half marathon training recap, week 2

Training week #2 is done-zo.
I feel good about it, mainly since I didn't miss any scheduled runs. I tried working at a faster pace & feel like I accomplished it (somewhat). My hip flexor (specifically the iliopsoas) is still causing me issues while I run, but that's the only pain.
This week I rotated running in the early AM with running in the evening after work. I'm still partial to evening runs, but it's not really conducive to my new work schedule. I did notice that my early morning runs, while I felt alert & ready for work, after a few hours I started feeling a bit nauseated. I did eat breakfast & replenish fluids...so this week I plan to tweak some minor things & see if that helps alleviate the discomforts.

Here's what week 2 looked like:

Monday - easy run, 45 minutes
I pulled a "two-fer"...I didn't wake up in time do all the run before work, so I did 3 miles in the AM & 1.5 miles in the PM.
3 mile run @ 6:18AM, splits: 10'10, 10'21, & 10'14
1.5 mile run @ 5:55PM, 10'02 pace
(I went over the 45 minute mark...womp, womp)

Tuesday - moderate pace, 45 minutes
I tried to incorporate a little speed, by bumping up the speed .4 to.6 mph every .75 miles.
4.77 miles @ 5:58PM Splits: 10'40, 9'58, 9'57, 9'52
(I also had a 2 minute walk & cool down included in there...so the total run time was 45 minutes, but total workout time was 49 minutes)

Wednesday - easy run, 30 minutes
I did not want to run today. I hated this run.
2.92 miles @ 6:20PM, average pace 10'21

Thursday - rest
My goal on rest days is to do either Physique 57 workouts OR P90X's Cardio X workout. Epic fail.

Friday - easy run, 45 minutes
4.1 miles @ 6:23AM, Splits: 9'58, 10'33, 11'27, 11'49
This run was re-donk-u-lous. I was full from an endulgant sushi dinner the night before, & the bowels kicked in. TMI?

Saturday - easy run, 8 miles
I had to break this up into 2 back to back, 4 mile runs. My iPod decided to stop working after the first 4 miles. Womp, womp.
4.02 miles @ 9:15AM, Splits: 11'19, 10'50, 11'29, 11'20
4 miles @ 10:15AM, Splits: 10'39, 11'55, 10'55, 10'19

Total mileage: 24.35, average pace 10'39
My goals for week 3 are to continue to work on speed, but also bring back Physique 57 workouts.

here's your sign

I'm pretty convinced I was in fact drop on my head as a baby.

I'm in week 2 of half marathon training, and I just jumped in to the schedule. I didn't really read the descriptions of what my runs entail, except for the time & mileage.

This morning I had a 45 minute, easy run. Oh, I totally rocked the easy part. Especially since last night's sushi was not sitting well. I always over eat when it comes to sushi.

I got a wild hair today & read away.

My plan has what's called "easy runs" - & yes, I've been wondering what the heck an "easy run" means. Do I walk? Do I jog? What should my pace be? What should my breathing be like? Ya da, ya da, ya da. So I read up on the "easy run" description today.

Here's what it says:


Sorry Coach, but the last time I could do that was 5th grade.
Surely she meant 50 states.
But even then I forget the little ones. Like Texas.
Porkchop on the other hand, is a walking globe. He can tell you north of, south of, east of, west of, & then how to get to Russia.

PTL it's Friday. My brain can rest after trying to recite all 50 capitals.

total recall part 2

Continuing on with the fact that I forgot my camera cord at work....here's my Sunday Fashion Post!

Dress: Hale Bob
don't remember if it the dress is from Billion Dollar Babes, Ideeli, or Rue La La
Shoes: Naughty Monkey via Ideeli
Bag: Carlos Falchi via Rue La La
Bangles: Cara Couture via Nordstrom

Cara Couture bangles are my favorite....they are affordable & you get so many! I've been really into gold lately....as if you couldn't tell. 

total recall

I was a narnar on Friday & left my camera cord at work. So, plan to see a part 2 of this post.

