Oct 17, 2017

12 weeks to go (marathon training)

This week was a mess. Just a hot mess. Rain, power outages, and just plain tired. Too much to do and not enough time.

Monday, October 9th - Clean Week: Core Function

This is the new workout available on Beachbody On Demand, so I had to try it out. It's a good basic workout, but it left my obliques sore

Tuesday, October 10th - REST DAY
Thought this would be my rest day for the week. Finished up some of our costumes for the party instead.

Wednesday, October 11th - Clean Week: Cardio

A little less intense than my normal cardio sessions, but still a good one.

Thursday, October 12th - Clean Week: Strength

My plan was to get in my 30 minute mid-week run and then possibly Clean Week. But when I got outside with all my gear, it started to rain. It was still dark, and I didn't want to risk the rain so I came in and did Strength. I liked this weights workout. It's basic moves, but you can always amp it up with the amount of weight you hold. It was just what I needed.

Friday, October 13th - REST
Didn't sleep since the power went out at 3am. All sorts of stuff started beeping, and I needed to get a light for Grandma. She kept hearing things and calling me, which meant I was up and down in bed. The power finally came back at 6am, but then I needed to shower and get ready to drive to Orlando. But with all of that, I did manage over 13,000 steps. A trip to Epcot helped.

Saturday, October 14th - REST
The night before we got extra party stuff for Miss V's birthday, and baked and setup. We decided to skip the morning workout to continue party prep.

Sunday, October 15th - REST
Since we partied hard, like a 6 year old would, we were beat in the morning and slept in. This meant no run, cause once the sun is up, all hope is lost.

Next week will be better. This is the first time in a long time I have worked out so little. But I think somehow my body may have needed the rest, my mind definitely it. I think the universe just made it happen to give me some rest time.

Oct 9, 2017

13 weeks to go (marathon training)

Last week just felt a little off, not gonna lie. I blame the full moon. But I got in what I could.

Monday, October 2nd - REST DAY
A helluva headache left me sidetracked today. Bleh.

Tuesday, October 3rd - 21 Day Fix: Upper Fix

Head a little better than night, and I know mentally I needed a workout. Arms is what was on the schedule.

Wednesday, October 4th - REST DAY
This one was unintentional, but life got away from me, and I just didn't have time.

Thursday, October 5th - Run 30 minutes

Got in a mid-week run, even with a huge thunderstorm happening. This is when I'm thankful for the treadmill.

Friday, October 6th - 21 Day Fix: Lower Fix

I wanted to skip, but with 2 rest days already, I got in my lower body work.

Saturday, October 7th - Orangetheory class: Strength

Class was a tough one. Lots of inclines on the treadmill. The floor work was a lot of chest and upper body, but I loved it.

Sunday, October 8th - Run 5 miles

Yup, I was out late on Saturday night, and then Sunday morning was just messy. No excuses for me, I got on my treadmill and busted out my 5 miles. At least I had some Netflix to keep me entertained.

Another week in the books. Next week is another super killer long run, but I know I got it. Plus, thankfully I'll have company.

Oct 5, 2017

14 weeks to go... Farthest I've ever run

A little late on this week's post, but here we go. 14 weeks left til go time. I was a little nervous the whole week knowing that I had 15 coming up on Sunday.

Monday, September 25th - 21 Day Fix: Total Body Cardio Fix

Late night workout, it was super sweaty, but I got it done.

Tuesday, September 26th - 21 Day Fix: Upper Fix

Killed arm day before I went to get my vote on.

Wednesday, September 27th - 4.2 mile run

Had to run 4.2 miles for Jenn's 42nd birthday! And did it on my new treadmill.

Thursday, September 28th - REST DAY

Friday, September 29th - 21 Day Fix: Cardio Fix

Early morning cardio to get Friday started right.

Saturday, September 30th - Orangetheory class (power day)

Tried to take it easy on the tread. But once my heart rate got up on the sprint row, it was always up.

