How to Motivate Yourself to Workout AFTER Work

While I LOVE to exercise, there are several instances where I really just don’t feel like working out (even though I should). Let’s face it, after a long day of work, sitting on the couch, surfing the net and vegging out sound so much more appealing than tackling the gym.

While I wish I could workout in the morning, it’s just not an option for me. My inability to get to bed before 11 p.m sometimes gets the best of me, which makes working out in the morning even more difficult than the evening.

So how is one supposed to get motivated to workout after a long day, especially when it’s the last thing you want to do? Well my friends, it is definitely easier said than done, but it IS doable and is DOES get easier, I promise!

If you know that you need to workout, but sometimes lack that extra push, then I suggest you try these 5 simple tips to help you get motivated to workout AFTER work.

1) Take a Class or Get a Buddy

Working out with other people who are excited to workout is contagious. When you exercise alone, you really need to dig deep for that intrinsic motivation that is sometimes missing after a long and stressful day. If you belong to a gym, checkout some of the classes that they offer such as Zumba, BodyPump or Barre.

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Alternatively, you can work out with a partner such as a friend, co-worker or significant other. Group support is powerful and keeps you accountable.

2) Pack Your Clothes

The night before you go to work, pack a bag with all of your clothes, sneakers, towel, water etc. This will enable you to go straight to the gym directly after work, versus having an excuse to go home. Once you go home to change, you may be tempted to just stay home and avoid working out all together.

If you must go home, because your gym is in your building or in your home, then try to avoid sitting or starting any other errands that are staring you in the face. Create a habit of changing immediately, and you will be less likely to skip your workout.

3) Schedule, Schedule, Schedule!

Schedule your workouts into your calendar just as you would any other important appointment. You wouldn’t cancel on a doctor’s appointment that you had on your calendar for months, so treat your exercise dates the same way.

4) Sign up for a Race

Nothing motivates me more than signing up for a race. Most of the races I do are to benefit a great charity, which makes me feel like my run is meaningful.

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Don’t worry if running is not your thing because not all races involve running. There are several walk-a-thons, mud runs, bicycle races and much more. Find out what you like and invite your friends and family to participate or come watch!

5) Change Your Outlook

Instead of dreading  exercising after work, try to look forward to it. Working out is something GOOD that you are doing for your body. It is something that gives you control over your health and well-being, and helps you to unwind, destress and have some “me time”.

While at work, try to think to yourself I can’t wait until my workout! Instead of  Ugh, I don’t believe I have to workout after this. Most of what we do it 90% mental. If you anticipate having a great workout all day, then you will most likely enjoy it and will be less likely to skip it.

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Do you workout before or after work?

How do you motivate yourself to workout?

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Christmas Abdominals Workout

Here is a quick and effective Christmas ab workout that everyone should be able to fit into their busy holiday schedule.

It can be difficult to stay consistent with your normal workout sessions throughout this time of the year. Fast workouts done a few times over, are a great way to get that heart pumping!

Listen to your favorite Christmas playlist, while thinking about all of the Christmas cookies you are going to indulge in. Then I’m sure you’ll be motivated to repeat this workout over and over again!

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How do you stay motivated to workout during the holiday season?

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“Take a Breather” Treadmill Workout

Happy Friday!

Last night, after work (yes I’m getting better at after work workouts!) I completed a quick 4 mile run on the treadmill. Instead of running straight through, I took a 2 walking breaks in between. I find that sometimes taking a short walking break during my runs can actually enhance my performance, plus sometimes you just need to take a breather!

I covered just over 4 miles and felt great!  I’m not seriously training for any races yet, so I’m kind of just doing whatever I want with my runs. A run is a run, that’s how I look at it!

Breakfast Update

I don’t regularly share my breakfast’s on the blog on a regular basis because:

A) I bet you can guess what I almost always have!

B) I don’t eat my breakfast at home 5 out of 7 days a week.