Saturday was the endurance run for my training plan. 7 miles was the target. I ended up running a little over 8 miles.

Dexter was a super sideline cheerleader for me & slept the ENTIRE time.

Thanks buddy.

My hip flexor area is still bothering me - so the pain was sporadically slowing me down. Plus, I've got a lot of junk in the trunk & I'm just not fast with the load.

According to Nike+ my average minutes per mile was 11:33 & I finished in 90 minutes. (That does include all my water & potty breaks though - I let the timer run & didn't pause).

After my run, I decided to take Dexter out for a short walk. I'm not sure how this happened, but I got lost in our neighborhood.
Yes, I was dropped on my head as a baby.

So once I finally navigated in the right direction, that's when I noticed Dexter was struggling a little bit. He then decided he had had enough, & just laid down in someone's lawn. I finally coaxed him to get up, but I was really thinking that I should probably carry him back home.

But I didn't.

We got back to the house & he collapsed on the cool floor.

It was super hot out & all, but for a hyper dog, he's super out of shape. Matt thinks he's just designed for short bursts of energy, not sustained activities. It was a 2 mile walk, so I really thought he'd do just fine. I will say it SO helped his temperment the rest of the day.

Lesson learned.

We attended a wedding Saturday afternoon....& I finally got the chance to wear this dress:

Dress: Walter via Ideeli
Shoes: Preview International via Nordstrom Rack
Bag: Carlos Falchi via Rue La La
Bangles: Cara Couture via Nordstrom

close up of the extras :)

half marathon training, week 1 recap

Here's the full run down for my first week of HMT (half marathon training) :)

The plan I'm following has minute goals M-F, rather than mileage goals. Saturdays are the only days with specific miles to run.

Monday: 45 minutes @ an easy pace = 4.2 miles, 10'37 average pace
mile 1: 10'23
mile 2: 10'12
mile 3: 10'38
mile 4: 11'06

Tuesday: 45 minutes @ a moderate pace = 4.3 miles, 10'36 average pace hahahahaha i shaved off a second!
mile 1: 10'22
mile 2: 10'50
mile 3: 10'35
mile 4: 10'27

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: 30 minutes @ an easy pace = 3 miles, 10'09 average pace; threw in a Physique 57 workout as well
mile 1: 10'02
mile 2: 10'20
mile 3: 10'04

Friday: REST

Saturday: 7 miles @ an easy pace = 8.1 miles, 11'30 average pace, followed by a 2 mile walk with Dexter
mile 1: 11'38
mile 2: 10'05
mile 3: 10'53
mile 4: 11'31
mile 5: 11'11
mile 6: 11'57
mile 7: 11'08
mile 8: 13'28

total mileage for week: 21.68

It was difficult trying to get back on a training plan. I like the regimen of having a plan, but I hate the feeling of guilt if I miss a scheduled run.

I also find it difficult to adjust to the "minute" goals, rather than have set mileage.

It also really bugs me how much pain I feel when I run - and it's never consistent.

I'd really like to focus on improving my speed & endurance over the weeks to come. I'm not fast. I don't know if I will ever be able to maintain an 8 minute mile for more than 1 mile. It seems so unachievable!

How's your training going?
If you're not presently training, do you have any fitness goals?

who gets to be the butt?

This week I restarted the half marthon training. I'm using a program from the Women's Running Magazine. Instead of having mileage goals this week (with the exception of the endurance run, which is tomorrow), it was all time goals.

Their schedule for me this week:
M - 45 minutes, easy run
T - 45 minutes, moderate pace
W - 30 minutes, easy run
Th - cross training
F - 45 minutes, easy run
S - 7 miles

I changed it up a bit:
W - Rest :)
Th - 30 minute run, Physique 57 30 minute advanced express workout
F - Rest :)

And tomorrow, will be the 7 miles definitely, but I may squeeze in a few more miles. We'll see.
How's your training!?

