Monday, August 18, 2014

Low Miles, a Little Cross Training, and Everything in Between

Well, another training week has came and gone (it has been by far my worst week of training). Thing just didn't fall were I wanted them to this week and partly do to  my lack of motivations( the other part medical). I did start the week out optimistic and then it just quickly unraveled (short story I just let things get in my way). I know these types of weeks are going to happen from time to time but I must confess my inner Negative Nancy has surely gotten the best of me this week. "This next will be a better one and I'm going to get the miles in ," I have to keep telling myself this when I get down on myself. Now, I just have to stop wishing for it to happen and start working for it.

Here,  a little look at how my week went.

I got a great 4 miler in with one my best sole sisters. It's always an awesome time when we get to run together.

Doctors appointment and Story/Library time with my kiddos

I tried out this awesome medicine ball interval workout and
 it had me working up a sweat super quick. Here's the link if you would like to
check it out { Medicine Ball Workout }

I had planned on running with a friend but it got cancelled..
 So, I just couldn't motivate myself to get out there and run (epic fail on my part!).

I had another Doctors appointment were they did an Echo done and got  hooked up to
this bad boy for 48hrs (So, there went my weekend long run!). It was also back to school 
night for my kiddos and I got to meet their teachers

Since my long run was out of the equation I just hung out with my kiddos and then that evening we all went ice skating for the first time. I think we will be spending a lot of time at the rink from know on. It was a great workout and the kid had a blast (aren't those little walkers the cutest). 

No Run or Cross Training 
(just couldn't make myself get out the door) 
I did work on this blog post and watched my kiddos play n the pool :0)

Well, in the words of Porky Pig "That's all Folks!" for this last week anyways, lol.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read my post.

So, what kind of cross training have you been doing?
Have you ever had a really bad training week? 

Happy Running,

Amanda :0)

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Tough and Busy 2 Weeks

Okay, I know it's been 2 weeks since the last time I posted and  I'm already falling behind on keeping my blog updated. Please be patient with me it's been a crazy busy and tough 2 weeks but hopefully things will settle down now some at least. 

So, let me start with the tough stuff first. Last week I went to the cardiologist to just get checked out since I have been having some heart flutters since about February. So, now I am waiting on further testing and result to see what is going on with me.. They are thinking I have a dual electric system in my heart (a normal heart only has one electric system and they think mine may have an extra one) and that's what is causing my flutters. The doc did say I have been cleared to run (for now :0/ ) since the flutters only happen when I'm resting. Well, I have been taking it easy on my runs but my long run have me struggling because I'm over thinking everything I'm feeling (I hate not knowing exactly whats going on with me.). It has me really down that my training season is already off to a bad start but I know my health is an important part of me even being able to run so I need to take care of myself..   

Well, here's a few pics of some of the thing I've been up to the past to weeks...

Got to run the streets in downtown OKC with my love.  My pace wasn't where I wanted it to be but it was a lot of fun to explore the downtown on foot. Plus,I found I really cool library I want to take the kiddos to now..

 My hubby spotted this awesome saying on our downtown run
 and I had to get my picture taken with it
(I couldn't help my self I just had to photo shop it) .

 Now, this is my idea of a post long run meal (yum!).
 "Breakfast of Champions!"

 I got to take my little man on a little rundate. 
It's so much fun to run with him.
So, who said runners have to have ugly toe nails?
I thought mine turned out cute for an at home pedicure, lol. 

Oh ya, I didn't take a picture of my long run this past week. I had a really bad run and was not happy with  myself at all.. I feel like I have been in a slump these past 2 weeks and I can't get out of it. I know I should be proud that I got out there and put the miles in the bank (it's just hard for me to get down on myself. Honestly, I'm  a" Negative Nancy" because I'm really bad about negatively talking to myself.). Oh, I've been slacking on my cross training too. I have a hard time making cross training a priority but I need too.

So, how is your training or running going?

So, are you a "Negative Nancy" when you are having a tough run or are you someone that looks on the bright side?

Happy Running,

Amanda :0)

Monday, July 28, 2014

I'm Back and It's Training Season Again!!

Hello, Hello my running friends!!! I'm back (well, technically I was never gone from running just blogging) and I am kicking off a new training  season, EEK and I'm going to try really hard to keep this blog current (fingers crossed)..

 Well, let me catch you up on what I've been up too.. I left you hanging 3 weeks out from my 2 second half marathon (OKC Memorial Marathon). This was been my best Half so far I set a new PR at 2:06!!! The OKC Memorial Marathon is such a meaningful race and very well organized.. Since then I have ran several super fun 5Ks (a few were vengeance runs), I placed 1st (age division) in my very first 10K(Woo Hoo!!, and I have ran both Tulsa/OKC again..

So, now that I have you all caught up on what I've been up to over the last year.. Let me tell you about what I'm up to currently. I've just started  a 12 week training for the Showdown Half Marathon this will be my first out of state race and my 5th half. The Showdown Half Marathon is during the OU vs Texas game on Oct. 11th and that's the theme of the race (so,you get to pick your team and sport their team colors. Your race medal will be our teams color too.). Although, I am so excited to run an out of state race I will totally miss running the Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa this year. Route 66 Marathon is such a fun race the atmosphere is amazing and is so well organized.. Well, here's a peek at my training plan (the first 8 weeks of it)..

I took several plans and created my own plan. I'm really going to try to incorporate more cross training this time around too (cross training is my totally down fall.. I can never stick with it).
Here's how my first week went:

{Had a long rundate with my hubby}
{Had to celebrate the first day of the training season
by sporting my 13.1 in training head band }

{actually ran a hole in my sock on my long run.
I guess I need to go sock shopping}

Miles Logged: 12 miles
Workouts: Yoga, Paddle Boarding, and Arm Challenge  

Who's training for an upcoming race?
Do you use a pre-made training plan or do you create your own?

Happy Running,

Amanda :0)