Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Weekly Sweat Stats 6/18-6/24

         Well, it was a light week on the exercise front. My goals were 2 swim, 3 run and 2 bike. Didn't quite get there buuuuuuuut there's a reason.
          In my last post, I mentioned I went on a very relaxing mini-vacation with my best friend at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. We looked forward to the fresh & delicious food they have, poolside cocktails, and time to just hang out. The heat was a toasty 110 degrees and on the second day there, we were laying poolside and I had a bout of heat exhaustion and fainted. Long story short, the next few days were filled with a lot of water and really easy exercise.

It was hard to "take it easy" when I just wanted to get out there and train. But, I know its important to listen to your body& I was still feeling nauseous and pretty week for a few days.  I was so freaked out, that I went and got my vitals checked at the doctor also. All my levels came back healthy. I would say I am very in tune with my body, so when that happened I was just a little shaken up and wanted to double check everything.

I just did a lot of short and light running to keep stamina up, but stayed off the bike and out of the pool. No biggie! Instead of stressing about missing workouts, I knew I'd be able to get back to it soon enough. Important to take care of my health in order to be healthy!

Weekly Sweat Stats 6/18-6/24

Monday: 2 mile warm up on treadmill, 6 mile stationary bike
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: 3 mile run
Thursday: 2 mile run
Friday: 3 mile run
Saturday: 6.2 mile run (10 k time trial at a 9:11 pace)
Sunday: rest

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Weekly Sweat Stats 6/11-6/17

What a week! Things are slowing down just a teeny bit at work, stress level is decreasing, went for my first swim in about 8 years and met ultramarathoner, Scott Jurek! 

Warning: long post ahead

I finally ordered a swimsuit to use for tri training and just had to wait for it to arrive so I could test it out in the water! I made the decision to try and get in a few swims during the week, along with at least one bike ride and some running.   Mission: Accomplished.   

Monday morning my calves were really sore so I decided to walk that day just to keep loose. 

Tuesday was a group run with the VAVi AFC training group.  Remember, I registered for America's Finest City Half Marathon in August so I need to get back to training. It's funny, because I sure complained about wanting a break from running and here I am. It's so addicting!!! I was hesitant to sign up again for a training group because of $$ but am glad I did, I need the motivation! We met down near the bay and had the option of running 4-6 miles. My good friend Megan also signed up so we ran 5 miles together!  She lives a little farther away so I am excited that this will be our time to catch up on each other's lives. 

Wednesday I got stuck at work late and hoped my new swimsuit was waiting on the doorstep. It wasn't.  So I cleaned house, watched my favorite show (So You Think You Can Dance) and went to bed.  

Thursday.... the swimsuit arrived!!!  I got home from a meeting and the pool was closed 5-6pm for lane changes & cleaning.  I hopped on my bike for a ride around my neighborhood. I worked on stopping at intersections and going up and down some small inclines.  Then I got home, changed into the NEW and fabulously comfy swimsuit and excitedly nervously headed off to the pool.   I got there not even sure what to expect.  I had a swim cap, some goggles and myself. Here I gooooooooo... I tiptoed out the pool and to my relief, there was no one else swimming laps! But then I was proud afraid to show off my dusty swimming moves to the lifeguard. (Note: I have not been in a lap pool for about 8 years and even then, I didn't really swim laps)  With a stop for breathing almost every lap, I ended up swimming 30 laps. I was stoked when I finished because I knew the pool was that a lap was 22 yards, what I didn't know was that a lap is only one way across!!! Another clue that I don't know much about lap swimming.  I told myself I wanted to get to 300 yards and stopped when I thought I reached 15 "laps." Then I found out the truth and that I had swam 30 laps and 660 yards. Woohoo, I was starving a made a big ol' pizza when I got home. 
 Proscuitto, asparagus, spinach & some goat cheese hiding under there too... mmmmm

Friday was a mini workout and a happy hour turned dinner & lots of catching up with my best bud after work.  She & I have been wanting to check out Starlite, down in Little Italy, and Friday was the perfect time to do it. The mules are to die for and the food was incredible (I had two meals...yikes!)

I was really excited about Saturday's run because I found out that Scott Jurek, ultramarathoner, was coming to San Diego to promote his new book Eat and Run.  The plan was that he was going to lead a run from a running store in PB, give a talk about his journey ultramarathoning and then have a book signing. When I decided to come to this event, I did not realize we were running a 10 k straight up and down Mt. Soledad.  If you don't know Mt. Soledad, well it's a hill. Hills are not my strength, especially when we turn out of a parking lot and immediately begin to climb. Two minutes into the run, I wanted to saw off my calves. I sucked it up and ran with behind Scott as he moved from group to group, chatting with different runners. He was all about hearing people's stories and not necessarily talking about himsefl. We reached the summit of Mt. Soledad, took a few pictures and headed back down. His book is a mesh of his running journey and about being vegan. All in all, super nice guy & completely inspirational!

Getting my book signed & chatting for a few minutes
At one point, I didn't think I'd make it to the top... I did.
Looking out toward La Jolla from Mt. Soledad

After the run, I went to meet my friend Ashley to test out my new borrowed wetsuit & do my first open water swim (OWS) in the bay.  She showed me how to put the wetsuit on, where to apply body glide to avoid chafing and gave me a little pep talk about the bay water.  But, I didn't test the zipper out and it was stuck from some salt that had dried on there. The wetsuit is soaking as we speak, I know that salt will come off!!  I ended up back at the pool and swam 880 yards/ 40 laps and came home wanting to pass out. I got a little too much sun during my swim, but worked on my goal of at least 2 laps without stopping for lots of breathing. 