I usually eat my breakfast around 9:00 at my desk, while I plow through my work. I wake up around 6:45 every morning, get ready, leave the house by 7:30 (stop for coffee) and arrive at work between 8:15-8:30.

I don’t like to rush through my breakfast, nor do I like to eat too early in the morning. I make sure to leave a few yogurts in the fridge at work, so that I can prepare my breakfast in the comfort of my own cube.

I make sure to have all of my fix-in’s on hand, so that I create my delicious yogurt masterpiece of a breakfast!

Not fancy, not necessarily pretty, but it gets the job done and allows me to enjoy my breakfast at my own time without being rushed.

Have a great weekend!

 

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What time do you typically eat breakfast?

Where do you eat your breakfast?

 

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My Christmas Playlist

Hey guys! How was everyone’s weekend?

Nothing too eventful to report on the forefront this weekend for me. just a lot of R&R along with something I haven’t done all that much of lately.

Yup, I ran a whole 6 miles on Saturday, and it was great! Ever since my half-marathon, I have tapered my running due to the weather, my job and pure lack of motivation.

It is very hard for me to fit a run in before work because I would have to wake up at 5 a.m, and that’s just too early for me to do on a regular basis.

It’s also difficult for me to run after work, because I don’t like running at night. It doesn’t matter whether I run on a treadmill or outside, running at night has never particularly been my thing. Actually, the pure idea of working out at night doesn’t really excite me at all. Yes I’m difficult I know! When will daylight savings be over so I can get my sunlight back again?!

During my small hiatus from running, I’ve gotten the opportunity to experiment with several other workouts, such as Zumba and Barreworke. Although these classes are taught at night, they are also taught in a group atmosphere and I find them to be really fun! The fact that they are taught when it is dark out doesn’t phase me in this circumstance (I know I’m weird, but whatever works right?)

Although I love both Zumba and Barreworke, and want to continue to make them part of my fitness routine, there is just nothing like the feeling I get after completing a run. 

For some reason running gives me this high (runners high?) that makes me feel invincible. When I run, I feel accomplished. I feel like increased my level of physical fitness, and did something that will improve my overall well-being.

Since I have not been running on a regular basis, I told myself that I would aim to complete between 3-5 miles on my Saturday morning run.

I think what gave me the extra push to finish off a full 6, was this fantastic Christmas playlist that I put together beforehand . Some classic carols coupled with some new age tunes got me in the mood to run, and to keep running! Enjoy :)

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Do you prefer to workout in the morning, afternoon or at night?

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

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My Experience With–Barreworke

Time for another “My Experience With…” Post!

In case you missed it My Experience With…is a new segment that I added to the blog. Every so often (about 1x a week) I will write about my experience with a certain fitness class, exercise, recipe, eating plan etc…Basically anything!

If you have questions on any of my experiences, or have suggestions on a specific experience you’d like to hear about, feel free to contact me, or leave a comment below.

Feel free to check out my last “My Experience With” post on Zumba here!

My Experience With–Barreworke

Before visiting  Studio Poise I had no idea what The Bar Method or “Barreworke” class was. Sure I knew it involved the same barre that is used in ballet, but that’s about it.

Since joining the studio and participating in several Zumba classes, I decided to see what this “Barreworke” was all about.  Barreworke is a class very similar to The Bar Method, exclusive to Studio Poise.

According to their website:

Barreworke is a workout designed to tone, trim, and transform the body. By blending dynamic movement with calorie-blasting cardio, Barreworke targets those trouble zones such as the hips, thighs, glutes, and core. 

I honestly did not think that a Bar Method type class would be difficult. I had read before that there wasn’t much cardio involved, 2-3 lb weights are used and it is mostly all low impact (no jumping or running).  How hard can it be, right? Wrong!

My body was burning through the exercises, and by the end of the class my muscles were so exhausted (in a good way) that they were shaking! With a countless amount of reps, 2 lbs can start to feel real heavy, trust me.

