And So It Begins…Training Day

Happy Monday and Happy November! The beginning of my favorite season…Christmas season!! You better believe I’m already listening to Christmas music and anxiously waiting to decorate.  Oh I love the holidays.

Today starts day 1 of Phoenix Women’s Half Marathon training.  I know I said I’d probably never register for a half again but I got the itch and it needed to be scratched! Also, it’s a Oiselle Volée meet-up run so I couldn’t say no 🙂  I’m a little nervous about training because I am nowhere near in the shape I need to be in.  I’ve been running every now and then but haven’t been consistent and my speed or lack thereof shows! I have no idea what the next 12 weeks has in store for me but I know that I’m going to do my best and give it my all with no excuses.

I’m going to document the next 12 weeks so that not only am I held accountable but also so that I can look back and see my progress and/or what worked and what didn’t.  I REALLY wish I would’ve kept a journal or blog of some sort when I was training for the half marathon in 2014 because now I can’t remember what training plan I used and how the training went.  I did so well that year and would love to have some sort of documentation that I could look back on besides a few Instagram posts.  This time around I won’t make that mistake.
If you’ve followed me for awhile you know that in February I was supposed to run the Surf City Half Marathon and I didn’t (Confessions of a Runner).  I let distractions, self-doubt, excuses, wedding shenanigans, and everything else get in the way and ultimately gave up on my training.  Since then life has not slowed down and I’m quickly learning that it probably won’t which means I need to make time for training and have a solid plan set in place.  I need to remind myself that events, colds, and everyday events will happen and it’s ok if I miss a day or two but to not let that day turn into 5 days.  I need to remember that awesome feeling of crossing the finish line and continue to remind myself of why I signed up in the first place.
I signed up because I miss the feeling of accomplishing my goals.  I miss the feeling of being genuinely proud of myself and not giving up.  I miss feeling strong and healthy.  I know I shouldn’t have to run a race in order to feel these things, trust me I do, but I think this is what I need to get my groove back.  This is what I need to drop those pesky 15 pounds that have slowly crept up and are not coming off.  I need to run this half to remember why I fell in love with running in the first place.  And I want to make the hubby proud and show him what his wife is made of 🙂
My mantra during this training is “Stay Positive, Work Hard, and Make it Happen!” I saw this on Instagram the other day and it was perfect.
Follow along over the next 12 weeks and wish me luck! January 29th will be here before I know it!! I’ll be posting my workouts at the end of every week including some of my favorite meals that powered my training.

Build Muscle, Not Excuses

Hello Friends! Well today was day 3 of my 60 day program and I of course woke up feeling sick.  I was dizzy, sick to my stomach, sore throat…the whole shabang.  I was super bummed that I may not be able to get my workout in.  Luckily after a ton of water and my Shakeology the dizziness and stomach issues subsided. By 5:00PM when I got off work I was down to sneezing, runny nose, and sore throat.  I could have EASILY used my head-cold issues as an excuse to lay on the couch and not workout but I wasn’t about to let this cold or allergies (whatever it is) get the best of me.  I drank my pre-workout and got busy and I’m so glad I did. I honestly feel so much better now.  Autumn kicked my butt as usual but I’m already feeling stronger and call me crazy but I’m actually looking forward to sore buns tomorrow 🙂  Sore buns = tighter, stronger buns…and who doesn’t want that?!? Fingers crossed that I wake up feeling 100% in the morning.

Meals Today

M1: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with 1/2 banana and 8oz water

M2: Grapes and Organic Light Mozzarella String Cheese

M3: Tomato & Cucumber Salad with EVOO and Balsamic and a Small Cup of Chicken Noodle Soup

M4: 1/2 of the Tuna Boats from yesterday

M5: Leftover Extra Lean Ground Beef from last night, Asparagus, and a Cabbage Salad with EVOO and Balsamic.

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Note: Everything in me wanted tomato bisque soup for lunch but broth based soups usually have 1/2 the calories and fat as creamy soups.  Most soups (unless homemade) have a ton of sodium so they are not always the greatest of options but a small cup of broth based soup is a good way to fill up with less calories than other options.

Happy New Year!

Hello all and Happy New Year!!! I am so pumped for 2016, especially the next few months.  Within the next 2 months I’ll run a half marathon, GET MARRIED, and go on an amazing honeymoon in Maui.  Oh and did I mention, get in even better shape! I’m so excited 🙂

For the next 60 days (59 because I’m a day late posting) I’ll be completing a workout program that is WAY out of my comfort zone and unlike anything I’ve done before as well as doing my best to eat clean, healthy meals.  As you know I’m a runner and this program focuses more on building muscle by using heavier weights, plyometrics, and a customized schedule to build strength.  Like I said, way out of my comfort zone.  Although running keeps me sane and thin I know I needed to work on building muscle.  Confession: I can’t even do ONE real push-up (embarrassed face). Girl push-ups (on my knees) I have under control but I should be able to do at least one real push-up especially if this whole blog is related to being healthy.  That’s how I knew I needed to really start focusing on building strength.  Being healthy consists of endurance AND strength.  If you don’t use your muscles you lose your muscles and ain’t nobody got time for that.  Keeping your muscles strong is especially important as we get older.  So needless to say, I’m going to be in a lot of pain for the next 60 days but gradually getting stronger and healthier.

I’m going to do my best to post meals and updates to not only keep myself accountable but to hopefully motivate all of you.  If you would like to learn more about the workout program I’m doing please leave a comment or email me at lovecookrun.com.  I’m love to share the information with you.

Day 1 (Sunday, 1/3) – workout complete. Hadn’t meal planned yet so my food intake wasn’t the greatest.

Day 2 (today, 1/4) – workout complete.  I had to pause the program a few times because I thought I was going to pass out but I completed the full 30 minutes!! Meals were great.

M1: Chocolate Shakeology with 1/2 Banana, 4oz Cold Coffee and 4oz Unsweetened Almond Milk

M2: Small Apple and Organic Mozzarella String Cheese

M3: Tuna, Olive, and Artichoke lettuce boats

M4: Two hard-boiled eggs with salt & pepper

M5: Asparagus, Brown Rice, and Extra Lean Ground Beef

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