May 3, 2010

"Sex on Fire" is a bad song to run to...and other things

If you like Kings of Leon, I'm sorry. I'm a fan as well, but yesterday while I was running, instead of hearing "Your sex is on fire," I was hearing "Feels like you're dyin, you're dyin, yooooouuuu, your LEGS ARE ON FIRE."

Therefore, this song has been immediately removed from any and all future playlists.

Happy Monday everyone!

This weekend was very, very low-key and I definitely needed it. I didn't really do anything. At all. I watched a few episodes of The Office, sunbathed on my roof deck, watched "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," did some running, went to a cocktail lunch at a friend's house, and oh yea - let Jillian Michaels kick my butt with the 30-Day Shred. Well, I guess that is a lot...but it didn't feel like it!

So, where to start? Last week, I said I wanted to include more core workouts into my training, so Saturday morning, I woke up and did Day 1 of the 30-Day Shred. This is an intense, but a GREAT workout. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking to shed a few pounds and get more toned for swimsuit season! I've only done 2 days of it and I definitely feel stronger and more toned. It's tough, but it's only 30 minutes and you feel great afterward! The way it works? Jillian's 3-2-1 method gives you a 3 minute strength, followed by 2 minute cardio, followed by 1 minute ab circuit that work your upper and lower body simultaneously. There are three levels of the workout that you do for 10 days each before moving out! I'm doing it with Stephany, Tatiana, Amanda, Samantha, and another non-blogger friend! The support is awesome! Seriously people, go try it out! It's only $9 bucks!

And since I made the decision to include Jillian and her awesome workout into my routine, I've decided to quit the gym. That's right. I quit. I went there at lunch time today and said good-bye! I could use the extra $40 a month and now that the weather is nice, I'm just not going anymore.

Speaking of running? I almost died on my 12-miler last night. First of all, the run seemed endless because I started running while it was still daylight and finished after the sun had set. Second, there was a water main break in Boston over the weekend and the water is contaminated. Well, before I set off for my run, I forgot to boil some water. No worries though, there are water fountains roughly every 3 miles along my run. WRONG. I got to Mile 3 and there's a big trash bag over the fountain that says you can't drink out of it because of the water main break. (Why didn't I think of that before I left?) But, I felt fine, so I kept going. And going. And going. It was the first time I ran with Energy Gels and I used PowerBar Energy Gel Blasts, which are delicious and work amazingly! I guess because of the Gel Blasts, my body felt like it didn't need water. But when I hit that 12 mile walk and started by quarter-mile walk home, I was feeling it. It took me about 10 minutes to make the trek up my stairs to my apartment (5 flights of stairs!) and when I got there, I guzzled down some water, fell onto my yoga mat and started to cry. I felt HORRIBLE. I felt like I never wanted to run again. Getting in the shower was such a struggle and I almost passed out in the shower because I was so dizzy. I tried laying down and sipping water and it didn't help. I ate a banana and it didn't help. The Pilot's sister convinced me (through BBM) to go down and buy some Gatorade and something salty. So I came back, drank a Gatorade and ate a pack of almonds, laid on a bag of ice, and tried to go to sleep. After about an hour of sleeping, I woke up and did not fall asleep again until 6:30am, 15 minutes before my alarm went off. I'm still not feeling too hot and no amount of water is keeping me hydrated (It's also hell-a hot in my office, and in Boston, today).

So, lesson learned? Always carry water when you run. No matter what. I don't ever want to feel like I did last night, or this morning, again.

That being said, here's this week's workout plan - I could also use some help on this! My Half is in 2 weeks and I'm not too sure where to go from here, so if you think this is a good plan, let me know! If you have suggestions, let me know!

Monday: Drink lots of water, and rest. (I'm supposed to do Day 3 of The Shred, but that might not be wise.)
Tuesday:  2 mile, easy run + The Shred
Wednesday: The Shred
Thursday:  6 mile run + The Shred
Friday: The Shred
Saturday: 8 mile run + The Shred
Sunday: 4 mile run + The Shred
*Sunday marks the day I start tapering for my first Half-Marathon!

