Races, Places, and Volunteering

As usual, I’m a bit behind in my recaps, but I like being able to look back and see what I’ve done. Traveling for work doesn’t always leave much time for blogging and reading blogs but I’m home for 2 full weeks (OMG I’M SO EXCITED) so I hope to be all caught up soon. And, I hope to relax. What a concept.

Week of March 10th:

Monday: 3 miles easy in Birmingham. I had to make it quick in order to make dinner with all of my sorority sisters.

Tuesday: 30 minutes elliptical, weights, hip/glute work. 

Wednesday: 6 mile tempo (8:35, 7:43, 7:56, 7:45, 7:51, 8:42) in Birmingham at my favorite park. I don’t know if it was the first signs of Spring and pollen or me just being tired from several days of travel for work (I drove a total of 3 hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday). Probably a combo of both…but either way I was very glad to be done!

Thursday: rest day. Drove home.

Friday: 12 mile (1:50:08) run around the hood, Inman Park, the Beltline and Piedmont Park. Again, another struggle. Got it done, enjoyed the sunrise!IMG_6187

Saturday: 6 miles on the trails at the Horse Park with Abby. I didn’t have my watch, so we used Abby’s…not sure on time. We were out for a while. This was the most comfortable I’ve felt running in the woods, even having to avoid the mountain bike race. By far my favorite part was finding this lake/bridge/thing and noticing the sign, because walking on water is totally an option. IMG_6205

Sunday: flywheel. 

Total Miles for the week: 27 

Week of March 17th

Monday: 5 mile tempo. I will be honest and tell you I attempted to use my Bia Watch. I have no idea what my actual times were. I think I hit my goals. We will leave it at that for now. I was inspired by Becka’s video posts from Fitness Blender and think I may have found my new favorite online way to workout. Even though I was home, these will be perfect on the road. I did 8 minute fast abs, my regular hip/glute routine, and 12 minutes of stress calming yoga stretching.

Tuesday: Flywheel. A while ago I talked about volunteering more. One way that fits into my schedule is to work with the Atlanta Track Club. They have Kilometer Kids events during the week and this was my first one.

I helped with check in and was excited when two of my favorite ATL runners showed up with their kiddos.IMG_6245Watching these kids race it out and earn their bling was adorable. I LOVE that the ATL Track Club does this and I love that parents encourage an active lifestyle!

lining up by age group
lining up by age group
ready, set....
ready, set….

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finishing strong!
finishing strong!

Wednesday: 6 miles morning run (53:25) in the neighborhood, 3 miles afternoon run (25:25), private pilates. The only way to get my miles in and work…splitting it up. I used it as the perfect excuse and training for Ragnar Trail. I also have noticed that my morning runs are much slower and harder than my afternoon runs. I wanted to get in 10 miles, but ran out of time. 9 was fine for me.

Thursday: 4 miles (38:04) in the morning with my neighbor Sally. Sally is running in Alaska with me this summer, and she happened to be coming downstairs for her morning run so we decided to run together. It was nice to have a partner early in the morning. I drove to Alabama that afternoon and stayed with my friend Amanda in Montgomery.

Friday: rest day. I drove home to Mobile and was able to attend the Festival of Flowers (the theme was England) event on Friday night with Bradley and John. I saw sooo many people from high school. It made me really miss living at home. It was beautiful, too!IMG_6269 IMG_6263 IMG_6262

Saturday: 1 mile warmup, Azalea Trail Run 10K, hip exercises. I was on such a high from my PR that day!! IMG_6286

I had every intention of spending the night with my girlfriends…but wound up with a fever that afternoon. I have no idea what happened. I was out antique shopping with my mom and started to feel sick so we went home. Turned into a night of relaxing and movies.

Sunday: unplanned rest day. I had every intention of running 4 miles but wanted to make sure I was okay and didn’t want to push it. it was a nice lazy day with my family. Had to change all my plans to visit loved ones with babies (needed to be fever free for 24 hours)…but again…I needed to chill.

Total Miles for the Week: 25.2 

 Ever used Fitness Blender on Youtube for workouts? Do you volunteer with your local track club? Do they have events to keep kids active? 

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  • man, I love Fitness Blender so much.

    Gab’s school recently started a run club, and she asked to join – they don’t allow parent volunteers (crazy, right?!), but we can go watch them, and they are HYSTERICAL. Kids are crazy.

    B told me about your Bia. Bummer, especially after waiting so loooong.

    That sign is hilarious. Do people frequently think that is the path they should be walking on??

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