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The Day After

I ran my second half marathon yesterday (Sunday Oct.14th) even though I was still fighting a virus. My training was already shortened because I had just finished recovering from my first half and had about 4 weeks to get ready for the NWM. The virus hit me 4 days before the race and pretty much took me out. I was still determined to do the race so I focused on resting and saving up all my energy for Sunday.

I finished the race and was still able to do it under 2 hours :-) But yes, it took a toll. Even the fireman and volunteer at the finish line could tell.  I must have looked horrible because they kept asking me if I was ok and if I needed help. lol. I did have a bit of a hard time catching my breath at first but I managed to stay on feet.  I was completely exhausted but I got my pic with the fireman, got some race goodies, and walked to the shuttle back to Union Square. I made it home, but I was physically done.  My stomach hurt, my head hurt, and my whole body ached. I had a fever the whole day.  I was on the couch the whole day. As soon as Ben got home from work, I was in bed.

So Tired! On the Bus back to Union Square.

While I was sleeping, Ben decided to call in sick to work so I could get some rest today.  I woke up at 8a worried that he was late but he told me not to worry and to get some more rest. I was still so tired that I was quickly back asleep. I woke up at 10a because I was hungry. I felt much better and my body didn’t ache. I got some food but was still tired so I went back to bed.

I finally got up at 3p – and felt great. My legs are a little sore but not as bad as I thought they would be. My glutes didn’t even feel sore which is surprising because of all those hills. I didn’t hurt my hip like I did with my first half and my ankle didn’t hurt at all. My fever hasn’t spiked all day and I am finally feeling like I’m getting over this virus.

A day like this makes me realize just how lucky I am. Sometimes I wonder how Ben and I work since we are so opposite in so many ways. But it’s times like this, I am reminded of why I love him so much. Despite his flaws, he is a good man and takes good care of our family. Every stay at home mom knows that there is no resting with kids, and I am grateful that Ben understands that. Thanks to him, I will be able to get back to my routine in no time.

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Feeling the Bikini Bootcamp

BeachBody Day75 – Turbo Fire Rest Day

I could feel the Bikini Bootcamp workout from yesterday when I woke up this morning :-/ Sore legs and sore chest and I’m happy about it :-) It means that I really worked hard yesterday. I’ll have to do that one again soon. Despite being sore, I got up to do a 40min bootycall. I did Under the Seax3 and Beach Bumx3. These were tough with sore legs.

Morning workout was Bikini Abs and Bikini Booty from Tone It Up’s Beach Babe DVD :-)

Afternoon workout was a 5 mile run. Ended with a 3min plank.

Meals:

M1: Chobani Honey with granola and chia seeds. This was the regular size and it was sooo filling.

Grown up Chobani :-)

M2: Half a grapefruit with stevia.

One of my Favorites!

M3: Chocolate Shakeology with unsweetened almond milk, spinach, and frozen blueberries.

M4: Almond Coconut Kind Bar.

M5: Salmon Patty topped with fresh pineapple, mushrooms, tomatoes, and avocado on top of spinach with a side of kale chips.

60 oz. of water and 1 Zico.

A Lazy Day

BeachBody Day68 – Turbo Fire Rest Day

Wednesday was a bit of a lazy day for me. I still got up to do my bootycall workout: Tone It Up’s Sand Castle X3set. I did 15 reps of each exercise. I was sore from my workouts yesterday and I could feel my sore muscles while I was working out.

After I dropped Gio off at school, it was time to do some homework with Seppe. I’ve been really making an effort to work with Seppe and get him ready for school. I had no motivation at all to workout. Instead of a morning workout, I took a nap and I didn’t want to get up at all. Maybe it’s PMS. I have no clue. I pulled myself out of bed because I didn’t want to be up all night long. I kept putting off my afternoon workout. I finally hit the gym before dinner. I did a short 15min HIIT on the bike. It’s the first Wednesday in a long time that I get to do my booty workouts (I’ve been doing long runs on Wednesdays lately). I’m tapering down before my 9 mile race on Sunday.

After the gym, I decided to do the Bikini Booty workout with Katrina from the Beach Babe DVD in honor of Hump Day :-) This really burned, especially after the HIIT on the bike. I also did a booty workout from BodyRockTv. It was a quick 3min one. I didn’t have a sand bag but I used my medicine ball instead. After the previous workouts, it really burned.

I ended with a 5min plank. I alternated positions in 30 sec intervals (hands, tummy tucks, hands, tummy tucks, side plank each side, hands, tummy tucks, elbows, hip dips).

Meals –

M1: Protein Pancake with cocoa almond butter and strawberries.

Had Protein Pancakes with my boys :-) So thrilled they like it.

M2: Bowl of grapes and Green Tea.

Snack time for Seppe: Larabar and an apple.

