Running with the Bunnies

Hey there, hope you had a great weekend!

I was so psyched for this weekend mainly because my cold is finally gone and I was looking forward to some nice, uninterrupted workout time. Weekdays are crazy because of my commute and while I’ll probably start trying to get up a little earlier to fit in some workouts more consistently, I have a new found appreciation for weekends right now.

I was rarin’ to go on Friday, so I decided to kick things off with a speed workout at the track in the evening. I did 2 sets of 4×400 with 400 meters recovery in between each. I loved this workout and I felt 1,000 times better doing it than I did doing the Yasso 800’s last week. Except, that I kind of tortured my ankle. I had been wearing socks during the day, and I forgot that I had gotten blisters wearing those socks with my Asics sneakers because they aren’t quite high enough. Not thinking, I left them on to wear for my track workout, and about halfway through, I could tell I was getting a blister. 😦 I really didn’t want to cut my workout short though, so I just tried to ignore it as best I could and finish my sets. As soon as I finished the last 400 though, I tore my sneaker off – screw the cooldown, I was not running a step further.

2 Generations RunningThis was the end result. Painful, but hey on the brightside, my bloody sock/sneaker made me feel pretty hardcore. 😉

Saturday, I started my morning by sleeping in to the glorious time of 7:20 and then I coffee-ed up before doing this 20 minute arms workout from FitnessBlender -> Toned, Lean Arms Workout – Rhomboids, Shoulders, Bicep, Tricep, and Shoulder Workout. Just a note- if you try this workout, you’ll only need light weights. The moves are pretty dang tough and I feel it A LOT using the lightest dumbbells I have. I rounded out the morning with another 5 miler at a comfortable pace.

Sunday was the Run of the Bunnies. Not quite as dramatic as running with bulls, but a whole lot cuter. My mom and I set out at 7 am (ugh for not getting to sleep late) to try to beat the heat, as the high was supposed to reach 93 degrees for the day. She was going for 9 miles, and I opted to do 7. We followed her typical route into a nearby development that borders this grassy field and wooded area. Or as I will now think of it, bunny territory.

Bunny GIF | 2 Generations RunningAfter spotting 2 right off the bat, we decided to keep count of how many we saw. I didn’t manage to get my phone out in time to snap a picture of any of the little guys, but we ended up seeing 7 BUNNIES. There were more bunnies than people out! And they were adorable. If they weren’t so darn fast, I totally would’ve scooped one up and brought it home to be my pet. 😉

When I got home, I stretched on the deck a bit and Brady reminded me why I would never need another pet by “helping” me.

Brady | 2 Generations Running

Brady | 2 Generations RunningI ended up sweaty and covered in dog hair.

The rest of Sunday was spent kicking back and relaxing and trying to stay cool.

How was your weekend? Did you get some good workouts in? Stay tuned for a post on Marathon #2 coming from my Mom tomorrow!


Monday Runday: Week 1

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend, I sure did! I ran, ate a lot of delicious food, and got to visit family. All in all, a pretty great weekend! 🙂

As I mentioned in Wednesday’s post, my mom and I are in full-on training mode for our next half marathon in early May. We have just 4 weeks to train for it – here’s how Week 1 shaped up.

Monday – 6 miles + yoga. I’m not going to lie, I’ve pretty much forgotten everything about this run since it was a week ago. So, moving on…

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday – off. I did run up and down the stairs of subway stations, so I hope that counts for something. 😉

Friday – 3 miles (in  my new Asics Gel-Electro33’s! Full review to come.).

Asics Gel-Electro33 Running Sneakers | 2 Generations Running

The first two were at a relatively fast pace for me (8:45ish/mile). Then I ran home and grabbed Brady to join me for the last mile. Brady LOVES his sprints/walks, but he definitely needs a little help in the endurance category. My mom and I have been taking him on 1 mile runs every few days to see if we can turn him into a new running buddy.

Running with your dog | 2 Generations RunningHe started off quite fast, happily running alongside me at a sub 9 min./mile pace. Once the excitement wore off, he slowed down a lot, especially when he realized I was going to make him run up a big hill. But with a little cheering (“Come on Brady! Who’s a good dog?! YOU ARE, YOU CAN RUN UP THIS HILL, I KNOW YOU CAN!”), he found the boost he needed to make it to the top. 🙂

After our run, Brady plopped down on his bed for a recovery nap and I did a nice, challenging upper-body workout from Fitness Blender for my cross-training.

Saturday – 4 miles (8:41/mile). My comfort zone pace is usually around 9-9:30/mile, but I’ve been feeling really good pushing the pace lately! Maybe it’s been the increase in my cross-training, or maybe it’s just the warm weather that allowed me to run in capris on BOTH Friday and Saturday. Either way, I’m loving it. Now, I just hope my knee keeps playing nice and that I can continue the solid training through to May 3rd (race day!).

