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Why I Live with #NoExcuses

I definitely have had a No Excuses attitude about fitness for the past several years. I create a weekly plan and stick to it for the most part. It’s easier when I’m training for a race because I have a goal to meet but lately I’ve been getting my workouts in even without a race on the calendar.

It’s not always easy to wake up early and a lot of the time I want to roll over and turn off the alarm clock BUT I always feel better after getting in my workout of the day.

 

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The question this week is Why. Why have I chosen to live with No Excuses? The answers are pretty simple but at the same time huge because they are very important to me.

  • I feel better when I’m active.
  • As a busy mom with three children, exercising has become my ‘me’ time.
  • I want to be a positive role model for my children. I encourage them to make healthy choices including being active.
  • I make healthier choices throughout the day when I exercise. This includes drinking enough water. I notice that when I start the day out drinking during my run it usually continues throughout the day.
  • I feel stronger when I am strength training regularly. I feel like I can keep up with my kids better.

I’m sure I could keep going with this list but I’ll end it there!

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This week I also want to send a special shout out to my SweatPink sister, Annmarie over at The Fit Foodie Mama. She’s an inspiring mama of two girls who finds the time to create delicious meals that she shares on her blog. I know because I’ve made several of her recipes! She also is always doing something fun and unique in her home gym and definitely takes the No Excuses theme to heart as she runs and gets her strength workouts in every week. If you are needing motivation or simply want to follow someone inspirational check out her Instagram feed.


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And now for my weekly workouts update. It’s the fourth week in 2015 and my miles are close to my 104 mile goal for January!

Weekly Workouts

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Monday: 3.5 miles (9:27 pace) + 35 minutes Quick Strength for Runners #13

A treadmill run split in half with my strength workout in the middle.

Tuesday: 60 minute Spin Bike

Random climb intervals in my workout today.

Wednesday: 5 miles (9:04 pace)

This treadmill run was mentally tough to get into. I kept trying to talk myself out of running but stuck with it in the end.

Thursday: 3.5 miles (9:15 pace) + 25 minutes QSFR #14

I broke up my run with the strength workout again. It’s one of my favorite ways to mix running and strength.

Friday: 3.1 miles (9:19 pace)

I played around with the buttons a lot on this treadmill run. Jumping up and down between 6.3 and 7 kept me a little distracted.

Saturday:  Rest

Sunday: 6.5 miles (9:23 pace)

I was really (really, really) hoping for an outside run on the weekend but I chose the treadmill over 45 mph wind gusts.

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Weekly Run This Year Update

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My goal for the year is to race shorter distances but I’m going to Run This Year again in 2015! I’ve signed up for the ‘Run all year and win prizes option’ Ha! I’m probably not going to make it past 2,015 kilometers like I did last year but I’m still hoping to get a lot of miles in throughout the year! 2,015 KM is 1,252.06 miles or just 104.34 miles each month.

Weekly Running Miles: 21.6

January Running Miles: 86.75

2015 Running Miles: 86.75

2015 Running Kilometers: 139.61

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Sneaking in Extra Miles

Lately I’ve been trying to sneak in a few extra miles. It hit me the other day that if I add in an extra half mile to just two of my runs a week it will give me 52 extra miles for the year. As much as I’m telling myself that I’m not going to hit 2,015 kilometers for the year again without training for a marathon, it’s hard not to at least start the year out trying!

Now, I’m not currently training for a race but I still write out a running plan each week. My January goal is to run at least 105 miles. Lately my schedule is Monday: 3 miles, Tuesday: Cross Train, Wednesday 4 miles, Thursday 3 miles, Friday 3 miles and Saturday 8-10 miles.

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I’m feeling great lately during my running and so why not add a little more? It’s much easier to add that .5 miles on the treadmill because I don’t have to plan a route ahead of time. I just assess how my run is when I’ve hit my goal mileage for the day and if I feel like adding in a bit more, I keep running.

I feel like I’m starting to get in the treadmill groove for the winter. I don’t mind it for the shorter distances and it gives me a great excuse to watch t.v. in the morning. Even though I say I don’t mind it, when the weekend rolls around and I have the opportunity to run outside I appreciate it even more than normal!

#megsmiles

 

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On Saturday I ran my long run of the week in honor of Meg just like I did last year. Here is some information that I found on a webpage in her honor:

Meg Cross Menzies was tragically killed by a drunk driver while out for her morning run on January 13, 2014. As an avid runner, member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, and Boston marathoner, she was a member of the running family nationwide. In her honor, our hope is to raise awareness of drunk driving, texting and driving, and overall safety of runners and cyclists everywhere. 

I’m amazed by the amount of support that I saw on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in honor of Meg. I hope that it does a little to make people more aware of their actions. It frustrates me when I see people driving down the street with their smart phone in hand and looking at it while they are driving. So I laced up my shoes (I picked my blue shoes, Meg’s favorite color, in her honor) and headed out the door.

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Last week was the first week of the No Excuses SweatPink challenge. There’s still time to join in on the fun if you haven’t already! Every Sunday you will be emailed the prompts for the week but most importantly the goal is to inspire and motivate each other with #NoExcuses. Last week we ran, did burpees, squats and showed a healthy snack. This week we are doing mountain climbers, pushups, taking the stairs, lunges and sharing a healthy snack.


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Weekly Workouts

Monday: 30 minutes Spin + 15 minutes Strength

Quick Strength for Runners #11 with spinning as a warm up. My legs were heavy from running in snow on Sunday so I switched my normal Tuesday workout to Monday.

Tuesday: 3.5 miles (9:25 pace)

Added an extra .5 mi to my run today on the treadmill.

Wednesday: 4.5 miles (9:24 pace)

12 min warm up on treadmill, 30 min QSFR #12, back on treadmill to finish the miles. Added an extra .5 mi to this run as well.

