Showing posts with label training. Show all posts
Showing posts with label training. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Feel the Burn...

With the seasons changing and fall officially here, not only is it time to clear out your wardrobe for coats, sweaters, tunics, and boots, but it’s time to put up the summer athletic gear and make way for some new fall/winter staples to get you through the cold months. I haven’t featured any new workout duds for quite some time now so I thought this was a great time to do so to account for those chilly mornings and afternoon temperate drops… here are some new favs to add to the collection:
Performance Fleece 1/2 Zip Jacket {via Old Navy}
Long Sleeve Running Tee {via Old Navy}
Wide-Leg Active Pants {via Old Navy}
Everyday Tank {via Road Runner Sports}
Nike Essentials Soft 1/2 Zip {via Road Runner Sports}
Asics Abby Skort {via Road Runner Sports}
All Sport Everyday Pant {via Road Runner Sports}

With that being said, make sure you're keeping your head warm with headbands and hats if you're running outside, and staying hydrated throughout your runs with water, and gels/bars/supplements for your longer runs.. I am LOVING these Grab the Gold bars made locally right here in Tennessee--they are FABULOUS and oh so tasty!
I also ran across this article yesterday from Runner's World which explains why you should incorporate long runs into your workout routine...since I am not training for a race currently, my long run this week will be 5 miles {easy peezy I know!}.
And on another topic: I am currently looking for a new pair of running shoes, perferrably Asics--yes, I am very brand loyal--any new styles out there you're loving or recommending I buy??? Mine are at the end of their lifespan and I need some new lovelies to break out ASAP!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Training Day... Week 17

This is it!! The week I have been waiting for... all the blood, sweat, and tears--well, no blood really, but lots of sweat and tears   {just wanting to sound hard core I guess!}. After last weekend's running success, I know in my heart I am ready to tackle this thing head on--don't I sound like the cheerleaders in Bring It On?? hahaha--small joke, small joke.
For this week, I am obviously taking it a bit easier on my body so I can stay relaxed and ready for what's in store on Saturday morning so this is my training one LAST TIME:
Monday: Rest Day--however, I'm stretching everyday to keep myself from getting sore
Tuesday: Ran 3 miles at a 9:30 pace this morning; did stretches and abs
Wednesday: Rest Day with stretches
Thursday: Last Run: 4 miles at a 9:45 pace; stretches; abs
Friday: Rest and eat lots o' carbs! {pasta is calling my name!!}
Saturday: The Big 13.1!!!
Sunday: The big payoff day... heading to the BEACH for a whole week!
TOTAL: 20.1. miles

Please say a big prayer for me {and all my other friends runing the race} if you can and keep your fingers crossed for no rain... The Weather Channel isn't being so friendly with our weekend forecast right now, as it is calling for scattered storms on Saturday, but I'm doing a dance and asking the rain gods to hold out until afternoon just so we can get this thing over with already!

And just because I know you're dying to know, here is my race day outfit...
even if I am covered in rain, I'll know I looked cute =)
C2 Cami via Target
Nike Running Skort via Dick's Sporting Goods
 Not to mention a little inspiration does a body good... =)


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Training Day... Week 15

The end is in sight and I am really looking forward to it...I'm not sure how much more of this my body can handle--haha!! Let me cross that finish line and I promise not to complain any more until I decide whether or not to do this next year, although I'm already leaning towards YES! 
With last week's 9-miler behind me, I am focusing on gaining my momentum back and really getting my mind right! I am so excited for April 24th and even more excited that my friends and family will be there for me to celebrate--and have lots of food and adult beverages afterwards =)
Here is my training schedule this week:
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: I ran 3 miles this morning at a 9:30 pace and did arms/abs/legs/stretches
Wednesday: workout DVD--I just bought Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred! I've heard only rave reviews about this puppy and I am looking forward to a relationship with crazy trainer herself... just need to add some different workouts into my mix before the beach!
Thursday: Run 4 miles at a 9:45 pace with stretches and abs
Friday: workout DVD
Saturday: Long Run--6 miles at a 10:00 pace
Sunday: Rest Day
TOTAL: 13 miles
*and yes, for those wondering, this means my 10 mile run will be next week--can you hear how scared I am??

