I’m back from the unplanned hiatus :)

Hello blogging friends!

It’s been a challenging 2+ weeks for me and I needed time to rest and recharge. Actually, more accurately, I needed time to process and work through my feelings on Boston. Thank you to everyone out there for your posts related to the bombings and for feeling comfortable enough to be so vulnerable so publicly.

Winter has seemed unending this year, and like most Minnesotans, I’m suffering from a severe case of Seasonal Affective Disorder. We had a lovely weekend this past weekend (we hit 70!), but are expecting snow to return this week. I don’t think I can handle much more of this mentally, but, it doesn’t look like I’ll get much of a choice!

I’ve been busy with Body Pump (increased weights last night!!), went for a swim for the first time in years, and of course have been running. Moms On the Run has started back up officially, and I’m really looking forward to the structure of the runs and am hoping it will help me get faster. I’d really like to be able to run a 5k in under 30 minutes at some point in my life!

Choir has been hectic, too, as we had our first concert last Saturday. I’m happy to report it went splendidly and am looking forward to the two we have left this week. I feel so blessed to get the opportunity to sing with such wonderful people and make beautiful music. I am looking forward to the break this summer so I can focus more on running prior to my two upcoming half-marathons!

Additionally, I went up to Fargo last weekend for my friend’s son’s baptism (she finally had the baby!). I was (and still am) incredibly honored to be asked to be his sponsor, so it was a really special weekend that helped me remember the wonder of life and reflect on all I have thankful for. I really hope that I’m able to be a positive influence in his life and help him grow and learn. He’s already such a lucky guy to have such amazing parents!

I have so much to catch up on, but promise I’m back and will be blogging more regularly again! 🙂

How is the weather in your neck of the woods? Enjoy it twice as much for me, please, if you are experiencing legit spring weather!!

Weekly Recap – April 8th

MONDAY: Body Pump

TUESDAY: 5.6 miles outside

WEDNESDAY: Rest – I needed a night off to be an introvert 🙂

THURDSAY: Rest – choir rehearsal

FRIDAY: Rest – taught three voice lessons

SATURDAY: Chocoholic Frolic 10k – recap coming shortly!

SUNDAY: 2 mile walk to loosen up the legs

April Mileage: 13.8 miles

YTD Mileage: 107.1 miles

Notes: I had a very busy week with both running and music – it was wonderful! Plus, I PR-ed at the Chocoholic Frolic 10k (despite crappy weather and crappy hills). I’m planning to start integrating some swimming and other cross-training cardio options as I continue to ramp up mileage to give my legs and body time to recover.

Happy running, everyone!

How is April starting off for you? Has the weather cooperated for outdoor exercising in your neck of the woods?

Weekly Recap – March 25th

I’m a little late this week – sorry! I wasn’t feeling well over the weekend and have been battling some insomnia issues, so I just wasn’t able to get the blog updated timely. I promise I will do better this week!

MONDAY: Rest – Dawson’s Creek night with the framily

TUESDAY: Body Pump (1 hr) and Zumba (1 hr)

WEDNESDAY: 3.8 miles outside – teaching after

THURDSAY: Rest – choir night!

FRIDAY: Rest – teaching night

SATURDAY: 3.8 miles outside and fun with the “Little Sis” from Big Brothers Big Sisters

SUNDAY: Rest – I wasn’t feeling well

March Mileage: 34 miles

YTD Mileage: 80.1 miles

Notes: Well, I got back to Body Pump…that’s good, right?? This was an “off”-feeling week. We had a 6 miler scheduled for Sunday, but I just wasn’t feeling great with the lack of sleep. I’m careful not to push myself too hard when I’m not prepared, as I think this might be playing a role into when I have minor allergic reactions. We ordered a new bed on Sunday, so maybe more restful sleep will help!

Happy running, everyone!

Apparently, I Am Out of Shape

Yep…I really thought all my running meant I was in better shape than I am. I went with my friend to try Body Pump and Yoga at the local YMCA this past Monday, and I am STILL SORE. I foolishly thought that running (and watching my legs lean-up) meant they were strong and in shape…try some squats, my friends. Smile

I really enjoyed the Body Pump class though – it was 60 minutes long and it broke up all the different muscle groups and exercises so it wasn’t as boring and monotonous as lifting weights can sometimes seem. Even though I enjoyed the class, I spent the majority of class internally cursing myself for letting myself get so out of shape. Before Dan and I got married, we started seeing a personal trainer (Jose was the BEST) and with his help, we both lost weight and gained strength. It’s really tough remembering how much I used to be able to do and how little I’m currently able to do. Oh well, I went and moved my body and that’s what mattered.

So, after KILLING myself at Body Pump, we headed to Yoga which turned out to be a really stupid idea. My muscles were done – fatigued to the point I had to grasp the handrail when walking downstairs because my legs felt like jelly. Luckily, the yoga class happened to be led by the NICEST instructor EVER. As we were trying poses, my muscles were shaking so badly that I couldn’t do anything. I decided about halfway through class that I would just use this as stretching and meditating, and that’s essentially what I did. Our lovely instructor kept saying “everyone is doing their best – this isn’t a place for judgment” – I must have looked a mess! So, I know I would love attending this again in the future, but preferably NOT after Body Pump.

I am writing all of this on Thursday and I still can’t lift my arms properly. The runs I’ve gone on the past couple days have helped loosen up the legs, but boy my muscles are enjoying reminding me that they exist and need some attention! I’m a little concerned that the heavy leg work might not be the best idea with training for a half, since I felt quite pokey as the legs just weren’t cooperating. Anyone else run into this issue?

Completely off-topic, but I finally tried the new Starbucks Hazelnut Macchiato Latte, and I’m a fan:

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Sbux = Yummy!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Since I didn’t get to fully enjoy the yoga at the Y, does anyone have a DVD or studio in the Minneapolis area they recommend?