August 11-17: A Hike, Datenight, Longruns, and Walks with the boys.

August 11, 2014

August 11, 2014


Monday 8/11: Week 5 Day1  5 mile run. Did this one at the end of the day.

2.85 mile walk with the boys

Leg Workout at Home using zbodyfitnessinc BetterBooty program:

Glute Bridges 25lbs

Deadlifts 50lbs

Bulgarian SplitSquat: 40lbs

Glute Kickbacks with resistance band


Walking Lunges 40lbs

Sumo Squat 25lbs

Jump Squats 40lbs

Those jump squats were tough.

Ended with Piyo Drench

August 12, 2014

Tuesday 8/12: Week5 Day2 8mile progression run.  Ran on a flat course and it was so much easier.

Ended with Piyo Core .

Boys left today to go camping with their grandma for a few days. Spent the morning with them before they left. Relaxed with Ben for the day and did my run when he took a nap for work. Had some yummy sushi for dinner.

August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014

Wenesday 8/13: Week5 Day3 6mile slow run

Kid free! So what do we do for fun? Go on a 13+ mile hike by Alpine Lake. Did not plan on going so far but we missed the turn off to do the shorter loop and doubled back to it. We were feeling adventurous so we decided to do the loop anyways after already doing 6+ miles. OMG! My calves and feet ached so badly afterwards. There were some really steep climbs and soooo many steps.  The views were great and we had a good time just hanging out together. I was impressed Ben did the whole thing. Turns out he likes hiking and camping so we’ll be doing more in the future.  After a yummy seafood dinner in Fairfax. we came home, showered, and went straight to bed.

Check out pics from our hike here:

Aug 14th Date Night

Aug 14th Date Night

Thursday 8/14: Piyo Sculpt

So glad for a rest day from running. My calves were so sore from the hike, but other than that, I felt pretty good. We spent most of the day relaxing by cleaning and organizing. I got the boys’ wardrobes ready for school and we finally dropped off a the big donation pile at goodwill. We went to comedy show in the city with one of Ben’s coworkers and her husband. Josh Blue is hilarious. Ben took an overtime mid shift so I dropped him off at work right after the show. And yes, I was up at 4a to pick him up. I did piyo after I got home.

August 15/16, 2014

August 15/16, 2014

Friday 8/15: Week5 Day5 2 miles with strides at the track.

Boys came back home from the camping trip.

Calves were still sore but they didn’t bother me while I was running.  I think it helped that I ran on the track. Gio came along and played at the skate park while I ran and then did sprints. It’s probably one of the better times I’ve had with him lately.

Saturday night walk with the boys.

Saturday night walk with the boys.

Saturday 8/16: Week5 Day6 12 mile trial run.

2mile walk with the boys.

Did this on the flat bay trail. Not quite where I want to be yet with my pace but I was happy to be sub 9 and I think I did pretty good with my pacing. I had to stop for two bathroom breaks. The restrooms along this course are much nicer than the ones on the trail I usually run – meaning they flushed and didn’t stink as badly.  Legs didn’t feel as worn out as they usually do and I think not having a huge hill to climb up and down made a difference.  They did start to tighten up as the day wore on but the short walk with the boys helped to loosen them up a bit.

I was suppose to do Piyo today but I’m tired so I will see if I can make up the missed ones tomorrow since it’s a rest day for running.

Sunday 8/17: Rest Day. Spent the day relaxing, watching the Little League World Series and some football. I just wasn’t in the mood to do anything.  Kind of cranky today.  I did pretty good with my diet – just one cookie after lunch :-) Drank lots of water.

I have to adjust my training for next week since we’re going a long camping trip. I’ll be doing all the longer runs the next 3 days before we leave and keeping the shorter ones for the camping trip. We’ll be doing lots of hiking too so I’ll be staying active. I won’t have internet after Thursday so next week’s post will be a little late.


August 4-10: Changing It Up

My blogging came to a standstill once the Bikini Series ended. I haven’t even gotten around to posting results :-( I just couldn’t figure out how to balance everything and make time to sit and blog. It’s late as I’m typing this now. And it seemed like the only time I could give to my blog was late at night. Usually, I was tired and just trying to get the post typed up – like I’ll be doing with this one. Lol.  On top of blogging I was checking in on instagram, twitter and the TIU community. It was a bit overwhelming. When the Bikini Series ended, I lost my motivation to blog. I had and have so many ideas but just couldn’t find the time… or the desire to make the time.

