Hope your Monday is going well so far. I had a very productive day yesterday which always helps get the week start off on the right foot, am I right?
Let’s hope that momentum continues throughout the week especially with my workouts. Last week I started my new job and I dropped the ball a bit with posting, meal prep and my runs.
Here’s last week’s recap:
Monday: 9.5 miles (treadmill) @ 9:30 average pace and weight training – back
Tuesday: 10 Minute Ab video from 21 Day Fix Extreme
Saturday: 6 miles (treadmill) @ 9:28 average pace
I wore my heart-rate monitor for this run to see the zones I was in while running. It was an overall steady-state run which is what I expected.
Sunday: 7 miles (treadmill) @ 9:36 average pace
Total Miles: 22.5 miles
Week in Review:
Strengths– Got in 3 decent runs and 1 strength workout
Weaknesses– Several days off due to a change in my schedule from starting a new job. I am a person that likes routine and making and keeping schedules. Switching back to the 8-5 daily grind threw me off more than I realized last week. My plan is to get to bed earlier, get up earlier for my run and stay on top of my workouts.
Today was an early one for me! Steve had an early meeting and he dropped me off at the gym along the way. I ran 6 miles on the treadmill then sat in the wet sauna for about 10 minutes. I know, I mentioned that I was going to cancel my gym membership but sitting in the sauna felt so great! So now I’m debating on whether or not to cancel plus I NEED to start swimming again for triathlon training.
This evening we had a few friends over to watch the Boise State football game. We made chili and baked potatoes for dinner which is our favorite football watching dish. I even made mine with a sweet potato, yum! It was the perfect way to end the week except BSU’s defense seemed to MIA….ugh!
6 miles on the treadmill and 1 hour dog walk
Breakfast – 1/2 whole wheat bagel (1 yellow)
Lunch– Black Bean and Butternut Enchilada leftovers (1 yellow, 1/2 green)
It’s Thursday and only one more week until Thanksgiving! Last night, I realized we didn’t even think about doing a friendsgiving this year like we have done for the past several years. It just didn’t cross my mind. I was bummed when I realized that but I’m really looking forward to spending time with my family and seeing some friends in my home town next week.
I spoke with my mom yesterday making some plans and we are going to the Christmas parade and Festival of Trees next Friday (after Thanksgiving) so don’t say it’s too soon! I love going to the Festival of Trees and seeing all of the beautifully decorated trees and soaking in all of the holiday spirit.
Speaking of holiday spirit, we put up our Christmas lights last night. Unfortuntely one of the strings is not lighting up so it looks like we need to replace that one. We wanted to get them up but won’t start turning them on until after Thanksgiving. I feel like I’m apologizing for loving Christmas and wanting to celebrate it now. What are your thoughts on it? Too soon?
The morning started off with a light snow which turned into pouring rain. The snow was pretty but the rain meant no walk for dogs and they got bored real quick. Kenda started off by bringing me her rope then Noah brought me his ball and soon we had throwing party in the house.
How was your weekend? Mine was great. We had very nice weather in Boise (for mid November) and we made sure to get out and enjoy it with some extra dog walks.
Monday: Body Pump plus 2 mile sprint workout on treadmill
Tuesday: Plyo Fix Extreme and 3 mile dog walk
Wednesday: 4.9 miles @ 9:45 average pace
Thursday: Body Pump plus 2 mile sprint workout on treadmill
Friday: 6 miles on the treadmill @ 9:25 average pace
Saturday: 45 minutes on indoor bike trainer
Sunday: Foothills Trail Run 5.5 miles @ 9:54 average pace
Total Miles: 20.5 miles
Week in Review:
Strengths – Last week went well with my workouts. I got in two Body Pump classes plus two sprint runs on the treadmill.
Weaknesses – Low running mileage and didn’t get in every 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts
Goals for Next Week – 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts everyday, 25 running miles total
I actually decided to cancel my gym membership on Sunday. I am going to make use of the community center gym, my indoor bike trainer, running outside and all the great 30 minute 21 Day Fix videos while saving money and time driving to the gym.
Since I made the decision to do IMCDA next year, I am working on getting a base training schedule for the rest of this month and December. That will include lots more biking on my trainer because I want a good solid base of 90 minutes before I start really ramping up the training. IMCDA is next August!
It’s Treadmill Tuesday and I’m going to discuss hill workouts on the treadmill. Now I used to loverunning 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.
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!
Unfortunately 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.
