My downfall

ImageAhhh!!! Chocolate covered pretzels!!! They are my demise. One of my lovely students made chocolate covered pretzels (covered in sprinkles no doubt) for a potluck and had lots left over. She graciously decided to leave them in our kitchen for me to make my way over to anytime I want.

Now, normally I’m pretty good with sweet stuff but this is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty and just prettiness (they’re rainbow colored sprinkles if you must know). I’m not on a diet or trying to lose weight but I do try to limit the deserts. Considering I had some ice cream last night I probably shouldn’t have had the 4 pretzels I just ate. Oh well, off to the gym I go!

 

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12.4/26.2

Had a nice little 3.6 mile jog/incline walk yesterday. I ran 2.5 miles of that unbroken which I was super proud of! Then I walked for about 10 minutes at a high incline. It was nice to stretch out my calves after a weekend of wearing 4 inch heels.

But today I feel poopy 😦 Maybe its all the booze this weekend or maybe its the fact I’ve been working 55 hours a week for the past month! Or it might be the heat, its been like over 90 here the past week. I don’t know how I’m gonna handle 114 degrees this summer!

Anyways, I really need to get on this strength training thing. While I was running yesterday I noticed that my arms were more tired from swinging back and forth than my legs were for carrying me that far! *Sigh*

8.8/26.2

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. I was lucky enough to be out on vacation with my favorite girls this weekend. Lots of food, drinking, and dancing but I did manage to get a tiny run in between the drunken debauchery 🙂

I’m taking today off as a hangover recovery day and tomorrow its back to the gym! I desperately need to start lifting weights. I feel like my legs are nice and strong but my abs and my arms are just like marshmallows! Anyone care to share some of their favorite moves that a beginner can start out on?

6.8/26.2

So yesterday I really pushed myself. I did a 5K in 32:30 and only walked about 5 minutes of it. Now for some of you seasoned runners you may think oh my gosh thats so slow but for me, someone who just started running regularly 6 weeks ago, this is huge!

I wanted to push myself some more and sign up for a 5K but the only races in my area are 10K and triathalons. The next one isn’t until the 4th of July 😦 I’ll just have to suck it up and keep running farther! But with the two runs I’m up to 6.8 miles of my 26.2 for Boston!

GPS devices?

I’ve been wanted to start running more outside. I think the tredmil is a great way for me to stay on pace and know exactly how far I’ve gone because I need that reinforcement to keep going!

Anyways, I was wondering what peoples thoughts were on those wrist GPS thingys. I don’t wanna spend too much money (less than $150 would be ideal) but I don’t wanna get a piece of junk that isn’t reliable.

I’ve heard a lot of runners like the Garmin Forerunner (I think that’s what its called) but with a $200 price tag. I want to know if its really worth it to shell out the extra cash. If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions you would be my hero!

3.5/26.2

In honor of Boston there have been an overwhelming number of running activities going on in support of the victims of the bombings. Social media is a beautiful thing! Anyways, I joined the Facebook group Run 26.2 for Boston and thought it would be a great way to honor Boston and be a challenge for myself as well.

The group encourages people over the next month to run 26.2 miles. I hope to do it in 2 weeks which will be a challenge since I will be out of town this weekend. But yesterday I ran 3.5 miles (including warm up and cool down walk). I only stopped once so I am really proud of myself 🙂

I hope you all have some sort of way to process what has happened over the past few days. Running is such a great outlet to get out any anger or frustration of things so I hope all of you have the courage to go out and run 26.2 or even 2.62 miles!

Today I run

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Like so many people out there I am just sickened/sadened/heartbroken over the events of yesterday’s Boston Marathon. I have always admired marathoners and have dreamed of crossing that elusive finish line to become one.

Yesterday was supposed to be a celebration of athleticism and mental strength, not a day of suffering and pain. That was all taken away.

I am so angry with those responsible for this act but feel so helpless as to what I can do. So today, I run. I run for those who may never have the capability, whether it be physical limitations or an emotional scar, to run again. I pray for all the victims and their family and friends. I hope everyone takes a minute or even two seconds out of their day to think about this tragedy and to be thankful for their loved ones and what they have. God Bless!