Lately, I’ve gotten a little tired of social media. I spend way too much time just looking at all the posts on Facebook, twitter, and instagram. I was tired of posting my workouts. I posted them to help keep me accountable but I haven’t been doing that great of a job with it. I actually stopped even logging my workouts in my journal.  I never really got into a routine this summer. Having the boys home ALL summer hasn’t been easy. Diet hasn’t been the best and I’ve been feeling tired even when I sleep in – which  is every day. I just have not been on top of things.

So I want to try something new. I will be using my blog as my workout journal. Not daily but weekly. I think I will be able to stick to that much easier. Right now I am on my 5th week of half marathon training. I’ve transitioned my focus from weights to running. I am hoping to PR in my next half in October – the Rock N Roll San Jose.  I am using the Nike+ app for my training program. It’s pretty aggressive with 5-6 runs a week.  I still try to lift at least once a week with a nice and heavy leg day.  I’m also doing Piyo. I’m currently on the 6th week.  I try to follow the TIU calendar too but I will adjust when I do the workouts and use my runs for my cardio.

Here was what I did last week:

Monday Aug 4, 2014:

Aug 4, 2014

Aug 4, 2014


Gym Session:

5min max incline warmup walk

Legs Press 6×3 270lbs

Leg Press 10×3 180 lbs w/ Fwd-Bkwd Lunges in between each set 10×3 (each leg)


Sumo Squats 12×4 50 lbs

Jump Squats 15×4

Deadlift 3×3 135lbs


Weighted Glute Bridges 10×3 40lbs

Single Leg Gluet Bridges 10×3(each leg(

15 min Intervals on StairMaster

Week4Day1  5mile run

TIU BikiniBooty

Piyo Sculpt

Tuesday Aug 5, 2014:

Aug 5, 2014

Aug 5, 2014

Week4Day2 3.75 mile run – Speed training


Assited Pull-ups 8×3 16lbs

Assisted Dips 10×3 16lbs

Super Set:

Bench Press 10×3 55lbs

Incline Pushups 10×3

Biceps 21’s  x3 10lbs

Front/Lateral Raises 10×3 8lbs

TIU Hotel Workout x3

TotalBliss x2

Piyo Sweat

Wednesday Aug 6, 2014

Aug 6-8, 2014

Aug 6-8, 2014

Week4Day3 6 mile run

2 hrs of Volleyball – I actually played setter for 4 games.

Piyo Core

Thursday Aug 7, 2014:

Week4Day4 3 mile run

Piyo Drench

Friday Aug 8, 2014:

Week4Day5 5mile run

Saturday/Sunday Aug 9-10, 2014:

Aug 9-10, 2014

Aug 9-10, 2014

Saturday – Week4Day6 12 mile run

Sunday – 4 mile walk with the boys

Piyo Strength Intervals and Buns


As you can see, my workouts kind of tapered off as the week went on. By Wednesday, I was pretty tired and tried to save my energy for my runs. I was sore from my Tuesday workout all week! I usually do any missed TIU workouts on Sunday but I decided to combine Sat and Sunday’s Piyo workouts since my legs were dead from my long on Saturday. Piyo is a pretty good workout and doing two of them back to back was tough.

For the most part, I was happy with my runs.  These 6 run weeks are tough. Starting at the opposite end of the trail for my long run helped.  Not that putting the big hill in the middle of my run made it any easier but it did make it easier for me to really pick up my pace for my last mile.

I will still have a post on my BikiniSeries results – hopefully sometime later this week. I will try to have my weekly workout posts up by Sunday night (fingers crossed).



Bikini Series Day55

June 21/22, 2014


Saturday –
Pink Flamingo x2
2min plank

M1: banana
M2: grapefruit
M3: north shore garlic shrimp/broccoli
M4: PerfectFit bar
M5: salad and 2 slices of pizza

Workout – 6mile run
M1: banana
M2: eggs
M3: perfect fit bar
M4: veggies straws
M5: left over NorthShore garlic shrimp/broccoli/Brussel sprouts/ cauliflower

Saturday was a long day of baseball with a tournament for Gio. Luckily, the field he played on was right across the street from the bay trail so I could do a run while his team warmed up. Did 2 rounds of Pink Flamingo when we got home from his first game.

Dinner was at a pizza place after the second game. I had a very small salad but was still hungry. I had two slices of pizza. Luckily the slices were small. Not the best way to end the bikini series but I didn’t overdo it so I’m happy.

