Time Flies When You’re Running!


This is how many weeks I have been training! Wahoo! Where has the time gone?

This will be a short post! I feel terrible taking so much time off from my blog when there have really been some exciting things I have been doing, learning and goals met!

I won’t bore you with the details of how busy life can be – we already know these things!

Well Shane is away for several weeks in Thailand so I had to drop out of my early morning group fitness class – which really bums me out because I was enjoying the moral we all were building and the friendships too! BUT – I have to say – I have been feeling eager to get back to my one-on-one thrashings with Jeanne! PLUS – I really enjoyed the time that we had chatting about life stuff, fitness tidbits and well – this might sound lame but… it was the only time I got “girl chit-chat” time in…no, really! (Lame, I know – I need to get out more!) So lets catch-up on where my training has gone!

The trail we run is called the Habu Trail - and these are Habu's in Sake! Supposed to be strong stuff!

WOOT Run – a few weekends ago Jeanne sent me a goal of 8:30 min pace for a 4mile run. I decided that I was running with the local Women’s running group (trail running that is) for that run. This was a paved trail and one that I have run several times but never that fast. I made sure to let my goal be known – keeping myself accountable for it! Then, I immediately set out to pace with the leaders of the pack! I was really just chasing after them for the first mile or so and then slowly closed the gap. These ladies kept me honest and I ran the 8:30 pace all the way up and down those crazy farm roads! Seriously – proud of myself!

Last Wednesday I was really proud of myself – I ran to the morning group session (the last one I was able to attend) at the Plaza Housing pool, did the swim workout with the group, and then ran home! Total mileage was a little over 8.5 miles and it took me roughly 1 hr and 30 minutes. I averaged a 10:43 pace with the run there all uphill and the run home all downhill!

This weekend I was running with the stroller (27lb monkey plus 20lb chariot) and I still made my LSR (8.47) in an 11 min pace! I wasn’t running it for pace I was just trying to survive it! I picked the beach run since it is the flattest place I know of around here and even though that meant making the loop 3 times – it was worth it! I headed out early enough that we were in the shade for almost the entire run!

Todaywas my first day back to one-on-one training! Jeanne was tough – my quads are smoked!

The workout:

800m run @ ¾ pace

20 Thrusters w. 18lb bar

400m run @ slightly slower than sprint pace

20 thrusters w. 18lb bar

200m all out sprint

and then we did it all over again working backwards and ending w/ a set of thrusters.

This is an example of a Thruster - I was not that bad-a$$ - I only had the bar and no weights added!

ME = Broke OFF!

Then this afternoon – still needing to get some mileage in since we are up-ing my overall weekly mileage – I headed to the gym for a treadmill run (needed to take it a little easy on my legs and we were in “black flag” conditions – so no outdoor PT allowed) – I ran 3.5 miles at an easy 10min pace. I really started to feel my quads getting tight at the very end of the run so I made sure and iced my legs when I got home! My longest run to date is still 9 miles – but I love that Jeanne gets me to reach a new distance and then we hang with that mileage and build a strong base there – so by the time I am adding even more distance to my longest run my legs are very ready for it! This has really been the key to keeping my legs injury free and my mental state where it needs to be as well! When you feel string and confident it shows in the LSR’s!

Nutritional Tidbits:

Hybrid Mini-Meatloaf

These came out so yummy tasty!

I have been trying to find ways to send my husband off to work with some Paleo approved foods and easy to eat, carry with, and reheat foods – so I had to get creative. Since my husband bikes to work her carries his lunch in a backpack that I am sure gets jostled all over the place. Enter the mini-meatloaf! I took the Everyday Paleo meatloaf recipe and my mother’s meatloaf and came up with a hybrid version that we ALL (including the monkey) really dig! This is not Paleo because I have added a few things – so anyone who is hardcore Paleo please skip over this recipe! ;o)

Ingredients:

2lbs Ground Meat (whatever you prefer)

½ tsp white pepper

1 pkg Dry Onion Soup mix

2 Eggs

½ tsp Marjaram

½ C. water

1 C. Almond Meal

1 tsp Basil

1 can Cream O’ Mushroom Soup

Sauce: Mix together ½ onion soup package w/ cream o’ mushroom soup, add water, pepper, marjoram, and basil – stir well, set aside.

Meat: Mix beef, eggs, almond meal and other half of onion soup mix together – blend well. Add large serving spoon scoop of sauce mixture to meat mixture – bland well. Add meat mix to mini loaf pan – these don’t expand much when they cook so you can really fill your more than mine – this was the first batch and I wasn’t sure – they can be pretty full but leave room for your sauce mix. Top with sauce mix. Bake in the oven (uncovered) at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Another snack we have all come to love is a recipe I took from Robb Wolf’s book and sort of tweaked it a bit as well but it is all Paleo still! I just have to work with what fruit is fresh here.

Cinnamon Fruit

The picture does this sweet treat no justice!

1 Orange – peeled, sectioned and chopped 1 Apple – peeled and sliced or diced 1 tsp cinnamon Mix all of the ingredients into a Tupperware container – toss to coat – put it in the fridge and it gets better and better the longer it all soaks!