Sunday – 8 miles on Easter Sunday with my mama. We toned down the pace for this one, averaging around 9:30/mile. It was in the 30s and SUPER WINDY, which did not feel great after the 50 degree weather of the past couple days. Still, we got it done. We spent the rest of the day visiting my aunt, uncle, and cousins, and eating a SERIOUS feast.

Monday – I have 6 miles on the agenda for today and more yoga tonight! My hamstrings felt a little tight on the 8-miler, so I’m looking forward to a lot of downward dog, forward folds, and a little relaxation.

This week, I’m looking forward to a little weekend 5k- The Homes For Our Troops 5k! With any luck, we won’t get snowed out of this one.

Have a great week! 


The Race That Wasn’t.

Hello again!

I hope you all had a good weekend! I had some ups/downs this weekend, but I will say that it was overall, a pretty great weekend. I got to celebrate my birthday with cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory (I had their chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake and it was heaven), and I got some good workouts in. I did not, however, get to run the Nutty Irish 5k on Saturday. 😦

We knew snow was in the forecast for Friday evening, but we were only in the ‘coating- 1 inch’ region, and it was supposed to be all over by 11:30 Friday night. The race was scheduled for Saturday at 10:30, so no biggie we figured.

Well, I guess the meteorologists dropped the ball on that one. When I woke up around 7:30, it was STILL SNOWING and we already had a couple inches on the ground. We got ready to run anyway, assuming it would stop soon. I even put on me lucky socks to go along with the St. Patty’s theme.

Me Lucky Socks | 2 Generations RunningBefore hitting the road, we took a quick snow selfie. We’re smiling for the sake of the picture, but trust me, we are not amused by this first-day-of-spring weather.

2 Generations RunningThen we started driving. It quickly became clear that the roads were TERRIBLE. The roads in our town had not been salted or sanded yet, and it took us much longer than usual just to reach the highway. Once we were on the highway, we passed a few accidents where cars had spun out, hitting the concrete dividers. With a 50 minute drive still ahead of us, we had to call it off. I love a good 5k, but you do have to put personal safety first sometimes. 😉

So, we turned around and headed home, where we decided to take Brady for a snowy walk (or reenactment of the Iditarod depending on how you look at it.)

Brady, the chocolate lab. | 2 Generations RunningI tried to take some more cute pictures of Brady on the walk, but his modeling technique leaves a little to be desired.

BradyHe likes getting up-close and personal. 😉

When we came back from the walk, my mom and I decided to make our own special hot chocolate since we were missing out on the hot cocoa bar (with Bailey’s) that the post-race party was supposed to feature. We didn’t have Bailey’s, so we used a little orange triple sec, and that worked quite well, I have to say.

Hot Cocoa with Triple Sec | 2 Generations RunningI rounded out the morning with a quick upper-body workout from Fitnessblender, since it had been awhile since I did one of their videos. (In case you’re curious, it was Kelli’s 25 minute Tank Top Arms Workout, another awesome video!)

Sunday morning, the weather was finally clear and perfect for running. I knew I wanted to get in a nice, challenging run since I hadn’t been able to race yesterday. I decided to try my hand at a 5-mile progression run. I didn’t really know how it would go since my speed work went AWOL when my knee started acting up. My plan was to do the first mile around 9:00-9:15, and then try to get faster by 10 seconds for each following mile.

The run shaped up looking like this:

Mile 1: 9:01

Mile 2: 8:41

Mile 3: 8:32

Mile 4: 8:33

Mile 5: 8:43

I probably should’ve done the first mile a little slower, because I was really feeling it by that last mile. And Mile 2 was also a little fast, so I definitely need to keep working on regulating my pace. Mile 5 was  mostly uphill though, so I’m not too upset about the slower  split. I haven’t pushed myself to run outside my comfort zone in quite a while though, so I’m really happy with how this run went!

Fist Pump | 2 Generations RunningI hope I have some energy left in my legs today, because I’m planning on a barre workout!

Hope you had a great weekend! Were anyone else’s plans disrupted by the Spring snow?


The Last Blast of Winter Running… Maybe (I Hope)

Happy Monday folks!

I hope you all had a great weekend! My mom and I got some great runs in, so I’m going to give you the running edition of a weekend recap. 🙂

Saturday – 5 miles. The roads around here are still a little icy in spots, so some sections of this run were a little stop-and-go, but overall, not too bad.

Sunday – something between 8.3 and 8.5 miles. I use my Garmin GPS watch in addition to MapMyRun on my phone because I’m neurotic about recording my mileage on all devices. For some reason, my phone is always more generous with the miles than the GPS watch – has anyone else encountered that in their running?