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Training Day...Week 14

A mere 25 days until it's time to put my running shoes on at the butt crack of dawn and run my heart out through downtown Nashville... am I nervous? YES! am I scared? YES! I have all these emotions racking my brain day in and day out, but I know I'm going to give it my all and finish SOMEHOW... last week was a bit difficult, since I was just getting back into my groove after my small medical drama, but I completed my mileage and this week I'll be running:
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 3 miles at a 9:20 pace; arms/abs/legs
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: 5 miles at a 10:00 pace; abs
Friday: Rest Day; arms/abs/legs stretches
Saturday: 8 miles at a 10:30 pace
Sunday: Easter/Rest Day
TOTAL: 16 miles

I am officially stocked up on all my fitness gels, chomps, and beans... my dresser drawer makes me look like I an official meathead because of all the protein bars and electrolyte snacks I have-haha! P.S. the jelly belly jelly beans are my absolute fav--a must try!
Can I tell you how excited I am to go to the "Health and Fitness Expo"? From others' blogs, the fitness expos look like A LOT of fun with drawings, vendors, and TONS of information for race runners. It will be open Thursday and Friday prior to race day at the Nashville Convention Center and I get in free-wahoo!!! {something else my $95 got me-lol}.

And because we all have those days where we complain about our training and try to make excuses so we can get out of it, Runner's World published this article perfectly titled:
"Get Over It"
Morning Roadblock: You're Sleepy

"The predawn hours are challenging because body temperature and heart rate dip to their lowest point at this time," Moffitt says. "In the presence of light, body temperature and heart-rate increase, which makes it easier to be active." The carbohydrates in your last meal play a role, too. If you skipped dinner or ate fast-digesting carbs like rice, bread, or sugary desserts, your glycogen levels will be depleted, making it even harder to muster the energy to get up.

Prep for an early-morning run the night before. Eat slow-digesting carbs like broccoli, beans, and lentils. Set your automatic coffeemaker to brew before you wake. "Caffeine can help stimulate your arousal system and get you ready to run," Moffitt says. Shut-eye is important, too. If you're constantly waking up feeling exhausted, it's a sign you aren't getting enough z's. Turn off the computer and TV at least 30 minutes before you hit the sack and get blackout shades for your windows—the absence of light boosts production of melatonin, a hormone that makes you feel sleepy.


Mid-day Roadblock: Work Demands and Hunger Pangs Strike
Melatonin production is at its lowest around noon, so physiologically that's when you're most alert, Moffitt says. That means you may be motivated to continue plugging away. And your blood sugar dips, which may make you too famished or weak to run.

Schedule your run like you would any other meeting, then record your time and distance to give you a sense of accomplishment, says Steve DeVries, Ph.D., professor of exercise psychology at Cornell College in Iowa. Try splitting your lunch in two: Eat half an hour before you run, then have the rest afterward. If you're still tempted to bow out, consider this: A British study found that midday exercisers increased their productivity.


Late-day Roadblock: It's Been a Long Day and You're Beat
Mental fatigue lowers dopamine, a brain chemical that makes you feel energized. Plus, blood sugar dips again between 5 and 7 p.m.

Don't confuse mental fatigue with physical fatigue. Researchers from Bangor University in Wales report that short-term mental fatigue doesn't impact the physical function. So it's your mind—not your body—that craves downtime. And running is the perfect antidote. "Running elevates your nervous system, which increases your sense of alertness," Moffitt says. Resist the urge to skip your run by packing your gear, changing at work, and going directly to the gym or trail. Even better, join—or start—an after-work running group. Keep your energy up with a snack before your run.

