Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Random Photos

A few of my favorite pics :-)

This awesome tree was found while aimlessly driving in the middle of nowhere.

My friend took this one. The epitome of Fall.

My brave cat, Charlie

Someone lost their balloons.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Training for a 15K

photo courtesy of jrenphotos

I'll admit it, I have some weight to lose. I've lost it in the past but it always seems to find me again. So, this time around, I'm taking the focus OFF the weight loss and putting it on my health and training for a 15K! Makes sense, right? And who's not up for a little challenge every now and then. The big 4-1 will hit me in June and I will not waste any more time being overweight and feeling sluggish.
photo courtesy of soulgraffiti

Officially known as the Boilermaker, this 15K takes place in Utica, New York and brings in runners from all over the world. Best part? It ends at the Saranac brewery where a frosty beverage awaits you when you cross the finish line. If that isn't enough motivation, I don't know what is!

I've always enjoyed running and pick it up when I feel I need to drop a few, but really, it's something I want to continue on a regular basis. Keep challenging myself...good for the body and amazing for the mind.
photo courtesy of BigAnt

While a 15K is certainly daunting, I have until July to train. I'm up to about 3 miles and then I lose steam...and boredom sets in. No worries...a few new tunes on the ipod should help me push through that. Any suggestions??? And of course, I have to work on my stamina. Baby steps.

I hit the gym at least three days a week for a run on the treadmill; then the Nautilus machines to build some muscle and then a good stretch (my favorite part :-). I prefer to run at the high school track or the streets for a change of scenery but until old man winter decides to leave town, I'll head to the gym where I've never felt's just not my scene. Can anyone relate?

I've also been drinking a protein shake a day. Not only does it fill you up without a lot of calories, but it helps build muscle. More muscle = more fat loss! The rest of my diet is fairly healthy. Lots of fruits & veggies, chicken, salmon, Greek yogurt, oatmeal and brown rice.

Protein Shake Recipe:

In a blender, combine 1 cup light soy milk, 1 cup frozen berries or fruit, a few ice cubes and 1 scoop of whey protein powder. I also throw in some ground flax seeds (adds fiber, antioxidants and heart-healthy omega-3s). Kick up the blender and enjoy. :-)

In honor of my training, I'm offering a coupon code for 15% off your entire Latherati purchase, now until February 25. So, run (pun intended!) on over to the Latherati shop and enter coupon code: RUN15 at checkout.

So, if you have any training tips, advice, etc., let me know! Want to join me?? Grab your sneakers and let's run!