Sunday, October 1st - 15 miles

This is the farthest I've ever, ever run. Not gonna lie, I was super apprehensive about this run. I went on Map My Run the night before and plotted out a course around my house. I didn't want to go out to somewhere unfamiliar, since I knew I'd be out there for a while. I also taped up my IT band, and laid out my clothes. I was ready as I could be.

I got up on Sunday morning and headed out before the sun. I intentionally slowed the hell down. I knew I'd need to keep it slower to be able to keep it going that long. I kept telling myself it's just 5 miles (which was great last week) 3 times. I can do this.

I listened to my podcasts which kept me entertained, and just kept chugging along. I started fueling about every 2ish miles, and I got a water refill at about mile 6.5ish. My course was 2 out and backs with my house in the middle. I was done with the first one, and crossed my street to start the 2nd half. It was harder, but I think it was more mental than anything. My legs felt ok, but the sun was out at this point and the humidity was getting to me. I need to bring electrolytes with me next time, I think they will help.

I needed more water, and found a church with an outdoor water fountain, which was a god send. The water was even cold! Somehow, during that stop though, I managed to pause my RunKeeper, so that was off by about 2-3 miles. ARGH. I was so mad. Thankfully I had plotted my course and has my Fitbit running, so I went with the mileage on that.

When I finally got home, I foam rolled my legs. And then... I braved a mini ice bath. There wasn't too much ice, but I think I got the effect anyway. Thankfully the only thing that was sore was my calves, which were sore pre-run. But some compression sleeves made them feel better.

I was kinda impressed of how ok I felt after that 15 miler. Now an easy week this weekend, and then back to the crazy.

Sep 25, 2017

15 Weeks Out (Marathon Training)

As those numbers up there keep getting smaller, my anxiety keeps getting bigger.

Monday, September 18th - REST DAY
Didn't intend this to be a rest day, but my body needed the sleep.

Tuesday, September 19th - 21 Day Fix: Total Body Cardio Fix & Upper Fix

Jenn and I re-started 21 Day Fix. I had to catch up after my rest day on Monday. I got in Total Body Cardio in the morning, and then Upper Fix at lunch.

Wednesday, September 20th - 21 Day Fix: Lower Fix & Foam Rolling

21 Day Fix left me sore! So I foam rolled before my lower workout. The lower body fix definitely left my legs burning.

Thursday, September 21st - 21 Day Fix: Pilates Fix & 30 minute run

Did my Pilates Fix in the morning, then got in a 30 minute run during lunch. Felt great to get that midday runch session in.

Friday, September 22nd - Rest Day

Saturday, September 23rd - OTF Class

It was endurance day. I feel like whenever I take more than a few days off from OTF, I get stuck in an endurance class. But I did run 1.09 miles in 12 minutes. And did I mention I ran those 12 minutes without stopping?

Sunday, September 24th - 5 miles

This week's Sunday run called for a short one. I got in 5 miles, and it felt good and easy. The streets were a little clearer from debris since last week, and it was slightly cooler too, and by slightly cooler, I mean it wasn't 80 (it was 78), which helped.

And I managed to get negative splits! Always a welcome sign.

Next week is already messing with me. It'll be the longest I've ever run. I have a few of those weeks coming my way, so time to get ready for it.

Sep 18, 2017

16 Weeks Out (Marathon Training)

It was Hurricane Irma recovery week. Which meant it was an off workout week, but I did what I could.

Monday, September 11th - Clearing yard waste!

Told you there was an off workout in here. I cleared out my parents yard and mine too. Raking, filling trash cans, emptying trash cans, all in the heat.

Tuesday, September 12th - Rest day
No AC, no electricity. The thought of trying to cool off after a workout with no AC in the Miami summer was too much to even think of.

Wednesday, September 13th - Rest day
We got our electricity back at about 4-5pm, the rest of the day was moving the hurricane party (me, Grandma, Mom & Pop) to my house to be in the cool house.

Thursday, September 14th - Rest day
AC is back, but it was a putting things back in place at home. And soaking in the air conditioning...

Friday, September 15th - Shaun Week: Insane Basics

I wanted to get something in, so I picked something easy and hard if that makes sense. Shaun T is my go to. I know he'll work me out, and it's only 30 minutes.