Happy Training Tuesday to you all!! Get out there and enjoy the AMAZING weather this week =)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Something to Talk About...

Soooo much going on these days I don't know how I can keep up with it all... but somehow, between Outlook calendars and my handy-dandy Moleskin planner, I seem to--I assure you, this post may be be a bit bumpy and I'm going to ramble, but it's a great day and I am as happy as any girl could be so we'll just dabble in the goods for a bit...
I'm bad, very bad--Victoria's Secret knows just how to get me. Being a customer on their email list is an inconvenience when you're trying to save money, BUT, some of their bathing suits were 25% off so I decided I needed to reward myself and splurge a bit since I will be at the beach in a month--WAHOO!!
Here's my little polka dot bikini:
{**to get the discount, enter in VS25SWIM at the checkout for the offer code}
And I just HAD to add another pair of wedges to my already huge collection--oops!!
{hey, they were on sale for $29--I got the natural suede color}
And in other fun news, my friend Candice surprised Jeff and I with a FABULOUS housewarming gift: these great coasters!! Look familiar?? She ordered them from the same place I got his personalized map cufflinks... they are already coming in handy and each one represents a place we have visited together--thank you Candice--we love them!!
Last night, my friend Brittney and I had dinner at our favorite mexican locale, Las Maracas... the weather was gorgeous and I decided I couldn't eat leftovers at home so we splurged and had a girly dinner, just the two of us--living with a boy has definitely made me realize I HAVE to have my girl time =)
And I saved the best for last!! Today marks the 1 month countdown until D-Day--April 24th will be here before I know it... and even better, today was the day I OFFICIALLY REGISTERED for the Country Music 1/2 Marathon--as if my training didn't mean enough, spending almost $100 to run in a race sealed the deal on my participation this year! It feels so good to know it's getting closer and my body is getting ready to take a beating...
                                           
the course map--yikes!!
Well, that't all from me for now--back to the daily grind... I'll be back later!! Have a wonderful Wednesday friends... OXOX

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Training Day... Week 13

The number 13... not only is that my Mom's lucky number, but it's the MAGIC number in the world of someone training for a 1/2 marathon--13.1 to be exact! Tomorrow marks the 1 month countdown until the big day and my anticipation is growing... I can't wait to bust a move and have all my hard work pay off...

Yesterday turned out to be GREAT, as the Dr. told me I was A-OK to start working out again which meant a visit to the Y to get back on track, since my 20 miles didn't happen last week due to my "injury". Here is this week's training to ramp me back up again:
Monday: Ran 4 miles at a 9:41 pace; did leg stretches and ab workout
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: Run 4 miles at/around a10:00 pace
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: Run 3 miles at a 9:30 pace; abs/arms/legs
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: Long Run Day--6 miles at a 9:50 pace
TOTAL: 17 miles

This week, I am wanting to divert your attention to your legs... yes, your legs. Most of us ladies loathe them--one reason I started running was to lean out the mass that carries me around each day because it's the one problem area on my body I can't seem to fix-grrr. Runner's World posted a new video with the best workout to get long and lean legs and I fully intend to take advantage of their smarts. Yes, this exercise is easy, but I ASSURE you you'll feel this the day after so make sure you stretch properly!!


And because my mind is consumed by all things online shopping, I am allowing myself to purchase a race day outfit... we have to at least look like a professional runner, right?? Plus, I know my parents will be snapping pics the entire day so I want to look decent, sweat and all =)

Skorts are a must for me--they are THE most comfortable to run in and they don't ride up...
here are some front runners:
Asica Abby Skorts {Pacific Blue and Lemondrop} via Road Runner Sports
Women's Moving Comfort Endurance Skort via Road Runner Sports

Asics Y Back Tank via Road Runner Sports
Women's Asics Abby Shimmel via Road Runner Sports

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Training Day... Week 12!


