I've finally made it back to the real world! How has everyone been?? While I have mounds of laundry to catch up on and a house that really needs some love, I thought I would drop a quick three things Thursday (although from the pictures I have to post, it may be kind of long:) Sorry! You know I'm a sucker for pictures!!) Here goes nothing!
1) So, do you remember my post from MCMamma's Virtual Race that I ran? I had been really disappointed because Nicole and I had taken some hilarious videos of my crazy outfit and some "how not to take Gu" videos. I had really wanted to post them...and she finally got them to upload! Well, the one of my Gu disaster. Anyone with tricks on taking this stuff, I'm all ears. I do now keep it in the fridge, but I have yet to try a cold one. I'm thinking this weekend will be the time:) Here's the video...small disclaimer*****
She does drop the f-bomb, so please forgive me in advance, I can't sensor it out!****
BEST RUN EVER!!! MOST FUN RUN EVER!!! THANK GOD FOR RUNNING BUDDIES!!!
2) I have 2 upcoming races this weekend...while I am supposed to be running 16 on Saturday, I have already signed up for a 5 mile run followed by a 5K...and I'm thinking Nicole and I might meet and run 4-5 before hand, then end up with 2 afterwards...she is supposed to run 20, so I may hobble along her the last few. All depends on how the legs hold up. I will for sure hit 16 again this weekend! My training kind of went aloof with our vacation, but the past week looks something like this:
monday: 5 miles
Tues: Nick workout
Wed: 4 miles
Thurdsay: driving, driving, driving...vacation!!
Sunday: 3 miles then to the beach
Monday: park and back to Michigan:/
Wednesday: 6 miles with Nicole...again, amazingness because it's finally cooling off here and I'm able to run without dying...although there was some mad burning in my throat from breathing the cold air.
Today: Interval workout with Nick. My last sprint on the treadmill I was able to maintain good form and run a "lap" around the track at a 7:30 pace. Yes, I was swearing and sweating by the end...but he swears if I keep working I will be able to maintain that pace for an entire race someday (and be able to strike and keep good form the whole time...I know, seems far fetched to me too!)
I'm planning a lunch run with Nicole tomorrow and then big race/run on Saturday. If feels good to be back on schedule and working out again. I swear I gained 8 pounds while I was gone!!
3) Speaking of 8 pounds...don't get me wrong. I love running. But since I quit kickboxing (in fear of getting hurt before long beach) I really feel like my figure has gone from "in the process of getting toned" to "flabbier than before." Sigh! I've always been super self conscious and have struggled with healthy ways to lose weight. So, tomorrow, I'm going hard core on a herbalife diet. Shakes for 2 meals, snacks, sensible dinner. Alcohol only once a week. Limit to one soda a day, if that. Not totally deprive myself so I go insane, but definitely watching more of the empty calories that I put in my body. I'm sure it will be difficult, but I'm hoping it will pay off.
Oh...and I forgot to mention that I totally won an amazing giveaway from Suzy at Countdown to 26.2! Look at all this amazing stuff I won! THANK YOU so much Suzy for hosting this awesome giveaway! Super cool!
I'm leaving you with some of my most favorite pictures from my trip that I haven't posted yet! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!