Tuna Cabbage Salad

This is such a great snack or lunch!

This is by far my very newest and favorite creation. Again, I took the idea from Robb Wolf’s book about a crunchy cabbage salad and just made it my own!

Ingredients:

¼ head of cabbage

1 can albacore tuna – drained and fixed however you like (I added mayo sometimes or just Olive Oil)

1 whole carrot or 3-4 baby carrots

Sesame seed oil or poppy seed dressing

I like to start with the cabbage and toss it into my food processor with the top blade on shred. Then I add the carrot to the same blade – looks like coleslaw! Then I put it into the bowl I intend to eat it out of and add the tuna mix – stir well. Then I add in my sesame seed oil or sometimes I do a poppy seed dressing.

I devour this as a post workout lunch and I ALWAYS eat this with Plantain Chips! It’s truly not the same without it! You can really make this dish your own – add nuts or other veggies and make it a meal instead of a snack!

Miles ran so far this week = 5.25

Miles Ran TYD = 225.19

Group Training is No Joke Ladies!


Group Training – Week 3

I am continuously amazed at how strong and focused all of these women are that meet up at 5am 3 days a week to train with Jeanne.

Tuesday we did a continuos effort for 30 minutes. The drill was to do a 200 meter (not sure on the exact distance) farmers carry of heavy kettle bells and then 10 Burpees – over and over and OVER again! We were going for broke! I, personally, liked this exercise. At the beginning my upper arms and shoulders were burning but by the end it was my legs (quads) that were burning from the burps. My lungs were pumping and my legs were tired by the end – overall total body workout!

Wednesday morning we had our very first pool exercise. For me, this is my weak area, and I am not used to that. I fully admitted that I didn’t know how to really swim and Jeanne had me stay near the wall.

We did lots of walking lunges and pushups for our warm-up. Then into the pool we went! First we did some freestyle swimming and then we did more work on specific form and w. 100-meter intervals (we could stop every 25m if we needed) – then got out and did pushups and squats in between. Wow – this was hard! My calf muscle almost charley horsed twice and my lungs felt like they were the size of golf balls!

The first time that I got out of the pool to do pushups my body felt like it was just dead weight! So heavy! This was a full body workout. I can already feel it in my back just sitting her typing this up. Now I totally understand the full challenge that people face when competing in Triathlons – and I was in a pool not OPEN WATER!

I’ll admit – I don’t like having a weak area as far as my physical fitness goes – so I plan to spend more time in the pool and hopefully improve! I would like to give a triathlon a goal list slot sometime next year after the Marathon is checked off!

Everyday that we meet at Oh-Dark-hundred is such a challenge! I thought that Jeanne worked me hard in our personal training (and she does) but boy – she works everyone just as hard in her group exercise. We do sprint drills, all sorts of challenging functional fitness, and we laugh, we sweat and we have a good time getting fit!! There isn’t much talking during the actual workout (there are some motivational encouragement exchanges but that’s all). We chitchat before and after the workouts mostly. It is, however, written on all of our faces at the end of that one hour – beat faced and drenched in sweat – we are all worn out and proud of ourselves!

These women range from a spouse who works fulltime w/ no children to fulltime working, plus kids, plus summer session, plus sleep deprivation, plus husbands who deploy and who knows what else! The most important thing is that they are not forgetting about themselves in the hustle and bustle of life. They wake up everyday and take time for them. They take the time to make fitness a priority! One of the many things I have learned along this journey is that I am still important… even though I am a mommy to Nola, a personal chef, an home accountant, a wife to Shane, and a college student…. My physical wellness is paramount. I need to be at the top of my game so that I can be able to take care of my family. And I know I have said it before but I think it is worth stating again – I want Nola to grow up knowing that being outside, running, exercising is a normal part of life – it’s fun and it’s what we do as a family!

Sporting Goods – Shopping in Okinawa

Recently Shane and I took a day and went looking for all sorts of places that selling sporting goods. This island is so focused on sports I just knew that there had to be some good places to buy running gear instead of constantly shopping online. What we found was that there are a lot of specialty stores. The signs will denote that they only sell soccer gear or baseball gear, etc. I remembered Jeanne sporting a great running skirt one day and mentioning a place called Sports Depot.

As luck would have it – we found ourselves driving right passed it! So we U-Turned and headed in. I will have to say… IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!

Don't let this picture fool you - this place was HUGE! Look how tiny their shopping baskets are - we each took one!

They have an amazing shoes selection - this is only one isle of about 4 isles just for shoes. They have models of Asics I can't even find online.

The shoe section is to die for but their prices will definitely break the bank with the Yen – U.S Dollar rate being so terrible. I went crazy in that place. Pilling clothes a mile high on their tiny little shopping carts and zoomed over to the dressing rooms! Out of a mess of 40 outfits I had selected I easily narrowed it down to 6! I was so excited about this – now I can wear a different outfit each day of the week I run or train and still have one outfit left over in case I don’t get to laundry before the next week of training starts! YAY! I found Nike, Puma, and Under Armor – just to name a few recognized brands but they also have countless other great Japanese brands as well.

