Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Not The Pretty Bra

Weekly Workout Recap 3/22 - 29, 2015

week two duathlon training Are you keeping up with me?  If you have, you will know that I made a semi race announcement and I also posted two challenges.  You can read about them here.  So, since I committed to these events I've got to get my butt in gear and I thought you might like to follow along.  

For my duathlon training I'm using Inspiration Trainings' 8 week beginner training plan.  I decided to skip the first week for two reasons.  One, I don't have eight weeks to train.  I only have seven and two?  I've been running with my running group three days a week for two weeks, so I thought I could skip it.

Since I was I was starting training on Monday I have hoped to get out on Sunday and get my regular walk in with Zj and the BGR Ladies at Arabia Mountain. Unfortunately, it was raining so that was not to be but I came with a plan for when Zj took her nap.

  • Hooping 1/2 Hour
    • I think Hula Hooping may not be taken as seriously as some other exercises because it is associated with childhood fun but please don't sleep on hooping. I grabbed my weighted hoop and got to it as soon as Zj was asleep.  In a half an hour I burned 325 kcals.  Pretty good for a kiddy game.   My secret is to us really fast music, using a weighted hoop, keeping my arms above my heart and moving about the room so that I am not rooted to one spot.

  • Core Circuit 20 mins
    • I've been using this core circuit for a while.  Click to enlarge.  It is pretty thorough, engaging upper and lower abdominals and not forgetting the back area.  The Russian twists get me everytime

Monday called for 20mins of run/walking which I completed with my running group.  I'm still in the run/walk stage.


***Rest Day*** and I needed it.  The weighted hooping and core circuit had caught up with me.  I should have stretched, but I didn't. 


Called for 25 mins run/walk.  I went four miles run/walk.  Running more this time. 


60 min bike.  I decided to try the Stone Mountain Trail, there is a spur behind my daughter's nursery.  I figured I could drop her off and hop on the trail.  How convenient and appealing!  However the reality was the trail was littered with detours, a movie being filmed, construction and what have you. The trail runs through the city so it was a hectic. Not to mention I got a dog leaped at me with its teeth bared and barking.  A ride that didn't even cover the distance I need which should have been an hour actually took 11/2.  I was about to be bummed but I decided to just enjoy the ride. So I relaxed, took pics and called the nursery to say I was going to be late.


20 min bike.  Hubbs got called into work so I had no one to watch Zj. I decided to switch rest days with Saturday. 


I completed Friday's 20 mins bike by riding through the neighborhood for 30 mins.  Above my knees hurt, but I made it over all the hills even though I wanted and planned to walk a few of them.  One BIG hill in particular the neighbors were out cutting their grass and watching me. It took everything in me to get over that hill, but I did.  Now I can never walk over it again.  lol.

Sleep for me is choppy since having the baby so I don't get enough, but Saturday night I slept for six hours and forced myself to remain in bed within devices for another two.  Good thing I did.


Lord Have Mercy, My first run/bike/run/day.  After two straight days of consistent blog work around the clock I had planned to do my training in the morning but mother nature had other plans.  It was 30 degrees outside when I awoke on Sunday. "No Ma'am", as Hubb's would say.  So I had to wait until after a brunch I was attending to do my workout.  Have I ever told you I am a morning person?  The brunch was excellent and I think I was there for 4 or 5 hours.  Luckily I had packed all of my clothes and gear to try and get the training done in a nearby Piedmont Park before having to pick Zj up from Aunt Gina.  I asked  Hubbs to put the bike in the back of the car since I was going to be out all day I didn't want it out on the rack of the car.  He did and I was grateful, especially since he had just gotten off his third 12 hour shift in a row. When I got in the car he had put the bike in but on top of everything else that was in the car. Helmets, tricycle, saucer, blankets, stroller?!  Hmmmm.

