RSS Feed

Category Archives: running

Because It’s Juuuuuune! June! June! June!

Posted on

June is busting out all over!

Who could forget the utter joy of Carousel? It’s June! In Maine! (And let us delicately ignore the themes of domestic violence. I hate myself for agreeing with Richard Rodgers–it’s my favorite R&H musical too.)

This enforce runs through my head every June. It’s a really exciting month for me–it starts the 2 month hiatus from my 8-5 job (aka, kicks off ladies who lunch season.)

First, a recap of last month.

The good great stuff of May:

1. Fabulous and fun time running a half marathon with my runner girls.
2. Lots of spin subbing and few great playlists under my belt.
3. I GOT MY OWN CLASS!!! Every Saturday at 7:00 head out to the gym and I’ll kick your butt (or at least make you sweat (which auto correct just listed as swear–lol).
4. We painted the house!!! Old color on the right, new dark blue gray on the left. It looks divine.

20130602-181326.jpg

Onto June goals.
1. More strength training. I went to an ab focused boot camp this am, and am appalled how far I’ve fallen. Run for 13ish miles? Sure. Two hours of spin? Bring it on. One minute of side plank dips or v-ups? OMG. Torture.
2. Finish getting my paperwork filed, and get some business cards with 100% correct info. Feel appropriately lame until I do.
3. Clean out my closet. There are some serious de-cluttering Goodwill trips in my future.
4. 60 minutes of yoga per week. Whether it’s an hour long class or three twenty minute sessions, I need to get to it!
5. Make one spinning playlist a week.
6. Participate and kick ass on this plank challenge.

20130602-212727.jpg
7. Keep up with blogging!
8. Do something social at least 2x per week AFTER 7 am. The majority of my social life currently happens early.
9. Eat lots of green food. Eat lots of real food.

That’s all to kick off week one of summer vacation–a very, very hot kickoff to summer. Tomorrow this one will get shorn:

20130602-213229.jpg

And I’ll show you what happened to these innocent little plants:

20130602-213330.jpg

Spoiler alert–it’s pretty leafy back there in the garden area.

 

What are your big summer goals? Let’s hear ’em!!!

 

Advertisements

Beautiful Day for a Half!

Posted on

Today was the California Classic!! 13.1 miles from the ball park, through downtown, under the sea lions, past the giraffes, back downtown and across home plate!

I met up with my running girls to carpool down to the starting line–it was a balmy (and quite frankly, too warm) 62 degrees at 630 am.

Check out this gorgeous sunrise at the ballpark!

20130519-210420.jpg

Here’s the finish line right across home plate–I was pumped to see that for real!!!

20130519-205903.jpg

One awesome thing about my running friends is that they know SO MANY members of the local running community. Between participating in Team in Training, working in a running store, coaching running groups, promoting local bike stores, and hanging out with the cycling community, the two of them knew everyone!

Here’s all important pre-run selfie–thanks to my good friend (and race volunteer) for taking this picture. Like the shirt? The husband bought that for me yesterday after I was complaining saying that I didn’t have any hot weather short sleeve shirts, and tanks = chafing on my arms. UnderArmor Heat Gear. Worth every penny. Love it.

20130522-170920.jpg

The race started beautifully.

20130519-212931.jpg

Breezy, lots of people cheering, shaded, lovely. We ran through the downtown, arts district, and them through the park. The best part–the zoo! Here’s the best of the best–running through the cave under the sea lion cove.

20130519-211632.jpg

Then came mile 8–the long stretch through the industrial part of the city. The long, hot stretch. I was still pretty good at this part–but man did it feel good to scale the overpass and know that part was OVER.

20130522-171007.jpg

I hit a massive wall at mile 10. After *the sick* last week, I thought I was doing well–my legs felt strong, I was mentally ready, but I was not prepared for the wall of tired. Miles 10 – 12 were really mentally tough.

Then my body started to freak out. I was switching from hot hot hot to chilled to the bone to dizzy. (Did I mention it was HOT?) just before mile 13 I fell back from my group and slowed way down to quell the pukey-McNasty feeling that was taking over.

Half bock walk and I was ready or kick that last .1’s ass. I finished at a respectable 2:16ish, a minute and a half behind my group. I think I would have succumbed to feeling crappy much, much sooner if they had not been there to cheer me on. I am so very thankful them.

20130519-213548.jpg

Overall. I was very pleased with my time and the whole experience!!! Half number 7 is in the books! I earned the best part of the day–this giant fountain Diet Coke!

20130522-171224.jpg

Let’s Talk Podcasts

Posted on

What is the one thing all my workouts/sewing/adventures have in common? My love of listening to podcasts.

I can’t do music when I work–the desire to flip to the next song is so strong. Give me a good story, game, or information? I’m yours for hours.

Here are some of my favorites (all available on iTunes).

1. Good Job Brain (www.goodjobbrain.com)

20130602-165820.jpg

Do you like pub trivia (or as autocorrect insists, pup trivia?) This podcast is an awesome collection of cocktail facts and fun trivia. It is my current favorite–I have listened to every episode available, and love when the magic blue circle lets me know when I have a new one waiting. I’m actually sad I was not aware of this podcast during its Kickstarter days–I would have loved to be an original backer.

2. Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me (The NPR news quiz)
Clearly, I like trivia. I also like smart celebrities.

Carl Kasell is my favorite:

20130602-165719.jpg

3. The Suze Orman Show
!

20130602-170117.jpg
I love a good Suze Smackdown, and I have learned so much from listening. Roth IRA FTW!

