Despite waking up sick to my stomach on Wednesday morning and dropping my laptop on a bathroom floor,  this has been a great week.  I’m at the point where I’m starting to see some payoff in my training.  I also won a fabulous pair of Reebok ZQUICK sneaks from Jess at Blonde Ponytail so there’s that.  Free, amazing running gear makes me smile…and I won it on Valentine’s Day which is appropriate since running is one of my true loves.  Did that make you throw-up in your mouth a little?  Try to keep it down people, I promise it gets better…

THE RUNDOWN-2

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 9, 2014

RUNNING:  It’s hard to change your running form.  I know this is shocking but truly, once I did the video analysis with CRS (Coach Rocket Scientist) she broke down my form and showed me how to build it back up.  I now have a pre-run warm-up, post run exercises and boat load of form to think about while running.  When CRS asked me to do a 30 minute, all out effort around an indoor track without music I didn’t even care because I have enough in my head to occupy that time and more!  I’ve never thought so much about my form and movement and, it’s paying off!  I’m getting stronger, faster and having less aches and pains.  CRS is an angel sent straight from running heaven.  Ok, sorry that’s the last time I make you throw-up in your mouth – I promise!

I did some hard workouts this week, including 13 miles on a treadmill, for a total of 28 miles.  I woke-up sick to my stomach Wednesday morning and I have no clue why.  I mean, I couldn’t get out of bed and my husband had to bring the kids to school!  I slept until 11am and then, miraculously, I felt a lot better.  Very weird.  I was supposed to run a 7 miler with 3 miles at half-marathon pace in the morning.  When that didn’t happen, I got to the gym as early as I could with the kids in tow so I could run for 30 minutes on the tread before my Power Sculpt class.  When I lamented this lack of a workout to CRS this exchange took place:

ME:  A little update on my training:  I woke up sick to my stomach yesterday morning.  Not sure what it was but luckily it passed by noon.  Unfortunately that was when the kids were at school so I wasn’t able to get my full run in.  I tried to get to the gym a little early before I had to teach my evening class but again, I had the kids in tow and can only keep them in daycare for so long!!  I’ll try to make up the 7 miler tomorrow.

CRS:

Just a quick note…
Don’t try to make up yesterday’s workouts. It happens.  You’re not going to be adversely affected by it, so just let it go. 
ME: It’s my Type A that wants to get in every workout “as planned!”  I will follow your advice and let it go!  Thank you.
CRS: I’d say double-A, or maybe even triple-A!  Energizer comes to mind 🙂
She’s a funny one!  Point taken – let it go!

BIKING:  I’m really getting comfortable on my bike and I’m loving it!  Snow crashed one of my spin classes for the week but I took to my trainer in the basement with the boys and had a great workout.  I also logged additional miles on Tuesday and Sunday.  I dare say I’m starting to feel like a real cyclist!  Who am I?

One boy IN the picture and the other TAKING it.  My loves!

One boy IN the picture and the other TAKING it. My loves!

SWIMMING:  I knew I would get in the pool this week!  Swimming around with the boys for an hour on a Monday afternoon totally counts, right?  Plus, getting everyone dressed, in the pool and then out of the pool, toweled off, showered and dressed for freezing outdoor temperatures, totally counts as cross-training!

CROSS-TRAINING:  Speaking of…in addition to my endurance training with the boys at the pool, I taught Power Sculpt as planned and I’ve added some clam shells, single leg dead lifts, single leg squats and monster walks to my routine as much as I can to strengthen those glutes!!!…and keep my back feeling good.  It’s working.

RACING:  I’m getting involved with the March of Dimes to promote a local 5K race.  I’m beyond excited to be a part of this amazing organization that helps so many families when they need it most!  More on this to come but the race is slated for April 27 in Hartford, CT.  Local peeps – mark your calendars!

FUEL:  I may have gone to Mohegan Sun casino for a concert over the weekend and I may have gone to Dylan’s Candy Bar and filled up a little bucket with dark chocolate and almonds.  Maybe.

I know this doesn't look like my normal hang-out but I'm a sucker for dark chocolate!

I know this doesn’t look like my normal hang-out but I’m a sucker for dark chocolate!

SPEAKING SPANISH:  It’s become a family affair.  I now put my Rosetta Stone app though my car phone speakers and the boys join in with me in repeating all the Spanish words and phrases!  I think they’re learning more then I am. Occasionally, they break out into a Spanish word, followed by gibberish, and ask “Mom, am I speaking Spanish?”  Si hijo, mio eres. (yes my son, you are)

THINGS I LOVE:  An overnight at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino with my husband and some great friends!  Food, drinks, concert, gambling, shopping, dropping.  Good times.

THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH:  Dropping my freakin MacBook Pro on a bathroom floor so hard I dented it!  What the *&^%!!!!!  It was in a computer bag and I went to hang it on a hook on the back of the stall door.  It somehow slipped off and smacked the floor hard.  I immediately opened it up, praying the screen wan’t smashed since it’s only seven months old!  Imagine dropping your seven month-old on a dirty bathroom floor?!  I had a total meltdown once I got home and realized it was dented and, when I turned it on, was making a weird clicking noise.  I had to back up all my files and my anxiety went through the roof!  I wonder how many calories that burned!  Too bad I wasn’t wearing my HR monitor.

MUSIC:  I saw the Kings of Leon in concert at Mohegan Sun.  I’m going to leave it at that since my mama told me “If you don’t have anything nice to say…”  I usually pay zero attention to this rule and instead, I’m more a fan of what Olympia Dukakis’ character said in Steel Magnolias “If you can’t say anything nice about anybody, come sit by me!”

TV:  I’m all over the Olympics.  I’ve been watching a lot since my last post and I’m overwhelmed by the losers.  That’s right.  The defeated.  The fourth place finisher…or worse.  The skaters who are wearing the fastest slowest uniforms ever made.  Why?  Because they have been training their whole lives for this moment.  Some are so close to gold they can literally see it being snatched away by either seconds or a total disaster – I’m not sure which is worse.  I think I’m so intrigued by them because I’m putting so much pressure on myself for my Duathlon in Spain.  My Olympics.  I’m learning from these true Olympians what it means to be an athlete.  That it all comes down to one day, one hour, one minute and sometimes it’s just not your day but it doesn’t make you less of an athlete.  Onward fourth place finishers!

READING:  Despite my best effort to avoid it, I started reading Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan.  I was trying to avoid it since it’s centered around mother/daughter relationships and, since I lost my mom at a young age, it’s usually too much for me.  However, the book is so well written and so compelling that after I read my downloaded “sample,” I bought it immediately.

RANDOM THOUGHT OF THE WEEK:  Treadmills should come with applause buttons especially when you have to do a long run on them.  Who couldn’t use that kind of encouragement?

Have you ever experienced major computer problems?  What was the outcome?

What was the worst concert you ever saw?

Did you cross-train this week?

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