Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday Sentiments / Weekend Wrap Up/ Upcoming Race Schedule




Hi Friends!  Back in action with some SS/WWU!


First things first, my 10 day cleansers are rocking the house down.   On the home stretch and they're feeling lighter, and brighter, and well, everybody's winning.




Next group will start mid- September so if you're due or haven't done a 10 Day Cleanse in the past, let's do it!




A busy,  yet super fun weekend in these parts.



The Highlights:


Watching our very own trainer from Title Boxing Club box in the main event.   A fun, festive night.



The big one's first soccer game of the season…




The little one and her one man posse.



Lot's of monkeying around.   Ps-  What's cuter than a 4 year old girly-girl in a maxi dress roughing it up on the playground?   Not much.





A fun party at a friend's house who is basically the REAL hostess with the mostest.    With a side of 10 happy, sticky, barefoot kiddos.






A 16 mile run with a side of Post Workout Recovery.  





 If you wanna know about why I love this stuff for long run recovery as well as my long run recovery in general, you can read about it here.



Some random selflies, per usual.




Ummmm…..first mum sighting of the season.  #bestillmyheart.  Y'all know I basically live for my mums, come September cuz they make me super, duper happy and I kinda can't stop buying them when I break the seal.




The ALS ice water challenge went down up in here…. three times.    Don't forget to admire our backup dancer and #runnerdog photo bomb.

Exhibit A

video


And this happened.   Bacon wrapped dates.  Uh muh guh.   If you really want to feel like you're life is now complete, add a little blue cheese.





Let's talk about my upcoming race schedule… Wanna?

Marathon training is in full effect.  18 miles on deck this weekend.   However, I'm getting up at 4:30 and knocking it out before work on Friday with several other crazy foo's…. Mainly because I don't want 18 miles hanging over my head on a holiday weekend but also cuz we're crazy in general like that.

October 4th….Run Like a Girl Half…. Any other 614 peeps running this?  I ran it last year and kinda loved it.  A lot.


Sept. 20th….The monkeys and I are doing the Miles for Melanoma 5k with family in honor of my aunt, who is currently fighting stage IV Melanoma.     This means I'll be pushing approx. 50 lbs of weight between the little one and the jogger, while the big one huffs and puffs along side us.   At any rate, this makes me super happy.  #breedingrunners




October 19th….My first born child, The Columbus Marathon.    I know you're all probably sick of hearing about it, but this is my favorite race in the history of the world.   The End.   Goals for this race? That's a whole separate post, which is coming soon.



November 2ndBuckeye Classic 10 K Trail Run.  Not officially signed up yet but am about 90% committed to doing this race again.    It's in a beautiful metropark with fall leaves in their full glory.   I kinda love this race.     Okay, I just talked myself into it.





Hope you all had a great weekend.  I kinda miss posting on the reg on this little bloggy 'o mine, so am really gonna try and pick up the pace again.    It's the right thing to do.


Laters 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Five Friday Faves



Hey kitty cats!



How about a little cheer around here with a few Friday Faves?   Some of my favorite things from the week…..



1.   Receiving an unexpected handful of scratch off's.    If you guys ever questioned my level of #klassiness, it's confirmed here.  If you know me, you know I love to gamble (like an old lady).   So yeah, scratch offs are pretty much awesome.   I'm too embarrased to buy them though (due to my #klassiness) so if you are looking for a birthday gift or the such, scratch off's are the way to go.  





2.   Ummmmm,  Bath and Body Works…. Robbed them dry of candles.  'Specially this one.  Sweet Francis.   Get there.   This may be my fave ever.




3.  Watching the members of my 10 Day Cleanse rock out their 10 day fitness challenge.  Some serious workouts going down this week.   Makes #misohappy.   My personal workouts for the week….

Monday:  5 miles and core
Tuesday:  3.5 miles and upper body/ core
Wednesday:  Taught a class at Title Boxing Club, 30 minutes on the ARC, legs, including a zillion dead lifts.  I'm kinda still super sore.
Thursday: Taught a class at TBC, 3 mile tempo run, upper body/ more legs, core.
Friday:  5 miles

On deck for tomorrow…16 mile training run.   Yeah…. And our kinda famous trainer from Title is boxing in a main event tonight, which means I'll be doing said training run on not a lot of sleep because it will be late before he even takes the ring.   So yeah, #youcansleepwhenyouredead and #runrested too.


