Friday, December 19, 2014

Atlanta Track Club Coaches Appreciation Run/Brunch 2014

I was a run leader/"coach" for the In Training for Peachtree program and for the Fall Marathon Training program with the Atlanta Track Club this year. Even though I am not the best or fastest runner, it always feels good to be able to share my experiences with running, fitness in general, and nutrition in the hopes that these experiences help someone else.

Last Saturday, many of the ATC coaches from throughout the year gathered for a group run and a celebratory brunch at Meehan's in Buckhead. The track club had rented out the facility just for us and gave us really nice puffy vests and a yummy breakfast as thanks. It was nice to be able to celebrate being done with school for the year, as well :)

Jessica and I ran 5 miles around the area where we did a good bit of our fall marathon training. We were very familiar with the neighborhood, but we decided to take a slightly different route than usual just for kicks. It's always fun to run by the big fancy houses on Valley Rd. :)

When we got back to Meehan's, coffee and friends were waiting on us. It was such a lovely morning - thanks, ATC!

Running "boyfriend" Harley and I! He's gotten to be such a good runner this year. I am totally jealous.

My shades twin Jerome and my awesome Christmas socks!

The whole crew! I don't know all of these people, but they run and they help others run, so they are cool in my book.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A week in workouts 12/15-21/2014

Monday: Group Power (learning the new music!)

Tuesday: Group Power (teach)

Wednesday: Group Blast, Group Centergy

Thursday: Group Power (teach)

Friday: Group Ride and 30 minutes of Group Power

Saturday: Group Ride (again!) followed by 10 minutes of Group Core then back to the bike for R30 (ouch!!)

Sunday: tough week. I feel like my legs need some mercy today.

A week in workouts 12/8-14/2014

Monday: rest day

Tuesday: R30, Group Power

Wednesday: rest day

Thursday: Group Power (teach)

Friday: Group Power (teach), Group Core (teach) - WHAT?! (Follow-up post to come!)

Saturday: Atlanta Track Club coaches' run and brunch - 5 miles then 2.58 miles running with Dad and 1 mile walk with Lexi!

Sunday: Group Centergy (teach)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

My fativersary - year 4

With school wrapping up for the semester, I accidentally missed this year's fativersary! It is the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I note this day each year because in 2010 it was the day I started monitoring what I ate. I consider it the true beginning of my weight loss journey!

Before that time, I was already into exercise, but without both movement AND a calorie deficit, the body just won't lose excess fat. I learned this over time by simple trial and error. Fortunately, I got my mind right.

BFF Jenn and I after hiking to the top of Kennesaw Mtn., early 2010

At my heaviest I was 208. 75 lbs. later, here I am today at the ATC Coaches Appreciation breakfast/run with running buddy Jerome:

It takes time and consistency, but if this food lover can do it, anyone can! You just have to want it badly enough. 4 years later and still holding steady! No way I'm ever going back!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A week in workouts 12/1-7/2014

Monday: birthday break!

Tuesday: Group Power (teach)

Wednesday: Group Centergy (teach)

Thursday: Group Power (teach), 4 mile run with Lexi and the Rogues!

Friday: rest day

Saturday: R30 class, Group Power

Sunday: Group Power (teach), Group Centergy (teach)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Solo running and the Atlanta Half Marathon 2014 race!

My running has suffered since I started school. In marathon training, you suffer more if you do not have both the long runs and the short runs. The miles are important, even if they are slow!

While I don't plan to do any marathons for a long while, I want to spend more time with the short runs again, so I started with last Monday. I ran 3 miles by myself. I honestly can't remember the last time I ran solo, without a buddy or group. It felt really good! My legs were fresh, which helped. I would've done more except that I really needed to get a tough spin class in as well.

Tuesday I got an invite to run 6 with my friend and Gold's coworker, Lisha. She is a trooper because she likes to run with me even though I am slower! Lisha ran about a 2:00 half at the Atlanta Half Marathon with little run training! Beast!

Once again this year, I was a pace team leader for the Atlanta Half Marathon 2:30 group. We stuck with a 2 minute run/1 minute walk inverval for most of the race, and I felt so great afterwards! 2:29:45 was the official time.

Unfortunately, I got sick the day after the half. All better now :) Halfway through law school exams and things are going well.

A week in workouts 11/24-30/2014

Monday: 3 mile run and Group Ride

Tuesday: Group Power (teach) and 6 mile run

Wednesday: Group Ride

Thursday: thanksgiving! Atlanta Half Marathon!

Friday: Group Power

Saturday: sick day :(

Sunday: Group Centergy (teach) and study day for Criminal Law!