Monday Motivation **December 4, 2017

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I am trying. This time of year with less light and warmth to go out and do things is a great time to reflect on your life and make any changes that need to be made, so you have time to make them habits before the fun summer comes.

I got in 1 run last week. Here in the pacific northwest we get down to very little sunlight this time of year. We are at about 9 hours of sunlight a day right now (and of course I work 8.5 (when you factor in lunch) hours a day so it is getting tricky to get my runs in when it is still light and not 30degrees or less. I don’t have any actual cold (freezing) weather running gear yet.

If I get caught in traffic or need to stop at the store or something then there is no light left for my run, we still have 2-3 weeks before we hit the solstice so we will lose about another 30 minutes of light before we start getting it back so I think I am going to hit the dollar store for some cheap glow lights (like the kind you wear at a rave hahahaha) so I can start getting in 1 or 2 runs in the dark. I will have to buy some extra for Artemis too, being an almost totally black dog makes her hard to see in the dark. Her collar is reflective but I want more. When I get all decked out for night running ill take a picture for you. Here are some from yesterdays run.

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Running report and catch-up

Good morning! For a little catch-up after the holiday week.

I got out for a run on Monday after work, the rain held off just long enough and I managed to make it out the door just a few minutes after I got home so I got the last bit of sunlight. Pretty sunset huh?

I am pretty happy with my running times lately. I have been trying to push hard during my intervals without totally killing myself.

My bestie in Nevada and I really miss each other so we have decided that 3 times a year we will meet in the middle for a “date night” hahahahahaha basically an all night girly gab fest where we will stay at a cheap AirBnB. Man AirBnB has made doing things like this so much easier, we get a little apartment with a kitchen so we don’t have to eat out and you can read reviews so you know its a nice little place to stay and it is totally easy to find places for $50, 60, or 70. We already have our first date weekend planned, I am so excited! By putting $20/month (or more if I can spare it) in this little jar that will take care of my half of the room and some gas money and a little food money. It is so important to put time and effort into your friendships if you want them to last.

 

My Thanksgiving, I had to work but I got my butt out for a run as soon as I got home!

It was really pretty out!

Artemis was pretty happy we got outside too.


I really enjoyed my last pumpkin spice latte of the year.

Enjoyed this awesome view on my lunch at work, the river looked amazing with the mist all around it.

 

 

We went a little all out for breakfast on Friday hahahaha. I had some apples from the boyfriends grandparents farm so I sautéed them in some butter, brown sugar and maple syrup to make a little fall apple syrup for my pancakes, it tasted like apple pie!

Juice Saturday morning for breakfast to counteract all the bad eating.


All in all I got 3 runs in which is better than last week. Now lets home this week, I can find a few dry moments to get some runs in as well! Wish me luck!

How was your thanksgiving?

Did you get any workouts in over the holidays?

Monday Motivation **November 20, 2017

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This is so my theme right now. Brandon and I have had pizza hut three weeks in a row and my stomach is so over it. It is time for a revamp. Planning is key more than ever for me, I am on day shift now and nobody wants to get up early to make lunch so prep is huge. We are also looking for a HOUSE!!!!!!! Which means some days I am driving the hour towards him to look at houses in our price range then at the end of the night driving back since I have to be at work by 7am so I need to plan, plan, plan. Hopefully in a few short months I will have my own kitchen to work in! I will keep you posted.

Not gonna lie, winter has hit here in Oregon and that means rain, lots and lots of rain and it is cold rain which has seriously deterred me from running this week. I need a working treadmill really bad for Oregon winters. Hopefully we can get one in the new house.

Hope you have a great week!!!!

How are you with winter running?

Mid week run and Artemis’ birthday!!!

So I of course don’t know if it is actually Artemis’ birthday but I got her 2 years ago in November so I picked a day and called it her birthday because I don’t remember the exact day I got her. We went for a 2 mile run and they I harassed her all night.

Check out that best time!!!! It was only for a few seconds but that is my fastest time ever!! That is probably when I ran across the street before the cars came hahahaha!

After my run, I was a little sweaty but it felt good!

Artemis had a ball, but at this point she was really ready to get back home. She has a leash on your just can’t see it with my awesome quality of photography hahahaha.

Back to trying to have some juice in the morning!!!! Carrot apple is my jam!

So I just finished season 5 of Grimm last night (I know I am behind like always) and I go to press play on season 6 (on amazon prime) and it costs money!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!! Seasons 1-5 are included with amazing prime but not season 6. I HATE when they do that! Though I guess it makes sense since it just aired this year. But now I either have to buy an episode here and there or wait and see if it drops for free. I will also check the other TV sites we have like Netflix and Hulu. Fingers crossed.