Did my long run on Sunday. It went well. My ankle is doing a lot better. The soreness is almost completely gone. I have more mobility with it.

Didn’t have time to take after pics so I will get to it during the week. I’ll do a post with my results and how this year’s bikini series went for me.

BikiniSeries Day54 5DSD Day5

June 20, 2014


TIU HIIT the Beach II
3.8mile run
TIU BikiniAbs x2
2min plank

M1: banana
M2: SlimDown scramble/ PerfectFit banana bread
M3: half of a PerfectFit green smoothies and bowl of cherries
M4: PerfectFit bar
M5: NorthShore Garlice Shrimp and broccoli
M6: frozen grapes.

Sunset Challenge: Family game night :-)


We also played Trouble. Seppe won Candyland. Gio and Ben won Trouble and I won Sorry! I never win board games and it looked like Ben was going to win. I was so thrilled to win :-)

BikiniSeries Day53 5DSD Day4

June 19, 2014


45min spin class – 4.5miles
TurboFire Fire45
TIU BikiniBody x3
TIU BikiniBody2
2min plank

M1: banana
M2: SlimDown scramble/grapes/PerfectFit banana bread
M3: Shrimp salad from Rainforest Cafe
M4: Panera black bean soup/ chicken Cobb salad – no dressing.
M5: perfect fit bar

Family fun day in the city today. We went shopping, explored Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, and had a late lunch at Rainforest Cafe. I stuck with a shrimp salad and water. We got back just before Gio had to get ready for his tournament game. We picked up Panera for dinner to take to the game. I had the black bean soup and Cobb salad with no dressing. It was tough to stay away from the snack bar junk, but I stayed strong :-)




BikiniSeries Day52 5DSD Day3

June 18, 2014


TIU Sunrise Routine for bootycall
1mile warmup
Leg Press 6×4 270lbs
Single Leg Curls 10×5
Smith Machine Squats 6×3 135lbs
20min Stairmaster intervals 2.5miles
3hrs volleyball
TIU Bikini Yoga
TIU IttyBitty Bikini x2
BikiniAbs (not pictured)
2min plank

M1: banana/SlimDown scramble/ PerfectFit banana bread
M2: grapefruit
M3: salad w/ herb mix/salmon/dried cranberries/cashews/carrots/avocado
M4: Zico and PerfectFit bar
M5: turkey meatballs and broccoli

I wasn’t all that great at volleyball tonight :-( I went to the gym and did my workout before going to volleyball so I was pretty worn out. Played doubles for the last 40min and got a good sweat on. Really going to work on getting better as a setter this session.

Sunset Challenge: No picnic for me. We took the boys to the gym and took turns working out right before dinner time. We were all pretty worn out when we got home and I had volleyball class to get to. Planning on taking the boys for a picnic in the next couple weeks.

BikinkSeries Day51 5DSD Day2

June 17, 2014


TIU HIIT the Beach II – 4miles
1mile warmup on treadmill
Spring Into Summer Cardio on Bike – 10.5miles/3 = 3.5 miles
1.38 mile walk
TIU InnerOuter Thighs
TIU DaisyDukes x3
TIU BikiniAbs
2min plank

M1: SlimDown Scramble/banana/PerfectFit Banana Bread
M2: grapefruit
M3: PerfecfFit Green smoothie: spinach, peach, cucumber/almond milk
M4: PerfectFit Bar and Zico
M5: cucumber slices
M6:Grilled tilapia, broccoli and Brussel sprouts.

Started the day with the BeachBabe DVD. Boys being home makes it hard to get into a routine. Even though, I’ve added them to the gym membership, I haven’t taken them yet because Gio’s had a cough the last couple days. It’s been frustrating for me and my workouts are what have saved me.

Gio had a game so I brought snacks. Forgot to bring them along so I jogged back home to get them and walked back to the park getting an extra little workout in :-) The hills plus carrying the lunch box was a good burn on the legs. Ben and I had cucumbers. Dinner was later than usual because the game went long.

Love the new DaisyDukes workout!! Great one for the legs/booty. Forgot my phone when I went to the gym. So tough to do my cardio but it got done.

I didn’t do the Sunset Challenge because even of it had remembered to get postcards to send, I would not have mailed them out in time. I’m so bad about mailing things out. I’ll text my friends on Saturday though :-)