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Back on Track

January 9, 2012 Leave a comment

First week of 2012 is officially gone!

I spent a little bit of time before the holidays and then on New Year’s Day figuring out my race schedule for this year.

Big goal: Free Press FULL Marathon.

Goals along the way:

  • Super 5k: February 5th, Novi, MI
  • Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5k: March 11th, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Martian Marathon 10k: April 14th, Dearborn, MI
  • Roads’ End 5 Miler: April 29th, Pinckney Rec Area, MI
  • Capitol City Half Marathon: May 5th, Columbus, OH
  • Back to the Beach 10k: May 20th, Shelby Twp., MI
  • Flirt with Dirt 10k: June 9th, Novi, MI
  • The Legend Half Marathon: August 4th, Lansing, MI
  • Free Press Full Marathon: October 21st, Detroit, MI/Windsor, Ontario

I’ve got my 2012 calendar all kitted out with my running plan for the year and the white board below it for each week + our meals and other appointments.

Week 1 Planned

Week 1 Actual
Sunday 1/1: Drove home from skiing up north
Monday 1/2: 3 mile run (treadmill, 10:56 pace)
Tuesday 1/3: 6am-7am workout with personal trainer, 6pm-7pm beginning yoga with Amanda
Wednesday 1/4: nothing, glorious nothing.
Thursday 1/5: 6pm-7pm beginning yoga with Amanda
Friday 1/6: 3.86 mile run to Amanda’s house (10:05 pace)
Saturday 1/7: 3.25 mile walk at Gallup Park
Sunday 1/8: 2 mile run to the Rec Center (9:54 pace); 20 minutes of abs, 2.85 mile run back home (11:04 pace)

This week is a short week since we’re leaving for Vermont on Wednesday after work. I’ve only got a run for tonight, personal training session and yoga tomorrow planned, but I’ll be taking my running stuff out east with me too 🙂

A Long Time Coming, Update Part #1

June 3, 2011 2 comments

Well, it certainly has been a long time since I have done one of these “update” things.

It has been a busy spring so far, so I’m going to do a little rundown (in a few posts) of what has happened in the past three months or so.

Races and Exercise
In the beginning of April, I ran the Martian Marathon 5k in Dearborn, MI. Sad that I still had to wear my long underwear because of the cold but GREAT because I met my goal of under thirty minutes! It was 29:51 overall. Also, the shirt was awesome.

The rest of April and May were filled with not much running and a lot more mountain biking and road biking, that is, when we weren’t getting constantly rained on.


my valiant steed

The weekend of May 21st brought our first ride in the Zoo-de-Mack, a 51 mile bicycle ride from Boyne Highlands Resort near Petoskey, MI to Mackinaw City, MI. It took us 3 hours and 15 minutes of ride time, with an hour in the middle for lunch.


spandex ftw


still lots of energy

Crazy enough, the next day I ran the Back to the Beaches 5k at Stoney Creek Metropark in Shelby Twp, MI. I was also under 30 minutes this time, at 29:53 overall. I was really surprised that I was able to run that quickly after such a long ride the night before… and once I saw that I was only two seconds slower than my record, I wished I could’ve just pushed a little bit more to beat it. Oh well. Next 5k isn’t until the Warrior Dash in July and I have no time goals for that one.

A week from tomorrow is the Tour de Cure Century Ride and you should donate to me, it’d be lovely of you 🙂

After that, I’m trying to figure out which running races I want to sign up for next. I’m thinking about the Romeo to Richmond 5k and the CRIM 8k. I need to start amping up a little bit after the Century in preparation for the half marathon.

Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5k Update

March 13, 2011 4 comments

Today I ran in the Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5k in downtown Ann Arbor.

I’m really glad that it didn’t start until 11:30am, especially since last night was the Spring Forward night and we lost an hour of sleep. Got some breakfast and then headed out to the parking lot behind Conor’s to wait for the start. Temperature wasn’t that bad, either, it was about 36F out. Much warmer than my last race!

My knee felt pretty wonky this morning when I woke up. Really odd since I didn’t work out yesterday so I figure I just slept on it wrong. I figured I wouldn’t be able to beat my time from last month’s race but…..