This is gross – but before I went shopping I only had one pair of shorts and two pairs of Capri’s – I was re-wearing sweaty running clothes! YUK! I’m sure I stunk!

I found their prices to be better than on base – even w/ the exchange rate – but that was mainly on the sale racks or no-name brands. They only items that were over priced (for me) were the shoes. The same exact pair of Asics that I wear were there and after the conversion rate those shoes would have cost me $160 from Sports Depot as apposed to on base they were $80.

I fell in love with these but can't find them anywhere online! Dangit!

Now – let me tell you – they had some expensive stuff there. I was amazed at how expensive the compression wear is. I was able to snag a pair for $50 (it was my most expensive item purchased). They are totally worth it though. HOWEVER, once you are sweaty and you stop to cop-a-squat behind some bushes to pee…they are practically impossible to get back on. My potty break on my 7-mile run this passed weekend took about 6 minutes total! 1 minute to pee and 5 to try and get my shorts back on!

Paleo!

Nutritional Tidbits!

Here is one of my new FAVORITE recipes from the Loren Cordain Paleo Diet book. I eat this as a recovery brunch! So after I get my recovery smoothie in and am showered for the day I am usually starving – this hits the spot every time!

The recipe is CHILI-LIME SHRIMP and it is listed in the book under the starters and appetizers.

First, I buy a large bag of medium sized shrimp and portion them out into sandwich baggies. This turns out to be a perfect one person serving size too! In the morning I set it out in my kitchen window to thaw – usually by the time I am ready to eat them they are thawed but if not I just run hot water into the bag and then drain it – works like a charm!

Perfect!

Now since these shrimp are already cooked I have to make a few changes to the cooking instructions of this recipe. I don’t want my shrimp to get rubbery.

Chili-Lime Shrimp

2 Tbsp EVOO

1 garlic clove, minced (I like two)

1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (I omit these)

1lb Med. Shrimp

1 tsp. Paprika

2 Tbsp Cilantro

Juice from half a lime

Cayenne pepper to taste!

How to: Heat oil in a cast iron skillet (or any skillet) over medium heat. Add garlic and saute while stirring for one minute. Add tomatoes and continue stirring for two minutes.

(At this point I turn off the heat to complete the rest – but if your shrimp are raw keep the heat on)

Toss in the shrimp and continue stirring for 2-3 minutes. Shrimp is done when it is pink. Turn off the heat and toss with paprika and cilantro. Squeeze lime juice over the shrimp and sprinkle with cayenne pepper. (I love to add feta cheese to mine and eat it in a bowl!)

I made this once for a get together at the house and everyone asked me for the recipe before they left! Wink, Wink!

What my typical dinner prep looks like now! I love my new Pampered Chef 2 cup and 1 cup measuring cups! This was for the Puerto Rican Beef recipe and it was delicious!

Dinner is all prepped and ready to be cooked!

Miles YTD = 155.75

Getting to Know Your Body and Finding Balance!


I have been finding that there is no better way to get to know yourself (truly) than on the journey to better overall healthy living, eating and exercising! Since January I have truly transformed and I have the blog posts to prove it! My view of myself has changed and my view of my own abilities has really changed the most!

I used to just day dream about all the athletic things I wanted to do and vicariously live through the stories I would read in Runner’s World Magazine or Women’s Running Magazine. NOW, I am making my own stories – I am finding so much strength in my body and in my ability to stay focused.

I have Jeanne to thank for so many things…motivation, guidance, and partnership! It seems like just the other day I was meeting her for the first time in the lobby of Gunner’s Gym w/ all of my “Living Runner’s World” plans!

I also have all of my family and friends to thank as well. My family, even though they don’t comment much, I know they read and send me love in other ways! My friends keep up with me on Facebook mainly and send me their positive vibes for my goals! And then the best of all…this morning I was told by a woman at the group fitness class that I was the reason she was there, I couldn’t hardly believe my ears. She told me that she had been reading my blog a few months ago and it really motivated her. She is a mom of 2 (ages 4 & 6), active duty military and a wife. WOW – I inspired her! That alone makes me posting my pain, sweat and training all worth it! I will definitely try to make more time for this blog in the hopes that I can continue to motivate others.

 

School – Week 2

This marks week 2 in the summer session of school. Have I told you how crammed I am for time this session?! I am taking 4 courses and I have to divide my time up among them strategically in order to be more efficient and get all of my work done throughout the week. So I set my schedule up like this…

Mondays = Nutrition 100 (Rest Day)

Tuesdays = Financial Management 140 (Group Train)

Wednesdays = Psyc 441 – Learning & Behavior (Group Train)

Thursdays = Psyc. Of Sleep (Group Train)

Fridays = Rest Day and wrap up of all unfinished schoolwork.

Saturdays = Family day/Run

Sundays = Family day/Run

By the end of the week I aim to have all of my work done so that I can spend as much time w/ Shane and Nola as possible. So far that has worked out well but it is only week 2! By the time week 5 (MidTerms) rolls around I am usually a basket case!

