Excuses, Excuses

How did I do on my goals last week? I wanted to run one mile every day for 7 consecutive days. I did not. But, I came pretty close and I’m not even mad for not meeting my goal! My best friend from college was in town visiting so there were two days when I didn’t squeeze in a run. Besides that, I ran every day. Five days is way better than what I’ve been averaging (which is….1? I don’t know). I got up early to run again this morning and felt so good afterwards. It’s amazing how even 20 minutes makes such a difference!

Yesterday, I went to the gym and did some cardio (10 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the bike) followed by a full-body lift. My hamstrings are sore today so I’m thinking some yoga will be in order.Side bar: I did yoga once last week, which is only half of my goal. But again, it’s better than nothing so, go me!

 

 

 

4 Days in a Row + The World’s Greatest Workout Crops

I ran another mile today! It was hot and I definitely didn’t drink enough water today so I didn’t feel as good as last night but I did it! Four days in a row! Woohoo!

But the real reason for this post is to tell you all about the most perfectly wonderful cropped pants in the world. Let me begin by telling you how much I hate shorts. I really hate them. Especially running in them. There are two main reasons I hate running in shorts. The first is that they are just plain uncomfortable. Regardless of how minuscule the inseam (2″? 1″? It doesn’t matter), they ALWAYS ride up and bunch up right between your legs. Practically every other step I’m doing the weird half-jump to the side while I pull the inseam of my shorts down before I continue my normal gait. Not only is this annoying, but it’s uncomfortable  And I’m just not into that.

The second, but most serious reason, is chafing. And I don’t care how “seamless” your shorts are. The seam isn’t what’s causing me to chafe…it’s the two thighs that I have that rub against each other with every single step I take. No matter how seamless your shorts may be, they aren’t going to stop my legs from high fiving each other every step of the way! I need a barrier, gosh darn it. And that is why crops are the superior running bottom.

Which brings me to my next point: finding the perfect pair of crops. This has proven to be an extremely difficult task, as it’s taken me 24 years to find a pair worth writing home about. It all started with a coupon that landed in my inbox for 15% off my entire purchase. “Hm,” I thought to myself, “I was just thinking that I needed a new pair of running pants. Maybe I’ll stop by later and try some on…”

Well, I grabbed a few pairs of shorts (they all sucked, duh) and a few pairs of crops and headed to the fitting room. My perfect crops need to be lightweight and breathable, but not so light that they’re see-through, with a high waist and I prefer them to hit mid-calf. I also like a pocket for my keys so that I can get back into my building when I get back from my run.

In my experience, cropped pants are always way too low, too short, or too heavy. Out of sheer dumb luck, I grabbed a pair off the rack that turned out to be GOLD. GOLD I TELL YOU! I mean, they’re black but you know what I mean…

Okay, okay so what are they? UNDER ARMOUR!

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Back in high school, when I was a hardcore jock, Under Armour was THE athletic apparel company. I mean, it’s what all the cool kids wore (except for Under Armour Boy, who wore at least one item of Under Armor apparel EVERY SINGLE DAY for the entire four years of high school. I don’t even know his real name. Everyone just called him Under Armour Boy. This is a true story.) In recent years, I’ve been riding the Nike/Lululemon train and have let my love for UA fall to the wayside.

Not anymore. These 17″ inseam heat-gear, compression-pant beauties have brought me back to my senses. Heat Gear is the original wicking fabric that is so silky and light, I feel like my pants are made of water. They are THE BEST pants I have worn in years.

My one beef with them is the placement of the logo. It hits right at the widest part of my leg, which causes it so stretch into a strange, oblong formation. If I designed these pants (ahem, take note Under Armour), I would have put the logo closer to the hem. There’s no need to draw attention to the widest part of a woman’s body. #rookiemistake

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a great pair of crops for every kind of workout, I highly recommend the Under Armour 17″ Authentic Capri. They’re great for running, spinning, lifting, aerobics, yoga, etc and are my new go-to workout crops.

Just Call me Kara Goucher

Today was my third day in a row of running one consecutive mile and it felt great! My time wasn’t great (10:30) but I felt good and that’s the important part. I wasn’t cursing my life the entire time and I actually ended with a sprint. I use the word ‘sprint’ very casually here, mind you.

I can’t believe how sore I am from Body Pump yesterday– my quads and pecs were really feeling it today. Tomorrow might have to be a yoga/recovery day! We’ll see how I feel in the morning. If I feel good, I’d like to get in a spin class.

Oh, and I’d like to adjust my MMG from yesterday. I wanted to drink a green smoothie or juice every day this week but didn’t realize that we didn’t have any greens in the house until it was too late. So, that’s not going to happen. Whoops.

