Monday, November 29, 2010
Since I didn't have to go into the office last Tuesday or Wednesday, I feel like I've been on vacation. I was actually EXCITED to go to work today. Can you see this improvement in attitude toward my job? I love it. I had to commute from Bellingham today, so I hit the road at 4:30am and got to the gym at 6:00. I ran 3 miles, lifted and ellipticalled for 15 minutes.
There is nothing exciting on my blog front right now, I wish there was. I have a yearning to race! I'm looking into a race in a couple weeks called the 12K's of Christmas, festive, huh? I guess I should be training for that....
How do you keep motivated during these cold, dark months? I feel like I'm lacking my usually umph toward working out.
Friday, November 26, 2010
The snow stopped falling by the end of my run and it stared to warm up above freezing, so it wasn't too cold.
The feast ended up PERFECT! It was the first time that I've tried to tackle any Thanksgiving dish without my family and everything was great. Aaron took responsibility of the bird and apple pie and I did corn bread stuffing and a yam/apple dish. Our friends brought everything else. I ate a good amount, but not a lot. Glad I stopped myself from feeling too sick.
This morning, I went to the Y and ran 5 miles and now I'm ready for leftovers! The snow has melted, so I hope to get in some runs outside soon.
Hope you had a GREAT holiday.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and friends! Now, go eat!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Since I didn't have to go into work yesterday or today, I did not make it to the gym for a workout. I could tell I was getting a little antsy without working out yesterday, so I took my sister's dog for a quick yet freakisly cold walk around the neighborhood. I would have walked longer, but I was numb all over and I think it was sub 20 degrees out. Brrr.
I came back up to Bellingham today and have been working and preparing for Thanskgiving which has made for a busy, BUSY day. I did tell myself and my boyfriend that I am going to the Y at 6pm no matter what to get a workout in. I can not go into this holiday dedicated to food without a good sweat session, I'll just feel like a fat blob if I don't do anything active. I REALLY want to run outside, but everything is still icy, so that's a no-go.
I ran 5.5 miles on the treadmill and it felt really good. I needed that run after a busy day like today even though it was on the treadmill.
Well, the shopping has been done, the hot buttered rum mix has been made, the turkey is brining (on the screened front porch cause it is so cold), kitchen is clean and ready for battle tomorrow and I'm ready to relax! Crossing my fingers that I can get in some kind of physical activity tomorrow morning before the eating begins. Do you try to fit in workouts on holidays?
Monday, November 22, 2010
Gosh, I can’t even remember the last time I posted. Opps. Let me see, I went snowshoeing on Saturday with Aaron. It was pretty fun, but I’d rather be snowboarding. Sunday, I ran 4.5 miles at the Y because Bellingham was frozen and I could barely walk on the sidewalk let alone run.
I started my new job today, which made for an interesting first day. It snowed all day so half the office wasn’t there and everyone else left early, so I didn’t get to meet everyone. So far, so good – I really like it.
I did workout before work using my free pass to Olympic Athletic Club. I ran 3 miles then went on the elliptical for 15 minutes. I also had time to do some weight lifting too. The gym is nice and I bet I could get used to it, but thanks to a comment from Chelsea, I’m going to check out the LA Fitness that just opened up near by. I think it might be cheaper…gonna go see what it’s all about tomorrow.
Well, it is STILL snowing, so I’m curious to what the roads are going to be like in the AM for my 5:30am drive into Seattle…I may be working from home on my 2nd day at work.
I’ve tried to catch up on my Reader, but I may have missed a few of your posts. If I did, let me know and I’ll make sure to check ‘em out!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Today was a rest day for me mostly because my fisherman and I went to Seattle for the day. He wanted to go to the Fisherman’s Expo and I wanted to check out gyms near my new work.
I toured two gyms in the Ballard part of Seattle, Olympic Athletic Club and Ballard Health Club. Olympic is massive! So many different rooms with tons of cardio, weight and other equipment. And they have a pool, albeit only 20 yards long, it is still a pool. Ballard Health Club was considerably smaller, with one main room that housed cardio and weight equipment. I liked the vibe I got when I walked into Ballard Health Club, but they just don’t offer all the things I’m looking for in a gym. What are the things I’m looking for in a gym?