In order to be able to stick to this schedule we all have to work together! I set some rules about the household tasks and everyone seems to be happy.

Mainly, I said – there will be NO cleaning by ME from Mon-Fri. If you need something washed you better do it yourself! I will cook but it will mainly be in the Crockpot so I can set it on a break from studying and then forget about it until it’s time to eat! (Considering there are only so many dishes that work in the Crockpot I do have to stop studying early some days to prep dinner.) Also, I set Sat OR Sun to be the house-cleaning day. Everyone helps. Shane and I basically just ask each other what we prefer to do that day (you want floors or bathrooms?) and go to it! All laundry is done the day we decide to clean (usually about 4 loads) and we take turns folding a load that is ready.

Life is much better now that we have set some boundaries on what gets done and when! I am so blessed to have a super helpful husband. He cleans without question – and he even does things the way I like them to be done so I’m not going into OCD shock afterwards! He always empties the dishwasher if he sees it needs it – and it usually does! AND he cooks whenever I ask him. He has no problem admitting when a recipe seems complicated – so sometimes I just prep everything and then he finishes. Either way – we work as a very good team and life is so much better now that I don’t feel like I am “expected” to do everything in the house on top of my personal goals with school and training. We established this set of rules shortly after Nola was born and I was at home losing my mind!


Reshaping – Where did my Ta-Ta’s Go?

Well – there is no good way to write about this so I am just diving into it! I have no boobs now. After breast-feeding I still had some boob-ish boobies but just a deflated version of my previous ones. Now, I am very very lean from eating Paleo and the more fat I lose the less boobs I have. I went online to try and find out what size I am now… and I am AA. So in other words, as I explained to my husband – “the reason why I need to buy more bras is because I have no boob to poor into the cup! So even the A’s require that your boob have some volume in order for it to fit properly into the cup of the bra.”

Well after breastfeeding there was no more volume. As my mother-in-law put it – they look like old tube socks! I went from (before prego) A to a full D while nursing and now to a AA. WILD, huh?

Me - Dec. 2009 - Nola was only 1 month old

Today! Nola is 19 Months!

I have totally come to terms w/ this fact about my new reshaped body. I am an athletically built person now…I don’t care about the boobs (especially since my ass looks amazing!) but what I care about is still feeling sexy and feminine in my underwear. I have been doing some googling on this matter and have found some great “petite bra” websites! LET THE ONLINE SHOPPING BEGIN! Lol!

Wish me luck!

Paleo Talk

I went through a little spell where I was really snacking like crazy (kitkat heaven!) and also still really laying on the cheese and dairy too. Shane and I discussed our interest in really doing Paleo the right way a few weeks ago and since have been doing really well. I went through a phase where I was really dropping weight again, I went from 130-ish to 125lb in two weeks but I wasn’t happy about it. I don’t want to lose more weight. I need fat for my body to use as fuel during my training (started reading Paleo for Athletes). I upped my protein intake more and also focused on healthier ways to refuel and since have come back up to my normal 127-128lb range.

I have been learning in my nutrition class about how the body breaks down food and all the interesting stuff about phytochemicals – which are the plant based nutrients in seasonings! It’s really interesting and as soon as my notes make more sense – less scribbly – I will share what I am learning! But until then – use lots of seasoning – it’s a good thing!

Training tidbits – my mileage is still at the 8mile LSR range and is starting to progressively get a little longer w. each weekly LSR. July will be when we really just start focusing on mileage! Until then, strength training is the focus. The bad thing about July is that it gets sooo stinkin’ HOT hear! I mean, melt your face off HOTTA! So I will definitely be maintaining my wake-up and workout at 5am routine until October sometime.

It is definitely super hard to do this group training from 5-6am and still find the time and energy for my other runs I need to get in as well as all the reading and writing this session is requiring. Life is very busy right now but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! After this session I will only have 3 classes left until I can graduate. September I will (hopefully) start substitute teaching at the DODD schools on base and I will be a few months closer to seeing what running 26.2 miles feels like!

Competitive By Nature


T-Shirt from the Race!

This weekend Shane, Nola and I got up at 4:30am and drove to Camp Schwab (MCB) to participate in their Functional Fitness 3.5K “Fun Run.” The last FF event I participated in was March 5th and I was just getting over my quad injury. So needless to say – I was excited about this event because I really feel like I have come so much further in my fitness, strength, and overall physical abilities – PLUS – I was getting to have my husband there supporting me!

I had been doing some positive/creative visualizations for days about the event. Seeing myself being strong and racing neck and neck to the finish! The night before the race I had a dream that it was me and one other girl (probably the woman who placed 1st in the last FF race) running it to the end and I look over at Shane and I curse out loud – “Damnit, why is it so hard to pass this chick!” HAHA! No, really – that was my dream! Turns out – I wouldn’t be having a photo finish after all!

The morning air was thick and heavy with humidity; it had rained ALL night and was still pouring when I got up. You can just feel the moisture on your skin and you know – you’re gonna sweat buckets. I packed up some Gatorade, bananas, cut oranges, Ziploc of red grapes, and my Nuun water for Shane’s recovery and mine PLUS some snacks for Nola. Gotta keep the little one happy or it makes for a mental challenge during the race. We were the first to arrive and sign in – then headed out for a light jog and warm-up. The turn out wasn’t nearly as big as the previous event on Kinser so I immediately felt a little relief.