I BEAT MY TIME!

Time: 30:16.9
Pace: 9:45 minute miles

I shaved 30 seconds off of last month’s run!

I also signed up for two more runs as well.
4/2/2011: Martian Invasion 5k in Dearborn, MI
5/22/2011: Back to the Beaches 5k in Shelby Twp, MI

That’s all for today! Hope your weekend was good too 🙂

Saturday Planning – 3/12 to 3/18

March 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Planning my menus on Saturday before my grocery shopping trip is my go-to method for keeping organized and saving money by only buying what I need.

With that, here is my meal plan for 3/12/2011 to 3/18/2011, in no particular order. It’s pretty boring, since there is a lot of leftovers and I have no help in the brainstorming.

  • Quinoa Chili from (Never Home)Maker (vegan)
  • BBQ Tofu, Israeli Couscous, Broccoli & Kale (vegan)
  • Leftover Vegetable Korma and Spinach/Potato/Chickpea curry (vegan)
  • Beef Stew (link)

It’s the second week in a row that I’m stealing a recipe from (Never Home) Maker. Sorry! I just looks really good. I’ve made lots of chilis before but none with quinoa, or any other grain, in them. Chili cook-off is this week at my work (I think, if it actually happens) but I won’t bring anything in. I’m sort of a non-participator.

I also picked a second new recipe this week – a beef stew that I’ll make tomorrow. It was actually my first time buying wine for anything (since I don’t really drink) and I had to ask the wine lady to help me find a red wine for cooking 🙂 We’ve got some chuck roast from the quarter of a cow we bought from my husband’s uncle (that he raised!) that we’ll use for the recipe.

Tomorrow’s Race

Tomorrow I am running my second 5k – the Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5k in downtown Ann Arbor. There is a Daily Mile meet-up afterwards that I might go to as well. Need to decide… I really need friends in Ann Arbor though. Such a loner.

Goal Keeper – no clue what number

The only way that you can keep your goals is if you keep yourself accountable – not only to yourself but to those around you. That’s why I post my goals on here, that’s why I update my Twitter. Even if no one responds, I feel as if I have an obligation to keep my goals.

Whether good or bad, I’m going to try to check-in on Sundays to go over who my goals when the past Sunday to Saturday.

I haven’t done one of these in a while, so I’m not entirely sure which number I am at…. I’ll have to figure that out.

2011 Goals
1.) Lose 13.5 pounds (from 113.5 to 100 pounds)
Current Weight: ~109 pounds
This was taken this morning. Not much change in a few weeks, which is good.

2.) Work out five times per week.

  • Sunday: 5k in the morning!
  • Monday: 6am workout with Sarah
  • Tuesday: Six Week Six Pack (morning); 2.5 miles (treadmill, afternoon)
  • Wednesday: 6am work out with Sarah (1 hr)
  • Thursday: Six Week Six Pack (morning); 3.25 miles
  • Friday: 30 minutes on bike trainer (morning)
  • Saturday: 3.1 mile run on treadmill
  • Sunday: 4 mile run on treadmill

As I talked about yesterday, I have some exercise goals set and now it is just all about actually hitting those. I’m actually having a really hard time remembering what I did this past week…

3.) Run a 5k
Done! Completed on 2/6/2011 with a time of 30:48.

New Goal 4.) Run the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon, without walking. The farthest I have ran without walking so far is 4 miles. 8 months to work up 9 more miles? I can do this.

5.) Eat meat only once per day or not at all.

  • Sunday: 0
  • Monday: 0
  • Tuesday: 0
  • Wednesday: 1
  • Thursday: 0
  • Friday: 1
  • Saturday: 1

6.) Eat dinner out once per week or not at all.
Three times this week… not that good on this one.

7.) Volunteer with Earthworks Urban Farm in Detroit and Growing Hope in Ypsilanti.
I’ll be waiting until Spring to start working on these.

8.) Have my own garden in a Project Grow community garden.
This is partially complete! I’ve gotten my application approved and now I just need to wait around for May to come so I can start planting 🙂

This post is straight and to the point this time. Not much to muse about down here that hasn’t already been in said in other posts.