My mom and I wanted to go a little further for this run to keep up with a weekly long run, even though we don’t have a half scheduled right now. It was supposed to be sunny and in the 40s, and I was excited about another warm run like on Wednesday. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. It was cloudy with the temp hovering in the 20s. Basically your typical winter weather in New England (what was that I said in my last post about Spring being here?).

We ran a different route from Saturday’s run. This one was a little less icy, but a lot hillier. I need to work on my mental toughness with hills. File that under running goals for warmer weather. 😉

Running hills | 2 Generations RunningMy mom and I were making great time and less than a mile from home when the flurries began. No big deal, I thought to myself, as we were almost done. We were running along a busy road with a narrow, snow-covered shoulder, and seeing a few cars coming, I took a few steps into a driveway to get over for them to pass, without really looking at the ground. BIG MISTAKE. Immediately, my feet were plunged into icy water as I stupidly ran through a huge puddle. My mom running behind me, saw my mistake and luckily avoided the water. Thank god, we were only two tenths of a mile or so from home! I booked it, eager to get back and take off my now-freezing sneakers. As we turned onto our street, the flurries picked up and turned into a mini snow squall. Ugh.

Unimpressed with winter running| 2 Generations RunningThat’s my sad, what-the-he**- is-happening face. Happy March y’all.

2 Generations RunningAfter, we came in and stretched while warming up a little. Then, the stretching turned into a new variation of yoga that I think will be very popular.

Dog Yoga | 2 Generations RunningDog yoga. You watch, it’s going to catch on. 🙂 Speaking of yoga, my mom and I start our yoga class tonight! I’m excited but also slightly depressed because it means I’m going to miss the beginning of the finale of The Bachelor. Yoga better be worth it. I’ll be sure to let you all know how it goes!

Did you run this weekend? Any other supporters of the dog yoga movement out there?


Friday Five {Favorites from the Week}

Happy Friday everyone!!

After missing the Friday 5 Link-Up the past couple weeks, I’m excited to hop back into it! As always, it’s hosted by Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC, Mar of Mar on the Run, and Cynthia of You Signed Up For What? Today’s topic is 5 favorites from the past week.

Friday 5 Link-Up

1. The first thing I’m loving this week has to be Wednesday’s run.

6 Miles | 2 Generations RunningAfter Stu’s Relay went so well, I figured I could start running a little further on a more regular basis. And the 40 degree temps on Wednesday was the perfect time to start!! My knee still twinges sometimes, but more so at the beginning of a run and less towards the end (before, it would start to hurt early on and get progressively worse over a run, so I think this is significant progress.) 🙂 My sneakers were SOAKED at the end of this run from all the melting snow, but I couldn’t have been happier.

2. The fact that March is finally here! As hard as it is to believe with 5 feet of snow on the ground, spring is actually coming. Plus, it’s my birthday month. 🙂

Spring is nature's way of saying, let's party!3. Brady trying to squeeze into Keeper’s (much smaller) bed. He has his own dog bed, which is twice the size, but for some reason, he sure seems to enjoy sleeping in Keeper’s new bed.

Brady and Keeper | 2 Generations Running

4. Having the time to cook. This was one of the things I was most looking forward to with being done with school, and it’s been great! I love scouring my Pinterest recipe board these days to find healthy and delicious meals. Last night I made paleo salmon sweet potato cakes from The Little Honey Bee, and they were delicious!

5. The Bachelor. The Women Tell-All episode was some excellent reality television, and I am stoked for Monday’s episode! Will he find Princess Farming? Sorry… Blame ABC for the pun.

prince farming2

 

Have a great weekend! 


Life Lessons from Brady & Keeper

Hey there!

This week I’ve been continuing to get ready to go back to school. I’m definitely going to miss my family… and that includes Brady (our chocolate lab) and Keeper (the black lab)! 🙂 I’ve learned a lot from these two dogs over the years, so I thought I would share some of these important life lessons (and treat you all to some really cute photos). So without further ado…

Important Life Lessons From My Dogs.

Don't be afraid to make the first move.Go ahead, plant a big, ol’ kiss on someone’s cheek. The sloppier the better.

Soak up the sun.

But make sure you slather on some sunscreen unless you have a thick, fur coat to protect you.

Take time to unwind.

Long day? Pour yourself a glass of wine and grab a good book. Also – nap.

take naps.

nap frequently

 

be helpful

Present someone in your family with one of their shoes. Even if they don’t ask for it. Bonus points if you carry it in your mouth. 🙂

Dance to the beat of your own drum.

It doesn’t matter if you have two left feet. Or paws.

do what you love.

Run. Swim. Chase tennis balls. Whatever you love doing.

 What life lessons have you learned from your pet? 🙂