Lincoln Half Marathon- 2014

You guys…

SERIOUSLY on a high right now.

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Completed my second ever Half Marathon today.

 

And you know what else?

I hit my PR!

2:05 

 

That is 5 whole minutes FASTER then last year.

And you remember how I trained this go around, don’t ya?  Weekends.  I ran on the weekends and cross-trained by teaching during the week.

To say I am elated is the understatement of the YEAR.

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To anyone in the Lincoln, Nebraska area….  Thank You!  You guys know how to organize a race.

I have never seen so much support for runners IN. MY. LIFE!

There were people cheering, bands playing, kids giving high-fives, water, gatorade and kleenex every step you took.  I am not kidding when I say every last stretch of that 13.1 miles was filled with someone or something.

 

Lincoln- you made that 13.1 miles seem like 6.   It was fantastic.

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This morning started off in a little bit of a cluster.   My 4:30AM alarm didn’t happen.

Nope!

What happened was my 5:21AM internal alarm clock that was FREAKING OUT!

Race-7am.  Drive time- One Hour.  Parking time and walk to starting line PLUS last minute bathroom break – OMG I am gonna be late!

Ninja like moves happened and somehow my race clothes made it on, my teeth got brushed, my lucky hat made it to my head and my race bib made its way into the car.

And off we went.

No water.  No fuel.

Usually I eat a Clif bar before a long run.  Sometimes I even have a little caffeine.   Clearly THAT wasn’t happening this morning.

Thankfully, I calmed down once we were on our way.

It was going to be ok.

We made it to Lincoln just prior to 6:30am.   Found a spot to park relatively quickly (miracle in itself), hit up the porta-pottys (a must, if you know what I’m saying…) and made my way to a spot in the middle of the pack.

In the middle of 10,500 other runners, that is.

 

And then the wait.

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The race started at 7.  It was 7:32am by the time I made it up to the starting line.  And off I went for the most enjoyable, exhilarating, hyped up 13 miles I have EVER run.

I paced myself at around 9:30 the entire way.  Sometimes I was little faster, sometimes a little slower, but I never broke that average pace of 9:30ish.  Thanks to MapMyRun, my trusty GPS sidekick.

The final results?

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Finishing inside the Nebraska stadium was pretty fantastic as well.

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And my sis-in-law Jamie ran her FIRST ever Half-Marathon.  She did SO great!  Very proud of her for committing and conquering.  Way to go, Jamie!

 

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And of course, a shout-out to my #1 supporter for getting up at the crack of dawn to drive me down to Lincoln to just ‘hang-out’ for two hours while I ran.  He’s pretty awesome.

 

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And THAT my friends, is the end of my Lincoln Half-Marathon recap.   Will there be another?  Not sure.  Time will tell. 🙂

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Let’s Chat Fat

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About a month ago I went to see a Sports Nutritionist.

Why?

Body Fat

That’s why

I’ve always been calorie conscious. You name a food item and with 99% certainty I’d be able to tell you the exact calorie content.  It’s a a weird obsession.  I admit.

I’ve always eaten a fairly healthy diet.  But, I also never denied myself sweets and alcohol.   I mean, come on.  I love candy.   And I sure do love a cocktail.  Happy Hour!!

Speaking of Happy Hour; now that warm weather is here, HH means Friday at 3 through Sunday afternoon.   It’s hot, we make plans, we have fun, we ride motorcycles.  And Sunday Funday?  Duh!

Annnnyway…

 

About this Sports Nutritionist.

 

I am in the best shape I have ever been at this point in my life.   I can run 13 miles, I teach Turbo Kick, I teach Insanity, I lift weights.  And I don’t lift baby weights.  I go heavy.  By rep 8 I am gritting my teeth and the ol’ limbs are a-shaking.  I teach 8 fitness classes a week for goodness sakes.  And while I don’t always give 100% during Insanity, I give nearly 90%.  I do the workouts.  I walk around.  I stand next to others and push them and in return that pushes me.

 

I am fit.

 

And I am also sitting at a higher body fat percentage then most people with an equivalent activity level.

 

Cue the nutritionist.

 

My friend, Tyree, has been seeing him for over a year now while she preps for a fitness competition.   Tyree has always been physically fit.  But to see her now?  She looks damn good.   Lean, mean fighting machine that girl is.  So, she hooked me up with an appointment.

What was I told?

My 1500 calories intake a day was too little.  My body was in near starvation mode and holding on to any and all fat that it could.   You know what else he said?

