Jan 13

The Rundown – Link Up!

Welcome back to Week 2 of The Rundown!  Some of you expressed an interest in linking up and, since I haven’t hosted a link up yet I figured, let’s do it!  You all know how these things go so, if you want to add your Rundown or Cookdown or Craftdown – go for it!




RUNNING:  I started my Training Peaks half-marathon plan this week and it did not disappoint.  The first week transition from lollygagging to training is not a fun one.  I always think I’m doing more then I am until I start to really train and can’t feel my legs by Wednesday.  Kidding.  I logged only 17 miles this week but I did two workouts that consisted of multiple miles at “half-marathon pace” or HMP (6:44) which is HARD!  But great.  I came down with a cold on Saturday so I had to postpone my 10 miler until Monday…hopefully.  I will run through almost anything but seeing as I was exhausted by 9:30am I decided to rest instead of run.  Let’s hope this pays off for the coming week.

BIKING:  Big news to report here!  I’m hiring a Duathlon training coach and she is a freakin rocket scientist.  I kid you not!  How cool is that?  Her business is called “Rocket Science Tri Training” and, why not?  If I was an actual rocket scientist, I would put it on a sign around my neck.  I’m beyond excited to meet her (this Wednesday!) and the really amazing part is that her husband is also competing at the Worlds in Spain (so she will be there) and they have twin daughters.  It really was meant to be.  I’m a little nervous about the Functional Threshold Power Test she’s putting me though but I feel infinity better knowing someone is going to help guide me through my training.  More to come on this for sure…

This looks like my kinda fun.

This looks like my kinda fun.

SWIMMING: I would love to report that I swam this week but I didn’t.  I had every intention of jumping in the pool with a group I’m leading at my local Y on Thursday nights but, it was such a zoo in the pool that we had to fight just to get two lanes!  There were four women on the “team” so guess who just stood on the pool deck barking orders?  Maybe this week…

CROSS-TRAINING: I was finally back to teaching my Power Sculpt class after all the holiday festivities that conveniently fell on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  I was SORE the day after but it hurt so good.  I also filmed a 20 minute what should have been a 20 minute kickboxing workout and I’m still trying to retrieve the lost 11 minutes.  However, I actually did all 20 and it was fun!  You can view the 11 minute workout HERE.

RACING:  After speaking with Coach Rocket Scientist, she basically told me what I already knew; I need to focus on one race this season and obviously that’s going to be the Duathlon in Spain at the end of May.  As much as I want to break 1:30 again in the half-marathon in NYC in March, I have to go into that race healthy and racing “just” to finish and make me stronger for the ultimate competition.  Those who know me well know that this will be very hard for me but, if I truly want to focus on Worlds, this is what it takes!

FUEL: I’m happy to report that I am loving my detox!  I’ve been making smoothies almost everyday (not required but so easy), eating anything but waffles for breakfast and easily finding alternatives to some of my “go-to” wheat options.  This.is.fun.  Small confession: I’m still having real sugar in my coffee.  Some sacrifices just can’t be made.

SPEAKING SPANISH: “Learning a new language is hard!” – said Captain Obvious.  The Rosetta Stone microphone is not always hearing my perfect pronunciation of my native language, which is frustrating, but I’ve put in three hours this week and feeling like I could hold a conversation with a Spanish toddler.  Hey, it’s only been a week!

Perhaps I should have started with this?

Perhaps I should have started with this?

THINGS I LOVE: Having dinner with my Aunts.  They are my surrogate moms and we try to get together for dinner at least once every other month.  This month we were celebrating the end of the holidays!

THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH: Being sick!  The hubs started with a cold in the middle of the week and by Saturday it was all mine.  ‘Aint love grand?  I’m fighting it like a rabid dog and refuse to admit I’m actually “too sick” to do anything.  Like run.

MUSIC: I’ve been listening to the 80s on 8 and 90s on 9 on SIRIUS and it’s seriously hilarious.  Highlights include: the theme from Miami Vice (I have a fever and the only cure is more synthesizer!), Talk Dirty to Me by Poison – remember that one?  And, of course, the timeless classic, I Wanna Sex You Up by Color Me Bad.  Color me disgusted. Why so many dirty sex songs in my adolescents?  Jeez!

TV: Ah TV is back and the Patriots won which makes me feel slightly better about the Pack.  Just slightly.  If you haven’t seen The Mindy Project you must, unless you hate to laugh.  That woman is a genius.  This past week’s episode was about her getting in shape – OMG the gym scenes and what she wore for her “workouts” killed me!

Is she working out or shopping in this outfit?  She said those sneaks are also worn by Chris Christie - HA!

Is she working out or shopping in this outfit? Are those platform sneakers?

READING:  Still working my way though Owen and Sisterland.  Mostly I’ve been reading training plans!

RANDOM THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: Is it really a good idea to sell beer at Disney On Ice? No.  It’s not.

Your turn!  Link up and pick as many or as few of the topics as you chose.  It’s a free country after all.