Saturday, September 16th - Orangetheory class

So glad to be able to get back to class! I think I was out of it for a little too long, cause those rows nearly killed me. Took me a second, but I did get back into the groove.

Sunday, September 17th - 12 miles

It was supposed to be a 13 mile run, but I was glad I got in the 12. The streets are still crazy with fallen trees and hurricane debris. All the sidewalks aren't cleared. This left a LOT of my normal route obstructed, so I did what I could. Because I knew the streets would be blocked and covered in branches, I waited about an hour after my normal start time to start my run. This gave me light, but also extra sun, which meant extra heat. I think all the weaving around debris also bothered my IT band, cause it started bothering me at about mile 9. Walked the last 4 miles, but I got them in.

Next week is a little lower mileage. I'm hoping the streets get a little more cleared up. I know with time they will be.

Sep 15, 2017

My Hurricane Irma experience

It was Labor Day weekend, and I would be lying if I didn’t say I had a slight eye on the storm. They said it would be a category 5. I lived through hurricane Andrew 25 years ago. A cat 5 is no joke and nothing to mess around with.

I got to work on Tuesday, and we were all monitoring the storm. On Wednesday, it was all consuming. Then they canceled schools, and everyone was hunting for water and gasoline. I do have to say, I’m not sure if it’s the fact, that here in South Florida we don’t play around with anything over a category 3, or if they effects of Harvey were still fresh in everyone’s minds, but people sprung into action to prep for the storm. As we prepared, we all watched the cone, hoping to be out of it soon.

Thursday, with all the schools and most office buildings closing to prepare, I was home. I woke up to see us still in the cone. I headed to an Orangetheory class to burn off some of the crazy. Lucky I did, cause they closed later that night.

After class, I helped my brother put up boards on the windows of his apartment. Another workout for me. Those plywood boards are really heavy. Then I came home to soak in the air conditioning and comforts of home.

It was a gorgeous blue sky, puffy white cloud day. I knew this didn't bode well, cause that whole "calm before the storm" thing is totally real. I still remember how gorgeous the day before Hurricane Andrew was. Everyone was on social media posting storm prep and tips and tricks. Out-of-towners urging Floridians to flee. Now, if you’re not from Florida that’s easy to say. But… to get out of the state normally takes about 10-12 hours. To get out of Irma’s path would take so much longer. The keys, beaches, and other people in evacuation zones really had to get out. I am not in an evacuation zone, so there was no need for people like me to be clogging up the streets for the people that really needed to get out.

Friday was another prep day, but we got moving on this storm early. So it was a sit around and wait day. Friday night, the winds did pick up a little, and I got a little scared. We were still home, but Grandma and I were going to Mom & Pop’s house to ride out the storm, since their house has shutters. I thought we were already getting bands, but Grandma was already in bed. After texting with mom, we decided to wait until the morning to move over. In the morning we grabbed our bags and headed to Mom & Pop's.

Blunded up from the cold AC!
Yup, that's me, in the dark
The little red dot is the radio.
There should be a sidewalk next to that tree
Our outdoor kitchen including plantains from my godparent's backyard
Around our neighborhood, between Mom & Pop's and my house
Debris piles in front of every house
Huge tree by Mom & Pop's being cleared 

Saturday, we sat around and chilled. In the early afternoon Pop and I closed the last few shutters (they have accordion shutters), and we came in to wait out the storm. Mom made some arroz con pollo al la chorrera for dinner. It was delicious.

We were all sitting after dinner watching the non-stop hurricane TV coverage to see when it would be here, and first the lights flickered, but then bam, power was gone. It was just before 8pm. We turned on the radio for the simulcast of the TV stations and kept listening to the updates.

At this point the tornado warnings had begun. They came fast and often, but thankfully none in out area. We went to sleep and began to hear some of the winds begin to pickup. As the winds got stronger you could hear it whistling and howling. It did wake me up a few times. The storm kept going and when we got up in the morning the hurricane force winds were still there. We found out that they eye made landfall in the keys at about 9am, but with Irma being so wide, we had been having effects on our area for a while.

