Last Week’s Workouts + Fall Race Plans

Hi friends!  How is your week going thus far.  We finally got some HOT summer weather and wow, my body isn’t accustomed to handling it.  I feel like I start sweating the minute I step outside!  Too much information?!  Anyway, I’ve been staying inside for my workouts, and also logging lots of hours at our local pool.  I’m trying hard to cherish the last few weeks of summer, as my girls are back to school in less than a month.  Plus, we still have our “big” vacation to fit in.  We are driving to Pittsburgh, dropping the girls off with my mom, and then Eric and I will be flying to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine.  We’ve had this on our bucket list for awhile.  Can’t wait!  If you’ve been there, anything I should be sure to do?

Anyway, here is what last week’s workouts ended up looking like:

M – 60 minutes strength training

T – Off

W – 5 mile run + 30 minutes boot camp

Th – 60 minutes kickboxing

F – Off

S – 60 minutes strength training + 60 minutes kickboxing

Su – 4 mile run

I’ve definitely been taking it easy on the running front this summer, thankful to not have a marathon plan to start.  I mean, I enjoy distance running, and pushing myself, but I’m not ready to jump into full on marathon mode again, and I want to be excited and ready to start training for Boston in January, not weary and dreading it.  So instead, I am going to be running a half marathon this fall.  At least one, maybe two.  The one that just got firmed up was the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia on Halloween.  I am going to run it with my sister (in costume of course) and can’t wait.  I think this one will be more for the experience, so I am also looking at one to break my current PR and ideally try to go under 1:40.  If you have any great fall half marathons in driving distance of western Michigan, let me know.

Enjoy the rest of your week!


Last week’s workouts + Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Hey friends!  Another whirlwind of a week over here.  My mom and sister were in town for the end of last week and this past weekend, so we enjoyed a lot of quality family time.  And now we are back to our regular summer schedule until mid-August, when we will take our final vacation of the summer.  Already.  Gah!  The back to school catalogs have been arriving and it takes all I have not to throw them in the recycle immediately simply for making me things of our crazy fall schedule already.

Anyway, here is what last week’s workouts looked like for me:

M – Off (vacation with friends)

T – five mile run, easy pace

W – six mile run (2 mile w/u, 2 miles hard, 2 mile c/d)

Th – 60 minutes of kickboxing

F – Off

S – 3 mile run + 60 minutes strength training

Su – Off

I really enjoyed taking my sister to a couple of classes at my gym while she was here.  I sure do wish she lived closer, and we could do this more regularly.

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Also, on a completely different and unrelated note, yesterday I baked a couple of loaves of gluten free zucchini bread, and it was so unbelievably, mouth wateringly good that my husband did not believe there was no gluten.  Which is HUGE, my freinds, because he claims he can always tell.  So make this one.  It’s so worth it.

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Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread (adapted from Gluten-Free Goddess)

  • 1 to 1.5 cups of shredded zucchini (after you have used a towel to get some water out)
  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/3 cup tapioca starch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon xantham gum
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix dry and wet ingredients separately, and then combine.  Add in the chocolate chips and zucchini last.  Bake at 350 in a well greased 9 inch bread pan, for approximately 50 to 60 minutes.  Enjoy!


Summer Fun + Workouts

Hey Friends!  Wow, what a busy past few days.  I feel like I say that all the time, but my last five days were spent with seven other adults and eight children under the age of eight all sharing one house!  So I really mean it this time. 😉

We had the amazing opportunity to catch up with our closest friends from our college days, and it was so much fun.  Crazy and chaotic for sure, but also just an amazing blessing to share life together for a bit.  And our children played so well together too.  We’re already planning our getaway for next summer!

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In addition to that, I’ve also been happily incorporating Shaklee smoothies more regularly into my life again as part of our five day Fresh Fix jumpstart.  I even got the kids in on the action!  But truth be told, I haven’t been as “clean” as I would have liked to this week.  What can I say – my friends like to bake and cook!  Thankfully, the way we structured the reset meant I was still able to mostly participate, and I’ll extend my jumpstart an additional day or two to feel the benefits in the way I would like.

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Here’s what my workouts looked like last week (I know, I usually post this on Monday!!!):

M – 30 minutes core + 60 minutes total body strength

T – 5 mile run

W – 30 minutes boot camp

Th – 60 minutes kickboxing

F – OFF

S – 60 minutes kickboxing

Su – 45 minutes kayaking!

I hope that you are enjoying this week so far!  How is it already the middle of July?!  I feel like I wait all year for summer, and those snowy, sludgy, wintery months just drag on FOREVER while these perfect summer days just seem to fly.  Can we all agree to press pause for a bit?  I wish it worked that way.  At least I feel confident that we’re making the most of our days right now.  Cheers!


