Category: Workout Recaps

Half Marathon Training Recap (8/25-8/31)

Half marathon training is going fine. I’m getting my runs done, so that’s good. According to the Asics app I’m following, this week was the end of the Race Simulation Phase and the next phase is Tapering & Race Day. The Oregon Half Marathon is almost here, just two weeks away.

Monday was a rest day. On Tuesday, I did both PiYo Buns and Core. PiYo Buns really works your lower body and PiYo Core is a great ab workout!

On Wednesday, I jogged three miles and then did PiYo Drench. I don’t like how Drench is a long workout but I got through it. I was dripping sweat at the end.IMG_7776-0.JPG

On Thursday, I got up around 5 am to get my 7.5 mile run done.  It was still dark out when I started my run, and I was a little nervous but I did have a reflective running vest so I could be seen better by cars. Had a good run.


On Friday, I did PiYo Sculpt. It’s a good total body workout.IMG_7853.JPG

On Saturday, I jogged three miles on the treadmill. I’d rather run outside but my hubby was working and I didn’t get up early before he went to work. But I got my three miles done.IMG_7868.JPGSunday was my long run at race pace. I ran eleven miles. I tried some ENERGYbits, which I’ll give my full review later, and used my Simple Hydration bottle to hydrate. I also used a HoneyStinger gel at the halfway point. I was having a good run until I started getting a side ache a little after mile 8. My right side started to hurt quite a bit that I had to slow down and stop. I drank some water and started back up and pushed through. Other than that, it was a good run.


How did your week go? Hope you have a great week!

Half Marathon Training Recap (8/18-8/24)

It was an okay week. It was a running rest day on Monday, so I decided to do PiYo Sculpt and one of the workouts I missed on the schedule, PiYo Sweat. I finished with a great sweat!


I also made a short video which shows some of the moves in PiYo Sculpt.

On Tuesday, I jogged three miles. It was nice because I tried a new route and decided to go to a local park. I liked the trail I went on but the only bad thing was that it’s not a very long trail. It’s only about a mile long. I got a good three miles though.


 I even saw some bunnies on the side of the trail.


Also, I did PiYo Core, which I made a video of some of the moves too. This one’s a great Core workout!

On Wednesday, I ran 7.5 miles. I had a good run! It wasn’t as hot out and loved the cool breeze that day!


I took a rest day on Thursday since I traveled out of town and didn’t feel like working out after driving almost 3.5 hours. I did PiYo Drench on Friday. It wasn’t as bad as the first time I did it but it’s still a hard one!


 Saturday’s workout was a three mile jog.


Then Sunday, the plan was to run eleven miles, but I was dying on this one for some reason. I’m not sure if it was the heat, or if I did not eat enough before I ran, but I was spent. I managed to get ten miles only.


I might rethink my half training schedule. How’d things go for you this past week?

My Workouts Recap (8/11-8/17) with PiYo Workout Preview Videos

Another week of half marathon training is done! I modified my schedule a bit to so I could get in the long run easier in the middle of the week. That way I didn’t have to wake up early on Thursday to run 7.5 miles. It worked out since I did not really get a long run in last Sunday due to the 5k trail race I ran.

So instead of resting on Monday and Tuesday, I moved the runs in on the schedule which I was supposed to do on Wednesday and Thursday. I jogged 3 miles on Monday and also did PiYo Sweat. I was truly sweaty afterwards.IMG_7370.JPGThen on Tuesday I ran 7.5 miles and then tried PiYo Hardcore on the floor for the first time. Oh boy! Hardcore on the floor is a toughie! The description on the DVD sleeve says, “This unique workout uses your own body weight to scorch fat and develop long, lean muscles while you sculpt abs, glutes, legs, and arms without ever having to leave the floor.” I gotta admit I was just watching some of it :P. It didn’t help that I had just run 7.5 miles.


On Wednesday, I did PiYo Buns. This one really works your lower body especially glutes and hamstrings. Who loves squats?


I also made a video of it to show you some of the moves:

Then on Thursday I did PiYo Drench for the first time. OMG this one’s no joke! I thought this one was hard. It’s about fifty minutes long, a lot longer than the other workouts and Chalene Johnson keeps you moving. The name does not disappoint…I was drenched and dripping sweat! I need to work on this one. Here’s a video with a few of the moves:

Friday was a rest day.

Then on Saturday, I jogged three miles on the treadmill and did PiYo Strength Intervals. This one’s a cardio strength workout and is about 22 minutes long.

Here’s a video preview of PiYo Strength Intervals:

Then Sunday’s workout was running 7.5 miles fast. I was in the guideline pace of 8:29-8:37, according to the Asics app, so I’m happy! My next half marathon is twenty-six days away. It’s getting closer.


 I’m linking up with Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up! This one is brought to you by Diatta Harris at Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons at The Frugal Exerciser.

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How’d last week go for you?