- Nice cardio equipment
- Good selection of group classes, especially spin class
- Extra amenities like sauna, Jacuzzi, nice locker room
- Pool, preferable 25 yards
- Reasonable price
I think I may have found all of these things at Olympic. I have a free trial until the end of the month and then I’ll make a decision. What kinds of things do you look for in a gym?
In other slightly related fitness news… We went to REI while in Seattle, and as we were pulling into the parking garage, we saw a car with a bike on the roof about to pull into the low clearance lot as well. I made eye contact with the driver and pointed at the bike mouthing the words “no, your bike can’t fit” because I didn’t think they remembered that their bike was there. Well, they decided to go for it anyway, and I witnessed a bike being smashed by a horizontal concrete poll. I tried, I tried.
Also, it is puking snow here in Bellingham right now. It wasn’t snowing in Seattle, but we were greeted with it about 5 miles south of Bellingham. There is probably a good 3 inches on the ground and it doesn't look like it is going to stop. I purchased snowshoes today and I think we’re going to go for a walk in the mountains tomorrow! Yahoo! Don’t even want to deal with the craziness that is going to be at Mt. Baker tomorrow for opening day…yikes.
Guess I won’t be running outside for a couple days…or will I?
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Yes. 4 day weekend for me. It’s supposed to be a cold one with a chance of snow on Sunday or Monday. Mt. Baker is opening on Saturday! Without further adeau, here are my 3 things:
1. I ran 5.2 miles before work yesterday because I knew I was going to Happy Hour after work, so I still wanted to get a sweat sesh in. I think it’s really key to look at your schedule and MAKE workouts happen. Plan them in like any other required activity. You’ll never regret working out.
2. Since I didn’t have to work today, I got to take a spin class at 12:15. It. Was. So. Hard. It was taught by my boyfriend’s aunt and she is a very strong swimmer/runner/cyclist, so her classes are brutal. But you feel a sense of “I just got worked” after and it feels good.
A couple strange observations while at the Y today… A guy in the spin class was seriously grunting toward the end when things were getting tough. The grunting got faster as the instructor told us to go faster. Let me just say, it didn’t sound like this guy was in spin class…. THEN, when I was lifting weights, there was a guy laying on a bench with a towel over his face with a 25lb dumbbell resting on his MOUTH! I think I accidentally starred for a bit too long, I just didn’t get it. After a bit, he moved it to on top of his eyes. This CAN’T be good for someone’s face, can it? Oh, the Y….
3. It is freakishly cold in the PNW this week. As I type this my hands are becoming numb because I’m cheap and don’t want to pay too much for heat. I’ve been sleeping in long johns, sweats, snowboard socks, long sleeved shirt, hoodie with hood on and 2 extra blankets on top of my down comforter. Burrrr. I think I’m gonna break down and turn the heat on because currently it is 43 degrees and will get colder over the weekend with Monday being a nasty 29 degrees. Yikes.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Today is a lot busier than expected. People are asking me for last minute things before I leave and sooner or later I'm going to have to just say sorry... I do have a coffee date with some work friends, my boss is taking the Marketing department out for lunch, then I invited some people to come to Happy Hour for a drink to celebrate/say goodbye. And then I’ll be done. Weird.
In Daily Sweat news…
I did the spin and swim combo last night with some weight lifting between. Spin was freakishly sweaty – I had to use TWO sweat towels! Means the class was great, I’ll miss this spin instructor, she’s a good one. Sad face.
Then I went to the pool. Swam a similar workout to what I did last week: 200 warmup, 100, 200, 300, 200, 100, 200 kick, 100 cool down. Totaling 1,400 yards.