Really, today should have been a rest day.  However, I was super crazy town when I woke up this morning and had to hit the pavement.   5 miles later, all was bueno in the world.

Sunday will be full on rest.  The End.




4.  Making some seriously delicious food from this…



I'm not really paleo but us Advo kool aid drinkers don't each all that differently than the paleo folks in the grand scheme of things.   But yes, loving this book for easy, healthy recipes.  




5.   House Shenans.     More Cray.   Yes, in contract on the current house and in contract on another, which is why I had to go for a 5 mile run on rest day.    It had to be done, friends.



S'all for now.  See you cats back here soon.

Hope you've had a great week and have some Friday Faves of your own!

xoxo








Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Shenans… 10 of 'Em.



1.    Is it just me, or have we been missing some serious shenans up in here???   Yes, the answer is yes.


2.  Wanna know my upcoming race/ training schedule?   Yep, ya do and it's coming in a hot second.  


3.  The 10 Day Cleanse starts on Monday, friends!    Y'all are gonna get to see my weekend prep yet again.   Don't be scared.   Cosco and I are about to become thick as theives.   


4.  Speaking of getting healthy, 614 friends, did you know all kinds of gluttony is happening in these parts here in a sec?   First up, we've got the Food Truck Fest  and right down the street we've got the Summer Beerfest.   Columbus wants to make sure we stay on the top 10 list of most overweight cities in America.   


5.   I can't seem to get a handle on how to dress.  It's freezing in the morning and then I'm bursting into flames at high noon.   It's perplexing really.


6.  Howevs….this completely makes me super happy for s'mores and fall and candles and mums.  Y'all know how I love my mums.


7.   10 mile run with my running posse went down at the crack of dawn this morning.  I almost died.   Yes, it happens to me too , friends.


8.  The people at Old Navy told me that their Rockstar jeans  are on sale for 19 beans again.     Restocking immediately.   This I know for sure.


9.  This #Runnerdog of mine has been periodically going to doggy day care and I can not even tell you how exhausted and sweet he is at the end of the afternoon.   I mean?    $15 for 5 hours.  Worth every red cent to wear his large self out.


10.  Working on some bloggy posts for the weekend so come back.  Please?  Me miss you wrong time.


Happy Friday!

Laters Baby












Wednesday, August 6, 2014

So What Wednesday!?!?




*So What if I'm straight up obsessed with this Ebola virus situation?!   I mean….!?  I'm typically not an over-reactor…(nevermind, I totally am..) but still...   This is super frightening stuff.  It is.



* So What if I'm still borderline sore from a class I took on Saturday?   We all know I LOVES that.   614 friends….System of Strength… get there.   


*So What if now that summer is over, I'm counting down the days until OSU football.  Hollah!  The best time of year for sure.  (aside from patio season, Christmas, and the first fake day of spring when we're all wearing flip flops).


*So What if I've got that urge to chop my hair into a bob again???   Someone talk me off the ledge.  This happens every few years and the itch is here.



*So What if I've been the worst blogger in the history of the world lately?  It's summer and I've had a copious amount of cray cray going on.   I'm coming back.  Prommy.  Swear.  Facty.  


*So What if I fried myself like a teenager at the pool on Sunday?   I have no explanation or defense other than the fact that we got screwed on a large portion of summer due to weather.   I was making up for lost time.   Oh, and my face was protected.   But seriously… who does that at my age???  That's what I wanna know.   That's all.


That felt good!  I miss SWW!  


Hope your humpday is fab!








Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August, Running, the Cleanse, and an Itunes Intervention






Well, hey!   Apparently it's August!!!

How in the french toast did that happen?


So getta loada this…my kiddos start school next week.   Surely that's not normal, is it?   This summer came and went like a thief in the night.  And yes, I know it's still technically summer.  However, school starting up in here signifies that it's not.  It just does.   



All kinds of busy, per usual. 




  Marathon training is in full effect.   Squeezing in the mileage during the week is no big, it's the weekend long run that is starting to take some planning.   14 on deck this weekend.   Local friends, who else is running Columbus?  Half, full, I don't care…I just wanna know.  Cuz I love this race and I wanna hear from other people who love it too.   

