A fast week and an awesome prize!

9 10 2009

Hey bloggies!  Happy Friday!!

How’s your week been?  Mine has been pretty good besides a few speed bumps here and there.  Like, stepping on my clients glasses and crushing them on Wednesday morning, and making a few scheduling errors.  No biggie though, I’ve since recovered.  🙂

I’ve had some pretty fantastic runs this week.  Last week I was super fatigued and tired, and  I could really feel it in my runs.  After using the process of elimination to try and figure out why I was feeling so crappy, I looked at my marathon training plan and saw that I was coming off of two really high mileage weeks.  My body was telling me that I needed a break and really needed to slow down and rest.  Thank goodness that my long run was “only” 11 miles last Saturday.

Here’s the training plan that I’m doing, which was color coded and dated by my cousin so that I can stay on track.

I'm already in week 10 of my marathon training!!

I'm already in week 10 of my marathon training!!

After taking last weekend to rest, after running my 11 miles of course, I feel so much better and it really showed in my runs this week!

I set a PR on every run that I did this week and can’t believe how strong I feel and felt afterwards!  It’s such a great feeling to know that all of my hard work is paying off!!  I’ve got this marathon locked down and I’m gonna rock that shit!

Here are my stats for this weeks runs:

Tuesday: 4 miles

Mile 1: 8:26

Mile 2: 8:22

Mile 3: 8:44

Mile 3: 8:17

Total:  33:53

Wednesday: 8 miles (usually on my runs longer than 5 miles I average between a 9:15 and 9:30 pace, my average on this run was 9:08!)

Mile 1: 8:45

Mile 2: 9:05

Mile 3: 9:13

Mile 4: 8:57

Mile 5: 9:08

Mile 6: 8:56

Mile 7: 9:09

Mile 8: 8:58

Total: 1:12:19 (fastest “long” run yet!)

Wednesday: 4 miles (these are usually a pretty slow run for me because I am tired from the higher mileage of the day before, but I rocked this one and beat Tuesday’s time!)

Mile 1:  8:20

Mile 2: 8:23

Mile 3: 8:40

Mile 4: 8:09 (wholy crap!! that was a fast ass mile!)

Total: 33:39!!

I’m having a little bit of a dilemma with yesterday’s run though, and I’m not really sure if I should count it as a PR.  The reason is because I ran a route near my house and got stopped at two really long traffic lights.  Like, I had to wait for almost 5 minutes at one of them.  I feel like that was a pretty good amount of time to recover and regain my energy and maybe that’s why I was able to beat my previous time even though I was pretty tired.

So, what do you guys think?  Should it count even though I had two small breaks due to being stuck in traffic?   What do you do in these situations?

Today, I’m not running obviously since it’s a rest day.  My rest days are active though, and after I’m done with this afternoon’s clients I’m going to go to the gym for a good and intense CrossFit workout so that I can get my strength training in.

So, I mention in my title…I got an awesome prize this week!

The owner of the studio where I work has such a big heart, and treats me so well!  There are only 3 trainers there (including me), so Kristi and I spend a lot of time there working together with our clients.  She sees me like the daughter that she never had, so she is always surprising me with little gifts and treats or prizes as she calls them.  She is always wearing such cute work out clothes and has matching shoes and jewelery for every outfit, I try to do the same because there is no reason that you can’t look cute even if you’re in workout clothes all day long.

She has a client that makes jewelery, and since I wear a lot of pink and black she surprised me with these!





How freakin cute are these earrings!

She also knows that I’m training for my marathon, and how passionate I am about running.  She’s not a runner, but fully supports my efforts and is always bragging about my to her clients and asking me for advice to give her girls that run.

She was shopping the other day and happened to stumble upon this awesome Adidas running jacket and bought it for me!  Running jackets (and clothes for that matter) are NOT cheap, and when I saw this I was literally jumping up and down with excitement.  I can wear it for work and for my runs when it gets a little colder this fall and winter.

Love it!

Love it!

So Comfy!

So Comfy!

The coolest thing about this jacket…and the main reason that Kristi bought it for me, is this label on the upper left hand corner…

Boston Marathon!

Boston Marathon!

Kristi got this for me because she knows how dedicated I am to my running and knows that someday I hope to run in the Boston Marathon! How awesome is that!?

Not only is this jacket super cute, but it has a mesh lining on the inside, and pockets on the sides and the back so that I can carry my key, gu, etc.  The Adidas stripes are also bright yellow and reflective so I will be more visable to cars when running (another reason that Kristi got me this jacket).  I can’t wait to wear it on a run…it just hasn’t been cold enough yet so I’ve been wearing it to work.  AWESOME!!

Well, I’m going to go get ready to train my afternoon clients and then hit the gym for my workout.

I have my first 17 mile run tomorrow and the hubby is going to go with me and ride his bike so that I don’t get too bored and have a good supply of fuel and water.

Look for a recap of my run and our adventure, as it should be up some time this weekend.

Have an awesome weekend ladies!!!

