Cheval Cares 5k race report

5ks are not something that I love. They are short, but they hurt. They are especially un-fun on high humidity days (like Saturday). BUT, the entry was free, so what the heck – might as well go & have a good time.

The race started at 8, and packet pickup was at 7. I’m not to familiar w/ the area the race was in {and they said there was very minimal parking} so I left my house around 5:45. Arrived around 6:30 {stupid google maps always overestimates my time} ..

Suncoast Running was there as a booth so I hung out w/ Tracey & Paul for a while before the race started.

I went out for a mile warm up around 7:40, and the race started at 8:05. There were a lot of kids…who insisted on lining up at the front even though someone announced that they should line up towards the back.

Does this not bother anyone else? I was annoyed.

Almost immediately my iPod quit working.. So I was fumbling with that when I looked at my watch and saw 6:48. excuse me. what? whoa. Slow DOWN…

I backed off, and settled into a more reasonable place in the low 7’s. I felt good – the temperature was cool despite the fact that it was 100% humidity. I could see the 1st & 2nd female ahead of me, out of reach for now, but I’ll keep them in view. 7:10

A little fast in the first mile, but I still felt okay – I knew I had a little bit of a cushion if I bonked in the last mile – not a big cushion, but some. The race was held in a big neighborhood, so there were no sights to see, nothing to talk about.

I was still feeling strong – breathing was good, legs were happy. Not much going on – just running and keeping the first 2 females in view. I passed a few people {and a lot of kids} in this mile. 7:19

Third mile was just an uneventful as the first two. We made a turn off the main loop and it was in this turn that I caught up with, and passed the 2nd female.. Now I was second! I was hoping I had enough distance between us that she wouldn’t smoke me at the finish – she didn’t. I had her. Actually, she only finished about 4 seconds behind me..

My legs were still feeling strong – it was my lungs that were giving me trouble. They were done. The humidity was so thick, and deep breaths were not coming easy. Final mile 7:19

The race was not chipped timed – my garmin time says 3.14mi  / 22:46, 7:16avg. {second female} I have no idea how many people ran, but there were not a whole lot of competitive runners – it was a small field, but it was fun, and that is a pretty big PR for me.

My previous PR was from March & it was 23:02, so I’m pretty stoked about a 22:46. I can’t wait to run a 5k in cold weather!

They did awards for the top 10 men & top 10 women… We took 10th, 1st, 5th, 6th & 2nd


It’s time for bed. I’m exhausted, and I need to be up early again for an 8 mile run ~



The blog has been kind of dreary this week, aside from Courtney’s post, I’ve been kind of down in the dumps – which I’m sure is pretty evident in my posts. 

So, lets start the weekend off right and talk about things that make us happy:

This morning I had to be to work at 7:45 (this does not make me happy), but what does make me happy is that my sister Facetimed me before my first patient came in & I got to see my nephew before he went to school! SO stinkin’ cute!


Thanks to gChat I talk to my sister every day. we shop together, we plan weddings together (she just got engaged!) gChat is

That snack! Doesn’t that look tasty! Apples & PB in a wrap! mmmm, yes please!! Although I think that maybe a LITTLE to much PB – it would still be tasty.

I’ve done something similar w/ greek yogurt and grapes. spread some greek yogurt out on a wrap, throw some grapes on , wrap it up – chow down. pretty tasty & easy to make.









both of these happened today. Pumpkin spice latte w/ soy milk – I think I had one last year, and I wasn’t a fan. Maybe this girl has perfected the art of the PSL because that joker was so good. I sucked the whole thing down while wandering around target.

After dinner Chris took me to get froyo, yum! I had orange froyo & cake batter… candy corn, gummy bears, snow caps, cookie dough bites, and jujubite things in there. mmmmmm


Eternal Optimist, by Essie – LOVE this color. so pretty, so calming.


I didn’t buy these, but they look amazing! I love candy corn, but I can’t be trusted with a bag – so I try to just avoid buying them.


this play list for my 5k tomorrow! I’m pretty pumped about this 5k. Not sure why, but I am.


