Let’s Catch Up

8 Jul

What’s crackin’?

Thank you for all the amazing compliments and words on my half marathon. You guys really know how to make a girl feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I’m glad today I have a day off from work today. I missed the blogging world. I’m finally caught up on reading and commenting my favorite blogs so that’s a load off my back. If only I would put the same amount of effort into doing college tests before my orientation next week. College… pshhh. Who needs it?

I’ll be honest, you guys didn’t miss much of my exciting life of running and work.

Monday: Race

Tuesday: I should have just done the elliptical this day because I felt awful as in sick. I’ll save you the details. On my run, I had side aches so I stopped to breathe. Breathing… you know, you need it. Then at the end of my run, my stomach was like, “Find a bathroom.” Yeah, I know that is TMI. It’s true. It happens.

I was also running in new shoes. I returned my Green Silence shoes since they effed up my knee and I tried on these:

They felt fine on and then when I ran in them, they just felt chunky. I told myself not to go back to Nike shoes and I did. I returned them anyway. Might as well stick with my Adidas. They seem to work. My foot issue has been dwindling.

Wednesday: I made this a hill day. I love hills. Bring them on.

Thursday: I wasn’t sure what I was up for. I just know I wanted to add sprints to my run. It’s easier to add sprints to a run than do a track workout. I loathe the track. The track makes me feel like a hamster just running around in circles.

I guess my sprints weren’t that quick though. I was rather tired. My legs were dead. Don’t even say it because I know I should have given my legs a rest this week, but I was such in a running high. Despite my sprints being more like ‘run faster so you can get home quicker‘ type sprint, I was breathing hard and I was super sweaty. That just means I need to do more sprints and quick runs! Dur.

Friday: Today I was like, “Legs, I’ll give you a break.” I went on the elliptical for a while and watched

Nothing like becoming inspired to ride a bike. Can woman race in the tour?

I also went to this class called RIPPED. Today we went outside to the track (I just can’t avoid the track, can I?) and the workout looked like this:

– Warm up lap
15 reps of leg back lunge, military press with one leg balanced, squats with lifting weight in front, abs, and single arm row with one leg balanced.
Run another lap then repeat 5x

I got sweaty even though I was only lifting a 15-pound barbell. Since the weight was lighter than what I normally would do, I just went deeper in my squats and lunges. My chest is actually hurting from the military press. Cray cray.


Well, I finally gave in and ordered The New Rules of Lifting for Women.

It’s just taking forever to get here! I don’t know about you, but when I am expecting a magazine (ahem Oxygen) or books in the mail, I want them pronto. Every day when the mail carrier comes, I run out to the mailbox in my compression socks (holla I just bought some) and sandals and rip through the mail. My brother gets more mail than I do and he doesn’t even live at our house.

I was thinking of ordering this book:

I was also thinking of this book:

When I was talking to a woman ultra runner, she recommended his book.

Any reviews/thoughts? Should I go for it?

It’s nice having money in my pocket except I’m frugal and don’t want to buy anything like dinner. Since I work until 9 PM, I have to get dinner out.

Last night I had the best burrito. Well, it was hot and I loved it. It was from Laughing Planet Cafe and on it was: organic brown rice, black beans, sweet potato, fresh spinach, jicama, jerk sauce, and pico de gallo.

It hit the spot.

On Wednesday, I went to a crepe food cart by my work to order roasted sweet yam crepe with (clearly) sweet yam, apple, zucchini, squash, red onion, and agave nectar.

It was just alright.

More honorable eats:

Dinner before the race was a veggie calzone

Tofu + chickpeas + green peas +kale

I got to hit the hay early tonight. Work calls at 6 AM. Booo.

Enjoy your work free weekend!

Questions for you:
– Did I miss anything exciting when I was busy doing my thang?
– Is it difficult for you to spend money?
Oh, random fact of the day. What do Emma Watson and I have in common? We both are gorgeous and know how to dress. We have the same sports bra. Shout to Emma! Holla girl. Getting sport bras at Victoria’s Secret is where it is at.

“To a runner, a side stich is like a car alarm. It signifies something is wrong, but you ignore it until it goes away.”


