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Motivational Monday

It’s late and I’m barely squeezing this post into Monday, so it will be short and sweet.

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I was away for my golf weekend and had a really great time.  We ended up coming third and if not for a couple of bogies towards the end of the round, we might have tied for first and then it would have gone to a scorecard playoff to see who would won.  No idea how that would have gone, but it didn’t matter.  Those bad couple of holes took care of that.

While I was away, I managed to get my miles in on Friday and Saturday. 

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August Miles:

  1. August 1:  10:34 (CrossFit route)
  2. August 2:  10:05 (cottage route)
  3. August 3:  10:14 (cottage route)
  4. August 4:  9:44 (cottage route)
  5. August 5:  9:41 (cottage route)
  6. August 6:  9:43 (cottage route)
  7. August 7:  10:10 (cottage route)
  8. August 8:  9:54 (cottage route)
  9. August 9:  9:30 (cottage route)
  10. August 10:  10:00 (Treadmill – set at 6mph)
  11. August 11:  10:00 (Treadmill – set at 6mph)
  12. August 12:  9:45 (through the neighbourhood in the rain.  I just couldn’t face the treadmill again)
  13. August 13:  10:05 (neighbourhood route:  not feeling the love on this one.  My poor old body is tired!)
  14. August 14:  10:04 (CrossFit route)
  15. August 15:  10:00 (hotel treadmill)
  16. August 16:  ??  (not too sure of time…ran around the hotel and neighbouring building’s parking lots after golf between Corona!  It might not have been a mile, but at least I ran)
  17. August 17:  Did not run – travel/recovery/rest day
  18. August 18:  10:00 (treadmill in the basement after CrossFit…really did not want to do this!

I really didn’t think today’s mile was going to happen.  I’m still pretty tired from my weekend away and my body is still recovering from Thursday’s killer workout of Front Squat strength and Death by Thrusters for the MetCon.  I just couldn’t drag myself out of bed early enough to run before work and I had no motivation to run after my WOD tonight (Thrusters for strength and Dumb Bell Fran as the WOD).  But, as I sat on my bed after I got home from CrossFit, debating with myself whether to shower or run, I somehow managed to drag myself down to the treadmill and just got it over with.  I was too worried since I didn’t run yesterday and if if I didn’t run today, it would be too easy to not run tomorrow either and that is not the trend I want to continue, so I sucked it up and did it.  It was not fun, but it’s done..and who knows…maybe the miracle of not hating running is just around the corner!

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DON’T GIVE UP!!! 

Now, I’m off to bed. I’ve got a busy week ahead as I’ve got lots to do before Hubs and I head off to sunny St. Lucia for our 20th anniversary trip on Saturday morning!!!

Here’s to this week going by quickly!

How are your miles going?

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I’m Off To Michigan!

You may remember that my scramble team won our EWGA Chapter Championships back in July…if not you can read all about it here
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Well, today we leave for Michigan and the next round of the Championship.  We are playing in the Upper Mid East Semi-Finals this weekend at Twin Lakes Golf Club
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I’m sure we will have a great time, and hopefully play some good golf.  Just as long as we can stay out of these monster bunkers!
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But, seeing as we are scramble, the chances of us having to play out of the sand, or any other crap, is significantly reduced.  Out of 4 shots, one of us should be able to get us a decent next shot!  Fingers crossed!

We are meeting up at 4 to drive down together.  We  have the rules meeting tomorrow at 1pm and we don’t play our practice round until tomorrow at 3:30, but we are going down tonight so we can enjoy a few cocktails and have some fun before we need to get serious about things tomorrow! 

Aside from my golf clubs, I am also packing my running shoes.  I’m hoping to get out and run my mile each day.  Saturday will be the tricky day as we tee off at 8:31 for our competition round and won’t finish up with lunch and awards at the course until late in the afternoon.  Hopefully I can squeeze in a run before we head out for dinner Saturday night (assuming we haven’t celebrated too much and I can still run!  LOL) If not, I will have to run 2 miles on Sunday when I get home.  (Which does not sound like a lot of fun!)

