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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

MY NEWEST GOAL

Workout:

10 miles on the tready:)  First 9 miles at 7:24 pace and last mile in 6:58.

I really like to try and give every ounce of energy for the last mile of my run so that I know I pushed myself out of my comfort zone

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So, I go on and on about how learning to love running is all about having a good perspective about it.

I could talk for an hour about how you have to train yourself to enjoy the power that your body has to do such an amazing thing.

I tell everyone to enjoying your surroundings while you are running and to love the fact that you are out there doing something that most people don't blah blah blah and I could go on for the next 32 hours about it.

But then I realized I am pulling a Benedict Arnold.  I am totally being a traitor to a huge part of fitness.

Lately (aka the last 5 months) I never strength train longer than 4 minutes.

My list of excuses that I make up for not strength training and my answers to my whining self:

-I don't have enough time. Answer: Then don't spend 3 hours a day watching BL and the Bachelor (PS Michelle is not an accurate example of a Utah girl...she is pure crazy sauce)

-Running is so much more fun.Answer: Yeah, because I tell myself that.  I can trick myself into liking strength training.

-I don't want to get bulky.  Ha, that is not an excuse I don't think it is possible for me to get huge muscles without steroids.

-I am not good at it.Answer: Awesome, then get good at it.....a new challenge.

-I get so bored.Answer: Still trying to find an answer to this one but if I don't get bored on the treadmill after 3 hours 24 minutes than something is seriously wrong with me if I get bored after 7 minutes of strength training.

STARTING RIGHT THIS MOMENTO......I am telling myself:

I LOVE STRENGTH TRAINING.

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And you thought I lied to you about not brushing my hair or putting on make up for school.  Proved you wrong:) Since my photographer (aka Billy) wasn't around I used photo booth on my mac to take the picture in case you were wondering if I made a student take a picture of me. I am not that weird.

So, how am I going to accomplish such a daunting task of strength training 3x a week?!?! (No, I will not cut out my hulu addiction)

I teach PE every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  So, if I can't fit it into my morning workouts I will do it with my students and as they are running and playing sports.  I can easily watch/coach/cheer on my students while I do some sets of curls right?!?! I can whip out pushups in the gym when they go into the locker room to get ready (during this time I usually am looking up delicious cupcake recipes on Martha Stewarts website).  I can teach them how to strength train and do it at the same time!!!

WIN-WIN-WIN

Oh NO!! I almost forgot to post my din-din last night which would just be disrespectful to how deliciously amazing it is.

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3 egg omelet with feta and mozarella cheese, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes and spinach.  Had a piece of toast with pb and bananas on the side.  

Dessert: 440.2 swedish fish.  Just trying to get my Omega-3's in.

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Do you LOVE strength training?  Give me your thoughts about the whole 'it's important to strengthen your muscles and do it a few times a week' thing.

Tell me your excuses for not lifting weights and answers to your excuses!!

How many eggs would you say you eat a week?

-We are poor and eggs are cheap and have so much protein and other important nutriens.... So, I dare say I eat about 16 a week (sometimes more).

89 Comments:

At January 19, 2011 at 4:34 PM , Anonymous Evan Thomas said...

I used to hate strength training and only ran. As soon as I started doing it regularly, though, I got so much more comfortable with it. It's great to see progress whenever I'm able to increase my weights or just feel better after a routine.

The only time I ever eat eggs is in brownies, and I usually make them without eggs soo... not many

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:34 PM , Blogger Matt said...

I eat on average 2-4 a day, so at least a dozen a week!

That dinner looks awesome ;)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:37 PM , Blogger Kelley said...

You are a fast runner! I sound a lot like you when it comes to strength training...I am trying to be better about it too.
BTW swedish fish are the best!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:39 PM , Blogger middleagedrunner said...

I DO NOT LOVE strength training. However, perhaps I'll try to adopt your mantra cos I could use some.
I can eat about 1 egg per week. More than that and I get a sad belly...
My excuses for not lifting are: I HATE IT! MY ARMS ARE ALREADY HUUUUUUUUGE! oh, and I HATE IT! (so bad. so bad.)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:44 PM , Blogger Kate said...

I abhor strength training. I used to force myself to do it but once I started training for a marathon I used that as an excuse. I became "too busy". To be honest, I am completely fine without doing it and don't notice an ounce of a difference, if you can believe that.

