Off the wagon

October 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Posted in not-running, running, yoga | 4 Comments

I can’t believe I went missing for almost two months! One day of not blogging so easily turns into two, which becomes a week, and then a month, and then… here we are.

This fall has definitely been over-the-top busy (in all good ways!), but even though I haven’t been here, I have certainly been running with Team Run to Remember. The New York City Marathon is only 17 days away! How did that happen?

That said, I’ve otherwise abandoned fitness. I’m making really bad excuses about how there aren’t enough hours in the day, but the truth is, I’m just lame.

So, I signed on for a 30 day yoga challenge for the month of November that I hope will get me going. And I want to sign up for a race. A small race (I’m thinking 10K but I could maybe be convinced to do a half marathon). Any ideas?

Glad to be back. Hope to catch you here again soon.

Inconsistency.

August 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Posted in not-running, Thursday group, weekend | Leave a comment

Lately, inconsistency is the theme of my life. I’m an erratic runner, yogi, and blogger. (Not to mention wife, daughter, employee, friend, cat mommy, housekeeper, businesswoman, cook, etc. etc. etc.) Sometimes I get around to things; more often, I don’t.

So, for the moment, I’ll just offer you some pictures from last week and hope to be back tomorrow with the first part in my series on what I learned in my coaching certification course.

See you soon!

Information overload.

July 26, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Posted in not-running, weekend | Leave a comment

I spent this whole weekend cooped up in a basement conference room at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey.

I was taking a course to be certified as a running coach!

I learned SO MUCH. We covered everything from how the body creates energy to nutrition to injury prevention and treatment to building training plans. It was incredibly overwhelming to have so much information condensed into such a short period. But it was also extremely useful. Starting next week, I’ll share a series of posts on the various things I learned here on the blog. In the meantime, I’ll tell you the major thing that I took away from the program (which may be obvious, but kind of hit me like a ton of bricks):

The most important thing is miles.

The more miles you run, the better runner you will be. Yes, there are many other factors, but the bottom line is that you can add up all of those other factors and they won’t mean much if you’re not getting in the miles. So, I’d suggest that you lace up your sneakers and get out there!

Here and there.

July 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Posted in not-running, strength, weekend, yoga | 6 Comments

This has been a crazy summer. In addition to fixing up our apartment, we also…

Bought a house in Rhode Island!

My family lives there, and we’d been dreaming of a place where we could “get away” for a while, and now we’ve finally found our spot. (Remember when I was posting pictures of the beach in the winter? That was because we were house hunting near the ocean!)

Anyway, it’s a dream come true, but it also means that I’m stretched thin. More and more, my only workouts are runs with R2R. That’s great, but I only see the team once or twice a week at the most, which is not enough. So, I’m trying to find ways to squeeze in mini workouts here and there.

I’m starting with the yoga I mentioned last week – I got an off-line recommendation for a DVD with several 20 minute workouts (perfect!). While I wait for the Amazon order to arrive, I’m faking my way through 15 minutes of sun salutations each morning to hold me over.

I’ve also dusted off my weights. I have the least elaborate set of all time – two 7-lb dumbbells and a 10-lb kettlebell – but they get the job done when there’s nothing else. I can run through 3 sets of bicep curls, overhead lifts, squats, lunges, and calf raises (and those are all equipment-free!) in 15 minutes.

Then, if I’m feeling really wild, I’ll throw in some true torture – planks. I try to hold for 30 seconds and the rest for 20 seconds and repeat 5 times. (On the fifth one I am literally groaning.) This gets me sweating bigtime, which means it’s working. You really use your whole body staying up, so it’s pretty unbeatable for a quick workout.

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Any other good ideas for quickie workouts?

I love a long weekend.

July 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Posted in food, not-running, Thursday group, weekend | 2 Comments

Thank you to everyone who came out to run on Thursday! It was great! 

I spent the long weekend not running, not doing yoga, not doing anything much but eating like a wild animal. This morning I stepped on the scale and received my punishment.

