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Running Goodies

Good afternoon!

It sure has been a busy day! Swim lessons were canceled again. Get it together, Chicago weather. At least the kids are able to make up the swim lessons on Sunday which is good because swim lessons aren’t cheap.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • 20 min. tempo treadmill run – 2.03 miles

My half marathon training plan has a 35 minute tempo run planned for this week (I’m not following the days exactly).


I knew I wouldn’t be able to fit in a 35 minute run, so I did a 20 minute tempo run on the treadmill instead after BodyPump. Hey, a short run is better than no run. I ran slow for 5 minutes, ran fast for 10 minutes, then ran slow for 5 more minutes. I finished with about 3 minutes of walking.

I wore my heart rate monitor for BodyPump and running on the treadmill. I accidently stopped it in between BodyPump and running on the treadmill but I burned about 650 calories total.

I also figured out how to see how much time I am spending in the fat burning zone versus fitness improvement. For example, in BodyPump, I spent 44 minutes in the fat burning zone and 22 minutes in the fitness zone, but running on the treadmill I was in the fat burning zone for 3 minutes and in the fitness zone for 20 minutes.

PicMonkey Collage

My heart rate was definitely up the whole time I ran on the treadmill.

After the gym, the kids and I went to the grocery store to pick up some food because we have nothing in the house to eat. We usually get groceries on Sunday night, but we didn’t go last Sunday.


Don’t worry, those Lay’s Stax aren’t for me, they’re for my son. They are my favorite chips though…

Right from the store, we had to pick up my niece, and by this time I was hungry so I had to eat my lunch/snack in the car.


A Clif bar and a pluot aka a dinosaur egg. Have you ever had a pluot? They are delicious. I could probably eat ten of those little things in one sitting.

When we got home from picking up my niece, I had a package from the Zooma half marathon waiting for me!


They sent a bunch of fun samples to try out.


Muscle Milk Light in chocolate.


Cool citrus Cytomax (which will be offered on the course).


Gu Energy Gels in peanut butter (which will also be offered on the course).


I love peanut butter but I’m a little nervous about trying the peanut butter Gu. I like my gels and chews more fruity flavored.

Perform pain relieving gel.


Body Glide anti-chafe balm.


I can’t wait to try all the products out!

It also came with a list of workout songs and quotes from the Zooma blogger advisory panel and two of my favorite bloggers were on there.


Have a great and safe Fourth of July!

  • Have you tried any of the products listed above?
  • Do you have any plans for tomorrow? Cooking, baking, or making anything good?
  • When do you usually go grocery shopping?
  • Who are some of your favorite bloggers?



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Evening Run

Last Night’s Workout

  • 3 miles outside, warm and windy

Last night when Danny got home from work, we packed the kids up and headed to a nearby trail so I could run. The trail is a one mile loop with a park in the middle. So, while I was running, Danny played with the kids at the park.



I ran three miles and was happy with my time. I did get a side cramp at about two miles and had to walk for a minute.

I wore both my Garmin and my heart rate monitor.

I noticed that my heart rate went up right when I started running to about 160. It got up to about 170-175 bpm. I feel like it went up too fast and stayed high. Maybe that’s why I run out of energy so quickly. But it’s harder to start slower when you’re already a slow runner

The calorie counts were also different on the two watches. The Garmin said I burned 343 calories and the Polar said I burned 409 calories. I wonder which one is more accurate.

I wore my Mizuno Inspire 9s and my calf sleeves.

My right quad hurt more than my calves this run, and surprisingly my back hurt towards the end of my run. I have never had back pain while running, so it was weird. Have you ever had back pain while running?


Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

Swim lessons were canceled this morning because it’s only about 60 degrees. We have actually been having quite a mild summer here in Chicagoland. Not that I’m complaining. It makes running outside easier.

After the gym, I stopped at McDonald’s for a coffee :)

Well, it’s official. Yesterday, I signed up for the Zooma Half Marathon in Chicago on August 10th.

I’m supposed to have a few meet-ups with the other Zooma half marathon challenge athletes and ambassadors soon. There’s a meeting with a sports doctor and a cocktail hour, a yoga class, and a course preview run coming up. I don’t know if I can make it to everything, but I’ll try!

The Zooma half marathon also has a section on the registration form where you can note if this is your first half marathon. If you’re running your first half marathon or get a personal record at the race, you get a special PR medal.

I admit, I am most excited for the medal. Instead of medals for finishing, Zooma hands out necklaces which is something different, but I really want a medal :)

Speaking of races, this race is coming to Chicago soon:


I need to run that race…in my prom dress.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Which would you prefer: a medal or a necklace?
  • Would you run a race is a prom dress or tuxedo? I would.
  • Did you workout today?




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Birthday Dinner and Half Marathon Training

Last Night

I opened my birthday presents from Danny and the kids last night.

How did he know that I wanted a Ninja blender? (It might have been because I cut a picture of it out of a magazine and put it on his dresser along with a $5 off coupon).

I am very excited to use my new Ninja blender, and I love that it comes with a travel blending cup!

My current blender isn’t very strong, so I kept having to take off the lid, stir it, add more liquid, and stir it again. The whole process takes forever, so I can’t wait to try this baby out!

