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Workouts 8/20 – 8/26

This was an off week for me. Getting back into the groove of work and life after two weeks of vacation was a little tough! Thursday’s Insanity class was the kick in the pants I needed to get myself motivated to work out again. I was very sore on Friday after the class. On Sunday, I had to drop down from my scheduled 18k race to the 10k race because I knew running 11 miles would not be a good idea for me. I took it easy and ran the first two miles nice and slow while chatting with a friend. After that I slowly sped up and at mile 5 I started getting competitive. I kept passing people and took the last mile (all up hill) at a good pace. I felt great after my finish and it made me want to get back into my running routine.

Tuesday, August 20th – OFF

Wednesday, August 21st –
30 pushups

Thursday, August 22nd –
30 minute Insanity class
15 minutes stretching

Friday, August 23rd – OFF

Saturday, August 24th – OFF

Sunday, August 25th –
AuGUSTO 10k – 57:13

Monday, August 26th – OFF

Total Miles: 6.2


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November Workouts 11/8-11/26

I have been completely absent from writing blogs about anything including my workouts. Luckily I have been jotting them down on my paper marathon training plan so I will do a short recap here. Travelling in colder weather is not my friend, and I did have some crazy work days around Thanksgiving, which made it a little hard to keep up with the workouts and my sleep!

Tuesday, November 6 – OFF

Wednesday, November 7 – Don’t remember, maybe crossfit or running?

Thursday, November 8 – OFF

Friday, November 9 – 4 mile run

Saturday, November 10 – 2 hours dancing at wedding

Sunday, November 11 – OFF

Monday, November 12 – OFF (travelling)

Tuesday, November 13 – OFF

Wednesday, November 14 –  3 mile run

Thursday, November 15 – 3 mile run
“Fight Gone Bad” 3 rounds, 1 minute per exercise, rest 1 minute between rounds. (Do all 5 exercises for a minute before resting). Count total reps per round.
Air squats
Open gate sit-ups
Kettlebell swings (20lb)

I had a total of 371 reps after 3 rounds.

Friday, November 16 – 4 mile run

Saturday, November 17 – OFF

Sunday, November 18 – 5 mile round trip bike ride to church

Monday, November 19 – 3 mile run

Tuesday, November 20 – OFF (Worked 20 hours)

Wednesday, November 21 – OFF

Thursday, November 22 – 2 mile walk at ranch

Friday, November 23 – 3 mile walk at ranch, 3.5 hours riding horse

Saturday, November 24 – 3 mile walk, 1.5 hours riding horse

Sunday, November 25 – 2.5 mile run

Monday, November 26 – 3 mile run,
12 minutes – as many rounds as possible of:
5 pull-ups
5 squats
5 push-ups
5 open gate sit-ups

I got 9 or 10 rounds…I lost count at one point and went back to the number I could remember completing.

Total Miles: 22

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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Running, Work Out Logs


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Workouts 10/2 – 10/8

This week I did a lot less running than was on my training schedule. My legs were feeling a little tired and I am starting to feel a slight shin split coming on. My knees are also tired, darn! I definitely need to do more strength training to keep my muscles up. That will be the goal for next week and the rest of the training.

Tuesday, October 2nd – OFF

Wednesday, October 3rd –
3 mile fartlek Unplanned rest day

Thursday, October 4th –
4 mile run
pumpkin workout

Friday, October 5th –
3 mile run 8 mile bike ride

Saturday, October 6th – OFF

Sunday, October 7th –
3 mile run 7 mile bike ride
20 minutes yoga

Monday, October 8th –
8 mile run
foam roll and stretching

Total Miles: 12


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A Dallas Weekend

Last weekend we drove up to Dallas for Ben’s class reunion. We had a great drive through the countryside but we were completely exhausted by the time we got there. I got a great night of sleep and woke up ready to get some exercise in. My work schedule has been  absolutely crazy and it has been very hard to get some workouts in this week.