I know that probably doesn't help you.

okay, keep at it! you can do it!!! :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:46 PM , Anonymous Dorry said...

I want to take on this challenge with you! I am terrible at strength training. Terrible I tell you. I think I find it boring. If I had a partner or a trainer, it would be a different story. Now I need to recruit Billy to be my partner! I want to take CrossFit classes, too...I've been saying that for almost 3 weeks. Maybe I should actually give it a whirl.

I LOVE that you teach PE. You are SO much cooler than my PE teacher back in the day. Now I want to come to your spin class AND your PE class. And I want to run next to you on a treadmill because I think we'd have fun. Last thing: I'm going to try to run super fast (for me like a 7:30) on the treadmill and see how it goes. Something about going that fast on a machine makes me think I'll get uncoordinated and fall down. Is this my longest comment yet?

p.s. Billy and I are obsessed with Hulu.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM , Blogger Lindsay and James Cotter said...

You have to be the worlds cutest PE teacher! I love it! I love strength training. I teach it 2x a week at least. Strong is sexy, right? And eggs are our best friend too, we're poor. Good thing we like eggs, omelets, and now the FROACHED egg! thx Billy!
LC

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM , Blogger my little celebration said...

I actually prefer strength training over long sessions of cardio because I am temporal minded and can deal with having to lift a weight for 30 seconds much easier than knowing I need to run for 45 minutes. And I know that a huge benefit of weight lifting is that it allows your body to continue burning calories hours after your workout is finished, unlike cardio. Plus, I know I can't get bulky no matter how hard I try so getting more toned with resistance training is a total plus for me.

I used to eat three eggs a day every day of the week, but now I'm on more of an oatmeal and peanut butter kick for breakfast and probably only get in about 3-5 eggs per week total.

Oh, and one more thing: I REALLY like your blog. You're adorable and spunky and hilarious and I will likely be stopping by on a daily basis.

Ta ta!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM , Blogger Jenn said...

Yumm O!!! That din din looks heavenly!! Maybe we will eat that tonight! YES can we please hang out!! I LOVE South Coast and Wahoos too!!! So much actually!! And I would LOVE to hang out with you!! I wish I lived there so we could hang out now!!! I could totally use a good Utah girlfriend here!!
As for Eggs, love them!! Usually eat them at least every other day!
I am the same about weights but I actually do get bulky, you could never!!
Can't wait for summer!! Yay!!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:51 PM , Blogger Katy said...

I love strength training! I think it's super fun. Except push-ups. I REALLY hate those. Lol.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM , Blogger Nicole said...

I'm also trying to get back into strength training. It's not that I hate it but that my routine gets stale. I'm trying to go to a couple of classes a week to ensure that I get in some strength training, and because I'm so pasty right now I think it'd make me look a little better if I had more tone.

I am also poor so I eat eggs all of the time! Excellent source of protein, cheap, fast and easy to cook, plus I really like them. I seriously eat at least two eggs a day- egg +bread and there's my breakfast, and I usually have another one for a snack or dinner.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM , Blogger Kirstie said...

I'm not much into strength training either and I know I should be as a runner but....I'd rather go running.

I don't like eggs, never have. Yuck!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:03 PM , Blogger Cynthia said...

I don't do much strength training but I know I should! I will try to strength train more often if you do too!

I would say I probably only eat about 2 eggs a week if that. Last week was a record for me and I had 4 in one week!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:04 PM , OpenID lauravirginia said...

"Just trying to get my omega-3's in." Hahaha.

I was having the same problem. I knew I needed to do more strength training, but really just didn't know how. Enter: Body Pump. I'm obsessed.

Have I told you lately that I think you are great?

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:04 PM , Blogger ShortSkirts said...

I used to love strength training, i found it interesting to see how far I could push myself. At one point i was dead lifting max 175lbs which is insane. And I wasn't bulky.

I've been bad lately and gotten out of the habit, so I'm kind of in your boat now where i'm like i like yoga and running and frisbee more! So now I try to do lunges and squats but fail at that most days. :(

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:06 PM , Blogger Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

Good luck with learning to like strength training! I take Body Pump and while it is not as exciting as running I have come to really enjoy it :) I eat about 3-4 eggs a week...YUM!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:06 PM , OpenID creatingkarlek said...