There were 6 stations all together over this 2 mile hellishly hilly run! We line up in the gymnasium for a brief on what to expect and immediately I realize this is going to be tough!  When we line up at the start line I realize the woman standing next to me is another one of Jeanne’s clients. I saw her at the nutrition brief a few weeks ago. We gab a bit and she seemed nervous. I told her not to worry – this would be just like a HARD training session with Jeanne – and I meant it! We wished each other luck and then waited for the gun to fire!

Station 1 – 25 TRX suspended atomic push-ups

My feet were all twisted and I did about 10 pushups this way before I hear anything about the crunch part...ugh!

Everyone had a hard time with these. If you click on the photo you can see people (Nola too!) in the background all struggling and how their feet are all the way to the deck…not suppose to be like that. Most of the gear wasn’t hung correctly – your feet shouldn’t be touching the ground while your suspended and luckily mine was hung right but I just didn’t know how to untangle my feet. We were suppose to do a push-up and then pull our knees into our chests for a crunch – w/ the gear too low you couldn’t pull your legs in. Shane’s gear was so low he couldn’t get any tension for his feet so he ended up just doing push-ups til I was done and then he left for the next station with me. I ended up getting fed up that people who couldn’t do them right were just leaving and heading for the next station so I hurried to finish my set so I could catch up.

Station 2 – 50m traveling burpee, 50m walking lunges, 50m traveling spiderman push-up

The "traveling" portion of the burpees!

This station was by far the hardest and when we arrived the trainer supervising yelled “welcome to your worst nightmare!” This was a total quad, hamstring and glute burnout. I have never ever done the spider man crawly things and by the looks of it neither had anyone else there! It was the hardest and yet the funniest station. Shane was too busy doing the rest of the workouts w/ me to get any more photos from this station. If you want to know what I’m talking about just google it and add cross-fit in your search window.

Station 3 – 100 Russian twists w. a 15lb kettle bell

This is where I really made some headway and passed about 6 more people. My core is probably one of my strongest areas and I was able to take NO breaks here while I pounded out these rotations. I kept going and just watched as the young Marines around me were breaking to complain or take water. I recovered my breath while doing these as well, which really helped me gain back my focus and give my quads a break. I took off from this station w/ a faster pace than I started the race.

Station 4 – 30 squat thrusts w/ a 35lb weight bar

This was a tough one too. The weight was way heavier than I am used too and trying to stay on my heels was making my legs shake almost out of control. I maintained a good form and the trainer here complimented me several times!!! (wink, wink Jeanne!) Girls had to do 30 and guys had to do 40. This is where I almost completely caught up with the two Marines in front of me. We took off running from here and it was all UP HILL to the next station but I was tailing them close.

Station 5 – 20 push thrusts w/ a medicine ball

"Push"

"Thrust"

I got to this station fatigued and watched as the two Marines took off again while I completed my reps. I took a minute after completing my set to take in Gatorade and blow my nose! I knew I had given those guys another head start so I tried to run fast but my legs were starting to get worn out. Luckily it was a slight down hill and some flats to the next station.

Station 6 – 25 Sumo Dead lifts w/ a 35lb kettle bell

Once again, I caught up w/ the two Marines during the running portion of our station transition. I started my set only about 5 reps after them and when I was at my 5th rep of this when they took off for the finish. I looked in complete disbelief and said, “How did they do these so fast?” The supervising trainers said, “Yeah a thing called Integrity…they did about 10 fewer reps than they should have.” I said, “They just don’t want to be beat by a girl.” The trainer laughed and said, “yeah when they got here they looked back and said, “here she comes!”

and there's me - 5 reps in - watching those guys take off


I finished my 25 lifts and take off. My legs are tired but I am fired up to catch these guys. I can start to see them but it is all up hill to the finish – WHY ARE THERE SO MANY HILLS! I try to remind myself that I train on hills all the time, I GOT THIS! But my legs seemed to be disagreeing…because I was looking WAY ahead and all I could see was a  BIG hill. Then I noticed that there was someone motioning them to turn right… OMG – the finish is RIGHT THERE. I kick it in again and I lean forward to push hard off my toes to thrust me up hill faster. I hear Shane yelling – GO GET ‘EM BABE! But it was too late – they were too far ahead of me this time. I still pushed hard and finished strong. Not my normal sprinting finishes – I was wasted from the heat. As I was nearing the finish line I started to feel like all of my skin all over my body was on fire. I started to wonder what it felt like when people were experiencing heat exhaustion… I knew it was too humid and the sun was starting to come out more and more throughout the race. We didn’t start until after 8am – which is late for trying to avoid heat and humidity here.

I proudly crossed that finish line with nothing left in my tank. I placed 3rd overall and was the first female to cross the finish line. I was shaking, my breath was paced but I still felt like I couldn’t breath. I poured some cold water over my head and just kept moving. I took my sunglasses off to look at my skin – it didn’t look sunburned… hmmm. Shane comes through the finish a few minutes after me and we head to the car to get our recovery snacks. My legs are like Jell-O.