I couldn’t decide where I wanted to go for my birthday dinner (you don’t have to cook on your birthday :) ), and we finally ended up at Joe’s crab shack. I think I eat crab once a year (on my birthday) because it’s so darn expensive, but it’s so good. I had the delicious king crab legs.

The kids thought it was hilarious that I had to wear a bib.

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts – 60 minutes

I set my alarm for 5:20 am this morning to get up and run….and I kept sleeping instead. I just couldn’t get up, but actually it worked out good because I am supposed to meet the other girls from the Chicago Half Marathon challenge to run tonight.

I am supposed to be in Chicago at 6pm tonight to meet at a running store. I am assuming I’ll meet the trainers and the other girls that were picked, and then we’ll go for a three mile run. I’m nervous.

I’m nervous for a few reasons – a) I always get nervous running in a group because I am a slower runner. B) I took a 60 minute cardio class this morning (my fault, I know). C) The last night I ran at night, it was a disaster. D) I have never driven by myself to Chicago and I have no idea how to park in the city.

The last reason might seem ridiculous, but I worry about things like that. I hate driving in general, so driving to Chicago alone is my biggest nightmares. And I don’t know anything about city parking.

I am looking forward to meeting everyone though!

I also received my Zooma half marathon training plan. The 15k training plan I am currently following is simply running three days a week, while the half marathon training plan includes things like strides and tempo runs. That will be something different for me, but something that I hope will improve my running.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you like seafood? Favorite seafood?
  • Do you ever run in a group?
  • What kinds of things do you not like to do or what makes you nervous?
  • Do you incorporate tempo run, strides, etc. into your runs?



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I’m Doing It – Zooma Half Marathon

Well, it’s official – I will be running a half marathon in August. The Chicago Zooma women’s half marathon. Honestly, at this point, I am a little bit terrified. While I think I am ready for a new goal, I am also nervous about the distance. What if can’t do it? What if it’s too hard? What if my body doesn’t cooperate? Although, I am nervous, I know it’s something that I can do if I put my mind to it and work hard. And it would be an awesome accomplishment for me. A little while ago, I entered the Muscle Milk Chicago Half Marathon Challenge. Unsure how to train for a half marathon? We’ve got you covered. Need someone to talk to when nerves set in as you’re facing your first double digit run? Yep, we’re here for that too. Thanks to the generosity of Muscle Milk Light and NorthShore University HealthSystem, this program is your coach, running buddy and support group all rolled into one. Four Chicago-area athletes will take part in our 12-week program as “NorthShore Runners”, and one lucky lady will be selected to receive additional perks as a “Muscle Milk Light Athlete”. (Source) I entered my application and figured that if I was picked, it would be a sign that I should run a half marathon. I’ve had the idea of a half marathon in the back of my head, but was always apprehensive about doing it. Well, I got an email yesterday saying that I was selected as one of the NorthShore Athletes for Zooma’s Chicago’s Half Marathon Challenge Program! I am very excited but nervous too. The program includes:

  • A support network of the Chicago Ambassadors of the race
  • Training Plan
  • Zooma Training T-shirt
  • Education/ Cross Training
  • Race Entry
  • Muscle Milk Light

As part of the program, I will be interviewed by Zooma and the ambassadors, have weekly check-ins, and attend four Zooma events in Chicago. Exciting stuff! I am very excited to be given this opportunity and can’t wait to get started! This half marathon also came at a great time because my goal for the Under Armour What’s Beautiful Campaign is to run a half marathon! Yesterday Yesterday, I went with Jaden’s class on a field trip to the zoo. When I came downstairs all ready and dressed, Danny asked me if I was wearing workout pants to the zoo. Yes, I am wearing working pants to the zoo. The only time I’m not wearing workout or sweatpants is when I’m sleeping…or when someone takes me out to dinner. And even then I contemplate wearing workout pants. I’m going to be walking around the zoo with 6-year olds in hot weather. What do you want me to wear – a party dress? The kids loved the zoo. They’re favorite animal was the peacock. On the way home, there was an accident on the highway and we were stuck on the hot bus forever. It wasn’t fun. Finally, we made it back to school. It was such a nice day out, so we got frozen yogurt, dropped my niece off, and then went to the park. Obviously you’re never to old to play at the park. We ordered pizza and watched the Chicago Blackhawks game. Well, actually Danny watched the game. I sat on the couch and read. My dad got us some Blackhawk shirts. My brother: I wore mine to bed…and tied it on the side because I’m 80s like that :) Today’s Workout

  • 3 miles outside, nice
  • Trifecta Class – 60 minutes

What a difference night and day make – literally. While my run was pretty terrible on Tuesday night, this morning it was good. It wasn’t necessarily fast, but I sure felt a whole lot better today than I did running at night. I noticed that my miles always start out fast and then get progressively slower – which is the opposite of how it should be. Without meaning to, I usually start out too fast and then lose steam by the end. I need to work on starting out a little slower so that I can speed up as I go. I finished three miles by 6:45 am, then I headed to the gym at 9:00 am for the Trifecta class. After the gym, my niece and I just ran a few errands. Tonight it Jaden’s first t-ball game! Have a great afternoon!

  • Have you ever run a half marathon? Any advice?
  • When was the last time you went to the zoo? Favorite animal?
  • Favorite sports team?


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