Today’s the day – another decade begins! 30 doesn’t scare me. And I’m so fortunate to have so many amazing people up and down the east coast that love me. It took me 30 years to accumulate all these amazing people and memories and experiences, I can’t wait to see what the next 30 brings!
I did it! I accomplished the goal I set for myself in March – to get the Spartan Trifecta in 2016. Sprint, Super, Beast. Done.
It’s been a week since the Spartan Beast race and I still don’t really know what to say about it. It was grueling, long, exhausting, taxing, muddy, chilly, exciting, sweaty, competitive, strong, totally worth it.
Over the weekend – I flew up to Philly to support my mom in her first Spartan race! Being up there for less than 48 hours was worth it to be with her as she finished.
My mom needed a new goal. Telling herself to “get in shape” wasn’t cutting it. She needed a bigger reason, something to push for, an end goal… Hearing our race stories, she decided that would be her new goal – to finish a sprint. So she signed us up and got out to the garage to train.
OK – I need to have a serious heart to heart with myself.
I did the Spartan Super in early August. I am very proud of the work I put into my training for it and my outcome at the race. I let myself slack a little bit the rest of the month. Not a lot, but enough. The biggest race in the series is coming up in LESS THAN 2 MONTHS. Time to get back in the game!
Now that I’ve gotten that out there, and reread it out loud so I fully comprehend, it’s time to put the game face on. With August being such a crazy month, I haven’t worked out as hard as I was in the early summer months. And that’s ok. Sometimes you just need to take a little break. But now I know I need to gear up or I’m going to regret it come late October.
After an awesome bachelorette weekend in Savannah celebrating my beautiful friend and neighbor – I was ready to do something fun yet hard for my workout Monday morning. Surfset!
I can guarantee most people do not have a Surfset board of their own. That’s OK. This workout is still tough on the floor but even better if you have a BOSU ball or bladder to use with some of the exercises.
I’ve been a little MIA since the Super last weekend, sorry about that!
The week after the race I wasn’t hitting it as hard as previous weeks, I needed to let my body recoup a little bit – and I deserved a little break! I still worked out regularly, but I could feel my legs were a little tired and a little heavier than normal so I didn’t push them too too much.
In a surprise twist – I flew to NJ to surprise my mom for her 65th birthday. (Happy birthday Mom!) Only 3 people were in on the surprise – my dad who got me up there, my best friend so I could sleep at her house and not show up to my parent’s house at 1am, and one of my brother’s cause I needed a ride from the Philly airport.
I showed up at my parent’s around 7:15a, just as my mom was settling onto the front porch with coffee and the morning paper. To say she was shocked would be an understatement. She was thrilled, I was happy I didn’t miss it, and my dad takes the cake for planning and awesome surprise and a really great dinner party for her.
While home, I worked out with my mom a couple times but I’m sharing a workout I did solo. It only requires 1 medicine ball (or sandbag, something you can toss) and your running shoes!
I’m finally out of my mimosa-hazed, iced knee lounging to write about the Asheville Super on Saturday! I’m so happy I did it. I’m a little sad it’s over. I’m a lot relieved it’s done. I’m ready for my next race.
A little quick background on the venue – the race was on Black Mountain, on a stone and sand company’s property. Needless to say, there were a lot of uphills, a lot of rocks, a ton of mud and plenty of water.
We got to the venue with plenty of time for me to look around at the obstacles, get comfortable in my surroundings, and anxious to get to the starting line. One of the main obstacles I was fixated on was the 8’ wall. I was getting a bit worried watching others trying to climb over it. It seemed like everyone had a buddy with them to assist, and I was going at it alone. I know the Spartan race is about being a community – so I could ask anyone for a boost, but still, the last thing I want to do is slow a stranger down. But I had to push past that worry – I would figure something out when I actually got to the obstacle, not hours before.
Over the last couple days I’ve been getting these small headaches behind my eyes – not both eyes at once, it alternates between them. They aren’t terrible, more annoying, but considering I never get headaches, I don’t like it.
You know it’s bad when I decide to take medicine of my own free will. Usually Canon has to twist my arm a bit (and go upstairs to get the meds) for me take anything. But I took something last night, didn’t really help. Canon massaged my head while watching Dexter, felt great… I’d feign a headache for that any day.
Monday’s always a tough day, getting back into things. I don’t know why people always want to start something new, like a diet or fitness regimen on a Monday. Yes, I get that it’s like day 1 at the start of the week but really, after a Sunday my Monday’s are usually a little bit bleh… Tuesday would be a better start day. Ah, but then I’d slack on Monday’s and the vicious cycle would continue… Continue reading “Monday Leg Day”
Our friends apartment complex threw a pool party on Saturday – and we got to be 2 lucky guests! Since I was going to be eating BBQ, drinking beer, enjoying popsicles – all while in a bathing suit, I needed to sweat a little in the morning to make some room. Continue reading “Saturday Sweat”