I ran today’s mile after my CrossFit class at noon.  I just couldn’t drag myself out of bed to run this morning before starting work.  Here’s how the last few days have gone:

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August Miles:

  1. August 1:  10:34 (CrossFit route)
  2. August 2:  10:05 (cottage route)
  3. August 3:  10:14 (cottage route)
  4. August 4:  9:44 (cottage route)
  5. August 5:  9:41 (cottage route)
  6. August 6:  9:43 (cottage route)
  7. August 7:  10:10 (cottage route)
  8. August 8:  9:54 (cottage route)
  9. August 9:  9:30 (cottage route)
  10. August 10:  10:00 (Treadmill – set at 6mph)
  11. August 11:  10:00 (Treadmill – set at 6mph)
  12. August 12:  9:45 (through the neighbourhood in the rain.  I just couldn’t face the treadmill again)
  13. August 13:  10:05 (neighbourhood route:  not feeling the love on this one.  My poor old body is tired!)
  14. August 14:  10:04 (CrossFit route, after the WOD: squat 3Rep Max strength test and Death by Thrusters…my legs were NOT happy.  It felt brutal….but it’s done!)

I’m not sure I will get a chance for a blog post over the weekend, but I’m pretty sure I will post a few instagram pics, so be sure to follow me over there  www.instagram.com/collerhead I see a beer on a golf course pic in my future!  LOL!

Have a great weekend!

Please be sure to send positive vibes to me and my teammates at the semi-finals! Smile

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Motivational Monday

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Hey kids!  Happy Monday!

I am just back from a week of vacation and I will say that working for a living sucks! The only thing that makes going back to work bearable is knowing that in 12 days I’m off to St Lucia with my honey for our 20th wedding anniversary trip! 

This week’s Motivational Monday quote is a good one.

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This one really hits home with me.  If you’ve been following along, you know that I’ve given myself the August Mile-A-Day Challenge.   A mile isn’t that far and I know I can run a mile a day, no problem, but will I?  The tough part is actually getting out there and doing it.

I was doing great while at the cottage on vacation. There was no schedule and nothing that really had to get done each day except sitting in the sun, hanging with friends, and enjoying a few cocktails.  Plus, I had company most days on my mile, which made it easy to get out there.

Yesterday we spent all day cleaning the cottage, getting it back in shape after a busy week with lots of guests, and I didn’t get a chance to run while we were up there.  Then we came home and I had zero motivation to run.  Thankfully, my hubby and kids got on me just before dinner (we ordered pizza!) and made me go run.  I ended up just going down to the treadmill in the basement, but I got it done!  I ran today’s mile this morning on the treadmill too, since I had a massage schedule for right after work and didn’t want to have to run after that…no sense wasting a good massage!

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The last mile that I posted was Day 7…here’s how my miles have gone since then:

August Miles:

  1. August 1:  10:34 (CrossFit route)
  2. August 2:  10:05 (cottage route)
  3. August 3:  10:14 (cottage route)
  4. August 4:  9:44 (cottage route)
  5. August 5:  9:41 (cottage route)
  6. August 6:  9:43 (cottage route)
  7. August 7:  10:10 (cottage route)
  8. August 8:  9:54 (cottage route)
  9. August 9:  9:30 (cottage route)
  10. August 10:  10:00 (Treadmill – set at 6mph)
  11. August 11:  10:00 (Treadmill – set at 6mph)

I will need to run tomorrow’s mile either first thing in the morning or I will be forced to run it after CrossFit at 9:30pm or so, since I’ve got my golf league tomorrow after noon at 4:30.  I am really hoping I can get my act together and actually get outside to run tomorrow’s mile since I really don’t like running on the treadmill.  For me, running the mile on the treadmill was way harder than running it outside.  Not sure why, but it is.  Maybe that’s why treadmills are often referred to as dreadmills!

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Anyone out there running with me?
How are things going?

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August Mile-A-Day Challenge–Day 7

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Another day, another mile!

August Miles:

  1. August 1:  10:34
  2. August 2:  10:05
  3. August 3:  10:14
  4. August 4:  9:44 
  5. August 5:  9:41
  6. August 6:  9:43
  7. August 7:  10:10  (cottage route)

Day 7 and I’m starting to get used to this!  Today I had even more company on my mile run. This time, my sister and one of our friends joined in for the mile.  We chatted the whole route and it was a nice easy mile.  Did I just say that…an easy mile!  God, this might just be working!

This wasn’t my fastest mile, but it was a nice easy run and I wasn’t even huffing and puffing when we finished.  Today’s time:  10:10. 

Now, everyone else is off doing something – playing at the park, picking up a seadoo, or dropping a kid back off to his parents – and I’ve just finished cleaning the cottage between rounds of guests, and I’m about to go outside and enjoy a nice cold Bevé. 

Cottage life is good!

Did you run your mile today? 
How did it go?  Feel free to share your time in the comments below.

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August Mile-A-Day Challenge–Day 6

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6 days in and still feeling good!