A few moments go by as we’re walking back to the finish area and I realize that the woman I saw at the start (Jeanne’s other client) isn’t here. I tell Shane I’m gonna go find her and run with her to the finish and he comes with me. We walk the reverse path of the course and just a few 100 meters down the road we see her walking in with a trainer. We all jog across the finish together and high five w. one another! It was a great way to end a really tough morning! I hope this woman realizes just how tough of a race she had just completed and feels proud for seeing it all the way through. A finish is a finish and no one can take that away from you!

Here we all are finishing together!

The Pevehouse Fam after the race! Thanks Maureen for snapping a few photos of us!

Death by Circuit Training


My brain hurts sometimes after I train with Jeanne!

The one thing I love the most about training with Jeanne is that I never know what to expect – she varies my workouts so much that I really wonder where she has the time to create such detailed and awesome training routines! I also sincerely appreciate that she really listens to what I tell her. I mentioned needing to be pushed more and she has certainly done that – but she also has ramped up her motivational dialog towards me while I’m doing these routines. With more intense workouts comes the potential to just let myself slip from “I can do this, push, push” in my head to “this is too tough, I can’t finish, I want to stop” which literally shuts your muscles down. Just more and more reasons I am so appreciative of Jeanne’s dedication and handwork for me and more reasons for me to continue to know I need this training.

Normally Tuesdays are my speed or hill day but since my hip was feeling a little tweaked from last week we decided today would be a strength-training day.

First – before I tell you what workout I did – Jeanne prefaced my workout with telling me that 3 people had already thrown up from this routine – followed by a big smile from her and a grimace from me!

The circuit:

ONE ROUND =

1 minute of star jumps (killer)

1 minute of pushups

1 minute of burpees

1 minute of jumping jacks

1 minute of football sit-ups (you have to touch your stomach, knees and feet on the way up and on the way down)

1 minute of crunches

1 minute of supermans (lay on your stomach with arms and legs stretched out lifting up)

1 minute of jumping rope

1 minute of luges (jumping from side to side over a line on the road)

and I DID 3 ROUNDS of THIS!!!

This was KILLER! BUT it was an excellent workout. I did feel a little queasy on the walk to the car but I am pretty good at talking myself OUT of throwing up. I just sipped on my water, ate my banana and drove home.

I am proud to say that my long runs are inching up to 8 miles (that will be this weeks LSR distance) and I am feeling great. I definitely need to get some new music on my iPod and luckily the ladies at AnotherMother.com had added lots of awesome playlists to their website – broken down by distances and genre’s! Music seems to make a world of difference – the right tune can lift my spirits and make my heavy legs seem light again.

In other news…

Life is slowly getting back to normal now that my husband is home. There is no denying that there is an adjustment period you go through when someone has been gone for the better portion of a year and then is back home again. Nola is completely adjusted and sometimes chooses for her daddy to do things for her that I would normally do. She was a daddy’s girl before Shane left so it doesn’t surprise me that they are thick-as-thieves once again! It warms my heart to see them on the coach reading a board book or playing on the living room floor…it is also just SO nice to not be the only person responsible for all the discipline, diapering, feeding and bathing!

Nutritional Tidbits:

Here are a few pictures of the things we have been eating lately.

Lunch! Chili Lime Shrimp, thick slice of Deli Ham, unsalted almonds, 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce w/ cinnamon and a whole farm fresh tomato slice for lunch followed by a Banana and a Zone Mint Chocolate Bar!

Dinner: Ground Bison spaghetti sauce over oven roasted farm fresh green beans!

Lunch: Tilapia Fillets cooked in macadamia oil & garlic served with a beet and apple salad! The beets & apples are from the Japanese Farmers Market!

Dinner: Curry chicken w/ cabbage - Shane loved this - it was suppose to be cooked with Spinach but I was out!

Upcoming races:

This weekend there is a Functional Fitness 3.5K on Camp Schwab. I am hoping to run this race really hard as it is only about a two-mile distance broken up with Functional Fitness stations. I will assume that these stations will be harder than the last race only because the running distance is abbreviated. Shane and I will run this together!

May 22nd – there will be a 10K on Futenma Marine Corps base – this will be my 3rd 10K and Shane will be pushing Nola (her 2nd)! Wahoo!

Current weight = 130.4

Once I started the Paleo transition I dropped about 3 pounds in the first few days and now a little over two weeks in – I am maintaining this current weight – so think it’s safe to say that I have finally found a good balance.

Taking it a little easy for the rest of the week. Gotta make sure to rest my tweaked hip and its midterm week at college – just printed out my 14 page midterm for my Military Psychology class… fun, fun! ;o)

Birthday Milestones


The end of week 12

2011 is already shaping up to be a great year! This is the first time I have ever set out to accomplish concrete goals – and the first time I have ever tracked my progress in such a public way. I tell ya what though – it keeps you honest!