What’s making you happy this weekend?

goals: readjusting & regrouping

This week has been bit of a struggle; mentally & fitness wise. I’m struggling to figure out what it is that I’m trying to achieve. What are my goals? I don’t feel happy with my current “goals.” ….. which are what, exactly?

I don’t know. I set some goals for September, none of which I’ve reached. It’s laughable how much I sucked at meeting any of those goals. ugh.

October is a new month, right?

I have a 5k this weekend, I’m hoping to break into the 22:xx domain, but we’ll see. I’ll be okay if there’s not a 22 at the beginning of my time. I checked the forecast and earlier today wunderground was saying at 8am on saturday it would be 72 with 100% humidity .. so we’ll see.


After this 5k I plan on trying to focus more on nutrition & lifting. I really need to focus on my eating habits. I do pretty well, but I want to do better.

I want to focus on: 

  • stop snacking after dinner
  • no coffee after dinner
  • minimal sugar in the afternoons / after 3pm (?)

I plan on continuing to run, but decrease my mileage … well, not much of a decrease from what I’m currently running, but a decrease from the overall year. I’m considering running 4 days a week. 3 days during the week, and a long run, which is what I’m currently doing now; it’s actually what I’ve always done, but my week day runs are usually between 3-5 miles.  My week day runs will be 3 miles, and long runs will alternate between 8, 10, & 12 miles – probably based on what the running group is doing.

I need to maintain some kind of base since I’m currently registered for 2 half-marathons (December & February). Also, I love running. I genuinely love it. I don’t want to give it up completely, but I want to focus more on strength – I don’t feel like I can focus on strength if I’m constantly worried about being to sore to reach my running goals.

— none of this is concrete; I’m just putting some ideas out there. This is my blog & I reserve the right to change my mind 500 times..

I’m just trying to find my place – trying to find out what works for me. I love running, but it’s not getting me to where I want to be.

Thursday’s food, because I’m sure you’re dying to know what I ate:

breakfast: bobs red mill oatmeal w/ 1/2 peach, 1/4c raspberries, 1 scoop protein powder (5:15am)
snack: 6oz FAGE greek yogurt with 1/2 peach, chopped
lunch: 4oz baked chicken breast, mixed veggies, 1/2 sweet potato, 2oz rice & salsa
snack: 1 small fuji apple, sliced + 1oz almonds
snack: apple cinnamon larabar
Exercise: yoga for hips/back/hamstrings
dinner: turkey “tacos” w/ romaine hearts + 1/2 glass of wine


Happy Friday! Any plans for this weekend?


A great BIG thanks to Courtney from Chase Ford Endurance for putting up a great post yesterday. If you didn’t get a chance to check it out, you should. Even if you don’t Crossfit, she still has a great message.


I’m going to vaguebook right now: just a warning.

Something I’ve learned about myself : I need a plan in order to feel “in-control.”

Clarification: It doesn’t matter if things don’t go as planned, but having one makes me feel better.

When it comes to running, I know I’ve said 1 million times that I don’t love the rigidness of a training plan and this is true. I don’t… so it probably seems weird that I continue to layout my weeks in respect to running & WOD’ing.

I like to know that I have a rough outline for each day, but if it doesn’t happen as it’s written out, it’s okay – I can deal with that. With marathon training I felt like, if I didn’t stick to the plan  exactly as it was my training would suffer and Zomg!! I’d never finish the marathon.

so that is why I continue to “plan” my weeks. Maybe plan is the wrong word, but I need a loose outline for what my week will look like.

The same thing goes for many other aspects of my life, for which I can’t talk about in detail at the moment. (did you see that, I totally vaguebooked).BUT, there are things happening and I have no timeline and it’s giving me major anxiety.

Example of my absurd need to plan: When Jenny & I found out that we would be able to fly into D.C. last April and spend a day sightseeing in DC our planning OCD went into over-drive. Thank goodness for having a friend that ZOMGNEEDSAPLAN !! We spent hours on Gchat & google docs planning our 24hr DC trip.. It was crazy, but I find that planning brings some tranquility into my life… need plans. must plan.

Are you a go with the flow kind of person or are you a “I NEED A PLAN OR I’LL DIEEEEE” kind of person.