I was sharing a lane with two other people that were average swimmers…well when they swam they were. I swam 800 yards while they chatted at the end of the pool. So probably about 16 minutes of chatting. They were talking about triathlon – the girl was just starting out and the guy was telling her races she should do. They weren’t bothering me at all, in fact because they chatted I got the lane to myself for 800 yards, but isn’t it kind of weird to chat for that long in the pool? I’ve never got carried away in a conversation in the pool, so I can’t relate, have you?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
- Skin can become itchy because of exercise induced hives
- Cold weather can cause itchy skin
- Then I found this on a Runners World forum, "The itching is not on the skin, it's inside the actual limbs. There are millions of tiny capillaries and arteries inside our muscles which expand rapidly due to the demand for more blood that is brought on by exercise. When fit, these capillaries remain open allowing maximum blood passage, but when unfit and inactive they tend to collapse, allowing only minimal blood passage (which is sufficient for a sedentary person however). The rapid expansion of these vessels causes adjacent nerves to send impulses back to the brain which are interpreted as an itch. That's why after a few sessions the sensation tends to go away. Just another indication of increasing fitness levels."
- And another article that supports what I found on Runners World
Fingers crossed for no more itch. :)
Monday, November 15, 2010
All day at work I listened to the rain POUR on the roof of my building and I knew that I wouldn’t be running outside. So I headed to the Y after work, got on the treadmill and started my run. Not even a mile into it, my legs starting itching so freaking bad. Like so bad I had to get off the machine, go into the locker room and check if I was breaking out in hives – cause that’s what it felt like. Weird!
I remember one other time this happened to me in college, but my hands were the ones to get super itchy and my breathing got difficult. I went to the doctor right away and she said I had some allergic reaction with the temperature rise in my body. What?! It never happened again, thank goodness, it was super strange feeling. Have you ever had something like this happen?
I wasn’t breaking out in hives today and my itchiness calmed down, but this ruined my workout at the Y. Just wasn’t into it (and the masses of people) after that little situation.
I still really wanted to run. I decided I needed to just run in the darkness. I went and bought a new BRIGHT Brooks running shirt so I could be SEEN by drivers and went on a wonderfully dark 5.25 mile run. The weather had calmed down to no rain and a little gusty winds – nothing I can’t handle. AND no funny itchy legs business…
The shirt is the Brooks Nightlife Equilibrium Long Sleeved Tee, Bright Green. I like the material a lot on it – it’s soft and stretchy and fits to my body rather than hanging off it.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Yesterday I was going to re-run the Padden Mudfest course with my friend Kirsten, but after quickly missing a turn on the trail, we were slightly clueless to where we were. This route was way muddier than last weekend’s course, so there was a lot of walking up steep, muddy hills. We decided that we actually wanted to RUN, not walk up hills, so we cut back out to the main lake loop and ran it.
The main loop has a nice variety of flats, and rolling hills, so it still is a challenge. We kept up a nice sub 9:00 pace on that loop whereas we had a slow 12:00 pace on the muddy, hilly back trails. We totaled 4.6 miles and I probably could have ran another loop, but we called it quits.
Today I really wanted to go for a bike ride outside, but the weather is just blah and I am a wus. A little wet and a little cold and padded bike pants just didn’t sound awesome this morning. I’m realizing more and more that I am a fair-weather biker. Need a trainer oh so bad right now. So, I ran instead! I heart running these days more than ever! I did 4.29 miles in 37:52, 8:50 pace!
Perfect running weather! I’m waiting for the Y to open so I can go swim and lift too. Or spin and lift to knock off some of those bike miles I promised myself I’d do…
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I got new running shoes! I had over 500 miles on my first pair, it was definitely time for new ones. I didn’t realize how beat down my pair was until I put on a new pair. Hello support!
My first pair carried me through my biggest running year of my life. I have never ran more than I did this year and those shoes NEVER caused me any issues. Thanks shoes!
I bought the shoes from Runningshoes.com – they have a store online and a store front here in Bellingham. They are always super helpful when looking for shoes. Although I just wanted to buy another pair of the Launch, I did try on a more minimalist (this seems to be the HOT word in shoes these days) shoe, the Sacouny Kinvara. It was super light, but a lot less supportive in the heel than I am used to. So I went with what I knew and got another pair of Launch.
It was supposed to be a rest day for me yesterday, but how can you rest when you get new running shoes?! So I ran 5 miles and I literally had to stop myself from running more because I have a hard run planned for today.
Do you ever feel like you could run forever in new shoes?
