Weekly Recap + Miles

Monday 

5 breezy, recovery miles at lunch. Had to fit my run in somewhere, but underestimated the strength of the wind.

It was a meeting filled day, so it was nice to get outside!

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Tuesday 

Morning miles in motion on the spin bike to start the day, plus some dynamic stretching.

Was able to get back to the gym at lunch for some strength training.

15 minute Warm-up
Leg workout: Ladder + deadlifts + jump squats + side plank, leg raised holds + tricep push-ups + squats, single leg squats + hamstring stretches and single-leg bridges on the stability aka my new hell.
Glide stretches

Needless to say, it was a day when I needed al the coffee. The vanilla, hazelnut latte from Einstein Bagel is my go-to on campus!

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Wednesday 

Another easy 5 miles with 3 at marathon pace followed by a full body work out from the Tone It Up girls!

Enjoyed running with my momentum bracelet!

Followed by all the flavors. I wasn’t eating to much diary for awhile, so this was a nice indulgent surprise! Oikos ‘Triple Zero’ Greek vanilla yogurt with Kind blueberry and vanilla granola and a banana!

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Thursday 

Made it to the gym for strong HIIT workout. Do you ever incorporate HIIT into your training? I used to do it a lot when I started running, and while I don’t do it as much I like to incorporate a few times a month. This cycle included am easy warm up followed by plyometrics and 400 meter sprints for 3 rounds.

[high knees + jump squats + wall sit + push-ups + lunge jumps + mountain climbers]

Be a Beauty, Train like a Beast.

Motivation to get to my upper-body strength training  as well. Worked a routine with triceps, biceps, and shoulders with some core thrown in there.

Needed some post-run fuel, which included this killer salad. Greens are always so refreshing to me after a workout, but I also crave protein so the chicken and hemp seeds were a great addition today.

I also recently discovered these new Chobani crunch packs, do to my rekindled love of yogurt this week, and they make a great late afternoon snacks for long days!

I even made it to another Zumba class… who though I’d go back after we discovered my lack of rhythm last week. I was a dancer all my life…. Running obviously changed me. Dose anyone else feel that way as miles increase?

Hilarious group shot:

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Friday 

Snow day! I’m ready for spring as much as everyone here on the East coast, but there is something beautifully serene about running in the snow. It’s so tranquil. Just me and the snow flakes for 5.5 easy paced (mostly due to the snow) miles with 3 miles at MP. I only had  a short chunk of time, but I felt like I could have ran forever!

Post-run I fueled up with some Special K Protein cereal and berries and bananas — I love getting my fruit fix in all day long! Had to get some carbs in me before heading to a Barre class at Barre Balanced. It’s always such a great workout and burner for the glute and hamstrings, which is what I’ve been focused on this past month!

 

Recovered with all things peanut butter to make up for missing my fix on national peanut butter day earlier this week. [half almond butter + jelly and half natural peanut butter, Nutella, and banana].

This quote couldn’t be more true. Peanut butter is my love language, and it holds my life together.

 

I don’t know about you, but this has been an exhausting week I’m ready to catch up on the new season of House of Cards and carb up for a run this weekend! Where are you logging miles? What’s your favorite show to binge?

 

Friyay Faves

  1. This video of Kara Goucher’s journey to the 2016 Olympic Trails. 

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Raw emotion, real hope.

I dare you to watch this video and not cry. Kara, continues to inspire and amaze me.
http://www.oiselle.com/blog/watch-kara-gouchers-journey-2016-olympic-trials-marathon

2. Speaking of the Olympic Trails, Oiselle did a breakdown by the numbers of the 18 members participating this year. Check it out! Can’t wait to cheer on my fellow birds.

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http://www.oiselle.com/blog/meet-oiselle-dozen-olympic-trials-marathon-qualifiers

3. Yaktrax 

Tis the season…  With the amount of snow we’ve had these past few weeks, it’s time to invest in Yaktrax. Many runners out there have been using for years, so I’m slow in checking these out. But for anyone that has to deal with snow-covered roads this is a create alternative to the DEADMILL!

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4. Valentine’s Day Donuts!