M3: Chicken, spinach, mushrooms, quinoa, bell peppers, tomatos, and avocado lettuce wrap with mango on the side.

This was very tasty :-)

M4: Luna bar.

M5: Teriyaki Salmon with quinoa, spinach, and mushroom mix.

Spinach and peas are about the only thing I have left that are green. Need to get to the grocery store asap!

80 oz. water. 1c. of green tea.

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Beach Body Day54 – Doubts

TurboFire Rest Day. That meant it was a long run day for me :-) I decided to do it first thing in the morning to get it out of the way. Ben took the day off so we could spend the day with the kids before they went back to school and before Ben went back to work.

I got up and made breakfast. I always eat before my long runs and I like to give myself a half hour to and hour after eating before I run. I also decided to do some foam rolling because my legs were so tight from my HIIT workout last night.

I was hoping to beat my time from last week but it didn’t happen :-( My legs were sore from the HIIT and I could feel them the whole time. I had side cramps and there was several times I just wanted to stop. But I didnt. I ran the whole way even though towards the end I wanted to cry. My legs hurt so badly. I am definitely not going to do a HIIT workout the night before my log run again.

I was completely wiped out when I got home. I was also feeling a little bummed that my run didn’t go well. I was doubting whether or not I was going to be able to do a half marathon. 9 miles was so hard – 13 seemed impossible. It was hard to get out of my little funk. I had to keep myself busy so I wouldn’t think about it. I know that I just have to keep working on it and I’ll get to my goal. I won’t give up.

My legs were pretty much dead for the rest of the day. It hurt to walk. I decided to take rest for the rest of the day so I can have a decent workout tomorrow. I did a 5min plank to end my day.

1min hands, 1min side plank each side, 1min hands, 1min elbows.

Meals –
M1: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal w/ almond butter, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, chia seeds and fresh apples.

Fueling up for my run :-)

M2: Grapefruit with a handful of almonds.

My favorite - Grapefruit.

M3: Chocolate Shakeology w/ strawberries, blueberries, frozen pineapple and spinach.

Ready for my Shakeology.

Seppe decided he wanted some too.

M4: Luna bar.

M5: Left over Turkey and spinach red sauce on top of quinoa, grilled veggies, peas, mushrooms and olives.

Leftover Turkey spinach Red sauce with quinoa and peas.

60 oz of water and 2 Zicos.

BeachBody Challenge Day47

I’m really tired right now so I’m going to make this shorter than my usual.

This Week's Long Run

Turbo Fire Rest Day – Long Run – 8.5 miles. I don’t do bootycall workouts on my long run day. I save up all my energy for my run. Today’s run went well. My legs got a little tired at 6.5 miles but I didn’t slow down too much.  Worn out afterwards, but did Day 21 of MadAbs March – 40 sec. side plank, 42 crunches and 34 pushups. Yep. Still doing regular pushups :-)

66 Degrees and Sunshine w/ a few clouds = Shorts!

Stretching after my long run. Yep - Ran w/ a tank top too :-)

My Favorites: My Asics Running Shoes and Chocolate Zico.

Meals –

M1: Egg white, tomato and spinach omelet. So thrilled that it came out perfect :-) Also had Whole Wheat Toast w/ almond butter, banana and sprinkled w/ cinnamon.

Finally made a perfect omelet!!

M2: Luna bar.

M3: Couldn’t decide what I wanted – just took a bunch of left overs and made a mix: brown rice, seafood quinoa and veggies, and black beans.

Leftovers: brown rice, Seafood/quinoa/veggie mix, and black beans.

M4: Larabar

M5: Salmon and Broccoli.

Lean and Green.

60 oz. of water. Zico during my run and Chocolate Zico after my run.

BeachBody Challenge Day40

Turbo Fire Rest Day 

This month of Turbo Fire is focused on Cardio so there aren’t any HIIT workouts – besides the ones I do separately from Turbo. Without the HIIT workouts, my Turbo Fire workouts are longer  45 min to an hour so it was nice to have a break from it today. Of course, it didn’t mean I had a day off.

Rain all day long, all week long.

My Longest Run so far.

Today was my Long run day.  I was just going an extra .25 miles every week but I decided to go for 8 miles today instead of 7.75 miles. It’s been raining non stop the last couple days.  I had hoped that there would be a little break from the rain, but I wasn’t lucky this time around.  It was rainy and windy my entire run, but I was surprised that it didn’t slow me down that much. I had a jacket with my hood on over my hat, but at the end you couldn’t tell. I was soaked except for my back. It felt great that I didn’t allow the rain to be an excuse for me. I really am working on Not making excuses and just Doing what I need to in order to reach my goals :-)

After 8 miles in the rain :-)

My jacket was zipped up during my run but my shirt got soaked anyways :-/

I usually take it easy after my run, but today I felt really good afterwards so I decided to do an afternoon workout.  I did get a half hour nap in after doing homework with Gio but I think that was more because of the rainy weather and less because I was tired.  I wanted to get back to doing booty workouts on Wednesdays. I haven’t been able to do what I like to because I switched my running schedule around. I need to find a way to get my Stair Circuit back into my routine. Yes, I miss running stairs. Lol.

