Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I'm back! + Updates

Hi everyone! (If anyone is still here, haha) I totally fell off the face of the Earth with blogging, but I'm back :) I started writing out a summary of the past few months, until I realized that not much has changed! Last semester was mentally exhausting, but I came out with a 3.0 GPA. I took the summer off and worked a lot, and I'm going back for my last full year this fall. I'm also in the process of moving! Commuting was really hard on me last semester, so I found a great apartment close to my school :) I'm leaving for Nebraska tomorrow to go to my best friend's wedding, so when I come back I'll be all moved in a ready to go! I also took the past few months off of running while I was dealing with IT band problems. I used that time to really focus on weight lifting, and I think it really helped me. I started half marathon training 2 weeks ago, and while my pace isn't what I want it to be, my body's feeling a lot stronger. I'm taking this training cycle really slowly (the race isn't until December) and taking the time to stretch/foam roll more and make sure that I make it to the half injury free. I don't want to crash and burn like last time haha.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Back to Basics

I've made it a goal to get back into running, but it's been a little defeating to see that my endurance is 12% of what it used to be. I found myself jumping back into 3 milers expecting them to be easy, but after 2 miles I'm beat. After thinking about it, I remembered that when I was seriously into running back in 2013, all I did were 1 mile runs 3-4 times a week, and after a couple of months it turned into running 5 miles without stopping.

Keeping that in mind, I set out after work on Friday with just a short run in mind. I just did a short 1.2 mile jog, and even though I was only out for about 15 minutes, it still felt SO good to be back outside and running. I think taking it easy and building my base back up will help me to actually enjoy running again instead of feeling like it's a chore :)

Saturday was my first day off of work/school in awhile, so I had a great workout planned, but my body/mind were totally exhausted so it was a much needed rest day. Instead of working out, I spent time with my family, watched Twilight, and went out for a froyo date with the boy :)

Toasted marshmallow, chocolate, strawberries, candy bits, and hot fudge is what dreams are made of ;)

How do you come back to running after taking awhile off? 
I could use some more tips ;)

What's your favorite froyo combination?!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Back from MIA!

Hi everyone!! I've been totally MIA due to school, but I wanted to let you know I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth ;)

I haven't been running very much lately, but I have been staying active! Now that I'm back at university, I've been walking 2-3 miles per day (I go Monday-Thursday) on campus and lifting a lot of weights/hitting spin classes.

As you can see, my biceps are enormous ;) I might not have visible muscle mass yet, but I've noticed a huge difference in how strong I feel doing daily activities and when I do go for a run.

My course load is pretty high this semester, and since I'm commuting I'm spending around 3 hours in the car per day. I'm going to try to blog at least 3 times a week, and run at least as much :) As much as I love running, weight lifting has been more my thing lately, so I'll just ride it out until I get sick of it ;)

I hope you guys have been doing well!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Resolution Run Take 2!

Today I woke up feeling much better, so I decided to try my 5k again!

I fueled up with a soy green tea latte and a bagel, then headed out the door a couple of hours later.

It definitely wasn't a PR run by any means, but I was happy to complete it :)

My goal for 2015 is to get my 5k down to sub-35! If not more, because my ultimate goal is sub-30 :)

I thought about hitting the gym to lift weights after, but instead I spent the afternoon watching Divergent with my mom, reading Harry Potter, and cuddling on the couch with this guy.

I'm still sore from lifting weights yesterday, so the rest was probably a good thing, and it was nice to just relax and hang out with my family :) Tomorrow I've got a double workout on the schedule though!

What was your first workout of 2015?