Beauty is Strength Reflection

First off – my name is Courtney Nuthals and I am a Coach at Chase Ford Endurance. I know Jena has mentioned several posts on our progamming! Today I am going to reflect on “Beauty is Strength”…

Alright – this article is dedicated to the women out there; the my butt is too big woman, my butt is too small woman, I’m not skinny enough woman, I have arm flab woman and every other thought that women think about their bodies woman. Trust me, I’VE BEEN THERE. This topic has been one that I have been seeing A LOT lately and it ticks me right off! I am inspired to unleash a little on this because for starters, I saw an amazing youtube video by some of the top women Crossfit competitors who are normal women and have felt the same way as you – AND I have now had another girl confront me about their “legs growing from Crossfit.”

LADIES – haven’t you heard? Strong is the new skinny. Ew, I remember the days when I would run, run, run a consecutive amount of miles. I was little Miss Marathon runner. – SO skinny and had nothing to me! Don’t get me wrong, I give FULL credit to people who run – however, you can incorporate running AND weight lifting to get a strong, toned body. Not only will you feel better, but your body will be that much more prepared to take on those challenges.

For me, I work hard to play hard. In order for me to help my friend pick up a darn right heavy couch, I deadlift 180#. In order to sit down on a chair when I’m 80 years old, I squat 150#. I aim daily to work these muscles so that someday when life throws a curveball at me, I can hopefully overcome the obstacle both physically and mentally. I train my mind every day to keep going, to fuel my body with clean foods and to train hard so that when I want to randomly play football with the guys, I don’t get destroyed.

“Working hard and doing a lot of Crossfit will not get you bulky,” Andrea Ager states. “Don’t worry about what your body will look like, worry about your diet and what you can control.”

SERIOUSLY! This girl has got it goin’ on! This is so true. Worry about the things you have control over (your diet) and let the rest of your body do the work and shape you the way you’re meant to be shaped. I have noticed that when I eat dirty and don’t follow a routine, I feel and look “bulky” – IN GENERAL, not even from Crossfitting. When I zone in and dial a meal plan, I feel FIT and Crossfit adds to the great feeling of that!

Look at the women in this video. They are damn right BEAUTIFUL! And it’s even cooler to know that they can take care of themselves in a sketchy situation. The myth that women shouldn’t lift heavy is only perpetuated by women who fear hard work and men who fear strong women! STRONG IS SEXY. Now that I went on a rant of my love for Crossfit and lifting heavy sh*t, that is a good 30% of why I feel solid. However, my food intake is 70% of why I feel as great as I feel – and it’s the most important part of being healthy.

You’re probably asking yourself? Who is this chick? And alright, what the heck do you eat then?
Well, the below pictures are my “typical” foods – they qualify as “Paleo”. Sometimes I zone and sometimes I don’t.

*The Zone Way = correctly balancing your macro-nutrients to properly fuel your body. So basically weighing your food.
Here is a link to a great explanation and blog about ZONE:

Breakfast: 8am
3 eggs (protein)
3 pieces of bacon (fat)
Eggplant, purple cabbage and onions (carbohydrates).



Snack: 10:30am
1 banana (carbohydrates)
9 Almonds (fat)
1 hard boiled egg (protein)

Lunch: 1pm
“Spaghetti Squash”
Ground Beef (protein)
9 Almonds (fat)
Spaghetti squash, Zuccini, Onion (carbohydrates)

Snack: 4pm
2 carrot sticks (carbohydrates)
2Tbsp Almond Butter (fat)
2oz. salami (protein)

Dinner: 7pm
“Paleo Tacos”
Ground Beef (protein)
Grilled Bell Peppers & Onions, two lettuce wraps (Carbohydrates)
Homemade guacamole (fat)



Ladies, eating a lot of REAL food and lifting heavy weights will NOT make you bulky. If your legs DO grow an inch, but it’s an inch of muscle, why not praise that!? That’s an accomplishment!!! Look at all of the ladies that do Crossfit. Our shapes, our sizes and our muscle form are all varied. Some of us are meatier, others are still slender, some have traps the size of Mount Rushmore, while some of us have big booties and small waists. This sport comes in all shapes and sizes and the best part is – NOBODY JUDGES YOU. The only thing that matters is your goals – that you can do 2 double unders instead of one, or you can hit a 200# Front Squat, or you just got your first strict pullup. Our goals are what we praise on – not how many ab muscles you have or how big your tush is. (That tush can help you squat some sweet weight, if you ask me!)

