Miles versus Time

Happy Friday everyone!!! Anyone have fun and exciting plans this weekend? I have an ugly Christmas sweater party tomorrow night and I am stoked! I am actually making my sweater and I cannot wait to show/share the final sweater with everyone! I hope it wins the contest!!

Yesterday,  I ran for an easy hour. It was cold and windy, but I made it through! I actually just tried not to even think about the weather while I was running. I was just kind of running; I don’t even remember if I thought about anything during my run (I’m sure I did but I don’t recall).

After my run, I came home, put on some sweats and waited to go pick up my puppy! It was great seeing his cute little face and watch him jump and get excited when he saw me. The ride home he kept licking my face and trying to push himself on my lap!

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http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/running-time-vs-distance

Often my friends ask this question….. How many miles do you do in a week? How many miles do you a day?

To be quite honest, I don’t really run miles. I run rather for my time. In HS we ran miles, my first two years of college we ran for miles, and my last two years of college we ran for time. To be quite honest running for time has helped me a tremendous amount. I don’t get crazy thinking, “OMG, I ran 6 miles and it took me 50 minutes. Now I’ll have to run faster tomorrow.” 

When I started working with my coach, my one must continue was to run for time rather than miles with the exception for Sundays. I used to go on two hours runs on Sundays until I started running with my running group. Usually we run at a place that has mile markers and well that’s that. I don’t really mind that; however, if I have to miss a group run or no one can get together (which is rare), I will go for either an hour and a half to two hours depending on what that Sunday called for.

I am pretty good at knowing my pace and how many estimated miles I have run. For example, I know 2 hours is usually anywhere from 15 – 16 miles depending on my speed for that day. If I am running a recovery run, an hour usually translate to 7 -7.5 miles and so on. Another time I will run for miles is during a workout; that is a must. If I am running on the track I will run a 15 minute warm-up (don’t know miles), do my workout (track mileage), and cool down 15 minutes (no track of mileage). If I am on the treadmill then I track mileage and to be honest…. I HATE IT! I hate being to track my pace and distance even if I know it is supposed to be an easy day. It’s just a mental battle I am continuing to overcome when it comes to running on the treadmill.

So for me, I will continue to do time instead of miles with the exception of said exceptions. 

I also DON’T OWN A GPS WATCH. I’ll be 100% honest with you, I had no idea what they were until I started coaching at Monmouth University in 2007. In HS and college they were NEVER even talked about; one of my coach in college holds many NYU records and yet didn’t believe in them. So to this day, I don’t own one and it doesn’t bother me or my coach. Maybe one day I will get one (as a present), but until then I am content without one!

Here’s an interesting article from Runner’s World Magazine on Time Versus Distance in case you want more insight then just some crazy runner blogger!

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Oh and because I am truly obsessed! Look at all the chips on my VitaTop this morning! I thought yesterday’s had a lot!

I actually stopped counting how many chips!

I actually stopped counting how many chips!

Do you run for mileage or for time? Or both? Which do you prefer?

Any fun plans this weekend?

 

 

 

A little winter fun…

Good morning! I cannot believe it is Thursday all ready! Tuesday we had some heavy snowfall in NJ and my school district was one of the only districts not to close down (go figure!)! However, to be quite honest, it probably wasn’t worth a snow day; on the upside since I am no longer in the classroom the building principal came and told me and the other data coach to go home! We didn’t hesitate one moment, we took off!

It ended up being a great “snow” day (we did get snow but nothing crazy). I went home, had some delicious Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea from my awesome Foodie PenPal Jill, took a quick nap, and then the bf picked me up (he ended up getting sent home early from work – none of his workers could be out in the field, therefore, it was pointless for him to be in the office) for some shopping adventures. We ended up going to Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, and Walmart; in our trips we were looking for ways for him to organize his sneakers/shoes and his spices in his kitchen. We also went looking for ugly sweaters since we have a party this weekend. After our trips, we went to the grocery store so he could pick up ingredients to make me dinner (turkey burgers, salad, sweet potatoes), back to his house to get some things, he dropped me off at yoga (I had to work the desk), he went back to get some more stuff done, and then he picked me up and took me back home. He then cooked dinner and we enjoyed it on my couch watching TV ( I don’t eat at my kitchen table which is weird because growing up we ate at our table every night at the same time).

I also took the day off from running! It had been a week and my body was telling me it needed a day of rest. So I rested!

