Monthly Archives: May 2011

Washington, DC or a Rain Forest?

It is officially summer in Washington, DC.  As usual, we kind of skipped the whole spring thing.  Less than two weeks ago, I was putting on a light jacket at night when it was time to walk the pup.  The current “feels like” temperature is 98.

Yesterday morning I tried to beat the heat by heading out for my run at 9 am.  I beat the heat but the humidity clubbed me over the head and dragged me at a slightly-faster-than-walking pace.  It was like wearing a wet blanket.

I know I was running here...

But it felt like I was running here

Actual photo of me on my Sunday morning run.

I made it through about 3 miles and ended up walking the last mile home.  Apparently, I can’t just wake up and go for a run in this kind of heat and humidity. I’m going to have to plan much better for fueling.  I normally have really salty sweat but yesterday I sweat so much I felt like I ran out of sweat.  I guess maybe I can try mixing some Gatorade with my water or eating a few Chomps or Stingers while I get ready. I definitely can’t go out on empty and just power through when I’m exerting so much extra energy to move through the heavier air.  On the bright side, I was moving so slowly that my heart rate stayed super low.  So… there’s one bright point!

How do you prepare to run in high heat or humidity? I’d love some suggestions of ways to feel less beat up by the summer weather.


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Feeling the Cross Training Burn

Last night I visited my gym for the first time in an embarrassingly long time.  Since I’d run 4 out of the previous 5 days I decided to take a step away from my go-to gym workout, the treadmill, and do some cross training.

I hit up the recumbent bike first.  20 minutes on random hills at difficulty 13.  It felt a little bit like this:

Maybe I'm a little dramatic.

I managed to bike a 10K in that 20 minutes so I was pretty happy with myself.  I have no idea if 18.3 mph is fast but it was HARD and my legs felt it as soon as I was done.

Then I hopped onto this monster for 15 minutes and continued the burn:

The stairs to nowhere keep moving

At the gym I have a bad habit of paying attention to what the person next to me is doing.  I noticed the lady next to me had been on the stairs for 30 minutes already and I thought it would be fun to see how long it would take me to get to the same point.  Just about 14 minutes later, I climbed a mile of stairs and felt pretty darn good about myself even though my butt was super tired and ready to go home.

I had every intention of doing some weights after this but when I went to do some stretching I got so comfy and sleepy on the mat that I decided getting a burrito would be a better use of the next 15 minutes of my life.  It was.

I have a pretty light workout schedule coming up over the weekend. I want to do some yoga tomorrow and take a short run on Sunday.  Monday probably be a rest day.  I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend!


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Running and Breathing… at the Same Time

Back to the grind. I’ve returned to exercise in a big way. I love having a plan to follow and while the “plan” I posted last Friday didn’t have much rhyme or reason to it, it was nice to have a guide to follow. Work has been kicking my butt lately and if I had to plan anything out after a long day in the office I’d probably go home, lay on the couch and eat ice cream (which sounds pretty good right about now).

  • Saturday 5/21: 2 miles to loosen my legs back up and remember how to breathe. Done!
  • Sunday 5/22: WARRIOR DASH with Suze! (Recap & Pictures)
  • Monday 5/23: Rest/Sports Massage (Note to self: Don’t purchase a massage on Groupon. The negative reviews will scare you away from ever using it).
  • Tuesday 5/24: Group trail run with the NorthFace Endurance Marathon Relay Group Done!
  • Wednesday 5/25: Test out the Pacers distance run (eeep. Nervous!) Done!
  • Thursday 5/26: Cross train: Bike, Stairs, Weights Will be headed out to do in 2 hours.
  • Friday 5/27: Rest
  • Saturday 5/28: Yoga

I’ve exercised 4 out of the last 5 days (5 out of the last 6 if you’re reading this after 6:00 pm) and have been sleeping so much better.

Sleepy puppy spends too much time getting his workout on.

I haven’t been logging a ton of miles but every mile has felt good.  It’s such a relief to finally see a noticeable difference in my heart rate and breathing.  On Tuesday night, I went out for a run with my North Face Endurance Challenge teammates and we kept it conversational, something I was never able to do before! We did a muddy lap around Roosevelt Island and then a few miles on the Mount Vernon Trail, in a great area where it’s nice and flat along the water.  It was so much fun.  I was shocked when I looked at my Garmin data and saw that my average HR was 161 (new readers, that’s super duper low for me!).

Last night, I joined Suze for the Pacers Distance Training Program speed/hill work at the Iwo Jima Memorial.  First of all, let me just say that the views in DC never get old.

This memorial is HUGE. I never realized how big it was until I got right up next to it last night!

This isn't bad scenery to admire as you huff and puff up hills


The running group was great. They were all extremely nice people and the workout was hard but not so much that wasn’t fun.  I did have some problems with breathing/my heart rate was I tried to do speed work but I guess for short bursts it’s not so bad.  Weirdly, I really enjoyed the hill repeats – though my butt is super tired today.

It sounds really run-geeky but I’m looking forward to starting my half marathon training program in June. I need some workout structure in my life!

Do you work out better with a plan or are you able to self motivate?


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Wordless Wednesday: Natalie Dee Style

Cake. It's what's for dinner.


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Warrior Dash Maryland: The Mud Pics!

We have Warrior Dash mud pictures! Suze is pretty awesome and she already got our photos developed from our disposable cameras. They came out pretty well!

Before the race - Go Team Sesame Street!

Photo Op in the middle of a mud pit

Danger! Enough said...

Hey there barbed wire. I actually went around most of these because I was scared to lose a shoe.

Hanging out on the net.

I look weirdly graceful here. I'm actually trying not to fall on my face.