 

TOO. MUCH. CARDIO.

 

Well, kid.  We’re gonna have to work around that because I am not giving up teaching.  Period. End of sentence.

 

However, this running crap?  I am so over it.  So, once I get through this half-marathon business on Sunday and my 75 miler relay on the 10th… running will become like a hobby that I take up occasionally.  Like 5K occasionally.

 

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So, this works great for his suggestion of:

“You need MORE weights in your life”

 

Why, yes.  We CAN work on this.

 

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Are you all still with me?  Hang in there… I’m almost done.

 

I am now sitting around 1800-2000 calories a day.  Nutritious calories.   For two weeks he had me following a strict 6 meal a day plan.  Each of the 6 meals has a set carb/protein ratio.  And not white potato carbs.  We are talking whole grain, brown rice, sweet potato carbs.   And not beef jerky protein.  Think chicken, fish, egg proteins.  At the end of the day my total gram intake should be roughly  152 carbs and 198 protein.

And guess what?

I felt bloated.  Full.  Chubbier.

But, what did my numbers say after 2 1/2 weeks?

DOWN!  

DOWN 2.5% body fat.

That’s HUGE!

Up 1% lean body mass.

That’s AWESOME.

 

This sh!t is working, friends.

 

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So, let’s hear it for sports nutritionists!  They know what they are doing.

 

I am SO stinking excited to see where I am at in June.  I am not going back for my pinches until then.  I want to get these long runs out of the way and get back to my weight training.   Suns Out- Guns Out.  Let’s see those babies grow.

 

I am also looking into a few nutrition certifications as well.  I am obsessed to say the least.  This seems right to me.   Feeding your body is what we are to do.  I want to know more.  I want to be able to help others, the RIGHT way.

But, first.  I am working on me.

Stay tuned!

 

 

Cheers!

 

MNB February Challenge Week 1 Recap

Hey, Hey!  We made it through another Monday!  For me, this was a Gigantic accomplishment considering I spent the weekend in Vegas for a 40th Birthday Party.  Loads of fun!  I deserve a high-five for making it through today after that kind of weekend!

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If you recall from a previous post, I am taking part in the Sweat Pink and Lorna Jane February Move Nourish Believe Challenge.  I had a lot of fun checking out Instagram and looking up the rest of the #mnbchallenge participants and what they had been up to on a daily basis.  I look forward to Week 2!

Recap Time!

Day One: February 3, 2014

Challenge Topic: Sweat it Out! Show us your Favorite way(s) to workout!

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My fave ways to workout is Kickboxing, Teaching Group Fitness, Running and Working Out With Friends!

Day Two: February 4, 2014

 Challenge Topic: Change it Up!  Sweat a New Way!  Select a workout from Move Nourish Believe and show us your post-workout selfie.

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I chose the Summer Series Travel Workout and had a hard time taking a post-workout selfie.  But I did it.  I usually make fun of selfies.  Not the selfie with your friend kind.  The kind where people take pics of themselves all the time and post them kind.  #truth

Day Three: February 5, 2014

 Challenge Topic: Let’s Get Planking! Plank for at least five minutes today!  You can split the planks up.

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After I taught TurboKick, I invited a few to stick around afterwards and plank it out with me.  It made the 5 minutes FLY by as we laughed and supported each other by saying things like: “Don’t sink your butt.”  or the opposite “Don’t stick your butt up.”

Oh, the things you can say and get away with during workouts.

Day Four: February 6, 2014

 Challenge Topic: Buddy Up!  Workout with a friend today!

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My girl, Tyree, stopped over on Thursday night to help me run an errand.  I love that she is a trooper and threw in a few workout moves with me.  We chose oblique twists with a medicine ball and plank taps.  Go Team!

Day Five: February 7, 2014

 Challenge Topic: Show us your five fitness favorites!  Exercises, people, whatever gets you moving and motivated!

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My Five Faves with affiliate links:

  1. Pink Polar Ft4
  2. Champion C9 Capris
  3. Quiet time for focus, stretching and relaxation before teaching a group x class
  4. Nike Air Max
  5. Funny Workout Tanks.  Suck It Up Buttercup

And that my friends, wraps up Week One of the Move Nourish Believe February Challenge.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and are off to a great start to the week!  

I have a few recipes for you this week as well as a fun Valentine’s Day post coming up Friday.  Stay tuned!

Cheers!

Fit Approach Challenge!

