Finding a Balance

Learning to live a healthy, balanced life.


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Tough decisions

I haven’t been talking about it much, but I was scheduled to sit for my personal training certification this past Friday. I haven’t been talking about it because quite frankly, I’m really disappointed in myself for slacking on the studying. So Thursday afternoon I was faced with a tough decision — take the exam, severely underprepared and know that it would be quite likely I’d have to retake the exam (and pay another fee) or just reschedule and go into it more prepared and pay a lesser fee (and not have to drive the hour and a half each way to the exam site). Ultimately, I decided to pay the rescheduling fee and wait until March to take the exam. So friends, you might not see me much between now and March!

On another note, I wrote a little “what I’m thankful for”-type post over at We Run This Blog — check it out! On a less serious note, here are a few of the material things I’m thankful for lately:

Stouts — especially this one. Sad note to add to this one. Really working on cutting back on my alcohol consumption (that makes it sound like I drink WAY more than I do) because it’s one of my migraine triggers and I’ve been having them frequently again. Bummer.

Urban Decay makeup setting spray — it’s an oil-control makeup setting spray and really works wonders!

All the coffee.

Personalized stuff

Not pictured: super cute return address labels

Not pictured: super cute return address labels

In running non-news, a little later than last year, I’m starting to take a look at races for 2014. I mean, last year at this time, I had already committed to running Ragnar Relay. But unlike last year, I’m not really itching to run again. I’ve kind of been enjoying the time off. And I’ve been loving the high intensity spin classes I’ve been taking bright and early on Tuesday mornings.

With all of that said, I just signed up to run a turkey trot tomorrow morning — maybe I’ll get to 20 races this year after all!

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.


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FAB Fitness: weekly workouts 11/18 – 11/24

Tuesday: Spin

Tuesday morning’s spin class was a success:

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There were fewer hills and more sprinting than the previous week and lots of turns which I felt in my arms and core the next day!

Saturday: 6.8 mile run in 1:05

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When I left my house to meet the Kristens, it was seven degrees. I’m pretty  happy with my wardrobe decisions (tights, long sleeve with a zip up jacket and a hoodie, a hat and gloves) except my sock choice. I wore compression socks and my big toe was numb within minutes of starting our run and then painful shortly after. We ran around two of the Minneapolis lakes which was awesome (see photo above) and there were a surprising number of people out running, but on one side of one of the lakes, the wind was pretty wicked.

I’m really glad we decided to get out for that run, despite the bitter cold, because the rest of the day was spent eating and drinking…

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…and cheering on the Gophers (who lost).

Sunday: Absolutely Arms

I felt like Sunday’s arms class was a bit easier than normal — I’m not sure if that means I’m finally getting my strength back, if I was doing something wrong, or it was just an easier class. But regardless, it was a good class and felt good to get moving!

I’m slowly working my way back up to working out at least five days a week which is what I’ve found makes me feel the best. I think it’s going to mean going back to working out in the mornings since I’ve found that I’m just not motivated to work out after work.

How were your workouts last week?

Do you work out in the AM or PM?

Do you like college football?


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Fun Run Recap: Girls on the Run Twin Cities 5K

I had been crossing my fingers for no rain so I was thrilled to wake up to dry skies and a zero percent chance of precipitation for the next few hours. For my outfit, I settled on capris, my Oiselle singlet and arm warmers and a headband. After a Picky Bar and some coffee, I drove to Mandy’s house and we walked to go get our packets.

In terms of positive energy and all-around “warmandfuzziness,” there’s nothing quite like a Girls on the Run 5K and I noticed that this year, it was even more overwhelming because the program has grown so much here in the Twin Cities! I remember being a running buddy at the first 5K where there were just the girls from the two schools, the coaches and their running buddies. Now, the program has expanded to five sites and the 5K was open to community runners for the first time ever.

We got our packets and then met up with Amanda and Kristen before heading out for warm-up stretches!

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The four of us ran together and I tried to keep us at a pace that could keep us warm — OK, maybe keep me warm. The wind + my bare shoulders wasn’t pleasant at all. Once we finished (which was awesome because people were cheering so loudly….for the GOTR girls behind us!) we cheered on the girls who were coming across the finish line.

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Then, we went inside to warm up — my Oiselle Happy Hoodie never felt so good!

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It was fun morning — seriously, if you’ve never been to a Girls on the Run 5K — try and check one out!


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[New Post] I ran two days in a row!!!!!!!

Can you feel the excitement? Well, if you can’t, let me tell you — I’m pretty gosh darn excited. And I think I just used up my exclamation mark quota for the year.

After being pretty sedentary for the past month, last weekend I got off my butt and have started easing back into running.

Saturday: 3.04 miles in 31:51 (10:29 pace)

I met up with Andrea bright and early Saturday morning to get a few miles in. It was crisp with a pretty decent wind, but we warmed up quickly. I noticed right away that my legs weren’t necessarily happy and my left foot had the familiar twinge of my PF, but that all faded pretty quickly and I finished the run feeling great.

Sunday: 2.38 miles in 22:40 (9:32 pace)

I wasn’t planning on running again on Sunday, especially since I was actually a bit sore after Saturday’s run. But the sun was shining and the pup was practically begging me to go for a run. So I bundled up and we headed out. Almost immediately, I discovered that I had overdressed. While the air temp was pretty chilly, the sun (and my fast running companion) kept me nice and toasty.