Sorry if this post was long! 

Have a great week everyone!


  1. I'm doing a half marathon tooo Twinnnnyy!! But not for a while!!! I need lots of time to train!! Sorry you got so sick =[ But I will always make sure I have water with me now!!

  2. "Sex on Fire" is a song I like running to because it has a good pace.

    Don't ruin it for me! Just kidding :P

  3. Wow, you're so much more fit than me, and motivated lol. I'm not a gym person either - I'd rather walk or hike. That Shred thingy sounds amazing tho! And good on you for starting a 25 before 25 list! I look forward to following your progress. Thanks for your comment - I was just in Boston a few weeks ago for a few days actually!

  4. Hey lady! I'm sorry that you were feeling so bad and are dehydrated!! I hope you get better soon! I workout every now and then to the Shred and really love it!

    Your posts make me want to kick on my running shoes and get back into the groove!

  5. Thats pretty funny about the sex is on fire! lol
    And im very very sorry about being dehydrated! I just learned about supplements in nutrition, and there are gummy chews that work really well Ill find the name of them! Oh and SeaAloe is a really good supplement that will help you all around energy and feeling well all day not just for running! email me and ill send you all the stuff!

  6. dehydration is bad - bad - bad. Such a bummer on the sleeping thing too. yuck. The week you have planned looks amazing though! Way to go!!

  7. Wow! Congrats on your 12-miler! It always gets better after the first time!!!

    And I am super inspired by your strength training too. I love the Shred but get so bogged down by running that I usually slack on the other stuff. Thanks for the kick in the butt!

  8. i think i need to try the shred. too many people are recommending it!

  9. I just purchased The 30 Day Shred as everyone seems to be blogging about it! I'm a little bit scared actually...

    Love the blog by the way. I think it's totally inspiring. You made me start my own list of things I want to do :)


  10. I'm so sorry about your 12 mile run! Even though you felt awful when you got home, I'm just glad you made it home and didn't faint along the way from dehydration. I'm really bad at drinking water, even just during normal day to day life. I always realize I'm dehyrdated when it's too late, and I know how awful it is to do that to your body! It's one thing I'm trying to work on.

    But on another note, I envy your workout schedule! Right now, I'm only doing the Shred. I had so many life changes within the past year that my fitness routines went completely out the window. I'm trying to slowly ease myself back into it. After one month of the Shred, I want to add in running and possibly yoga and swimming. We'll see how it goes!

    I've wanted to try those Gel Blasts; I actually ordered a free sample from the PowerBar website, but I haven't seen them in stores, unless I'm looking in all the wrong places. I think I looked in Wal-Mart, Target, and a few grocery stores.

    Oh, and I know this comment is getting long (sorry!), but I also love the idea behind your blog. I just turned 26, and on my birthday, I started a list of goals I want to accomplish before my 27th birthday! I'm loving it so far. It feels so good to work to change the things that make me unhappy.

  11. Oooooh, girl. Definitely buy yourself a water belt! They might look dorky but they are GREAT for those longer runs, and they help keep your hands free. I love mine, since it has a little extra couple pockets for Gu, keys, etc. If I'm going on a mid-distance run (like... 7 or 8 miles), I have a Nathan handheld water bottle that also has a pocket for keys. BE CAREFUL especially with the weather getting warm!!!

  12. I used to like that song but it was SO is every song I like and then can't stand! lol

    Happy hump day!

  13. awesome blog!!

    come follow the first ever fashion blog from a guys POV, let He know what you think

  14. There was so much that made me say "uh-huh, totally get that", "yep, understand"... it was awesome!

  15. I LOVE the Jillian Michael's workout routine. Found it On Demand and ended up buying the whole thing. Makes me feel so good and energized!

  16. Great blog! 30 Day shred is an awesome video. I heart Jillian so much. I have to admit that I was bad last night tho. I watched my tivo'd Biggest Loser last night while eating Ben & Jerry's. I'm ashamed!

  17. Okay, this may sound bad or what not.. but what is a shreD? I hear about them all the time and never know what it is. lol


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