After the brunch I checked in with Aunt Gina to make sure Zj hadn't completely fried her.  She was close to the end, but still holding on.  She allowed me to still head to the park to complete the training.  My good friend! Go #teamGinaB!  I changed in the car, which is a NSV in and of itself! Oh No, I realized I had forgotten my sports bra.  Remember I told you I have hallux rigidus in both feet here?  Well, because of that my feet don't like shoes.  Anything more than a flip flop is an issue and now after being in shoes all day I want to run/bike/run.  This is not going to go well.

It was a beautiful day in the park with lots of people out enjoying the day.  I take off running. It took me about 15 mins to walk/run a mile.  I really could have run the whole way, but I was in my feelings.  I got back to the car and trying to get the bike untangled from everything it was in there with was dramatic. Finally, I get it out and head out for the hour long ride.  After about 10 mins my butt was hurting.  At the halfway point I had to slowly get off the bike and stretch my Maximus.  OMG!! The pain.  The thought of riding back was daunting.  At least it wasn't uphill like the first part.  I arrived back at the car after riding over a long sloping hill.  Now I understand why the run/bike/run needs so much combo practice.  After I hitched the bike to the car and tried to start running again, I felt out of sorts.  Kind of like when you twirl around and get dizzy, but dizzy is the hips.  Weird, I know.  I was only able to run for short periods before I felt I needed to stop. I got through it nevertheless and immediately headed off to get my toddler.  She had been with Auntie for almost eight hours.

I was supposed to do some much needed restorative yoga when I got home, but I needed to put the toddler to bed and then I fell asleep in the soak.

What Is Clear:
  1. I need cycle lessons, specifically for gear changing.
  2. Never, I say, never, wear your pretty bra running.  This large and heavy bust wrangled that pretty bra till it took a couple of chunks off my body. The initial sting when getting in the tub was scream worthy.
  3. Additionally, something needs to be done to create a harmonious relationship between my lady parts and that bike seat or I'm not going to make.
Overall, I'm pleased with my efforts and determination to get it in despite the obstacles.  Tomorrow I start up again.  The training times will increase, I'm going to look for some bike lessons and I'll be purchasing a bigger bottle of ibprohen.

So that is how my workouts went this week.  What types of exercise did you complete this week?

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Semi Race Announcement & Two Challenges

When I think back on it, I believe I have been without a consistent exercise routine since just before Thanksgiving.  Not that I haven't exercised at all.  I've done a bit here and there, but it would seem that everything (LIFE) just kept me off kilter.  
  • I took ill just before Thanksgiving.  I can't seem to stay well since I stopped breast feeding.
  • Then it was Thanksgiving and it started getting cold so I began to drop off from my running group.
  • Then I had intense planning and packing for my month long stay in Bermuda.
  • Zj's birthday party and Christening in Bermuda.  Every try planning and event where you don't live? In a foreign country and you prefer to do everything yourself?  OMG, what was I thinking? But it was awesome and we will have family memories forever behind this one.
  • Zj's Pirate Princess Birthday Party
  • Then Christmas & New Years and all the events and food that goes with that.  It was Zj's first Christmas in Bermuda.
  • Then just when we arrived back home, and I thought things would be getting back to normal, and both Zj and I got sick back to back all the way from January through the end of February.  Hubbs had to take off from work on two different occasions to care for us and even fell ill himself a couple of times during that stint.
We only just resurfaced at the beginning of March and I am working hard to get up to speed.  I was feeling bad because I had put on some weight and because I'm not where I had planned to be by this time of the year.  But none of it matters now because it is what it is, so I won't waste any energy on that.

A fellow fitness blogger Safari of Fit Moma posed a question on her Facebook Fan Page one day last week.  It was something about not being where you want to be and what are you going to do about it.  I responded by saying I do better when I am training for something specific.  And that got my mind turning about what I could possibly do.  

What could I do?  I don't run long distances or do anything involving excessive jumping or foot bending because I have foot issues, as mentioned in "What's Up With Falling Down?".  I have Hallux Rigidus to be exact and in both feet.  Halli as I call it, gotta keep it lite, can be limiting, but I find ways to work around it when I can.  I love the idea of a race and a challenge. So here is my solution,  I will train for a Duathlon and participate in two challenges.  