I LOVE to strength train- odd ball out I guess. (I am a weights girl amongst a sea of runners though). I train 4 days a week when I am consistent. I PROMISE you do not have the body composition (as a woman) to get bulky. no way- no how. Also, when you run as much as you do (you are pretty much running your muscles off- when you are all out of fat) you cannot gain bulk without SERIOUS intention and astronomical effort.

I LOVE eggs too. I only eat um in carton form (egg whites) and I generally can go through two of the big cartons a week (500ml)... which means I eat ...OH MAN... (just did the math) ...30 eggs a week?! Oh that sounds soo gross.
Gotta love that protein!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:06 PM , Blogger Meghan said...

I don't do ANY sort of strength training. I have no access to a gym or special equipment, so I think I just give up. I need serious help, because I know that I need to be doing it.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:09 PM , Blogger J said...

I force myself to do strength training because I know that my glutes and hamstrings will get weak and then I will get injured.

I eat oatmeal because it takes a minute and in the morning I am too impatient to wait for eggs. They are good though!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:14 PM , OpenID thatrunnerchick.com said...

14 eggs? Girl, you are going to turn into a chicken! My husband trains 35 hours a week and goes through about a dozen, I think he outweighs you by 70 pounds though!!

Strength training, I hated it for a long time. Until I got a stress fracture training for my first marathon 3 years ago. I was seriously underdeveloped in the muscles I wasnt using for running and it was NOT working out for me. Since I started "lifting" I have done some serious mileage without any injury. Maybe its the placebo effect, but either way, I can't quit it!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:17 PM , Blogger the hoppe pad said...

I love eggs! I eat a good many a week too. It is funny as I get addicted to running it becomes all I want to do. Lately I have been trying to do yoga or 30 day shred dvd along with the running...I think it helps!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:18 PM , Blogger misszippy said...

I HATE strength training. But, it's a necessary evil! Good for you for focusing on it.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:22 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

I suck at strength training. Trying to love it though!

No eggs this month...but on average I'd say my fam goes through 2 dozen each week.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:26 PM , Anonymous Paula @ Eat:Watch:Run said...

I love strength training! Especially that day or two afterwards when you're really sore. You can FEEL you did something awesome. I love that!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:27 PM , Anonymous Teri @BeePie Runs said...

I was doing pretty good with strength training until I got preggo and told myself I didn't need to do it. Then yesterday at the Y, I saw one of my friends who is also pregnant and due in like 5 weeks lifting weights... yeah, that was a wake-up call.
Also, I used to take power yoga which is great for strength training and flexibility.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:29 PM , Blogger Jogging with Fiction said...

not a fan of the strength training, but I know it's necessary.

I'm not sure exactly how many eggs I eat a week, but my husband and I go through 18 total a week!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:34 PM , Blogger Pretend this is real said...

I only like strength training when it involves shoveling delicious food into my mouth. (Food can be heavy.) That omelet looks DElicious.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM , Blogger One Crazy Penguin said...

Would you believe me if I told you I've made that same joke about swedish fish and omega 3's? Too funny!

PS - Check out my latest post. You got an award :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM , OpenID oatsandspice said...

Your post makes me want to go running right now - I usually work out at least 2 hours a week but I def. don't run as far as you do! You inspire me :)

And about weight training... well, I played college athletics for two years and basically all we did was lift weights... so when I quit playing I basically stopped lifting weights (I have such bad memories)... to get my strength training in I do power yoga... it exercises every muscle in your body

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:36 PM , Blogger Holly said...

I LOVE strength training!!! I actually am finding time to still do it 2 times a week as well as get my training runs in. I tried to start running last year (2009) and failed miserable. Once I started really putting in some heavy work with the weights it has become so much easier to run. It has helped my running and made it a lot easier, besides I love the muscles I have. It would be impossible for any woman to get tons of muscle and be really bulky without steroids if you continue to run.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:39 PM , Blogger Marilyn said...

I agree, strength training is boring, but it's essential to overall fitness and I know it improves my running. I usually tell myself i don't have time but now i don't have that excuse anymore since i discovered Jillian Michaels' 30 day shred. It's perfect. It's only 20 minutes and I can do it at home so it's easy to do right after an easy run day. And depending on how motivated I feel I can choose between the 3 different levels of difficulty. Anyway, that was my solution to strength training.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:39 PM , Blogger Keri said...

