Jan 21

What I Worked Out Wednesday (and a winner!)

I feel out of sorts with my workout posts. I’m also feeling a bit out of sorts with my workouts. I started the year thinking about dominating triathlons but then very quickly switched gears to marathons after I found out I had guaranteed entry to the NYC marathon in November. I also switched gears on my coach CRS (Coach Rocket Scientist) so I have yet to get a training plan from her. You can see how things got muddled and messy. Here’s my attempt to clean it up!


This is how my face froze post run.


So, let’s see, what exactly have I been working out lately?

LEGS: As soon as the switch flipped to marathon, the crazy switch flipped as well and I wanted to run all.the.miles right away. While I’m still rehabbing my left leg (it’s now an IT band issue) this is not a smart idea. Here’s a fun, music based, treadmill workout I did to try and run off the crazy:


MORE LEGS (and abs and upper body): Do you see a pattern developing here? I did manage to make this a full body workout, based on strengthening all my running muscles. This was the result:


MY MOUTH: Much to my husband’s dismay, our boys are obsessed with Jen from Cookies Cupcakes and Cardio. Let’s just clear one thing up – there is no cardio. I love you Jen but where is the cardio? Anyway, there are plenty of cookies and cupcakes that I would never in a million years be able to make, so we settled for cupcake cheeseburgers:

Morning prep work!

Morning prep work! Could Vaughn be any happier that I’m letting him lick the spatula at 9am?


Decorating concentration

Decorating concentration

Miles hard at work...trying to make Jen proud!

Miles hard at work…trying to make Jen proud!

Finished product!

Finished product!

It’s actually a brownie sandwiched between a cupcake! You add Air Heads and icing to make the ‘ketchup,’ ‘mustard,’ and ‘lettuce.’ After taking a bite, Miles said “Wow! Jen really makes delicious cupcakes!” WTH??? Do you see Jen in this kitchen???

MY HEART: If you were following my SIL’s play-by-play of my emotions on FB this past Sunday, when my beloved Packers played Seattle in the NFC Championship game, you would have seen this:

The Pack needs a field goal to tie the game. This is my "I might puke" face.

The Pack needs a field goal to tie the game. This is my “I might puke” face.


They made the field goal!!!!!!

They made the field goal!!!!!!

Seattle wins in overtime. Why is my wine glass empty?

Seattle wins in overtime. Why is my wine glass empty?

I am glad the Patriots crushed the Colts and can now do the same to Seattle but it would have been infinitely better having a Packer/Pats Super Bowl. Damn you cheese heads and your bad play calling!


the winner of the TrailHeads amazing headband is…

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This makes me so happy as Hollie is an Oiselle teammate of mine and also writes for RunHaven. We’re like twins.

Congrats Hollie!

As for the rest of you…tell me:

What have your workouts been like this past week?

Have you ever heard of CookiesCupcakesandCardio.com? She has over 700K YouTube subscribers!

Do you watch football? Will you watch the super bowl?



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  1. Janine Huldie

    I need those cupcakes here, stat!! Seriously though I love them and going to check out her website now too for more ideas. My sweet tooth thanks you πŸ˜‰

  2. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    A Packers fan?!!! WHAAAAT??! You better believe I will be watching the super bowl! Go Pats!
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    1. vita88

      I know, I know. It’s a long story. I will totally be rooting for the Pats on Super Sunday!!!

  3. Hollie

    Twinning for the winning! I appreciate it and I’m really excited to have won! I cannot wait to try the trailheads headband. It sounds like you are having an enjoyable time this week and have a great Wednesday.

    I haven’t heard of Cookies, Cupcakes and Cardio but it sounds really interesting. I’m going to google now!
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    1. vita88

      You will love the headband!!…and cookies, cupcakes and cardio. Jen is a total cooking badass.

  4. emma @ be mom strong


    I posted today bout deciding whether to run NYC Full or not since I qualify too! Decisions, decisions!!!
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    1. vita88

      Obviously now that you know I’m running it you decided to, right? πŸ™‚

  5. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I’m in a funk with my workouts, too. I just need more sleep, more time, and warmer weather! Those cupcake cheeseburgers are awesome!!
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    1. vita88

      Agreed!…and yes, they are pretty awesome.