My friend Erin is having a baby girl, due in November. Matt had bought me a Cricut a few months back, so naturally I wanted to make her baby shower invitations. The theme is punk baby / glam rock....so I adorned the invites with this:
kinda hard to see but the hairbow is glitter cardstock

 "Girls Rock" in the same paper as the hair bow
 I've also been spending a ridiculous amount of time on Etsy looking for baby goodies for Erin's girl. Good grief that site has everything! I found this little treasure today:

intended for twins :)
my only question though is:
who gets to be the butt?

Somehow I drifted over to twin stuff ~ I think it would be so cool to have twins! My mom is an identical twin.
Any twins in your family?
What is / was your timeline for children?
Matt & I said 5 years. We're approaching 3 years. With many of my friends being pregnant & having babies this year....I'm hoping that 5 year plan will go away :)

re-kickin' it with the training

First & foremost - THANK YOU for all the sweet comments & birthday wishes! Ralphie had a big smile on his face as he read all of them.
And thanks to Paula for pointing out that I failed to explain where the nickname "porkchop" came from :)
To sum it up: Ralphie used to be ridiculously thin - homeboy could eat ANYTHING & never gain an ounce. He lived off of french fries, Kraft singles (yes, he'd eat those like no one's business), Cheetos, & spoonfuls at a time of peanut butter. (Hmmmm...this may explain why I was a hefty-sak growing up - I thought I could eat all that too...)
So anyways, as it normally happens, once you reach a certain age all the health choices you made at a young age start to catch up with you. At around 20, this happened for Ralphie. And the cruel sister that I am, made it known to him by calling him "porkchop".

Don't judge me. He calls me an "idiot" in sign language.


On to other goodness....it may have been the fact that we've been watching Mad Men lately, but I felt the need to rock a pencil skirt to church yesterday:

Skirt: Banana Republic
Top: Black via Ideeli
Cami: White House, Black Market (BEST CAMI EVER!)
Necklace: Betsey Johnson via Nordstrom
Bangles: Tasha via Nordstrom

Shoes: Betsey Johnson via Rue La La

Do you watch Mad Men?
Matt & I just started watching the past seasons - we're pretty addicted.

This morning, I officially "re-kicked-off" half marathon training. New plan & new running time! I get to run in the mornings now since my work hours changed. No more evening runs - unless I hit the snooze button. 
Today: 4.2 miles, "easy pace"
Saturday I ran 8 miles at about an 11:30 pace.
I'm a speed demon, I know.
(please pick up on the sarcasm)

porkchop's birthday

Today is my brother's 24th birthday.

If you had told my mom 24 years ago that he would live to see this day, she would have probably not believed you.

Ralphie was born 3 months prematurely. My mom's water broke at 4 months, & in hopes of delaying labor, the doctors put her on bed rest until the 6th month of pregnancy. (After suggesting to her that she go ahead & terminate the pregnancy). It was that 6th month that Ralphie was delivered.

Due to his being premature, his lungs were not fully developed, so he was put in a high frequency ventillator. that breathed 900 breaths per minute into his little body. At the time, the ventillator was still only a "trial" method - there were only 7 in the nation, 1 of which happened to be at the hospital that my mom delivered. The doctors forewarned my parents that 13 babies had been in this machine, Ralphie would be the 14th & that the 13th baby had died.

Ralphie survived the ventillator, but not without my parents getting several calls on seperate occasions during the middle of night from the doctors, telling them to "come down to the hospital & say goodbye", that Ralphie had taken a turn for the worst.

After being on the ventillator for 7 days, Ralphie was moved to an incubator that breathed 90% per oxygen into him. It was made known to our parents prior to - all the complications that could arise. It caused a bleed in Ralphie's brain, which ultimately led to him having cerebral palsy. Ralphie underwent 14 head surgeries by the time he was 12.

after one of the surgeries - he bounced back really quickly - normally asking for french fries

He has a shunt on the left side of his head, that controls the cerebral fluid. When barometric pressures drop, Ralphie normally experiences severe headaches. They aren't as debilitating to him now as they were when he was younger.