Thursday, November 11, 2010
2. Yes, I got a job in Seattle, but I'm still being held back by Bellingham? Why? Bellingham is awesome. And I just found this video that explains WHY it is so awesome.
3. I did a mish-mash of workouts tonight. I started out with a mile warm up on the treadmill, then did 45 minute (super sweaty) spin class, then ran 1.5 more miles. A small duathlon! Then I did a short swim - 800 yards - until my foot cramped and I called it quits.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I did feel guilty running inside today because it was a beautiful afternoon although it was like 47 degrees. I need better clothing to run outside - need a little heavier long sleeved BRIGHT shirt and something to cover my ears. Once I acquire those, I'll be set to tackle the cold. Maybe something like these:
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I woke up with even sorer (is that a word?) calves than yesterday. DOMS, it got me. But it didn’t stop me from going to spin class tonight. The class started out a little easy, but I eventually got worked on 5 30 second sprints. Love and hate those sprints so much. :)
I went to the pool too tonight and got in a killer swim. I planned out a workout, so I actually had something to get done rather than just going and swimming. Did a total of 1,650 yards. I timed my fast 50s and I was averaging 51 seconds. That is me swimming as fast as I could. Is that slow or fast or medium? I dunno. I was panting like a dog after each of them though.
Slowly chiseling away at my November mileage. How the heck am I going to get those bike miles?! Quickly realizing I need an indoor trainer cause I only have access to the good spin bikes at the gym 2 days a week. 30ish miles per week in spin class won’t get me near my goal. (See mileage to the right)
Sorry if my posts are too workout focused lately. Yes, this blog is about my Daily Sweat sessions, but I’d like to put up more informative things too. Share information I come across, post fun swim/bike/run facts, etc. I just want to write interesting posts so people LIKE and ENJOY visiting the Daily Sweat. And I think I’m doing an okay job, cause you awesome people are leaving comments! Thanks! :)
Monday, November 8, 2010
I was going to, and should of, make today a rest day, but I found myself sitting on the couch watching Brothers and Sisters on Hulu eating chocolate chips out the bag and I realized I needed to do something active today. I went to the Y and ran 2.5 miles, slowly and did the stationary bike for 20 minutes. I also did some upper body weights. Trust me, my legs can't handle any weights for a day or two. :)
This daylight savings bologna is really throwing me off. I could have totally just sat on the couch from 4:00-9:30 doing nothing because it was dark out and seemed like a good thing to do because it was dark. I really had to muster up motivation to go to the gym. I know I just have to get used to the darkness and maybe my body really did need that rest day...
Sunday, November 7, 2010
This weekend has been so relaxing, yet full of moving around. Friday, not sure if I mentioned, but I did a 4.25 mile run after work and hurried home because my Fisherman came up for the weekend. We had a yummy dinner, talked about snowboarding (buy a pass to Mt. Baker or buy split boards a tour?) Later, we walked to and from downtown, which was a little over 2 miles round trip. Don’t attempt to walk long distances, even 2 miles, in slip on Vans…I had a blister when we got home.
Saturday morning, I ran to the Y, lifted, then ran back for a total of 4 miles. We then spent the rest of the day in Glacier with a friend hunting for chanterelle mushrooms which required A LOT of walking around in the woods. I love the woods and being by the river, but all I really wanted to do was chill on the couch.
This morning I ran the Lake Padden Mud Run. Kind of an impromtu decision, but glad I did it. It is a 6 mile run on HILLY horse trails that are pretty muddy, hence the name.
I thought I could run the 6 miles at a 10:00 mile pace, but the hills were SO steep that I found myself walking up a lot of them. I ended up with an 11:30 pace over all and finished the course in 1:12. I don’t care about the time – I had fun, it was a HARD run, and I feel pleasantly spent right now. After running on those trails, I want to trail run MORE. So hard, but so fun to be on scenic trails in nature. :)
I didn’t even get that muddy! I expected to be COVERED in mud, but my shoes were the only thing to get dirty.
Off to watch the Seahawks game. What have you been up to this weekend?
