Always training, somehow

By Tuesday, September 18, 2012 13 No tags Permalink 0
Three days post-conference and my head is STILL spinning from all that I learned Saturday at the Central Florida Bloggers Con! I have already tried to put many things that I learned into practice to be sure that I don’t lose focus!
1) I made a Vlog via Thomas the iPad – and have been using him to post
2) I bought my domain name (just issues preventing the switch)
3) I’ve been batch blogging still, yay!
Monday’s workout: 3 mi shake-out run + arms/legs WOD including squats and shoulder presses
I felt obliged to treat myself to a [in my opinion much deserved] massage Monday after work – don’t worry, there was no splurging; I had a giftcard I’d been saving for quite some time πŸ˜‰
My main focus – the left hammy/hip. Yes, still. I’ve been working on the ‘elbowing of the little people’ arm movement & hip strengthening exercises (thanks Brad!) which have helped, but sitting all day seems to bug me still. Maybe I need a treadmill in my cubicle?? {scratches head} The massage expert person said that I still need to mainly focus on stretching out my hammy as it seems to be the source of the tightness I’ve been feeling. Got it chief! Also they said that the left side of my neck is ΓΌber tight and there was a gigantic knot in it! “Do you get frequent headaches lately?” Yesssssss. “Do you sleep on your back?” Um, no. I’m a super good tummy sleeper :) “You should either try to get a new pillow (no way) or sleep on your back more. Hmm, you might be on to something. 
Last night I attempted to sleep on my back. Hubs said that when he woke up in the middle of the night that I was half on my back and half on my side and I was grinding my teeth. Ah ha! He turned me back onto my back and I immediately stopped. Looks like I’m not only training when I’m awake but now when I’m asleep too?!

The sleep change must have helped because I was able to wake up early at 445 to meet up with P-funk & H to do a Tuesday early run, which I haven’t done in a few weeks.

Tuesday’s workout: 5 mi tempo run

My many faces
 A post-run nap was definitely fitting into my morning too but there is no photo-proof of that πŸ˜‰
A question I get quite often: How in the world do you adjust & do early runs?

Well, the way I do it [I’m sure] is different from what other early morning workouters might do, but it seems to work for me πŸ˜‰ I usually have to make sure that I get to bed at a decent time (at the very least 6 hours before I plan to wake up. I also chew on a caffeinated Shot Blok or two to kick myself into gear before heading out the door – so any kind of caffeine or energy boost has to be included probably. I then pry myself out the door and meet up with good friends who keep me laughing and talking so that I don’t feel like I’m running-running. I used to think that I couldn’t wake up early either, but if I can do it anyone can πŸ˜‰ {not to be cliche but…} And if working out in the pm is more your gig, then go for it! My schedule usually doesn’t work that way, but as long as you make time in your day to be active, then it works!
 Post-run I chug an almond milk and whey protein shake & enjoy a little nap before work (I work the midday shift most days at my job.) When I get up, I nosh on some carbs that usually include fruit of some sort and [as of more recently] chia seeds.
This morning’s breakfast: Cabot greek yogurt w/chia seeds, stevia, and a nectarine. Yes, if you follow me on Instagram (katsnf) I like to include my pug Jaeden in my breakfast pics :)
What do you do to adjust your schedule to get workouts in?
May you all have a swell Tusday! πŸ˜‰


  • meghan
    September 18, 2012

    I need to take a page out of your book and start early running. I get nervous about running in the dark, though. I’ll be looking forward to the time change and the early light to feel more comfortable running outside alone.

    Also, what is batch blogging? Is that where you write many posts and schedule them? Is that something they encouraged a lot? Ah! I wish I had gone! Kicking myself.

    • KatSnF
      September 18, 2012

      It’s ok, you can mooch knowledge off of mua πŸ˜‰ The route we ran this am was lit up and I never run in the dark alone. If we go somewhere dark, we use headlamps ( has good ones cheap) and batch blogging is when I sit and write when I feel like it. I might edit the posts later, but I don’t necessarily write every day; I just write when I have ideas and start posts so that I can update them later πŸ˜‰

  • Jess
    September 18, 2012

    Waking up and running early has seriously been my life long goal. I am such a sleepy head though. I might need to try to keep a gu packet on my night stand and just slurp it when the alarm goes off. You think that might work?

    • KatSnF
      September 18, 2012

      Yea it might and it ’empties’ the tummy per run πŸ˜‰

  • Alex @ therunwithin
    September 18, 2012

    hm I never thought about taking a caffeine gel block, I may try that one time.

    • KatSnF
      September 18, 2012

      I need something to wake me up πŸ˜‰

  • Jenna
    September 18, 2012

    I’m sure you did deserve that massage after all the tough training!!! Good for u! I’m def a morning runner! Spa love!

  • Tera Norberg
    September 18, 2012

    I wish I could run at 5am!! It takes everything I have to run at 10am or 11am or 5pm LOL I’m not a runner. I do it to warm up or clear my head. I literally have to schedule runs or I won’t do it all. Props to you! Your breakfast looks yummy too!! Spa Love!

    • KatSnF
      September 18, 2012

      Amen, sister. No schedule = no run for me lol

  • Kate
    September 18, 2012

    Great way to get out of bed! I usually give myself a few extra minutes to have a banana – meeting friends helps too πŸ˜€

    Good luck with the sleeping on your back thing. I am definitely not a fan πŸ˜›

  • Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor
    September 19, 2012

    Morning workouts are not my thing. I can barely even drag myself out of bed to teach a class for 9am! I much a MUCH better instructor in the afternoon/evening than in the morning and I don’t think anything can change that, I just enjoy sleep so much πŸ˜‰

    When I see all you runners getting up super early it makes me want to cry, lol

  • PavementRunner
    September 19, 2012

    The morning runs workout the best for me. The day can get to hectic and is possible it might not happen. I also do several mid-day runs, that helps when I can get them in on my lunch hour.

    Massages with giftcards or coupons or the best. I’m using a groupon for mine tomorrow. Good luck on your night training.

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