#THSGetsFaster Week 4

 Posted by at 2:00 pm  fitness
Jun 292015

In the spring of 2015 I set out with a goal to get speedy, aiming to PR each of the common race distances I’ve crossed the finish of thus far [5K, 5-mile, 10K, 15K, half marathon]. I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to train strong.  Up first, I’m chasing the train to 5K PR city – currently at 29:35.  This is week four.

Monday 22 – Sunday 28 Monday 29
Total Miles Planned: 19
Total Miles Ran: 19, though I spread them out much differently than prescribed on the prewritten plan


Favorite Run: This is a toss up between a really strong speed workout and what I’m calling my “make-up run.”

Speed workout was 400 repeats with a walking recover, which were prescribed at 8:45 or better pacing and I clocked 8 of them in sub 8 minute pacing.  YEAH BUDDY did that feel good. 

My “make-up” run was the last run of the week that I planned to do this weekend, but after a sick Benson T. Cat took much of my attention [and honestly, not so much #fightworry power – I was/am a mess] I never managed to get myself out the door until Monday mid-day.  I’m totally still counting it as last week and plan to hit all four of my runs on the schedule for THIS week Tuesday through Sunday.

The run itself wasn’t anything special. I had 4 miles of run a mile, walk to recover, repeat on the plan and I also had an errand to run that was a little over 3 miles away.  I walked about a mile to warm up and then started my repeats.  I hit my errand destination half way through my 3rd mile, so I paused my watched and when I finished taking care of business, talked myself into 2 complete mile repeats on the way home. 

THIS is why it was a good run. Because I did MORE than I expected to and although it wasn’t a cake-walk, I didn’t need to stop mid-mile for a break because of tired legs or struggling with my breathing and that felt GREAT. 

Least Favorite Run: I hated running so hard last Monday, when I took my booty on a nice long run to the bank to make a deposit after work.  I was tired and cranky, but I ran intervals to get it done. Sometimes I run intervals by distance [run a mile recover, for example] and sometimes, and usually this is what I switch to when I’m struggling like I was this day, I run intervals by time.

The first portion of this particular lousy run I ran 4 minutes, walked 1 minute and repeated, but the last mile was a struggle and I switched to run 3 minutes, walk 2 minutes.  I was happy to keep up with my game plans once I set them and that I got it DONE [6+ miles in totally including a mile walking warm up] but boy oh boy did I think about quitting about 100 times.


Other Workouts: Two interval workouts with Steff, one strong, one “meh” besides a strong sprinting/racing to the end finish which felt awesome.

Also, I’ve pushed all the back porch furniture to the sides and made a big space for back porch yoga and have been LOVING it. I did my favorite Ekhart Yoga for Runners YouTube video after my speed workout and then legit fell asleep during the meditative/corpse posing at the end. [I use my iPad and a speaker when on the porch.]  I’m excited to get back in the habit with this video in particular, but also trying some other sequences in my new space, too.

Listening Notes: I am in the midst of building an awesome new running playlist, mostly thanks to a mix CD full of winning songs from my pal Megan.  I have been continuing to catch up on podcasts as I ran this past week, though.  Some Nerdist eps, Extra Hot Great Minis, and a couple of episodes of Doug Loves Movies. 

Fueling Notes: Before a long run last week I tried a Honey Stinger Waffle for the first time. It was chocolate flavored and the first bite was…okay…but a bit dry. I added a smear of peanut butter which totally helped the cause; just make sure to have some H20 nearby.

I liked how easy on my stomach the waffle was and I can totally see these being useful on long hikes or trail runs. I think I’ll stick to the chews and gels for long run road-training, though. A lot smaller and easier to carry in my pocket or SPIbelt.

#THSGetsFaster Reflections: I’m really digging my running + errand collaboration I’ve got going on lately.  Getting my fitness and my business done in one swoop feels ultra-productive.  If you add in the fact that I’m also usually listening to podcasts – it’s a productivity trifecta!

My first 5K is less than 3 weeks away, and although my speed work is SPEEDY, I’m not sure my endurance level is there to keep me running speedy for 3 consecutive miles without a walking break.  I know that I can be MUCH faster when I sprint and walk to recover for a race, as I’ve proven that before and even recently in my training. We shall see how I feel after the next couple of weeks of training.

Loving Lately

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Ramblings
Jun 242015

This post is sponsored by Stoneyfield as part of my participation in the Stoneyfield Clean Plate Club.


I’ve had snapchat for quite a while, using it mostly for communicating with friends in a fun, fresh way.  There are quite a few pals who I keep in better contact with throughout the months because of our snapping to one another.  This social media medium is just another tool in my long distance friendship arsenal. 