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Do you watch Grimm?

What is your fav show right now?

Has winter hit where you are? How are your workouts fairing if it has?

I have a feeling this winter is going to be very difficult for me training wise if I don’t find a cheap gym. I can run in the cold (I don’t love it but I can) but when its cold AND raining its hard for me to get my butt out the door.

Veteran’s day and running report

Happy Veteran’s Day!!!!! Thank a veteran today in some way!!! I probably wouldn’t be able to blog about everything I do if we didn’t have wonderful people who fought for our freedom. Regardless of how you feel about the military or politics these people fought for us.

Meal prep

Longest video ever hahahahahaha

Running this week:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: 1.53 miles. Couch to 5k week 3 day 3

Tuesday: Rest Day

Wednesday: 1.89 miles Couch to 5k week 4 day 1

Thursday: Rest Day

Friday: Rest Day ( I over slept and ran out of time)

Saturday: 1.9 miles + 10 minutes of strength training Couch to 5k week 4 day 2

Total rest day then run day

 

I may have been a little delirious

I slept for a total of like 13 or 14 hours and woke up to puppy cuddles

We relaxed in the AM then got out for a run and there was actually a little sun!

When I got back I tried to be good and stretch a little, forgot how much I hate stretching hahahaha, since I hate it so much it must mean I don’t do it enough

Don’t you love my crazy bright outfit? I actually had a darker blue sweater thing on top when I went out for my run.

Anybody else have a problem finding boots that fit right? My old boots were starting to be a little thrashed so my sweet BF bought me some new ones and the foot part fits by my calves are bigger from running that they are tight!

He is going to return them and buy a half size bigger and see if that works. I hope so cause I think they are soooooo cute!!!!

Monday Motivation **November 6, 2017

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Happy Monday!!!

Since we are talking motivation, how do you motivate yourself?

I was talking to a really great friend yesterday (Hi Amber!!!!) about motivating yourself to work out. She told me she had the couch-2-5k app already on her phone but just needed to use it.

Here are some ways I motivate myself (and boy are these going to come in handy as the temperature drops and the rain moves in here in the Pacific Northwest this winter).

I have talked about motivation before sort of in a reward system way post workout but now lets talk about how to get yourself out there in the first place.

Clothes– If I am running before work I put my workout clothes on as soon as I wake up so that I would actually have to change out of them to get ready to work, who changes out of clean workout clothes? I still get to have a lazy morning but this way I am ready to walk out the door when its time to workout, no excuses. I do the same thing when I get home from work on days I am going to workout after work. I come home and change straight into my workout clothes and walk back out the door. No sitting down or resting or giving myself the opportunity to say I don’t want to do it.

Buddy/partner– Have a workout partner, either someone you run with, check in with or actually training for the same race with (even if you don’t live near each other). Have to check in with someone and either say sorry I am not meeting you today or sorry I didn’t run today…..simply because I didn’t want to, doesn’t feel great and is great motivation to get your but out there.

Blog– Why not start a blog about your fitness journey? It keeps you accountable to an online community. If you do let me know so I can follow you!!!

Book on tape, playlist, TV show- I keep a specific book on audible that I can only listen to while I run (obviously it is something I super want to listen to) this helps motivate me to get out there so I can hear what happens in the book! And I know one of my favorite bloggers HungryRunnerGirl watches “This is Us” while she runs on the treadmill.

Challenge someone– my boyfriend and I have a challenge every month through Garmin to see who can run the most miles. If he gets too far ahead of me it really motivates me to get out there and get some miles in, on the flip side if I am in the lead it motivates me even more to keep going so I can widen the lead!

Talk about motivation did anyone watch the New York marathon yesterday! I didn’t get to watch the whole thing because I was at work but I watched the clips of the male and female winners cross the finish line and MAN what motivation!!! First American female winner in 40 years!! with an unofficial time of 2 HOURS 26 minutes and 53 seconds………….holy crap, that is faster than my half marathon time!!! And the men’s time, top man finished in 2 hours 10 minutes and 53 seconds. Wow.

 

How do you motivate yourself when you don’t want to work out?

Did anyone watch the whole marathon?

Anybody else really want to sign up for a race now?

I certainly do!!!

Odds and ends from the week

I fed a cow

Woke my dog up from a nap

Had one of these deliciously terrible cookies….ok, more than one. 

Tried to balance the cookies and candy with healthy snacks.

Filmed my crazy dog

Talked too fast lol. I am reading Holly Madison’s book about living in the playboy mansion. 

Tried to talk while running