Love your body. Love your life. And BE THE CONFIDENT WOMEN WE KNOW YOU CAN BE!

Signing off…
Courtney Nuthals

back in 2009



I love reading about how runners got started. Was it early in life? Late in life? For weight loss or just because?

Have they always been that fast? Do they care about getting faster? Do they really enjoy it? Why do they run?


I think if you’ve read my blog for any length of time you could probably answer most of those questions, but if you’re new then you might not know, and I’ll admit that this blog isn’t the easiest of blogs to navigate… and another crappy problem about this blog is that the majority of the posts in the archives are missing pictures due to the great blog debacle of 2012…. AKA  “jena doesn’t know what she’s doing, so when she switched blogs she lost a ton of pictures.” oops.


so I thought I’d just tell you a little about how I got started & how I’ve gotten a little bit faster over the last three years. I guess I’m feeling a little sentimental about running this month: My 3 year running anniversary is coming up in October. I started “training” for my first 5k in October 2009.


I think it is important to note the last few sentences, “Today Stacey and I jogged 3 miles. i jogged the majority of the 3 miles. Had to do a few walking parts, but i was pretty proud of myself.”


Everyone starts somewhere. everyone.


When I first started running I used my car garmin to tell me how far I was running … uhm yep. I would hold that stupid thing in my hand while I ran down every sidewalk in Davenport. (I was obsessed with pace & distance even as a new runner – that can’t be good.) I wore a simple stop watch and would figure out my pace based on how far my gps said I had gone…. looking back, this makes me laugh. I tried mapmyrun, but Davenport is so small I had to make a billion turns and it was almost impossible for me to remember what route I took. Garmin Nuvi for the win!





That’s the part of Davenport I could run in – that’s “downtown.” Other than this area there are no sidewalks, and no where to run safely.

I ran my first 5k at the end of October 2009 with a time of 31:07, I was ecstatic! I was predicting a 35 minute finish time, so 31:07 was solid gold! Eventually as I started to get more comfortable with the distance my 5k times started to drop.

One of the biggest questions I see amongst new runners is, “how can I get faster?” I’m obviously not a professional, but my biggest piece of advice is to just give yourself some time. As you become more comfortable with the distance, it is likely that you’ll  gain some speed. You can’t worry about running fast when you struggle to complete the distance.

After I ran the October 5k I was hooked. I signed up for the Bartow Turkey Chase and I was ready to race. Turkey Chase time was 26:30.. 1 month, 4 minutes off my time.

I continued to increase my distance at whatever pace I could manage – at this time I wasn’t THAT worried about pace. I wanted to run faster, but speed workouts weren’t on my radar. I wanted to be able to comfortably complete distances. Each time I hit a new PDR I was excited! Being a new runner was fun, lots of firsts.. (there are still firsts as a 3yr runner, but more firsts as a new runner). The first time I ran 9 miles; it was hard, but exciting.

When we moved to our current house in 2010 I found a running group. I started running with them in October 2010 – a year after I began running. Another 10 mile run with the group in November 2011. The only recent 10 mile runs I have are from over the summer, which are faster than my 2010 & 2011 runs, but the most current 10 milers were during the summer & it’s hot – I’m curious what I could do in cooler temps. (lucky for us the cooler temps are starting to roll in)

10 mi collage


When I started to run with the group regularly I started to gain speed. I spent a lot of time running just behind some of the faster members of the group. I just started to push myself – see how fast I could run. If I hit a wall, then I hit a wall, but at least I tried.  In addition to running with the group regularly for long runs, I do some sporadic farklet workouts. Never structured, and never on a schedule – just did them whenever I felt like it.


I’m not a gigantic fan of intervals; I ran them a few times while I was briefly training for Space Coast, and maybe i’ll do an interval run here & there as the half-marathon season starts to get into full swing, but over all I’m just not a fan of the workout.. I know they work,  I’ve seen lots of running friends gain speed by running intervals weekly. For me, it’s most of a pain in the butt than anything else. Farklets work best for me in my neighborhood.