I’ll be 29 years old soon and I can hardly believe how fast the time does fly. My dad once told me that the older you get the faster time goes – I’m totally beginning to see the truth in that statement. I swear I was just graduating high school the other day…now I’m married w/ a baby, a mortgage and am almost ready to graduate college!

Well, here’s to life goals, being active and staying frisky! I hear that for females the sexual prime is in their 30’s! I say – C’mon thirties show me whatchya got! I also have caught on to the trend of female runners (and atheletes) getting better and faster with age and this is certainly an encouraging trend. I also see it in my neighbor Kelly, I will not divulge her age – but she is a hard one to catch on the road and on the trail. With two sons in their mid and late teens, a full time photography business, always taking classes on base, never missing either of her sons many sporting events, baking, and participating in neighborhood groups (she was in the quilt group) – we all wonder where she gets her energy from – I think the secret must be a healthy appetite for life! She is always smiling, rarely in a bad mood and never outwardly negative!

When I first started really getting into this Living Runner’s World challenge I searched hard for books written about running by women. I was disappointed to find that there aren’t many. At first I found that the older books on the topic of women’s running were written by MEN – give me a break! I am happy to report that the list is getting longer for female athlete’s who are spreading their “writing” wings and sharing their pool of experience and information with others. Also, I am finding lots and lots of blogs by women like myself – but their list of running achievements are much longer than mine and they usually have multiple kids in tow. I am always so amazed at how ambitious and head strong so many women are for maintaining their active lifestyle while balancing family and work (whatever form their work may be). Here’s to inspirational blogs and books! A little link list of books and blogs – please check them all out:

Run Like a Mother (book and blog) (I can’t get enough of these ladies!)

Amy Stewart’s Blog (ultra runner and WOOT lady!)

RunFasterMommy (Heather is such a cool chick! I love to read her blog too)

Chubby Mommy Running Club (This lady cracks me up – follow her website and blog)

Personal Record (Rachel Toor’s book about ultra running – I never thought ultra running could sound like so much fun!)

Athlete’s Palette (great cookbook from Running Chef’s – must have)

RW Guide to Road Racing (great starter book for road races – has a list of famous road races around the world in the back)

Sole Sisters (great inspirational book about women runners – I passed this on)

Fab & Fit (website. Athletic clothing for Women – love their styles)

Complete Running.com (a runners blogger network)

Blog Rank (top 50 running blogs on the net – I love finding new people)

CoolRunning.com (this is a great resource for EVERYTHING running)

When one thing ends another begins!

April so far has been very productive for me! I completed my Sociology final on Saturday (whew – took me a little over 2 hours), went on my first trail run with the WOOT group (that morning @ 6:30am before my exam – I’m crazy, I know!), cutting out sugary snacks (and hoping for no psychotic outbursts) and am gearing up for my husbands return from Afghanistan. It seems like lots of women go through a “nesting” phase in anticipation of their spouse coming home but I am not really feeling that. When I came home from a 3-month stay in the states with family (over the holidays) I sort of went a little crazy. I deep cleaned, organized closets, rearranged furniture, and reorganized the pantry! So there is really nothing for me to do now but wait! Oh yeah – and get as fit as I can before our eyes meet again! I still need to make my sign for when we go pick him up and a sign for the house but other than that I’m just focusing on training and school – not the calendar! Even though I just completed Spring Session One…Spring Session II starts Monday – so no rest for me on the academic side of life. It’s good though – I sort of get a little antsy when there’s no reason to stay in “hustle” mode. I know sometimes I complain about being busy but this is actually how I function – better when scattered!

Training Updates:

Thursday was very focused. We hit Strength Training pretty hard w/ variations on upper body, core and lower body. I did an 800-meter run as part of the warm up. Then we did low weights with high reps. I’m really starting to see definition in my shoulders and biceps! Yay!

Saturday – Suppose to be my Long slow run day but Kelly and I decided to hit the trails w/ WOOT (Women on Okinawa Trails – all female trail running group). This was extremely challenging. We ran from the parking lot of the meet-up spot down Rt 58 and turned off the road and into the woods.

There were lots of HILLZA!

Immediately the trail gets narrow – like one foot in front of the other narrow, then turns into lots of hills that are all rutted out from rain water rushing down them. Parts of the trail get a little tricky with sharp drop offs on one side. My mind was racing a million miles a minute to try and soak everything in. Watching the trail in front of me, watching the runner in front of me, watching tree branches over head – there was a lot of “Oh shit” going on inside my head! I made it 5 miles total and was really japed of my energy afterwards. My ankles were feeling weak at the end and I called it quits even though my running partner (Kelly) was still raring to go! I love that about her! I admitted that I usually don’t know when to say “enough” but this time I really knew I should. I don’t want an injury from doing something “fun” to sideline me from my bigger goal – the marathon! I will definitely return to the trails but it won’t be a regular thing for now. Those 3 weeks of waiting out and nursing an injury really put training into perspective. While I can and DO push my body – I prefer for it to be on the pavement for now.

There were dangers signs and caution tape all around this part!

Beautiful views from the trail!