All of the exercises involve small movements that are repeated 20-30 times.  This may not seem like a lot, but targeting the same muscles repeatedly throughout different motions is very tiring.

Along with the bar and the 2-3 lb weights, a resistance band and squishy ball (not sure of the technical term?) are used as well.  We did several exercises holding the resistance band over our head along with keeping the ball between our legs while holding a squat. Sound easy?<—No.

In Barreworke it is important to remember to keep your toes pointed and heals off the ground when doing several of the moves. This is the part that I find most difficult, probably because of my lack of ballet (or any dance) experience.

A lot of the moves require balance, core strength and a little grace is helpful too! The positions seemed awkward to me at first, but since they are repeated several times, I got the hang of it pretty quick.

The class ends with a few abdominal exercises done on the mat, and some light stretching. Once we were done, my triceps, glutes and calves were burning the most. I wobbled my way out, and definitely felt sore the next day!

After taking a few Barreworke classes, I’ve decided that I definitely want to make this class a steady part of my exercise routine. As I have mentioned before, I have been deemed the “cardio queen” by many due to my strength training routines, or lack there of. After a long run, or match on the tennis court, the last thing I want to do is lift weights. It just seems so boring to me.

Although I have never taken a Barreworke class anywhere else, I imagine that just like any other group exercise class, the instructor sets the tone for the whole class. Danielle’s upbeat spirit makes squats and leg lifts seem fun and enjoyable!

Barreworke truly does target your whole body.  Throughout the entire class I felt like I was toning and conditioning every muscle group, without bulking. It is energizing because of the fast paced music and group atmosphere. I also like the fact that some ballet moves are thrown into the mix because it’s something new and out of comfort zone.

Hopefully I’ll still be able to incorporate Barreworke into my schedule a few times a week. Come January I am going to start to seriously train for my spring races, and I feel like it would be the perfect kind of exercise to compliment running.

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Have you ever taken a Bar Method type class before?

What is one type of exercise class that you would consider outside your comfort zone?

 

 

 

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Tips for an Intense Dorm Room Workout

Hello, hello!

Sorry for the lack of posting yesterday. I went on a brief trip to New York City this weekend, and returned last night. A full recap on that escapade coming your way tomorrow!

Today I have a fabulous guest post brought to you by Nadia Jones. Nadia has been working as a freelance writer for many years now and is currently serving as a regular contributor for the online college directory, OnlineCollege.org. In her spare time, Nadia enjoys cooking up new vegetarian recipes and listening to live local music. Feel free to send any questions or comments her way at Nadia.Jones5@gmail.com.

Tips for an Intense Dorm Room Workout

Think you can’t get a good workout in the confines of your dorm room? Think again. If you’ve got space to do jumping jacks, you’ve got space to do a variety of other exercises, as well. All you need are a few tools and a good workout mix on your iPod. Let’s get started!

 

Cardio

You don’t need to go out and buy a cardio machine to get your heart pumping. When it comes to aerobic exercise, calisthenic exercises can be just as effective as going for a jog or riding a bike. Calisthenics are systemic rhythmic exercises that don’t require the use of equipment. They’re great for strengthening your heart, lungs and muscles. Example exercises that fall into this group are running in place, jumping jacks, lunges, squats, calf raises, sit-ups and push-ups. Another great calisthenic exercise is jumping rope.

To complete your calisthenic cardio session, move from one exercise to the next with no breaks. Begin by running in place for one minute. This will quickly warm up your muscles and get them ready for the rest of your session. Next, alternate 50 jumping jacks with 30 seconds of running in place until you have completed three sets of each exercise. Finish the session with three sets each of lunges, squats, calf raises, sit-ups and push-ups (10 to 15 reps each set). The goal of this session is to move seamlessly from one exercise to the next. If you break a sweat, you’re doing it right.

