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Cupcake Update, Rock and Roll Happy Pace and Jillian Michaels week #10

Things are looking really great for “The Great Cupcake Race 5k / 10k”.  Runner Decals has generously donated TONS of cool cupcake decals and a tumbler as raffle prizes.  Everyone who participates will be entered to win.  I need to thank them so much for helping make this such a great event.  Runner Decals is also making these cupcake items available on their website soon if you would like one of your own.

The cupcake medal design is still in process.  We are very excited and cannot wait to share it with you all.  Patience is not a huge trait of mine so believe me the waiting is really killing me too!!  I can give you this detail…it WILL include a custom cupcake insert, It will not be cupcake shaped. (we couldn’t justify the cost of custom because too much would be taken away from the charity – TNT)

There is still time to enter and you can run it any day in September that works for you.  Since it is a virtual race ANYONE can join.  Here is the link to enter.

Rock n Roll Happy Pace (and Happy place)

I continued my RnR training this week and everything has gone well.  Last Saturday I got in 9 miles for the long run, this weekend I am planning on 10-11, I hope the weather cooperates.  I would have liked to train up to 14 miles but that is not going to happen.  I usually take Wed/Sun off from running but this week I took Wed and Friday off but did cross training cardio instead.

I am using a plan from “Train Like a Mother”  This week I read a great chapter in that book called “The Running Path” by Dimity.  I wish I could quote it word for word, it was so touching too me.  It’s basically a short story about a woman and her favorite shady running path as she goes thru training and life.  I LOVED it, and yes I even shed a tear.  Tears over a running story?  Yup.  If you get a chance you MUST read it.  Here is my favorite shady running path and I thought about the words from Dimity the whole time and smiled, in between gasps of breath and dripping sweat 😉

Jillian Michaels

I have completed another successful week of Jillian Michaels Body Revolution.  A few days were hard because I got them in right after finishing a 7 and 5 mile run.  Butt kicking good workouts!  I think for the next few weeks I am going to try to do them as a stand alone workout later in the day.  It’s just been too hot and humid and with the added miles it’s been a little tough.  Would rather do them later and give them my all.  On a positive note I am no longer getting hip pains after long runs (nor feeling like 90 first thing in the morning when I get out of bed) I attribute that to my increased core and all over strength.  As a bonus I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a while and she commented that I looked great…slim and toned.  SWEET!!!  And I have somewhat mastered  (ok maybe mastered is a little much) the unsupported half moon pose….believe me 11 weeks ago I could not do this without falling over.  Thanks Jillian 😉

I am including this great smoothie recipe whichI have been using  after morning workouts enjoy!

1 cup almond milk

Generous portion of Spinach

1/4 cup Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)

1 scoop whey protein powder

1 cup frozen fruit (blueberries/strawberries/raspberries)

honey to taste (if desired)

Sometimes I also throw in a tablespoon of PB2

Have a great week!

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Cupcakes? Jillian Michaels 90 Day Body Revolution Update and Tips on Getting that Run in.

Jillian Michaels 90 day Revolution Week #  9

Officially in in the books.  This week I moved up to workouts #9 and #10.  Not as bad as I had anticipated, could this mean I am getting stronger?!  Why yes, yes I think it does 🙂

Workout #10 did bring in a new element, jump training.  I am cool with it as long as I keep my knees soft during landings.  Today (Friday) I decided to only do workout #10 and not also.  Why?

1)   I have a long run planned for tommorw and the schedule said 3 miles or XT for today.  I chose to XT.

2)  I wanted to give it my all because after running on Tuesday I didn’t feel I had done the workout justice.

Measurements are still spot on :).  Weight holding steady.  I think I will take another picture update so I can see the changes for myself.  This is a great idea, although I know a lot of us gringe at the thought.  However it can be hard to judge progress because you see yourself everyday.  And pictures don’t lie.  I have also been continuing to include MUFA’s in my diet.  (For more info on MUFA’s check out the Flat Belly Diet and Cookbook.) and incorporating more fresh and natural ingredients.

RNR

I got back on track this week and decided to start getting up earlier and out the door no later than 6 – 6:30 AM.  The weather has been so hot and dreadfully humid this summer getting up earlier this week has helped.  We also had a few days with highs only in the eighties this week which made for cooler”ish” (probably not a real word, lol) mornings.  A couple of other runners I passed also agreed that we actually felt a slight twinge of cool that early.  Nice.  Now don’t get me wrong getting up at 5:30 – 5:45ish was not easy or fun.  The bed has a seriously strong “stay / relax” pull in the morning.  I force myself up because I know once I am up and dressed I am fine, its just that whole getting up thing that’s the problem!

So here are some of my tips on getting that run:

1)  Set the alarm and don’t have it right next to your bed.  This forces you out of bed.  Once your up your less likely to crawl back under the covers.

2) Get up earlier (not always easy believe me I know)  Hopefully this will also mean a more comfortable run temperature wise.  Get it in before the crazinees of life and kids begin if you can.

3)  Lay out your clothes the night before.  I have even read of people sleeping in their running clothes.  I personally can’t sleep in my jogging bra.  TMI?  😉

4)  Set out your supplies the night before (for longer runs or hotter ones)  Hydration belt out, bottles filled and in the fridge ready to go.  GU/beans etc.  all stashed in your belt.

5)  A quick snack.  If you need one (I do) have a quick snack ready to go.  The jury is still out on if eating before a run is necessary, I just know for me it is.  I say go with what works for you personally.  Something easy bread and peanut butter works for me.

Do have any tips on getting that run in?  Feel free to share!

Cupcakes….Can’t forget about Cupcakes

In case you haven’t heard I am co-hosting my first Virtual Run along with my buddy at Running in Sanity.  The Great Cupcake Race 5k / 10k  benefiting Team in Training (TNT).  We are very excited that in less than a week we already have 26 runners signed up and ready to go.  Runner Decals (love them! They are the ones who provided us with the Peace Runner Girls giveaway) has also generously donated 20 “I Run for Cupcakes” decals.  Winners will be chosen at random.

We would love to have you join us.  Click on the link for more information.  

“The Great Cupcake Race”

Can’t run the virtual but still want to help?  You can get just the “Will Run For Cupcakes” Bondi Band for just $8. click on the race link above.

Thanks everyone have a great day.  Sweat Pink & Run Find your Happy Pace!

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