#. That was fun and no joke. You warm up fast. I promise.  We did 5 minutes of other variations of stretching. Then it was time to work on some strength. We were searching for the one rep max (1RM) bench press. I completed the ugliest 95# possibly ever, but by golly, I got it. Triple digits seem to elude me though. I have 95 pound 1RM for bench, push press, and power clean (push press and power clean haven’t been tested in a few weeks). Anyway! Then we moved onto the mini-WOD. 15-12-9 Box Jumps, 53# Kettlebell Swings, DB Push Press (18#), and butterfly situps. It took both of us just over 6 min (I won, not that that matters. haha). Then we headed out for a 5mi trot with the pooch. 45 minutes later we were finished and headed up the road (on foot) to grab a burger for cheat meal! 🙂 We earned it! I had a DELICIOUS burger with egg, pepper jack cheese, guacamole, and some veggies. Words cannot describe how heavenly it truly was. Paul had a surf & turf burger which consisted of a deliciously seasoned burger (perfect for a seafood buddy) with crab meat and grilled onions. His was good, but mine won that battle. 🙂

Saturday I worked a ballgame at Auburn University and then went for a 3mi run with the dog that evening.  She was acting strange so it was not a fun run.  My dog seems to think that sewer drain lids are toxic or unstable or something. There were many on the route that I ran. No bueno.

Sunday was another lazy type day. Breakfast was delicious. Eggs with bison italian hot sausage, grilled peppers, grilled onions, and eggs… There were some household chores completed, grocery shopping did happen (and it was almost 100% clean. somehow M&Ms snuck in there. weird), and then we prepped a meal for the days I may not be able to and made dinner together. There were lots of Supernatural episodes again and I also finished a book. 🙂 It was a good day.

Ah. This brings us to today. Monday. Long run day thanks to work. Only 5 days after the other long run. I got up at 530… I had prepped all snacks and fluids the night before. I slept in my sports bra and shorts… less room for excuses.  I had forgotten to get GU or something similar… so my run fuel had to be creative. I took some plain dry roasted almonds, sprinkled some water and then salt on them to allow them to soak and soften overnight.  I also grabbed a piece of homemade protein bar.  Drank my cup of coffee and was out the door at 0700 without having to drag myself out.
ImageIt felt good to be “ready” to go.
ImageIt was a cool and gorgeous morning.Image  I spent the first 6 miles running towards the sun. Watching the fog lift up off of the river. It was incredible. I chugged along at a happy little pace. Came across 3 Alligator warning signs… that’s always nice. 🙂 I walked while I consumed the salt-water almonds (DELISH!) at mi 6. Off I went again. The best part of the run truly was around mile 9-10 when the air smelled like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. I SWEAR IT DID.

ImageImageI have to give this area some credit. They are working wonders on the riverwalks and things. This is a new pedestrian bridge that opened last Wednesday.   It’s lovely. I ran across it Friday for the first time while running with Paul and Roxanne (the pup). I saved my favorite little loop for the end of my run because it rejuvenates me a little and I did some exploring. The goal was 16 mi in 2:45…. I got it done in 2:44. WIN. 🙂

Yes, yes I did wear my lucky neon green compression socks. I get compliments on them every time I go out in them. I have officially completed 4 runs in them (10, 13.1, 14, and 16mi). I will invest in more as soon as I have 50 dollars to spend on socks. I need new running shoes first. This Muzinos have been supporting this body for 3 years. ImageImage

I did run out of water right at the end. You can see the distress on my face. Haha. All in all… it was a good run.

Then when I got home, the hubby made me a delicious breakfast while I showered.  Dinner was my favorite… buffalo chicken meatloaf, mashed sweet potatoes, and california veggies with simply salt and pepper. 🙂

I enjoyed Paul’s staycation. I had to work so we can’t call it that for me… But I had an incredible (almost) stay-cation. 🙂