Stretching

The final verdict has yet to come in on whether or not stretching is a necessary component of exercise. However, most fitness trainers and athletic professionals do believe it is beneficial, because it improves flexibility and can prevent injury; so don’t skip it!The great thing about stretching is that it rarely requires equipment and can be done anywhere. This slide show from Mayo Clinic shows how to do ten basic stretching exercises, and if you need to learn more about the correct way to stretch, take a look at this article, also from Mayo Clinic.

Strength Training

When most people think of strength training, they think of heavy equipment and racks of weights, but it is possible to build muscle without using these items. However, you will need a few tools, but they are all very small and can be easily tucked away in a closet or corner or under a bed. The best tools for dorm room strength training include:

  • Stability Ball: A stability ball can be used for a wide variety of strength exercises. Most stability balls are sold with a manual or DVD of suggested exercises, or you can find exercises online. When you’re not exercising, use the ball as a chair. It will engage your abdominals, giving them a tiny workout while you’re studying or surfing the internet.

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  • Resistance Tubes: Resistance tubes are the inexpensive alternative to free weights. As with the stability ball, most are sold with a manual or DVD of suggested exercises. You can use a resistance tube in combination with a stability ball for an even more challenging workout. When you’re finished with your workout, simply stow them away in a storage bin or drawer.

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  • Adjustable Weights: If you have the extra cash and are interested in building muscle mass, consider purchasing a set of adjustable weights. They are essentially a whole set of free weights stacked into one, neat package. Although they’re a bit pricey, they’re the best option for weight training in a small space. PowerBlock sells a 24 pound set at Dick’s Sporting Goods for $159.99. When not in use, adjustable weights can be hid under a bed or in closet.

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What other ideas do you have for a great dorm room or at home workout?

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My Experience With–ZUMBA

Good Morningggg!

How’s everyone doing this morning?

I’m excited because today I have a new feature that I am introducing on M.Y.A. The feature is called “My Experience With–”.  How it will work is that every so often I will do a post that involves my experience with a certain fitness class, recipe, food, place etc…

This feature is going to be pretty random, so be ready to read and learn about my experience with well- anything! Here is the first installment of My Experience With– Enjoy!

My Experience With–Zumba

I consider myself a creature of habit, but I won’t lie about the fact that I tend to get bored very easily. This goes for almost all aspects of my life whether it be at work, when I was in school and especially with my workouts/fitness routines. When things start to come to easily I become less than motivated to continue and find myself seeking other options.

When spin class got old, I picked up outdoor running. When I completed my first half-marathon, I took a break from running long distances and signed up for The Rebel Race. I like to stay consistent, but I also like to be challenged. I believe that goals/consistency are necessary to be successful, but change is also essential.

So why am I bringing this all up today? In case the title of this post didn’t already give it away, I’ve decided to shake things up (literally) with my workouts yet again!

A good friend of mine introduced me to Studio Poise, a dance studio where group fitness classes such as Zumba, Barreworke and Poise are taught.

If you have never heard of Poise before, it is the studio’s signature class created my the owner Danielle Roback herself.  It is a fusion of Pilates, dance, light weight training, isometrics and overall body conditioning and let me tell you it’s a killer workout!

So far I have taken Danielle’s Zumba, Poise and Barrework classes (not all on the same day!) and am glad to report that they are all very different, fun and challenging in their own ways.

Danielle and I pre-Zumba

I have to admit that I can be classified as a “cardio queen”. I love to run and I grew up playing tennis.

If I run at the gym, their is a slight change that I will do about 10-15 min of strength training, but not much more than that. Lifting heavy weights never really interested me, but with guns like these why would I need to strength train? <—Haha, that is a joke obviously!

Speaking of cardio, I was not aware of how much cardio Zumba involves!

Just to give you a little background info-I’ve never taken a Zumba class prior to my experience at Studio Poise, nor have ever taken professional dance style classes of any type. Aside from that one year I took jazz in 3rd grade, and all that college night clubbing, (kidding, kind of) I would consider myself a true beginner.