Thursday: 3.5 miles (9:31 pace)

This one was a hard treadmill run mentally for some reason. I still added an extra .5 miles to my run.

Friday: 3.01 miles (9:22 pace) + 20 minutes Core Work

An outside evening run. It was unseasonably warm and so I had to take advantage of it and run outside after my husband finished work for the day.

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Saturday: 8.03 miles (9:47 pace)

It was crazy windy, even for Kansas and every time I headed North I wanted to stop but I accomplished my planned 8 mile route today. #megsmiles

Sunday: Rest

Weekly Run This Year Update

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My goal for the year is to race shorter distances but I’m going to Run This Year again in 2015! I’ve signed up for the ‘Run all year and win prizes option’ Ha! I’m probably not going to make it past 2,015 kilometers like I did last year but I’m still hoping to get a lot of miles in throughout the year! 2,015 KM is 1,252.06 miles or just 104.34 miles each month.

 

 

Weekly Running Miles: 22.54

January Running Miles: 65.15

2015 Running Miles: 65.15

2015 Running Kilometers: 104.85

Did you run for Meg over the weekend? Are you participating in the #NoExcuses challenge? Do you run if it’s super windy outside?
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No Excuses!

This week marks the start to the #SweatPink #NoExcuses Challenge. I’m joining in on the motivation and inspiration so you’ll hear me talking about #NoExcuses quite a bit on Instagram, Twitter and this blog. Want to join in on the challenge? Find out more information —–> here.

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My long run last week was definitely my most challenging run lately and one of those ‘No Excuses’ types of runs. I saved the run for the afternoon, hoping that the snow would have melted off of the sidewalks from our snowfall a week ago and it did to a certain extent. But some parts of the sidewalk were a lot deeper than I thought they would be. I could have given up but instead I gave this run my all.

When I started off on my run I wasn’t in the best mood. I didn’t want to go out in the cold and run for 10 miles so I looked up how much I would need to run to still be on track for my mileage goal for the month. I could squeak by with 7.5 miles or so.

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Since I was running an out and back I just decided to assess the situation at 4 miles and either turn around or keep going for one more mile. Of course once I reached the four mile mark I was in my groove and wanted to keep running. I turned around at 5 miles and ran back home.

My pace was all over the place because of the snow. At times I would look down at my watch and see that I was running a 12 minute pace. But it didn’t effect my splits all that much, I guess. They ranged between 9:20 (mile 7) and 10:27 (mile 5) and a lot of that had to do with the difficulty in the snow.

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Really??? And this is a week after the snow fell in the first place. Ugh!

Some people just didn’t shovel their sidewalks and some people shoveled driveways that pushed up against the sidewalk and made a small mountain to cross (see above photo.) The worst part was the sidewalk that didn’t have any wind protection and because of that a lot of those areas had snow drifts on it. I tried to run in other tracks but it was a workout. I’m extremely glad that I’ve been working on the hip and joint mobility during my strength workouts lately. I used that added strength on this run!

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Even though this run was TOUGH, it was outside (and not on the treadmill!)  By the time I arrived back home my bad mood was gone! The run was invigorating even though it took me forever to warm back up again.

 

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Weekly Workouts

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Monday: 3 miles (9:14 pace)

After nearly two weeks of enjoying running outside I’m back to treadmill running early in the morning again. It was so hard to run on the treadmill again and I pushed the stop button a few times to pause my run. It took everything just to keep going and not jump of the treadmill and be finished.

Tuesday: 30 minutes Spin + 25 minutes Strength (QSFR #9)

Almost an hour of cross training this morning. I’m on workout 9 of Quick Strength for Runner’s and while the workouts are getting harder, I still went in and added about 10 minutes of extra reps and exercises.

Wednesday:  4.5 miles (9:24 pace)

Timehop reminded me about Bart Yasso’s #1 favorite treadmill workout and I haven’t ran it since before I started training for Chicago. It was just what I needed to push me through 4+ miles on the mill! Here’s the workout {12 min Warm Up, 5 min x 3 @ 10K pace (I ran 7 mph) with 2 minutes recovery (I ran 6.5 mph), Cool Down 10 minutes.} I shortened the workout to only 3 of the 5 reps due to the mileage that I wanted to accomplish and the time that I had.

Thursday:  3 miles (9:22 pace) + 25 minutes Strength (QSFR #10)

I ran one mile as a warm up to my strength workout. The Quick Strength for Runners is getting harder! I didn’t repeat any of the moves in this workout and it took me 25 minutes. After the strength workout I hopped back on the mill and finished with 2 more miles. I slowed the treadmill down a little on this run to 6.3 to see if that would help me finish. Usually I think…the quicker you run the quicker you’re done…but slowing it down today helped me to not push stop and rest during the run.

Friday: 3.5  miles (9:30 pace)

The treadmill felt better again today. Am I getting used to it again? I only had 3 miles on my schedule but I want to add an extra half mile here and there to bump my mileage up. It all adds up in the end! I’m looking forward to (hopefully!) running outside this weekend.

Saturday:  20 minutes Core Work

Sunday: 10 miles (10:02 pace)

My run in the snow.

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 Weekly Run This Year Update

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My goal for the year is to race shorter distances but I’m still going to Run This Year again in 2015! I’ve signed up for the ‘Run all year and win prizes option’ Ha! I’m probably not going to make it past 2,015 Kilometers like I did last year but I’m still hoping to get a lot of miles in throughout the year! 2,015 KM is 1,252.06 miles or just 104.34 miles each month.

Weekly Running Miles: 24

January Running Miles: 42.61

2015 Running Miles: 42.61

2015 Running Kilometers: 68.51

 

 

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