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A few weeks ago I decided that I should run the same 5k that I ran last year the only thing is I had not been really running that much since I had been doing Bikram Yoga.  Nonetheless, a few Saturdays ago Vin and I got up at 6 am on a Saturday morning and heading downtown.  This year they expanded the race to include a 10k which a think double the participation, so it was a little crowed. Vin snapped some photos as I stretched and I told him that he should see me around the 45min mark.  That is what I have been running 3 miles at on my own a month ago so I thought that was a safe bet.  

me running about .4 miles in.   I get very camera shy and I thought I was telling myself to look at the camera but obviously that is not the case.  The course is easy, its Florida, straight shot on A1A.  To my left is the ocean and to the right is beautiful houses so it is pretty easy to keep yourself moving.  The only negative is it is a run out, 1.5 miles and run back.  I like seeing all the fast people run  back but it gets a little boring on the way back.  I had my Garmin 305 on and I was not keep to close track of my mile marks just trying to keep moving and once I turned back and hit 2.5 I realized that I would beat my time from last year.

And it turned out by more then a minute.  Last years time was 36:51 and this years time 35:36.


Things lately have been all over the place and I have just been ignoring my blog.  My business has picked up a little and my wedding is almost a month away so I feel like that is what has been occupying my time.   There has been a lot going on.  I am going to start off on the work out side of things.    I pick up this amazing book called the New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women.

I saw it on Megann’s amazing blog Meals and Miles, which I highly recommend readying.  She is a great blogger and always has interesting, inspirational and funny things to talk about.  So she picked this up because she is training for an Ironman because she is badass.  While I am not training for anything like that I have been looking to, I was going to say tone Lou Schuler the narrator of this book would not agree, so lets go with make my arms look good for my strapless wedding dress, which I am picking up in CT in a few weeks and flying back with me.  So anyway, I got the book from the library so I could see if I like it and very quickly I really started to enjoy it.  Stage 1 takes 6 weeks if you do it 3 times a week and I was banging it out and upping my weight and feeling great.  I finished stage 1 and was starting stage 2.  My loving fiance decided he wanted to join in, we are ignoring the title of the book now.  Last Wednesday we got up at 6:30am and went to the gym to start Stage 2.  We did one move and then we moved on to the step up, which was part of stage 1.  A step up is basically exactly what it sounds like.  You hold some weights and you step up on to something higher and step down.  As we were doing them I called out “last one” and as I placed  my right foot on the ground I heard a crunch and fell over.  Vin immediately threw down his weights and I fell into tears not as much from the pain but just the fear of what this could be, broken ankle, crutches at the wedding, little to no working out.  We decided that the best thing was for him to get the car and then we could decide if I would need to go to see of professional from there.  In the end we decided that I would just not move from the couch, and according to Vin no going to the bathroom, for one whole day and see how I feel from there.  Thankfully after taking 2 days really easy I am back to normal with a little pain in my foot.

Unfortunately,  because of this I did not have a very healthy week.  I am looking to re commit myself to focusing on the greater goal and not so much immediate gratification, such as beer, friend chicken and donuts, so it goes.  I walked and slowly jogged 2.5 miles this morning and will be doing a relaxing flow class today.

as most of you know i work from home and for myself which creates a interesting schedule.  i love it because it gives me the freedom to give to the gym at 11:00 am or 3:00 pm and to cook my lunch and make dinner before 8:00 pm.  this past 6 weeks has been a lot of travel, for me, two out of state trips about a week.  i am just settling into my old schedule which feels nice.

i decided to run outside because it was cloudy so i would not have to fight to much with the sun and i am having a hard time finding a slow enough speed to run at on the treadmill.  i went outside and ran an easy 3 miles at about 14 minutes a mile.  as soon as i walked into our complexes gate i started to hear thunder.  i got back dry but as i was making my smoothie it started to down poor though the sun decided it come out as well.  nice and bright and stormy.

since it has been very hot i have had major craving for smoothies.  i also added some spinach.

it was yummy the whey protein is chocolate flavored which is fine but gets a little yuck 3/4 of the way through.  I am trying to get through this before i buy another because it does take us a while to eat this much protein powder and they are not cheap.

tried to sneak outside to get some ok shoots of the crazy florida rain.

totally got soaked.

On monday I set out to do a smooth 3 miles.  I currently do not have any training plan except to run.  It was the afternoon and i find I am usually faster then but usually I do not have the time to run in the afternoon.  So I am running and I run 1.5 and then turn around.  This is the usual route I run and its on the side walk of a pretty busy road.  I usually jog past one or two people but there is not a ton of foot traffic.  I was listening to the Wicked soundtrack, i love musicals, but as the soundtrack goes on it kinda gets slower so I wanted something to pump me up for the last .3 miles.  I went on my ipod trying to find “Can’t Stop Believing” song by the Glee cast, I totally am just putting it all out there on this one, I swear I sometimes listen to good music, but instead of selecting that song I selected “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers which was actually a really great song to end on. I am almost done and I see this lady walking, then start running towards me and then she sticks out her hand for a high five as I pass and says something like “way to go”.  First, I do not know this lady maybe we have passed before but I am 95% sure she was not in “running gear”, but in my flight of endorphins I high fived her and continued on my way.  So yeah that was interesting.  Any one else have people randomly high five you?  Here are my times, I need to set my garmin so it does not add it up like that but that would require time, one day.

lap 1: 13:11
lap 2: 27:30
lap 3: 39:53
lap 4 cool down: 43:04

sweaty but happy


when i started to run during the day i started to notice this.  i thought it was a wicked sock tan but its more like dirt.  it reminds me of when i was a kid and i thought i would get tan at camp but then you would shower and it would go away.

i also need to get a darker colored hat.  so over humid florida and its only april.  its going to be a long summer.  well thats all the weird reveling stuff i got for now.  hope everyone has a fun and relaxing weekend!

