Run Run Run

So I started my second half-training yesterday and I am so excited for the next few months. Yesterday we met at the local fleet feet and went for a fun run (3 miles) with some of the group and met some of the coaches. Then we came back to the store, did some stretching and picked up our training schedule and goodies. I trained for about 3 months for my last half and at the time, I couldn’t imagine training in less than 12 weeks. I needed every last minute of those weeks.  But, here I am, training again but with only 2 months between now and the race.  How am I going to do it? Well I am counting on muscle memory to help make up for the time off  and the motivation and encouragement (and accountability) of a structured running group. I was also very excited because my friend Lindsey who I trained with for my last half decided to come run the fun run with me. She was signed up for the Shamrock’n half but opted out of the training group. UNTIL- she had so much fun running with the group that she decided to join :) So now we can train for this one together too. After our run on Sunday we went to coffee and decided this will be our Saturday ritual. The long runs will take place all over Sacramento and now we can carpool and get coffee or breakfast afterwards. I’m so happy to have a friend doing the training with me! It always helps to have someone there with you.

The group was $100 to join and some people have said to me- why pay to run when you can run for free? They have a good point, but I am so looking forward to having a group of people there with me throughout my entire training. Having the help of other runners as well as the certified coaches will for sure help me improve my running and my time. Not to mention the accountability of the group. It’s much easier to flake on myself than it is a whole training group (especially one I paid for).

Fleet Feet also gave us a $20 giftcard to the store for signing up so I was able to put that money toward buying myself another good sports bra. I’m telling you, if you need a little extra support up top like I do this is the BEST sports bra you will ever wear. A little pricey at $46 each , but WELL WORTH IT. I now have three of them and am constantly doing laundry so I’m able to wear one each time I run. The straps have velcro so you can adjust them to the perfect fit. I’ll never buy another brand or style of sports bra in my life.

This is the one I have and LOVE. You can find it here and it comes in so many cute colors.

I plan on sharing my training schedule one week at a time, as well as my progress each week. This week I am going to run 4 days for a total of 15 miles.

Here is my schedule:

Monday– Easy 3 miles. I will do this on the treadmill at my gym tonight and then a little strength training as well.

Tuesday– Easy 3 miles. My Tuesday night training runs don’t start until next week so I am going to do the fleet feet fun-run with a few girls from work.

Wednesday– Active Rest. This means no extra strenuous activity, but it doesn’t mean sit on the couch all day. I will probably do a little light cardio at the gym like the elliptical or bike and some weights. Swimming would also be great on these days but it’s too cold!

Thursday – Easy 4 miles. I will do this in the morning before work on the treadmill at my gym. It’s going to be rough waking up that early before work but I have a wedding reception to attend that night and I have to get those miles in! Oh and by the way, when it says “easy” I don’t mean “4 miles is a piece of cake for me and I’ll breeze right through it.” It means take it easy. Run at a slow and steady pace that you are comfortable with. One that you could hold a conversation during without passing out. That’s what I mean by “easy”.

Friday– Active Rest. I will probably make this a complete rest day to prepare for my long run on Saturday. Or possibly do some upper-body weight training as well as some ab workouts. Having strong abdominal muscles (which I do not at the moment) can really help your running and keep you from getting side aches during long runs.

Saturday – Long Run. This week our training group will run for 50 minutes, which for me will be right around (or right under) 5 miles. I am a slow runner but I think running with the group will make me pick up my pace a little. The most I have run since my half marathon is 4.2 miles so this will probably be pretty difficult for me. I’m happy I’ll have so much support!

Sunday– Active Rest. I will probably rest completely this day as I’m sure my body will be very tired!

Happy running everyone!

I Had an Epiphanie

I can’t tell you enough how much I love love love my new camera bag from Epiphanie. My bff got it for me for my birthday after I showed it to her online for color choice advice months ago. I dropped the ball and never bought it and then it popped up at my birthday party! (In the perfect color!)

