Sunday, July 27, 2014

10K Training Week 2

A day late, but I just finished week 2 of Run Double’s 0 to 10K training.  This weeks plan consisted of 3 runs with 6 repetitions of 260 yards running, followed by 350 yards walking.  My best time was 22:47.  I also did some pre and post run yoga workouts this week which I loved!

It was really freakin’ hot this week so I made sure to stay hydrated.  I drink a big glass of water before I run and I bring my NATHAN water bottle with me.  I have a running belt that’s been waiting around for me to go on a long run, but the water bottle from the belt is the perfect size to carry with me during these shorter runs.  I actually could really use one of their handhelds!

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They also have some helpful information and make this really handy (and funny) guide to see just how hydrated (or dehydrated) you are!

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Are you ready to go or do you need to top off the tanks, so to speak? Ask any doctor or healthcare professional and they’ll tell you that a proper hydration plan includes a pre, during and post activity hydration plan. Here’s a good guideline to use when preparing for an outdoor workout, whether it's walking, running, biking or tennis:

· Before: Drink about 16-20 ounces of fluid one to two hours before the activity.

· During: Drink 4-6 ounces every 15-20 minutes to keep your muscles well-hydrated. If you are planning an hour-long walk or gym workout, fill a water bottle with about 16 ounces (2 cups) and take it with you.

· After: Drink up after you're finished with your exercise. At least drink 20 ounces of fluid or until your pee runs clear.

How great is that? Have a great week! And STAY HYDRATED!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

10K Training Week 1

Disclaimer: I received free samples of Energems for review, as always all opinions are my own.

I finally started training for a 10K this week! I had decided back in June that I wanted to run one and I found one nearby in September.  I have been a major slacker lately with running and working out so I started off with RunDouble’s Zero to 10k (distance) plan. 

I used their couch to 5k plan a few years ago and absolutely loved it! They also have a 5K to 10K plan, but honestly I haven’t run in so long I don’t think I could run a whole 5K right now! Plus, I didn’t want to overwhelm myself and quit… I know myself well!

This week was 3 runs with 8 repetitions of running 175 yds, followed by 260 yds of walking.  It was admittedly pretty easy, but I still felt good about getting out there again! My best time for the 1.84 miles of intervals was 23:00.

I also alternated my running with some Burn to the Beat workouts by, Keaira LeShae on Lionsgate's BeFit Channel

The series debuted June 24, and takes viewers through four ten-minute workout sessions incorporating key elements from dance, cardio and strength training. New episodes of Burn to the Beat premiere every Tuesday with a second round of new episodes set to debut in the fall.

This workout, Cardio Fitness Party, was my favorite one but they are all great! Keaira is like this little ball of energy and her workouts are quick, fun and effective!

I was also super exhausted this week, so I tried out these Energems to give me a little energy boost before workouts and runs.  Energems are bite-sized chocolate gems that are packed with b-vitamins and caffeine. They really did the trick and each one is only 15 calories! My favorite flavor was the mint, but they also come in chocolate and peanut butter – yum!

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Overall it was a great week and I’m looking forward to the next one!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Menopause the Musical at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Disclosure: I was invited to Foxwoods to see Menopause the Musical, as always all opinions are my own.

Friday was easily one of the most fun days of my life! My sister and I headed up to Foxwoods Resort Casino in the afternoon for an overnight stay.  We were checked-in quickly by the friendly staff and pointed in the direction of our room in The Fox Tower.  We opened the door and we were immediately blown away by the view.

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A beautiful forest, as far as the eye could see! It was something you would expect at the end of a long hike! And, if we looked straight down, we could see our next destination – The Fox Tower Pool- where Liquid Sundays takes place.

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We scored some chairs right in the water and ordered some frozen drinks – a raspberry lemonade and The Blue Fox (a pina colada with blue curacao.) I was in Heaven!

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After our super relaxing afternoon, we headed back up to the room to get ready for dinner at David Burke Prime.  David Burke Prime features a contemporary steakhouse menu with meats handpicked by Chef David Burke himself, and dry-aged on the premises in a salt-tiled aging room.

Everything about our dinner was amazing.  The specialty cocktails (A Summer Sangria and a Dirty Double Cross Martini), the cow-hide booths, the excellent service, the classic rock playing in the background and the food. O.M.G. the food. I think it took us a good half an hour to decide what we wanted to order because we wanted EVERYTHING!!!

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I finally decided on the surf & turf special for the night – a Petite Bronx bone-in filet with a lobster served out of the shell served with asparagus and short-rib risotto.  I literally almost cried it was so delicious!  My sister ordered a grilled lobster and was also very happy.  Oh, and did I mention they served pop-overs instead of bread before dinner? I freaking love pop-overs and haven’t had a good one in so long! Then, they brought over cotton candy with our check – how fun!

Afterwards we headed over to The Fox Theatre for Menopause the Musical! Now, I have to admit, although I am a huge fan of the arts and truly enjoy and appreciate live entertainment, I was a little bit skeptical that I would really relate to the show having not gone through “the change” myself. I was quickly proven wrong.  The show was HILARIOUS! I loved all the parodies of hit songs they did. My sister and I had huge smiles plastered on our faces and we were cracking up the whole 90 minutes.  These women were great! They could act, they could sing, they had great comedic timing and were awesome at interacting with the audience! They even invited all the ladies who had gone through “the change” up on stage at the end to join them in a kick line.  What a great experience.  Even the men in the audience were enjoying themselves!

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Menopause The Musical®, now in its thirteenth year of production, is recognized as the longest--‐running scripted production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The hilarious musical has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S.cities, nearly 300 international cities and a total of 15 countries. For more information, visit www.MenopauseTheMusical.com.

We ended our night with a cocktail at Paragon, located on the top of the Grand Peqout Tower.  They were getting ready to close but the staff was friendly and fun.  It was the perfect way to end our perfect day!

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