Goal Keeper: The Fifth Element

February 13, 2011 2 comments

The only way that you can keep your goals is if you keep yourself accountable – not only to yourself but to those around you. That’s why I post my goals on here, that’s why I update my Twitter. Even if no one responds, I feel as if I have an obligation to keep my goals.

Whether good or bad, I’m going to try to check-in on Sundays to go over who my goals when the past Sunday to Saturday. Also, let’s see how long I can come up with cute “number” phrases for the post title.

Random Fun Fact
The Fifth Element, aside from being boron, is a super sweet science fiction movie with Bruce Willis and an extremely cute Milla Jovovich with hunting gear orange hair. Our cat is named Leeloo after her character in the movie!

2011 Goals
1.) Lose 13.5 pounds (from 113.5 to 100 pounds)
Current Weight: ~109 pounds
This was taken Saturday morning. I’ve got some serious super motivation now from signing up for lots of races! I bought Jillian Michael’s Six Week Six Pack DVD and some hand weights from Meijer today and we’ll see what she’ll all about. I watched it today (and didn’t work out) just to see what I was in for. I do many of the moves already with my trainer, so I think it’ll be a good video to work along with at home (as long as the husband isn’t there to watch me!).

2.) Work out five times per week.

  • Sunday: 5k in the morning!
  • Monday: 40 minutes on trainer (morning)
  • Tuesday: 40 minutes on trainer (morning); 2.5 miles (treadmill, afternoon)
  • Wednesday: 5:30pm work out with Sarah (1 hr)
  • Thursday: 45 minutes on trainer (morning); 3.25 miles (treadmill, after work)
  • Friday: Off day!
  • Saturday: 4 mile run on treadmill (morning, 46 minutes, 11:30 pace)

3.) Run a 5k
Done! Completed on 2/6/2011 with a time of 30:48.

4.) Run/bike a duathlon
Thinking about signing up for the Willow Metropark Duathlon. I am actually going to start to look for some duathlons later in the summer… because of some big news I’m dropping below!

5.) Eat meat only once per day or not at all.

  • Sunday: 1
  • Monday: 0
  • Tuesday: 0
  • Wednesday: 0
  • Thursday: 0
  • Friday: 0
  • Saturday: 0

6.) Eat dinner out once per week or not at all.
This week, since I had planned on the disastrous soup not being disastrous and lasting for more than one meal, we ended up eating out twice: Wednesday night at Great Plains Burger Co (very good bean burgers) and Friday night at Gourmet Garden (veg lo mein!).

7.) Volunteer with Earthworks Urban Farm in Detroit and Growing Hope in Ypsilanti.
I’ll be waiting until Spring to start working on these.

8.) Have my own garden in a Project Grow community garden.
Still haven’t heard from Project Grow…. this goal is on hold until then! It’s out of my hands right now whether I can complete this or not.

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I’ve signed up for the Free Press Half Marathon!

otherwise known as, I get to run across an international border and through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel under the river.

I’m crazy, but it’s okay. I’ve got 8 months to add 8 more miles to my longest run. Totally do-able. :):)

Also, I’ve been practically meat-free the entire week, save for the ham & cheese soufflé I had at Panera a week ago (they didn’t have the other kinds left, boo hiss…). What’s funny is that we went out to Great Plains Burger Co. for dinner on Wednesday night and I remarked to Tim, while eating my black bean burger, that it has been so long since I’ve had a real hamburger, that I can’t accurately remember what it tastes like. I’m sort of excited about that!

Goal Keeper: Fantastic Four

February 6, 2011 1 comment

The only way that you can keep your goals is if you keep yourself accountable – not only to yourself but to those around you. That’s why I post my goals on here, that’s why I update my Twitter. Even if no one responds, I feel as if I have an obligation to keep my goals.

Whether good or bad, I’m going to try to check-in on Sundays to go over who my goals when the past Sunday to Saturday. Also, let’s see how long I can come up with cute “number” phrases for the post title.

2011 Goals
1.) Lose 13.5 pounds (from 113.5 to 100 pounds)
Current Weight: ~110 pounds
This was taken this morning when I woke up. It’s been between 108.5 and 110 this past week. With the 5k today I wasn’t sure exactly how much I should work out before hand…. and with my birthday this week we ate out a bunch more than we normally do. Oh well. Back on track today AND tomorrow.

