You didn’t need to walk anywhere, right? Good.

You know when your house is colder than it is outside? Uh. I’d run around and try to warm up, but my legs hurt so bad I can’t move. Yesterday was a 3 mile run, 30 min strength circuit, and an hour of spin. Now that I’ve told you how much it hurts, heres my leg strength workout since I know you want to be in this kind of pain, too.

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How to: Medicine Ball Squat Thrusters, Stability Ball Leg Curls, Deadlifts

Pair with a 5K run and a killer spin class for optimum pain.

You’re welcome in advance.

So yesterday after spin I sat down in the student center at my school and proceeded to pull a grapefruit, a spoon, a bowl, a blueberry muffin, and a kind bar out of my bag. I saw a few guys watching me and heard one say to the other, “Dude, can’t commuters buy their  food here, too?”

Ah, a non-athlete, I presume.

Now theres totally nothing wrong with buying food at college, but it A) costs too much for me, B) is not healthy enough, and C) do you realize how many times I would have to wait in that line each day?? I eat 4 meals in the few hours I’m at school each day!

This got me thinking about other nutty things we athletes do that the sedentary world just doesn’t understand. Thus, a section on todays post entitled: “You know you’re an athlete when…”

These are my top 10– feel free to tell me what yours are!

  1. You keep an “emergency workout outfit” in your bag at all times.
  2. You know everyone who works at your gym by name because you’re the first person they see every morning.
  3. You guess the gear of cyclists you see outside based on what their RPM looks like.
  4. You’ve got a zip lock baggie full of almonds on your person at all times
  5. You’ve got athletic clothing drying all over your room (seriously, its on everything from doorknobs to lamps to chairs….)
  6. You always carry a water bottle. Always. In fact, you can’t remember the last time you used a real glass.
  7. Hence, you could map out EVERY public bathroom in your state because of all of the water you drink.
  8. Some people have New Years resolutions, you have a New Years Race Bucket List.
  9. You keep a list of songs that you can’t wait to run to when you have time.
  10. You can tell time based on how hungry you are because of your scheduled fuel plan.

Now it’s your turn- what quirky habits do you have that show you’re an athlete?

First Sprint Triathlon Recap — Finally

Good morning!

I’m really sorry about the lateness of this post. 5 days too late, actually. I’d like to blame it on all of my responsible school work, but the truth is I could have spent less time eating muffins and gotten this post to you on time. Oh well. I’ll make up for it later with a delicious new recipe 🙂

So last Sunday I participated in my first Sprint Triathlon. It was miserable yet completely wonderful all at the same time- you have to experience it for yourself to know what I mean.

Right before the start- my freezing cold #17 leg.

Right before the start- my freezing cold #17 leg.

The temperature was in the 40s when I first got to the race and things were just starting to warm up when the race started. I definitely froze my butt off in that water, even though it was warmer than the air.

You can see my goosebumps from here. Well, I can anyway.

You can see my goosebumps from here. Well, I can anyway.

I’m very disappointed in my swim time. I was entirely out of my element in that atmosphere and when I rewatch a video of my start I can’t help but shake my head that I looked that pathetic. It was like everything I know about swimming went right out the window and I was simply in survival mode trying to keep warm and get the heck out of that water without dying from an asthma attack. I was very choppy in my stroke and as a result I fell pretty far behind my wave.

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Cycling was my one redeeming factor — I even managed to finish in goal time (50 minutes.) That, and my transition times were some of the fastest out of anyone there since I didn’t have to take off a wetsuit and I didn’t change to cycling shoes.

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I was so cold I was shaking for almost the entire bike ride but, I still managed to regain some ground and pass several people on climbs. There were several hills on the course which definitely worked to my advantage — I may be slow in most areas, but I can power over hills like nobody’s business. All those 4 min wall sits on leg days weren’t for nothing.

Unfortunately, the course was not marked well — I missed a loop and had to turn around which put me back a few minutes.

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My run pace was about 1-2 min slower than I wanted. In training I always did a 9 min mile and I felt great, but I just couldn’t hold that during the race. Towards the end of the run I picked up the speed because I FINALLY stopped shaking and warmed up.

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My time was 2:03 — about 20 minutes longer than I wanted but I’m still happy I finished! Apparently I was 2nd in my age group but I have a feeling that was more of a “default” thing due to the fact that not many people my age did the race.

I celebrated with a plain beef patty for breakfast — another “first” for me.

Overall it was a great experience and everything that I hoped it would be. I enjoyed the scenery on the bike and run — it was all along the coast and it was breathtaking– and the racing environment is really fun, too. I’ll definitely be doing more races in the future — hopefully during a slightly warmer time of year, though 🙂

So today I’m back to the usual Friday routine– cooking, eating, and homework. I’ve got some good recipes in store for you guys!

Question of the day:

How did your first big race go?

3 Part Ab Workout and a Cha-Cha

Good morning!

I apologize for my absence all week, especially after last week when I really had my blogging act together and made you think I was reliable. I blame school.

Im using this to make me feel better about my week of no blogging:

A quick recap of my workouts this week in case you were dying to know…

Monday: Ab workout

Tuesday: 4 mile run/1 hr Spin class

Wednesday: Arm supersets

Thursday: 4 mile run

Friday: Core workout

Guess what? As compensation for me not posting anything as usual, I came up with a killer core workout for you! Yayyy!!!

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It’s a fun one for sure 🙂

As for food this week, Im afraid I have no new recipes for you yet. My lunch every day has looked like this:

IMG_5606Kale salad with tomatoes, chicken, and sweet potatoes. Ive also been eating a lot of these Paleo Pumpkin Pie Muffins. (Fun Fact: I have more in the oven right now.)

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Ok so I lied about the no recipes thing. I do have a fab gluten free blueberry muffin recipe for you, I just need to make them again so I can take pictures for the post. Hopefully that can happen this weekend 🙂

Well thats all for now, folks. Enjoy your Friday, and don’t forget to try the new core workout!

Question of the day:

Is anyone ever going to answer my question of the day? Should I give up?