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Tuesday Night Speedwork

Another Tuesday, another two mile track workout. It’s official: I NO LONGER HATE RUNNING! 

I don’t honestly have much to say except that I ran an 11:06 mile which is something that, last summer, didn’t seem achievable for me. I worked forever trying to break 12 minutes. Now I’m on the cusp of breaking 11. I’m hoping that continuing this speedwork in slightly longer stretches as I prep for my next half will help me meet my next big goal, which is breaking 3 hours on the big 13.1. 

You can see my interval laps on the graph. Love all that green!

Hubby and I are officially signed up for a 10k on the 14th so my five miler on Saturday will be a good indication of how that will go. 

Dang, maybe if I would have stuck to my training plan last time, I would have felt this good in September. 

Cheers to running!

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1 Week Down, 11 More to Go

Playing with PicMonkey again...I'll get there.

Playing with PicMonkey again…I’ll get there.

Well, I’ve gone and done it. I officially signed up for my second half marathon. I needed something to get my rear in gear, exercise-wise, and a half will prove just that. Especially this half, a new race called The Bridge of the Goddesses, with a pretty small cap of 1500 participants. It was easy to blend in with the crowd during my first half-marathon, which was 10,000 people. My friend and I had been talking about signing up for a run, so when she texted me last week to tell me she had finally pulled the trigger on this one (it had the best swag bag, let’s just be real), I signed up as well and immediately found a 12-week training plan for beginning runners.

I know that 12-weeks isn’t a ton of time to train for a lengthy race, but that’s ok. I’m ok walking portions of the course. My last half was all walking (though I forced my mom to jog with me through the finish line), and my goal for this race is to run MORE than I walk. Strive for progress, not perfection, amiright?!

The training plan I am using caps weekday runs at 5 miles, which is perfect for me, since I can squeeze my runs in during the wee hours before work. Distance increases about one mile a week, and long runs are reserved for Saturdays or Sundays. Mondays and Fridays are rest days. I don’t love running, I never have, and I probably never will, so it’s one of those things that I just want to get out of the way as soon as possible. My husband had to force me out the door this morning before it started to get too hot, and I’m glad he did. It’s so hard for me to be motivated when I get home from work, or when the sun warms up and I sweat from 10 AM to 11 PM. It may not be fun first thing in the morning, but it feels GREAT to know that I’m done.  My Fuel Band is a lot happier too.

This training coincides with our veterinarian’s recommendation that our dog shed a couple of pounds, so I’ve been forcing him to go with me. He loves it for the first mile or so, then he starts to slow down, and consequently, I start to slow down too. I run him when I can, but on warm days like today, I’ve slowed down to his pace. I shave at least a minute off my mile time when he’s not with me, but I try to remind myself that he needs the exercise as much as I do, and that his legs are much shorter. I also appreciate the company, and I talk to him a lot like a personal trainer (“You can do it Ramsay! Let’s run to that stop sign!”). I think I’m really talking to MYSELF and trying to self-motivate, but it’s less weird if I”m talking to my dog in public, right?

I’m excited to share my training with you, and I’m really proud of myself for making it 4 days this week, even if I had to modify the schedule a little bit. I’m hanging the months on my fridge and writing down my total distance and pace after every run to see my progress. Apparently this is just what I needed to get me going.

There’s lots of other things going on with Team Shupe too. Stay tuned! Our garden is huge, AND we just started our first home renovation project (which we hope to finish this week). Life is good. We are happy. And I’m sitting in front of our little AC unit right no, so I FEEL good.

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Sick Day Catch-Up

In my opinion, sometimes waking up feeling crappy is God’s way of saying “Hey, slow down and take a day to recoup.” Today is one of those days for me. I’ve been feeling the beginnings of sinus trouble for a few days (happens every year as the weather changes day after day), left work early yesterday with my face feeling swollen like a balloon, then woke up this morning with the worst pounding headache, like someone driving a screwdriver into my brain. So I called in and took a sick day, something I rarely do. I think I ended the year with at least five unused sick days in 2012. When I do take the day off, unless I’m dying, I try to be somewhat productive. Today I am looking forward to some blogging, some Pinterest time, some laundry and cleaning, and cooking dinner. And snuggling with the nice warm dog who is currently laying in bed with me.

It’s been far too long since I’ve written anything on here, per usual. Work has been busy. Personal life has been busy. The hubby and I have been exhausted in our limited downtime.

We’ve been getting our finances organized for a potential house purchase in the near future, and then trying to clean and organize our current living space to make moving out easier. Sidenote: if you live in the Portland-metro area and are considering purchasing a home for the first time, I highly recommend the Portland Housing Center (http://portlandhousingcenter.org/). PHC is a non-profit that specializes in helping first time home buyers by educating them on finances and the purchasing process, and partnering with trusted real estate agents and home inspectors to make the process go as smoothly as possible. We spent all day on Saturday at a Homebuying 101 class, learning all about how to prepare for the mortgage pre-approval process, searching for our dream home, and evaluating home inspections and needed repairs. It was super helpful in preparing us for this next step in our family journey.

In other news, I finally got my rear end to the gym yesterday. I’ve not yet gotten into a routine since having to quit CrossFit, despite talking about how much I need to get back in shape. Yesterday, my work besties and I had a lunchtime date with the treadmills at LA Fitness. We did 20-25 minutes of cardio, which involved me running for two five-minute stretches, more running than I’ve done in MONTHS. Then we did a little mini-WOD, 9-7-5 of deadlifts and some weighted straight-arm pulses. I could barely move today, it hurts so good. Tomorrow, I requested a good ab workout, because Lord knows, after the holidays I could use one.

Finally, here’s an adorable picture of my dog looking smart:


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Today’s Hot & Sweaty WOD

Today’s workout was brutal:

5 rounds, for time

200 m sandbag run (40 lbs)

14 pull-ups

24 goblet squats (25 lbs)

34 double-unders (90 singles)

I don’t even remember how long it took me to finish…38:22 maybe? It was about 95 degrees in the Box, and I had greedily positioned myself in front of the fan in hopes of keeping my cheeks from getting bright red. Fail. On a more positive note, I did a couple of real life kips with the bands!

Hubby also got signed up today, after his third trial class. I know the trainers can whip him into shape real quick, and I was proud of his hard work today. He was quite a trooper, and actually finished BEFORE I did (plus he took a bathroom break in the middle). He’ll be in the Crossfit Games in no time.

Today’s workout was MUCH better than Friday’s. I hate to end the week with a bad workout, but I couldn’t get up in time Saturday to get in for class and redeem myself. I was a DNF on Friday, and was close to tears from being so frustrated at myself. It was just one of those days where I couldn’t lift, I couldn’t do cardio, and everyone else could without a problem. On top of that, I tweaked my arm/shoulder again, and spent the weekend forcing Shayne to give me deep tissue massages with the lacrosse ball. Starting the week with a more positive gym experience is definitely a good thing.

It’s only supposed to get hotter this week, so I’ve got to turn myself into an all-weather fitness buff!

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