 

SUCCESS! (And MMG)

My alarm went off at 5:30 this morning and all I wanted to do was say “fuck it” and go back to bed. But I didn’t. I figure,  if I’m already awake, I might as well just get out of bed. So off to the gym I went for Body Pump. I haven’t done Body Pump, or any kind of class for that matter, in a lonnnng time. The instructor was great and the class was pretty full for 6 AM. (More people=more energy). The class kicked my butt and I’m a little nervous excited about how sore I’m going to be in the next 24-48 hours.

After class, I hopped on a treadmill and ran one mile in ten minutes, which is already an improvement from yesterday’s 11-minuter. It was still hard, especially right after Body Pump, but I’m glad I did it. Yesterday I said that I would run one mile every day this week and I wasn’t about to bail already!

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Breakfast was Noosa yogurt (it’s a local brand so I don’t know if you can get it everywhere in the country but it is the BEST yogurt in the world so try it if you can)  with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and homemade granola. Seriously, see if you can buy Noosa where you live because it is so freaking delicious. My favorite is honey and this morning I had strawberry rhubarb. NOM.

Now, onto my goals for the week:

  • Run one mile every day for 7 consecutive days
  • Yoga 2x
  • One green juice and/or smoothie every day

I’m keeping it simple this week: running, yoga, and drinking my veggies! What are your goals for the week?

I Used To Love Running

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In the last two weeks, I’ve been reminded how much I used to love running. But for some reason, I still can’t get myself out the door. I am so afraid of how hard running is when you start from zero. Let me back up and tell you what got me inspired in the first place. First, I watched the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, Into the Wind, which tells the story of Terry Fox, who ran across Canada to raise money for cancer research. This short film had me in tears almost from the get go and then made me adopt a new motto: WWTFD? Then, I started reading, “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. It’s his only non-fiction work and is about exactly what you’d expect with a title like that.

All this running inspiration has me thinking that I really loved running. There was a point when I looked forward to my daily run. I could run 6-8 miles at a time! Right now, I’m lucky if I can last five minutes before I need to walk again. It’s so disheartening and honestly, embarrassing. So I’m going to swallow my pride and start running again. If I can only run one mile, that’s fine. I’ll start slow and work my way up. But I need to get my shit together. Like, for realz.

 

MMG (Wednesday Edition)

It’s harder to get back into the blogging mindset that I thought it would be. It’s Wednesday (night) and I just now remembered that I planned on blogging this week. Oops. Well, better late than never, right? It seems a little silly to set a goal this far into the week so I’ll just re-cap my week so far.

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I got back Sunday afternoon from a weekend in the mountains with my girlfriends. It was beautiful and serene and just oh so lovely. I really enjoy spending time in nature with no cell phone reception. It helped that we were in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Every where I turned, there was a post-card-worthy view.  But two days of lounging in the sun, hiking, and eating s’mores around the campfire really wiped me out. I spent the rest of Sunday in bed nursing the most painful sunburn of my life and mentally preparing for the season finale of Game of Thrones.

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Monday was a successful workout day. I made time to get to the gym for a quick circuit that I just made up as I went along. It was about an hour squats, box jumps, bench pressing, hamstring curls, lunges, push ups, and an assortment of other exercises. I had intentions of going for a run but the record heat (97 degrees? No thanks!) kept me confined to the gym. Which, let’s be honest, was really fine with me. On Tuesday I sucked it up though and went out for a “run”. I ran to a nearby park (5 minutes) where I completed another circuit (about 30 minutes) then ran home (5 minutes). So it was really more of a circuit than a run but I’m calling it a run anyway. The heat was oppressive yet bearable because of the lack of humidity.

Today was a busy day and working out took a back seat. I made up for it by drinking not one but two green smoothies today. Spinach, spinach, every where!

I hope to get in at least two more trips to the gym this week and two runs. I’ll check back at the end of the week with another update!

Day 1: Running

I’m on a mission to become a runner again. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any consistent running. Over the last two years I’ve had a pretty on-again-off-again relationship. But I’m ready to commit. Today was the first day of my new running career. I ran for 20 minutes, alternating walking and running for intervals of one minute with a four-minute warm up and cool down. Gotta start somewhere, right?

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This weekend I’m going up to the mountains for some much-needed off-the-grid girl time. No cell phones, no computers, just me, my girlfriends, and a lake in the mountains! I’m planning on getting my hike on and maybe even some cliff jumping.  I’ll be back Monday with some goals for the week!

Have a great weekend!