2.) Work out five times per week.

  • Sunday: off day
  • Monday: 6am workout with Sarah (1 hr), 5k at the gym (evening)
  • Tuesday: 40 minutes on trainer (evening)
  • Wednesday: Pull-ups, push-ups, bicycle crunches, plank-ups, leg press, leg extensions, and 5k at the gym (afternoon)
  • Thursday: 2.5 miles outside (!!!) (evening)
  • Friday: Birthday! Off day 🙂
  • Saturday: 60 minutes on the trainer (afternoon)

3.) Run a 5k
I have signed up for a 5k on February 6th in Novi, MI.

Monday’s 5k was my fastest yet, coming in at 33:04, which is probably the fastest I’ve done it in. I’ve been started at 5.3mph and going up by .1mph each quarter mile (the treadmill has an oval of lights that when it’s complete it is a quarter mile) and keeping it at 6mph once I reached it. So that makes my fastest timed mile at 10 minutes. I ran again on Wednesday, but I kept it at 5.5mph the whole time.

I really surprised myself on Thursday, leaving work only about 10 minutes early to bundle up and run outdoors for a little while. The cold air wasn’t as difficult as I had thought it would be.

My 5k is today (as you can tell probably I start writing well ahead of time) so hopefully that is going well 🙂 My goals were to finish, to not be last, and to hopefully be under 35 min.

Upcoming Races
Shamrocks and Shenanigans 5k March 13th in Ann Arbor, MI
Warrior Dash: July 30-31st in Flushing, MI.

4.) Run/bike a duathlon
Thinking about signing up for the Willow Metropark Duathlon. I still haven’t signed up for this since I am not fully convinced that I can run two 5ks on either side of a bike ride. I need to talk to Tim and his friend about signing our century team up for Race for the Cure though, so we can start fundraising – I want one of the sweet jerseys!

5.) Eat meat only once per day or not at all.

  • Sunday: 1
  • Monday: 0
  • Tuesday: 1
  • Wednesday: 1
  • Thursday: 0
  • Friday: 1
  • Saturday: 0

6.) Eat dinner out once per week or not at all.
This didn’t work out so well this week, haha. We went out for Chinese food on Wednesday night… who knew it was going to be Chinese New Year?? Lucky us 🙂 I love that the Chinese restaurant we go has actual Chinese people dining in it, that must mean something good, right? 😀

Friday was my birthday (big 2-5!) and we finally got to go to Yotsuba. I think it’s the best Japanese restaurant in Ann Arbor… also the staff is mostly all Japanese from what I can tell by listening in on their conversations.

I also went out on Saturday night with my friend Bryan for dinner 🙂

7.) Volunteer with Earthworks Urban Farm in Detroit and Growing Hope in Ypsilanti.
I’ll be waiting until Spring to start working on these.

8.) Have my own garden in a Project Grow community garden.
Still haven’t heard from Project Grow…. and it still isn’t May yet. Waiting so long for this is going to be super difficult. I did find out this week that the full plots are about 750 square feet…. hopefully its a square or else I don’t know how else I will plan it.

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Super Bowl 5k Update!


Today was the 5k! Finally!
I was up at 6am… not really sure what to eat, so I had a banana and some coffee. The long sleeve shirt we got for the race at the packet pick-up yesterday is awesome, it’s the wicking type, so I used it in my layers.

We left the house around 7:30am and drove out to Novi. Got there around 8 and hung out in the car for a while. Got out, stretched, jumped around a bit to try to keep warm. It was around 25F.

I was pretty far back in line so I got a nice walk to the start line at 9am. In the end, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Not too cold. I was actually able to pass a lot of people (and that’s not counting just the walkers!) and since it was my first time running in a group I thought it was really nice to get with a group I could pace myself with.

I didn’t bring my HRM or watch, so I really had no clue how fast I was going (I think this was actually a good idea – if I had worn it I would’ve been obsessed with checking it every five seconds).

My clock time was 33:06 and my chip time was 30:48!! Holy crap! That’s a 9:53 pace! I am officially amazed.