Semi Race Announcement

Don't laugh lol, as I myself laugh.  That's right, I'm announcing my semi race announcement.  I, for the last week, have been training for the Callaway Gardens Duathlon 2015.  Callaway Duathlon is in Pine Mountain, GA Sunday, May 10th and it involves running a 5K, biking 30K then running another 5K.  Can I confess something?  I'm finishing up the first week of training and can I tell you that I'm scared.  I haven't been on my bike since last spring and I'm sure "it" will happen again. And even though I'm back out with my running crew, BGR Atlanta Eastside, I am still yet to make myself run the whole 5K.  So why is the announcement 'semi'?  Well, I don't want what happened to this lady to happen to me. So, my solution is to train consistently until 'Decision Day'.  Decision Day is April 24, before the entry fee goes up, to make my final decision about entering the race.  If I had to base entry on this week's performance it would be a no go.  Let's just say runners are passing me on my bike and ibuprofen have become very well acquainted.

Challenge 1:  Rock Your Core Challenge
This challenge is being hosted by a fellow fitness blogger Diatta of  Femme Fitale Fit Club.  If I even have a little chance of being ready for this race I'm definitely going to need to get my core together. Follow the above link to Diatta's blog to get challenge details.

Challenge 2:  The Win Win Dietbet Challenge
I will be hosting this challenge on my blog Mirror Watching with progress and a wee bit of trash talk on my Fan Page.

One of the biggest pieces of advice I can offer someone who is trying to make a change is to find a community of people who have experienced success at what you are attempting to accomplish.   It makes the journey so much more doable seeing other people work through it.  Finding that community is not always easy to do, but my "Win Win Diet Bet Challenge" can help with that.

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Whew!  I will have a lot going on over this next month.  I hope you will be rooting for me as I train for the Duathlon.  You can follow my progress on my Facebook Fan Page and I may start a weekly workout wrap on the blog so you can see all the workouts. Please join me in both challenges and share them out to your friends and family.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My Toddler's Race Recap

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Today was a great day outside.  The chilly temps loosened their grip for a moment and let us have a nice spring weekend with temps in the high sixties and early seventies. Zj and I had been sick since January and in the house hiding from the cold.  I figured today, would be a great time to get out in the fresh air and get some exercise.

When nap time ended, I mentioned to Zj that we were going to the trail.  She was immediately excited and started running around the room asking to put on her ‘running’ shirt. “The green one Mum Mum. Up there, up there”, pointing to the hanging shirt in the closet.  She was referring to the shirt they gave her last spring when she participated in her first ever race.  I have heard that pictures can say a thousand words and that has never been more true than with this pic.  

Let me back up a bit to give you some context.  A few weeks prior to this pic I had been looking for a race in which I could push Zj in the running stroller while I ran.  I found the Beltline Race Series and their Northside 5K and decided this would be the race.  After reading a bit further I noticed that they also offered Youth Fun Run 1K.  Being new to running and racing this was the first time I had noticed a race for children.  Zj loves to run.  She has been on the trails since she was born. Now that she was bigger, sometimes towards the end of our runs we would let her down, from the stroller, and run next to us to the end.  She would love to be in a race.  I got the A,OK from her Father, who also was surprised as I was to learn of races for small kids. (Clearly we were new to the kiddy scene.) When I told her, about the race, her reaction was just as I suspected.  She was ecstatic!  

My Toddler's Race Recap

Registration Day

So it was all set, both of us would be running races that morning.  As registration day drew closer I was feeling nervous about not finishing the 5K in time for the start of Zj’s race.  The registration location was a very popular running store across town.  It was a Friday evening and very busy with lots of people picking up their race bibs and registering for multiple races.  Zj stood proudly in line waiting to sign up.  At the registration desk, I opted to only register Zj for the sake of my nerves. I should have caught a hint from all the wows and looks of surprise from everyone in the store when the race registrar asked her birthday.  “_______”, I say.  A look of confusion.  “So... how old is she?”  "Two", I said.  