Great goal! I totally see a difference in my body when I strength train regularly but I also find it really boring...

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM , Blogger Heather -Momma Running Amok said...

Yeah about that strength training...I don't do much of it. There have been times in my life where I have done it, kept track, combined muscles into "push" and "pull" and then did legs. I know a lot about it..tons of exercises....BUT I usually hop off the treadmill, bike or elliptical with the hopes of squeezing in some abs only to find myself out the door on my way home. I find the best way to do strength training is with a friend and switch back and forth btw say 2 shoulder exercises and then move onto 2 other exercises. I do love to use the BOSU when I do strength train...bicep curls with a squat while balancing is a total body workout!
That omelet looks A-Maze-balls!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:42 PM , Blogger ihatepickleslikewoah said...

girl. If i didnt do any, esp lower body, id hafta wear suspenders on my booty. and it feels soooo good to be sore!!!!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM , Blogger Angie said...

Your Omega-3 comment about the swedish fish cracked me up! I'm totally borrowing that next time I need to justify eating swedish fish! :-)

As for lifting.... I kind of hate it! You're correct, it is boring. I need to start up again too. Have you heard of body pump? Its a full body lifting class. If you gym has it you should check it out because it is actually pretty fun. I need to start doing that again... Thanks for reminding me! :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:45 PM , OpenID chefkatelyn said...

Roarer now I want to go run! I am so energetic tonight, maybe it's the pizza I am currently eating?:)

Strength training used to be my enemy but then I tried bodypump and it made me feel like supawoman! Girl it it PROVEN that it improves running performance, just make sure you're doing low weights and high reps:)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM , Blogger the Mommy said...

I just found an M&M in the bottom of my purse, rejoiced, ate it, and thought of you.

Just thought I'd share.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM , OpenID reinschinscrubs said...

LADY! i am right there with you! i know i cannot commit to lifting weights at the gym or something so i bought jackie warner's xtreme time saver training at sam's yesterday and i've been doing more yoga (great full-body workout).

i also have been doing jillian's six-week sixpack, but that is also a lot of cardio. i LOVE plyometrics.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:54 PM , Blogger Kimberly said...

Make up at work is overrated. I maybe, MAYBE, wear mascara once a month.

I'm a fan of strength training, though it goes in waves. Jackie Warner DVDs really kick my butt. Sometimes, I watch stuff on the DVR and just do my own thing. Right now, I'm relying on yoga.

And I'm a HUGE fan of eggs. I can go through a dozen (or two) on my own each week. I usually stick to the whites so I don't worry about quantity. I don't eat more than one or two yolky eggs a day when I do.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM , Anonymous Courtney said...

I've followed your blog for months [as a creepy, noncommenter, I'm afraid], and I think it's amazing how much you love running!! I'm a terrible, terrible runner, but I LOVE strength training. I suffer through my cardio at the gym waiting to strength train after, lol.

Strength training makes me feel so strong!! I feel invincible afterwards...and it really energizes me. When I run, I always feel sooo exhausted afterwards. =/

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM , Blogger the dawn said...

i'm horrible at structured strength training. if i try to do it at a gym, i end up just wandering around aimlessly. the times that i've done it consistently are when i keep a spreadsheet or something to track my numbers. just like running and the garmin...i only start to see improvement when i can get the numbers right in front of me to analyze and obsess over.

michelle IS crazy sauce.

meanwhile, now i only do the strength training in jazzercise. but don't knock it till you've tried it. those 12 lb weights Kick My Butt! and its always set to awesome music and feel more like dancing then lifting. FUN!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:13 PM , Blogger Alexis said...

Strength training is extremely fun for me. I put on some music that pumps me up and get to work.

After a week of being extremely sore, you build some tolerance and it isn't so much of a chore.

I love p90x and free weights. Anything else is pretty boring to me.

I enjoy abs because I know how much it will help my running as well as make me look good in a swim suit!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:27 PM , Blogger Crafty Jogger said...

Something that helps me get through strength training:

I like doing it outside with hand weights. I stand on the pavement and face my shadow. Then I watch my shadow do the exercises. My shadow is super buff! I try to focus on cheering on my butt-kickin' shadow instead of the weights in my hand. For some reason, this really helps me get through each set. I hope that helps!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:32 PM , Blogger EBURNS said...