Luckily thank God, Danielle is very welcoming and her classes involve people of all different ages, sizes and backgrounds. Everyone is psyched about having a good time while dancing around to high-energy Latin music in a non-intimidating atmosphere. Zumba truly is “one big dance party!”

Truth be told, I was lost for a good 75% of the first class, and my coordination was probably WAY off,  but it was still loads of fun!

Zumba is unique because the instructors don’t speak much throughout the class. Instead they use hand signals or claps that signify certain moves. It’s all about learning by watching and by repetition. This was frustrating at first, but since most of the songs/routines remain the same for several weeks you are supposed to get the hang of it.

To me Zumba seems to be the perfect balance between being consistent, but also challenging. I am not a natural at this so it’s definitely challenging for me, but since a lot of the moves are the same it’s also consistent. Most importantly though-Zumba is FUN! If you don’t believe me, just watch the video below.

Before I knew it an hour had passed, I was drenched in sweat and having a great time! Zumba really does stay true to its motto. Ditch the workout, join the party!

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Have you ever taken a Zumba class before? What are your thoughts?

Do you tend to get bored easily with the same workout routine? What do you do to change things up?

 Quote of the Day

“If you are not prepared to take risks, you can’t expect to get results”


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Ways to Prevent Knee Injuries When Running

Hi everyone!

How is everyone doing today? I can’t believe that it’s already Friday! Anyone else feel like this week totally flewwwwwwwww by? Last weekend’s half-marathon took a lot out of me, so I’m definitely looking forward some nice R&R this weekend with this guy!

I’m excited because today I have a fantastic guest post for you from Agnes Jimenez.

Agnes is a professional blogger and writer.  She writes for various online establishments and currently partners with ProForm.com in raising awareness about the importance of health and fitness. Her works can also be seen in one of the most famous health communities online – Health2News.com.  She also blogs about health and fitness here.  You can also follow her on twitter @empressofdrac.

Take is away Agnes!

Ways to Prevent Knee Injuries When Running

Running is one of the best forms of total-body conditioning.  More important, it is easy to do and free.  People do not need costly gym memberships to pound the pavement and putting one foot in front of the other does not require a tremendous amount of coordination or athletic skill.  Unfortunately, however, this exercise is the leading cause of many workout-related injuries, especially those that impact the ankles and knees.  Following are several things that both new and experienced runners can do to limit the likelihood of developing a knee injury.

Get the Proper Shoes

Having the proper gear is essential for avoiding injury when running and not just any old pair of shoes will do if you plan on running on a regular basis.  There are many options in running shoes and these can be markedly different from basic and more all-purpose shoe designs.  You want to get optimal shock absorption and support from the shoes that you choose.  You also want to have a good range of motion for the mid-portion of the foot in order to prevent heel strain and heel injuries.  The best of these will be well ventilated and include materials that naturally wick moisture away from the foot.

 Choose Your Running Surfaces

Running the city streets has a number of disadvantages.  As you increase in speed, endurance and your awareness of your surroundings, you will find that the exhaust fumes from passing cars becomes more and more difficult to ignore.  Additionally, the stress that running on concrete will have on the knees, ankles and other joints will quickly become noticeable.  It is better instead to stick to softer surfaces with a bit more give.

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Find the Right Paths to Traverse

Many people enjoy running over rugged and very scenic terrain.  It can be relaxing, spiritually uplifting and downright beautiful.  It can also be very dangerous.  When you step off of the paved path you always have to keep an eye out for fallen tree limbs, differences in surface textures and unexpected rises and drops.  This challenges runners to apply more focus to their efforts; however, it often results in twisted ankles and damaged tendons among other things.  If you are not adept at paying attention to road that lies ahead, it is definitely best to always stick with a smooth, paved road rather than one that is bumpy and unpredictable.

 

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Give Your Joints a Break

Even if striking the asphalt is not causing you to feel discomfort directly in the knees, it could be causing you pain in other areas, which will ultimately result in more stress on the knees.  For instance, if your shins or ankles become sore, you will probably hit the pavement a bit differently than if not.  Rather than shortening your workout or taking complete breaks on days that you would rather be running, try using different forms of exercise equipment to get the same total body benefits without the added pressure and stress.