12 weeks!!! I can't believe I have actually been doing something continuously for 12 weeks... I never thought I could stick with something so well {Lord knows I can't stick to a diet for that long}, but I know my body will be thanking me very, very soon for all the long hours I have spent running to prepare for my first 1/2 marathon.
With only 39 days to go until the BIG day, I've stepped up my game and am tackling the treadmill and outside 4 days a week from here on out {not to mention stretching and doing core exercises daily} in the hopes to amp up my pace time and come in under my goal time. Here's this week's schedule:
Monday: Ran 4 miles at a 9:40 pace
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: Run 3 miles at a 9:15 pace; arms/abs/legs
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: Run 4 miles at a 10:00 pace
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: Long Run Day {outside and in}--9 miles at a 10:30 pace
TOTAL: 20 miles!!!

This week, I am featuring some of my favorite tips and tricks I have learned {thanks in part to other runners and online}:
1. Make a goal and stick with it: Keep yourself on-track by blogging like I do, keeping a running/workout journal, talking about it with friends, etc. This is the best way to hold yourself accountable and reach your ideal goal!!
2. Run for you and no one else: You're competing against yourself, so comparing times, paces, etc. with others will do you no good! Make yourself happy and that is all that matters.
3. Crosstrain, crosstrain, crosstrain: Almost 35% of runners admit they run, but don't even step onto a bike, swim a lap in a pool, take a workout class at their gym, or lift weights. Trust me--do this! Your body will thank you for the change in routine and this will also help prevent injuries
4. Quit making excuses: Sure, we all get tired, burned out, etc., but don't let life's frustrations keep you from attaining your goals... working out releases endorphins and makes you feel better!!! Plus, what better way to reward yourself than with your favorite sugary coffee or treat from Panera =)
5. Jam out: Like I've mentioned before, my favorite playlists help me overcome my boredom, the complaints in my head, the tiredness and hurt from running all the time--find what tunes make you your happiest and stick to those songs on race day. I've got 50+ songs on my Country Music Marathon playlist and I am adding more just to make sure I have what I need to tackle the hills.
And from my favorite site, Runner's World, I give you this article from Ed Eyestone, which is all about sticking to your routine pre-race, what to do the night before/day of, and perfect pre-warmups:
The Night Before
1. Review your plan before 6 PM, think about your race strategy/pacing, and use positive mental imagery to envision yourself running strong and finishing fast. But after 6 PM, give it a rest. Rehashing scenarios late into the night can trigger the sympathetic nervous system and make sleep more difficult.
2. Check Your Equipment: lay out your gear, pin the number on your singlet, and thread the timing chip onto your shoe.
3. Fuel Up: eat a typical-size dinner complete with complex carbohydrates to top off your glycogen stores and activate the sleep centers of the brain. Although carbo-loading isn't necessary for races under an hour, carbohydrates digest easily and tend to serve as comfort foods. Eat slowly and avoid gorging yourself.
4. Set Multiple Alarms: set at least two alarms!! Don't depend solely on hotel wake-up calls or friends/family reminders—they're notoriously unreliable.
5. Keep Your Normal Bedtime: If you knock off and hit the sack too early, you may end up staring at the ceiling and inviting more stress when you don't immediately pass out. That stress can further delay sleep.
On Race Morning
1. Take a Hot Shower: A shower helps wake you up for an early start time, and passively warms your muscles, improving flexibility.
2. Eat Light: After 8 hours of sleep, your blood sugar is low. Two hours before your race, eat a breakfast that will take the edge off your hunger without leaving you bloated.
3. Stay Loose, Think Positive: As I wait for the start, I keep my muscles loose by shaking out my arms and legs. I review my race plan, remember all the awesome, consistent training I've logged, and wait for the gun.
The Perfect Warmup
Do just enough to get ready for any race distance
Jog Slowly for 15 minutes: jog at a pace that is three minutes slower than race pace
Stretch Lightly: complete the same stretching routine you do prior to track or tempo workouts
Jog Faster: run for 5 to 10 minutes at a pace that is within one minute of race pace
Add Strides: run several strides at a pace slightly faster than your expected start pace.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Training Day... Week 11