On friday I had to drop Vin off at work which meant I was in the car already and could drive some where to run.  I choose to run on AIA which is the road that runs parallel to the ocean.  While the part I ran you can not see the ocean it has become on of my favorite places to run.  First off, the huge multi million dollar house on either side, the inter coastal which you can see sometimes and the super cute dogs.   I did not bring my phone so no pics from the run but here are my stats

mile 1: 11:52
mile 2: 24:40
mile 3: 38:40
mile 4: 51:30
mile 5: 1:04:04
mile 6: 1:16

This is one of my best times and I attribute that to all the running Vin and I have been doing as well as having only enough change for an hour and 20 min in the meter.  Nothing like the fear of a parking ticket to get your but moving.

post run victory stance.post run victory meal.  oatmeal and strawberries.

on monday morning i got up and had no want to run.  i bargained with myself  and decided 3 miles at a reasonable speed would do.  i am not really training for anything because i am working with my fiance to build up his running abilities so it sometimes is tough for me to decide what to run.  i came, i ran, i would not say i conquered. here are my times

mile 1: 13:30
mile 2: 14:50
mile 3: 12.25

not bad. vin and i are currently doing the 3rd week of couch to 5k and he is doing really good.  this week it is run 90 second walk 90 second run 3 min walk 3 min twice.  i keep trying to push him to run more but we are running around 8:30-9:30 which is pretty fast for me even for a short time so i just need to remind myself he is just starting out.  i think he might even be starting to understand why i like to run so much, but lets not jump the gun.

before the 3 milers i had some unphotographed oatmeal, with raisins, flax seed and peanut butter.  when i got back i did some rearranging of the book shelves and dusting.  after that i was hungry for lunch.  i usually try to have a big spinach salad but we are out of spinach so i thought i would try to make a smoothie.    in the mix

2 hand fulls of kale

1 frozen bananna

1 frozen mango

1/2 cup of reduced fat milk

1/2 2% Fage yogurt

3 frozen strawberries

2 handful of ice

we currently only have a chocolate protein powder that i think is a little strong so i also made 4 hard-bowled eggs on the side with a slice of chedder cheese.  I did not think i would eat all the eggs but i did, just the whites i have never really liked the taste of the yellows.  one summer i had a major love affair with jamba juice and they were always super yummy but they never filled me.  while i had one and half glasses of this I did not feel full so i grabbed a couple sun chips which was a total mistake.  I was so full plus I do not drink milk so my stomach was really being pushed.  next time no sunchips and maybe one less egg.

because i was so full i did not have an afternoon snack which led me to be really hungry by the time i met up with my two girl friends for dinner and decided that wings and a side salad was a smart choice.  i do have to say that was not what put me over it was the brownie encased in a cookie with ice cream that we all shared that made all of us feel like we were bursting at the seems but we were celebrating so why not! what were you celebrating you ask? my birthday of course! so that is more or less how i spent my 24th birthday.

Vin and I have been loosely following Couch to 5k plan and it has been going really well.  Today was a rest day for him and a sleep in day so I got some exercise in after he left.  Little Rodney Yee’s Ultimate Power Yoga, which I started to like.  Its so different doing yoga from a dvd, but my wallet likes it and I am getting used to it.
after yoga i had some oatmeal with peanut butter, flax seeds, rasins and a half of apple.  yumafter this i got on my bike and ran the two errands i had, post office and bank.  it is beautiful outside, sunny though the breeze is a little stronger then i would like especially when riding into it and i going about 2 mph. i am so lucky to live in flordia and get to enjoy this beautiful weather but i really wish i could ride my bike on the roads.  I see people doing it but I am way to scared.  80% of the bikers around where I live, not on glorious bikers heaven A1A, ride on the sidewalk and what mainly sucks about this besides dodgy the occasional pedestrian is waiting for the cross walks.  I try to be so good and only go when the cross walk changes but even then i have people making right hand turns and to top this all off  here in florida, or as vin and i call it the wild wild west, people can have all there car windows tinted so you can’t even tell if people see you.  any fellow bikers, flordians have any tips?after getting back from that i buckled down and got some work done.  when i finally was hungry for lunch around 2 thanks to yummy oatmeal and late breakfast I tried a trick from one of my fav bloggers, Kath at Kath Eats Real Food who actually uses some paper that we finished a bunch of our furniture with, story for another day, so I grabbed some scrapbook paper from the craft draws to spruce up my lunch photo as well as added a dexter head deciding weather he should eat my food or not, the verdict was no.  Lunch was left over chicken, pea, pasta pesto from last night over some yummy organic girl spinach.  yums.