So, I did it. Sometimes by wearing two outfits in one day...but that meant I was doing two workouts, so I feel like it counts. Ready for #21-#30? Good, me, too:
#21 - Labor Day
| I hope you realize this is not a buffer, |
short-haired, tall version of me.
|This nice guy wanted to bike 11+ miles for Labor Day. |
He's cute, so I went for it.
|#11: Tee - Nike, sports bra - Champion, |
running skirt, Champion, shoes - Nike
|Me looking sweaty and labored after the ride|
#22 - Be prepared for a Castle-worthy use of irony. I determined to train for a fall half-marathon since I felt a summer half would require running in the heat of summer and would not be too fun. Ironically, this year was one of our (shortest and) latest summers. Ever. So the hottest week of the year coincided with the most intense week of my training. I decided to be super awesome/stupid, and wore all black for one of these hot runs. I felt REALLY slow (physically and mentally).
|#12 - training run on the hottest day EVER; |
black tee - Nike
|Black Dry-Fit capris - Nike, shoes - Nike|
#23 - Commuter/Recovery Run
|Sports bra - Champion, tank - lululemon|
|Capris - Old Navy, shoes - Nike|
|Saw this on a bridge on my way home - cute!|
|And then I saw these.|
|"Recovery run" is obviously code for |
"stop and eat a ton of blackberries
I somehow made it to the clubhouse in our complex and dashed in to the restroom. Good thing there were no small children in Pull-ups or pregnant ladies in my path.
Then I decided that I could totally run a little longer...which worked out awesome since the clubhouse comes with a mini-gym.
|Me feeling much better post-potty break. |
Note the fan cheering me on.
Somehow, I made it, using those killer sport wipes, and a quick 10 minutes of seriously challenging weight-lifting moves. Obviously you are dying to know what I ate as well. Protein, iron, whole grains, H2O, plus necessary replenishing of the salt I sweated away. You're welcome.
#24 - Wicked Witch of the West
I cycled to and from work. Which is impressive for me. It's only a couple of miles, but somehow hills that I don't mind running are REALLY not cool on a bike. I kinda wish I had the awesome evil theme music from Wizard of Oz playing while I rode. It would motivate me. Or turn my skin green. One of the two.
It was kinda fun because Friday is date night, so I biked over to the mall after work and met the hubby, who had biked to work as well. We went and used our Oh! Chocolate groupon and sat and talked...right near the bench where we first talked about the fact that our relationship was probably headed for marriage. Fun walk down memory lane. Then we biked home together (he went slow for me - that, folks, is true love).
|Top - Nike, sports bra - Nike, |
pants - Express, shoes - Nike,
bleary eyes - long week
We got home from work and I still hadn't done my training run for the day. I was starting to panic because I had not followed the training plan from Fitness magazine ABSOLUTELY PERFECTLY and since I'm a spreadsheets/planning/freakout kinda girl, I determined this meant I was in no way ready for the half and could never possibly be. Ever.
My husband is a smart man and told me to go ahead and go for my run. It's really nice being married to a personal trainer who knows how to handle crazy panicking women. Or at least, me.
So, guilt relieved (I hadn't wanted to cut date night short) and the latest copy of Runner's World in hand, I went for my hour-long run on the aforementioned clubhouse treadmill and had a killer run.
|Tee - Nike, sports bra - Nike, |
shorts - Brooks, shoes - Nike
#26 - Weights and Wings
I LOVE Saturday workouts. It's pretty awesome to sleep in and still get to start your day at the gym. Everyone seems to be in a good mood, and a lot of folks are STILL sleeping in, so you don't have to share equipment and you can take your sweet time about it. I did abs, back and biceps (my fave), the elliptical, and yoga. SOOO relaxing.
|Headband - lululemon, tee - Fall City Days 5k, |
sports bra - Nike, capris - lululemon, shoes - Nike
|I got some Peach Tea/vodka something or other. |
Perfect for a hot day.
|The famous wings...not my thing, but pretty good|
|I would seriously eat caprese every single day.|
#27 - Longest Long Run!!!
Jared and I don't usually get to train together, but we try to do our long runs together on the weekend. We decided for the longest run of our training plan to head over to Redmond and run the Sammamish River Trail. We like avoiding traffic and stoplights and car fumes, plus the trail is just plain gorgeous to run along...AND they have bathrooms and water fountains along the way.
We stopped at the Redmond Town Center Starbucks to fuel up...and carefully avoided too much fiber (see #13).
|Pumpkin cream cheese muffin and |
yummy baby food fruit thing.
We warmed up pre-run with jumping jacks, body-weight squats, and walking lunges. I hardly ever do a real warm-up, but whenever I do, I feel like it makes a big difference. I should do it more.
|Headband - lululemon, top - Nike, |
Dry-Fit capris - Nike, shoes - Nike Free!
We had a GREAT run. It's a fun thing to do as a married couple, since Jared loves doing things together as a team and I love talking. This way, we're both happy! I'm also finally getting faster, so it makes me glad to know that Jared's actually getting a decent workout on our runs these days. Our speed was totally on pace for our sub-2-hour goal. Woohoo!
#28 - Yoga
Pretty chill...woke up and did yoga before a long day of work. It's a stella way to get blood flowing and muscles working without getting all sweaty and gross. It also gets your brain in gear and really starts your day off on the right foot.
|Jacket - Everlast, |
sports bra - Champion,
capris - lululemon
#29 - Rolling Hills
Another instance of cramming health and fitness into a tight schedule. Worked late and had to really kick my butt out of the office and out onto the pavement. The nice thing (or not so nice thing) about Bellevue is that you can run some serious hills without having to go out of your way. At all. It makes you really sweaty, but hey, at least you're outside and not staring at a computer screen. In addition to hills, Bellevue is crammed with parks. I did some speedwork at a tiny one, and then headed to the big pretty one near the mall for some additional mileage. I finished up on the treadmill at work and then hit the weights for 15 minutes. I keep reminding myself that something is better than nothing (especially when it comes to pushups).
|Sweaty Meghan: tee - Nike, sports bra - Champion, |
capris - Express, shoes - Nike
|Me and the nice guy|
I CAN EXPLAIN!!!
Since we are doing a lot of commuting by bike or on foot these days...and we are heading into the longest season of the year (rain), we realized we'd each need some sort of running jacket to fend of wind and drizzle.
We were admiring super cool, super pricing jackets at lululemon. But it would've been the jackets or our kids' college.
We went with college and hit up the Nike outlet instead. Jared actually ended up ordering his online since the outlet didn't have his size on hand. Pretty cool though, right?
I haven't worn mine yet, but it's adorable and super light-weight...and cost about 1/4 of the lulu jacket. $35 instead of $100 plus works for me.
|See? Tags still on!|
#30 - What's All that Racquet?
My dad and I talked my mom into joining us on one of our racquetball dates. She was a super good sport and surprised me with how well she played!
To give you an idea of how good my dad is, my mom and I (as a team, getting 2 serves to our team for every 1 serve of his) only beat him one game out of six. By two points.
Still, we had a killer time and I even ended up with a minor concussion from getting clobbered in the noggin by a rogue ball. Now I'm obviously a serious player and other court-comers will be deeply intimidated by me.
|Me and my cute mom!|
This challenge really un-bored me with my current set of workout gear, and kept a tight watch on my budget. I also got a good sense of what I do need next time I'm shopping for workout clothes/gear, and I stayed motivated to keep logging sweat. All in all, I think this was a success.
Thanks for tuning in, and happy Monday!