Dayna 🙂


Body For Life!

29 09 2009

Hey everyone, happy Monday!

So, I have been reading a lot of new (to me) blogs lately and there are two ladies in particular that have really inspired me to start my own 12 week Body For Life challenge.  I have read Janetha and Therese‘s blogs inside and out in regards to their body for life challenges and I really feel inspired to do this.  It’s not that I don’t know how to eat healthy, I mean I council my clients on proper nutrition for goodness sake!  But, I am human too and I need a little push and a little motivation, and something to look forward to.  I have my marathon to look forward to of course, but I also want to become a better, faster and stronger runner.  In order to do that, I need to get super serious about my nutrition.

So, I started my 12 week challenge today, but I’m going to have to do the workout portion a little differently than the plan calls for.  Because I am training for a marathon, that consists of 4 days of running for me and some days I don’t have the time or energy to do my strength training.  On the days that I do get into the gym to work out (or stay after my clients leave and work out at the studio), I do CrossFit workouts because they focus on full body movements and building endurance which is super important for me right now.

I’m not sure if I’ll be posting every day’s eats because I’m a creature of habit and sometimes eat the same stuff every day.  I will however be keeping a food journal so I can keep track of my eats.  How boring would that be for you guys to have to look at the same meals day in, day out?  But, I do have a little bit of a dilema….I’m also wondering if I’m going to be able to follow this exactly, meaning that I really only crave or, have the desire to eat complex carbs (whole grains, oats, etc) in the morning and early afternoon.  If I eat them too late in the day, they sit like a rock in my stomach.  My dinner staples are chicken and veggies usually, and that works just fine for me.  I do log my food into a calorie counting data base, which tracks my percentages of carbs/proteins/fats so I can at least make sure I end the day somewhere around the 40/40/20 percentages.  I’m gonna give this a whirl and see how it goes!

So, I am going to have hubby take pictures of me so I can track my progress, but I’m not sure if I have the guts to put them on the blog.  To be honest, I’m a little embarrassed/shy about putting pics of myself in a bikini on my blog page for all to see.  I don’t even like to wear one in public.  What do you guys think I should do?

So, here are my meals for day 1 of the Body For Life challenge:

Meal 1:



Protein oats with about 1/4 of a banana on top.  Much better than my pumpkin oats from a few days ago!

Meal #3



This was freakin delicious!!!  Tuna with a little bit of light mayo and mustard rolled up  in put in romaine lettuce leaves with slices of carrots and celery.  This kept me full for about 3 hours too, I was really surprised!

Meal #3

Snack before heading into the studio to train clients

Snack before heading into the studio to train clients

1 apple and a table spoon of almond butter.  Almond butter is a serious weakness of mine…so.damn.delicious!

Meal #4

I had a Zone Perfect Fudge Graham bar, sorry forgot to take a pic before I ran out the door but I’m sure you have all seen one before.  It was good, but not great.  I was between clients and literally had about 2 minutes to eat, so this did the trick.

Meal #5



This is pretty much what I eat every night.  Grilled chicken breast with a crap load of steamed vegetables.  I mix it up a bit, but tonight I had yellow squash, zucchini squash, brussels sprouts, mixed peppers, carrots, and lemon pepper.  It’s so easy tastes good, so I just stick with it.  I’m also kind of lazy with cooking lately and haven’t really felt like venturing into making new things.  Trying new recipes actually intimidates me a bit but, I’m trying to get over that.  I’m sure I’ll get sick of this soon and start making new meals.

Usually I’m a bottomless pit, but I really have not been hungry today.  Like, the thought of food just wasn’t appealing, so there’s no meal #6 today.

K, there’s day one!  Woohoo!!

Question for you guys:

How many of you out there follow Body For Life?  How has it turned out for you?  Have you been in the position where you have to deviate a bit from the plan and still had results?

Have a great night!!

Dayna 🙂

Finals!! One Down, One to Go!

18 03 2009

Well…the quarter is almost over with! Tomorrow is my last day of class and my last final…thank goodness cause I am really ready for a break. I had my psychology final this morning which I am sure that I aced! Actually, I should say that I lucked out more than anything…..we had two parts to this final, a take home portion which consisted of 90 multiple choice questions that were to be turned in this morning, and then the in class short essay questions that we were to do this morning. Well, my professor came down with a terrible illness (I emailed her with well wishes, everyone around here has been so sick lately), and canceled the second part of the final! So, that meant that all we had to do was turn in the take home portion which I worked on with some of my classmates last night! I am almost positive that I got at least 85 out of the 90 points, I will keep you guys posted though.
Tomorrow morning is my biology final…that is another story all together. Let’s just say that I AM not ready for this one at all. There have just been so many projects in this class that I have not had time to study like I usually do. I am just going to keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.

