Thursday, March 1, 2012

Training and Birthdays: What do they have in common?


I just couldn't come up with a title for my Smörgåsbord post.

Training Recap:
Last week I determined to run 3 days and try to do some cross training in between.

Monday: Jillian 30 Day Shred Level 1 - Kicked my butt, my arms were sore for 3 days!! Love Jillian!

Tuesday: Wanted to run but didn't get around to it so it was a "Rest" Day

Wednesday: Set out to do a 5 mile run with the stroller but it was the windiest day I have ever ran, ever.Therefore I made it 3 and even though it felt like I was sprinting when I was running around 11 min./miles.3 miles @ 32:20 Avg.10:46/mile

Thursday: Redemption Day!! Wind was light but runnable with the stroller. Took it nice and easy and focused on my form so that I would not mess up my hip again. 5.2 miles @ 53:41 Avg. 10:19/mile

Friday: I was going to try and do a Jillian workout again but since it was the Eve of Miss Bean's Birthday I was running around getting things ready for her party the next day so it was by default a "Rest" Day.

Saturday: It was my beautiful Miss Bean's First Birthday!
Birthday Girl and Her Mama (Moi)

Opening Her Gifts

Her Birthday Bib and Cupcakes I made
Thank You Mommy, Run Fast! for the recipe :)

"Ooo a cupcake for me?!"

"Why is everyone singing to me?"

"It's sticky and I don't like it!" or "It's my party and I can cry if I want to!"

Overall it was a great First Birthday for her and I wish she would of liked the cupcakes more but she isn't that into baby food anyway. She is still nursing and I think she wants to keep it that way but we will see how that goes. There was a snow storm on her birthday very reminiscent of the huge snow storm the day before she was born, hmm she must be a snow princess :) I am so thankful for my little blessing and she is one of the best gifts God has ever given my husband and I, we love you Miss Bean!!

Sunday: I was going to run 6, I thought, but then I didn't feel that great even before I went to the gym to run. I had to go to the gym because of the snow Blah!, running on the treadmill is not fun. I felt so many aches and twinges of pain while running and then at about 3.75 miles I started to feel nauseous so I ran a 1/4 mile more and was done.
4 miles @ 38:30 Avg. 9:37/mile

Monday: I still didn't feel well so I just rested and took naps with Miss Bean.

Tuesday: I was feeling better but not 100% I did yoga for 40 minutes. Thank You 'On Demand' cable!

Wednesday: I still was feeling lethargic but I made myself go to the gym because my mother-in-law wanted to see Miss Bean. I wanted to run and then do the StairMaster but some dude was one of the 2 available machines for an hour and the other got taken immediately after the chick that was on it was finished and before I could get there :( So I improvised: I did 4 miles on the bike and then 1.75 miles on the elliptical, which rounded out my workout to 60 minutes with the run.
Run: 3 miles @ 29:29 Avg. 9:49/mile Bike: 4 miles @ 11:09 Elliptical: 1.75 miles @ 20:17

Today I plan to do Jillian's 30 Day Shred Level 1, as long as I can get Miss Bean down for a nap without me.

Tomorrow I'm thinking I might try to do some yoga or go swimming maybe?? Not sure

Saturday I would like to run and Sunday I want to run. Not sure mileage yet.

Monday will mark the commencement date of my "Official" 1/2 Marathon training.
Yippee!! I'm super excited to start!!

My new motto thanks to Dorothy of Mile Posts:
"Run Your Own Race"

I have realized that I have been trying to compete with my pre-baby self and I'm just not as fit as I was before I got pregnant and had babycakes. I will be fit again and hope to be even stronger than I was before but, it will take time. I'm going to run my race for what I can handle now and build upon that. I don't want to get injured and I desire to finish well. Over the last year and nine months my body not only has produced, evicted and fed a baby but also has gained 74 lbs and lost 70 lbs! I'm going to focus on me...where I am now, and not be so focused on what I was or even what I will be and take it one step at a time, one run at time and I will eventually surpass what I was before.

I will not become discouraged, I will not quit, I will press on and achieve that which is in my heart!


  1. Happy first birthday to Little Miss Bean!! That picture of you and her is adorable! Glad you used the cupcakes--too bad she didn't appreciate your hard work! And great job on the bib, too... that reminds me I've been wanting to get my sewing machine out again. :)
    Definitely good to remember to run your own race, you're absolutely right that your body has been through a lot, and it takes time to build that back up. You'll get there!

    1. Oh I didn't make the bib :( I can sew but I think I'm a little rusty for something that cute. Thanks though :)

  2. Happy Birthday Miss Bean! Cake and bib looked fabulous. Great job.