Half Marathon Training Weeks 7,8, & 9

Happy 2017!! Hope the year is off to a great start for all of you.  The first 16 days of the year has treated me well so far 🙂

We’ve been busy the past few weekends with out-of-town guests so I apologize for the delayed post.  I’ll get last week (week 10) up shortly.  I’ve been spending less time on social media in the new year and more time taking care of myself so my posts for the next few weeks will be short and to the point.

Week 7 (Christmas Week) – didn’t do much this week besides a few walks with Winnie and some sprinting.  Mike and I took Winnie on a good long walk around one of the beautiful parks in our city.  Seriously love Gilbert and all the walking paths it has to offer.

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Week 8

Monday – should have used the day off to get in a good long run but we woke up early to take Winnie to the vet and I was lazy the rest of the day.

Tuesday (Run) – 3 miles @ 13’07 pace

Wednesday  (Strength Train) – Winnie woke us up multiple times in the middle of the night and needless to say I woke up on the “wrong” side of bed.  Used a massage gift card I had received instead of going to the gym.  Was so worth it!

Thursday (Rest Day)

Friday (Run) – 3.52 miles @ 11’42 pace

Saturday (Run) – 6 miles @ 11’10 pace

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Week 9 – back in the swing of things!! The two weeks prior weren’t my best.

Monday (Run)- 3.15 mile run @ 10’41/mile pace

Tuesday (Strength Train) – quick but intense 15 minute Tone It Up K & K HIIT workout video before bed.

Wednesday (Run) – was supposed to run 4 miles but my left lower leg was in so much pain for some reason, both my shin and calf.  Took it easy with a 2.35 mile jog @ 11’44/mile pace

Thursday (Strength Train) – Tone It Up Total Body workout video

Friday (Rest Day)

Saturday (Long Run) – 7 miles @ 10’39/mile pace

Sunday (Active Recovery) – two 1 mile walks with Winnie around the neighborhood. One in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Also played mini golf with the hubs.

My mom was in town for New Year’s Weekend and we were able to show her around our new city.  Mike’s brother, girlfriend, and daughter came to town as well which was fun.  We had a full house but so glad to see everyone!

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The Year of Love, Loss, and Change

As I look back at 2016 it brings up so many emotions.  This year was a year of love, loss, and change.  2016 was by far the best year of my life yet the scariest with more change than I could have imagined.  It was a year of highs and lows and went something along the lines of this…began with my bachelorette party (high) followed by not completing a half marathon I had set out to accomplish (low) followed by our wedding (high) and so on and so forth.

They say that your first year of marriage is the toughest and if that’s the case then I think we’re set for the long haul.  A VERY quick recap of 2016…got married, Mike’s grandfather passed away, moved (within CA), moved again (to Arizona), my step-fatherpassed away, got a new job, bought a house (which meant moving yet again), adopted a puppy…goodness I’m pooped! Getting married, moving to a new state away from all your family and friends, and purchasing a home are more than enough changes and decisions for one year.  Throw in 5 or 6 other weddings, losing two very special people in our lives, getting a new job, and a puppy and I’d say our year was maxed out.

So much change within 9 months really takes a toll on your body and your mind! There’s been moments that I thought I was literally losing my mind, which obviously wasn’t the case.  My mental focus was not nearly as strong this year and I didn’t accomplish some of my goals I had set out to accomplish but overall it was a very successful and incredibly memorable year.  We never could have imagined what 2016 had in store for us but it definitely made our relationship even stronger and proved that we can handle anything life throws at us.  As awesome as 2016 was I am looking forward to a hopefully mellow 2017 which will allow me to focus more time on my health both physically and mentally.  I’m ready to enjoy the simplicity of life and embrace moments of doing nothing.

“As we come to the end of another year, don’t look back in regret or anger or disappointment. Instead, take the time to give yourself credit for all you’ve accomplished and use the rest to motivate you, to help you grow, to help you strive forward.” -Devon Yanko

As we close out the last few days of 2016 I have a mixture of emotions.  I don’t want this year to end because it was so good to me yet I’m hopeful that 2017 will bring as much joy and less loss.  This year more than ever I’m reminded that everything happens for a reason and life always ends up the way it’s meant to.  Embrace change yet enjoy the stillness.

Happy Almost New Year!

Arizona Living Part 1

Before I start I want to give a quick shout out to my amazing friends who sent me off with a stack of the sweetest little cards to open while living in Arizona.  So thoughtful and I’ll cherish these little pieces of paper forever.  I am still continuing to open them slowly and love each and every one.  THANK YOU ladies, you’re the best and I miss you SO much!!

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As much as I do miss my family and friends, I have to say…I love Arizona!! Between the delicious restaurants, gorgeous scenery, abundance of lakes, and running trails galore we are definitely not bored and are soaking up all that Arizona has to offer.  The heat has been an adjustment but you just figure out ways to stay cool and wake up early to get outdoor activities out of the way.  We experienced our first haboob aka dust storm and quite a few thunderstorms which are pretty cool.  I could live without the dust storms but monsoons are pretty rad.  The sky is always different and even though the leaves don’t change, you can definitely feel the change in weather.

We are currently living in Scottsdale at a friend’s rental condo until we can buy a home in Gilbert which we are praying will happen by the end of the year.  Scottsdale is beautiful and has so much to offer but it’s a little fancy for us and out of our price range.  While we are here we’re enjoying the food and the view!  One of the best places to have cocktails and watch the sunset is Isabella’s Kitchen.  The food isn’t anything special but the view makes up for it and the Mexican Mule is perfectly thirst quenching. It’s a place you have drinks at after work then head home or elsewhere for dinner.

Another gem in Grayhawk (our community) is The Morning Joint aka Mojo’s! We typically have breakfast here at least once a week and it is super yummy.  Small little breakfast spot at the golf course that offers healthy options and one of the best iced coffees around.  Mike and I split a breakfast burrito and just enjoy the cool morning weather.  It’s close enough to walk to although I haven’t talked Mike into that just yet 😉  He’s warming up to it.  If you are in the area you must go to Mojo’s for breakfast!

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A few of our other favorite spots here in Grayhawk are The Living Room and Kale & Clover. The Living Room has an awesome happy hour and lunch specials and a super cool open air environment.  It was the very first place we went to when we arrived in Scottsdale and we’ve been a few times since then.  Kale & Clover has so many great healthy options and are allergy friendly.   The buffalo cauliflower is surprisingly good (even Mike liked it) and the Southwest Quinoa bowl has so much flavor and is super filling.  I couldn’t even finish it all.

That’s just a little sneak peek into our life here in Arizona.  I’ll be back soon with a few more updates and I promise I’ll get back to health & fitness posts! Don’t worry, I’m still running and eating healthy…most of the time 🙂