August Miles:

  1. August 1:  10:34
  2. August 2:  10:05
  3. August 3:  10:14
  4. August 4:  9:44 
  5. August 5:  9:41
  6. August 6:  9:43 (cottage route)

Today I ran a little bit later, but still in the morning.  We had quite a late night last night, so it took a little while to get things going this morning. 

I had company on my run today…my sister joined me for my mile.  We ran my usual cottage mile route and we did it in 9:43, so no new record, but I seem to have settled into a fairly steady pace.  Hopefully I can keep it in this range, or maybe even just get a little quicker.  I guess time will tell!

Now I’m off to sit by the fire and cook a few s’mores.  We are having a great week up at the cottage with friends.  I’ll fill you in on all the fun later…I’m off to the fire!

Did you run your mile today? 
How did it go?  Feel free to share your time in the comments below.

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August Mile-A-Day Challenge–Day 5

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It’s day 5 and things just keep getting better!  Took a few more seconds off my time.

August Miles:

  1. August 1:  10:34
  2. August 2:  10:05
  3. August 3:  10:14
  4. August 4:  9:44 
  5. August 5:  9:41 (cottage route)  

Once again, I did this run pretty much as soon as I got up.  There are a ton of people coming up to the cottage today, so I definitely wanted to get the run in before the party gets started.

I’m almost afraid to say it, but I think it might be getting easier!

Did you run your mile today? 
How did it go?  Feel free to share your time in the comments below.

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August Mile-A-Day Challenge: Day 4

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Well, I’m 4 days into my mile-a-day challenge and still going strong.  So far, since being up at the cottage, I am running my mile as soon as I get out of bed.  I figure I may as well get it over with first thing in the day, rather than have to run it later when I might be having too much cottage fun and not want to go.  This will be especially true once friends start rolling in later today and throughout the whole week.

August Miles:

  1. August 1:  10:34
  2. August 2:  10:05
  3. August 3:  10:14
  4. August 4:  9:44  Same route as miles 2 and 3, at the cottage.

Today was a new mile PR for me.  While still slow as molasses compared to lots of people, that is blazing’ fast for me!  Not sure I will be able to do that everyday, but nice to know I am improving.

Did you run your mile today?
How did it go?  Feel free to post your times in the comments below!

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August Mile-A-Day Challenge

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I mentioned this in my Friday Five post, but for the month of August, I am going to try to run a mile every day. 

Despite the fact that I used to run a lot, these days I am not a big fan of running at all.  Running seems to be creeping into a lot of my CrossFit WODs lately – either 200m or 400m between rounds in a WOD, or 1 mile timed runs – and I hate it. So, in an effort to improve, and not let the running portion of WODs wreck my overall times, I gave myself the mile-a-day challenge.

I am 3 days in and so far I’ve ran every day!

August 1:  after CrossFit class (which included a 400m run in the warm up, and 5 200m runs in the WOD already!), time 10:34

August 2:  at the cottage, time 10:05

August 3:  at the cottage, time: 10:14

I’m not breaking any land-speed records, but I’m getting it done.

Hopefully I can keep it going all month.  I know I will have a few days when it will be tough to squeeze in – like when I’m golfing in Michigan in a few weeks, or when I’m in St. Lucia for a week at the end of the month – but I’m going to do my best. 

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Anyone want to join in?

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The Friday Five

Sorry this is late…This post was started on Friday and completed on Sunday…oh well….that’s life! 

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Happy Friday, kids!  While I am always a fan of Friday, I’m especially excited today, since today I start a week’s vacation.  After work tonight, we pack up the car (or probably 2 cars since we have so much stuff to take with us) and head to the cottage for a week. I CAN’T WAIT!!!

1.  I’m so looking forward to spending a week looking at this view! 
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2.  I’m loving my new cookbook “The Paleo Kitchen”.  This is the book by paleo foodie bloggers George Bryant and Juli Bauer.  So far, I’ve made 3 dishes and they have all been amazing! 
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3.  I am not built for speed!  I already knew this, but this past week at CrossFit has just reminded me of this.  We seem to have had lots of running in this week’s WODs.  Last Saturday and this past Monday both WODs had 1 mile runs in them. 
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For the July 26 WOD I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to make it to the air squats since I can’t run a 10 minute mile.  Well, up to that point I couldn’t.  Saturday, I ran the mile in exactly 10 minutes!  I know that is still really slow, but i don’t care.  I was thrilled.  It was not easy and I disliked all 10 minutes of the run, but I finished in 10 minutes!  Wohoo!  It’s the small victories, right!

