Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?

January is coming to an end in just a few short days. Have you made progress in achieving them?


I am a happy camper when the “resolutioner’s” leave the gym. January gym = pure craziness! However, it simply amazes me how these people come for a month and disappear. Why do they not stick with the plan year round?


Recently I’ve learned that I do better when I set some short-term goals, leading to the overall long-term goal. In 2013 my longer term goals are to become Leaner, Stronger, Faster and finding peace and balance of the Mind, Body and Soul.


I plan to set a monthly goal to achieve these longer term goals. I did not set a goal in January mainly because of vacation. I am working on a plan for February. I recently started taking a Body Flow class each week. This class helps me with my balance, stretching (which I never do) and finding peace of the Mind, Body and Soul.

BODYFLOW™ is the Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates workout that builds flexibility and strength and leaves you feeling centered and calm. Controlled breathing, concentration and a carefully structured series of stretches, moves and poses to music create a holistic workout that brings the body into a state of harmony and balance. Like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new BODYFLOW™ class is released every three months with new music and choreography.

If you have the opportunity to take Body Flow I highly recommend it.

I am hoping my IT band and hip flexors will loosen up from all the stretching the class provides. My hope is that Body Flow will help my running goals = faster and stronger!I plan to run a 1/2 Marathon this summer and a few 5Ks with better times and no IT band issues.

What are your 2013 goals and how will you achieve them?



Elliptical or Treadmill?

Does the elliptical give you the training you need for any kind of race? 5K, 10K or ½ Marathon? The reason I ask is now that the sun is rising a lot later and the cold air has arrived, I’ve moved from training outside to inside.

This is what I know about my body and the DREADMILL! Yes it’s now the dreadmill because it’s boring and seems like an hour takes forever! I know that I have the hardest time controlling my heart rate while running on the treadmill. When I first started training outside I thought running outside was much harder, now I have a different perspective after training for my ½ all summer outside. When I run outside I can maintain a pace that keeps my heart rate at the desired % of max. On the treadmill I am all over the board from low to high back down again and up again. I can’t seem to find a pace that fits my level.  This is why I decided to do some of my training on the elliptical.

I choose the Precor Amt 100i to work out on. It’s a bit different from the normal elliptical. I can get my heart rate up to the level desired and maintain that by adding resistance or speed. When I first started training on the Precor my heart rate was at 146 beats to be at 85% of max this morning I was working at 157 beats to be at 85% of max. In my mind what this tells me  that I have increased my cardio level and have to work harder to get my % of max reached.


Now the big question is how will this affect my 10K on Saturday?


I will let you know after the race!

Rolling down the streets……


Day One: Rest day after long run!

Day Two: When my alarm went off this am I was just too tired to move. The Chef  had a restless night due to his hip issues and I was awake most of the night. I really hate when I have sleepless nights like that. I will move each days training to the next and skip my rest day on Friday.

Day Three: I was up with my new reflector running pants (don’t like them at all), my headlamp and my blinking light out on the trail for a 5 mile easy run. My left foot has been bothering me for a couple of days feels like a bruise on the bottom under the 2 and 3 toes. No clue made for an uncomfortable run that’s for sure. Kept my heart rate between 80-90% of max.

4.97 Miles 1:00:04

Day Four: I decided to rest today. My foot is feeling better and I have 5 HARD miles tomorrow. I will be sporting my head lamp again as the Chef left to go to the mountains today.

Day Five: Wow its Thursday already! Woo Hoo! Up early and got 5 miles in. Heart rate at 95-100% added some interval sprints the last mile and half.

5.30 Miles 1:00:13

Day Six: I managed to run 3 easy miles today keeping my heart rate at 85 – 90% of max. Weigh in for me today. Scale up but BF% down I will take it! That tells me I am not losing muscle with all the running that I am doing. That is a good thing!

3.14 Miles 37:05

Day Seven: Little hikes in the mountains! 

Day One: More mini hikes in the mountains.



Day Six: Easy 80-90% of max heart rate. 3.13 miles 38:30 I hacked and spit more than a football player in this run/walk.


Day Seven: I was bound and determined to get this run in today. Since I didn’t get many runs in due to the head cold I had this week. I maintained my heart rate between 90-100% of max for the entire run. Not hard to do when your congested. I was feeling tired legs very heavy and low energy and don’t forget the congestion causing me to hack up a lung and spit a ton. It’s done and I’ve never ran this far EVER in my life before. 2 weeks until race day! 

8.60 Miles 1:46:17

Here’s to a great training week next week!