When I got home from class today rushed to the gym so that I could get my workout in before my biology study session with Victoria at the Manolin Cafe.
I still can’t run and am getting bored with the same ole stuff so I decided to do a Crossfit workout today. Crossfit workouts are pretty intense and basically aim to get your heart rate up and keep you working in an anaerobic state for the entire workout, and increase your endurance. They are similar to circuit training but way more intense, and requires little to no weights depending on which one you do. You should check it out at http://www.crossfit.com/.
Okay, so onto the workout!
All of the Crossfit workouts have names, and I am not sure what the name of this one is…my friend at the gym just told me to do it and I forgot what he called it.

5 rounds – max reps of each – not for time of:
65lb bench press (yeah, I know it’s not a lot of weight…but I’m not Arnold or anything)
and band assisted pull-ups

What I did….
Round 1: 20 bench press, 30 pull-ups
Round 2: 15 bench press, 30 pull-ups
Round 3: 13 bench press, 25 pull-ups
Round 4: 12 bench press, 20 pull-ups
Round 5: 10 bench press, 15 pull-ups

…pfew that was hard, but felt good and I know I will be feeling it tomorrow for sure!  Actually, I am already feelin it…which means I might not be able to lift my when I wake up in the morning!  haha
I also did three rounds of leg/hip raises on a weight bench since I always like to get a little bit of ab work in.
When I was done with all of that I hopped on the elliptical trainer for 30 minutes and studied for my final.

Okay….. onto my eats!

I soaked my steel cut oats again last night before I went to bed and they were waiting for me this morning, and ready to be cooked!  I let them come to a boil and then put them on simmer for about 15 minutes.  While they were cooking, I added some cinnamon and a packet of stevia to give them some added flavor!  

I decided to take my homework into the kitchen so that I could keep my eye on the oats and not burn them.  


I also got an awesome idea for a new way to cook my egg whites from Jenna at http://eatliverun.com/!

Thanks for the tip Jenna!! I took 1/2 cup of egg whites, added some salt and pepper, and stuck it in the microwave for 2 minutes, and they turned out perfect!!  They tasted amazing and were the perfect addition to my steel cut oats.  Sometimes I feel like I don’t get enough protein in the morning and this is a great, quick and easy way to make sure that I can fit it in.  With my busy schedule I don’t really have to time to stick the eggs in the pan and cook them up on the stove.  I digress….

When my oats and eggs were done, they looked like this…


I decided to cut the egg whites up in cubes and add them to my oatmeal….surprisingly, they tasted great together…..


and made my taste buds and tummy so happy!!

When I went to the Mandolin to study with Victoria, I had an iced pomegranate green tea, and a salad with mixed greens, chicken, green apple slices, walnuts, dried cranberries and a little bit of honey mustard dressing.  I completely forgot to take my camera!  Darnit!  Oh well, that certainly won’t be the last time that I go there and order that salad, so I am sure that I will have pics for you in the future!

When I got home, “the Hubbs” was making breakfast for dinner….pancakes!  I think he must have been a chef in another life because he was flipping the pancakes on the pan and really looked like a pro!


I had a few bites of his pancakes…he wanted me to be the taste tester and I was not going to argue, but I decided to have this for snack instead before I headed out to the grocery store.


A yummy Ruby Red Grapefruit!!  They were only .79 each at the grocery store when I went this morning to pick up kitty food so I couldn’t resist picking a few up! (that and I have a serious grapefruit addition)


Well, grocery shopping took up a good portion of my night and when I got home, I DID NOT feel like cooking……so, I decided to have one of these….




 Vietnamese Style Chicken Wrap from Trader Joe’s,  I ate it without the dipping sauce and it was just what I needed.


Mmmm, Mmmmm, Mmmmmm.  I really should just make my own wraps more often, I always enjoy these so much and I am sure that I could come up with all kinds of awesome combinations.  **note to self make wraps and eat lots of them**  🙂

“The Hubbs” decided to make himself a supreme french bread pizza (as you can see, he and I have totally different eating habits…but that does not mean that I didn’t have a few bites…hehe).  To be honest, it built me up a lot and let me down, it really lacked in flavor and was waaaay too greasy, sooooo didn’t compare to my wrap!  He wasn’t too pleased with it either, and he is a huge fan of pizza and could eat it every day.  Actually, I could too…if they weren’t loaded with so many calories and so much fat. 


After dinner I spent about an hour working on the book-keeping for our business and decided to work on my blog for the day since I have been neglecting it over the past week or so.  I hope you all have enjoyed my posts so far!  I really get a lot of joy out of putting this blog together and hope that others get that same joy from reading it…although my day to day life and eats aren’t nearly as interesting as some of you out there.

So far my sweet tooth hasn’t kicked in, so it looks like no desert for me…which is a good thing for sure.

If I change my mind I will be back with a pic to share!

Well, I had a great day and I hope you all did too!!  I can’t wait to start my spring break tomorrow!  Woohoo!!!!

Have a great night everybody and I will check back in tomorrow!

Oh, and here is my cute pic for the day!  I came home to this the other night when I got home from work….hubby and Spike sleeping on the couch.  ZZZZZZZZZZZZ