30 Day Challenge Update

Day 25  and yep, almost there.  I’ve been keeping track of miles per day and totals for each week and totals for the duration so I’ll be able to share some of those stats at the end of my 30 days. I’ll also share some interesting things I’ve noticed (running and non-running) and things I’ve learned during my little challenge.

I’ve been mulling over my next 30 day challenge (set to commence July 5th) and will let you know what that is – in case you want to come along for the ride!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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Quote of the Week

Courtesy of Runner’s World.

If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won your race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance, or just finish the race. It’s up to you.  – Dave Scott, U.S. Triathlete

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Make like a rabbit and high-tail it!

It was just me and the bunny rabbits on my camping runs this weekend!   As soon as I got up I tossed on my running clothes and before I could change my mind would hit the road.  Needless to say there were not many other campers up at 6:45am but the ones that were awake were sitting by campfires drinking coffee, rubbing the sleep out of their eyes!  The first morning I felt like an intruder but quickly got over that feeling.  Starting the day with a short run was just what I needed!

This photo is of the path I ran that snaked through the campsites.  I measured out a nice out and back and added some distance each morning, depending on how I felt.  Sunday was the hardest day – sleeping on an air mattress for the 4th night in a row and the extra margarita the night before didn’t help!

We’re heading back for another trip in July and you can bet I’ll bring my running clothes!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

30 Day Challenge Continues

Our family is back from our trip to Washington DC and Virginia.   If you have not had a chance to visit our nation’s capitol it is a trip you should take.  Our family is not a “museum” family – we get bored easily and normally move through these things quickly but I have to say that the exhibits we saw at the American History, Natural Science and Space Museums were fascinating.  It truly gives you an appreciation of our country and how far we’ve come.  Warts and all, we live in a great place.

As some of you know, I made a goal to run for 30 days straight so even though I was on vacation I had work to do.  I found the tiny gym in the bottom of our hotel in DC and ran on the treadmill the two days we stayed there.  Once we hit Virginia I ventured out to the streets of Charlottesville to soak up the local color.  They do not have sidewalks on the main thoroughfare so instead of becoming roadkill, I ventured behind the hotel and found some safer streets.  It was hot with a capital HOT but I slogged it out and the last day I went back to the torture machine (aka:  treadmill).

Having this goal really forced me to be consistent while on vacation and even though my vacation runs were short, I felt great about being able to stick to my plan.  My next challenge will be our upcoming camping trip but I’ve committed to getting up early before the heat hits and meander along the roads through the campgrounds.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

30 Day Challenge

I’m not training for any particular race but needed something on the books to keep me motivated and moving forward so I have created  3-30 day challenges.  This should get me through summer in a fit fashion!   

30 Day Challenge #1: 

  • Run every day for the next 30 days (a run must be at least 2 miles to count)
  • A sidebar challenge is to make 3 of those weekly runs at least 5-6 miles each.

This goal is definitely a challenge because I have some two trips planned in the next two weeks and it will take some extra motivation to get on the hotel treadmill!  Yuck!! I’m curious to see what how many miles I log at the end of this challenge and if my fitness level increases.

Wish me luck and let me know if you have any summer challenges you are working on!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Summer Survival Guide

I breathe a huge sigh of relief when summer rolls around.  I work from home about 80% of the time during the summer so it allows me to have much greater flexibility with my schedule and I don’t  have to stress too much about the kids’ schedules.  That said, it’s important to stay motivated on the work and workout front during the summer.

Working from home, especially in the summer, is not for everyone.   It requires a pretty strong ability to focus (if, like me, your office is in an alcove off a main pathway through the house), the selfishness to block out extraneous noise of children, their friends and as I speak, construction people replacing large windows about 10 feet away from me.  It also requires superhuman strength to keep your head or upper torso out of the refrigerator or pantry.    I’m still working on the last one.

Working out during the summer can also be a challenge.  Ironically you have more daylight hours to hit the gym but having the kids home, summer trips out of town, or backyard parties with the neighbors can really suck up a lot of your exercise time, if you’re not careful.  I really don’t want you to fall into the “I’ll count gardening as cardio” trap.

Here are some tips to help you stay on the right track during summer.  Call it a summer survival guide.

1.  Get that calendar out and plan a minimum of FOUR workouts a week.  There should be at least TWO sessions of strength training and FOUR 45-60 minute sessions of cardio.  Please note if you are trying to lose weight, get that cardio up to FIVE or SIX days (I’m capitalizing the things you should take careful note of).   Now this may not make you happy to hear but  unless you are a beginner (read:  new to moving your body) 30 minutes of cardio is not enough to make any significant changes in your body composition.  30 minutes should be what you do only if you don’t have time for your regular workout.

2.  Plan meals and snacks thoughtfully.  Even if you are on vacation you should have a good idea of what you are going to eat.  I like the one fun meal a day rule.  If you are traveling and eating out the majority of the time pick one meal a day that you’ll get what you really want.  If you want to have a nice juicy steak and mashed potatoes for dinner then don’t have pancakes and bacon for breakfast.  Have the oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, a salad with chicken for lunch and then have your steak dinner.

3.  Pack what you can.  Traveling doesn’t mean you are at the mercy of pricey, unhealthy airport food.  Pack nuts, peanut butter packs, protein bars or other non-perishable food items to bring with you.  On a road trip?  Pack a cooler with healthier snacks and refill as you go along.  At home sitting 10 feet from the fridge?  Prepare snacks and healthy options that you can grab and go.

4.  Buddy up.  I say this so much I’m sure you’re sick of hearing it!   Find someone to run, walk, hike or Zumba with.  You may not be able to count on them to join you each and every time but try to get together at least 2 times a week.  The other days you are on your own, which should be fine.  You are a big girl or boy and you should learn to be self-motivated!

5.  Healthy cooking.  The abundance of summer produce makes one want to cook (or buddy up to friends who really like to cook)!  Try a variety of fruits and veggies this summer – focusing on ones with bright colors and a variety of hues.  Also try to experiment with citrus juices for cooking and sauteing – while oils are fine in moderation, it’s also great to let the fresh, clean flavors of food shine!

6.  Pick an event.  Walk or run a 4th of July 5K.  Participate in a charity ride, plan a group activity for your family at your annual reunion.  If you are really motivated work towards a sprint triathlon, duathlon or marathon.  Having a goal is helpful because having something to work towards makes it more fun!

I hope you are able to glean something from these 6 little tips!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

Facebook

While using Facebook it can be easy to get caught up in the games or even the drama that sometimes comes along with it but it’s also a great tool for finding like-minded, fitness-minded folks.  I love to read what my friends are up to.  Races they are training for, charity walks they are involved in and how they are maintaining their fitness.

So if you are in a fitness funk and can’t find your mojo – pop in on some friends and let them motivate and inspire you.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