February 29, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup: Feb 29th - back to running and a new toy

It's nearly March and finally we have something good to report from our training this week.  Christine started back to running and I finally got to run outside for the first time since the Mickey Marathon.  While neither of us will be breaking speed records, we are working hard to get back to a healthy and happy running pace.  My next race is in three weeks and it is right here in Wilmington, NC.  It's always easier to race when you can sleep in your own bed, eat your own food and enjoy the cheering of lots of friends along the way. Our weather forecast this week is sunshine and warmer temperatures so that will means more outside runs as I rebuild my mileage and strengthen myself for my upcoming races.  
Happy to be finished our long run, just goofing around!
Post workouts have always been a challenge for me in terms of fuel and hydration.  I'm usually not hungry right away so when I discovered protein shakes those did the trick. For the last 4 years, a post long run protein smoothie has been my normal recovery beverage.  GNC has a protein powder that I like and frozen strawberries with milk rounded out my shakes.  Once I tried to add kale, but since I was using just a regular blender, I ended up with small pieces and it was not a great texture.  My sister surprised me with a Nutribullet for my birthday in December.

With the holidays and then a busy January with the Mickey Marathon in the middle of the month, I totally forgot to try my new toy.  Yesterday was the day after a nearly 9 mile long run.  I had kale and strawberries in the refrigerator and frozen blueberries in the freezer and added those together with my protein powder and organic milk.  It blended perfectly and was a more tasty and better blended beverage than I have been able to make in my ordinary blender. My favorite feature is the container used to make the shakes.  It doubles as a beverage container when you switch out the blade base for a drink top.  Unlike my ordinary blender, you do not have separate parts to wash, just two items. I also have a smoothie recipe book and I will be trying out new things in the weeks to come.  Plenty of my running friends use these smoothies as meal replacements, but because I like food, that might not be an option for me!   Now to our workouts for the week:

 Christine 
Currently training for: No races on the calendar but I'm thinking about a 5k later this spring!!
Training plan: N/A
Fitness goals/focus areas: Continuing to strengthen my hips, quads, and glutes. Get back to running!

Mon, Feb 22nd: 30 min spin bike; upper body weights; PT exercises; stretching

Tues, Feb 23rd: Physical Therapy; 25 min spin bike; abs

Wed, Feb 24th: 20 min elliptical; 30 min circuit workout

Thurs, Feb 25th: Complete rest day

Fri, Feb 26th: Physical Therapy; stretching

Sat, Feb 27th: 3 min spin bike; 5 minutes agility drills; PT exercises; stretching

Sun, Feb 28th: 2.2 mile run with 30 seconds running: 1 min walking intervals; stretching; PT exercises

Pam
Currently training for: Quintiles Half Marathon, London Marathon
Training plan: Coach Sami
Fitness goals/focus areas: Endurance and strength training

Mon, Feb 22nd: Rest day,

Tues, Feb 23rd: Rest day

Wed, Feb 24th: 5 mile run on treadmill at gym 10 minute mile pace

Thurs, Feb 25th: 25 min. stationary bike, 20 min. walking on treadmill, 30 min. strength training with Britt

Fri, Feb 26th: WOL track workout, 4.5 miles total

Sat, Feb 27th: Walked 40 minutes

Sun, Feb 28th: Ran 8.79 miles at 9:51 pace, walked 40 minutes

Lulu
Currently training for: longer walks this spring
Training plan: mom and dad are in charge
Fitness goals/focus areas: always more food and snacks

Finally,  I am including little Lulu in the workout recap.  Our weather was gorgeous yesterday and she walked for 30 minutes, maybe longer and proceeded to collapse on a chair in the sun after returning home,  Then she demanded dinner 15 minutes early.  Of course I gave in to the little beast and gave her a little extra.  She wore herself out walking around the lake in the neighborhood!



Thanks to Holly and Tricia for hosting the Weekly wrap. Please.check out there blogs here and here.

How were your workouts this week?  Did you race yesterday?
(Pam)

42 comments:

  1. I need to bite the bullet and get a NutriBullet. My son loves smoothies but my blender just can't handle them...

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    1. I was so surprised how much I love it. The cleanup is just so easy!

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  2. Oooh the Bullet looks good! Have fun with it! What I need is an immersion blender. I say that every time I make soup and have to transfer it into my blender to puree. Little Lulu is so cute and had a great workout too!

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    1. I don't make soup because I do not own an immersion blender. That is my excuse anyway!

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  3. I love lulu's training plan very cute. i hear the NutriBullet is great.

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    1. Lulu has had alot of quiet days so we are giving her alot of walks now to make up for the winter lull!

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  4. I've had my Magic bullet for several years now and you are correct in that it is so easy to take apart and clean. We had 2 blenders and a smoothie maker and I noticed I did not use them often (if at all) because I didn't enjoy all the clean up. I ended up selling all those at a yard sale one year!
    My mom and grandma both have the Nutri bullet and they love it. My grandma has been making all sorts of things lately!

    Glad Lulu enjoyed the walk. I know Baylee would love to get out again soon!

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    1. I still have my old blender, but that may not be needed anymore. I need to make sure to buy things for my smoothies that are different, not the usual fruit etc.

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  5. Awww, Lulu is a cutie! Glad she has a training plan, too! I haven't used a nutribullet but I have experienced that not hungry feeling before but known I needed to refuel in order to recover from workouts. Have a great week!

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    1. When talking with my coach today, she said the shake is fine post long runs, but to have something to eat an hour or two later for recovery.

