April 4, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup: Apr 4th

This week was an eventful one! After passing my CPT exam last week, I started the job search process. Through the process of deciding on personal training, I had reached out to several personal trainers through my own network or that of friends to get advice, input, and thoughts on the career and fitness industry. Their advice and guidance has been incredibly helpful as I began this new phase. I've met with a few gyms and am cautiously optimistic given my lack of experience and strange resume trajectory that lead me to fitness. It's been a while since I have been in the job market and I am reminded that sometimes you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you.
Job hunting is tiring! So we took a reading/nap break!
This weekend was filled with adulting - painting, mowing (and fixing a few mower issues), deep cleaning, and the like. While it wasn't all fun and games, it was lovely to look around yesterday evening and see our newly painted doors and door frames and a lush, freshly mowed lawn. We also tried out Blue Apron as a result of a referral code from a friend. Friday night we enjoyed a cooking date and tried our first meal which was delicious. I had read from other bloggers that the veggie portions are a bit skimpy and we found that to be the case with this meal so we added some from the fridge. 
Seared cod with Dukkah spices and a warm red beet salad
Lastly, I'm really excited to share that I ran 2.5 miles of straight running yesterday. And it was a pretty quick pace too. It was great to find my legs and my running spirit again. I'm excited to be on the road again. In some ways, my career and running paths are parallel right now...starting over in new respects and continuing on past accomplishments.

And now for our workouts this week...ta da!
Christine 
Currently training for: Chick-fil-a 10k
Training plan: Adapted the Hal Higdon Novice 10k plan with very slow mileage build-up
Fitness goals/focus areas: Continue to maintain my strength in hips/glutes and gradually increase my mileage

Mon, Mar 28th: Long walk; stretching

Tues, Mar 29th: 20 min of 2:1 run:walk for 1.9 miles; 20 min spin bike; 15 min lower body strength training including PT exercises; stretching

Wed, Mar 30th: Tried a new gym and a new workout - 30 min bootcamp plus 40 min of spin

Thurs, Mar 31st: Rest day - I needed it after the bootcamp workout!

Fri, Apr 1st: 20 min elliptical; 2 miles of 2:1 run:walk intervals; PT exercises; stretching

Sat, Apr 2nd: 25 min stationary bike; PT exercises; stretching

Sun, Apr 3rd: 2.5 mile run (straight running!!!); yoga and stretching

Pam
Currently training for:  London Marathon
Training plan:  Coach Sami
Fitness goals/focus areas:  Upper body strength, loosen up tight hip

Mon, Mar 28th: 30 minute personal training session, 40 minutes indoor biking

Tues, Mar 29th:  30 minute run in the AM and 5 mile run in the PM  total mileage 8.3 at 9:15 pace

Wed, Mar 30th:  8.5 mile bike ride

Thurs, Mar 31st: Without Limits track practice 6:35 miles and some hard tempo paces

Fri, Apr 1st:  Rest day

Sat, Apr 2nd:  15 mile long run at 10:05 pace, plenty of stretching and refueling!

Sun, Apr 3rd:  60 minute walk with my sister

We are linking up with Holly at HoHo Runs and Tricia at MissippiPiddlin for the weekly wrap! If you're interested in joining, it's an awesome group of bloggers so check it out!


Have you ever tried a meal prep service? What was your high from the week?
{Christine}

34 comments:

  1. Glad to see you are back to running, Christine! I've never tried a meal prep service but I've heard good things about them. We did try that smoothie service and it was so nice to have everything ready to roll!

    Pam, looks like a solid week for you as well. How are you feeling?

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    1. Thanks - you and me both! I'm so excited to actually have a purpose for running again.

      Mom is doing pretty well - getting pumped for London and doing pretty well with long mileage so far. :)

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  2. How fun that you are back to running and on the job hunt! Best of luck to you at both! -M

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    1. Thanks, Meranda! I think this spring and summer will be an exciting time.

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  3. Sounds like a great week for both of you! And I agree, interviewing definitely goes both ways and it's nice to make sure they're a good fit for you as well.

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    1. It really does and it's easy to forget that when you're on the receiving end of the questions. Fingers crossed for some progress!

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  4. Best of luck with the job hunt, Christine. You're absolutely right in that its a two way interview process. You want to feel comfortable in the environment that you're working in, just as an employer wants to know that they're hiring and knowledgeable and reliable employee.

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    1. So true...and walking into a totally new industry is a good reminder of that. I feel a lot more out of my comfort zone so I'm relying on gut instinct a lot more this time around.

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  5. Good perspective on the job interviews! It is definitely as much an interview for you as it is for them - you have to make sure it will be a good fit all around. Looks like both of y'all had a great week!