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Treadmills and elliptical machines can tighten and tone the entire body.  They also have a number of added benefits for dedicated runners.  For a one-time and often very nominal cost, people can equip their homes with the tools that they need to stay physically active throughout the year.  Rain or snow, with one of these on hand you can be sure to have continual access to an aggressive and intense form of training.

When Choosing the Right Exercise Equipment

If you want to find some good ellipticals here are a few things to keep in mind:

• Look for models that have been well reviewed

• Choose a seller that offers delivery and set-up services

• Select an option that will give you a good range of motion with your current ceiling height

When you are properly equipped and prepared for the total-body conditioning that running provides, you can avoid some of the most common forms of knee injury.

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Thank you Agnes! Great Tips!

Have you encountered a knee injury or any injury due to running?

Do you have any suggestions on how to avoid knee injuries from running?

PS: I am this week’s featured Chobanic on The Chobani Yogurt Blog this week! Check it out :)

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Amica Half-Marathon Recap #2

In case you missed it, here’s Recap #1

Where did we leave off? Oh yes, the race had just begun!

My overall goal for this race was just to finish, with a secondary goal of not having to stop to walk. This was my first ever half-marathon and first time running over ten miles. Since I had done my longest run of 10 miles over a month ago, and because of my recent knee pain and serious taper in my training throughout this past month, I honestly was not sure how this was going to pan out.

As we began running, I tried to think about how far I had come, rather than how far I still had to go. I ran ten miles over a month ago, but at least I did do it at some point. Yes my knee bothered me a little, but I was still able to get through all of my training. It looked like it was about to downpour, but it was over 50 degrees, I was adequately dressed, and I was running alongside my two best friends.

I realized that I had done everything in my power to make this race a success, so at that very moment I let all of my negative thoughts subside, and ran my little heart out! Oh ya, and for the record it DID NOT DOWNPOUR! Yay!

Jill and I stuck together throughout the whole race. We ran the first 2.5 miles excruciatingly slow because of the large crowds of people. We probably should have lined up closer to the 9 minute mile marker, but I honestly liked starting off slow. I wanted to ensure that I would have enough energy to finish strong.

Around mile 4 we were running at a great pace. There were water and aid stations at every other mile so we made sure to grab some Gatorade or water, even if we weren’t thirsty.

Miles 5-9 FLEW by! We chatted, listened to our music and enjoyed the incredible scenery. This race was voted one of the prettiest courses to run, and now I know why!

We ran through some of the most scenic spots of Newport including Aqudneck Island, the historic Thames Street in downtown Newport, around Fort Adams State Park, past Hammersmith Farm and the Newport Country Club, around scenic Brenton Point and Ocean Drive and past the famous Bellevue Avenue mansions. 

Around mile 9, my Iphone died and I had no more music to listen to (someone help!) I tried everything to keep it alive, but the situation was inevitable. I lowered the brightness, barely switched songs and seldom adjusted the volume. The fact that I used the GPS app on my phone earlier, coupled with taking several pre-race photos and listening to music totally drained my battery!

There I was at mile 9 with 5 more miles to go and NO MUSIC! I told Jill, and she smiled and told me that I would be just fine (thanks Jill!)

Much to my surprise, I actually was fine with no music for 5 miles, and kept a steady pace. The beautiful scenery and the support groups standing on the sidelines definitely helped. I know that some people are able to run without music, but I never considered myself one of those people, well not until now anyway. I like to run to music, it motivates me, but it’s nice to know that I can do without it if I have to.

I’m such a dork

The last 3-4 miles were honestly kind of a blur. I remember my calves tightening up and my knees starting to hurt, but I just ignored the pain and kept going. I was NOT going to stop running. I do remember that mile 12 seemed awfully far from mile 11, but once we got there we only had one more mile left and I knew I had it in me!