Countdown is on.   I'll be running a couple training races between here and then so giddy up.







Sooo…..last year we did a big 'ole group back to school 10 day cleanse.  And it was awesome.  And we all felt awesome going into Labor Day weekend.   So here's the deal…. we start on Monday August 18th.   More deets (and maybe even a giveaway!) to come.    If you've never done a 10 Day Cleanse, now is the time.  Trust me.  Facty.   Don't go into another fall feeling like less than your stellar self.   Don't.  


 The 10 Day Cleanse is an amazing kick start/ detox.   Never done a cleanse?   Check out some of my easy, helpful tips right here.   



Okay, what else?





I need some serious music downloading help.  Soo….I've been basically spending a small fraction of what could be the college funds of my innocent, small children on music downloads.   After a boxing class the other day, someone requested info. on a song on my playlist.   Long story short, I somehow confessed my Itunes obsession and three different people spouted off different super reasonably priced monthly or yearly music download sites.   

Help a sistah out…what do you guys use?  I need to know asap cuz my Itunes billing sitch is off the hook.




Remember when I used to post So What Wednesday!?    Tune in tomorrow…cuz it's back for a hot second!



Hope your summer is all you thought it would be an more.  #missyoulongtime!



Laters,
AR


















Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My current FAVE at home full body strength training workout



Soo…  My schedule has been all over the place.  This basically means that I've developed a new hobby which consists of constantly trolling the innerwebs for new strength training workouts that can be done at home when I've got a 30 minute window.   Did I mention that you ONLY need dumbbells?   That's the beauty.


First things first, if you aren't strength training, you need to start.  Yesterday.   I can't preach it enough.

Do you want better fitting clothes, a mental boost, stronger bones, lower cholesterol, more energy, higher metaboslim, increased self confidence, decreased stress, better sleep, decreased body fat, and a zillllllion and one other fabulous things?     Yes, the answer is yes.




Okay, so I have this.   Which is basically awesome and worth every cent.


However, if you aren't ready to make that kind of investment and don't already have dumbbells, go to Dicks or even Target and buy yourself a couple sets and you're good to go.    We're looking at a minimal investment.  But seriously, get yourself some weights.  For shizzle.

I tend to fluctuate between 10 lb, 12 lb, or 15 lb weights with this particular workout.


If you're a newbie to strength training, I would start with a pair of 5's and a pair of 8's.  





*I rest 20-30 seconds in between each set.   This will keep your heart rate up.  Trust me.   The recommendation is a full minute rest between sets.   Howevs, we all know that rules are meant to be broken.  


Gurrrruntee, if you don't take the full minute rest and do you each exercise with intention, you'll be deeerenched in sweat and happy as a PIS.

I've added random pics just to show you guys how this should look.   I have zero idea who any of these people are.  


Here's the deal…we are technically only talking 10 exercises here.   Howevs,  you will be sore.  And happy. And you're gonna feel awesome about the whole thing.   So get there, mmmkay?

  Here we go, yo.



1.  SQUAT

Dumbbells on shoulers, squat as close to parralel as possible and return to starting position.  

3 sets of 12 reps.    I use 15 lb dumbbels for this.  

Looks like this

Muslces worked:   Hamstrings, Glutes, Quads




2.  STIFF LEG DEADLIFT

3 sets of 12 reps.   I use 12 lbs dumbbells and get a fabulous burn every time.   Should look like this.    This is one rep.

Muslces Worked:  Hamstrings, Glutes, Lower Back






3.  LYING PRESS


3 sets of 12 reps.   I usually use 10's on these.

Muslces Worked:  Chest, Shoulders, Triceps



*This can be done on a mat, bench, exercise ball, floor, etc.



4.  LYING FLYES

3 sets of 12 reps.  I ususally use 10's.

Again, can be done on mat, bench floor, ball, etc.

Muslces Worked:  Chest, Shoulers, Biceps






5.  LATERAL RAISE


3 sets of 12.   I usually start with 10's and end up with 8's by the last set.  These kill me.

Muscles Worked:   Shoulders 







6.  OVERHEAD PRESS

3 sets of 12.   I ususally use 12's on these.  Love this exercise for bangin' shoulders, amongst other things.