Race Prep

When I get excited and can't sleep.  Zj was equally excited, asking as many questions about her race as her two year old self could muster.  Aunt Gina called and wanted to know what were the colors for #teamZj. Ok Mommy, I thought, let me pull something together to make this memorable. I called our family in DC and Bermuda to tell them Zj was racing in the morning. Grandparents, great grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and Godparents all sent their best wishes and encouraged Zj to do her best.  She was pumped.  Aunt Gina, Mommy and Daddy, when he got off from work, we're going to be the cheer squad for #teamZj.  I fished around in her Zj’s closet and concocted an awesome run outfit that any runner would be proud to wear.  All of us decided to wear the color scheme of purple/pink and black in support of our racer.  I laid out her clothes and gear just like I do my own before a race and we all went to bed.  Zj slept.  Mommy sat up.

As the race official said, "On Your Mark..." Zj was saying hi and waving to the kids standing next to her.

Race Morning

The race was @ 8:30am across town.  I woke Zj up at 6:30.  We had the breakfast of champions: oatmeal, fruit and juice.  She wore her three quarter length black leggings under purple jogging shorts, a black race shirt under a black sweatshirt with a silver shimmer heart and her black and purple champions sneaks.  A black headband adorned her fro, and my old sports watch.  When she looked in the mirror, she sing songed, "ooo ooo" and shook her hips. Translation, "I look good!"

Aunt Gina arrived and we were off to the races.

We arrived at the beautiful Tanyard Creek Park. People were swarming everywhere.  This race was far bigger than I could have imagined.  Parking was impossible.  Finally, we spotted a space and I dashed to get into it before anyone could steal it.  We could hear the announcer, but we could not see the race area.   Anxiety was now if full effect as we raced through the trees and across the playground to find check-in.  We arrived just as the first of the 5K runners were crossing the finish line.  I was right not to enter.  It was now 15 minutes to Zj’s start time.  I couldn't have run the 5K in that short space of time.  

Zj was fascinated with all the activity and excitement.  We check in and again the looks of wonder at her age.  As I pin her bib on she is all smiles.  I had a bit of a tear in my voice. Look at my baby. Daddy hasn't arrived yet, but calls to say he is parking.  “Good luck with that”, I think to myself. We have a quick ramble then hang up and I give my phone to Aunt Gina.  

Zj and I are standing in the corral and I finally get a chance to look around.  Zj is the youngest participant by at least four or five years.  What - was - I - thinking!  As the race leader directs a warm up Zj is mesmerized by all the big kids.  At this point I realize that I haven't properly prepared her, or more importantly myself, for what is about to take place.  She was clueless as to what was going on around her.  Still no Daddy.  He can't find parking.  Oh flip!

Race Start

As the race official said, "On your mark" Zj was saying hi and waving to the kids standing next to her.  Geeking because she had some friends.  "Get set..."  A little boy took off in a false start and a few kids started to run as well.  As the kids returned to the starting line Zj looked at me with big questioning eyes.  The announcer started again and the gun went off.  Everyone took off running. Everyone but Zj.  “Run Zj run”, I shouted, trying to get her to run.  Off she went with me running next to her. “They could have cut the grass”, I thought as Zj tried to run through the grass that higher than her knees.  A few yards in, the little boy who had a false start had stopped.  He was crying really hard.  Me knowing Zj thought, “oh no, she's going to stop”, which she did.  “Mum Mum, crying’, she said as she looked at me and tried to comfort the little boy. I asked the little boy if he was ok which clearly he wasn't because he was crying uncontrollably.  Just then his Dad came over.  I told Zj he was going to be ok and after she was convinced I was able to get her to run again.  Up over the hill (which I had to push her over) and onto the paved trail.  Thank goodness!

First Turn

Zj is running pumping her arms as fast as she can.  She's doing it!  Then she stops and points, “Daddy, Daddy” and runs right off the track into the arms of her Father who is all teared up.  They are hugging and kissing and I'm saying, “Isaac put her down. She has to run”.  He proceeds to put her down and take pictures, cheering, “Run Punkin Run” as she poses for the pics.  Really!  “Isaac run with her”, I call to him.  Now all three of us are in the race.  