As a new Sweat Pink Ambassador (more to come on that) I am inviting you to join our #sweatpink community and Lorna Jane for three-weeks of moving, nourishing, and believing in yourself! Once January comes to an end, your New Year goals should not go out the window! Join us for the Move Nourish Believe February Blogger Challenge to stay on track and motivate each other! Here’s to a healthier and happier 2014!

PS. Did you know the winner of the entire challenge will receive a $1000 shopping spree to Lorna Jane?

Yep. That’s right. Let’s make February count!

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Here’s how it works:…
1. Each day throughout the month there is a new challenge. Conquer the daily challenges and post a picture of yourself doing so on Twitter or Instagram. Tag @LornaJaneActive & @FitApproach along with #mnbchallenge #sweatpink #lornajane

2. At the end of each week, recap your successes on your blog and/or Facebook page. Each blog post equals five bonus entries! Share the blog post on Twitter and tag @LornaJaneActive & @FitApproach.
**In order to win the $1000 shopping spree, you MUST participate in all 21 of the daily photo challenges.

Here are the details:

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Move Nourish Believe Challenge starts February 3rd through the 21st! Challenge yourself with daily & weekly challenges and see why the Move Nourish Believe philosophy is one to live by.

Lorna’s Philosophy:
MOVE her body every day
NOURISH from the inside out
BELIEVE in herself and that anything is possible
if you work hard enough

Check out movenourishbelieve.com and lornajane.com for
daily inspiration to motivate you to achieve your best life through active living.

Follow Lorna!
Twitter: @LornaJaneActive
Instagram:@LornaJaneActive
Pinterest: Lorna Jane Active
Google+ +Lorna Jane
www.lornajane.com
www.movenourishbelieve.com

I will check in at the end of each week with a snapshot view of my daily challenges and proof of commitment.  Who else is joining?  Let me know, link up with me on Insta or message me a comment!  I just might share your accomplishments on my blog as well!

CHEERS!

Monday Motivation- I Ate Far Too Many Cookies

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Already Day 20 into the New Year.

Where are you at in meeting your goals?  Are you still focused?  Did you fall off the wagon?  Who cares!  Jump back on!

My nutrition tanked this weekend.  Can we say COOKIES?  On Friday, I ate more then my fair share of the GIANT Hy-Vee frosted cookie I talked about in last nights post.   My aunt Jeanne sent home a gallon size bag of homemade Neiman Marcus cookies that I have snacked on all weekend long.  And, my aunt Sarah brought down some to.die.for cookies from a bakery in Des Moines, IA, that I gladly helped myself to.

Seriously.

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My workout schedule remained some-what in tact.  I could have added a little more activity on Saturday, but, we will just chalk it up to leaving ‘room for improvement.’

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And now, for some Monday Motivation:

5 Reasons To Exercise

 

1. Improves Mood! 

A happier, more relaxed, productive and confidence ridden YOU.    Why choose crabby over happy?!

See you at the corner of Health and Happiness!

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2. Controls Weight

Burn calories, melt fat, boost metabolism!

Burning more calories means eating more food to fuel your body.  No, not Doritos.  Reach for an apple and string cheese, or peanut butter and celery!

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3. Helps you Sleep!

Getting your heart rate up and body moving means a better nights rest!   Make your body work!  The more it is worked, the more rest it needs to recuperate.   Just don’t do it too close to bed time, otherwise you run the risk of re-energizing your body for the night.  And we all know there are only so many sheep to count.

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4. Relieves Stress and Reverses Signs of Early Aging

Stress = Bad.

Bad for our bodies, minds, attitudes and looks.   Getting in a killer workout helps relieve that built up stress from our day.   Getting rid of that stress also helps reverse the ugly long-term effects that stress has on our bodies.  Think younger looking.  Who doesn’t want that?  

Yes, bonding over drinks and trash talk at happy hour relieves stress as well, but who wants the after-effects of a bloated body, killer headache and the snack attacks that hangovers bring?  Choose punching a bag at the gym, lifting some weights or running like you are training for the Hunger Games.

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5. IT’S FUN!

Blah blah blah.  I DON’T want to hear about how you hate exercising, sweating, etc.

Find SOMETHING that you like to do that gets you moving and your heart rate elevated.   Walk your dog, box, garden, mow, shovel snow, dance, run, swim, bike, take aerobics, lift weights, throw in a DVD workout.

Bring a friend, make it a fun experience where you can engage in conversation and laugh over your ridiculous coordination.  I don’t care.  Find something and do it!

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Tell me, what activity are you going to incorporate into your Monday?