I got talked into going to Crossfit by my father-in-law. I decided to go for a short run and end up at the Crossfit gym for the morning workout. When I got there we did a quick warm up of a 400 meter run, 20 walking lunges, 20 hip lifts, 20 toe-kicks, 20 air squats, 15 push-ups and 15 mountain climbers.  Our WOD (work out of the day) could be done by your self or with a partner. My father-in-law was nice enough to volunteer to do it with me, so we did the following workout as a team for time.

400 meter run
100 push-ups (25 alternating, I did 25 on my toes and 25 on my knees)
400 meter run
100 sit-ups (25 alternating, 50 per person)
400 meter run
100 air squats (25 alternating, 50 per person)
400 meter run
100 pull-ups (10 alternating, 50 per person, I did all of mine with a band to help me)

Our time was 23:10, which was pretty good, until you consider some people did the whole thing by themselves in almost the same time, Oh well, we got a good workout in, and I was definitely tired! Next stop was going home for a shower and some breakfast. Since we were going to Ben’s class reunion and it was in Dallas, I was feeling some major pressure to get my nails done (it’s a Texas thing, you know). Luckily my mother-in-law needed to get her nails re-done and we went together. It was a great, relaxing experience and we got to chat for a while too. I got a French manicure in shellac on my fingers and hot pink toe-nails.

I had a salad for lunch and then changed into my suit to spend a little time laying out by the pool. There was a nice floatie in the pool area, so I layed on that in the water. Having a pool makes the Texas heat not feel so bad. I only lasted about an hour and then felt like I was getting fried and had to go into the house. After a quick nap, I jumped in the shower and started getting ready for the reunion party. I blow dried my hair and it got a little crazy!


Big hair Texas crazy, I should say. I’m getting Tex-i-fied I guess!

I decided to take my camera to the re-union so I could get some recent pictures of Ben and his friends, but in perfect Emily style, I totally forgot to take any pictures. D-A-M-N, as my mother would say. Oh well, at least we have the memories, which I have to say are quite fun! I really had a great time even though I didn’t really know anyone at the party.

What fun did you have last weekend?


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Endurance Saturday

Endurance Saturday

This post might have been more appropriately titled Endurance Week or possibly Endurance MONTH! I feel like life has been non-stop for quite a while and I’m just trying to catch up all over the place.

Anyway, this week was testing my emotional and mental endurance with changes at work. Our company went under new ownership in February, new software version in May and now we are moving to a completely new software system. To say the least, it has been challenging in both good and bad ways. I worked a marathon day on Thursday from 8am to 7pm, due to some technological problems.

After the long workweek, I decided to do a little house cleaning last night and then headed over to the gym. I rowed 4000m in 30 minutes and then did about 20 minutes of ab and glute exercises. It wasn’t an especially strenuous workout, but much-needed activity to bust some stress. Ben was working on his paper, so I didn’t feel bad that I was at the gym on a Friday night. It was quite nice because there were only a handful of people and it felt like I had the whole place to myself.

I am not sure if it was complete deliriousness, or what, but this morning I woke up and decided that I would run to the gym and go to bodypump class. In reality, it is not that far, only 4 miles but the problem is getting home! I took some water with me and stopped at Central Market for a Banana Bread LARA bar and a GU, only they didn’t have GU so I tried the PowerBar brand of energy gels in strawberry flavor. It was not too bad and had a thinner consistency than GU so it was easier to swallow while running. Normally I wouldn’t have GU unless I was running over 6 or 7 miles, but for some reason I was pretty tired by mile 2, which was at Central Market.

The rest of my run went smoothly and I got to the gym about 10 minutes before class started. I ate my LARA bar, drank some water and tried to mentally prepare myself for a tough weightlifting class. As I was running I realized that this kind of combo activity was going to push my limits and I had to keep motivating myself that I would make it through. I had to rest a little during a couple sets in bodypump, but for the most part it was a good class. I ended the day with about 20 minutes of painful much needed foam rolling.