So, that’s a little bit about me & my running “career.”

What about you; Are you a new runner? How long have you been running? Do you do speed workouts on a regular basis, or not at all? 

Life is Beachy Keen: Week in Review


This week I started running again and it felt fabulous! It helped that the temps have finally started to cool down a little in the evenings.


I think it was the right decision to forgo the marathon distance; it’s just not going to happen for me right now. I really love the half-marathon distance. The training isn’t so rigorous or strict – For the few weeks that I was training for Space Coast I felt so restricted by the training schedule and I just couldn’t handle it.


I have a great opportunity to run a local full marathon this coming January, but I just don’t think I can make the commitment. Chris Lauber is bringing back the Clearwater Marathon this year, which is super awesome for this area. We’ve been without a full marathon for a few years now, so this is a great even for our local running community. If you are a local athlete you should check out Chris’ events. This particular event also has a 5k, 5mile & half marathon; an event for everyone! Jenny & I ran the half-marathon last year and it was a great race, as are all the races put on by Chris..and I can say that because I ran them all last year.




Sept 17 – Sept 23


Monday: 3mi + WOD
Tuesday: 3mi + WOD
Wednesday: 3mi + WOD
Thursday: rest
Friday: rest
Saturday: 13mi
Sunday: rest

Total miles: 22.35



THE PLAN for Sept 24 – Sept 30


Monday: 3 mi + WOD
Tuesday: 4 mi + WOD
Wednesday: 3mi + WOD
Thursday: Final meeting for Bingo Fundraiser – will try to WOD in the AM (no promises)
Friday: 3 mi
Saturday: 5k race
Sunday: 10mi (maybe)



I don’t have any meals planned for the week, which will definitely come back to bite me, but I just haven’t felt like sitting in front of the computer and looking for meals. We have plenty of chicken & a package of ground beef so I’ll figure something out with that. Maybe some vegetarian chili in the crock pot.


How did your week shape up? Did you get in all the miles & workouts that you wanted? 

oh you know, just for fun



There are only so many things I can say about long run Saturday’s, and I say the same things pretty much every Saturday that includes a long run – so I’ll just cut to the chase and tell you how the run went.


It was strangely cool this morning, I guess Fall was peeking her little head in on the first official day of the season. Despite the fact that it was 90% humidity it really was kind of cool and we had a lot of cloud cover, so that definitely helped.



Shannon had 20 miles on her schedule today so I decided I’d run the final 13 miles of her 20. She wanted to keep an 8:30 pace and that sounded great to me. I met up with her & Jackie at Starkey Park and we headed out around 6:45.


The run went by rather uneventfully. I felt great. I took a gel at mile 4 – I later decided I should have waited, OR took another gel later in the run. The last 2-3 miles I felt tired, and hungry. Besides that, I had a great run. My shoes felt great – they fit my feet very well. I didn’t have any pain on the top of my foot, and the bottoms of my feet weren’t sore either (which was a problem I was having w/ the super feet inserts).


9 22 2012 SPLITS

It felt great to run side-by-side with Jackie & Shannon. It was nice to be running amongst friends, just the three of us cruisin’ down the trail. Sometimes there was silence, sometimes there was chatter – it was so relaxing. If you’re not a runner, I’m sure you’re wondering how 13 miles could ever be relaxing.. well, it is. Just something about running in the morning with friends that just starts the day off right.


After we finished our run I was thinking back to last year when I was hoping to run a sub 1:50 half & how I would have been thrilled to have a 13 mile training run under 1:50. I feel like I’ve definitely made some progress over the last year, and I’m looking forward to what this race season has in store for me.

sept 2011 splits

For comparison, splits from a run in October 2011.


I think today’s long run was rejuvenating. I’m feeling good about running again. Maybe taking last week off helped, maybe running some fewer miles this week helped, or maybe it was just the cooler temperatures that didn’t suck the life out of me – whatever it is, I loved running today. There was no, “this sucks. why am I doing this?” feeling. It felt crazy to be out running 13 miles for no good reason, but it felt good.


I needed that.