I'm back at it again this week ladies and gentlemen... another post dedicated to all things workout-related! I did extremely well last week in my running {toot! toot!} even though I was moving my life from my apartment to the new house, but I assume that was just another workout for my arms and legs. This week, I will not be running as far, though I will be running more frequently-- 4 days to be exact!
Here's what I've got to do since I'll be indulging in not 1, but 2 birthday dinners:

Monday: I ran 3 miles at a 9:40 pace then did abs/arms/legs strength training exercises
Tuesday: Rest Day {oh how I love these}
Wednesday: 4 miles at a 10:00 pace
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 3 miles at a 9:45 pace
Saturday: Rest Day...please have nice weather!!
Sunday: 3 miles at a 9:30 pace
TOTAL: 13 miles {and yes I may just have to add the .1 to make it 13.1. this week} =)

I have had a lot of blog readers email me with questions about my favorite tunes to listen while I run... this week, I am giving out one of my favorite playlists to get you grooving and moving-- as previously mentioned , I need lots of fast energetic music--no R&B slowness for me while I'm working on my fitness!

Black Eyed Peas: Imma Be
Beyonce: Sweet Dreams
Lady Gaga: Paparazzi
Silversun Pickups: Panic Switch
Daughtry: Crashed
Britney Spears: Womanizer
Timbaland f. Justin Timberlake: Carry Out
Adam Lambert: What Do Ya Want from Me
Ciara: 1,2 Step
Staind: For You
Outkast: Bombs Over Baghdad
Kings of Leon: Sex on Fire
Beyonce: Single Ladies
Incubus: Wish You Were Here
Pink: U and Ur Hand

So, what are some of your favorite songs to run/workout to??

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Training Day - Week 10

It's that time of the week again... another installment of any and all things running and workout-related--although my legs are hurting quite a bit today {for lack of stretching and my 8:45 pace last night--yea!!} but it's well worth it to me because I think I have officially become a, dare I say, runner.
After last week's slightly relaxing workouts, this week I pick up the pace again and get back to more than 10 miles--I have to admit, I enjoyed the leaniency in my runs last week, but I know I need to be back in action and gearing it up since my run is getting closer and closer with each passing week!
Monday: I ran 4 miles at an 8:45 pace; did arms/legs/abs
Tuesday: Rest Day--Predators hockey game tonight with on the glass seats--yeehaw!!
Wednesday: 4 miles at 10:00 pace; abs
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: Short 2 mile run at 9:00 pace; workout legs and arms/abs
Saturday: Long run day - 8 miles at 11:00 pace- WOWZA!

This week, I wanted to help clarify a few things for the beginners out there... I have had so many people email me and comment saying they are new to running and get confused with all the lingo/terminology so here are some helpful tips from Runner's World to get you in the know:
1. Easy Run: refers to the pace or intensity rather than distance. You should be able to carry on a conversation throughout an “easy” run. If you measure your heart rate, you would be at the very low end of your aerobic zone (60-70% of max HR)
2. Hill Workouts: involve running up an incline quickly and jogging down. Hills increase resistance and build muscular strength and increase cardiovascular conditioning
3. Intervals: refer to a designated distance run repeatedly at a fast pace with recovery jogs in between each repeat. The length and the pace of the interval varies based on the distance and time goals of the runner
4. Long Run: the highest mileage run of any given week; usually done on the weekend because it takes more time to complete. For someone training for a 5K, a long run might be 6 miles; for a marathoner, a long run might be 20. The training pace for a long run is relatively easy; usually run at about 70-75% of max HR, but should not be an easy run. Long runs help increase endurance by training the body to use fat as fuel and getting you used to being on your feet for long periods of time

And because it's on sale and TOO CUTE, here is the cutest
outfit for yoga/pilates/workout classes you'll ever find:
**couresty of NY&CC-both pieces for $42