On the Straight

The older kids are completely out of sight.  I hear cheers on the other side so I assume the first kid has crossed the finish line.  “Run Zj!”  Arms pumping.  Daddy runs next to her filming with his iPhone.  All of a sudden I hear, “Sssswwwwinnnnnnngsssss Mommy!!!!!!!!!!!”  Before we could get to her, she runs off the race path and onto the playground and up to the swings.  “Up, up Mommy!” “No Zj we are in a race.  We have to run.”  “Nooooo swing?”  I sway her, as I pick her up and head back to the race, by promising to play swings after the race.

The Bridge
As we approach the rickety bridge, that even I'm afraid to cross, we hear them announcing her name over the loudspeaker. “Run Zj you can do it!”  I say to Isaac, “You have to pick her up she won't cross”.  He picks her up and dashes over the bridge and places her down on the other side. The announcer calls out over the microphone to her again, “Run Zj!” Zj asks, "They call me Mum Mum?"

To The Finish
Zj is the only kid left in the race and we can see the finish line up ahead. We are back in the tall grass and Zj is tired of lifting her legs in the wet grass.  “Come on Z”, as we try to make a dash for the finish line. The numerous adult participants who have finished their 5K are now cheering for Z and calling her by name as we run by. "How do they know her name", I wonder, while the announcer is using the mic to be Zj's personal cheerleader. Everyone is clapping and cheering for her as she runs holding my hand. One of the race organizers comes out and runs with us holding her other hand.  Zj is looking around and then at me with big eyes but keeps on running. We see Aunt Gina with tears running down her face and cheering as loud as she can.  She was the one who told the announcer ZJ’s name.

Aunt Gina’s Account
I recognized Daddy from afar, barely could I see her small frame in the distance. I started jumping and screaming out her name--with my animated and easily excitable self. The announcer asked clarification and proceeded to call her name in encouragement. The encouragement caught momentum and all those at the finish line joined their voices, especially when they realized that this wee-biddy person is running towards the finish, moving her arms like a skilled runner, while smiling and enjoying the run. Auntie was so caught up, trying to scream and take pictureslol those two actions dont go together so well.

We are close to the finish line now and Daddy drops back, then I drop back and Zj crosses the line holding the race organizers hand.  Everyone was cheering.  She did it!  

Post Race
We take pictures and they come to escort Zj over to the tee shirt table to pick a shirt.  The organizer put the green tee on her and all Zj could say was, “For me Mum Mum? For me?” She repeated it over and over.  Standing all around her and offering congratulations were adults in green tees.  She was one of them. “Like the big ones”, she said. The look of pride on her face was priceless.  

The Promise
I was glad and relieved that all went well. We took many more pics than Daddy had to go.  As we walked back to the car we came across the swings and she took off running again.  She played until she couldn't play anymore than we took a stroll around Tanyard Park.  Before the car even pulled away from the curb she was asleep.  

The race clothes stayed on for two days.  Every time I attempted to remove them, I was met with cries of, “My race shirt, my race shirt Mum Mum, nooooo!” Eventually I was able to remove the sweat and race shirts but had to put the green race shirt back on.

This was a very proud day not only for Zj, but for our entire village of family and friends. Daddy got to see his daughter on a larger scale. He congratulated me for giving her a healthy start and providing her with exposure.  He said he was proud of me.  I blushed.  Zj was super proud of her efforts and learnt how to persevere.  I was proud on so many levels, but mostly because it was good knowing that some of my efforts in trying to model a healthy lifestyle for her are paying off.

So as Z points to her green race tee shirt hanging in the closet all these memories come flooding back to me and I have to smile.  I will never forget the look of wonder and pride on her face that day.

Coincidentally,  As I prepare to publish this post I received an email announcing Beltline Northside 5K and 1K Youth Fun Run registration is now open.  Should we run it again?

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