I’m SURE running + yoga is the magic formula for me (assuming, of course, that I actually go running and do yoga), but to stay the size I want to be, I need to be more careful about food. I ate absolutely anything and everything I wanted this weekend (in great volume), and I just can’t do that. I don’t want to be restrictive in general – I can’t ban myself from cheese, for without it I would have no reason to live – but I do need to be selective. So, while a holiday weekend is a fine time to indulge, I have to remember that I don’t need to indulge at EVERY meal (hello, donuts).

Anyone have good tricks for staying on track over holiday weekends? Or…weekends in general?

Rounding out.

June 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Posted in not-running | 4 Comments

I don’t eat meat for a lot of reasons, and ultimately I believe it makes me a healthier person and a better runner. But I also understand that there are a few things, nutritionally speaking, that I may miss out on by abstaining from animals.

Recently, after reading about it here and there, I decided to try taking a vitamin B12 supplement to round out my diet. B12 does not occure naturally (in significant amounts) in plants. You can get it from eggs, milk, and yogurt, but of those three, I only eat eggs, and I usually skip the yolks, so that’s probably not going to do it for me.

B12 is important for growing red blood cells, which is a pretty big deal. If you’re deficient in B12, you could end up with anemia, fatigue, weakness, constipation, and loss of appetite. Plus, it could affect your metabolism. No bueno.

I know this will sound crazy, and perhaps echo Jessie Spano’s passion for caffeine on that classic episode of Saved by the Bell, but these are magic pills. My energy level has changed significantly since I started taking them – it has gone way up. If I feel sleepy and ready for bed at 8 pm, I know it’s because I forgot to take my B12 in the morning. In general, I just feel better. It’s pretty amazing.

Now, in case it’s not painfully obvious, I am NOT a doctor, nutritionist, or any kind of medical professional who is qualified to dish out info on what you should or shouldn’t consume. I’m just sharing what works for me.

Do you take a vitamin? Multi? Women’s? Fish oil? Anything else?

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Soup & sammie.

June 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Posted in food, not-running | Leave a comment

The main reason I don’t tell you all about what I eat all the time is because I’m incredibly boring. I already told you that I eat the same breakfast every day, and surprise, surprise, I pretty much eat the same lunch every day, too.

I try to be light at lunch time because I am very prone to food coma and likely to fall asleep at my desk at 3 pm. So, I usually keep it to soup and bread or little sammie. I’m lucky enough to work in a place with a cafeteria just for the staff and they serve delicious soups from Au Bon Pain every day. I always hope for a soup with beans or tofu to up the protein level, but that doesn’t happen every day. Today, for example, I had garden vegetable, and on the side a roasted veg & mozzarella mini on pumpernickel.

It was all actually rather delicious.

If I’m going running after work or planning some other kind of exercise, I must eat something else in the afternoon – usually involving almond butter.

That hasn’t happened lately, though, because I haven’t done anything but walk to work since the half marathon! I know I’m going to be running a lot soon so I’m cutting myself some slack and dealing with life for a bit. And I do have plans for yoga tomorrow and a team R2R run on Thursday. So I’ll be moving again soon. Probably. Almost definitely.

Do you bring your lunch or do you buy it?

Walking.

June 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Posted in not-running | 4 Comments

I’ve walked to work every day this week! I usually am in a rush and take the subway to the bus. But I gave walking a whirl on Tuesday and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was wonderful!

Today I took a few pictures along the way.

Nice views, right?

The walk to work is about 1.7 miles, which is a nice way to get some movement in on days when I don’t have a “real” workout planned. (It’s too hot to run right now!)

This weekend we’re off to a wedding. Not bringing sneakers! (Okay, well, maybe I’ll bring sneakers. Just in case. You never know what might come up!) Then next week begins the new yoga regiment.

Are you up to anything fun this weekend? Anyone running the NYRR Women’s Mini-10K? I wish I was – I loved that race last year, and I especially would have liked to be a part of it this year, since they’re honoring Grete Waitz.

Chicago in pictures.

May 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Posted in not-running | Leave a comment

Spring sprung in Chicago.

We saw an architectural landmark.

And LOTS of art.

Had deep thoughts.

Behaved like tourists.

And went to a baseball game.

A fun little getaway to a fun little town.

My kind of town.

May 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Posted in not-running | Leave a comment

Off to Chicago for a few days!

Don’t worry, I packed my running sneakers.

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