Recap of last week’s workouts 8/4-8/10

My half marathon training is going well and I did my first ever trail run on Sunday. First of all, I’m in phase three of the Asics training plan on the Asics app, which is the Going Further Phase. It says that during this phase I’ll continue the high pace training done in the last phase but will extend the distance the pace must be maintained. This phase will help to build my leg strength and stamina. On Monday, there wasn’t anything scheduled on the app so I did PiYo Core and PiYo Define: Upper Body. My husband joined in for a little bit as you can see in the pic below :). Both were great workouts!IMG_7163-0.JPG

On Tuesday, I did PiYo Buns. I thought this one was a tough one but I liked it! It really works your lower body. There’s tons of squats and lunges.IMG_7196-0.JPG

On Wednesday, I jogged three miles and then did PiYo Core. According to the Asics app, the jog is supposed to gently exercise the muscles used for running.IMG_7214-0.JPG

I also, got my Mom’s Run This Town Summer Safari medal for running the virtual 10k. Pretty cool bling! 🙂IMG_7238-0.JPG

On Thursday, I ran 7.5  miles. It was my fastest 7 miles according to Smashrun. I also did PiYo: Define Lower body. Had a good workout!IMG_7241.JPG

Then Friday was a rest day.IMG_7257.JPG

On Saturday, I jogged three miles on our trusty old treadmill and then did PiYo Sweat. It’s good to know our treadmill still works lol. I enjoy running outside but I didn’t wake up early enough before my husband went to work. IMG_7280.JPG

On Sunday, I ran my first ever trail race! It was the XTERRA Hagg Lake 5k. I had fun and it was a lot harder than road racing. I was supposed to run 7.5 miles according to my training schedule but oh wells. It was a hard trail run :P.IMG_7322.JPG

How’d your week go? Have you ever ran a trail race? How was it?

Hope you have a great week!

 I’m linking up with Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up! This one is brought to you Diatta Harris at Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons at The Frugal Exerciser.

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Recap of last weeks workouts 7/28-8/3.

Half marathon training is going pretty good considering being on vacation twice in July. We left New York on Tuesday and I got a short workout in at the airport using the Seven App. Seven minutes is better than nothing :P.20140803-211029-76229738.jpg

I’m giving a quick review of Jet Blue’s snack choices, which I thought were pretty good. It was the first time flying with them and I thought their customer service and snacks were super.20140803-215119-78679054.jpg

I think this was the first time I tried Terra BBQ chips and they were quite yummy and addicting. We had connecting flights, so each time we flew I would pick the Terra BBQ chips for a snack lol.


Here’s a cool shot from the airplane.20140803-211030-76230585.jpg

We got back around two in the morning. After I got my sleep in, I was able to get my workouts in for the day. I ran five miles and then did PiYo Core.20140803-211031-76231134.jpg20140803-211030-76230862.jpg

On Thursday, I did PiYo Define: Upper and Lower Body. My little guy had fun in front of the camera while I worked out lol.20140803-211031-76231595.jpg

On Friday, I got up early (5 am) to run five miles before hubby went to work. I did not want to run in the heat later.20140803-211031-76231804.jpg

I also got my Encore medal in the mail! It’s the medal you get for running two Rock’n’Roll races. I ran the Portland Rock’n’Roll and Seattle Rock’n’Roll half marathons. Pretty cool bling to add to my collection. 20140803-211032-76232681.jpg

On Saturday, I did PiYo Sweat. I love this one, it totally makes you sweat!20140803-211032-76232923.jpg

Then today, I did my long run of 10.01 miles. On the Asics app, the run had a guideline pace of 9:18-10:13 min/mi. I was in the range, so I’m happy. It says comfortable running lets you train without putting to much strain on the body.


I had a pretty good week. How’d your week go?

Last week’s workouts 7/21-7/27 and trip to Canandaigua, NY

It was a busy but great week! I didn’t get all the scheduled runs and workouts in due to traveling to New York for my hubby’s family reunion, but I did what I could. I ran once while on vacation, so that’s pretty good. 🙂

On Monday, I started the PiYo schedule and did Align. I think it’s a good one since it shows you how to do the moves properly. I think PiYo works well with my half marathon training since it’s low impact and works on flexibility and strength.20140730-210048-75648457.jpg

On Tuesday, I jogged three miles according to my half marathon training plan through the Asics app, and then did Day 2 of PiYo, Define: Lower Body. It’s a short one and is about 20 minutes.


On Wednesday, I ran a fast 5 miles and then did PiYo Define:Upper Body. It’s another short workout, that’s less than 20 minutes.20140730-210048-75648805.jpg

That night we left for New York and took a red eye flight. We got to JFK Airport around 5 am and then had to wait about four hours until our next flight to Rochester, NY, where we arrived at about 11 am. Here’s a pic from a kiosk at JFK Airport:20140730-210048-75648879.jpg

We were going to Canandaigua, NY to celebrate my husband’s Great Grandma’s 90th birthday as well as have a family reunion.