Wow it’s Tax Tidbits Thursday already! Let’s start off with the important part. The countdown until tax season is over!
It’s so far away and I’m already working around 12 hour days. I can make it, I can make it! After all this is my 7th tax season! The first few weeks are always hard transitioning to the longer hours but I’m getting better. Before I get to my tax tidbits…..
Yesterday morning I ran sprints, only could squeeze in 18 minutes (not 20 minutes) since I was a little late getting to the gym. Luckily I stopped on the treadmill when I did because body pump class started very promptly at 5:30am which is unusual but fine with me.
Work was a long one but very productive so I am feeling good about staying caught up with my work. That is not usually the case when it comes to tax season at all but I will enjoy it will I can!
After I got home, we watched Nashville, it was a rerun but I hadn’t seen it yet. The show sure sucked me in. I really want to go to Nashville too since I love country music and it’s only a 6 hour drive from where I live. Speaking of, they have a Rock n’ Roll Marathon that I would love to do. I am definitely keeping it on my radar! There are a couple other races that I am looking at too. It’s seems like that weekend has so many great choices it’s hard to choose.
This morning was a little weird, I think I was stressing a bit about oversleeping and not having enough time for my 13 mile run so I had some crazy dreams. I woke up at 12:45am and jumped out of bed thinking I missed my alarm and the dogs followed me out of bed. Now usually if I get up in the middle of the night for water or something they don’t stir at all so I “knew” I was already late. I started to get my running clothes on, then double checked the clock to see just how “late” I was. Only to see that it wasn’t even 1am! What a relief! Back to bed for me and I wasn’t late for my run either. Silly dogs, if they would have stayed in bed I’m pretty sure I would have realized the actual time sooner. Better early then late is my motto though. Ha!
Once my alarm did go off, I was tired and this time had a hard time getting up. So glad I got everything ready last night.
Supplies and entertainment since there isn’t much on TV at 4:45am. TomTom, Orange Accelerade, dates, iPad and headphones.
Pre-run breakfast, english muffin, peanut butter, 1/2 banana and coffee. Got to fuel up!
Ran 13 miles in 2 hours 4 minutes for an overall pace of 9:32. My goal was a 9:09 pace per my running calendar. I really hoped to be closer to my goal although I believe my problem was worrying about my time frame (for getting to work) so I didn’t have much of a warm up and ran much slower in the beginning. Must start earlier next week!
When I got home, I thought Steve was still home in bed so I told the dogs to go find “daddy.” He had already left for the day and they knew it…..After I got to work I drank more water than made a mid-morning snack because my stomach was growling after that run. So I grabbed some more coffee and whipped up some of my sweet potato and banana “oatmeal.” I also had a yogurt a little bit later. Lunch was a salad and some leftover chicken noodle soup (forgot to take a picture). Another busy day at work and it sure flew by. Yay that means tomorrow is Friday! Before I say good night though, I can’t forget about my tax tidbit. I have been trying to think of a tip that is useful and relatable to most people which has me stumped because all I have been working on is large corporate returns this past week.
Then I got to thinking about something that everyone should be thinking about in some way, shape or form and that is saving. I’m sure many of you have a 401k plan or something similar through your work and you should be putting the most you can every paycheck or at minimum contributing the max that your employer will match. There are many options beyond the 401k though and most save you from paying more taxes. The two I would like to discuss today is the Traditional and Roth IRAs.
1) Traditional IRA – Contributions are tax deductible on both federal and state returns for the year you the make the contribution. The withdrawals are taxed at ordinary income rates in retirement. You have until April 15, 2014 to make a deductible contribution towards your 2013 tax year so there is still time to contribute and save!
2) Roth IRA – Contributions do not provide any immediate benefit but earnings and withdrawals are usually tax-free.
The overall concept is that with Traditional IRAs you avoid taxes when you put the money in and with Roth IRAs you avoid taxes when you take it out in retirement. Both have great benefits and with some planning either can save you money, now or later depending on your goals and needs. There are limits on what you can contribute to both of types of IRAs depending on income so make sure you check on those.
Lastly, I did want to mention the Saver’s Credit which can be up to 50%, 20% or 10% of your retirement plan or IRA contributions up to $2,000 ($4,000 if married filing jointly). There are income limits so make sure to refer to the link but it’s another great option!
I hope these tips have been helpful and have inspired you to save more and use some of these options to save on taxes and save for your retirement! No wants to be working when we are older because we all would much rather be on a beach somewhere….