Ralphie's 80% deaf without his hearing aids in & he's 20% deaf with them. He is fluent in sign language & at first, opted to teach me only the words that make him laugh, like 'fart'. He has since changed his mindset after realizing that I'd only finger spell words to him since I didn't know the signs.

Ralphie is able to walk, he's not confined to a wheelchair. He has orthotics on his legs, which aid in stabilizing him enough to walk. His calf muscles are under developed - he's the epitome of "bird legs". His upper body however, definitely makes up for it. His right arm is freakishly strong & he will arm wrestle you til the world's end. His left arm is severely effected by the cerebral palsy, so he has no function in it, except to latch on to your hair & not let go!

Ralphie may not be "normal" in society's eyes...but let's be honest - what is "normal"? Ralphie's outlook on life & his love for people is admirable. He sees nothing but a person to love in everyone. He will talk your ear off & ask you a ridiculous amount of questions, to find out everything he can about you. And when he sees you again - 6 years later - he will remember EVERYTHING & repeat it all back to you. (The good and the bad).

He loves to dance & has been known to get his groove on doing the sprinkler.

ralphie breakin' it down at our rehearsal dinner

His best friend is his service dog, Gracie.

He is a walking almanac when it comes to sports. It's ridiculous how much he knows about stats, players, and their personal lives.

me & ralphie with ARod & Bernie Williams

So in this picture, Ralphie is telling Randy Johnson that he should have been a basketball player because he's so tall. (Um, Ralphie I think he did just fine with baseball.)
Notice my dad (behind Ralphie) & Jason, the PR guy by Randy, are laughing.
Randy is not.

I'm totally blessed that I married a man who has the patience for Ralphie. 
ralphie's first fishing trip with matt

There was no doubt in Matt & I's minds that Ralphie would be in our wedding.
all the handsome groomsmen with my handsome groom

A gratuitous amount of pictures - an "over the years" montage if you will......

shortly after he came home from the hospital

not sure if i was the one feeding him - but if i was, GUARANTEED i was feeding him a bite & then me a bite

Easter Sunday '89

crimped hair & shoulder pads....the good 'ol days

shortly after, dad got rid of the go cart - there's a good chance i dumped my brother out of it while i was driving.

all of us in vegas for christmas 2009

 Given that Ralphie will always be dependent on my parents - it's really great to see that it doesn't effect his disposition. He's able to look at the positive side of things in his mind. He works with my dad & I. He "runs" with my dad (my dad runs, Ralphie rides his 3 wheel bike - but he calls it running). If there's something he wants to do, he does it. He's never let his cerebral palsy limit his desire to live.

He's an inspiration.
Jeremiah 29:11

Happy 24th Birthday, Porkchop!

fitness & fashion for monday

A jam packed weekend has left me with a "weekend-over". Matty & I OD'd on family time, I got some great shopping in while he got in some baseball at the Rays v. A's game; and we got our grub on a ridiculous amount with an amazing homecooked meal, a visit to the Columbia, and a visit to Cheesecake Factory. Yumm-O!

Saturday was supposed to be my long run - but after 3.2 miles I pooped out. I used one of iTRAIN's treadmill workouts - & I think it's worth sharing the details about it. Here's a link to hear a sampling of the workout....http://www.itrain.com/workout/119

The workout is 4 phases, and offers 3 different levels: walker, jogger, runner. I normally always do the runner level or just under it, perhaps at a halfway point between jogger & runner. You start out at a fairly comfortable pace (9:30 per mile), once you reach about 1.2 miles (or 11 minutes in to the workout), you are prompted to walk at 4.5mph for 60 seconds. After the 60 seconds, you have your first of four sprints (the speed varies based on the level your working - walker, jogger, or runner). Your incline varies from 1.5% to 3% throughout the course of the workout.

The workout lasts a total of 60 minutes, with the goal of completing: 4 miles for walker, 6 miles for jogger, or 7 miles for runner. I really like it for the speed training, and since I have the natural tendency to compete, I normally always compete with the distance I clocked the previous time I used this workout.