Lately I’ve been loving following people I’m a true fan of on snapchat, too. Three of my favorites are Heather Waxman, Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean, and Katy Hill of The Girl and The Good.   [by the way, Katy has one of the most cohesively styled instagram feeds I have the pleasure of following.]  Each of their updates are inspiring, entertaining, and just downright fun.


Being a member of the Stoneyfield Clean Plate Club, I got the chance to give the new Oh My Yog! individual cups a try.  These Organic tri-layer fancy cups of creamy yogurt deliciousness are brand new to the grocery coolers and it took me a LONG time to track them down. We’re talking months of asking market staff to bring them in and venturing to other towns to search the shelves. If you can find them in your neighborhood consider yourself lucky!

Once I did track them down, it was totally worth the wait.  The three layers include a whole milk yogurt, cream top, and fruit/flavor on the bottom.  I grabbed three flavors to taste – orange cranberry, Madagascar vanilla bean, and wild Quebec blueberry.  All three were delicious, but the blueberry was my favorite for sure – I’ve been in a berry phase lately, like I am every summer, and this cup totally made the case stronger.  Getting a spoonful consisting of all three layers is definitely a perfect bite situation worth reaching for in my eyes.  

The cups and labels are totally recyclable – or even reusable; I’m using one of my cups as a paper clip holder on my desk as you read this. And on the inside of the label wrapper is a sweet “moment” which totally hits me in my soft spot heart.


In celebration of the release of Oh My Yog, the Stoneyfield Clean Plate members were challenged to talk about what brings a splash of color to our lives and I couldn’t help but think about the major #RainbowIsMyFavoriteColor phase I’ve been going through.

I’ve always had a thing for bright colors and multicolored styles, but I’ve noticed a definite gravitation to basic rainbow in the past 5 years or so of my adult life.  Maybe I’m trying to hold on to some sort of youth as I fight my way through adulthood or perhaps I just feel that rainbows best symbolize the optimism I try to cling to on the regular. 

Now that I’ve become aware of my color preference and downright embraced it, a bunch of the stuff I’ve been loving lately have been rainbow in nature, naturally.


Back to social media I’m loving lately, I somehow stumbled across this amazing account, which is on a quest to post 100 days of rainbow collections: Hey Jules Studio.  I can’t even tell you how many of the photos made me swoon as I was scrolling through the account.

I’ve been decorating different areas of my life in rainbow order over the years – a book shelf, my washi tape, lots of office color coding, and mugs on the shelf.  Jules is totally inspiring me to add some rainbow order to my day to day more often, too.

all the beers

Lately I’ve been loving planning fun birthday gifts for good friends, like this 30 beers for 30 years gift I put together for my IPA-loving friend Steff.  I went to a local beverage center – Glenville on Freeman’s Bridge if you’re local – and was happy to find probably 50+ single beers in the “build your own pack” section.  I was able to collect 24 IPAs, plus 6 other “fun summery flavor” bottles and then I got crafty.

I really loved spending several hours focused on a creative project with my art supplies – it’s been a long time since I got my DIY on!  I covered the six packs in paper and created some “30 Beers for 30 Years” birthday decorations.


I knew I had a 6-pack of Summer Flavors and I classified the other four 6-packs into West Coast, Local NY State IPAs, New England IPAs, and Big City Brews and sketched out cute labels for each pack.  I really loved the way this gift turned out, especially because Steff loved it even more than I did. Gift giving win!


I’m obsessed with HBO Go and I don’t care who knows it.  Since first logging in about a month ago, I’ve watched two series in completion [Girls and How to Make it in America] along with a handful of movies and comedy specials.  Nick and I have also started a few other HBO series including Silicon Valley and The Newsroom.

Both are good and completely different.  Silicon Valley is perfect funny and when it comes to The Newsroom – gosh I love Sorkin, but nothing beats The West Wing.  Though I will again make a plea for you to watch Sports Night if you haven’t already.  It’s available on Hulu+ and oh so good.


Other Hulu+ viewing recently includes a whole lot of reality contests of sorts.

Top Chef Season 4 – the one in Chicago with Richard Blais, Stephanie Izard, Spike, Antonia, Dale and so many other super memorable chefs.  I’m a big fan of a few of these celebrity chefs and have loved rewatching this season. I think once I finish I will keep watching the other available seasons on Hulu+. 

I’m still in the middle of my #RealWorldRewatch, but am in the middle of a season of the challenge [Free Agents, if you’re interested.] I try really hard not to put Nick in the position where he feels he HAS to watch MTV programming with me, so I have been watching this mostly when he is gone. 

I’ve also been watching Sing it On, a docu-style reality show about college acapella groups.  Yup.


And I’m still loving my weekly trips to the bar for trivia night with my team, Trivial Minds.  I can’t say enough what this new tradition has done for me this year and I’m so thankful to have had these past 6 months of drinking nights to build my friendships with my awesome teammates. 

I received product coupons from Stonyfield as part of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club; all opinions and content are my own.