Friday, November 5, 2010
I got a new job! I've been at my job for 2.5 years and it was my first "real" job out of college and I have been ready for a change for some time. I'll be starting a new Marketing job at an awesome software company in Seattle later this month. Yes, I live in Bellingham and will be making an 85 mile commute for awhile until I figure out my housing situation, but I hope to cut that down my staying with my sister who lives about 30 minutes outside of Seattle a few days during the week.
This is me "throwing caution to the wind." I'm usually not one to take risks, but I needed this for my own happiness and career growth. I'll eventually move down to Seattle, but have a lease on a house for a year right now and I'm not really sure that we can get out of it. Oh well, the commute is a sacrifice I'm willing to make to be happier at work.
I have already started to scope out gyms in Seattle and tried to start planning out when I'll workout. I'll need to balance all my driving with a lot of activity so I don't go crazy. Luckily, there are a lot of active people in Seattle and a lot of people that are also into triathlon, so I hope I can make some new friends. :)
I have 9 days at my current job to transition all of what I do to someone else - it's gonna be a busy 9 days.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
1. I have some BIG news to share with you tomorrow that is going to change my life quite a bit, but in a good way. I’m excited to share with you!
2. I knocked off some of my running miles last night with a 4.25 mile run. Nothing to report here, it was just a run. Did a little bit of weights, but I was time crunched, so I finished up my weights tonight.
I also went to a 45 minute spin class tonight, which I’m going to make a guestimate that we “rode” 12 miles for my mileage tracking purposes. I’ll be taking off for the pool here in a tad to get in a swim workout too. Needless to say, these workouts have me sleeping like a baby.
3. What magazines to you subscribe to? Right now I only subscribe to Runner’s World, but I have been purchasing Bicycling every few months and I’ve picked up a couple Triathlete magazines too. I think I’m gonna subscribe to them cause I think they both have great information. Any others you would recommend?
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I meant to post this yesterday, but my internet was down…so here it is
I’m loving my new URL – thanks for all the comments about it. Some of you were wondering how I did it, it’s easy, you don’t have to be an web dork like I am. These directions are for Blogger blogs only. Sorry WP.
1. Purchase a domain. I bought mine from GoDaddy for like $11. That is a one time fee.
2. Go here to find instructions on how to do the rest. Basically, you have to create a CNAME in your new domains DNS, then point your Blogger blog to that domain. Sounds techy, but it’s super easy.
Let me know if you have questions, I’m happy to help. :) The great thing about still using Blogger is that you don’t have to pay a hosting fee, which is a lot more than $11 and it is reoccurring. Thanks Blogger.
Now to my daily sweat! Biked 24 miles, Swam 1,250 yards
Today was gorgeous! It might have been the last sunny day before day light savings time starts, so I had to take advantage of the weather and the sunlight. Rode out 45 minutes, rode back 45 minutes. Good ride – averaged 15.5mph, but my left knee hurt every time I pushed down. Hum, I’m moving my seat forward in hopes to cure that pain.
After the bike I voted with a nice 45 minutes to spare before they stopped collecting ballots. I didn’t get my “I Voted” sticker…BUT I got to click “I voted” on Facebook. That’s the only reason I voted, really. :) JK
I ventured to a NEW pool tonight. Well, new to me. I went to the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center operated by the city. My friend Rebecca (team sweat) is taking swim lessons, so I said I’d lap swim while she learned.
I walked in the pool and I knew right away I liked it, so I bought a 10 time pass. The pool is longer than Y – 25 meters! I did a mix of 50s, 100s, 150s, and kick drills to get a daily total of 1,250 meters? yards? I need to check on that…
Monday, November 1, 2010
Some loose numbers I'd like to hit are:
Swim: 16-20,000 yards
Bike: 300-350 miles
Run: 85-100 miles
Weights: 11-13 days
And it all started today a run and a weight sesh - I'm on my way! However, I have come down with a sore throat that is quickly turning into a bunch of pressure in my head, so my run was not as long as I wanted, only 3.5 miles. My brain feels like it is being squeezed which is causing this awesome headache. Just awesome...
To keep my butt accountable for these goals, I'm going to put my goal mileage on the right side-bar and then subtract each workout I do.
What are your November goal(s)?
By the way, I'd be posting photos more, but I've misplaced my camera...