There is too much transitional time in weight lifting for me. In general transitions cause me to feel anxious/ADD. (I hate passing periods at school) Running, however, is a constant, thus a peaceful mind, and as a result can do for hours.

I am working on this as well, right now i lift during the commercials of the tv show I am watching. wearing a cute tank top, and watching yourself in the reflection of the tv helps too.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:35 PM , Anonymous Bess @ Bess Be Fit said...

Wow your dinner from last night looks fantastic...can I haveee it?! And I really like strength training...nothing is cooler than feeling strong (and not flabby...ew) And I like it because I know it boosts my metabolism so I can eat more, which is obviously okay in my book.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:47 PM , OpenID therunnersplate said...

I'm glad I'm not the only Bachelor addict! (It is my one guilty pleasure!)

I don't eat eggs all that often--maybe one a week.

I'm a p.e. teacher as well!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:50 PM , OpenID runyogarepeat said...

I've never done it much since the past few weeks. It's sometimes kinda fun, but I like doing at home instead of at the gym cause the gym gets so busy and there's no room. I'm so hungry right now after seeing that omelet. I eat lots of eggs because they're cheap, and I'm a college student, and eggs + cheese + salsa is an amazing combo.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:52 PM , Blogger Unprofessional said...

Oh strength training. I found that what bothered me the most was the downtime...what helps me is to keep moving! For arms I grab 2 sets of free weights (one heavier, one lighter) and rotate through about 5 different arm lifts. I do one set of each and then start back at the beginning (ie. bicep curls, lateral raises, military press, upright row, tricep dips, etc) then start back at the beginning. That way you get lots of work in, and you're not wasting your morning standing around at the gym! You've got better things to do-like watch TV!!!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:57 PM , Blogger Jenn said...

You always make me laugh!

I'm terrible with the lower body strength training when I'm running. I run and spin and that's about all my old legs want to handle! Yep-that's an excuse but I'm believing it right now! I only like working arms so I broke my hip so I could hop around on crutches and build up my triceps:)

I eat quite a few eggs-primarily whites! Probably close to 16 in a week!

Nice run! I almost always finish my treadmill runs hard. Not nearly at your pace but relative to my pace. I get a rush with about a mile to go!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:09 PM , Blogger Macy said...

After taking {what was supposed to be a strictly Abs & Thigh class} last semester, I hate strength training. It turned out to be a weight lifting class {i still can't figure out how "Abs" worked its way into the title of the class; we didn't do ONE ab workout}! I did bulk up in the shoulders & hated it; I like being dainty, not freakishly boyish looking. After that class, I just can't find the motivation to do any strength training!

I eat about 7-10 eggs a week, because I'm also poor (& they are fairly cheap)!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:10 PM , Blogger Running and living said...

This is what I preach all day! We create our own reality, we can make ourselves love or hate whatever we chose to. True! I bet you'll become strength queen in the next few months. When's the next marathon?

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:16 PM , Blogger Rachel Marie said...

I actually like strength training, and used to lift pretty much everyday....then I fell in love with my best friend and we moved in and got married and I want to spend all my time with him and not at the gym, so I stopped going. That is also the main reason that I don't go to the gym on a regular basis, and I am trying to do better about that. That reason being Jason, and how much more fun it is to cuddle into his shoulder and sleep for another 45 minutes rather than go to the gym. BUT, I know that I will be happier as a person all around once I get back into my regular workouts. Oddly enough, I have no problem going for a walk/run when I get home from work, probably because I just walk out our door and don't actually "leave". What can I say? I'm crazy about my hubby. :)

I don't eat eggs very often. I like them, I just hate cooking breakfast. Maybe I'll start having them for dinner instead.

I knew that salmon was a good source of omega-3, but I'll certainly add the swedish fish to the menu now that I know they offer it up as well! LOL

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:21 PM , Blogger Liz said...

I should eat more eggs like you, because I never get enough protein!

I am also making a bigger effort to strength train. For about a month now, I've been consistently doing 30 mins three times a week :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:22 PM , Blogger Maia said...

