Weekly Update – 3/23/15


Skipped yoga (bad Lauren) because my house was an absolute disaster and I desperately needed to clean and get my life together.  This season has been really busy for us with wedding planning and moving….and nothing gets put back where it belongs.  I have clothes that have been living on the top of my dresser for weeks.  And they still aren’t cleaned up.  I can’t be the only one that does that….do you just refuse to put away your clothes?


Danny wasn’t able to workout with me, so he wrote me a workout to do on my own.  Can I just say that people are much more accepting of you taking a bunch of equipment when you have a trainer with you? One woman got pissed that I hoarded a medicine ball.

Strength Circuit (5 rounds, drop the last exercise each round – last round should only be exercise #1)

1. 25 MB wall-shots

2. 20 Kneeling Band Pull-aparts

3. 15 KB swings

4. 10 pushups

5. 5 KB SA Turkish Getups (each side)

Conditioning Circuit

1. 200m row

2. 4oom row

3. 600m row

I was supposed to do half the rowing amount and jump rope in between, but I didn’t have room at the rowing machine I was at to do that.  So those row amounts are doubled from what I was supposed to do.


My doctor’s appointment ended up going much later than I expected, so I ended up missing yoga.  I did get to have dinner with my dad and family though.  I worked a bit from home to catch up from leaving early for my appointment.


Workout with Nicole!  I love working out with Danny, but I also like working out with a female trainer from time to time. She kicked my butt, as usual.

Quick Warmup (3x):

1. 10 resistance band chops (each side)

2.  5 inchworms with pushups

Workout (3x):

1. 10 RDLs with 20lb barbell (each side)

2. Pushup to KB highpull

3. 30 sec TRX mountain climbers/30 sec TRX plank

4. 1 minute on the ReACT trainer

Friday – Saturday – Sunday

I left work early and Michael and I headed up to PA to see my family up there.  My mom’s sister organized a co-ed shower for us so that Michael could participate. It was a wonderful time with family (especially those who won’t be able to come to the wedding!) and we are so blessed to have them.  I’ll probably write more about it later, cause I have a lot of thoughts about bridal/wedding showers!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Race Recap: Shamrock 8K 2015

I’m going to refer to this race as “that time I couldn’t work my Garmin.” #runningfail

Packet Pick-up/Expo

Everything was super efficient at packet pick-up; J&A races are always very well organized.  I loved the shirts this year, and I was glad they brought back the drawstring backpacks! I made my way up and down through the expo, cause I was looking for another rack to hang my medals on.  The other one I have is quite tiny and I’ve since filled it up.  I have medals from 2012-2014 on there!  I found a really nice shop that had some really cute racks.  You can check out their stuff at yorksignshop.etsy.com.

race medal sign

Look at this super cute sign I bought! I can’t wait to get all my medals on it 🙂

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It ended up being a lot colder than I had bargained for and I was way under dressed.  As a result, I had to wear my sweatshirt, which I knew would be a bad idea once I got going.

I wore capris and a long sleeved shirt, then ended up wearing my yellow sweatshirt over it.  I also picked a horrible bra and I ended up with chafing.  I won’t be making that mistake again! I wore my Injinji toe socks and they mostly did great, except I did forget to put glide on my feet like normal and I ended up with a blister.


Michael and I got there in plenty of time, but we had a decent walk from our parking lot to the race start.  We took a race picture with my coworkers, and by the time that was done, I didn’t have much time to find a bathroom.  I could NOT find a porta potty for the life of me! Turns out they were on the boardwalk side, 2 streets over from the start.  I barely had time to make it to my corral before the start.

Race Time

I started in corral 10, just one group back from my assigned corral of 9.  I figured since I knew I would be starting a little slower and probably not running much, I thought I’d be honest 🙂  I completely failed at starting my Garmin at the start.  I realized it when I looked at my watch and started it at what I guessed was about 3 minutes in.  When I got to the first mile marker, I realized I had only gone a quarter of a mile without the watch. It made it easy to keep track of where I was…I was always .25 miles further than my watch said!

