Playing in the doggie pool!

Hi there!

Happy Friday to you!

Since I have Fridays of during the summer, I took advantage of it by kicking off the weekend by getting in my long run.

To prep for the 18 mile run, I happily carbbed-up on a yummy burger and grilled squash and zucchini. Carbing Up Dinner

Also made sure to layout everything in preparation for the run.  I have forgot my watch for a race before and it drove me crazy to be without it so I made sure everything was charged up and ready to go.Long Run Supplies

There was a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and jelly (my pre-race/ pre-long run fav) but I was starving when I woke up, so hence no picture…. I also had 2 cups of coffee while watching the news.  I need a good hour to wake up and be ready to go and run.  Coffee, the reason I get out of bed!Prerun Coffee

Within the first half mile, got to see a hot air balloon off in the distance.   Pretty cool to see while starting my run. Hot Air Balloon

Since today’s run was solo, I listened to music and tried to enjoy the scenery as much as I could too help keep my mind off counting the miles.  Saw some cattails near the park.
Cattails

The Boise River, goes right through downtown and the Greenbelt running path goes along both sides of it.  River View

Although I have to say one of my favorites is seeing the giraffes at the Boise Zoo which is also right downtown.  They were out to say hello today, is it weird I always say hi to them?
Giraffes

Tablerock, with the Boise “B” which is right at the top of the hill in white.  I love hiking (and running) Tablerock too.Tablerock

Sunflowers, because they are pretty and I’m trying to stop and enjoy the roses (or sunflowers in this case) more.  Also I needed a walk break.Sunflowers

Why oh why did I plan my 18 mile run to have the last half mile being a hill?!?!?!?  Well, since I live up on that up and I ran from home today there wasn’t much choice.  Full disclosure, I walked up this hill.  Just glad I didn’t have to crawl at this point!Up hills

Phew! 18 miles in the books!  I had estimated 3.5 hours for the run and went over my 13 minutes due to extra walk breaks.  I kept myself in check by going slower and taking a walk break because the point of a long run is long and slow.  Get your feet, body and almost most importantly your mind used to running for that long.  Unfortunately our minds start giving up before our bodies usually so must stay strong and power through!18 Miles

My feet felt like they were on fire so I took off my socks and shoes and filled up the doggie pool to take a cold (not ice) bath.Coldwater Foot Bath

Kenda was wondering what I was doing in her pool…. Waiting for the Ball

Then she joined me to cool off too!  She is so silly! She is splashing around with her ball here.Splash Time

Just throw it already!Throw the Ball

Well now I am resting my feet while typing up this post but time too go make a protein recovery shake.

What are your weekend plans?Signature

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5 Goals for June

It’s June already?!?!?!

Wow summer is almost here and we definitely had the summer heat this weekend in Boise.

Last week I mentioned starting each month with 5 goals to make the month healthier.  Here are my 5 goals for June:

  1. Walk dogs at least 1 mile everyday
  2. Have 1 meatless dinner a week
  3. Cut back on sugar
  4. Hike with backpacks once a week – to prep for more backpacking trips
  5. Complete every scheduled workout


Yesterday we took the dogs on a hike up Tablerock.  We took the longer route up for a total of 3,7 miles.  The dogs slept the entire afternoon afterwards too.
Tablerock hiking

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Cross at the top of Tablerock.  It’s beautiful when all lit up at night.Tablerock cross

To kick off the month of June with a healthy start, I took a Body Pump class this morning.  

At the end of the month I will recap how I did on my goals and begin thinking about next months goals.

Question of the day:

What workout did you do today?

 –Sheena

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Getting back to routine

Happy Friday May 1st!
This week went by fast but I’m still thinking TGIF!!!
It’s been beautiful sunny 70’s weather here and Boise and I ca’t wait for the weekend to get out and really enjoy it. Last night we hiked Tablerock which is one of my favorite places in Boise. I had hoped to hike up and run down but the dogs were pretty hot so we hiked down so they didn’t over heat. My husband and the dogs catching our breath at the top.

hiking

The hike felt great and we all were nice and tired from it. It was harder than normal so I definitely could tell I lost some strength. Speaking of, all week I’ve been trying to make it to 6am Body Pump and this morning I finally did! I guess better late than never.
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I know they say it takes 3 weeks to form a habit so I have to be really diligent about getting back into it. I love Body Pump and I’m sore this morning! I haven’t taken the class since January before tax season so I took it easy today to see where I was at strength wise. I also didn’t want to kill my legs since I have a long run planned in the morning.
With the start of a new month and trying to form new habits I am going to do the 30 day plank challenge. I plan to do them in the evenings and this morning I asked my husband to do it with me. He didn’t seem too thrilled but I think he will come around.

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Who’s going to take the challenge with me?
Okay now before you call me crazy…people that know me well know that I’m kind of an all or nothing kind of person. Meaning I don’t sign up for the 5k I do the marathon or I don’t make a sprint triathlon for my first time, I sign up for a half ironman if you get my point. I am signing up for a marathon soon but more on that later. In addition to the plank challenge I am starting May on a healthy note by starting the Whole 30 challenge.
I have a major sweet tooth (ehh umm chocolate) and I have just been eating too much of it. I’ve read that the Whole 30 can help break that so I want to give it a try. I think my sweet tooth is what is really holding me back from getting into leaner shape as well. Plus with summer around the corner I should be enjoying all the yummy melons that are naturally sweet and so much better for us instead.
Hopefully my husband will join me on this too because not having the “NO” foods around the house will make it 100x easier to do. I just read of the “NO” list and I am going to ease into the whole 30 for the next few days because I’m pretty sure I would be setting myself up for failure if I try to go cold turkey on it today. Especially since I have my long run in the morning, it’s going to be hard to break my pre-run bagel habit but I have done it before so I know I can.
Well off to work! Hope I stay focused knowing it’s my first real weekend to myself in a long time!
Are you working on any new habits this month?
Thanks for visiting,
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Treadmill Tuesday 2/18

Hi there!

It’s Treadmill Tuesday and I’m going to discuss hill workouts on the treadmill.  Now I used to love running the foothills in Boise, Idaho when I lived there.  Besides my friends there, that has to be what I miss the most about Boise.  It was a quick 10 minute drive from my house to Tablerock (pictured below) and you felt so far away.

Hiking with my good friend Kelsey and her dog last May.hiking TB - USE

Stopping at the top of Tablerock to enjoy the view before running back down.  My favorite part!  If you look closely you can see that Noah has his red hiking shoes on.  It’s the cutiest thing when the dogs wear those plus it protects their feet from sharp rocks and glass.  The shoes are Ruff Wear Grip Trex.  They. are. awesome!

HIKING TB 2 - USEUnfortunately where I live now is some of the flattest land ever so I have to run “hills” on the treadmill.  I was searching for some ideas which I posted links below but last night I created my own workout plan.  I thought I would finish it on the fly while running because I was so tired last night.  That didn’t quite work out like I had hoped but I did get to test out my idea.  I ran a total of 6 miles with an overall pace of 9:05.  I updated the workout today and I’m calling it a Rolling Hills Treadmill workout.  It has the same gist as the pyramid workout but instead of increasing pace we are increasing incline.  I think I will alternative this workout with the Pyramid each Tuesday for a few weeks.  I also plan to continue increasing the pace and incline to keep myself from hitting a plateau.  This workout works for my speed and ability at the moment.  Feel free to tailor it to meet your needs.Rolling Hills TM - USE

Other hill workouts:

Articles about hill running:

I read this article last week and thought I would share:

Keeping it Real

Question of the Day?

Do you live in an area you can run hills and if so have you tried them out?

 

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