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Yesterdays run consisted of a two mile warm-up at 8:20 pace, 2X15 minutes (between 6:44 and decreasing to 6:35) with a three minute jog in between, 1.2 mile cool down at 8:20 pace (I wanted to go for 2 miles but my stomach wasn’t cooperating and I needed the bathroom ASAP; I also had to stop after my warm-up and after the workout). It wasn’t fun for my tummy yesterday (I think it was the hot sauce I poured all over the turkey burger and my salad).

I also took one hour of gentle yoga and I wasn’t so sure my stomach would make it through the class, but I had to work the 4:00 – 4:30 desk and 6:00 to 6:30 shift and I didn’t want to leave to come back. I made it through…woooo!

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Here’s a little WINTER FUN I am going to try. I love love love running but I also want to get stronger and try to improve my flexibility (even though I’ve been doing yoga for three years and as my running gets faster my flexibility gets worse…strange)! Once winter break starts for me, I am going to find different type of gyms in my area that have one week free trials and go to their classes. Not an actual gym gym (you know the ones with treadmills, weight machines, bikes, and all that jazz), but bootcoomps, crossfit, circuit, hot yoga (even though I work at a studio I would like to try a new place). I am going to find four gyms that have a free week pass and do a different one each week for four weeks. Now that I’ve said it, I have to do it right?!?!? 😉

oh and my breakfast because i'm obsessed and look at all those chips!

oh and my breakfast because i’m obsessed and look at all those chips!

Do any good run workouts lately?

What’s your favorite type of strength exercise?

Ever do the free week trials?

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?

Good morning and happy hump day ya’ll! I’m sure you hear and see that it is hump day all over the radio and social media! I am pretty excited that we are half way to the weekend. I don’t have much planned but I have my older sister’s birthday and that will be fun enough!

Anyway, yesterday I did a nice easy hour of running. It was beautiful! I actually wore shorts and a light long sleeved t-shirt in December! AWESOME! After my run I took my pup over to the dog park to play for a bit before I had to work yoga (I work the desk as a Karma yogi so I can take yoga there at no cost…amazing!). I decided yesterday to stay and take the class. My hips are super tight and sore right now; I think part of it may be running in the new sneakers that don’t have much cushion.

stop taking pictures of me!

stop taking pictures of me!

As we know morning can be tough, especially when the cold weather arrives. I am definitely a morning person, but lately my body just doesn’t want me to get up. I know I shouldn’t fight what my body is telling me, but I love my morning routine. My body would naturally get up around 4:30, but lately I wake up at 5:00 and just want to turn over. Instead I put on my sweats, head downstairs, turn on my coffee machine, take out the dog (if I have him and this week I do), make my breakfast, turn on the TV, and catch up on blogs all while eating and listening to the noise of the TV. Around 6:15 I hop in the shower and get ready for work. Sometimes I do run in the morning if I have someone to meet up with; I live around woods and don’t really like heading out at 4:30 alone. I’ll do it once in a while.

The reason I get out of bed so early because I remind myself how much better I feel when I have “me” time before heading to work. I also love morning snuggles with my pup before leaving him for the day. I enjoy my morning routine of being able to relax, eat, watch TV, and catch up on anything else I want to. I actually look forward to my morning breakfast of eating a VitaTop with lots of peanut butter and some whipped cream with a hot cup a black coffee.

seriously, stop with the pictures! (notice his tongue sticking out?!)

seriously, stop with the pictures! (notice his tongue sticking out?!)

 

might not look good, but it is delicious!

might not look good, but it is delicious!

I am really working on trying to get myself up and out of bed to get back to running and at the gym in the mornings.  I stopped running in the morning because my hours at work changed and I can also workout at 2:00pm due to this. It is actually perfect because I can run in the middle of the day be finished no later than 3:30 and still have an entire afternoon ahead of me. It also kept me off the treadmill which I would do a lot last year due to the fact my running buddy could only meet up with me once a week in the morning.

I get this post is a bit all over, but what I am trying to say is my “me” time whether it is my morning routine of relaxing before work or running (and yes I still make sure to fit in my breakfast and coffee before jumping in the shower) it helps get me out of bed in the morning!

If you’re having trouble getting out of bed in the morning and want to become more of a morning person, check out this website. It has some great ideas on how to motivate yourself in the morning!

What get your out of bed in the morning?

Do you have any particular things you MUST do before heading to work in the morning?

 

HAVE A GREAT DAY!