Haunting Fitness Goals

What is haunting your athletic performance?

Are you haunted by any upcoming fitness goals? Training for any races?

This was the site recently as I arrived at my trainer’s house for my weekly early morning crossfit workout.

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Little did I know this would be an appropriate site for the workout in store.

It was benchmark day! Excuse me, but I was uninformed or prepared for this 😦

A few months ago we had our first benchmark. 18:48 was my completion time. So that would mean on this day my competitive spirit would have to beat that 🙂

Here was the workout:

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I did it…18:12! I’m shooting for sub 18:00 next round. Another girl in my class bettered her results by 2 minutes!!!

Even though my results are improving in time and in overall fitness, I am considering bumping my cross training up to 2 days a week. Maybe adding a day in the pool for swimming. That would mean cutting a running day out.

Please offer your advice. As a runner, I enjoy my few days a week of pavement time. I do need to give my body a break though and focus more on other areas.

Thoughts?

Suggestions welcome 🙂

Don’t let the exercise zombies get you. Scare those last few LB’s away or those last seconds right off.

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I met my friend early and she was ready for Halloween with her trick or treat headband:)

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We were treated to a beautiful sunrise and a show by some dolphins.

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Don’t get tricked by Halloween Snacks, Treat yourself to a workout today!
Just like we did this morning on the boardwalk 🙂

Happy Halloween
Jess

Tune In Tuesday (Hurricane playlist)

Only appropriate to have a hurricane themed playlist today…Bunker Down and Enjoy!!!

1. Luke Bryan – Rain Is A Good Thing
2. Scorpions – Rock You Like A Hurricane
3. Keith Urban – Raining on Sunday
4. Cowboy Mouth – Hurricane Party
5. The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
6. Adele – Set Fire to the Rain
7. Hunter Hayes – Storm Warning
8. Bob Dylan – Hurricane
9. Zac Brown Band – The Wind
10. CCR – Have You Ever Seen The Rain
11. Fat Joe – Make it Rain
12. Guns n Roses – November Rain
13. 2 AM Club – Hurricane
14. Jars of Clay – Flood
15. Carrie Underwood – Blown Away

What songs would you add?

Happy Singing
Jess

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Raincheck on Running

I am stranded inside as Hurricane Sandy pounds the Virginia Coast. Rain is coming in hard and wind is blowing around 35 mph with gusts near 50. We are not geting the worst of it, but we are getting heavy rain.

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Yesterday the ocean was ripping and crazy.This was the view of the beach and ocean from 64th street.

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Sandy boots from Hurricane Sandy

The only exercise I have done since Saturday was a brief beach walk down to snap these photos. It seems I will be taking a rincheck from running.

Today it doesn’t seem like I will be venturing out so I put out a make shift rain gauge on the deck.

First shot empty at noon.

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15 minutes later….

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Nearly 1/2 inch

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Just under an hour and an inch of rain already!

It’s none stop in Virginia Beach.

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1 hour and 15 minutes!!!!

Unfortunately this weather makes me hungry and I keep cooking and snacking 🙂

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Maybe a WOD later from the den 🙂

How are you dealing with cabin fever?

Any good at home workout suggestions?

Check out my Pinterest board for some at home work out ideas!

Happy Hurricaning
Jess

Wicked 10k

The fourth annual Blue Moon Wicked 10k race time was near. We had one last night of costume preparation accompanied by a carb loading dinner. Compliments of my dear friends Luke and Thao!

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Homemade Pasta

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Tomato Sauce

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Bolognese Sauce

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Homemade Caesar and Caesar Dressing

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Cooked Fresh

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Fresh Ingredients
Delicious 🙂

Now it was time for our costume reveal…

Once our bellies were nice and full we had Gangnam practice.

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I headed home for rest and to catch the most up to date forecast for race day! Hurricane Sandy was approaching Virginia Beach….WINDY!

I woke to cloudy and gusty conditions. Evidence of Sandy was clear. But we were on to run rain or shine!

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Pre race pose

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Psy is ready!

We started the race and began our dance through the 6.2 mile course. With several flash mob attempts, walking breaks, water stations stops, and severe wind conditions….it took us a little over an hour to finish. One thing is for sure. This race is named appropriately. WICKED indeed! The past 2 years have been windy and crazy running weather!

A glimpse of sunlight came out at the finish.

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Then we headed over to a well earned post race party and beer! This year we received Blue Moon Wicked 10k tumbler cups. Love the race swag!!! Thanks J & A !

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After a day of football and rest, PSY and his Gangnam Dancers were ready to go again!

Saturday Night Halloween Party!!!

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We even found other Wicked Runners!

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We indulged in a delicious caramel
apple-tini 🙂

Did you get WICKED? Did you run? Dress up?

Did Sandy impact your workout plans?

Share your pics!

Oppa Gangnam Style
Jess

Wicked 10k Preparations

Time to get WICKED !

Two days to go before the Blue Moon Wicked 10k. Is your training complete? Are your costumes ready? For us adults, this gives us an opportunity to dress up and get festive for Halloween.

This 6.2 mile race will start at the Virginia Beach Convention Center and take you through the oceanfront and you will end on the boardwalk. There is also a costume contest and these people go all out!!! If you are not running, I encourage you to come and check out the extravagant costumes! You will not be disappointed.

This will be only my second Wicked, but already I know it will be a blast. Last year the weather was cold and severe winds made it tough to run a decent time.

This year there will be some challenges as well.

Challenge 1
This year the weather looks to be a bit uncertain and hopefully Hurricane Sandy will hold off.

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WVEC

Challenge 2
Running in costumes!!! 4 of us are running together. Here is a preview…

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Stay tuned for more pictures after the race on Saturday!

What are you dressing up as?

Happy Costuming
Jess

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A Day of Rest and A New Playlist

Sometimes you need a day of rest and recovery…from life and from exercise.

I was on a streak for several weeks of some great workouts and great runs. Then recently I have been struggling with some reoccurring injuries. Hopefully some rest and some new tunes will reenergize my fitness motivation!

Browsing the latest iTunes tracks is among my favorite lazy Sunday activities.

My latest playlist contains some new songs and some old favorites.

Bruno Mars, Paper Route, Daughtry, Coldplay, Fionna Apple

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Bruno Mars

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Coldplay

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Daughtry

It’s a mash up of yesterday and today 🙂

Happy Downloading
Jess