Thursday, April 4, 2013

Eating your cake and having it too...

I never truly understood the meaning of that phrase... Yes, you can't eat all of your cake and still have a piece left over for tomorrow... But couldn't you just cut the piece in half or bake a new cake?

I love finding recipes that seem like they are guilty pleasures but are actually healthy for you. In other words I like being fit and eating dessert too.

This is for others like me:

Enjoy! <3 Running Girl

7 Habits of Highly Effective Triathletes

Training for June 9th Olympic Tri has begun! Today is my third official day of training and will be a brick workout consisting of a three mile run and a 500m swim - not a shabby way of starting a training program eh? As I look ahead to more challenging work outs I notice that every fourth week is a recovery week and I finding myself wondering if I should fall back on mileage as the week suggests or keep the mileage consistent for a second week. So... I did what I do best, researched!

I came across an article, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Triathletes (sounds familiar to any Steve Covey fans?) written by Jason Karp that looked to many succesful triathletes and their training regiments to compile a list of, well,  seven effective habits!

1. Adequate Training - pick a plan
2. Consistent Training - follow the plan
3. Adequate Recovery - highlights the importance of recovery weeks in building muscle and supporting endurance including how after a hard work out your body isn't stronger, in fact it is weaker until your body is given adequate recovery time. My question answered - if I find myself completing strenuous workouts, pushing my muscles to a higher peak, than I need to give my body those recovery weeks in the form of less mileage.
4. Setting Goals - obtainable and motivating
5. Coach - find a partner or coach that you can reflect on training with
6. Nutrition - take care of your body from the inside out
7. Positive attitude - training is just as much for the mind as it is the body. Learning to recognize  your negative voice in your head telling you to slow down and then conquering it with the positive voice that reminds you that you can go faster!

This is for recovery time (just not yet),
<3 Running Girl

Monday, April 1, 2013

New Goal

Well, readers... After quite a few weeks if contemplation and seeking of another crazed health nut I have started training for an Olympic Tri on June 9 in the heartland of Grand Rapids! Wooo hooo.

This is for the next adventure,
<3 Running Girl

We Rocked CF!!

Almost exactly one week ago.. Melissa and I did it! We ran 13.1 miles despite the obstacles of injury and forgotten shoes to Rock CF! Thanks to you I was one of the top five fundraisers and part of the effort to raise over 72,000 dollars for the CF Foundation. Even more rad was the five runners that ran with CF themselves.

What an incredible journey that was supported by so many so that we could find not only our physical strength but our mental and spiritual strength as well. I am so grateful for this body (even if my knees wanted to stand a protest at mile 11 :D).


So cool. This is for us!
<3 Running Girl