My love for donuts and Valentine’s Day combined in the most heavenly combination. The Brown batter is to die for…

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5. Peloton Classes On-Demand 

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I’ve been addicted to these classes lately. If you have access to a spin bike I highly recommend checking them out. And Robin Arzon is the QUEEN. You will not regret it.

Weekend Update: Broadway Edition

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Woke up singing, “Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it from New York, New York, New York!”

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Train ride essentials: Good reads, fresh mani [Essie: Licorice], macchiato.

Let’s Go to NYC!

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Spent the afternoon exploring Times Square and Rockefeller Center with the family; we took a trip to see Aladdin on Broadway (Christmas gift I gave my sister). Needless to say we had too much fun being tourists (e’hem, we may have used a selfie stick) and chasing down some of our FAVE NYC EATS!

While there are tons of restaurants that I’m dying to try a NYC trip is not complete with out a slice from Ray’s Pizza and cupcake from Magnolia’s Bakery.

These are staples in my life.

Theater Review Aladdin
This undated image released by Disney Theatrical Productions shows Courtney Reed, left, and Adam Jacobs during a production of the musical “Aladdin.” (AP Photo/Disney Theatrical Productions, Deen van Meer)

Aladdin, the Musical is a magical experience. Probably the most fun show I’ve ever seen on broadway! Worth every penny! I highly recommend — it’s fun for everyone!

We also had a chance to visit the Empire State Building at night… There something not only more romantic, but also serene from seeing the skyline light up by the city of lights.

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View of the Freedom Tower

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We had a fabulous visit, and it was a great day with the family!

After a weekend of indulging eating I had to get in a run in on Sunday afternoon, and because it was 50 degrees on the LAST day of January!!! WEEEEE!

Can’t beat these snow covered views. Just open your eyes, there is beauty all around. So glad I made it to the trail for a run, even if it was OVERLY CROWDED.

#SundayRunday

An too prove how nice the temps were…

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Shorts sleeves + snow in January! Reppin’ my AACR Tee! Not pictures: Oiselle Aero Tights

What was the BEST part of your weekend? A trip to NYC took the cake for me… as did that CUPCAKE!

How many miles did you log? I wanted to do more, but time got away from me and could only fit in 5 on Sunday. The crowds were intense!

Life Lately…

Happy Hump Day! 

If you are on the East Coast I hope the snow around you is melting and you have been able to log some miles!

There has just been to much snow around me, but hoping that changes this week!

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Seriously this is too much!

My Monday commute looked like this:

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Fun, right? Thank goodness for 4-wheel drive.

ehh… Needless to say I was pushed to hit the Treadmill for some recovery miles.

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At least I got to rock shorts and tank!

I was also able to get a kettlebell, full-body work out in too!

Not much more progress on Tuesday, so I crosstrained on the spin bike and focused on some core work early morning, before heading to my PT appointment at lunch.

It was my first session since my initial evaluation and I was looking forward to it! After my deep tissue on Friday my hips were finally feeling loose, but still so much tightness in hamstring, glute, and quad.

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…basically.

After some intense stretching, we spent time working using the Graston Technique. (If you’ve never had it and have tightness in any of these areas, I highly recommend!!!). I saw the same PT over the summer for issues with my left knee/IT brand and these really helped, so we are hoping that he can work some magic on my sciatica nerve pain. He worked on a lot of the surrounding areas to try and target my pain points. It hurt SO GOOD (John was on to something here). We also incorporated movement into it to help trigger point and exercises.

Graston Technique Tools.
Graston Technique Tools.

… I think I’ll be swore tomorrow!

I was able to end the day with an amazing practice on the mat with Adam at Enso Yoga; my favorite part of Tuesday. Do you ever feel that a practice is made for you? It was filled with tones of hip strengthening and stretching — a solid theme for the overall day!

Nameste. #yogaeverydamnday

 

Have you ever been to PT? Best part of treatment?

Monday Motivation.

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#Repost @andreaduke1

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Wisdom from Dre on for 2016 – Let life kick you around once in a while. Fall down, scrape your knees, collect some scars. All of that shows that you LIVED! It may hurt at first, but the strength, confidence & grit you earn will outweigh the pain. #Upgrade2016 #BeMoreHuman

Last week of January, take it…  embrace it, and make sure you SHOW UP!