OK Garmin-gurus, my handy-dandy gadget came last week and I am going to break it out tomorrow... only problem is I have NO IDEA how to use this mini-computer--PLEASE send any and all tips on adjusting to Garmin life because I have to master this thing ASAP!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Little Gifts Galore

Want to know why I feel SUPER special today???
Because these two little goodies arrived on my desk :

The Beautiful Garmin Forerunner 205
{I am now poor because of this baby, but I'm already smitten in love--sorry Jeff}
And for those that helped me with their comments and suggestions on the perfect watch for me, THANK YOU!! I ended up with the 205 instead of the 305 because for right now I don't necessarily need the monitor, and it was a little cheaper, too--haha!!
And a sweet HANDWRITTEN thank-you card and gift certificate to Mimi's Cafe from my friend Jennifer's mom Linda. I always decorate and paintpen Jennifer's little girl's personalized items {wood stool, apron, sand bucket, dry erase board, etc} so she sent me a sweet note and a goody to enjoy brunch on her =)

Never, never, never underestimate the power of a handwritten note!! They come few and far between nowadays, but I assure you, people don't forget when you take the time rather than sending a quick email =)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Training Day - Week 9

9 weeks in and I don't think my body has ever felt better... it could be that I am on a high from all the adrenaline, but who cares--I am actually to the point where I feel like a "real runner" and my legs can kick it into gear when I need them to.
this week, i am trying to get the majority of my cardio in early since we're closing on the house wednesday and i know this weekend will be devoted to all things painting {in a way to think positively, at least i'll get some additional arm workout in!}. here is my schedule for 2/22 -2/28:
Monday: I ran 3 miles @ 9:40 pace--completed arm, ab, and leg workout
Tuesday: rest day
Wednesday: 4 miles @ 10:00 pace
Thursday: rest day
Friday: 5 miles @ 9:30 pace
Saturday: rest day
Sunday: rest day

The past few weeks have been tips and information devoted to workout wear, running outside, other types of cardio, and stretching, but this week I'm venturing to unknown territory: the nutrition. We all need this to keep going during race day, and I have been doing my own research at local stores around town, but this article from Runner's World is a necessity to know the ins and outs of keeping our body on the track for success.

The Pack Rules: Eating and Drinking by Yishane Lee
1. Eat Before: contrary to popular belief, you need something in your stomach before a run... you need to eat at least 30 minutes prior and a good rule of thumb is a 3-to-1 carbs to protein ratio--carbs provide energy and protein with just a little fat will help it last. Popular snacks also include: peanut butter, honey on toast, oatmeal, bananas, granola, and energy bars.
2. Or Sip Something: I never knew this, but drinking coffee before running in the early morning hours can be beneficial--caffeine has been shown to boost performance during exercise. You can always do water or a gatorade, but just having something to wet your palette can really help your mentality.
3. Carry Candy: 3. If you run longer than 75 minutes, you need to refuel your body at some point. A popular new snack is jelly beans--no not the normal root beer flavored Jelly Bellys, but energy beans--I tried some this past week and the orange flavor is surprisingly tasty and nice because they're small and can fit in your short pockets. Other popular varieties include GUs, gels, shot blocks, and energy bars.
4. Drink While You're Out: For runs less than 45 minutes, water is enough. If you run longer {10K, 1/2 Marathon, or Full Marathon}, electrolytes, sports drinks, and carbs are needed to keep your body pumped. You can sip small amounts every 15 to 20 minutes. It's important to do this during your training so your body gets used to it... you can use a bottle belt to stash your drinks while you run, or map the course to know exactly where the drink stations will be.
5. Run to the Fridge: You should be eating 30 to 60 minutes after your workout. This is when you've depleted all nutrients from your body and you need to stock up again. A good mix of protein and carbs will do the trick and some good options includefruit smoothies, half of a tuna salad sandwich, etc.
6. Carb Up: The night before a race day, you should stock up on complex carbs--think pizza or pasta. You'll notice a difference the day of and your body will thank you for it... Hmmm I'm thinking I'll make Jeff treat me to a night at my favorite Italian eatery--hahahah!!! Payoff for all those long hours of sacrifice, right?? =)
7. Be Wary: The article suggests that too much meat, dairy, high-fat foods, and fiber eaten too close to your race may cause you to find the local porta-potties during your run. Note to self-- I will heed this warning and will pay attention... I do not want to look like some of those freaks who decide to forego the bathroom and just "let it rip"
8. Be Boring: Stick with what you know and don't throw any new items into your diet right before a big race. You want to avoid cramps at all costs and want to give your body what you know it needs. If you try something new, just make sure it's healthy.
9. Have Fun: Reward yourself after a big run... oh this is what I've been waiting to hear!! This will mean lots of adult beverages {yes, my race is after Lent} and desserts aplenty. Ice cream will most definitely be on my agenda, too!!!

