Friday, July 20, 2018

Fast Friday

It's time for our fast Friday update! Here are some of the things we've done in the last week.

Saturday morning I went on my long run. And it was a beast. I slept in a little bit and got a later start than normal, it was 68% humidity and it rained a little at the start. My route had lots of stop lights, even though I hate running with stoplights, it gets a little tricky to avoid some when you're going 11 miles solo. I was soaked through and had a blister by the time I was done with the run, but I was happy I got it done.

I ran through a park for part of my run and saw hundreds of baby ducks everywhere.

Later, on Saturday we met up with some friends at a splash pad and played there for a couple of hours before dinner.

Monday night we decided to pick the apricots from our tree. We waited too long to do it this year. Our tree didn't produce much and it's been kind of a pain in the butt this year. And we don't love apricots (if I could choose what kind of tree that was, it would be a peach, but it was there when we moved in). So most of the apricots were overly ripe and Trevon threw them down to me and I caught them in this bucket, and then we threw them away.

Then we decided maybe we should just take the tree down. So we started cutting the branches all down. Then Trevon got a wasp sting on his lip while throwing the branches away. So we stopped for the night and we haven't started back up since. As we started thinking about it again, we realized that there's not going to be an easy way to take that stump out with the fence right there. And we live in an HOA community (never again!) that would just really be unhappy if we ripped the fence down.

Tuesday was a hot day so the kids played with their cousins and squirt guns. 

Also on Tuesday, I got a morning run in. It was another killer and super humid again. I had a terrible side ache the whole time. I'm thinking it might have something to do with this black cat that kept rubbing up against my legs while I was trying to run. 

I'm not really superstitious...

This summer there has been a lot of sleeping in the same bed going on. It doesn't bother me, it just makes me wonder why we bought a bunk bed sometimes instead of a full-size bed for them to share. I know this probably won't last forever though, so I'm going to enjoy them wanting to spend every second together while I can.

Wednesday was a swimming day for the kids. We love that we can spend a lot of time in the pool during the summer.

It was my niece's birthday party so they got to play and have pizza too.

While the kids were partying, Trevon and I went on a date. We went up to SLC and had dinner. Turns out that most restaurants had an hour wait because of several events going on. So we settled for a super fancy meal in the food court. It was just OK, but we still enjoyed ourselves. They did give us each our own chips and salsa, so that was cool.

And then we crossed another thing off of my bucket list by going to Phantom of the Opera. And it was amazing. I've seemed to cross several things off my bucket list in the last few years so I asked Trevon on the way home what was on his list and he said "do stuff that makes my wife happy" (awww). I know, he's pretty cute.

Thursday was a busy day getting ready to go camping! The girls went to my sister's to play for a while and V and I went to get a few things we needed at the store. He was pretty heartbroken that he didn't get to stay and play with "deff" (what he calls my sister) so I got him some ice cream to eat while we shopped. He was really good to share some bites with me :)

My workouts weren't super great this week but this is what they looked like:

Saturday: Long run ----> 11 miles

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: 5 easy miles with my sister in law

Tuesday: Tempo run ---> 6 miles. I ended up walking for at least a full mile somewhere in there.

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Speed work ----> 2.5 miles

What is something on your bucket list?

How were your runs this week?

Are you superstitious? 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

How Aaptiv is Helping Me Improve as a Runner

Today I want to share one of my favorite apps that I have on my phone and use almost every day ----->Aaptiv, and how I use it for my running.   I first heard of aaptiv when they reached out to me asking if I'd like a free trial. They weren't looking for a review in exchange or anything, in fact, everyone can get a free month trial on it. They just reached out thinking it would be something that would help my training after they had seen the blog. So I said I definitely wanted to try it out.

At first, my thought was that it would be an app that I could use for strength training but I'd still be working on running on my own. But I was really excited to see that they have programs for runners. So I figured I'd give that out a try for my free month because I was wanting to train for a 10k and they had a plan for that.

They have several different options for running training, outdoor, treadmill, 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon, and then they have running programs from beginner up to advanced, along with a lot of strength training programs, cycling and more. There really is something for everyone.

I was interested to see how it was going to work because I'd done at home workouts on TV and on other apps like Grokker, but I didn't know how it was going to work for running. Here's what I found out. Aaptiv has a lot of awesome trainers who go to a studio and record themselves talking you through your workout with music.  I put my headphones in and do what they tell me to do. It's like having a trainer or running buddy right there with you the whole time to tell you what to focus on next, cheering you one, and helping you stay strong.

My favorite running trainer is Rochelle.  She has great music and great motivation every time. She breaks the run up into sets and a lot of times while you're running, she will give you one thing to focus on for each set. So it keeps your mind busy and helps you feel the progress of the workout. Sometimes it feels like your workout will never end, and the way she breaks the workouts up helps you feel like you're getting things done.

When I set the goal to run a 10k, I also set a goal to do it in under 50 minutes. I felt like that was pretty average for a 10k. I didn't enter an actual 10k but I timed myself on the treadmill and ended up running it in 48 minutes. So that's not an official time or anything, but I was pleased that I didn't only meet my goal but I surpassed it by two minutes--something I know I wouldn't have done without the help from Aaptiv. And I plan on getting an official time for a 10k in the near future.

After getting injured and not being ready in time for the race I was planning on, I decided to go bigger and do a half marathon instead of a 10k. I've been training for that for a few months now and have used the training program with Aaptiv for the majority of my training. I do try to do my long runs without music, or the app just because the race I'm doing is a USATF race and doesn't allow headphones (though I'm pretty sure they aren't super strict about it). Aaptiv's half marathon training plan and the full both have full training guides that you can find on the app by clicking the "view training guide" at the top of the plan's page. It breaks literally every day up for you so there's no guessing in what you're going to do next.

Another thing I like about Aaptiv is that you can skip workouts and come back to them or you can redo workouts that you really liked. You can also download the workouts which comes in handy this time of year when we go camping but I don't want to miss out on my run. I don't have to worry about not having access to the internet or wifi because it's downloaded on my phone. And as a new feature on their app, you can now search for specific workouts by the trainer, muscle group, type of run, length of the workout etc. It makes finding what you need for each day super easy and takes out that much more work for the prep time in your workout.

If you're looking for a good training plan, an alternative to a personal trainer, or even just new motivation to get going again, I highly suggest aaptiv. They have so many options and so many different trainers to help you out!

Do you have any favorite workout apps?

Have you ever worked with a trainer or coach?