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  6. I love the addition of Lulu to the weekly recap. What a cute idea! And yay for 2 miles of running, Christine. I'm sure it feels fantastic to be getting back into the running game!

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    1. It is so nice to see Christine have miles on her weekly recap. Both of us are excited to be back running again.

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  7. I love the inclusion of Lulu. My dog gained some winter weight and he's sooooo lazy. I think it might be time for some spring training. ;) Glad to see you're both running again!

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  8. Glad to hear you're both getting back at it!

    Obviously I'm always included my furkids. :)

    My appetite is often suppressed after a long run, but I always have some gogosqueez (applesauce, basically) and usually some sort of protein bar. I might have another snack in an hour, and then a meal -- just depends on how the day and my appetite works out.

    If I don't eat something, then I want all the food later!

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    1. I knew you would enjoy seeing our furbaby on the blog today. It is always fun to see photos of other runners/bloggers furry family!

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  9. Aww... I like that we get a recap of Lulu's training too :) I have something similar to the nutribullet and I love how the blending container doubles as the cup. So handy!

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    1. It is so handy. I was surprised how easy it is to operate and clean.

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  10. ha! Lulu is cute :)
    Well done to both of you. Pam it looks like you are coming back strong! and Christine is doing great cross training!I hope you can get to a comfortable point very soon.
    I like that blender. I have looked at it several times and wondered how good it was. I love shakes in the summer :)

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    1. I was surprised how much I love the blender. My old ordinary blender is such a pain to wash with so many parts. This one is a breeze and parts can go in the dishwasher too.

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  11. Yay for running again! I also recently got a good blender (the Ninja). Mine has the same thing--just the blade base and the cup. It works great for green smoothies, so I make them all the time now. Love that Lulu demanded dinner 15 minutes early. Ha!

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    1. Oh I have heard the Ninja is really good too. I guess I need to start making green smoothies too.

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  12. When I'm not super hungry right after a long run but I need fuel, I always do a smoothie - easily digestible and quick way to get nutrients to our muscles! And I feel the same way about racing at home - it's so nice to sleep in our beds! Traveling can be fun but new places can be difficult

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    1. The food thing is what I struggle with at races away from home. It is so much easier to have control over all of that when you are in your own home.

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  13. I did not race yesterday but I did have a good time tracking my cousin while she ran her very first marathon at the RnR NOLA race. I love that tracking feature. It was fun and exciting. According to my daughter, that NutriBullet is the best thing ever. She puts everything in there and it works wonderfully. Glad you got around to using it! lol I love wears Lulu's head's at... totally am right there with her....always want/need more food and snacks!!!

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    1. Congrats to your cousin on becoming a marathoner. The weather in NO yesterday was perfect for the race so hopefully it was a great experience for her.

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  14. Jealous of your smoothie maker, I have always wanted one of those one of these days I am going to have to break down and get one!

    Yay, to being back to running again, that's got to be a feeling your just loving right now!!!!

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    1. I think you would really enjoy the smoothie blender. They make eating fruits and veggies so easy by being able to stuff a bunch in the machine and adding liquid of your choice.

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  15. Glad you were able to get back to running and run outside again! No races for me lately but I am getting the racing bug now that the weather is starting to improve:)

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    1. I think spring weather always gets runners excited and eager to race.

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  16. No races for me. Which I'm sort of bummed about. The closest one is a early May half. I wanted to run a March 5K but just not sure I can swing it based on what's available & all the other things I've got going on.

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    1. May isn't that far away for a half marathon. I would just sign up and get it on your calendar!

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  17. I don't like smoothies, I prefer to eat my calories ! My big race, first marathon, is in less than 5 weeks.

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    1. I like to do both Karen, drink smoothies and eat after a long run! Can't wait to hear all about your first marathon.

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  18. I've still got my trusty magic bullet that is very similar to the nutribullet and love it! Love how you include your Lulu in the recap! :)

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  19. Oh I've heard the NutriBullet is awesome! So glad you two are able to start running again!!! And I LOVE Lulu's recap!!! So cute!!!

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  20. It's exciting that Christine can run again! Woot!

    Lulu definitely deserves a little extra for her efforts. ;)

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  21. Pam, which protein powder do you like? I buy other GNC items and I've been wanting to try a protein powder but just have no clue! I too prefer to sleep in my own bed before a race and have a local half next weekend. I'm happy to hear both of you are feeling better. Christine I'm impressed with your patience and I know you've worked very hard at PT. (Those people are tough!) Ha. Lulu worked hard! My dogs have been neglected with their walks lately. Thanks for linking with us ladies.

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  22. Hahahahah. Lulu is so stinking cute!

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  23. I love new toys! I use to have a nutri bullet one of the earlier ones, course this was before I started making shakes and such. I lucked up and found a Ninji I use now on clearance because it didn't have the dough attachment. I've never even missed that! I'm just starting back with protein shakes, I got off of them, for no reason at all for a few months. They are so easy and filling. I'm so glad to see the both of you running oh and Lulu as well! :) Thanks ladies for the support in the linkup and sharing on twitter! Have a great week!

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  24. I have always wondered if that nutri bullet was any good?! It is fun to try out new toys! Looks like good weeks and congrats on getting some miles in!

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  25. I use the Wymans frozen strawberry, blueberry and cherry with kale mix in my protein shakes.
    The kale is finely chopped so it blends up even in the regular blender.
    I sometimes add powdered peanut butter too.

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