I LOVE strength training!! and plyos! I try to sometimes get it in before I run (b/c I know that's really beneficial), but usually it comes after. I have a BOSU at home and it is my best friend! I do all my arm stuff while standing on it (the flat side) so I can get additional core work. Also- doing some balance stuff is great (ie: standing on left leg and bending & squating touching your opposite-right arm to your left toes, repeat...) Lifting will only help you reach your running goals.
Good luck girl!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:40 PM , OpenID cleaneatingchelsey.com said...

I am not a fan of strength training, but I have been doing it 2-3 times a week since the start of the year. I'm proud of myself! :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM , OpenID evamadera said...

I don't hate strength training. I actually love how it makes me feel but I find that it's the thing most often squeezed from my training. I'm working currently to increase my own strength training. Glad to know there's someone else like me.

I would like t eat more eggs but I'm lazy and don't like cleaning the pans. :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM , Blogger gloryrunning said...

I started strength training when I got injured. Never was much for weights. But we have this trainer at my school who is a BEAST. Ex-navy seal. He works out the football, wrestling, and water polo teams.

Anyway, he started working with me in the mornings. And we did these fabulous work outs where you do a lower weight - as many reps as you can for just one minute. 60 seconds. It feels LOONG. (i.e. bicep curls) Then you do a different lift for 60 seconds (maybe tricep curls). Then a different lift for 60 seconds (shoulder press). You can choose what to sub in for the 3 different 60 second sets - whatever lifts you like.

THEN (here is the best part) you sprint or jump rope for 60 seconds. Repeat 3 times. It is the only time weight lifting for me has been exhausting/exhilirating. I can actually get a runner's high off these workouts =) Strength training AND running. So. Awesome.

Keep us updated with what you end up doing =) And I LOVED your marathon on a treadmill. You are a running beast. Seriously. You're my hero.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:44 PM , Blogger Nicole said...

So far this week i've eaten 5 eggs... hard boiled!

yay for killing two birds with one stone!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:56 PM , OpenID lovenrunning said...

I LOVE to strenth train. I feel strong when I get a change too!
I think it has helped a lot with my running and just my overall well being! I used to hate anything that had to do with weights, but now you can find me in teh weight room with the guys sweating in the corner because I do intense circuits!! :) I love it!

Eggs: love them I eat 6 a day...is that bad?!?!? lol :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:08 PM , Blogger Rene said...

I LOVE strength training, but only if I am in a group fitness class. I hate working out on the weight floor with the "meat heads".
I easily go through a dozen+ eggs a week. I usually do one whole egg with 3 egg whites a day.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:13 PM , Blogger WannabeRunner said...

Can you please come cook for me forever & ever? Everything you post looks sooo good!

I am bad at getting in strength training, too. It's something i know i NEED to do, but for whatever reason just doesn't get done!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:14 PM , Anonymous Maria said...

That omelette looks delish! I'm moving in with you!

I hate strength training. I use the same excuses as you!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:17 PM , OpenID runaroundaroo said...

I think strength training is boring...running [outside] is much for entertaining! But I still do it. I am starting out the lifting schedule from New Rules of Lifting for Women and so far (I'm on Day 2) I like the looks of it. The best part (on paper) is that it keeps changing up - I won't get completely bored to death!

Keep the awesome attitude going into lifting/strength training and you'll succeed!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:21 PM , OpenID eatspinlive said...

This omelet looks so good! And I love strength training! Have you tried Physique 57? It is my all time favorite type of strength training! I always use muscles I didn't even know I had! Hope you have a great night girl :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:23 PM , OpenID sheenasheen said...

I would much rather run then strength train! But I force myself to do it anyway. I'm trying to tone right now so that's what gives me the motivation. It is definitely boring!!!
I absolutely LOVE eggs and I could eat them for every single meal but I limit myself to a dozen a week. That's mainly because my husband refuses to buy more than that each week. Your omelet looks delicious!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:36 PM , Blogger Adrianna said...

brushing hair is completely overrated :)

i have to force myself to do it 3x/week...so it usually ends up being 2. i have found an awesome body pump instructor on wed morns, so i go to his class when i can. then, on another day or 2, i tell myself, 'do at least 2 sets' and do random arm stuff, sometimes lunges/squats. if i feel like doing another set, i will. in my head (likely demented!), i tell myself muscle is strength, it burns calories through the day, but most importantly, it will make my other work-outs much more efficient. i want to perform well, and doing a few sets a few times/ week will only do me good! and sadly, i kinda enjoy watching myself lift in the mirror *bows head in shame*

love eggs...eat a hard boiled one every day, and weekends always involve an omelet or scramble. yum.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:41 PM , Blogger RunningOnCoffee said...