I went with two NTC workouts. I really like Lea Michele’s Triple Threat workout. The Single Leg Lift with row is killer on my legs – especially since they were a little worn out from running. I could really feel this in my glutes today. I followed it with the Butt Buster workout.  Lots of lunges!  I was going to do another workout but I remembered that I hadn’t done my Mad Abs for Day 14. The side plank and crunches aren’t too bad for me yet, but the pushups are getting tougher. Today it was 23. I was able to do all of them on my feet :-) I know it’s suppose to be a workout for my abs, but my arms are the ones dying. I ended with a 5 minute plank.

1 min high plank, 1 min side plank (each side), 1 mean high plank, 1 min low plank

Meals:

M1: Cinnamon Apple Raisin with Unsweetened almond milk, Raw Almond Butter, Chia Seeds, and fresh cut apple slices.

Fresh apples made this very tasty :-)

M2: Luna Bar – pre run fuel :-)

M3: Wanted to get rid of some leftovers. Brown Rice, left over tofu mix, peas, and corn.

Brown Rice Tofu Veggie Bowl

M4: Larabar

M5: Turkey Meatballs and Broccoli. Also had the last of the peas and corn.

Lean and Green :-)

Had a Zico during my run and a Chocolate Zico after my run.

80 oz. of water.

BeachBody Challenge Day26

—————————– Turbo Fire Rest Day ——————————

It may have been a Rest Day from my Turbo Fire workouts but it wasn’t a No Workout Day.  I moved my Long runs to Wednesdays (the rest day for my Turbo Fire) because it was just too draining for me to do a long run And a longer Turbo Fire workout on Fridays. Going to bed early last night was just what my body needed to help me get through run today.

When I woke up, it was raining. I use to let the rain be an excuse to Not run, but not anymore.  It was raining pretty hard after dropping Gio off so I wanted to wait for it to lighten up a bit. I have no problem running in the rain but I didn’t want to be completely drenched. I timed it perfectly because when I went out, the sun peeked through for a little bit and even though the clouds came back, it didn’t rain – until after I was done. I did some foam rolling while I waited.  I highly recommend foam rolling for All runners :-)

7.3 Mile Run with my Nike+ App

I really love my Nike+ app. I love how I can “challenge” myself by going farther or faster.  I did 7 miles last week so I decided to go for 7.3 miles today. The beginning is always the hardest part for me. After getting myself out the door, the first 10-15 minutes is mentally challenging.  The thought of how far I have to go intimidates me and a part of me wants to stop right away.  I think about things I want to do and things I have to do to keep my mind busy. Once I get past that part, I’m usually somewhere else mentally so I’m not thinking about running. I’ll focus on the music or the scenery. I just run. When I get to the halfway point, I get a second wind and feel pretty good.  Towards the end, I start to feel it physically and I have to tell myself I Can Do It – I’m Almost Done – Just a Little Bit Further – Just Keep Moving – Don’t Stop….  And when I finish, I feel Great that I made it without stopping. I always feel like I’ve won a huge mental battle. I Beat the voice that told me to Stop and Quit! I don’t worry too much about the time.  Today, I needed to finish in time to pick Gio up though. I finished just in time to do a stretch, pull on my sweats and coat, and head out. I had to walk since Ben had my car (which had the car seats).  I brought my chocolate Zico to drink on the way.  I swear that stuff is Best post run drink ever!  We walked back home and my legs were pretty worn out.

After helping Gio with homework, I took a nice long shower.  It felt absolutely amazing. I did some stretching while in the shower to help my legs out. I wish I could have stayed in there all day. That’s all I’m doing for today – except for my plank. Going to try to get bed at a decent time tonight.

Meals:

M1: Chobani Champions Vanilla Chocolate Chunk with 1/2 tbsp of raw almond butter and Zucchini Loaf. Fueling up for my run :-)

Breakfast: Chobani Champions and Zucchini Loaf

M2: Luna bar.

M3: Chocolate Shakeology with spinach and frozen blueberries.  I can’t even taste the spinach at all and this was so filling. If you hate eating greens, seriously adding it in a shake will help :-) Also had some Snapea Crisps.

Lunch - Green Chocolate Shakeology Shake with Spinach and Blueberries

M4: Carrots and Nut Thins with Chunky Olive Hummus.  Just had a little bit of Nut Thins left so I decided to finish it.

M4: Carrots, Nut Thins and Hummus

M5: Panko Tilapia and broccoli.

Dinner: Panko Tilapia and Broccoli

60 oz. of water. Had a Zico during my run and a chocolate Zico post run.