  6. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    I have never heard of this YouTube sensation!! I am terrible with YouTube as a whole and I know that if I really got on there and started watching I would never stop. Smh. My workouts haven’t been too bad this week! I love the cupcake cheeseburger although my very weirdo self could not eat it because I have a weird thing with cake that looks like real food. My brain simply can’t handle it!!! Sorry about the pack but you have to know that I will be rooting wholeheartedly for the Hawks because Brady-Boston and ALL THAT JAZZ says the bitter New York sports fan. πŸ™‚
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    1. vita88

      I hear you with the brain tease as far as the food/dessert thing! In the video she actually puts sesame seeds on top of the cupcake!? I had to draw the line somewhere πŸ™‚ Totally get it as far as the NY sports fan thing goes…

  7. Kim

    I’m super impressed with your cupcakes – you and the boys did awesome!!!
    Sorry about your team – I did see your pictures the other day:(
    I’m excited to see your upcoming year – marathon focus is going to be incredible!!!
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    1. vita88

      I was astonished the cupcakes came out that well. I’m not a baker…hence Miles’ comments!!
      Thanks Kim. It’s going to be an interesting year no matter what!

  8. misszippy

    I could never pull off those cupcakes, just saying, so I’m impressed. Love the sound of both workouts (but not the fact that one is on the treadmill!). I’m still sticking to my roads and much happier for it.

    Yah, I’m feeling ya on the playoffs. Stupid Brady. Good thing I had too much beer during our game against the Patriots to ease the pain!
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    1. vita88

      I seriously didn’t think I could either but that was literally the ONLY thing that look remotely possible from the site! The things we do for our kids!! And, yes, I’m outside as much as possible but with the kids in the gym daycare some days, I have no choice. You can’t leave the building when they’re in there. Booooo.
      Glad you had “too much beer!” πŸ™‚

  9. Jen@milesandblessings

    I think I am going to have to look her up :)….my kids would love it!!!!!
    My workouts have been runs outside and I did my first speed work out since before my fall marathon in November! Ugh…it was hard. I kept mentally preparing myself for the fact that I was not going to be able to pick up where I left off…and I was for sure right! My mile time was not too bad….but I used to be able to do 6 at that speed and there was NO way! I did a descending ladder 1600, 1200, 800, 400.
    I occasionally watch football….but I not a crazy fan. I like the Seahawks uniforms though :). I did watch the end of that game though and got the whole running commentary from my hubbie πŸ™‚
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    1. vita88

      You should definitely look her up – she’s pretty awesome.
      I know how you feel with the speed work! I have my first session coming up Friday and I’m scared!!!

  10. Michigan Runner Girl

    My workouts have been TOUGH lately. I am following the Hansons Marathon Method for my 7th marathon (Boston!!) and while I feel pretty motivated, the speed workouts in cold and snowy Michigan are kicking my butt. Friends who have followed this plan keep telling me to trust the training and stay strong, that the plan will pay off big…I am happy with it overall. Just getting used to this feeling of “cumulative fatigue.”

    I love these cupcakes and the pics of your kiddos making them! Haven’t heard of them before reading this post. Might have to give these a try…my kids would love them.

    Definitely a football-watcher, though I’ve been bummed out ever since my beloved Lions lost…we’ll watch the Super Bowl. Not sure who I’ll be rooting for though…
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    1. vita88

      The Hansons Method is a tough one but I’m sure it will pay off! In the thick of the training, it can be hard and I know the weather is not doing you any favors! Hang in there and good luck in Boston. It’s an amazing city on marathon Monday…or any day really:-)
      Definitely check out the site with the kids but be prepared to actually bake!