I took Monday off as a rest day, but was back at it on Tuesday for a spin class.  Later, I noticed how funny and opposite the two posts I wrote that day were:

Morning.

Morning.

Night.

Night.

I feel like a high-intensity spin class first thing in the morning and an amazing burger later that evening balance each other out pretty nicely.

I’m looking forward to the Girls on the Run Twin Cities 5K this weekend and another spin class next week. Finding a new yoga studio is also on my to-do list!

How have you been keeping balanced lately?

 


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Currently survey

Current Book

I just finished re-reading Catching Fire in anticipation of seeing the movie next week!

Current Music

Truthfully? Obsessed with Miley these days. Embarrassing, I know. And also really excited for the new Jeremy Messersmith album.

Current Guilty Pleasure

Gel manicures. A vicious, vicious cycle that I can’t quit.

Current Nail Color

I have no idea what it’s called, but I just got my nail color swapped out to this:

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Current Drink

The Caribou Coffee Spicy Mocha!

Current Food

Crock pot pulled [insert meat name here] sandwiches. The latest was Iowa Girl Eats’ italian beef sandwiches and they were amazing.

Current Favorite Show

I don’t watch TV (besides sports) but I’ve tried giving some shows a shot — most recently, Revenge and American Horror Story. After giving up on those, my current fave show is Comedy Bang Bang (LOVE YOU REGGIE WATTS) and I can’t wait for Girls to return. I think I’m sensing a theme, here — I think thirty minute shows are good for my attention span.

Current Wish List

An indoor trainer for my bike and a happy, healthy holiday season for all of my family and friends!

Current Needs

An oil change and a massage (not necessarily in that order).

Current Indulgence

These — baked ’em over the weekend and swapped out the chocolate chips for Andes creme de menthe baking chips.

Current Blessing

My life. I’m pretty darn lucky to be healthy, have an amazing husband and family and so on. Can’t ever complain about that!

Current Outfit

These days I only take off my Oiselle Podium PJs when I need to a) wash them or b) go into public.

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Current Excitement

Thanksgiving! Bring on the food and Black Friday shopping!

Tell me some of your currents in the comments!


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Wedding weekend

My friend Ashley’s wedding weekend kicked off with her zombie bride-themed bachelorette last Thursday (fitting, since it was on Halloween night). Andrea even made her famous dessert:

"eyeball" truffles.

“eyeball” truffles.

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There was no pole dancing for this bunch.

There was no pole dancing for this bunch.

Unfortunately, I had an early client meeting on Friday morning so had to miss out on the later evening festivities. But it was still a lot of fun. Then, on Saturday, it was the big day!

Grad school friends!

Grad school friends, including the beautiful bride!

I was going to get my nails done and get a blow out, but I decided to save my money and make my gel manicure from a few weeks ago last one more day (and I even got a compliment on my nails!) and do my hair myself. I had already saved some cash by re-wearing this dress I bought and wore for a summer wedding. I threw a blazer over it, bought new shoes, bangles and a necklace ($30 total from Forever 21). Pretty proud of myself!

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Besides all of the amazingness that was Ashley’s wedding, it was a pretty less-than-spectacular weekend. So on Sunday afternoon, I had some pie with a friend to cheer myself up…

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…and then gave into the time change and went to bed at 8:30. Here’s to a (better) brand new week!

What are your low-budget fashion secrets?


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FAB Fitness: weekly workouts 10/21 – 10/27

Tuesday: Spin

I’m pretty sure that when my alarm went off at 4:45 a.m., I laughed out loud and muttered “yeah right.” But knowing that I’d be charged if I didn’t show up to class and that Mandy was waiting for me, forced me to drag myself out of bed. But really, I hadn’t taken a spin class in months, but was looking forward to getting back on a bike! Plus, my favorite instructor was teaching.

Class started out pretty good, legs felt strong and it felt nice to be spinning again. But by the third song I was cursing myself for pushing so hard already during the warm up. I was tired and my legs didn’t want to move very fast on the “hills.” I also realized that the piece of toast with almond butter that I ate before class was not enough. I felt like such a rookie.

But then came the post-class rush and I felt fantastic the rest of the day with TONS of energy. Excited to have spin back in my life 🙂

Wednesday: Does eating count?

As you might remember, I just started a new job about a month ago. (Where did October go?) On Wednesday, we had a team offsite at this amazing place called Create Catering. Just a couple of the many dishes we were treated to:

Chef working his magic.

Chef working his magic.

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Saturday: Long walk with the hubs and pup and race spectating!

It was a gorgeous fall day — perfect for a walk by the river. J, Cole (the pup) and I also headed over to St. Paul to cheer on Andrea who rocked her first half marathon!

It was also Andrea's birthday!

It was also Andrea’s birthday!

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Sunday: Absolutely Arms

I was looking forward to this class all week, even though I’d never taken it before. But it combines two things I love: the KrankCycle and TRX. And, as I found out, a lot of other stuff!

The class was basically circuit training — we were broken up into groups and some of us started on the KrankCycles and others on the floor and rotated through different exercises. We kranked, did TRX work, pushups, ab work, rowing, squats, burpees — and lots of other fun stuff. My arms were jelly by the end and by the next day, my whole body felt nice and sore. Definitely missed that feeling!

I had no desire whatsoever to run at all this week. Maybe next week. Or maybe not! All I know for sure is that I’m racing on November 3 (race #18 of the year) and will be forced to run then 🙂

Hope everyone is having a good week so far! Tell me about your workouts. Do you have any more fall races?