I did manage to run some…and got overheated by mile 2.  I shed my sweatshirt and tied it around my waist, only to have to put it back on again when I got to the boardwalk and hit that horrible wind. Once I hit the boardwalk, that’s where it seemed to unravel for me.

Since I am still recovering from my upper respiratory stuff, once I hit that really cold air, I was having trouble getting air in while running.  I was ok while walking, so I resorted to a lot of that.  It started getting really mentally discouraging when I saw those runners who had already finished starting to double back on the bike path.  It got even worse when I got to the last mile of the course and spectators were walking across the street in front of me.  How rude! and that’s a HUGE pet peeve of mine.  Let people finish their race.  (Am I the only one that gets upset at that?!)

I saw Michael with about 3/4 of a mile to go and handed him my sweatshirt.

My official finish time was 1:12:49.  I can’t say I’m pleased, but considering all of my plantar fasciitis issues  and basically not running since December….and being sick, it wasn’t too shabby.

After Party

Getting into the tent was next to impossible.  I waited forever for beer and got cut in line a million times.  Since it was so crowded in the tent, Michael and I decided to go outside so I could finish my beer.  As a result, I didn’t really get to hear the band and I didn’t feel like going back in for food or more beer.  I feel this way about Shamrock every year…just too crowded inside the tent and usually too cold to be on the beach.

We had a long walk back to the car and it was nice to finally sit.  My feet didn’t feel great, and the aforementioned blister was really starting to hurt.

Overall Reactions

I’m glad I deferred the Dolphin Challenge and just did the 8k.  It was much less stressful.  I love this event and will continue to love it, even if I don’t do the longer distances.

Did any of you run Shamrock? How did you do?


Weekly Update – 3/16/15


I skipped yoga with all good intentions of getting stuff done at the house.  I did manage to run a few errands, but I didn’t get any house stuff done.  FAIL.


Danny night.  One of the more regular workouts in awhile now that I’m finally feeling better.

Three Rounds:

1. Double KB (60lbs) Suitcase Deadlifts  (12 reps)

2. Diagonal lunges

3. Kneeling KB press (12 each side)

4. Dead Bugs (12 each side)


We had a marriage counseling session with my pastor and his wife which was really good and really productive.


Worked out with Nicole for the first time in what seems like forever!

We did four rounds of the following:

1. Double KB Bent over rows (10)

2. Double KB High Pulls (10)

3. Pushups (10)

4. Statue of Liberty Carries (50 meters)


After work Michael and I headed down to the convention center to pick up my race packet.  The expo was organized and super easy to get through.


Shamrock 8k! More to come on that later.  After Shamrock, Michael and I moved some more stuff from his house and did some cleaning up around my house.  Since his brother is buying his house, its been really nice to be able to slowly move things out of Michael’s house into mine, and from David’s apartment into Michael’s house.  On moving day, only the big stuff will need to be done.


After church, we got some more moving stuff done and errands.  Then we laid on the couch and were bums!!

Did you race this weekend? When you move, does it feel like it’ll last forever?

Weekly Update – 3/9/15


I decided to skip out on yoga because I still have a pretty bad cough and a runny nose.  I figured that would not be appreciated by my classmates as they try to have a nice, peaceful practice.  I’d like to say that I made good use of my time, but I totally sat on the couch all night.


I decided it was time to get back to working out.  I did a light workout with Danny.

Four Rounds of the following:

1. 10 KB swings

2. 10 reverse lunges (each side) with KB Goblet hold

3. 10 TRX rows

4. lap around the gym


Skipped out on yoga because I had to work late 😦


Danny was on spring break so I was able to work out with him this week. For about 15-2o minutes, we did a bunch of stretching and mobility stuff to get me up and moving, then did a very short strength circuit…2 rounds of the following:

1. 5 deadlifts (30 lbs)

2. 5 RDLs (30 lbs) each side

3. 10 kneeling KB chops (10 lbs) each side


Since moving day is fast approaching, Michael and I went to get some boxes and started packing up his condo.  We managed to get a lot of stuff packed up and moved to my house.  The office is now full of boxes!