I followed up the run with Physique 57's Thigh & Seat Booster. 30 minutes of blasting your thighs & rear. Ouch.

And incase you were wondering, here's how to dress up for going out - when it's blazing saddles hot outside:

Shorts & Heels!

Top: Anthropologie
Shorts: Ella Moss via Anthropologie
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Bag: Elliot Lucca

weiners & winners

Did anybody else see this article about Speidi?

From the afore mentioned article on OMG!
They never actually broke up. (We basically already knew this, but now it's "official.") When asked if they'd ever split, this is how the two responded: "Spencer: 'No.' Heidi: 'No.' Spencer: 'Not for one minute.' Heidi: 'We've never even been apart.'"
They have no money. "We never had any!" Spencer told the Beast. They said they spent about $2 million on Heidi's failed music career. Additionally, they bought a whole lot of stuff they didn't need. "I probably spent a million dollars on suits and fancy clothes," Spencer said. "My whole million-dollar wardrobe -- I would never wear that again. They're props. Everything we were doing, we were buying props. I bought a big blue monster truck just to drive it on 'The Hills' for an episode. Never drove it again."
Heidi, understandably, wishes she could be like Kim Kardashian. "When [Kim] buys these clothes, she's investing in herself," Heidi said. "Because she is a big brand and is likeable. I thought I had that potential. My ego got too big. To think I could be someone like that when I was the most hated girl ever."
Heidi regrets all of her plastic surgery. "Obviously I wish I didn't do it," she said. "I would go back and not have any surgery. It doesn't help. I got too caught up in Hollywood, being so into myself and my image. I don't regret anything, but if I could go back, I wouldn't do it... I made a lot of wrong decisions too quickly. So many wrong rights and lefts and then you're just off the road. Things happened so quickly."
 Any thoughts!?!?

I don't know whether to think they are being sincere or just trying to gain admiration for an attempt at being humble & apologetic.
Then again, who cares?

Were you a Hills fan? Speidi fan?

In other news.....

The winners of the iTRAIN giveaway are (according to random.org):
(Natalie I counted your comment as 2 separate ones...even though you "broke the rules", lol)

The winner of the $25 iTRAIN gift certificate was comment #6:

The winner of the iTRAIN workout from my personal collection was comment #2:

Ladies, please email me so I can hook you up with your winnings!

Sebastian at iTRAIN was nice enough to make YOU ALL WINNERS!
Enter promo code FITFEMME at checkout to receive 1 free workout!!!! (No purchase necessary)

excitement all around

So, a few things that have made me happy lately are....

#1 - My hours changed at work! I get to come in around 8:30 / 9:00AM now! (It was 6:00AM.) So this week I've been able to get a workout in & breakfast all before I leave for work. It's been amazing.

#2 - Matteo turned in his 2 week notice at his current job, because he got a sales position at my job!

#3 - This past weekend we celebrated my dear friend, Emily's birthday....which meant quality time spent in Hyde Park at Anthroplogie & a cute little French pastry shop, Sophie's.

at Sophie's pastry shop

So, #2 may be a 50/50 thing for most of you...but I'd love to know your opinion on working with a spouse. Can you do it? Would you do it?
There's pros & cons to everything in life, but in this case I really feel like the pros outweigh the cons.

Any exciting news that YOU want to share?
What's been making you happy lately?

My workouts this week have consisted of Physique57 volume 2 57 minute workout & advanced express 30 minute workout. Which by the way - these discs totally kick butt. If it wouldn't be infringing on copyright laws, I'd post videos of them on here for you to demo. Legit stuff right there.

I've only had 1 run this week - a 4 miler. For some reason, my left hip flexor has been extremely sore & has been making my runs insanely difficult.
I know, quit whining.

Today is the last day to enter the iTRAIN giveaway!!!
Only 2 of you have entered so far...why isn't there more interest in the product?