Most hurricanes I’ve been through have come at night, so by the time you get up in the morning, it’s all over. But this one kept going and going. Finally the news said that hurricane force winds should be gone by 8pm on Sunday, and tropical storm winds would be subsiding by 7am. Imagine over 24 hours locked in a house, in the dark, cause the shutters are covering all your windows. It’s nuts. Thankfully my parents front door has a little window made of hurricane proof glass, so at least we had a little light.

Eventually on Sunday night, we had to let my parents’ dog out to pee. Poor guy was not about having to go on a pee pee pad. When there was a lull in the winds they let him out. They said it was mostly just trees down from what they saw in the backyard for a few minutes.

Finally, the next morning, Monday morning, we were able to open the shutters and see what had happened. It was mostly tree damage. I didn’t see too much roof damage around their neighborhood, if any. So when we had some light, we got into the yard to deal with the debris. A few substantial branches from their tree in the backyard had come down.

A part of their fence also came down, cause the neighbors fence fell over. Overall, the damage wasn't too bad.

Mom made breakfast on our propane camping stove in the makeshift outdoor kitchen. She was using up what we had as it defrosted. The bacon was in the freezer and was delicious along with egg whites. 

Then I got back to clearing out the backyard. When I was done with the back, I started on the front. This wasn't too bad, just mostly getting rid of the bigger branches. But man was it hard work. Did a few squats emptying out the garbage can with branches and leaves. After a rest from cleaning up the front yard, we headed over to see what happened at my house. My brother, Angel, had come and told us the damage was minimal, a few roof tiles in the front, my pool screen was in tact, just a few beams needed repair, and some tree debris. 

Mom and I got there and noticed a couple of trees had some bigger limbs down. We cleaned up the front, then went to the back and cleaned out the tree branches and other leaves and junk in the yard.

We trimmed back one of the trees to be able to leave the sidewalk available. I totally count all this cleanup as my workout. I had 10,000 steps by 12pm. A cold shower, cause no hot water anyways, cooled me off for a little bit. But then it was just hanging around, trying to stay cool in the humidity.

Mom made tacos for dinner, cause there was ground turkey that needed to be used. We ate pretty good dinners for it being a hurricane. The day we "chef-boy-ar-dee"-ed it was Sunday, cause we couldn't go outside. But mom did heat it up on the propane stove. Then once the sun went down, we went to bed pretty soon after that, cause there's only so much you can do by the flashlight light.

Tuesday, Mom ventured out to find coffee. She ended up with instant coffee from the grocery store, which had no power, but was open. Publix also had gas in their cooking areas, so she also scored us some croquetas and chicken tenders for dinner. No power, but eating pretty ok. In our boredom, and need to get the leaves off the cars anyways, Mom and I washed our cars. We were hot anyways, so we cooled off with the water and got our cars clean while we did it.

We sat on the front porch and read, cause there was a nice breeze. I caught up on all the Runner's World magazines that come to my house and I never get a chance to read. But it made me wanna run. I actually did see someone running, and would have loved to get out there too. But then all I could think was how horrible it would be to get out there and run, and then come home to heat and no cooling off.

After another no power night, I woke up Wednesday and noticed I had a little internet on my phone. I was in my car getting a little charge on my cell, and noticed the internet was working, so the first thing I did was check FPL (our power company) to see the status of our power. The radio kept telling you to check the internet or the app. All really easy if you have internet access. But I did see that tickets were open for my house and my parents' house. We still didn't have power though, so I checked myself safe on Facebook, and that was it.

My mom had to go into the office, but I stayed to watch Grandma. Pop was able to get an extension cord over to the neighbor's generator and hooked up a fan. Just having that moving air was so great. I also plugged in my phone to get a full charge for the first time in days.

Angel came over to drop off some tools and his plywood. Might as well keep it for the next storm, right? And Mom's office closed early, cause there weren't a lot of doctor's there. So she came home right as Angel was getting the generator from my house. The generator was in the garage, so he dug it out and brought it over. Pop and him got it started and we were able to plug into our own generator.