We clearly took this race seriously, like real warriors would! 🙂

In all of my muddy glory! So awesome!

The mud… well we’re still not sure it was all mud. The squishy factor leads us to believe there may have been a fertilizer type component mixed in. But the pictures are great and we had fun.


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Warrior Dash Maryland Recap

Yesterday, Suze & I took a trip out to Maryland for Warrior Dash.  We put together costumes on Saturday (pictures coming soon) and couldn’t wait to show them off.    Expecting tons of mud we brought waterproof disposable cameras so we don’t have any pictures yet, except for the one we took with my cell phone after we got hosed down at the end of the race:

After being hosed down. Costume and mud pictures were taken with a disposable camera and we should them them tomorrow.

So our wave was at 1:00 pm and we showed up at around noon to pick up our bibs, shirts, and helmets.  Everything was pretty well organized, it was really easy to find where we were supposed to be.

We took off with the 1:00 pm group and it was so muddy. I feel like the mud got more intense with each wave that ran through and by the time we went, after the course was open the entire day before and the entire morning, it was really hard to run.  I’m not sure how people were getting through the mud pits so quickly! My Warrior Dash turned into a bit of a Warrior Stroll in effort to keep my shoes (we saw a poor girl lose both shoes in the mud and finish the course barefoot!).  I’m also pretty sure there was more than mud going on out there.  The mud was just so slimy and slippery.  And kind of stinky.

Suze was a real champ and she hit every obstacle.  I definitely skipped an early one that I thought would be dangerous with my shoes – there was more mud than foot inside.  We definitely took pictures of each obstacle, some looked as bad as they did on the website and some looked pretty different.  The bales of hay were pretty much worn down by the time we got to them.  And the “petrifying plunge” was more like a slide than plunge, but it was my favorite part (though it was the obstacle that caused the most cuts and bruises – I hope the official photographers got a picture of us during this because we got totally tangled up and ended at the bottom with my legs wrapped around Suze’s waist.  It was hysterical and I’m not at all sure how it happened!).  We made it through the rest of the obstacles pretty easily (though I overjumped the first fire pit and had to go around the second one because I was too close to get a running start.  At the very end, before we hopped into the Muddy Mayhem two girls offered us some beer and took our cameras to get pictures of us as we finished.  It was awesome. We emerged for the pit completely covered in mud.  Our costumes were trashed and it was great.

Looking at the website, there were 3 obstacle that were missing (no Road Rage, Deadweight Drifter or Cliffhanger. Boo!) which kind of stinks but we didn’t notice it at the time.

We didn’t stick around much after the race.  Neither of us were in the mood for a turkey leg 🙂  It was definitely a good time but if I decide to do it again I’m going to sign up for an early wave on the first day to make sure the course isn’t torn up by the time I get to run.

Have you ever done a Warrior Dash or mud run? What did you think of it?


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Back to Blogging, Exercise and Sanity

I’m alive!  I survived two really long work weeks but I’m back and ready to get back to normal life!

If I was a puppy, this is how I'd be celebrating!

I have had zero seconds to exercise and the stress of the last two weeks has made me so tired.  I actually have an exercise plan for this week and this makes me so happy!

  • Saturday 5/21: 2 miles to loosen my legs back up and remember how to breathe.
  • Sunday 5/22: WARRIOR DASH with Suze!
  • Monday 5/23: Rest/Sports Massage
  • Tuesday 5/24: Group trail run with the NorthFace Endurance Marathon Relay Group
  • Wednesday 5/25: Test out the Pacers distance run (eeep. Nervous!)
  • Thursday 5/26: Cross train: Bike, Stairs, Weights
  • Friday 5/27: Rest
  • Saturday 5/28: Yoga

Whew, that will be a busy but great week 🙂

About a week ago, Angela the super sweet blogger at My Pinky Toes, tagged me with the Stylish Blogger Award! Clearly this must be based on my running style and not my rest of life style because I put more effort into getting ready for a run than I do for work.  Shh, don’t tell my boss.

The rules:

1. Say seven things about yourself.  2. Pass on to other bloggers. 3. Contact them and let them know you have done so.

Since I usually talk only exercise here, I thought I’d switch it up and post 7 total not athletic facts:

  1. I’ve recently become a total ice cream junkie. I could eat it every night. To keep myself from eating too much I buy the teeny tiny individual serving size Ben & Jerry’s even though there’s so much packaging – they’re terrible for the environment!
  2. I’m equally addicted to my iPhone.  I take it everywhere and always have it out.  It’s not like I have a terribly interesting life, I just feel like I always need to be connected.
  3. My dog Fin is the cutest dog ever. No really. Look at him.  He’s a Toy Fox Terrier and he’s the definition of  a lap dog. He always has to be touching me.  I find it totally endearing, the boyfriend does not feel the same way 😉  Fin will be 4 in June. I can’t believe how fast time flies!
  4. Taylor Swift is my absolute favorite singer/celebrity. I know that’s probably not cool but I just completely admire how down to earth and authentic she is.  I’m going to both shows in DC in August. If you ever want to see me in total freak out mode, ask me about the Taylor Swift concert last year – particularly the part where I got so excited that I might have yelled loudly and ruined a child’s flip video of the show.
  5. I’m crazy for the Washington Nationals pseudo-mascot Teddy Roosevelt. Every time I go to a game I chase him around trying to get a picture. I succeed about 25% of the time and it’s worth it.  Let Teddy Win!!
  6. I had a bed time until I graduated high school.  Apparently this isn’t normal… I have just always liked sleeping.
  7. I am really easy to distract. It look me so long to put this list together.

I am not going to tag any specific bloggers but anyone who wants to do it is welcome! I love to learn new things about everyone.

Have a great weekend!


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