  11. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Those cupcakes are insane! And the Pack. I don’t want to talk about it. My FB feed from friends back home was just blowing up. I couldn’t even look at it. But oh well – go Pats!
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    1. vita88

      I haven’t watched ESPN since. The cupcakes made me feel a little bit better πŸ™‚

  12. Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness

    I was hoping for Green Bay too! I love the way you have your treadmill workout changing up with the different songs. I need to try that because the treadmill can be horrendously boring! You boys are so cute! I loved it when my boys wanted to “help” me out in the kitchen.
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    1. vita88

      Definitely try it. As least it keeps your mind busy and your legs get a good change up!
      The boys are so funny in the kitchen.

  13. Dana

    My team is out of the Superbowl, so normally I wouldn’t care who won. But my husband and son both HATE the Patriots with the fire of ten thousand burning suns, so I will be rooting for the Seahawks. But mostly I’ll be socializing at my friend’s Super Bowl Party, and hoping I win the pool.
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    1. vita88

      Hahahaha!!! I know that kind of hatred because it’s exactly what I have for the Seahawks right now. We will all be in Vermont skiing so hopefully I’ll be too tired to care!

  14. Ellen Frazier

    Hi, love love the cupcakes! I took a class and can make all sorts of animals but now will try the burgers:) could you please elaborate on what plank and ball walks are for the workout? Getting strong is the name of my game this year. Thanks!

    1. vita88

      The burgers were not that bad as far as elaborate desserts go!
      As for the workout – plank walks are when you’re in plank on your elbows, you move up onto your palms, one hand at a time and then back down to your elbows, i.e. ‘walking the plank’ and the band walks are putting a small resistance band around your legs, just below your knees and walking laterally keeping your toes pointed forward. If that doesn’t make sense, I’m sure you can google it to get a video! I should have made one to go along with it πŸ™‚

      1. Ellen Frazier

        Thanks for the info, can’t wait to try it this week (hopefully Friday if the snow holds off).

        1. vita88

          Good luck! Let me know how it goes.
          PS – I am currently buried in 14-18 inches of snow.

  15. Britt@MyOwnBalance

    I have not heard of this Jen woman but she sounds like someone who is going to make me feel bad for not being able to make cupcakes! Those burger ones are adorable! My workouts are definitely all over the place. It all depends on if I have someone who will watch the baby for me!

  16. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    I’ll watch the Superbowl but I am cheering for Seattle. I was rooting for the Packers this last weekend but I really wish the Broncos were in. ANYWAY…I am getting out there and running again, no easing back in for me. I’ve got a half marathon in a month! Haha
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    1. vita88

      I’m going to pretend I didn’t read that Michelle but YES get out there and get it done!! πŸ™‚

  17. Alison

    All I can see here is food.
    (I’m like that rebel commenter you have who only ever focuses on the food in your posts)
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    1. vita88

      And that’s why you’re awesome. Someone has to shift my attention!

  18. jill conyers

    Yes I will watch the super bowl but more importantly I need a new playlist. Thanks for doing the work for me πŸ™‚
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    1. vita88

      Glad I could help! πŸ™‚

  19. Carly @ Fine Fit Day

    Those cupcakes are hilarious. The other day I was scrolling through Pinterest and I guess I’d been pinning baking stuff recently, because there were a lot of cakes and sweet things on my feed. Then I hear Roman say, “Mama, I love what you’re looking at! Look at all those cupcakes! Can we eat them now?” Bless his little cotton socks.

    I always watch the Superbowl but I’m not a football fan. I do LOVE my hockey, specifically my beloved NY Rangers and I was crushed when they lost the Stanley Cup finals last year. That last picture of you could totally have been me in the last game with the Kings.
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    1. vita88

      He is the cutest!…and obviously you need to make him something sweet mama πŸ™‚
      Ah yes, you know my pain. I’ll watch the Super Bowl but really I’m just looking forward to Sept so I can hit the reset button.

  20. Tamara

    Ha! I was following along on Facebook. I really thought you might puke. And the boys telling you that your friend makes good cupcakes is like when people tell me my camera takes good pictures. Maybe it’s nothing like that, but credit!?
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    1. vita88

      It was EXACTLY like that!

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