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  1. thedoseofreality

    I am totally going to check out The Mindy Project. I think she is hysterical! And let me get this straight…in addition to all the amazing things you are ALREADY doing, you are also learning Spanish??!! Woman, seriously?! How do you do it all?? :)-Ashley
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    1. vita88

      You have to check it out – she is hilarious!!
      As for “doing it all” – it came to a screeching halt with this sickness! Perhaps I’m doing to much? Nah. Thanks Ashley 🙂

  2. Miranda

    I saw the Mindy Project! I loved the sit ups with the it’s all in the neck, use the neck. I pictured Pam, Heather, you and others cringing. Where can I buy the performance rhinestone workout shirts. All of my bedazzled ones lose their sparkle after your spin classes?

    1. vita88

      OMG totally!! I was cringing for sure but so hysterical. I can’t wait to see you in that outfit tomorrow 🙂

  3. Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness

    I love these posts! I have never seen the Mindy Project. You are so lucky to find a trainer like that. I know that you will be awesome in Spain. It takes time to learn a language so ease up on yourself. You seem to have a lot on your plate right now. Hope you feel better!
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    1. vita88

      You’re right! I think this cold is telling me something!!
      Thanks Kris 🙂

  4. Alison

    Love me some Mindy Kaling!
    Sorry about the sickies, hope you’re feeling much better.
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    1. vita88

      She is too much. Glad to see you’re a fan too!
      Going to the doc today so hopefully I can get some meds and knock this thing out. Who has time to be sick?

  5. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama

    I can’t wait to hear all about Coach Rocket Scientist! I have no doubt you’ll rock the threshold test and will make us laugh out loud with the details. Hope you’re on the mend and feeling better. I was fighting some kind of crud for the entire month of December, and it got old FAST!
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    1. vita88

      I know you were! I was thinking about that as I had to let yet another day of training slip away. Very frustrating and hope a trip to the doc this afternoon will help! Thanks Nicole.

  6. Kim

    I’m definitely going to check out the Mindy Project – always need new treadmill entertainment.
    I hope you are feeling better ASAP!!!
    And, so cool that you have a rocket scientist coach (does she speak Spanish?)
    Have a good (hopefully not sickie) week!!
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    1. vita88

      You will LOVE it and it will make the miles fly by!
      I’ll have to ask Coach RS if she speaks Spanish – kill two birds, right? She probably speaks a dozen languages!
      Feeling somewhat better now. Hopefully I will get to run by Wed!

  7. Marcia

    How totally cool you’ve hired a DU coach! I’m so excited for you. I DU is something I’ve wanted to do but keep chickening out. My middle schooler takes Spanish and I constantly have to quiz her so I am learning by osmosis. Haha!
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    1. vita88

      You should definitely try it! It’s much less daunting then a TRI b/c you don’t have to do that pesky swim portion.
      I pretty much feel like a middle schooler learning Spanish so…

  8. Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady

    It hurt so good<<<Love that! I have had a few trainers ask to train me and I just don't have time nor did I see the point (but I get it). If I had an event like this coming up, I'd hire one for sure. She sounds like a jewel. Enjoy!

    I wanna sex you up was the jump of Allie, lol!
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    1. vita88

      Ha ha – you so “get me” Joi! Love that about you 🙂
      I have a tendency to overtrain (can you imagine?) so I need someone to keep me in line and make sure I take those rest days!!!

  9. misszippy

    Laughing at your random thought—I disagree. Parents need to get through it, right? And love the Mindy Show.

    One of my close friends and running partners is indeed a rocket scientist. Suffice it to say, we have a lot of jokes at her expense, b/c she is just too damn smart (and a great sport about it!).

    Feel better soon.
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    1. vita88

      It was just so weird to see all these little girls dressed as princesses and boys waving their plastic, light-up swords and mom & dad with 10oz beers! I guess as long as you have a designated driver…just an odd combo but believe me, I get it!
      That’s funny that you have a running friend who’s a rocket scientist!? So weird and cool…

  10. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance

    Oh I’m so excited for you for your Duathlon coach!! You will have to most more updates on how that is going! Here’s my rundown:

    SLEEP- I’ve been sleeping A LOT! Saturday the Hubs and I slept until noon. A solid 11 hours of sleep. I don’t think we’ve done that since we were in our early 20s. The best part is the sleep was not booze induced.

    JUICING- I’ve been trying to have a juice most days of the workweek. I’ve been doing pretty good so far. They are all a little veggie tasting for me except for the beet, carrot & apple, which I’m sure is loaded with sugar.

    TENNIS- Haven’t played in over a month but I ended up having one of my best days this weekend!

    And that’s all I got. Happy Monday!
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    1. vita88

      LOVE IT!!! Isn’t it funny how good sleep can be when it’s not alcohol induced? I mean, not as fun the night before but…
      I’m hoping that when I can finally run after 4 days of being sick it will be amazing – much like tennis after a month off. Sometimes the mind and body just needs a break.
      Thanks Britt!