Sunday, I took off for a relaxing two days in Palm Springs and that was that.  Swimming, cocktails, a lot of water, some gym time and fun with my best bud. 

After all that blabbering on, here's the wrap-up.

Week of 6/11-6/17

Monday: 4 mile power walk
Tuesday: 5 mile run
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: 10 mile bike, 660 yard swim
Friday: rest
Saturday: 6 mile hill run, 880 yard swim
Sunday: relax on vacation

I am already in love with swimming. Goals for the week: 3 runs, 2 swims, 2 bike.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Grilled Grilled Cheese

What is that goodness, you ask?  A grilled, grilled cheese. sigh.

My friend and neighbor loves to grill. A few weekends ago I think he told me made every meal of the day on his BBQ. He's good at it and having fun experimenting with things to grill. So I had a bunch of leftover charcuterie that I had decided I wanted to make into "grilled" grilled cheese sandwiches.  
I tossed out the idea to Jeff and we had a new feast for dinner.
(1) Butter up your bread on both sides    (2) Piece together some amazing sandwiches
First up... brie, grilled onions and peppered beef round
Next... peppered turkey, brie and bacon. Yowza!
(Note: the bacon was also cooked on the grill)
Salami on a grilled cheese?! eeeh, why not!? 
A white wine & garlic salami and a peppered salami with brie.
Hiding in the top corner was the fourth and final sandwich... 
Peppered beef, new york cheddar and spinach
 Pop 'em on the grill
Oopsy, one got a little burned - I actually like it that way!
Then we cut them into little slices so we could try them all! Poor little burned toasties.
Dipped in homemade tzatziki. 
I wanted more...
 and more...

and more... 

The possibilities are endless here. Interested to know, if you were to create a grilled cheese sandwich, what would it be?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Weekly Sweat Stats 6/4-6/10

     I have so much to report this week!!  Signed up for some new activites and did my first few runs in my minimalist shoes.
    As I have mentioned before, I have been struggling finding my motivation lately. Work is nuts and I just can't seem to find enough hours in the day to take care of my classroom, my home and my body.  I've been so down on not having time to squeeze "me" time into my days.  Needless to say, I have been wearing my cranky panties for a few weeks now because the lack of exercise. I am in charge and need to quit complaining, and so something about it.  With what I am going to tell you next, you might think I am stretching myself thinner... but what I am doing is actually committing to keeping my life balanced!

 National Running Day is June 6th and in honor of that, I am proud to announce that I am registered for three new races!

America's Finest City Half Marathon - August 19th

San Diego Triathlon Classic - September 8th

Santa Barbara International Marathon - November 10th

It all started on June 1st and a few days later, I was signed up for 3 races and my checking account had significantly depleted.

Last year, I watched a friend of mine run the Santa Barbara Marathon and what a fabulous experience! After watching him, I knew I wanted to run SB in 2012. I committed to it June 1st. But then I heard more and more friends talking about AFC and getting pumped about training this summer. I ran AFC in 2010, it was my 3rd half marathon back then and it is a great course.   I bit the bullet and signed up!  THEN I felt super motivated and decided to do the San Diego Tri Classic in September. THIS IS MY FIRST TRI!!!!!!  wait, let's have that sink in. I am going to train for a triathlon???? I have been thinking & talking about it for a while, but was so nervous! I felt amazing and inspired after I signed up, and now I am pretty much freaking out.  I am going to swim for my first time in about 7 years this week, I'll let you know how that goes.

here's a rundown on this past week's workouts..

Week of 6/4-6/10

Monday: rest
Tuesday: 5 mile run (2 mi in minimalists, shoe change for 3 more mi)
Wednesday: 18 mile bike ride up the coast
Thursday: yoga video
Friday: core workout
Saturday: 6 mile run
Sunday:  3.5 mile run (in minimalists)

Not the most active, but more active than some people. Again, its up to me to make the changes. It's crazy how each workout can feel so different. All my runs this week felt like the world's longest 5, 6 and 3 mile runs... but Tuesday was sub 9s, Saturday was a 9:50ish pace and Sunday was 9:10s! No idea but I am working my way back in so I can go full speed ahead soon. Remember, I am trying to really take care of my legs??  I am hoping the new cross training (swim, bike & run) will help keep me healthy and a little leaner??????

Hoping to swim, run and bike a few times this week. I hope I don't need any floaties at the pool!
And if I am feeling like my head is going to explode, I will remind myself of this....

Sunday, June 3, 2012

One Stitch, Two Stitch, Red Stitch, Blue Stitch

        A few weeks ago, my friend Amanda and I had a sewing date set with my mom. We had some ideas for appliques on onesies - ties, vests, fabric doo-dads! My mom had just finished making a blanket in a wonderful Dr. Seuss fabric. Amanda & I decided to cut out some of our favorite characters and enhance white-tee onesies.  In the past few weeks, I've made about 6 more and they are super easy! 

        I am still a beginner sewer, so I don't even feel qualified to give instructions on what to do. Buy any onesies you like, find a print or pattern fabric, iron on the designs and stitch around the edges.  I just wanted to share the cute ideas!

             Something on the little bum is always cute


                   A star bellied baby!                           The Sneetches is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss stories                                      
Showing off our hard work
I also made a few tag blankets (post to come) and Amanda stitched her first burp cloth. 
It was a fun day of learning!