Stepping Out of my Comfort Zone

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Each morning I wake up to a motivational quote from Runner’s World. This couldn’t have been more perfect for yesterday, as I was preparing for my VERY first trail run with a girlfriend.

We met at Ridley Creek Park bright and early for a brisk run through the woods.

I think I was most worried about getting injured or falling, but nearly an hour later and we were done. No fall, no injuries! Time flew by, and it was one of the most challenging and fun runs I’ve ever done. I was blessed to have Des lead me through and guide me on how to climb and take downhills.

It was simply gorgeous and serene, the perfect way to start the day. It was just us, our breath, and the leaves crunching below us, while the sun rose.

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Ridley Creek Park | White Trail

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Ran some additional road miles up to speed to round out 10 miles to start the day before the snow!

Spent the afternoon getting a tune up at Massage Envy; a 90 minute deep tissue to help my sciatic nerve pain. This week I crushed it on taking care of my body…

Monday: Ortho

Wednesday: Chiro and PT

Friday: Trails and Deep Tissue

 

 

Massage Envy
Massage Envy

 

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Eye doctor and first coffee in two weeks! And of course head-to-toe Oiselle.

Needless to say, dinner included all the pasta with the fam!!!

Before we even left dinner the snow was coming down… so we had perfect reason to snuggle up and stay in to finish Netflix’s “Making A Murderer.” And finish up Suzy Favor Hamilton’s memoir, “Fast Girl.”

Making-a-Murderer

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Hope you have a fun weekend! Stay warm, and bundle up if you are on the East coast. If you aren’t, then I’m just jealous.

Living with Purpose and Passion…


As each year comes to a close, we begin to prepare for brand new chapter, a new beginning and set goals for the year ahead. A number of people focus on resolutions to get healthy aka lose weight, travel aka finally take that vacation, accomplish new household task, do more, do less, the list is never ending. I never spent much time on resolutions, I guess I never really focused on the beginning and the end so much. Time just kept on going.

That all changed when I was 29, and entering the year I would turn 30. Something shifted as I reflected on what had been amazing decade of love, adventure, and excitement. I’m not sure if it was out of fear or of the general curiosity of how much things in life would change.

Spoiler alert for those of you preparing for this. It doesn’t. Life keeps happening for better or worse as it always had.

However, I made a commitment to myself to do things with purpose from that point and focus on the things that truly made me happy, cherish the sweet moments, and appreciate everything that comes my way. So it was that January were I began writing out my goals for the year.

Is it me or when you actually write something down do you feel more accountable to them? Things written down, just become, well, more real. I supposed that’s why this blog. and many others are so meaningful. It’s real.

My first list, looked something like this: 2014 cal

Every so often I’d take a moment to review it and see how far I’ve come. It was gratifying to see that just with living my life with a purpose and more passion, it was easy to accomplish the things I had wanted.

As you’ve probably have guessed, I’m a runner. Life as a runner can involve a lot of dedication and training and goal setting so a number of my goals were related to my training, but that made it even more exciting to accomplish. Writing down my running goals was something I had already done, so it gave me the mindset.

I ran races, crossed trained more effectively, cooked more, traveled, and focused on myself. Each year since, I’ve gotten into a routine of goal setting, and it’s truly made me more optimistic person, as I reflect on the year and see that I’ve accomplished what I set out to do… with purpose.

So why am I telling you this. Well for one it’s January — and excellent time for planning ahead, but really because each year there was only one goal that I never even made headway on. Why? I’m not so sure. But it’s been eating at me and I just had to do something about it. I always put it back on the list, because I knew inside it was something I wanted to do.

Write.

While, I may be a runner by morning… I am a writer by day, professionally. However, I’ve always dreamed of writing a novel, but as my love for running and the community around the sport has grown, my focus has shifted.

So, while January is coming to an end. This is just the beginning for “Jenny Runs the World.”

Live with purpose. Live with passion. Live the hell out of this life.

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