I grabbed a banana from the gas station while I was walking home. Luckily Ben woke up and could come pick me up, because I was pretty tired and walking 4 miles home might have been a little much. Or I would have slept for the rest of the day. As if I had not done enough this morning, when I got home I decided to finish a little housework, then shower and make breakfast lunch, since I ate it at 12:45pm. I made a combo bowl of oatmeal/no-oats oatmeal with two eggs, 1/3 cup of quick oats, chia and flax seed, almond milk, cinnamon, and some water. It turned out pretty good, and of course I was hungry, so just about anything would have tasted good!


I’m trying to relax for the rest of the day but I do have a few errands to run. Boring things like getting toothpaste and taking books back to the library to avoid fees. And then tonight Ben and I are going to see the new Batman movie (prayers for Aurora!!!) with friends from law school. I had absolutely no interest in going to see the movie, but there is really no reason I can’t go. Plus we are going to the Alamo Drafthouse (dinner during the movie) and we are hanging out with friends we don’t get to see enough…so I definitely needed to go!

Last but not least, I picked this big box up from Fed-Ex today….any guesses on what it is? I’ll write another post to tell you what it is as long as you post your guesses. Have a great Saturday!



Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Running


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Workouts 3/10-3/16

This week was decently balanced in regards to workouts. I had two really good runs, two days of strength training and one more day with cardio. I think my run on Thursday was a good reality check because I had a goal to run a 8:00 mile. I ended up running a 7:31 mile, something I didn’t think I was really capable of, and it wasn’t too hard. After that, I really felt like I need to push myself harder. It probably means setting some goals that I think are out of reach so that I am really working to my full potential.

Saturday, March 10th –
PM: 50 minutes elliptical
5 minutes walk cooldown
2 x 10 reps v-ups with Fitball

10 minutes foam roll
10 min stretch/yoga

Sunday, March 11th –
PM: 5.5 mile run, 15 min foam roll, 10 min stretch

Monday, March 12th –
Noon: 45 min walk

Tuesday, March 13th –
PM: 20 elliptical
3 x 15 lying side leg raises
3 x 10 marching hip bridge
60 minutes body pump class

Wednesday, March 14th –
Noon: 40 min arms/abs, 10 minute stretch/yoga

Thursday, March 15th –
PM: 1.75 mile run to track, 3 min walk
1 mile in 7:31!!! 3 min walk
1.75 mile run home
15 min stretch/foam roll

Friday, March 16th – REST

Total Miles: 10


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Workouts 3/3 – 3/9

Saturday, March 3rd – REST

Sunday, March 4th –
AM: 13.1 miles in 2:03:21, read my race re-cap here

Monday, March 5th – REST/RECOVER

Tuesday, March 6th – REST/RECOVER

Wednesday, March 7th –
Noon: 3 rounds of each set:
60 jumping jacks / 10 push ups
15 seated shoulder fly (5 lbs) / 15 crunches on fit ball
15 bent row (12lbs, 15lbs, 15lbs) / standing oblique crunch (12lbs, 15lbs, 15lbs)
1 round each:
15 bicep curls (8lbs)/ 15 standing tricep extensions(8lbs)/15 alternating v-ups w/ fitball
15 45 degree bicep curls(8lbs)/15 laying tricep extensions(8lbs)/15 alt. v-ups w/ fitball
15 bicep hammer curls (8lbs)/15 bent tricep extensions(8lbs)/15 alt. v-ups w/fitball
15 bench dips
15 v-ups

Thursday, March 8th –
Noon: 3 rounds of each set:
20 burpees/20 box jumps/20 squats with 20lbs overhead/15 alt v-up w/fitball
36 walking lunges (18 each side)
15 lying side leg raises/15 marching hip bridge

Friday, March 9th –
Noon: 5 min walk warm up
25 min run on treadmill (5.0mph, 1.0 incline moving up to 6.0mph, 3.0 incline)
3 min walk cool down
5 min foam roll
5 min stretch

Total Miles: 15.6



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