Muslces Worked:  Shoulders, Biceps, Back


Howza bout a little cartoon for good measure?





7.  BENT OVER ROWS


3 sets of 12.  I ususally use 12's on these as well.



Muscles Worked:  Middle Back, Biceps, Lats, Shoulders






8.  BICEP CURLS


3 sets of 12.  I use 10's on the first set and have to end up switching to 8's for second and third sets.

Muscles Worked:  Biceps





9. LYING TRICEP EXTENSION


3 sets of 12.  I use 10's on these.



Muscles Worked:   Triceps, Shoulders





10.  ABS

I make this up everytime but always aim for 200 reps of a variation of exercises. 

Examples:



One of my faves… An oldie but goodie.. The bicycle






LOVE a plank series




And end with a good old fashioned plank



Challenge yourself.  Hold that sucker for as long as you can but aim for at least 30 seconds to start.  If you take my class at Title,  you know I'm mean with those planks and have been known to make poor soul hold a two minute plank.   Start with 30 and work your way up.  You can do it, friends.   Promise ya that.




There you have it, friends.    My fave, quick, FULL body workout.  Technically 10 exercises that will leave you sore, sweaty and happy. 







Monday, July 7, 2014

Winner, Winner, Weekend Wrap Up, and Jamie Eason


How's that for a random title?



But first, looks like we've got a winner!  


Entry #739…Lisa M!



Congrats girly!  I'll be emailing you for your mailing addy so stand by.   I'll also be throwing in a little extra love so giddy up!

And for the rest of you, another contest is coming soon.  'Tis true so stand by for deets.



Howzabouta little Sunday Sentiments/ Weekend Wrap Up?





I kinda love the 4th of July.   And all of the shenans that go with it.    Oh and how awesome was it that the 4th fell on a Friday?   


Weekend Workouts:

Thursday:   Taught boxing and a little 3 mile run.

Friday:   Back to back two hour double Power Hour class at Title Boxing.  OMG. I think I'm still sweating.   A great way to start off the 4th and all that it has to offer.    Some of the crew…



Saturday:  -   5 mile therapy run.   Tunes blaring.  Me loves. 

Sunday:   Took the early morning class at TBC and a 4 mile run with my nabe.  What a great way to catch up with a friend, no? 



What else?

**I may or may not have had to pay that casino a little vizzy.  Oh and it may or may not have welcomed me back with open arms.


**We took that #Runnerdog of ours on the road to grandma #runnerdog's casa.





**4th shenans with the little brother, baby daddy, and several random canine's.  Ps-  If you've ever tried to get a pic of 4 kids and 3 dogs, it's kind of like winning the cane game at the fair.  It's just not happening.
  The End. 



**Eating a crapload of good food, including #diyabeetus, a ribeye, and some glorious meatballs, amongst other things.  This is all precisely why I decided not to take a rest day from the gym this weekend.     Gotta pay to play, friends.





** Monkey girls in matching monkey nightgowns just monkeying around with sparklers.




** Our beautiful friend in the printed dress celebrated the big 4-0 this weekend.  Oh and her hubster threw her the most adorable party I've ever seen.   Oh and  I may or may not have consumed more meatballs at said party. #facty



 Other random tidbits...

I'm obsessed with Oprah again.  She gets me everytime...that Oprah.







 So….you know how you think you're eating 4 oz. or 6 oz. or how many ever ounces of meat that "the people" say normal people are supposed to eat?  Yeah….you aren't doing that. 
   I was stunned to find that I'm basically eating half a cow versus the 6 ounces I thought I was eating.  Quite comical, really.      I don't measure everything by any means.  However, this little diddy has been eye opening.  What happened is I started reading about Jamie Eason's Live Fit  weight lifting plan.    She's hard core on measuring everything, especially in the beginning.   Clearly, I needed to know how off the mark I was/am so ordered this asap.  Love it.  I do.   

Okay, so has anyone ever done Jamie's plan?  If so, I'm gonna need to hear from you.  I just can't imagine NOT doing cardio for an entire month.   I fear I would be a complete bitch on wheels.   This I know for sure.   But seriously, I need to hear from you if you've done it first hand.


Hope you guys  had a fabulous 4th.   Hope you spent time with your loved ones and lived it up like holidays are supposed to be lived up.   



Laters Babers.