Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Well, hello there friendly bloggers!
Seems I have definitely missed my challenge to blog 4 times last week. oops.
Let me tell you how my weekend went...

Friday - home alone. Yes, alone. My kids were camping and the hubby was at a football game. So, what did mama do? Why she went to the gym of course. It was a schedule rest day SO rather than rest or run I opted for 30 mins on the ARC Trainer and did a 15 minute incline (4%) walk on the treadmill. Not too shabby for a rest day. AND rather than my typical Friday night dinner on the fly (which happens to be McDs) I came home and made a pulled pork burrito. I was very happy with how I spent my Friday night alone. My gym time allowed me to come home and get in bed early without feeling so guilty.

Saturday - Fun fun day! My friend opened a fitness center in her hometown. They are a small town and there was no gym there. It has been her lifelong goal to INSPIRE other people and fitness/weight loss is something she holds near and dear. She wants so much to help and inspire others to be healthy and fit. She's a two time cancer survivor and a weight loss champion. Here is a picture of she and I along with some other fabulous people in her fitness family. I had the pleasure of going to her gym's grand opening as well as meeting some new friends. Mr. O'Neal Hampton (former Biggest Loser contestant!) and trainers, Demond and Berkis Johnson. All three of them are amazing people and I am glad to call them friends. I even did a little working out while at my friend's new gym, which is very nice by the way!

Sunday - Hubby and I had planned to do our long run on Sunday. His parents were camping and they had the kids. Near the campsite is a local trail used for biking and running/walking. We decided to just go there and run. We've never ran that trail before but my friend Kelsey runs it often. I knew it would be a great place to run. Since I only needed a short long run this week we decided 6 miles would be good. We started out running pretty fast for a long run and every time hubby would ask our pace he would say something about scaling back and I would remind him that I was BEHIND him so I couldn't slow him down. lol We were taking short walk breaks every mile but even with that we were holding about a really good pace. Here are our mile splits...
1 (10:23) Felt good and strong.
2 (10:10) even with the little hills this mile felt great!
3 (10:53) gradual grade up, quads on fire.
4 (10:04) flat and at one point I looked at my Garmin to see my pace was 8:27, scale.it.back!
5 (10:46) Legs felt a little tired but kept plugging along.
6 (10:59) a little longer walk break than we had been taking
6 miles done 1:03 And this is how I looked afterwards...

Overall I am pleased with how this weekend went. It was a long weekend but very enjoyable. I'm in pre-half marathon mode now which means I have no idea what I am doing this week. haha I've got a lot of work to do to make my challenge goals. we will see how that goes! I may be a day or so late in posting my results.


  1. Sounds like a fun weekend to me, especially the trail run!!

  2. Sounds like a great weekend! Nice that you had some quiet time on Friday and got a couple of great work-outs in!

  3. "which means I have no idea what I am doing this week" - hahhaha, this made me laugh as I have been here so many times. :)

    How exciting for your friend to be opening a brand new (and only) facility in her town. Great that you got to be a part of it.

  4. LOVE that color on you!

    How cool is that? I'm such a biggest loser fan...I've watched since season 1, I loved him! Did he keep the weight off? Awesome for your friend, who is now a gym-owner! Very cool, it's a dream of mine too :)

  5. Great blog post & it all sounds wonderful from the alone time, to your friend's gym opening to a great run. That is a wonderful picture of you after the run! Good luck at your half-marathon & look forward to reading your report.

  6. i LOVE your happy pink shirt! :) And congrats on your speedy 10k time! I'm getting more and more excited for the move so we can run together someday soon!!! :)