We crossed the finish line in 2:18:36 which is slower than I anticipated, but I’m still very happy with this time. We were forced to run at a below average pace (for us) in the beginning, and did not challenge ourselves to make up for that lost time throughout the race. I also achieved my goal of simply finishing without having to stop to walk so that alone made me feel accomplished!

When we did cross the finish line I was THRILLED, but I still had some steam to keep going if I had too. To me this means that I probably could have finished a little bit faster if I had pushed a little harder, but it was my first half-marathon and didn’t know what to expect.

After the race was over, we picked up our medals and took some post-race photos. Check out the bling!

We then picked up some post race fuel (Powerbar and Gatorade), and boarded the shuttle to get back to the car.

We were on our way back home when we noticed a Marylou’s Coffee Shop. I immediately pulled over since I’ve wanted to try Marylou’s coffee for the longest time! I went with a hot “milk and cookies” decaf coffee. It was fantastic and the perfect way to end an incredible morning!

I am glad to report that post-race I am feeling slightly sore and fatigued, but nothing some foam-rolling and extra sleep won’t fix!

A BIG thanks to everyone who supported me during my training and congratulations to everyone who completed the Amica Marathon and Half-Marathon! It was an experience of a life time and I couldn’t have done it without you.

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Have you ever ran a half-marathon or marathon?

 

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Amica Half-Marathon Recap

Hooray, I did it!

This weekend I ran the race I have been talking about since the summer- The 2012 Amica Half Marathon! Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

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My two friends Jill and Christina, slept over my house the night before, so that we could all drive to the race together. Since the race began at 8a.m, we set our alarms for 4:30a.m (no that’s not a typo!) It was imperative that we left the house no later than 5a.m. Newport is over an hour away from my house, and we also had to make sure we had enough time to park, take a shuttle to the race start, pick up our bibs and t-shirts, and have enough time to eat and grab coffee.

Waking up this early actually wasn’t as hard as I had anticipated. My excitement completely negated any tiredness that I may have felt! I was in bed by 10:30p.m, and made sure to pre-pack some breakfast and snacks, as well as lay out my clothes ahead of time. Preparation is key kids.

We arrived in Newport around 6:15a.m, which was slightly ahead of schedule. Luckily we spotted a Dunkin’ Donuts not too far from where we were supposed to park, so we decided to grab some coffee and pre-race fuel.

Let me just say that it was totally worth getting up early and driving, rather than paying a ridiculous amount of money for a hotel that we would have used for all of 7 hours. I was nervous about waking up early, being tired, getting lost, hitting traffic or anything else that could potentially go wrong during the drive. Fortunately, none of the above occurred, so we made the right decision. Plus we saved some money-definitely a win-win!

At Dunks, Jill and Christina got a flat-bread and a bagel, while I stuck to my usual cup of Chobani (not pictured) with a Kashi bar for some extra staying power. It’s hard for me to eat ANYTHING that early in the morning, but I am able to scarf down yogurt no matter what time of the day it is! We had plenty of carbs for dinner the night before, so I wasn’t all that worried about being hungry during the race.

What I was worried about though, was the super long line of traffic we hit before entering the race parking lot! It was about 7:20a.m and we still had to park, hop on the shuttle, get our bibs and use the restroom!

Luckily parking, taking the shuttle and finding our bibs was quite easy!

Getting to a porter potty on the other hand was a different story!

Holy lines! We were getting concerned because it was 7:50a.m and we were STILL waiting in line!  Of course we didn’t just stand there and do nothing, we utilized this time by stretching, taking photos and praying that the weather would hold up for us! The forecast predicted a 30% chance of rain, but it honestly looked like it was about to downpour at any time.

Finally after about 10+ minutes of waiting in line, we were on our way to the race start! The race began a little after 8a.m (probably because the organizers realized that a lot of people were STILL in line for the bathroom) which was fine with me. Before I knew it the race had started and we were off and running!

 Stay tuned for Part 2!

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