Mom and I got up and headed to VB to do my first dress fitting! No one prepared me for the sticker shock of alteration prices!  When she started pinning it up, I could see it start to shape to my body and I’m super excited about it! Afterwards, we went to Taste Unlimited (yum!) and then went shopping for a rehearsal dinner dress.  I found a super cute one at Steinmart…and may have gotten a few other things.

My brother was in town for his birthday, so we celebrated with Dad by going out to the Vintage Tavern and had yummy food.


Church in the morning.  After church, Michael and I had lunch with Sarah and Chris.  I was in Sarah’s wedding 2 years ago, and she’s in mine.  It was great to catch up with them and spend some quality time.

After we got back, we moved Michael’s couch to mom’s house since they bought it from him.  Then we hung out and had dinner at mom’s to celebrate my brother’s birthday with her.  It was great to spend a lot of quality time with them.

How do you celebrate birthdays in your family? 


Running/Exercising while sick

So, since I got sick last week, I’ve been thinking some about if you should exercise when sick; when its ok and when its not.  I’m pretty much a giant wuss when I’m sick, and more often than not, I opt for rest instead of pushing through a workout.  So I took to the internets to find out what other people had to say.

1.  Working out While Sick Infographic – This one is my favorite because its an infographic 🙂

2. Working out While Sick – This is an article of most of the same information as the infographic above for those of you who don’t like pretty pictures.

3. Should You Run When You’re Sick? – Runner’s World makes some interesting points about potentially worsening a cold by not recognizing your limits.

4. Best and worst exercises to do when you have a cold – CNN explores why some activities may be good or bad for you.

What do you do when you are sick? Push through and exercise/run? Or do you take the opportunity to take a few rest days?

Life/Wedding Update!

It’s getting closer to the wedding, ya’ll!  Less than 100 days left now.  I am so ready to marry the love of my life and begin our lives together.

Since I decided to defer the Shamrock Dolphin Challenge until next year, I’ve been far less stressed.  I’ve been able to feel ok about backing off training of any kind.  I’m still doing the 8k, but I’m doing it for fun, no goals in mind other than to stay injury free.  Its a big event for work because we are the title sponsor of the 8k.

So….since I’m not spending all my time obsessing over training, not training, dealing with stupid feet issues, etc. I can focus time on the wedding.

My fantastic mom is doing calligraphy for the invitations.  Once those are done, we can begin sending those out.  Except for two slackers (just kidding we love them) all of our wedding party have their clothing ordered.

All of the little details are trying to stress me out.  Timelines are tough to sort out and everyone is starting to have questions.  I’m trying to take it one day at a time, one detail at a time. Getting sick last week threw a wrench in my productivity, but I’m starting to get refocused.

This weekend I go for my first dress fitting since it came in last fall.  Let’s hope it still fits!!!




Weekly Update – 3/1/15 – Sick All Week

I decided to forgo my normal weekly update format of showing you what I did each day, because I did nothing!

Michael got sick first.  He started feeling bad on Sunday. I should have known I was going to get it next!

I started feeling bad on Monday night and when I woke up Tuesday, I had a full blown cold/flu/virus from hell.  Sore throat, congestion, low grade fever…etc.  I didn’t go to work from Tuesday-Thursday.  I started feeling a little better on Friday and decided that I had missed too much work so I needed to go.

I got bad again Friday night and started losing my voice.  Saturday was pretty terrible.  Michael and I had a wedding to attend for my dear friend Jessie.  There was no way I was missing that, so I medicated up, grabbed my cough drops and made it until after dinner.  We left early and missed a lot, but I’m so glad I could see Jessie and Jon and their beautiful wedding.

Sunday was the real test of how I was feeling, as I went to church and then had a premarital counseling session.  I managed to hold my own, even with my super raspy sexy deep voice.

So….I’m hoping that the worst is gone and I can get back to a normal routine soon.

Have you gotten really sick this winter?  How do you cope with laryngitis?