See how happy I am!

Let me tell you why it is so great. First of all, it’s gorgeous. Brightly colored, cute detail, great shape. Just overall nice to look at. But more important than it’s adorable exterior is the super handy-dandy, convenient interior. It has a padded compartment for each of my lenses, or any camera accessories I feel necessary to carry around with me. It also has a zipper inside for my cards, lip gloss, and other girly items. There are also two slots on the outside that fit my keys and iPhone just perfectly. There are smaller handles for carrying in your hand or a large padded strap for carrying across the shoulder, which, let me tell you is a very important feature. Lugging around a camera and multiple lenses can get very heavy and a padded strap that helps disperse the weight is very helpful.

 

You can buy this bag and many other adorable options here. My particular bag is called Lola.

A Little Instagram Love

So I happen to be in love with the app Instagram. If you don’t use it, you should. It is a social networking site specifically for sharing your life in photos. You follow people, they follow you (just like twitter or Facebook) but all you post are photos. The app also has cool ways of making your photos look more interesting- borders, color effects, etc.  Because I love it so much, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Instagram photos from the past year in case you haven’t seen them!

My latest visit to SF

Favorite food on the planet

Best Coffee in Sacramento

Champagne flowing for New Years

My new toy- The Gorilla Pod!

Food Truck Heaven- Mini Burger Truck

First night of Hanukkah

My candy cane is better than your candy cane.

Beautiful view on Christmas Day

Pretending I love football for my husband (only when the Saints play)

Wedding dress shopping for my bff

Last but not least, The birthday breakfast I made for my hubby on Monday :)

Happy Instagram-ing!

2012

This year I decided to make a resolution list of things I think I can realistically obtain. Most of them are pretty small, but I figure if I write them down it will help me make sure to complete them. So here goes (in no particular order)

– Read at least 15 books..I know this may sound like a small number to some people (in particular both of my parents who could read 15 books in a month if they tried..) but this is a reasonable goal for me. I would say I usually read about 6-10 a year, depending on the year. Between working full-time, training for a half marathon (possibly a full after that), family obligations, and any other excuse I can think of right now, I have trouble reading as much as I’d like to. So this year, I’d like to watch less TV and read more. Simple enough, right?

– Run at least 600 miles- If I run 50 miles a month this will be no problem. When I get closer to my first half I know I’ll be running much more than 50 in  a month but I am also accounting for any “time off” I know I will take.

– Blog at least twice a week, EVERY week – I’d love to make this goal to blog every day, but that isn’t realistic for me. Some weeks I have plenty of time and plenty of ideas of what to blog about and others I’m too busy or too creatively blocked to post about anything. Yes, I could post just to post on those days, but who wants to read that? I figure two good posts a week are better than 7 crappy ones, right?

– Learn more about photography- I have learned so much about photography and my camera in the last year and I want to learn even more this year.

– Upgrade my camera – Hopefully within the next year it will be worth my while to sell my camera and upgrade for a more professional version to turn a hobby into a possible side job.

– Cross off a few items from the bucket list – any items will do! I just want to do a few each year. :)

Happy New Year everyone!

A Day-After Christmas/Re-Gifting Party

My best friend and her fiance threw a day-after Christmas, re-gifting party this year on December 26th. It was a mimosa and brunch party that started at 10:30 in the morning and everyone had to re-wrap and bring the worst present they received for Christmas for a white elephant gift exchange. The food was delicious as always (she is a great cook) and the mimosas were flowing. But my favorite part of the party was the gift exchange. Our friends got some very strange gifts for Christmas this year and we had a great time unwrapping and stealing them from each other. Our friend Matt apparently didn’t get the memo and brought an unopened pound of Starbucks Christmas blend and Troy and I were lucky enough to bring it home. :) I won’t tell you what the other gift we got stuck with was…It’s best if no one ever sees it…

Some of the crazy gifts we opened.
I had to include the girls because they are always the hit of the party.