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Weekday Football Roadtrip + Negative Split Running

This week we headed to Blacksburg for the Thursday night Virginia Tech v. Miami football game.  Due to changes in my employment, being pregnant and have scheduling conflicts, I haven’t been to a midweek night game in almost four years.  If you know anything about Hokie football, these are the games to be at.  The intensity is incredible.  Since I haven’t been to a night game in a LONG time, I haven’t worn much Virginia Tech cold weather gear.  Hence, my astonishment, when I reached into my pocket and found a 2006 student ticket to a Thursday night Clemson game from when I was in college.  Almost eight years to the date.

photo 3-129For long road trips, my daughter (and my husband and I) travel best in the evening.  We have found that if we give her a bath and feed her, we can leave around her bed time and she will fall asleep for the entire trip.  At this age, she is smart enough to figure out that something is up when we start to pack the car and she is in her pajamas.  Smart kid.  After quite the meltdown, she was a happy camper when she found herself packed into the back seat with her stuffed animal and and a container of TicTacs to shake.

photo 1-147My daughter did not make it to the game.  It was far too late and cold for her.  Thankfully, my parents were able to watch her while my husband and I snuck away for a pseudo-“date” night.  We grabbed dinner in town and headed to our parking space with just enough time to get into the game for the infamous “Enter Sandman” entrance and kickoff.

photo 5-48We lost.  In a very bad way, but it was more fun than I could have imagined.  I look forward to the little things.  My husband and I got some quality time together doing something that we really enjoy.  Watching football.

photo 4-98We stayed a night in Roanoke before heading back to Charlotte.  Since the weather in the mountains is much colder in Charlotte, I opted to grab a quick workout on a treadmill (indoors!).  Treadmill running can be tough.  I get it.  As a change up to a lot of the workouts that I have been doing lately, I decided to do a negative split workout.

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So what is negative split running?  Instead of starting at the average pace that you want to run and running that pace the entire time, start your run slower than your average and progressively decrease your pace over each mile.  In my case, I am running much slower than usual due to being pregnant.  I ran the first mile at an easy 9:45/min mile, the second at 9:25 min/mile and the final mile at 9:00/mile.  I also set the treadmill to rolling hills.  Lots of variety here.  Great training for any race too.

IMG_1089I’m back in Charlotte this weekend.  I can’t wait.  SmartCore Fitness is hosting a health fair Saturday from 10:30-2:30.  I will be there representing Flywheel Charlotte.  However, other notable Charlotte health and wellness professionals will be on site.  Check it out if you have time.


I am also back on the bike Sunday at 7:30AM.  Perfect time time for you Panther (or Seattle) fans that are looking to squeeze in a workout before heading to the big game!


Weekend Update + Flywheel Playlists + Healthy Eats!

As I mentioned in my last post, my husband was gone all day Friday and Saturday running the Blue Ridge Relay race.  That meant quality mommy daughter time.  I have to say, this girl time turned into mommy/daughter catch up time with mommy’s friends (it just so happened that several of my girlfriends were able to stop by to visit over the two days my husband was gone).  My lifelong friend Breeze stopped by Friday night (we literally went to elementary school together).  She is now the owner of a successful thai yoga studio, however, she started her career as a special education teacher.  Her caring nature shows around kids.  My daughter ended up spending several hours playing with her! I can’t wait for her to have her own little ones.

photo 2-125Whenever I have the house to myself at night, I try to take advantage of getting to bed early.  This Friday was no exception.  I indulged in some ice cream, while watching a girly movie on TBS, before hitting the sack around 9:00.  Wow, my life has changed.  I got up early to take advantage of yet again some quality “me” time before my daughter woke up.  Nowadays, quality “me” time in the morning means I get to use the bathroom without a kid staring at me, and I can eat every bite of my breakfast in one sitting (without interruptions).

photo 4-82Not only was my husband and his workout group F3 running the BRR (Blue Ridge Relay) this weekend, but several of my workout friends from FiA were too. While I would have loved to be out there with the ladies, this was not my year.  Instead, I threw on my new FiA tank and went for a run with my daughter.

photo 3-109Ladies and gentleman, am I the only one that finds this to be one of the hardest workouts? Granted, I haven’t pushed the jogger in several months (so my daughter is much bigger).  However, I was breathless by the time I got to the end of my street (that is downhill).  My pace was considerably slower, but I vowed not to stop.  Clearly my daughter was staying hydrated for the both of us!  I am not ashamed to say that I averaged 9:43/minute miles over 3.2 miles.  Yikes!

photo 5It was hot by the time we finished our run.  It was also early enough that we could run a few errands before college football kicked off.  One of the things that I had to do this weekend was buy my daughter some new shoes.  Since she is walking now, she needs real shoes!  Since she is walking so early, it is hard to find shoes that fit (that are made for walking) at generic stores.

photo 1-124We headed to Tootsie’s Too, which is around the corner from our house.  Wow.  Who knew picking out shoes for a baby would be so hard?  After measuring her feet, we must have tried on at least ten pairs of shoes.  I die.  They were absolutely adorable.  For someone who doesn’t even shop much for shoes herself, I was ready to buy the store out.  Needless to say, that would not have gone over well with my husband.  I settled for two pairs.

photo 2-126By the time that we were done shoe shopping, it was lunchtime.  We swung by the newly renovated Harris Teeter (within walking distance to the shoe store).  I made a build your own salad and grabbed an Evolution juice.  Delicious and fresh. I have to say, this lunch was probably way better than the bagels, beef jerky, and ClifBars that my husband ate all day.

photo 3-110By the time my husband got back Saturday, he was exhausted.  In the meantime, I was just getting revved up to watch the Virginia Tech-Ohio State game.  I have to admit, I felt good going into this game.  I have been a Virginia Tech fan since I was little, so we have traveled all over the United States to see the Hokies play.  Over the past few years, the away game experience has not been the same (mainly because we never win).  We opted not to go to Ohio State.  What a bad decision.  I have to gloat a little because it has been so long since we have had such a big win on the road.  I’m thinking as far back as when my dad and I traveled to Nebraska in 2008 and they pulled it off!

DSC00946I guess the energy and excitement from the game had me eager to wake up Sunday morning (or maybe it was my fun playlist that I was anticipating playing?)  One of my favorite riders, Jess, dropped off this fun shirt from the Seattle studio.  She is traveling ALL over the US for work, and she has still taken the time to give back to her favorite Flywheel instructors.

photo 1-123I will be wearing this around our studio!  What about that playlist?  If you missed class this morning, see below.  I could literally see people rocking out on their bike.  Nothing like a little 80s on a tough hill climb! Have I mentioned how excited that I am to be back instructing?  During the song before arms this morning, I made eye contact with a rider, and I thought to myself, “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else”.  She gave me a nod, and we smiled at each other.  Love it!