"Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don't have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up."

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sometimes it's in ya. Sometimes ya gotta decide to get it....

Today was one of those days where I got up with plenty of time to get my run done before church. I got up at 6:00AM, and didn't have to be at church until 10AM. I woke up so hungry this morning, wanting to eat everything in sight. Most likely from my 13 miler yesterday. And I just couldn't get myself out the door. I thought of every excuse in the book to keep myself from going for a run....which is odd for me.

So I promised myself that I would go to Lifetime after church, and run, since I knew it would be hot, humid, and windy. And so I did.

I'm going to be awesome. My treadmill run, which I typically despise, was quite pleasant. I ran at a comfortable pace between 7.8-8.5, increasing and decreasing by .1 every minute. Getting to an 8.5 pace is about a 7:04 pace, and surprisingly it felt good for me! I felt very accomplished on that 5 mile treadmill run. I could have run longer, but I wanted to get my lift done as well. The best part was....my husband was doing his run on the treadmill next to me, and he looked strong too!

Hopefully tomorrow I'll get up and go for a run. All this to say, sometimes it's in you, and sometimes you gotta decide to get it in you.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Two Shakes, Ends n Pieces, Kiwis & Sponsorships

My Saturday morning started at 5:10AM. I set my alarm for 5:30AM; however, I was awake at 5:00AM, and decided ten minutes later I might as well just get up and get some fuel in my body before the 13 miler.

I left around 6:05AM, and embarked on my 13.1 mile run. It's amazing how hot it can be, even early in the morning. I busted out the Nathan water belt, which helped significantly. My past few 13 mile runs I had been doing without water. Let's be honest, that's just dumb!

After finishing the run, I showered and happily enjoyed my HERBALIFE chocolate peanut butter meal replacement smoothie on my way to train Kent for his final session! I met Kent's girlfriend, Sue, and trained them both outdoors today....it was a scorcher!

When I got home I busted out a Strawberry Mango smoothie for myself and Jeremy, and high-tailed it to Deanna's pool to lounge for a couple hours--well deserved time.

Jeremy and I took a trip to Trader Joes, and they had the famous Fiberful Ends n Pieces!!! Now for anyone who knows me well, you would know that Ends n Pieces are my favorite treat from TJs! They are literally the scraps from the fiberful fruit leather bars that they make. However, because they are the scraps, they are so cheap! Literally, the best steal in the store! I stocked up on 4 bags! It has been at least 3 yrs since I have seen them in ANY TJs store. This made my heart extremely happy. We also left with 15 kiwis, which are currently being dehydrated. Once they're done, it'll taste like fruit rollups.

All in all, today couldn't have been better. Still waiting to hear back on the City Blendz Nutrition sponsorship. I also applied for a Nuun sponsorship http://www.nuun.com/ These tablets are great for electrolyte replacement without all the sugar. If the Nuun and City Blendz Nutrition sponsorships go through, I will be a Raw Indulgence, Nuun, AND City Blendz branded lady.

I'm doing well with this blogging; however, very unsure if anyone is reading.....oh well. I'm enjoying the discipline ;)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Delicious & Nutritious!

As of late, training seems to be very exciting. This week specifically has been very intentional. I am hoping to commit to one speed/hill workout a week, one longer midweek run, and one run on the weekend. I believe these will be the key ingredients to my training success.

I also have many new things brewing.....I was informed yesterday that I received corporate sponsorship from Raw Indulgence!!!! Check them out here: http://www.rawindulgence.com/
They are gluten-free, vegan, wheat, corn, soy, trans-fat, cholesterol, and refined sugar free!!! None of that junk! It is the purest bar on the market. This is very exciting because most gluten-free options are just plain gross! But RAW REVOLUTION BARS ARE INCREDIBLE. Flavors include: Tropical mango, Chocolate chip cookie dough, Raspberry & chocolate, Spirulina & cashew, Coconut & agave nectar, Chocolate & coconut, Hazelnut & chocolate, Raisin & chocolate!!! Try one today :) It'll make your tummy smile! Quality products from a quality company.

Secondly, a potential sponsorship with City Blendz Nutrition could be in the works. I have not received official confirmation; however, if this goes through, I will be representing (and therefore blogging about the company). City Blendz Nutrition Cafe is located in the skyway, downtown Minneapolis. They make delicious and nutritious meal replacement smoothies that aid in weight loss, weight maintenance, or weight gain--pick your goal. Check their website out here: http://mycityblendz.com/ Their ingredients include Herbalife products, which you will learn about in great detail in a future blog! I am a HUGE fan of City Blendz Nutrition and Herbalife (as I am a Licensed Herbalife Distributor), and I hope to be able to represent such a fine company with phenomenal products. You can't go wrong with delicious and nutritious!

All for now folks :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Still Learning the Ropes

So I'm still trying to figure out how to work this blog....it's a work in progress I guess. I am very proud of my training this week. Monday I ran 6 miles, quick.

Tuesday I did a speed/hill workout for 55 minutes. It consisted of 3 parts: A 5 minute warmup, a 15 minute challenge run that was cycled through three times, and a 5 minute cool down. The challenge piece consisted of 3 rounds. ROUND 1: 4 minutes of speed, 1 minute of recovery, 4 minutes of speed, 2 minutes of recovery, 2 minutes of speed, 2 minutes recovery. ROUND 2: 4 minutes of hills, 1 minute recovery, 4 minutes of hills, 2 minutes recovery, 2 minutes of larger hills, 2 minutes recovery. ROUND 3: 4 minutes of speed, 1 minute recovery, 4 minutes of hills, 2 minutes recovery, 2 minutes of speed, 2 minutes recovery. Then into the cool down. It was a tough workout, challenging the heartrate zones.

Wednesday I ran a 5 mile run; which was tough, because there was less than 12 hrs of rest time from the tough workout the night before.

Thursday evening I did the same workout as Tuesday night......we'll see about a run tomorrow morning ;)

I have one last long run, hopefully to be accomplished on Saturday. The Minneapolis Half Marathon is June 6th, and I'm very ready to get that done :)