20 Responses to “Let’s Catch Up”

  1. Alexandra July 8, 2011 at 5:49 PM #

    I too love adding sprints to runs, I get so bored when I just run at the same pace for half an hour, I swear I have ADD haha 😉 I’m also extremely frugal and cheap, I second guess almost every purchase I make. Congrats on a day off from work, relish every moment!!

  2. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) July 8, 2011 at 5:50 PM #

    And I have that sports bra too so we can all be twinnies.

    I am actually really looking into that book racing weight as well. So we can both read it and write reviews. I’m glad your newer shoes aren’t hurting you because you are seriously my running idol. I was just having a discussion about you (please don’t think I’m a sketcho) with the daddykins talking about how damn fast you are.

  3. mary July 8, 2011 at 6:13 PM #

    I can’t remember if it was your blog or tara’s..but did you try the saucony kinvara? if so, did you like them? I’m thinking of getting them just based on reviews i’ve seen and I wanted to know if you tried them! PS. you are so damn fast…you should do a post on how you became to fast, it’s amazinggg! i wish i could run as far and as fast as you!

    • lifttorun July 8, 2011 at 6:27 PM #

      I did try them since I got them for free and I didn’t like them. They just fit my foot weird. They were really narrow.

  4. sarah July 8, 2011 at 6:29 PM #

    You so need to get orthotics to put in your shoes- mine were life changing I tell ya.
    That calzone looks so good! Iv never had one- I must chang this.

  5. Amanda @ Running with Spoons July 8, 2011 at 6:38 PM #

    Wahoo for the New Rules of Lifting! I’ve totally been loving on that book lately, except for the fact that lifting totally started screwing with my hunger and now I need to figure things out again. And speaking of hunger… I just finished dinner but that crepe and cake are calling to me…

  6. Tara July 8, 2011 at 7:45 PM #

    Woohooo you’re back! Even if your runs were off this week, you’ll be back to normal really quick, especially now that your foot issue is getting better!
    I just bought NROL tonight! I’m excited to read it. I’ve never seen racing weight before, but it looks interesting.. definitely review it if you get it. I have an insatiable appetite for running books. I read a review of the “run less” book on meganerd runs a really long time ago.. I can’t remember what she thought though.

  7. trailroadcrosscountrytrackrunner July 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM #

    What’s weird is I usually hate reading, but I really like books about running! Definitely do a review on racing weight…I’m looking into getting it.

  8. Jessica Rose July 8, 2011 at 9:16 PM #

    I feel like I need to buy NROLFW if I want to fit in. Holy peer pressure. ha Let me know how it goes over for you!

  9. Allie July 9, 2011 at 3:07 AM #

    I recommend The New Rules of Lifting! I just got it in the mail and it is a good book 🙂

    I def. Have issues with spending money! I always spend it on coffee ad books and running clothes haha

  10. Sweet Cheeks July 9, 2011 at 9:16 AM #

    I need to get that book!! I feel like i’m only one who doesn’t have it. Tell me how it is! And i totally relate to being impatient for things to come in the mail. I love online shopping, but come on…don’t they know I need things NOW?!?

  11. Jess July 9, 2011 at 7:52 PM #

    Emma Watson is so gorgeous!!

    GIRL–you just can’t stay off the road/track 😉 that ripped class sounds fantastic!!

  12. moveovercelery July 10, 2011 at 11:37 AM #

    I would be so intimidated to go to a class called RIPPED..paha, especially if it’s all caps. I guess they’re serious.


    • lifttorun July 10, 2011 at 4:02 PM #

      Ahahah. It is in all caps. I don’t know why I find that so funny now.

  13. runningperspective July 10, 2011 at 11:51 AM #

    i wanna get that lifting book…let me know how ya like itttt
    and your so freaking fasttttttttttttttttttttt own ittt

  14. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate July 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM #

    OMG I love calzones. I need one ASAP!

  15. Tessa @ Amazing Asset July 10, 2011 at 4:50 PM #

    I have seen that lifting book all over the blog world recently, I think I need to go buy it NOW! I also have heard of that running and weight book, let me know if you decide to read it!

  16. Carolina @ Peas in a Blog July 10, 2011 at 5:32 PM #

    I recommend Run Less Run Faster, read it a few weeks ago & it’s got a lot of great info in it!

  17. Lisa July 14, 2011 at 9:05 AM #

    Watching Tour de France is VERY inspiring! It’s making me think I can actually do the Portland Century next month…. 🙂

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