NIke Half training weeks 6 & 7- ready to go!

24 Mar

I am really good at training, not so good at blogging about it. I have had an amazing two weeks taking a couple of new cross training classes to keep things from getting boring.
I went to an aerobic vinyasa flow class at I.Am.You Studio. It was the most kick ass yoga session I have ever had. I will definitely be going back.
I also went back to Swerve fitness for another spin class. I was able to get less focused on the technology and just pedaled the heck out of my ride.

I managed to let my immune system get way out of whack.. too much sugar ( i.e margaritas) and lack of sleep on the weekends combined with long runs caught up with me. I have had to really focus on my nutrition and restorative exercise to get things back on track.
As a result, I did not get in the running miles I needed, but I walked my 10, 000 steps each day.
I need to work on the social/work/exercise/sleep/blog/craft/life balance.

Anyone else have that struggle?

Week 6
ran 21 miles
Swerve spin class
21 day fitness workouts ( 10 )

Week 7
ran 10 miles
Zumba master class – amazing one hour of kick ass rumba
I am You yoga class
Pilates mat class

Starting this next week, I will begin my practice races, I have a 5 K this Saturday, and 10 K next Saturday.
It will be nice to run with a crowd 🙂

Nike training update, skipped week 4 here is 5

09 Mar

Week four I missed my update. I ran 12 miles and had the last if our office Zumba classes at work but nothing else really to report.
This past week, my training has been more consistent because yeah ! We are out if February and just flipping the page on the calendar put a real pep in my commitment !
Today was my longest run to date 8 miles and I felt awesome. Running around South Norwalk as all this snow melts did prove challenging but it was nice to take in some sea air 🙂
The #21 day challenge workouts every morning at 5:30am have given me awesome 30 minute cross training exercises. I have to think this is giving me the knee and IT band strength I will need to get through the race successfully. The meal plan part of the plan is crazy for a runner in training. 1,200 calories do not work for me. I am eating more like 1,600. I can see how if you needed to lose inches along with the plan you would be shredding inches each week!

Here is this weeks breakdown
Ran 16 miles still working on hitting that 9-10 minute pace goal.
Piloxing class
21 days workouts ( days 7-14)
Meal plan containers
Meal plan containers
If you are interested in learning more about the 21 day challenge you can click here.
www.beachbodycoach.com/phyllis4fitness

Have a great week,
Signed,
Phyllis4fitness

Nike training Week Three- Gotta get organized!

23 Feb

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This was another great week with the Nike Training plan. Like I have said in previous posts. This Lady loves a plan. I have been using the Nike training app on my iphone and the armband while treadmill running. It does read about a half mile longer in distance than the treadmill but I am running more for time anyway. I have found that if I can commit to a solid hour of running that keeps me sane.
I did some speed work and that really got my heart pumping!
For cross training, I had a great opportunity with my co workers at Swerve fitness. http://www.swervefitness.com/ We had a great time and it was an amazing workout. The facility is very nice and the staff is wonderful. If you are in the Flat Iron district in NYC your should check it out, if you want a team mate, let me know and I will go with you!

Tomorrow I am beginning a 21 day fix from Team Beachbody its a food and fitness plan. It looks amazing. NO CALORIE COUNTING. It comes with these containers and you eat what fits inside them. You get a certain number of containers based on the total number of calories you get all day. ( so i guess there is calorie counting, you have to figure out how many you need in a day) There is a great 30 minute workout to do each day. The workouts include cardio, yoga and pilates. It looks great and just up my alley. I will continue my running as well.

Workouts
18 miles run
P90X Core synergistics
Swerve Cycling class
P90X ab ripper

Wondering what happened to Piloxing? Well with 50 inches of snow on the ground you would think it was just a matter of time before I would fall and hurt myself on my commute from Grand Central to my office. I am happy to say to date, I have not fallen outside. I did however slip outside the elevator INSIDE my office and sprained my left wrist breaking the fall. I cannot wear my piloxing gloves or use weights for two weeks. Crazy huh?

Signed,
Phyllis4fitness

Nike Women’s Half Training week two

16 Feb

I have to admit that I love a training plan. It’s just great to have it all laid out in front of you. This week the weather was outrageous so running outside was not an option so it was the treadmill.
I even gave up on Soul Cycle because I didn’t want to stay in the city too late with the extended commute. So onto plan B.

Beachbody_logoPlan B has been Team Beachbody. I have been having a great experience with their suite of workout products (P90X) and they are awesome. I have ordered the 21 day challenge and it’s expected this week. I will keep you updated on this on.

Run- 17 miles ( average pace 10:30 )
P90X- a ripper X
P90X-Stretch
Piloxing class

This week I really need to introduce some speed training. I have never committed to that before but this time around I will.