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  6. Christine, I wish you the best of luck with the interviews! I also second all the comments about it being a 2-way street - and I think remembering that takes a lot of the pressure off during the process, yes?

    I've tried Blue Apron before and had mixed results. Some of the recipes turned out quite well, others were too salty for my taste. It seems like there are a TON of those meal-prep services out there, it would be interesting to do a comparison across them!

    Congratulations to both of you on a great training week!

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    1. So far we've really loved the two recipes from Blue Apron but the portion sizes varied significantly. The meal we made last night was huge! Good thing we did tons of house work and worked out...or something like that. :)

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  7. I am in serious need of an adulting weekend. My house looks terrrriblleeee. I'll blame running. ;) Anyway, great job running 2.5 and I hope you find a good job fit! Your unique background may make you the perfect candidate for something really interesting!

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    1. Haha girl, I was like that for probably 3-4 years! In the last year or two, I've finally gotten my butt in gear on some projects and it definitely helps to have a husband to help. I swear house projects take less than half the time with two people.

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  8. So glad you are back to running Christine! Good luck with the job search!!! We (well the hubby lol) mowed grass this weekend too! And he was dying to paint something in the house but I wasn't keen on that idea lol!

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    1. That's funny about your hubby! Mine hates painting and it's my favorite house DIY project.

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  9. Glad that Christine got to run ! And hope that Pam's marathon training goes well. Fingers crossed for decent weather. It was HOT in Paris this weekend, but much better than rain !

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    1. Thanks, Karen! Yes, hopefully London marathon weather will be ok.

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  10. I have a friend who works as a personal trainer and she always says it's the most rewarding job, I am sure you are going to love it! You are so right, interviewing is a 2 way street, in some ways I like to think of it as more me interviewing them than they think for me, because I have to find a place I will be happy at, paychecks can come from anywhere, happiness not so much:) So I hope you find the perfect place that you will love and they will love you!!!

    Painting, that sounds fabulous:) I always wished I could paint, (good). We had to break out our lawn mower last week too, all the spring snow storms are making our grass grow like crazy, oddly my neighbors not so much, LOL

    I have tried a meal prep service, several times actually. I've used Diet to Go, it does make it so much easier!

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    1. What a great comment, Kristy! Yes, paychecks can come from anywhere and focusing on a place that makes me happy and fulfilled is definitely high on my priority list.

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  11. Yay, Christine!! I'm super excited about your running!!

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  12. I have done Blue Apron, and while it is great for someone like my mom (who is out in the sticks and has little food issues), it wasn't a good fit for me--basically only enough protein for one person, I have food restrictions, and they use a lot of butter etc. If there was greater options and ways to personalize it, I would like it, but with our crazy all around schedules that change all the time in addition to the other aspects, it isn't for us.
    SO excited for you as you start to go through this process, Christine. It it nerve-wracking, for sure, but you know how much you really DO know--and everyone needs experience!

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    1. You know, I was wondering how Blue Apron worked for any food issues. I noticed all of our meals were gluten free and the 2 that we've made probably could have been easily made without butter (sub oil), but I hear ya on the portions!

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  13. Congrats on passing your CPT exam and all the best with your job search. Yay for 2.5 continuous miles. I've not tried Blue Apron but the things I've heard are consistent with what you wrote. The meal looks delicious.

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    1. Thanks Marcia! I'm really excited about this new chapter.

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  14. Christine that is great news you have a race on the calandar and 2.5 is great! I know your happy. I could use a meal prep service as in a maid fixing me only healthy things.... I can dream can't I! If I had that I think things would be so much easier :) So will you travel to London with your mom? Pam have you been there before? Thanks ladies for linking up with us and your support!

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    1. LOL I would love to have an in home chef to make healthy, but yummy meals...and look the other way when I want ice cream at night. :)

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  15. Oh, Christine! 2.5 steady miles is a wonderful thing. I know you must still be grinning from ear to ear. You make a good point about job hunting -- you are interviewing them too. Good luck in your search and decision. I know you'll make a great trainer. Pam, your marathon is getting close. I hope your training is going well and that hip is giving you no trouble whatsoever. Thanks ladies for linking with us.

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  16. What a great week. And good news that you are both back running and having interviews for your new career.

    I held my first coach session last week which was a lot of fun and I'm starting to think about ways I could turn this into a career. So I'll be following your progress!

    Pam- a great week for the London marathon prep. It's not long now!

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    1. Oh that sounds awesome, Nicole! I'm a little nervous about an entirely new career field but excited because I think I will really enjoy working with clients. Have a great week!

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