Life Lately

May 31, 2013

There's a lot to catch up on so I'm organizing the post with headings for fun and starting with my workout!

Today's Workout
Today's workout was ballet body fusion, another class at my gym. Yes, I'm obsessed with the gym! It has different ballet exercises mixed with Pilates. The best part is that non-dancers are welcome (that's me) so I can go without judgement. Or hoping that there's no judgement. There were a bunch of leg workouts and some arm weights. So. Many. Squats.

Training Program
Because I'm running my first marathon in November I want to be careful not to run too much or too little. I got organized the other day- I bought a calendar, printed out my running schedule and wrote in each day's workout for 26 weeks. My program is a 26 week program but there are other ones that are longer or shorter. Training officially starts July 1st so I've been trying to find a half to sneak in before then. It's usually hard to find half marathons during the summer but I finally found one! I've been wanting to try a double half for the past couple of months so June 15 and 16 I'll be running that!


My Lunch, just because.
And here's what I ate for lunch. Not shown: a bowl of cookies n cream ice cream :)




Going Social
You may have noticed RunSaraRun is going social. On the left hand side of the page if you scroll down a bit you'll see Instagram and Pinterest links. Those are still a work in progress but I hope you'll follow along.

Workout Video
I used to find youtube videos for different exercises to do but then that all changed when I got a gym membership and now use the classes as weight//leg//arm workouts instead. But for those who don't have a gym I'm posting one of my favorite workout videos. This girl has a bunch of other videos called POP Pilates all on youtube. They are short workouts, but you'll feel the burn. Hope you enjoy!



Happy Friday!!

Two- A- Day

May 30, 2013

Thursday's Workout:  
       5.5 mile run
       F.I.T/ 60mins

My Garmin ran out of battery before I started my run so I just ran with a watch for time and used map my run to see how far I ran. While I was out running, Kathleen rode the indoor bike.

Then Kathleen, my younger sister, and I went to the gym for a F.I.T. class at the gym. It stands for Functional Integrated Training and the description read "Challenge yourself beyond traditional strength training with this advanced, total body functional strength training class. We will challenge your muscular endurance as well as balance and coordination by moving through all planes of motion with multi-joint and compound exercises." All I got from that is it's a strength training class. It was tough but we worked through it and pushed ourselves. 

Runner's Tips

May 28, 2013

Today's post is about running tips. If you are a beginner runner or want to start adding running into your workout routine, I hope you'll learn something new in this post!


Tip 1. So you want to start running? That's great! But first, you need the right shoes. Not your old tennis shoes from high school, not cheerleading shoes, and definitely not your sisters shoes. 

I recommend going to a running store and asking for help with fit, feel, comfort, etc. Most running stores have people who have that job so you don't have to stare at the walls. 

Tip 2. After you have your new shoes you're ready to run. Warm up to increase breathing slowly. This can be walking for the first few minutes, jogging for the next, then getting in to a solid run pace. Don't do too much too soon. Start with a mile or so and add on one mile each week or every other week. After you finish your first run cool down, jog it out a bit then walk. Stretch after. Stretching is key so you won't be so sore the next day. As you are just starting running you should slowly work your body into this new routine. Watch the video below for ideas on stretches to do before or after you run.



Tip 3. Make sure you have good form. Your chest should be upright, not bent over. When you run, your heel should strike the ground first. Don't worry about your pace, distance, or being out of breath on your first run. Just have fun and know you're doing great. 

Tip 4. Make goals and have patience. Ideas for goals are: run your first 5k, run two miles without stopping, run more to keep in shape. Whatever your goals may be keep it in mind to keep you motivated. It will take time, but if you keep running regularly you will reach your goals! 

Straight from the Pool

May 26, 2013

This morning was the last time I'll play orchestra regularly for the next few months. Orchestra has the summer off and I'm taking off next semester so I can focus on school, marathon training, and my job too. Marathon training takes a lot of time and since I really want to run it this year I had to choose which things I would have to temporarily put off. 

You may (*should) have noticed I changed the look of my blog. I loved redesigning it myself! After hours of sitting down and focusing only on the blog, I learned how to customize it without having someone do it for me. I may or may not have run all over the house showing everyone in my family the new look, and shared it to Facebook and Instagram... but hey, if it took me three hours I want at least one person to appreciate it. 

Workout today was swimming laps. My sister's and I went to the gym and had a photoshoot swam really hard. We are still following a beginners swim workout since it's only the second day of swimming ;) Workout was:
6x50s warmup
2x100s swim
8x25s sprints
2x50s cool downs


As seen on Instagram. 

And now that I've been trying to perfect this blog all day, I'm done. Happy Sunday!

Running Our Own 5k

May 25, 2013

This morning my family and I were supposed to run a 5k but thunderstorms and flash floods aren't the ideal running conditions so the run was cancelled. We were disappointed we couldn't race but we had a sweet friend over (who was going to run with us) so we enjoyed her company, we got to sleep in late, and we got to enjoy a big family breakfast. 