On Thursday, I didn’t get a workout in but had a nice time going sailing on Uncle Kerry’s boat. This was on Lake Canadaigua. Here are some pics:20140730-210049-75649268.jpg







On Friday we went to Onanda Park where we went on a little hike. I thought it was a nice one and my kiddos enjoyed it.20140730-210823-76103673.jpg









Then on Saturday, I went for a five mile run from our hotel. It was nice to get a run in especially since I wasn’t eating very well. I ate a lot of cookies, donuts, and chips…but hey I was on vacation :). But here are some of the things I saw on my run:20140730-211330-76410739.jpg








It was a fun week and I had a great time in New York! It was nice meeting more of my husband’s family as well as getting together with others again!

How did your week go?

Recap of last week’s workouts (7/13-7/20)

This week’s half marathon training went well. According to the Asic’s app which is what I’m following for my schedule, it’s phase 2 which is the Getting Faster Phase. It consists of 5 weeks and 80 miles over 16 runs. Monday was a rest day. On Tuesday, it had me jogging three miles, but I decided to do Focus T25’s Ab Intervals too. I had a great workout! It’s still a tough one!

On Wednesday, I woke up around 5 am and ran five miles fast. The guideline pace was 8:35-8:59.


Thursday was a scheduled rest day, but I decided to do a PiYo workout. I did PiYo Core and it really worked my core. My kids had fun playing around me while I worked out too, lol.

On Friday, I woke up early again and ran five miles fast. It was a good run!


Saturday was a rest day and today I ran 7.5 miles comfortably. The guideline pace was 9:20-10:15.


I had a pretty good week. How did your week go?


Recap of last week’s workouts

Here’s my recap of last week’s workouts. I ran five miles on Wednesday after being on vacation and doing a lot of walking at Disneyland. It was nice to go for a run.20140713-214854-78534350.jpg
On Thursday, I tried PiYo Strength Intervals for the first time. I liked it! I think it’s going to help with my running. It works on flexibility and strength. 
On Friday, I woke up around 5 am to run five miles since I didn’t want to wait until my hubby came home and it would’ve been almost 90 degrees out.
Saturday was a rest day and Sunday I ran the Mom’s Run this Town Summer Virtual 10k. I was scheduled to run 7.5 miles so I just ran an additional 1.3 miles easy after running the 10k.
20140713-214855-78535620.jpgAccording to Runkeeper it was my best time for 6-8 miles :)!


How did your week go?

Recap of Last Week’s Workouts 6/30-7/7 and Disneyland/Disney California Adventure.

I only got two runs in this week and did a couple of PiYo workouts. On Monday, my husband and I tried Chalene Johnson’s PiYo Define Lower and Upper Body workouts. They were about twenty minutes each. We started with the Upper Body one and then the Lower Body workout. The end of the Lower Body one was tough! There was a lot of plank work.

Here’s a pic of the fam at the end of the workout:20140709-220149-79309177.jpg

On Tuesday, I ran four miles. It was already warm out when I ran that morning. It reached the upper nineties that day….so hot!20140709-220149-79309625.jpg

On Wednesday, I ran six miles. I decided to run a little long because I knew I wouldn’t be able to run the rest of the week since we were going out of town.20140709-220150-79310056.jpg

Thursday was a rest day and Friday we spent most of the day driving to California. The picture below is of Mt. Shasta.

20140709-220150-79310600.jpgI wasn’t able to get any more runs or Beachbody workouts in but I got a great workout walking on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday while we were at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure :). We stayed at a hotel so close to Disneyland that we were able to just walk to the parks each day. We did a lot of walking!

Here are a few pics from our trip:20140709-225629-82589626.jpg20140709-225630-82590586.jpg20140709-225631-82591469.jpg

20140709-225636-82596013.jpgHave you been to Disneyland? I think it would be cool to get to do a Disney run. Maybe I’ll get to…eventually.

Have you done a Disney run? How was it?

Recap of this week’s workouts

After running the Seattle Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon last Saturday, I took some rest days and then ran 3 miles on Wednesday. My next race will be a virtual 10K for Moms Run this Town and my next half marathon will be in September.

20140629-221203-79923205.jpgOn Thursday, I decided to get a total body workout and did Focus T25’s Total Body Circuit. This one’s still a tough one! I had a great sweat session! Here I am with my kiddo.

20140629-221203-79923610.jpgOn Friday, I went to my coach’s Fit Club and it was awesome to try PiYo for the first time! We did the workout called Sweat and I was drenched in sweat by the end of it. I’m not sure if it was because there was no air conditioning or what, but I felt I had a great workout!

piyoSaturday was a rest day and today I ran 6 miles. That puts my monthly total to 87 miles which is a record for me! One of these days I will get 100 miles.

On today’s run, I wore the Injinji socks I won from a giveaway. I thought they felt good when I was running with them. On the packaging it says the anatomical 5 toe design properly aligns toes, prevents blisters and promotes proper posture & balance. They are lightweight as well. It’s pretty cool that I won them :). My toes felt a little different in them but it was good.



How’d last week go for you? Have you tried Injinji socks? What do you think?

Hope this week  goes well for you!