My excuse is that I finally got acquainted with the weight machines, then I switched gyms and don't know these new machines yet. I did start going to Bootcamp classes back in December though, which I consider to be weight training (for purposes of toning and and building core strength anyway). I play with my 3lb and 5lb weights at home in front of the Tv sometimes and I have a resistance band with handles like the one in your picture. I feel like I have enough leg muscle, what I do need is more upper body strength!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:43 PM , Blogger RunningOnCoffee said...

oh, and eggs.
I probably eat about 3 a week by way of baked goods...hahaha. And then there's usually at least one egg breakfast sandwich a week (home made or from the bagel shop 200 feet away from our apartment). Sometimes we make breakfast-for-dinner, which I will be making at some point later this week, and will involve eggs. I don't usually have more than 2 in a sitting though.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:59 PM , Blogger MuncherCruncher said...

You KNOW I love it! I love this new goal of yours!! Way to go girl. Seeing you tonight made my DAY! Thanks for the good talk...it's about time. Good luck this friday, and I'll be seeing you. Frozen yogurt in hand! xoxoxo

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM , Blogger Emily said...

I had to start strength training when I got injured and I actually liked it and found it not boring at all. But you think 3 hours and 26 minutes on the treadmill flies by so I think we might have to just agree on the fact that we don't have the same taste in exercise...

I TOTALLY thought of you when I watched Michelle last night. She's psycho. Also, my friend married a psycho from Utah (sorry Nicole if you're reading this) so you're really holding down the fort for normal Utah women as far as I'm concerned.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:20 PM , Blogger Emily said...

also I demolish a family sized carton of eggs pretty much every other day.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:31 PM , Blogger em said...

Hahaha girl, you are awesome! I'm addicted to Sweedish Fish too!
You can totally do strength training! (PS This is coming from a strength training drop out) If your muscles get tired while you're doing it with your students (ok, eww that sounded gross! Sorry!) just drop the weights and walk around to 'check their form' ;)
I usually attempt 2 pushups and call it a day!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:45 PM , Blogger Laura said...

Ugh... strength training is definitely on my list of things to do! Has been for years :-)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:59 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

I also don't strength train but really wish I could make myself start! Maybe you'll motivate me. I love eggs too, I poach them and put them on everything. I probably eat a dozen or so a week!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:01 PM , Anonymous Anne said...

I would definitely suggest Bodypump as a fun way to do strength training. You get to lift weights to music (each muscle has it's own song), and there are lots of other people there to motivate you to push yourself even harder. Plus, it's a ton of fun! Maybe check into getting some free passes to your nearest gym to try the class out?

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:02 PM , Blogger Shannon said...

I don't love strength training, but I don't hate it, either. I agree with what someone else said (I was quickly scrolling through and noticed this comment, although not who it was by, and it's so much effort to scroll back up), that mostly what gets me is the downtime.

Right now my excuse is that my shoulder/shoulder blade is in too much pain. Seriously, when I can't even sit up straight because it hurts, I think it's a pretty good excuse. Once I can actually sit up straight, without leaning against anything to minimize the pain I will be back into strength training.

I don't eat very many eggs at all. I've eaten more than usual this week, and that's been about 2 eggs...

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:33 PM , Blogger Lauren George said...

I am with you on not loving strength training!!! Running is way way way more fun, however as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer, I know how important it is! I way prefer getting in my strength training in a group exercise class versus the weight room. I Loathe the weight room but love testing group strength classes! Weird I Know!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:42 PM , Anonymous Pam said...

Your dinner looked soo delicious!!

I like strenth training but, I don't do it as often as I should...I'm only really good at it when I'm doing it with a class...when I do it on my own I slack!!

I'm happy that you're enjoying your omega-3's (swedish fish)!! That was funny!!

Have a good evening!!!! :) xoxo

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:49 PM , Blogger Nat said...

Your omelet looks so delicious! I wish my hubby liked omelets so we could eat them all the time :(.