  11. Tamara

    i got myself the cold on Saturday night too. I’ve been in denial about it, but it is so here. And terrible. I still have to work and take care of the kids. I hate colds because you’re too sick to feel good, but not sick enough to get out of anything bad.
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    1. vita88

      I know!! I feel you. I went to the doc and got some meds and luckily they are starting to work. I hope you’re feeling better too!

  12. Michelle

    I’ve been sick too, and sleeping a lot. We went skiing this weekend and the conditions were so bad on Saturday that all the adults opted not to go out, while the kids did. We ended up playing dominoes all afternoon Sat and then I feel asleep (at the kitchen table) at 8:30. How pathetic was that?! And I did not have that much wine. I think I slept like ten hours that night!
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    1. vita88

      Not pathetic at all! I think that’s pretty awesome and you obviously needed it. That’s a bummer that the conditions were so bad though. I hope you’re getting the rest you need and that you’re feeling better!!

  13. Nellie

    Sorry about the sickies!! I LOVE the mindy project, although I need to catch up this season!! (I watch WAY too much tv!! :)) How cool is it that you hired a duathalon coach? You are going to be AMAZING in Spain! Oh man I am SO excited for you!!

    I love my aunties too. I feel so much like myself when I am around them. I have 3 and when we all get together including my mom it is SO much fun!

    ACTUAL REAL SUGAR IN YOUR COFFEE? LOL girl. you definitely get a pass for the sugar. 🙂

    FOOD: I have been *really* consistent over the past 2 weeks. For that, I am happy. 😉
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    1. vita88

      I love that your laughing at me about the sugar in my coffee. It’s ridiculous I know!! But these detox people take this very seriously. I could be flogged for that!!
      So glad you have awesome aunties as well. It’s so great to be surrounded by strong, fun, loving women in your family!

  14. Tara Newman

    I started training for my 10 miler. Didn’t feel well on Saturday and spent most of the day in bed. I am still sore from my strength workout on Friday. Other than that, not much to report 🙂
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    1. vita88

      I’m glad you were able to start training for the 10 miler in before the sickness set in. Hope you’re feeling better this week!

  15. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Nice work on the week. Well except for the cold part. Is it weird that I’m excited for your threshold test just because I loved doing those in college??? And a big thanks for getting I want to sex you up stuck in my head. Barf!
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    1. vita88

      Oh I am so sorry about that – that song is the worst!!! I cannot believe I liked that in High School. Really?
      I had to postpone my test until next week b/c of my cold but I’m so excited to do it!

  16. Dana

    Get on that cross training video, please – I’m waiting for the other nine minutes! I haven’t quite climbed back on the workout/healthy eating horse, but I’m almost there. I’m curious about your detox – did you write about that and I forgot? I should start making smoothies, I think.
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    1. vita88

      I’m still battling a cold over here Dana so cut me some slack! I think the 9 min is gone and I’m going to have to do it again, which is fine, I just need to be well! I wrote briefly about the detox – it’s the one Laura is having over at Mommy, Run Fast. You can get all the details there. Smoothies are so good, super easy and can be filling depending on what you put in them.

  17. Cassie @ Rural Running Redhead

    I wish we lived in the same state so we could train together. A sub-1:30 half has been on my goal list for a long time. But then I never register for a half, so I guess that could be part of the problem. Also, do they really sell beer at Disney on Ice?!
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    1. vita88

      I wish we could too!! And yes, you need to actually run a half to meet that goal girl – get on it! You never know if you don’t try.
      I was pretty surprised too but yes, there were several moms and dads toting huge beers to their seats during the show. Weird.

  18. emma @ be mom strong

    ALLIE- I’m running the nYC Half in March too! Maybe I already knew you were doing this but I totally forgot!

    1. vita88

      I didn’t know if you were definitely going but YES!!!! We’ll have to meet up for sure!

  19. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    NAUGHTY! I shall blame the sugar in your coffee as to why you’re sick again! 😉
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    1. vita88

      Darn it! Sugar is so evil. Thank you GiGi for pointing out my obvious flaws. 🙂

  20. Karen @ Baking In A Tornado

    I had to laugh at things you don’t love, being sick. HA. Who does? OK, well, my kids when it gets them out of going to school, but that’s only when they play at being sick. . .
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    1. vita88

      I know, right? I was slightly delusional with sickness when I wrote this so…
      I wish I could “play sick” and skip a day of being mom!

  21. Yum Yucky

    The rundown format is good for my aging eyeballs. My old-bitty of a brain can soak up the info faster. Hope you’re having a good week!
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    1. vita88

      That’s part of the reason I do it! It’s tough getting old 🙂

  22. Janine Huldie

    I gave up Sirius last year and been using my iPhone to listen to music in the car, but I totally used to listen to 8 and 9 and having grown up in both the 80s and 90s seriously couldn’t resist either station. I will say though I now am mildly addicted to Rock of Ages, which is HBO everyday now and still can’t help, but remember so many of these songs (and as bad as they were, still can’t help, but love them)!
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    1. vita88

      It’s a hard habit to break! My husband and I actually saw the Rock of Ages show in NYC a few years back and LOVED it. I have yet to see the movie but sounds like I should check it out.

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