Monday’s WOD of the 1 mile run, rest 8 minutes, run 1 mile again (hopefully faster), was awful!  I did the first mile in 10:31 and it sucked.  My legs, especially my left calf, were so crampy, by the time I was done that mile, I really wasn’t sure I could do another mile.  I spent my 10 minute rest time foam rolling my calves and hamstrings and stretching out my calves as best I could.  My coach suggested maybe I only do the kilometer run for my second part, but I’m stubborn and wanted to stick to the plan. So,when my 10 minute rest time was up I headed back out the door for my second mile.  It was not fun.  It hurt and I wanted to stop many times, but I kept moving and finished my mile in 10:37.  Not faster than my first, but not all that much slower considering how hurting I was.  I got high fives from everyone left at the gym – many had already gone home before I got back from mile 2 – and although it was awful, I was happy that I did it.

3.  August Mile-A-Day Challenge. I’m thinking of trying to run 1 mile every day during the month of August.  I think I must be losing my mind to even consider this, considering how much I hate running, but I think this might be the only way I get better and faster at my mile runs.  It will suck, but really, it’s only about 11 minutes of my day that it will take.  It will mean taking my running gear to the cottage for my holidays and then again to St Lucia at the end of the month, but I think I’m going to do it.  I’m pretty sure I can convince my friends to run a mile with me when we are up at the cottage, so hopefully I can start on a good note and keep it going all month.  Who’s with me?
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4.  We are prepared for our cottage week.  Along with clothes, sleeping bags, food, beer and booze,  and all the basic life necessities that you need when you go on a cottage vacation, I was sure to pack up a few special items for our week up north:
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That’s right…we brought our waffle iron and the Vitamix.  One of the girls coming up during the week found a yummy Cinnamon & Apple Waffle recipe from PaleoLeap that she thought that we should try for breakfast this week:
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and hub’s blender drinks were so good, we wanted to enjoy them again this week, so into the truck went the small appliances!

5.  We also had to bring the cats with us for vacation.  One of our cats was put on medication the day before we were leaving and had to be given it twice a day for a week.  So, into the cat carrier they went and they too came north. 
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Ovie, the one in front, is the one who needs the medicine, and we couldn’t leave Crosby home alone, so they both came.  It was their first road trip and it wasn’t all that successful.  About a half an hour into the trip Ovie barfed all over the place. Thankfully, we were near a little town and stopped to get some paper towel to clean it up the best we could.  If that weren’t enough, shortly after that the poor guy had it coming out the other end too!  We managed to get him cleaned up when we got to the cottage, and he seems to be on the mend, but I’m not looking forward to the drive home in a week!

Happy weekend! 

Have you got any good frozen blender drink recipes we should try this week?

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Motivational Monday

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Happy Monday, Peeps!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I know I did!

Saturday:  cruise with hubby and my son.  Hubs on his motorcycle and the kid and me in our Miata…lots of fun.  We had lunch in Beaverton and then headed over to take a look at the Kirkfield Lift Lock.

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Saturday afternoon spontaneous blender drink party!
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Sunday:  menu planning from my new cookbook the Paleo Kitchen (I did go pick up a copy at Costco and got Practical Paleo too!)  Can’t wait to eat this week!  So many great recipes!!!
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Today’s Motivational Monday has to do with running.  If you’ve been following along since the beginning, you will know that I used to run…a lot. Then I discovered CrossFit and finally admitted to myself that I don’t like running, so gave it up.  The only running I do now is whatever we do for warm up (usually 2 laps around the gym building) and occasionally in a WOD. Well, tonight’s WOD has running.  We do this MetCon after doing the strength WOD of overhead squats and GHD sit-ups:

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I don’t cherry pick my workouts, so even though I won’t have fun, and it will be hard, I will do it.  We did a mile run on Saturday’s WOD too.  That was a 2 part WOD with Part 1 being 3 rounds for time of 400m run, 20 T2B, 10 back  squats…then rest 10 minutes and in a 10 minute window complete a 1 mile run and as many air squats as possible with whatever was left in the 10 minutes. Since my previous fastest mile was 10:31, I was pretty sure I wasn’t getting to the squats.  Well, when my 10 minute rest time was up I headed out the door and just did my best.  I ended up finishing my mile in exactly 10 minutes!!!  I didn’t have time for the squats, but I didn’t care.  I took 30 seconds off my mile time and I was ecstatic!  Now, tonight I get to run that mile twice and hopefully can keep that 10 minute pace and maybe even beat it.  Regardless, I will just be happy to finish and know that …

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I won’t beat myself up when I am the last one done my mile.  I will just be happy I survived!

What’s your fastest mile?

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