For those who don't know, my family is very competitive. Last night my dad was saying we would all be looking at his shoe soles the whole race while my younger sister was saying he was just an old man and we would lap him while I was saying I was going to win that cash prize. Maybe it was good the race was cancelled because someone would have probably end up hurt. 

I had the mindset of taking the day off but my family was heading out for a run and I can't just sit around while they run so I went too. Note to all, gushers are a terrible "pre race" snack.  The sun was out by the afternoon so we raced each other as we made our way around the 3 mile loop. 

Rain may cancel a 5k but it isn't slowing down this family of runners!

Just keep swimming.

May 22, 2013

Yesterday after my seven mile run in the morning I got breakfast and did a few things around the house then we went to the gym to swim laps. 


Last year I trained for a duathlon (swim and run) so I took one of the beginning workouts that I had and followed it. 

6x 50m warmup swim
1x100m moderate swim
8x 25m hard swim
2x 50m cool down swim


Up next, a 5k on saturday for my family. we learned there is a cash prize for the overall winner so the competitiveness in us says we will win. ha im kidding. oh wait, no im not.

Namaste

May 13, 2013

 Workout:
       3 mile walk
       Hot yoga/ 75mins


I normally stick to running every day because I enjoy it so much but before marathon training starts in five weeks I want to get in more strength training and cross training. These types of training are important for endurance runners and to be able to run 18 miles (and more) I will need a lot more strength.

Cross training has numerous benefits such as training opposing muscle groups, reducing risk of overtraining or injury, speed recovery, and reduces burnout. It also helps increase lean muscle tissue, boost metabolism at rest, and prevents muscle loss.

With how much I'll be running when marathon training starts I don't want to overdo it now. So I'm taking a few days off of running and trying different things at the gym. My goal for the next few weeks is to do more yoga/ pilates, weights, and cycling.

a run and a smoothie

May 12, 2013

Todays Workout:

     6 miles at a slow, easy pace


I haven't made a smoothie in awhile so I think I failed the one month smoothie challenge. Whoops. I'm still making smoothies, just not regularly, so that has to count for something.. Today's smoothie wasn't an appealing color so I've edited black and white for viewing purposes :) However, it was yummy!

Ingredients: almond milk, orange, mango, banana, blueberry, spinach.



What do you put in your smoothies?

Getting Crafty

May 9, 2013

Another blog I like to read recently had a blog post about race bibs. She says that she throws away her race bibs and asked what other runners did. I normally keep all my bibs in a drawer but recently started scrap booking them to keep my 26 half marathons before age 26 goal stored somewhere.

Okay, so maybe my "scrap booking" means throwing pictures in a book.
I'm not artsy... that's why I run.


I found this cute medal hanger online that I'm looking into ordering. 

The Sisters Who Race

My sisters + I ^^    
My older sister is married and lives in another state but we call and face time all the time so it's like she still lives here. Kind of... I wish... Last weekend my sisters and I all had a race. We didn't realize it was sisters racing weekend until we were on the phone talking about weekend plans.

My younger sister had her regionals track meet. She placed 3rd in the 2 mile and 1st in the mile so it is on to state for her. I can't wait to cheer her on this weekend!

My older sister is in half ironman training and signed up for a splash n' dash. She swam 500m and ran 2 miles. She placed first in her age group! Only she can swim and run and still look good for finishers pictures.




And I had a half marathon. I didn't take many pictures so here's a repeat.. My bad


We are the sisters who race and we all placed first! I love that we all love racing and can support each other. Because sisters who race together, stay together. Yeah.. I just made that up.

Racing is almost as exciting as this fuel belt!

Recipe: Blueberry Muffins

May 8, 2013

These gluten free blueberry muffins were so delicious I decided to share the recipe.
My family makes them gluten free. In order to do so we use a combination of almond flour, tapioca flour and potato flour, and 1 cup of brown rice flour. 


Ingredients:

2/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar (sugar in the raw)
3 eggs
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon salt 
1 cup milk (we use almond milk)
1 can blueberries, drained

Directions:

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. 

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. 

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. 

Add the dry ingredients alternatively with milk. 

When well blended, add the blueberries. 

The mixture will keep in the fridge for two to three weeks. 

Bake in greased muffin tins at 375 for 15 to 20mins.

Race Results

Yesterday I felt really tired/sore. Besides taking a way-too-early-in-the-morning final, I slept most of the day. I guess that's my body's way of saying "slow down!!" I knew I had increased milage and training last month but didn't realize how much I pushed myself until yesterday. I'm not feeling 100% from Saturday's half but I went for a short walk today. Finals week also isn't helping..

I don't plan on running until the end of this week. It's better to recover than face an injury. My motto for recovery week is eat, sleep, repeat. Eating mostly healthy (except for that dominoes pizza and side of cinna sticks.. whoops) and sleeping (a lot). 

The race director of I Ran Marathons posted some race photos on facebook and emailed the race results from Saturday's half. I got a shout out!