4. Chicken Thistle Farm Coop Cast

20130602-170821.jpg
The husband and i both love this podcast. We have learned a lot from their stories on the farm, and have gotten a lot of great tips on raising our garden and chickens. i love how they are very dedicated to living pasture to plate.

Also, The post on Heromine the pig giving birth was absolutely riveting.

5. The Mötley Fool

20130602-171100.jpg
Lots of great investing tips and market talk. It makes following the stock market/investing feel so much less intimidating.

Other favorites:
Storytelling: This American Life (stories from modern America, constructed around a weekly theme); The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (rebroadcasts of the radio show from the 1950s–including commercials!!); To The Best Of Our Knowledge (stories from modern America);Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (another rebroadcast of a 1940s/50s radio detective series)

NPR: Planet Money, Playback, Sunday Puzzle, Car Talk, pop Culture Happy Hour, and many more

Quick and Dirty Tips: Money Girl, Legal Lad, the House Call Doctor and Get Fit Guy are favorites; Modern Manners Guy amuses me with his impolite judgements of others impoliteness)

Smart Passive Income

I have yet to find a fitness podcast I really love.

This is the audio that keeps my fly wheel spinning, my feet smacking the ground for just one more mile, and the hula hoe weeding one more bed.

 

Do you have any favorites/recommendations? Let me know!!

 

Stay Outta My Face!!!!

Posted on

I recently made some of these bad boys to keep my hair out of my face.
20130423-062935.jpg

The soft velvety underbelly snuggles up with my hair, holding it tight and whispering “I’ll never let you go”–and unlike Rose in Titanic, it means it.

Here’s a quick how to:
1. Find elastic, velvet ribbon, and decorative ribbon the same width. Grosgrain works best.

2. Cut into strips depending on head size, hair volume,etc.

3. Cut a small piece of elastic.

20130423-063827.jpg

4. Sew the ends of the elastic to the ends of the ribbon. Sandwich the elastic in the middle, and make sure the right sides of the ribbon are facing the elastic.

20130423-064048.jpg

5. Flip the ends around and stitch up the sides.

20130423-064259.jpg

5. Clip those threads, put your hair up, and hit the gym!!! You look adorable!!!

20130423-064559.jpg

Enjoy!!

Practice Run!

Posted on

20130414-125124.jpg

I’m teaching my first spin class on Thursday, and decided to get a run through of the playlist in today. Also, I was too lazy to get out of my cozy bed this am for a run.

Practice run for my half be damned!

Practice run for this class–bring it on.

Here’s my playlist.

20130414-125731.jpg
What’s your favorite warmup song???

To Tri or not to Tri–That is the Question

Posted on

After a dismal* run on Saturday, I came home to an interesting Facebook message from a friend: want to do a sprint triathlon with me?

My standard answer is typically hell to the no. I have zero desire to swim. The more I mull over the idea, the more I keep thinking why not? I need a new challenge. I have until August to train on the swimming part. Here is a pic of beautiful Huntington Lake, in all it’s freezing cold, fighter plane at the bottom glory.

20130411-072838.jpg

Here are some of my hesitations. If you are an avid swim/run/biker, I’d love your opinion on if these are valid.

1. I can rent a wet suit, right? I’m cold just thinking about it, and I’m too cheap to buy one for a whim.

2. Will people make fun of my piece of crap, $35 Craigslist wonder of a bike with the puppy basket on the front?

3. Ugh. Swimming. I don’t know anything about etiquette at the gym for lap swimming, and I’m afraid of being THAT girl.

Ok, so it’s only 3 hesitations. I’m sure I’ll think of more.

On the running side, I’m helping a friend raise $$ for her team in training for making running headbands out of this:

20130411-073453.jpg

I’ll post the results on the flip side.

*Ok, not dismal, but cutting a 11 mile run down to a 9.7 mile run after a surprise asthma attack is disappointing. Lesson learned–even if it as been over a year since your last attack while running, don’t be lazy. Bring the inhaler.

Do you have any triathlon experiences? Advice? Warnings? High fives?

Hope I Don’t Regret This.

Posted on

I skipped a cool 55 degree run through my hood (pictured below on the puppy’s walk) for a hot, sultry 72 degree super fast (aka rushed) lunch run. I hope it doesn’t suck–and if it does, I learned my lesson.

Was playing around online really that fun this morning?

Yup. The coffee was delicious too.

20130403-074001.jpg

Ashleigh Lawrence

Ashleigh Lawrence - Personal Trainer and Strength Coach

We Shall Have Pie

2 Girls Running for Pride and Pie

runforpieedmonton.wordpress.com/

What would you do for pie?

Novice New Yorkers

Newlyweds finding their way in NYC.

From Florida to North Dakota

Living a Fun Filled Life Fueled by Healthy Living

The Road To Thousands of Miles Running for the SOWF

Running thousands of miles to support the Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Veggie Runner Girl

Enjoying the world one day at a time

Fearless Beauty Fitness

Dare to be FIT. Dare to be BEAUTIFUL. Dare to be FEARLESS.

KT Vogue Designs

simply elegant handcrafted jewelry

FightIBD.com

Together, we FIGHT for a CURE!

Spin Pipeline - Indoor Cycling Workouts

Blog by Tri Pipeline Multisports Coaching www.tripipeline.com

fit4365.com

Media Informasi Masakan Khas Prancis dan Cara Bikinnya

Thimble & Threads

Musings and projects of an amateur seamstress

cancer killing recipe

Just another WordPress.com site

Angela Onez

A Girly Traveler's Journey

A Life in the Word

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

always time to procraftinate

A topnotch WordPress.com site

Cow Spots and Tales

A mother runner's tales of chaos and harmony from Minnesota dairy country.

Moolta

The official Moolta Blog

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.