Mom and I needed to get some gas cans at my house to keep the generators going, so we went back home to get some there. As we were chatting with my godparents (who are also my neighbors behind the house), another one of the neighbors shouted, "we have power!" And we did. Power at my house. I went in and cranked up the air conditioning units. We got the gas for the generator to keep Mom & Pop's fridge going, and then we moved Grandma and our party to my house.

At this time, my parents still don't have power, so the campout here continues. Their area seems to be one of the only ones without power in our area. But hopefully, it'll be soon. At least we can all sleep at my house in the AC.

The cleanup here in Miami still continues. Most of the sidewalks where I run are covered in fallen trees. Power is still a commodity, as is ice and hot food. But slowly it will all get back to normal, just with a lot less shade. I was disconnected for a few days, but I thought I'd share what I was going through. A hurricane is never fun, but we prepared and heeded the warnings and made it through another storm. Just the price we pay for living in paradise.

*Note to the hurricane gods, I'm good for a few years on storms. Thanks!*

Sep 13, 2017

18 & 17 Weeks Out - Marathon Training

Combining two weeks, cause with the long weekend, and then hurricane prep, I got a little behind. But here goes...

Monday, August 28th - 21 Day Fix: Total Body Fix & Yoga

Jenn and I decided to give the OG 21 Day Fix a chance. So we did. Then some days you're so sore, and you need a little yoga at the end of the day.

Tuesday, August 29th - 21 Day Fix: Upper Fix


Arms were burning after this one!

Wednesday, August 30th - Orangetheory: Endurance/Power Day

Crazy run/row day. Thanks to Kris for giving me the heads up, but it was still so hard.

Thursday, August 31st - 21 Day Fix: Pilates Fix

The original 21 Day Fix pilates doesn't involve the resistance band, so it's much more doable. But it still burned.

Friday, September 1st - Namaste & Cabernet

Drove to Orlando for the long weekend, and went straight to this class. It was a yoga class in a winery. Yoga class and 2 glasses of wine included. It was so much fun, a great workout with great friends, and wine!

Saturday, September 2nd - Orangetheory 90 min class: Power

Even though we were home by 10, the class the night before and the week in general had me tired. After an hour of this class it was hard to keep going, but I did.

Sunday, September 3rd - 11 miles

Early morning training run. We went out to a running trail by Baldwin Park. It was great to be out on this nice trail. Have to find a place like this at home. It was really dark at parts, but eventually the sun came up. We walked after mile 6, but got in all 11 miles in our plan.

Monday, September 4th - REST DAY
It was Labor Day. And after a weekend full of workouts, Kris and I decided to take the day to sleep in, and then walk around the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

Tuesday, September 5th - Beast Week: Chest & Arms

Back at it and wanted to try out this new workout by Sagi, the Body Beast (aka the bodybuilder in Beachbody). It was a lot of reps, and on muscles I don't really train. Liked the challenge, but my armpits and chest were sore for days.

Wednesday, September 6th - 30 minute treadmill run

I had every intention of doing the Beast Week Legs workout when I went to the gym at lunch, especially since they have so many weights. But it wouldn't load at all, so I got in a run. Possibly my only run for the week, since hurricane frenzy had already begun.

Thursday, September 7th - Orangetheory: Endurance & installing plywood

Hurricane day off from work, but Orangetheory was open, so I went to get in a class. I silently sighed when it was endurance day, but I needed it. And I got through 450 reps of the 600 rep floor challenge.

After class, I helped my brother put plywood on the windows of his apartment. So more lifting, legs and arms are toast.

Friday, September 8th - Beast Week: Legs

Waited til after lunch to get in my workout, but with the hurricane stress, I needed it. The legs workout from Beast Week already has me feeling it, but with the storm starting tomorrow afternoon, I'll have time to rest off the sore.

Saturday, September 9th - REST DAY
Waiting for the storm to come.

Sunday, September 10th - 10 minute BOD yoga
I downloaded some 10 minute yoga on Beachbody on Demand before the storm. I got restless about 12+ hours in and pulled out my iPad and did a little yoga. The stretching so helped my legs.

Next week is all pending how the hurricane treats us....