I LOVE to strength train - and since I am 40 now, I find it is imperative to keeping my muscle tone. I do an endurance strength training routine on Wed & Fri after I swim, for 45 minutes each. It is the bomb! No boredom either, because each set is comprised of two different muscle groups. I am seeing some improvement in my swim strength after 4 months on this program, which was my main goal! I don't really have to convince myself to lift, I sincerely enjoy the act.

I probably only eat 2 eggs per/week. Mostly because I eat b-fast at work Mon-Fri and we do our dinner club at night.

Happy Thursday to you!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 11:13 PM , Anonymous Kate (What Kate is Cooking) said...

I definitely don't love strength training, but I've been trying to incorporate it more. Apparently it's important... ugh!

 
At January 20, 2011 at 3:36 AM , OpenID fitchocoholic said...

Strength training definitely isn't my favorite, but I try to do some whenever I workout. Because, if your muscles are stronger, then you can push yourself more when you run.
I eat eggs practically every day.....I actually just had a poached egg with toast for breakfast! =D

 
At January 20, 2011 at 6:45 AM , Blogger BigHappyFamily said...

Love strength training. Love. Makes me feel strong. Improves my shape. Protects my knees from injury when I run. Sometimes I think I should run less, so I could enjoy a little more muscle ... right now it feels like I burn any additional muscle off.

 
At January 20, 2011 at 7:13 AM , Blogger Mallory said...

I LOVE swedish fish too!! Yum!! I get lazy about strength training too. Blah. I prefer to just play outside or something. Does pumping your legs on swings count as strength training?

 
At January 20, 2011 at 7:20 AM , OpenID ihearteggs said...

You know how I feel about lifting weights, and I think you know that I LOVE this new goal of yours! it ROCKS. Anything is a start! and trust me, there is no way you'll get bulky. If ONLY it was that easy! ahahaha

And like you said, eggs are cheap. I eat one whole egg and.... nine other whites a day. That's alot of crackin!

 
At January 20, 2011 at 7:50 AM , OpenID northisstraightahead said...

I love strength training - in fact, until I started running, I preferred it over any cardio except the bike. My schedule makes it tough to get as much strength training as I'd like along with the running.

I try to eat one or two egg meals each week. I don't like a lot of meat, so it's an easy way for me to get some protein. They don't take long to cook either, which is a plus on week nights.

 
At January 20, 2011 at 10:01 AM , Blogger Mara... said...

I wasn't really into strength training, I could never remember enough exercises and I would get bored after doing 5 reps. But I started doing an outdoors boot camp last summer and it's changed my attitude! I looooove it so much. I love that I don't have to think about what's next, the instructor does all the hard work in that area. I love pushing myself and outlifting and outrunning the guys. :-) It's a great way to add strength training and not have to think about it. And I can still get in about 4 days/week of running. Win win for me!

I love eggs, too. Hard boiled are my fav!

 
At January 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM , Blogger Katie said...

I LOVE LIFTING!! I did a big post on all the lifting I do last month some time, I love how strong it makes me feel and it's hard in a totally different way than running. It makes me happy.

 
At January 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM , Blogger ojodeazul said...

I have been reading your blog for a while, you have such a great sense of humor. Egg... I love eggs we could go trhough 2 dozen in our house a week. Boy eats at least 4 at a sitting...

As for strength trainig, I see someone else mentioned Physique 57 but I do the Bar Method and it is really great and you "forget" that you are doing some strength stuff. It is actually all that I do for strength because well all the "guidos" at the gym scare me...

 
At January 20, 2011 at 6:26 PM , Blogger Heather said...

I truly love strength training. I missed it so much while I was marathon training b/c I only had time to do it maybe 1x/week. I am back to 3 days a week now. One of my goals, though, is to change it up a lot since I tend to do the same things all the time. I like to do supersets and circuits to get the most out of my workout - I don't stop. I typically do 50 minutes-1 hour of different exercises that I get from my magazines (Self, Fitness, Health). I pulled them all out from like the last 3 years, pick 12 and do it all through (12 sets each) two times. It's fun to mix it up and I have learned so many new moves! I also like to do free weights at the gym - always working two muscles at the same time - squat w/ overhead press, lunge w/ bicep curl, etc.

Can you tell I love strength training?? I hope you learn to love it too!! Good luck!

Love eggs...mostly make them for dinner since we have a quick breakfast most days, but we both love it!

 

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