Sara – overall winner of half marathon with time of 1:42 at age of 20! Way to go.

"Sara you rocked the course, very proud to have you in my race."


To the boy I beat behind me, please don't cry ;)
I'm totally joking. 
I may not have been able to get out of bed yesterday, but hey I won!

Thank you for a great race and great support group!
I look forward to running another I Ran Marathons race soon!


Recovery Week

May 6, 2013

The last half marathon I ran in March I didn't know what recovery meant. I took one day off then started running again. My legs hurt and my runs were slow. I read on one of my half marathon training plans that one to two weeks after you finish a half marathon is where you rest and cross train but don't begin running until the end of the week. Good to know.

So, this week is recovery week after Saturday's half marathon.

Sunday: rest day
Monday: 25mins easy bike
Tuesday: rest day
Wednesday: short walk 

I had been following a beginners half marathon training plan for a couple of months but printed out an intermediate half marathon training plan to be under an hour and forty minutes at my next race! 

Half Marathon #2

May 4, 2013

My morning started bright dark and early at 4am. Which I didn't mind since I don't sleep well the night before races anyways. Just like at the Alamo 13.1 I did in March, I had never heard of this race before. The race name is I Ran Marathons and they have a five day marathon challenge to complete in three days. There were different days/times you could run a number of distances but I chose Saturday's (todays) half marathon.

My younger sister took the foam roller with her to her regionals track meet so last night I had to "foam roll" with a soup can. Hey, it worked just the same.

Make-do foam roller


The race started at 6am. 
Rather than an expo, because the event is small, packet pickup was at the location at 5:30am. I thought I knew where I was going so I got a quick, small breakfast and headed out. I ended up getting lost. And since it was 4:45am I had no one to call and I couldn't see (except maybe a street light). My GPS said I was "at my destination" when I was sitting in a walmart parking lot. Needless to say I panicked and started crying thinking I was going to be late and miss my race. 

The location was behind the walmart parking lot, so after driving around trying to figure out where I was I realized I was five inches from the location the whole time. 

As seen on Instagram @runsararun
I had originally planned to wear just my new Lululemon tank and shorts to the race. However, it was 45 degrees this morning in May so I added a jacket and my pro compression socks. They say you shouldn't wear new gear, or take new gels, or do anything new for that matter.. but I did. These Lululemon speed shorts worked great. I love that Lululemon is both cute and comfortable! I also tried a new gel which was coffee flavored, I think, but I didn't like the taste.




One of my sisters, Liz, came to watch me run. This race was an out and back trail race. So that meant I ran the 6.5 mile loop twice. Luckily, trails meant pavement under trees rather than rocks, obstacles, and loose gravel. This wasn't really a viewing race since the trails were small and there wasn't a place for people to stand and cheer except for at the start/finish which was at the entrance to the trails. I didn't think she would see me much so I told her not to get there at 6am. She decided to come around 7:30am when I would be finishing up.

I got a sign and everything!
Even if she was holding it upside down without realizing it I still understood the message ;)



I'm bad at estimating but I would say less than 20 people were at the race. Which is tinyyy but good because then I wouldn't have to fight my way around runners.

The first three miles were pitch black and I was running alone. I checked my pace and my garmin said I was averaging 8:45 per mile so I just took that and kept going. I told myself to have fun even if I didn't beat my previous time of 1:45. I couldn't figure out where the other runners were but when I reached the 3 mile mark and turned around I found them all. Most of them were doing the full marathon so of course they weren't going my pace.

I did a body check at mile six after I finished the first loop and couldn't feel anything. It was so cold and I'm a wuss when it comes to cold. Might as well take advantage of not being able to feel your legs right?? My watch said I was averaging an 8:15 for the first 6 miles and I was feeling good so I decided I was going to try running less than 8 minute miles for the next 6 miles.

I ended up with a PR of 1:42 averaging 7:46 per mile! When I finished the race director said "Congrats! You're halfway done!" I was like what. Then realizing what she was talking about I said no no I'm only doing the half!


And I got this cool finishers medal. 2 half marathons down, 24 to go.



After a two hour nap I made some coffee (at noon) and a feast, I mean lunch.
All I can think about is going to sleep.
And about when my next race will be :)

13.1 finished!

This morning I ran the I Ran Marathon May Flowers Half Marathon. I'm really happy with how it went! I'll be posting a full recap of the race later but for now I'm enjoying relaxing recovery time :)


Check back soon for more on the half!

Race week updates.

May 2, 2013



Tuesdays workout was a 3 mile easy run.




















My rest day this week was supposed to be friday but yesterday after a long day at school and not feeling well, I wasn't up to working out so I took the day off and treated myself to a manicure instead. However, it was the last day of classes!! Too bad that means finals next week..

It was a windy/cold run this morning which I didn't mind because then I could wear my pro compression socks during my run without getting hot ;) I took it really slow and did an easy two mile run.

Now to go celebrate my birthday!
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