Hope these help!!! Let me know what your favorite food/training snacks are-- happy training this week friends =)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Your Training Questions Answered

After posting my training workouts and other mindless chatter the past few weeks, I have had multiple people write me questions that I have yet to answer... I promise I have been reading your comments and I think I gathered them all so I could answer in one post--hope this helps!

Carly asked: "Do you have any workout music playlist suggestions?"
Oh do I!! I am actually in the process of making a 1/2 marathon playlist for my big day, though I am not alllowing myself to sync it on my iPod until April 24th so I don't ruin it for myself... I have to get excited somehow, right?? My best advice is to load your MP3 player with a variety of tunes... some in your face get-up-and-go music to get you excited to kick off the race, loud rock/pop when you're struggling in the middle {and yes, I am planning on this happening to me at some point}, and other favorites to keep yuor spirits up-- I'll let you know a little secret: my playlist includes lots of the following artists... Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Muse, Breaking Benjamin, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, and Jay-Z to name a few!

WestSacHoney asked: "Do you walk in between at all? Or straight running the whole time?"
Depends on what day it is--normally, I try to run the entire time, except for when I am first starting--I walk the first 1/10 mile, and then for cool down--the last 2 minutes or so. But if you have a hard time running continuously, it's GREAT to switch it up into intervals--research shows it's actually better for women to run, walk, run, walk than to run without breaks... do whatever is right for you and you'll build up to longer distance runs

Amber asked: "I am scared to try spinning - isn't is super hardcore??"
Well, that all depends on the instructor to be honest... some will have you wishing you'd never walked in the bike room, but others have a way to hook you fast, knowing you'll be back again and again for another great workout--the thing I love about spinning is that it really does compliment your other workouts and it is something different than the mundane cardio and weights I normally do. Adding a class or two to your weekly routine will REALLY pay off and your body will thank you for it come bathing suit season =)

Teresa asked: "Do you run with an iPod?"
To put it nicely... YES!! In other words, I am NOT a runner who can tune out others and focus on my breathing patterns... I must ALWAYS have my trusty iPod--and in all honesty, I have 2 so if one has a dead battery, I have a backup to rely on to keep me going

Ashley Carole asked: "I just started training for a 10k and I was wondering how you train in the cold weather?"
Training in the cold weather can be difficult for everyone--myself included--which is why I am staying inside for the most part until spring comes my way!! Although if you are brave enough to endure the cold temps, make sure your body is covered and dressed properly. Focus on dry, breathable socks, workout wear with breathable material, a hat to keep your nogan warm, and SPF to put on your face--the sun can still get you when it's chilly!!! They say to dress 20 degrees under what the actual temp is so that your body knows how to compensate for the change.

Hope these help!! Send any and all questions you have and I promise I'll try to answer them as quickly as possible =)
Good luck with all your training friends-- I can't wait to see how all your hard work pays off, too!!
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