Fitness Friday: Back to the Real World

August 15th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Workout Wrap Up

Saturday: 6 miles (11:10 pace)

Sunday: 12 miles (10:40)

Monday: 6 miles (10:50) + T25 Core Speed

Tuesday: 4×1200 (9:00 pace) total of 6 miles (9:40 pace) + PiYo Define Lower Body

Wednesday: PiYo Define Upper Body & Sweat

Thursday: 10 miles (7 @ 10:00 pace)

Friday: 6 miles (11:00)

Total Miles: 46

For the first time in months I went 7 days without a rest day. Normally I rest on Wednesdays but my PiYo DVD’s came in the mail on Monday and I was just so excited to try them out! I won’t do that again while marathon training as that tempo run on Thursday was rough.

This weekend will be my last here in Alabama. I’ve been up here for about two weeks staying with Travis since I had time off between semesters. It’s been amazing to be able to see him every day and I don’t know how I’m going to transition back into only seeing him on the weekends. Thankfully, I’ll be so busy with my usual blog, writing, training and teaching 5 classes this Fall that I will have lots to do to keep busy until the coveted Friday night!

Running on post has been a struggle, but I’ve finally found routes that I really enjoy. The sunrises here are incredible.

Rucker1I love how run-friendly the post is. All the drivers are extremely cautious and move way out of their way when they see me coming. Other runners, usually military, always say hello (I can’t count how many times I’ve been called mam this week) and they have a great track for doing speed work on. I ran this loop about 6 times yesterday for my 10 miler and got to watch all the soldiers doing their PT. I also got to see my baby driving by on his way to work as I was hitting the 7.2 mile mark and it was just the motivation I needed to finish strong!
After that run I came home and had the best breakfast ever. I’ve been obsessed with Udi’s GF bagels with onion and chive cream cheese. I received this Vega recovery accelerator to try months ago and figured after a 10 mile tempo run it was the perfect time to use it. The taste was great! I put it in the blender with some water, ice, and half a frozen banana so it was about 125 calories. It’s supposed to:

  • Replenish energy and electrolytes
  • Reduce inflammation, muscle, and joint pain
  • Support immune system function
  • Reduce recovery time

Since I’ve only used it once I can’t really tell how effective it is. The reviews for it on Amazon are incredible, and I’ve had many people tell me on Twitter they swear it helps cut down recovery time. At $1.50 a serving it may be something I invest in when classes start to use after my 2 hard runs each week.

BreakfastDinners this week have been super simple. An omelet and roasted veggies. Travis and I both love roasting up huge pans of veggies to have on hand for the week as it’s such a simple way to make sure your getting your daily veggie quota. I’ll cut up two giant bins of them (pictured below) and roast up a pan at a time at 450F for about 30 minutes. I’ll drizzle some olive oil and salt on them while they are on the pan before I put them in. Our favorite veggies to roast are asparagus, broccoli, carrots, parsnips, cauliflower, brusslel sprouts, and broccoli.  The USDA suggests adults get 2-3 cups of veggies a day and we hit that goal usually with just dinner. VeggiesMy shakeology arrived last weekend so I’ve been having one a day usually with lunch or as an afternoon snack. I will be doing a full review of it (and the PiYo program) next week but for now I love the vegan chocolate flavor way more than the strawberry, it keeps me full for about 4 hours, and I have noticed a significant decrease in my cravings!
ShakeologyI’ve spent a lot of time this week getting ready for my Fall classes. I don’t care how old I get I will always geek out when new school supplies start to hit the shelves. I love organizing and planning (and have a post coming Monday that talks about that!) While staying with Travis I spent most mornings working on the blog/freelance work, and after a 7th Heaven lunch break would spend the afternoons getting my syllabi ready and preparing my lecture slides. I can’t wait to meet my students!
deskTomorrow morning Travis and I are running out first race together. It’s a trail 5k in Dothan and if I’m being 100% honest we are both secretly hoping to place in our age groups. I really have no idea how fast I’ll be able to go since I’m in the midst of marathon training and just ran 46 miles this week, but I’m going to give it my best and hope all of the fast 30-34 year old females decided to sleep in this weekend.
Remember the killer Theragesic Giveaway I hosted earlier this month? Congratulations to the winners!  Julie Brew Finlayson (Grand Prize winner) and Bert Ruiz & Katie Walsh (Runners Up.)