See you next week,
Signed,

Phyllis4fitness

Meg’s Miles

18 Jan

Today I joined runners around the country in running in memory of Meg Menzies a mother of three who was killed on Jan 13 by a drunk driver when she was out on her morning run in Ashland Va.
Running for Meg united the community in support of her family and helped raise awareness of the drunk driving problem her in our country.
I was proud to be part of the effort.

5 miles
5 miles

Signed,
Phyllis4fitness

Do it for the love of running

03 Oct

If it’s the weekend, there is a good chance you will find me running across this bridge in South Norwalk CT. My husband, who is becoming an excellent running partner sprinted ahead to capture this picture.
I wanted to post it because lately I have been reading several posts from bloggers who are down on themselves based on the way they look despite the number of miles they are running as they are training for their Fall marathons. Isn’t all about how we feel inside ? I just love this picture not because of how I look but because I fitness gave me the confidence to run in those leggings and feel great ! I am awesome !
You all are training and that’s what counts!

Signed,

Phyllis4fitness

Running across  SoNo bridge
Running across SoNo bridge

Reebok shoe reviews- Running and CrossFit

05 Aug

At fitbloggin, the Reebok reps were very generous and gave every particiapant a pair of crossfit shoes. I tried to love them, but my runners feets just could not get the groove of them. On Saturday of the conference, I offered them back to the rep and said that if she had any running shoes, I would be happy to buy those instead. She offered those to me in exchange. Since that day, I have been running in the ReebookOne Guide running shoe. They are pretty awesome. They have an excellent cushioning system in them that made me ditch my athletic insoles. It starts in the back, they call it cushion slide rebound and it really works.
Plus they are very cute and bright, just the way I like running shoes.
They are not available in many running stores here in NYC, but you can get them at Reebok ( of course) and at City Sports.
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Now onto our second review from Chuck the Crossfit guy in the house.
The CrossFit Nano 3.0

I started CrossFit the middle of July and loved it.  I am doing the 3 times a week plan, so I end up going around every other day. When I began, I would just wear my running shoes, which are fine and do not cause a problem.  When looking around for information on CrossFit, I came across Reebok CrossFit apparel. They have CrossFit shoes.  I had to have these, so, I searched and found a store that carried them.  On my Sunday WOD (Workout of the Day), I wore them and they were amazing.  One of the exercises was doing dead lifts.  These shoes offered more support and stability, than a running shoe.

There is a great article about CrossFit and the person that started it in Inc Magazine.  It talks about the philosophy behind CrossFit, how it started and where it’s going.

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Moving and getting organized

28 May

This weekend Chuck and  I moved from Stamford to Norwalk, CT.  The move went well except for a few three stooges moments with the moving company.

So for the next few days we will live with boxes in our living room and office.  Thank goodness we have a lot of storage space so we aren’t tripping over the Christmas tree!

Also this week I started as a team captain for Nike San Francisco Women’s Half Marathon for Team in Training.  Preseason practice was great,stressing the importance of cross training to avoid injury. I CANNOT stress that enough.  This is definitely were I messed up.

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I also met with my fellow fitbloggin 13 panelist this week.  We will be speaking on Friday. June 28 on Monetizing your Blog.  Kinda a good topic right?  It will be the hot ticket : )

Fitbloggin is a great community of health and fitness bloggers and I cannot wait to meet them all in Portland.  I wish I was spending the whole week there. Portland looks awesome and there will be so much to do is a power packed three days.

off to work on the presentation !

signed,

Phyllis4fitness

 

 

 

Dear blog

21 May

I am sorry I have not posted lately.  I promise to make it up to you by being a better health and wellness evangelist.

The Nike Women’s half marathon resulted in a strained IT band that required a week of crutches and two weeks of PT.

NOT FUN. But in all of that I decided to still go for it and take all the positive out of team in training and use it by being part of the Fall Season.

 

Here are some photos from the  Nike Women’s Half in DC.

I am in here somewhere

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The race was crazy.  There were easily double the number of runners from the cherry blossom and somehow on mile ten I twisted the heck out of my knee but I still got this.

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I recovered for a week using these

crutches

 

Physical therapy does wonders and I am lucky to be well on the way to training again.  I promised my family no half marathons till Fall.  ( I may have crossed my fingers)

Life is awesome, Fitbloggin is right around the corner and its finally warm and dry outside.

So blog, I hope we are made up now and I will be better about updating I promise!

Signed,

phyllis4fitness

Arts & Crafts

21 Apr

When I was a young mom, I had a real love affair with arts and crafts.  I loved making fabric covered photo albums, throw pillows, puffy paint accented sweat shirts( preferably holiday themed) and wall hangings.

Once I went back to working  full time those days were over, but this weekend thanks to race day prep for the Nike Women’s Half in DC, I am back in arts & crafts land!

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It will be so much fun to be back in the arts & crafts game again.  I will just have to find the time 🙂

Stay tuned for the race day finish photo.

Signed,

phyllis4fitness