Happy 4th + Workout Recaps

Hey everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed a lovely holiday weekend.  Ours was jam packed.  I’ll start with the good.  On Friday evening, we had our old neighbors over to our new home for dinner.  Leaving them behind was the absolute worst part about moving, so it was nice to see them again, and catch up a bit!  Also good: a lazy July 4th.  There was grilling, there was swimming, there was ice cream, and there were fireworks with friends.  I wish that everyone could have heard my youngest marveling at the fireworks!  She was in utter amazement as the sky lit up, as we have never let her stay up to watch them before.  It was pretty awesome.

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And the last good: I power washed and stained our whole deck all by myself.  My husband had his own to do list for the weekend, but the dirt and mildew all over our deck was driving me crazy (I also can’t deal with long grass, and cut it about every four days) so I watched some YouTube videos and went to work.  It was not easy, and took way longer than I had anticipated, but it looks amazing (if I do say so myself).

And now the bad.  My husband’s car finally died (the engine was no good, and it’s old enough that it’s not worth saving) but we tried to tow if back to our home by ourselves and got pulled over by a cop.  So here’s today’s lesson: you are not permitted to tow another car yourself – tow trucks are required!  Who knew?!

And more bad: our girls were up until almost 11:00 last night to enjoy the fireworks and boy did we pay for that today!  It was one of those “bed time can’t come fast enough” days!  And finally my last bad, I indulged a little too much with the yummy grilled meats and frozen treats.  Don’t get me wrong, I am all about balance.  There is definitely a time and a place to indulge, and this weekend was a great chance to do so.  I don’t regret my ice cream!  But I am also glad that The Fresh Fix is happening next week.  I am ready for those healthy smoothies!

Okay, here’s a quick recap of last week’s workouts:

M – 60 minutes strength training

T – Off

W – 60 minutes zumba type workout (I’ll never say no to trying a new workout, but this was not my thing) + 4 mile run

Th – 60 minutes kickboxing

F – 5 mile run (8:00 avg.)

S – 60 minutes strength training + 60 minutes kickboxing

Su – Off

My older daughter is going to camp at our church this week.  I’m hoping this break is good for my girls: they play so well together but they also fight so well together! Enjoy your week, all!


Festival Run 5k +Workout Recaps

Hey friends!  A few days ago I ran a 5k, and now I owe you a recap.  It was a total last minute decision.  I usually love to jump in 5k races in the summer, especially early summer before any training for fall distance races has begun.  But it’s hard to find free Saturday mornings, which is when most 5k races are.  And so, when a Friday night option became available, I went for it!

I’ll start with what, for me, was the coolest part of the experience.  Back in the fall, I went to a banquet where the keynote speaker was a guy named Dathan Ritzenhein.  He’s a super cool, super talented, unbelievably humble professional runner.  And in fact, he was the top American finisher at the Boston marathon this spring, finishing 7th overall!  Anyway, we got to chat after that banquet, and I was very impressed by his story.  He’s overcome so much to run at the highest level.  And he’s a local guy.  He grew up and now lives in West Michigan, and he was at the 5k I ran supporting his wife who was also running.  He actually remembered meeting me, and was cheering for me as a I finished my race.  I thought about asking him for a picture to go with my story, but decided it would be a little weird, so you just get the story.

Anyway, the race was not my best.  I got there in plenty of time, ran a couple of warm up miles, and was ready at the starting line about ten minutes before the gun went off.  I felt good, but I haven’t been doing much speed work, so my ambitions of setting a PR were a little unfounded.  I felt good when we went out, clearly, because my first mile was a 6:33.  Ha!  I knew very well I was in trouble because that’s not a pace I can hold or match for three miles.

And sure enough, mile two, which was mostly on a dirt road, was much slower: 7:04.  Those two miles felt at an equal effort, but clearly were not.  At the turnaround (it was an out and back race) I could see that the overall leader was a woman though, which was really cool.  She ended up finishing third overall (passed by a couple of “young bucks”, her words), which is still really impressive.

My mouth was crazy dry by the start of mile three.  Random, right?  But I could barely swallow.  Anyway, aside from that, I got a little energy boost and found someone to try and catch by the end (I did!) and my last mile was 6:54.  I don’t know what the last .1 was, but my finish time was 21:20, about 20 seconds off of my PR time.  I did also manage to nab 2nd overall female and 1st in my age group as it was a smaller, local race.  So, I’m not complaining at all, but there’s something about the 5k distance that always beckons you to keep racing it and trying to do better.  I’ve got the 5k bug again, and want to run another soon.

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Other than that race, here’s what last week’s workouts looked like:

M – 60 minutes strength training

T – 1 mile warm, 4 x 800, 1 mile cool down

W – Off

Th – 60 minutes kickboxing

F – 5 k run + 2 warm up miles = 5 total miles

S – 60 minutes kickboxing

Su – 4 easy miles

I hope you’re all having a great start to the week.  Is anyone else in disbelief that it’s July already?!  I look forward to summer all year, so I need things to slow down a bit.