Friday Food: Athlete Edition

Hey-o! It’s Friday, and it’s time for the 3rd edition of our September feature, “Food Friday’s.” I wasn’t planning on featuring myself because the whole blog is about me, but here we are, talking about me…again


If you missed our first two athletes, you can check out there posts Jenny’s post HERE & Shannon’s post HERE.


Friday’s have been my busiest days of the week over the last few months, which means EXTRA cofffffeeeeee ..mmmmmm


When I decided that eating clean was the life for me, I cut out the sugar I was putting in my coffee & I swapped regular (2%) milk, for almond milk. The almond milk took a while to get used to, but now I enjoy it, and I definitely don’t even miss the sugar. Not adding sugar, and using almond milk (unsweetened vanilla) makes me feel less guilty about my little coffee habit.


I don’t even know why I’m telling you this – maybe so you won’t be so shocked when you see 5 cups of coffee posted on the blog today? Either way, it is what it is, and it’s one of the things I’m not really willing to give up. (Every day is not 5 cups deep, just Fridays).


Moving on to something other than my coffee addiction:


I’m a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast, that or I’m just lazy: I love oatmeal, so every (weekday) morning I have a bowl-o-oatmeal. Actually, most recently I’ve been eating Bob’s Redmill 5 grain hot cereal. I found it at Big Lots (weird, right?) for $4.99 so I thought, “what the heck, I’ll try it.”


It’s meh. Has a different texture than oatmeal, but I’m not a texture freak, so I can handle it. I paid for it, so I’m going to eat it.


Breakfast happened around 5:15. I only had time for one cup of coffee before I left the house. so sad.

Usually I try to eat a snack around 9:00, but this morning that just wasn’t in the cards. We had quite a few patients this morning, and since I’m the only person in the office, I do it all.

No break until the last patient left around 10:00, and by then I was super hungry. It is rare that I don’t have 2 minutes to inhale a snack, but today was just one of those days. When I did get around to my snack I had a cup of coffee + Fage with vanilla bean paste, cinnamon powder & grapes

I was hungry approximately 5 seconds after I finished my snack. For lunch I packed baked chicken, veggies, grapes & brown rice. That’s pretty much a typical lunch for me. Sometimes I bring leftovers, but most of the time I eat chicken, veggies & grapes.

That was  a pretty big lunch, 4oz chicken, 2oz brown rice, and a good helping of veggies + 1/2c grapes, and I was hungry about an hour later. I don’t know If i’m just not eating enough, or if there is something wrong with me. Immediately after eating my meal I feel full, but it really doesn’t take long for me to feel hungry again. I try that ol’ trick of “drinking water to see if you’re really hungry.”  I drink a ton of water. I’m still hungry.

I feel like I’m eating nutritious, whole foods, nothing fake, so why am I hungry so soon after eating a full meal?  

I had a sliced apple around 1:30 – I’ve really been loving sliced apples & PB lately, but today I skipped the PB. I don’t want to get into the habit of eating everyday. That crap is addicting!

 I am fortunate enough to be able to leave work at 3 on Fridays – I left work at 3, and headed to the grocery store. Once again, I felt hungry. maybe i don’t know what hungry feels like? maybe i’m confusing these feelings with something else? 

I keep larabars in my purse because I turn into the wicked witch of the west when I’m hungry and unable to get something to eat – plus grocery shopping when hungry turns into a disaster. I always end up getting trail mix… and I LOVE trail mix.. trail mix isn’t totally bad, but eating the whole bag in one sitting? That’s bad.

I realize larabars aren’t the best nutritional choice, but it’s easy & convenient & it’s better than mcdonalds french fries (mmmmm those sound good right about now.)

Today is a rest day so when I got home from the grocery store I pretty much just vegged out – watched HawthoRNe on netflix and tried to figure out what to make for dinner. I didn’t set anything out for dinner, and all I had was chicken sausage (which I love, by the way). So I decided on whole grain rotini with chicken sausage & veggies. A simple, yet filling meal.