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Upcoming Events:

May 8th – Schwab Function Fitness 3.5K (not sure if I’m doing this)

May 22nd – Futenma 10K Habu Fun Run

October 2nd – Schwab Functional Fitness 3.5K (not sure)

October 23rd – Kinser Half Marathon

December 4th (not sure about the date) – Naha Marathon!

I’m seriously considering to the Hawaii marathon as my first but just not sure if Space-A would work out and/or if my husband would have the time off of work to go with me. It’s the only way it would workout, someone would have to watch Nola and I would definitely want someone there to cheer for me! Traveling alone and running alone would really suck! BUT I hear it is a great first timers course and the weather in Hawaii is always lovely – especially in December.

Miles ran this week = 10

Year-to-Date = 108.05

New Years Resolutions can Work!


Week 11 of LRW challenge/Week 10 w/ Jeanne

March is almost over and I can hardly believe it… WOW! Ending my 3rd month of Living Runner’s World Challenge and the beginning of resolution completion has begun!

I get to check a “to-do” off of my 2011 list of goals! Last night was the final meeting for the “Squawk and Gobble” quilt group I was apart of. We all started to collaborate and brainstorm our designs for quilt squares back in May 2010. This was a tough challenge and had I not gone stateside for a holiday venture/visit w/ my little monkey in tow I might not have gotten my squares done at all. My mother has always been the crafter/green thumb of the family…I don’t know what happened to that for me…I guess I got the athletic gene! My mom and I spent days on end measuring, cutting, ironing; sewing, stitching…and then my 12 quilt squares were done!

My quilt square is of a "Torii Gate" these can be found all over and mainly at the entrances.

Tada! It feels good to have something checked off the list!

The wonderful "hens" of squawk and gobble - a little wine w/ our needle point!

After March 27th I will be able to mark another goal off the list…completing my very first 10K! I’ll be running the annual “Lord of the Tengan” 5K/10K race on Camp Courtney (Marine base) here on Okinawa. I’m such a nervous racer – I always get really anxious days before a race…and then the night before – oh boy, like no sleep at all! The worst part is that my nerves all go straight to my tummy – I’ve already poo’d in nervousness like 20 times…at least I won’t be running for the port-o-johns on race day! Lol!

Training Updates:

What comes to mind when you think of someone doing “strength training” …maybe lifting some weights…yeah – maybe…but not when you have Jeanne for your trainer! So Thursday was my strength day and it was no joke!

I think what still cracks me up is that her “warm-up” phase still gets me all out of breath and covered in a light coating of sweat. She’ll always say, “We’re still in the warm up phase” and I always think, “oh boy!”

We started off with a Tabata of anaerobic work and then the training session started w/ hard upper body strength working w/ weight bars and as soon as we finished those rounds Jeanne told me to take off for a 400m sprint out back.

So I handed her my bar and ran as fast as I could around people working out and lifting weights heading for the back door. When I flung it open I saw a handful of the WOOT running ladies – no time for talking for me – I was on a mission to hit that 400m hard. …And maybe I didn’t want to seem like I noticed that anyone may have been watching me! When I make my way back to the gym Jeanne is waiting for me and immediately directs me to do 20 push-ups. (Gasp – I know – I did too!)

This is what my arms felt like!

So I get down and the first 4 go smooth but my shoulders were smoked from all the upper body work in the gym and I am sucking air pretty hard from my run. I slow down and my form goes to crap. I start resting between sets of 2 push-ups at a time…did I mention these are plank push-ups? ;o) It seems like forever but I make it to 20 and then the rest of the workout is a blur! In between running 400m Jeanne has me work the core (upper, middle and lower) until it’s smoked, then some more 400m running.

Nearing the end of the session she has me do high knee skips – OMG – we haven’t done these in weeks and I was in NO hurry to have them back in the routine. Whatever energy I had left – these totally sucked me dry of it! Imagine skipping…then skipping as hard as you can, then push off your toes as hard as you can and then twist your right elbow to your left knee as it comes up and alternate like that…yeah – those are high knee skips! Crazy Sh@t, I know – and I do them and they HURT!

We ended the session with me doing a lunge/squat walk down the street…the lactic acid in my legs completely consumed my lower body and it was all I could do to make it to the end of the designated stopping point. This has me cursing (under my breath) out loud! I was smoked after that workout.

I was still able to do an easy two miler today to shake loose any tension though. I am sore and my legs are a little tight in places but I’ll be sure and stretch out really good tomorrow and then again on race day.

Nutrition Updates:

Boo-Hiss! No more sweet treats for me!

I am cutting out sugary snaky yummy treats for the month of April. While my body has been slowly morphing into the “runner’s body” over these past few months – I am still not exactly where I would like to be. I can only think of one reason why I might not be seeing the “shred” that I want – lots of carb-o-licious snacks and sugary sweets for this girl. So starting April – no more sugar. The count down has started for my husband to make his way back to me and I really want to make sure I make the most of this time in training before he sees me. 7 months is a long time – and I haven’t been sending him any pictures of me or of my progress. He reads the blog of course but other than that the rest will be a surprise!

Miles this week = 7.45

Year–to–date = 91.95

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