I’m actually sad that this post has to end because it means the next post you will likely see I will be writing it from Pensacola and my summer break is official over.

I will console myself by looking at fall scented candles online at Bath & Body works and daydream of cute Fall boots and sweaters, and cold cuddle weather.

What are your weekend plans?
What do you look forward to most about the Fall?

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25 Responses

  • SuzLyfe says:

    Ms. “I don’t think I’ll be having another week in the 40s” yeah right! Haha. I would try out my new dvd’s too, so that is totally understandable. I hope you place in you AG AND beat Travis. That would be boss.

  • You are kicking ass with your training! So exciting! Your running routes look great and that sunrise is gorgeous!

    I love kombucha but that green one kind of skeeved me, although I’m sure it’s the healthiest of all!

    Looking forward to feeling faster in the fall!

  • Jenny says:

    I look forward to the fashion! Although this year’s fall fashion will be a tad bit different for me. ;-)

    Our weekend will consist of working on our pond and hosting friends on Saturday evening. Smores around a campfire will be had!

    • Erica House says:

      GAH!!!!! <3 <3 <3

      I love Fall fashions and hopefully will be able to afford to actually go shopping this year! I've owned one coat for 5 or 6 years, and I think one pair of $30 boots for about 2 or 3.

  • I’ve got an 8-miler followed immediately by mommy & me swim class on Saturday morning!

    The thing i look forward to most about fall: Pumpkin! Pumpkin anything and everything!

    • Erica House says:

      Awww that sounds like so much fun!

      I’m also pumpkin FANATIC! I don’t do the drinks everyone raves about, but I LOVE pumpkin candles, pumpkin pudding and pumpkin baked goods!

  • dotsie924 says:

    :-) Love reading about you and your sweetie.

    I am looking forward to some cooler temps and sweaters and scarves! And more dog walks. The bulldog Queen Mizza can’t take the NOLA heat so the walks end once it gets hot.

    I am going to look into the Vega recovery stuff…I have been doing some research, but the recovery products are so expensive! I just cancelled two makeup subscriptions and my Massage Envy subscription yesterday…saving my about $82/month and $982/year. I am on a mission to cut back!

    • Erica House says:

      Nice savings! I have the vega recovery in my cart now. I figure 2x a week = $12 a month and I’m willing to pay that for 3 months until the marathon. Every little bit of recovery helps!

  • Lauren says:

    You are running a lot way to go! I’m still in the mid-30s mileage-wise but that’s because I love my cross training! I like the Vega recovery accelerator. I’ve got a 17 miler on Saturday and then hanging out with my sister for the rest of the day!

    • Erica House says:

      I miss my cross training! I’m just happy I’m still doing some sort of strength training a few times a week. 17 miles must mean your marathon is close – when is it?

  • and Amazon generally have the cheapest prices on the VegaSport Recovery (and other VS) products. I usually pay $30 for the canister and get free shipping.

    I’m glad training is going well for you! AL does have some nice sunrises. I want to check into the PiYo workouts. How long are they, on average? I need to get my strength back after this race.

  • I used to drink shakeology and I loved it! You’re making me miss it! I cannot WAIT for fall. Definitely my favorite season…pumpkin spice lattes, cider mills, football games, beautiful days & chilly nights, “sweater weather…” I love it all!

    • Erica House says:

      I’ve missed you!!

      I’m still on the fence about shakeology. I love the taste, and it does help with my energy/cravings, but I’m just not convinced it’s worth the cost compared to other shakes. What did you like so much about it?

      • I missed you too! Took some time off from blogging & reading & all that…so many life changes but all is good now! I liked that shakeology was delivered to me every month..I’m lazy. That’s honestly the main reason. And I used to mix it with pb2 and frozen berries and it was absolutely delicious. The more I got into fitness and nutrition though, I did find the ingredients not quite up to par with other proteins.

  • Have so much fun at the race tomorrow!!

  • Sorry you have to go back home! I know those goodbyes suck. There is no Fall here in Texas, but I’m going home (Chicagoland area) in mid October for a quick trip and I can’t wait to see the colored leaves, wear hoodies and boots, and go to our local apple orchard to get the best fricking donuts on Earth.

    • Erica House says:

      Where are the best donuts at in Chicago? I love that city! And I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen fall colored leaves. Stupid florida palm trees.

  • I’m looking forward to fall running as it is so gorgeous here in New England. It sounds like you have had the perfect refreshing vacation with Travis before school starts!