BUT, before I could start dinner…. I had another snack. I know. This is out of control at this point. Maybe I should add some more actual meals into my day? I know this post is kind of written weird – I’m kind of just talking to myself, and sorting things out in my head – except i’m actually writing them down…for you to read…. awkward

 last snack of the day.. ezekiel bread english muffin with olivio spread.  (4:30pm)

I started dinner around 6:45; This dinner was incredibly quick & easy to make. I mean so easy it’s stupid.

We are about to go to Sweet Frogs & get froyo …. those jerks text me today & said it was Buy one Get on 50% off.. OBVIOUSLY we have to take advantage of that deal!!

I don’t know if I eat a lot in comparison to others; I don’t think so. I eat when I’m hungry. I try to make the best choices, but obviously sometimes fall short. I don’t have a calorie count for the day. I was around 1000 calories before the english muffin, wine, dinner & froyo.

Saturday is long run day & I’m pretty excited about it! 13 miles is on the schedule…..

crazy hunger


Uhm hello, I woke up at 5:05 again this morning, begrudgingly got out of bed, made some oatmeal, and waited for the workout to be posted at 6… (the downfall of CFE being located in Hawaii.. I have to wait until midnight their time) – It’s all good though, my oatmeal had some time to digest, and I had time to dilly dally around before getting my sweat on.


Chase tried to kill me today with HSPU (aka: hand stand pushups.) I can’t do the real thing, so he gave a modified version, which still almost killed me. must work on those shoulders.


I totally get another gold star today!


Guess what else I did this morning? Baked chicken & a sweet potato for lunch for the rest of the week. I officially ate the last of the leftovers for dinner Tuesday night, so I needed to make something for lunch/dinner for Wednesday & Thursday. please pass the gold stars…



In other fitness related news: I’ve been so hungry all day


Breakfast: bobs redmill 5 grain hot cereal (aka, oatmeal) with protein powder & raspberries
9 am snack: 6oz fage w/ vanilla bean paste, pumpkin spice seasoning & grapes  (this was SO tasty!)
10am snack: 1/2c cottage cheese w/ sliced peach
lunch (11:30): 4oz chicken, 1/2 sweet potato, 3.5oz carrots
snack (I forget what time: sliced apples w/ 2tbsp PB
snack (when I got home from work): sliced kiwi & more sliced apples

dinner: chicken & sauteed veggies


I obviously need to bring more food to work, or something. I was hungry every hour today, and that is an annoying feeling.



After work today I came home and sat around until the temperature dropped a little, then I headed out for a short & easy run. 3.14 mi, 26:19 (8:23avg)



A week or so ago I mentioned that I was taking a break from running. I guess I should clarify, I’m taking a break from training. I did take last week off, and that was awesome, but this week I’m back to running – but I’m running what I want to run, when I want to run & however far I feel like running.


Following a training plan was seriously getting me down – Even after we decided that we would not be able to run Space Coast, I felt like I still had to run X amount of miles each week. I set this 1,000 miles in 2012 goal, and I got behind, so that meant I had to run even more.


I had to let that goal go. 1000 miles is just a number – I don’t get anything at the end of the year if I meet the goal – well, a sense of accomplishment, but really, is that worth the mental anguish I was feeling?


I don’t have any races on the calendar until December, so that gives me some time to just relax & not follow a training plan. I was planning on doing the Halloween Halfathon, but the 27th – 28th of October turned out to be a very popular weekend and I just can’t squeeze the half in. I’m sad, because I wanted to see Jenny race, and I wanted to beat Mike ( hi mike) … but, I just can’t do it.. Maybe we can convince Mike to run the Holiday Half so I can smoke him there…what do you think Jenny?    mike is jenny’s husband, in case you are wondering who this random guy Mike is.


Today I came across a really great blog, and she just so happened to have a post about the differences between running vs. training.  She is spot on, there are definitely some differences .. physical & mental differences (at least for me).


Mentally it’s so much easier to say, “okay, I’m just going to go run 3 easy miles.” The fact that there is no prescribed pace instantly relaxes my brain and body & let’s me just enjoy the run. …… and if I’m being totally honest, the fact that we’ve had some cooler temps the last 3 evenings aren’t hurting my mental state either.


I think I’m going to enjoy just running for a while.



What about you? Do you enjoy running or training more?  or do you feel like there is even a difference?