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2012 Butte to Butte

June 28, 2012

PhotobucketAfter a painfully disappointing run this morning–literally, I aimed for 6+ miles and my knee started screaming around 2–I’ve decided to only register for the 5k instead of the 10k at this year’s Butte to Butte. Last year, on July 4th, I got caught in traffic (in my car) as this race went through the center of town and I felt so lazy sitting there in place watching hundreds of people smiling and getting exercise. I’m proud to say I’ll be one of the people stopping traffic this year (like I don’t already stop traffic anyway on account of how hawt I am) AND my friend Lauren will be running the 5k with me; it’s her first race!

If you’re in the Eugene area the race is $17 (without buying a shirt) and you can register here up until July 3rd.

Back on Track

June 26, 2012

PhotobucketDespite my knee being slightly more crunchy sounding today I’m feeling great. I was originally going to post about hitting my quickest mile time to date this weekend, except I crushed that time with a new PR of 11:22 mins this morning. Mind you, this is after a leg day with Lyndsi yesterday. I may be a little swollen, but nothing hurts and it feels great to be getting back into my old habits.

Speaking of habits I need to clean my diet up a bit too. Without lots of cardio (due to the knee) I’m up on the scale 2.5 lbs–which is 1.2% bodyfat. I’m dedicating myself to at least 30 minutes of cardio daily and NO FROYO. Those decisions alone should help, but I also need to choose lean meats like chicken instead of pork. Geezus, I do love pork, though. AND I’m dropping my calorie intake a little bit. I want to be at 28% bodyfat in two weeks when I weigh in next.

Social Exercise

June 21, 2012

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View from Pisgah’s Summit

I’ve posted about increasing your NEAT as a way to lose weight by forming better lifestyle habits. Yesterday my friends Amy and Hollee did just that!

Instead of getting together for a meal or coffee we decided to go on a quick after work hike at Mount Pisgah (the race site for The Dirty Dash). In around an hour we ascended 1060 feet and still had time to chat about boys, food, life, etc.

Next time you make social plans consider taking a walk, hike, bike ride or something active. You’ll have all the fun of catching up with the addition of exercise.

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Prost8k

June 18, 2012

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Obligatory couples shot

Sam ran his first race this weekend and I was lucky enough to be along for the ride, literally, we rode our bikes there.

Sam actually got lost on the course and ended up running much further than he needed to. I managed to come in first for my age group!

My legs are super sore from all the activity this weekend, but it feels good to be up and mobile again after all my knee rest. Summer weather watch out, I’ve got more moving around to do.

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Lance Armstrong totes swings kettle bells too.

This morning I gave Track Town Crossfit a try. A lot of the exercises for today’s WOD (workout of the day) were things I had done before: wall balls, kettle bell swings, and an array of sprints. I got hit on and followed around by some guy that reminded me a lot of Sean Penn in I Am Sam, so that was sort of a negative, but I’m trying not to let this bleed into my overall Crossfit experience.

The workout: We started with a short jog around the block to warm up, then did different sprints across the gym: high knees, butt kickers, and spider walking. Followed by 15 wall balls, a 100ft sprint, 10 kettle bell swings, and another 100ft sprint continuously for 5 minutes for three sets with one minute breaks in between.

Overall: I was surprised by the difficulty of the class. It was a good pace for me, but I’m also in the best shape I’ve probably ever been in. Lots of weight-bearing exercises while keeping your heart rate up, so it was a cardiovascular workout while also getting strength training in. I think I’ll try attending the free class for a few more weeks before I decide whether I’m going to pay for additional classes, but it was fun to workout with a new group of people. Plus, it’s so close to Sam’s apartment I feel almost guilty not participating since it is free.

PhotobucketIn the past I’ve posted about the difficulties of eating right and working out on the weekends. To avoid falling off the wagon over weekends Sam and I have taken some proactive measures. We registered for the Prost8k this Sunday, which is a race raising money for Prostate Cancer prevention (AND also Sam’s first race! We’re jogging the 5k if anyone is interested in joining us). I’m also going to try out a free Saturday class at Track Town Crossfit. They offer a free class every Saturday morning in exchange for a canned food donation. They also have punch cards available for purchase ($200 for 10 visits), so if I like it I’m considering buying one so I can drop in a couple times a week. Lastly, we ordered some Ketosis test strips which measure the amount of ketones in your urine. These let us know if we’re eating low carb enough for our diet to be working–considering I’ve had an upset stomach the last week there has been a lot of carbs in my diet lately, but I’m excited to see the change as I get back on track.

As I’ve always experienced: eating well and working out during the week isn’t difficult because my work schedule provides structure. If we can consistently keep ourselves active on the weekends (bike rides, trips to the coast to jog in the sand, hiking, etc.) we’ll be setting ourselves up for success and results–all it takes is a little planning ahead!

PS: The image for this post is a webcomic from Toothpaste for Dinner. You should check the whole site out; you’ll burn calories laughing.

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