spring training update: all hail the new season!

I know it seems like I have not been posting much about running or fitness and you right.  One of the reasons I changed the name of the blog last fall was because there is more to my life than running and fitness, and I wanted to share it all with you.  It is not that I have not been running-- it is just that for the first time in a few years my life seems truly happy and I am basking on that feeling.   But running has been happening because Operation Buff Bride is still a go!

The half marathon training is going beautifully especially now that I am able to run outside.  The temperatures have been gorgeous although dear ol' winter made an act of appearance last week that had me bringing my outdoor plants inside. But all is good now.  So fitness has been good and not sure why but ever since watching the Boston Marathon I have been inspired to run and continue to get healthy {thanks, Meb!}.  I started the training way in advanced to really ease into it and avoid any injuries.  This of course, has worked beautifully.  


On Monday I had 24 hours of duty (it happens once in a while) and around 11:00 PM sleepiness started to set it, so I did what any good Army girl would do: workout in my office!  Talk about a good way to get the energy flowing.  And thank goodness for apps that allow you to video stuff and then transform into photos. 
not gonna lie, I need to work on my pushups.
I did pushups and plank pike-ups using an office chair instead of a stability ball, which gave me the same effect because I had to keep my core tightened to keep the chair behind me.   I did this combo a few time through the night to keep me awake, and by 7:00 AM next morning I was ready to hit the sack.

I can tell that I am getting stronger and a little bit faster which is more important to me than weight loss at this point.  The only downside is that I have been struggling with energy and I had an idea why.  I went back and looked at my nutrition plan and I realized I needed more complex carbs to sustain all this running and especially the strength training.  Now the nutrition plan is better rounded and I have a bit more energy.  

I also reintroduced oldie but goodie workouts thanks to the Nike NTC app.  I used this app in the past and it was like getting reacquainted with an old friend; one who makes you sweat.  I lenjoy that amazing feeling of accomplishment I get every time I do a workout and also love the surprises I get as I rack up minutes. It's all about gratification, people.

This has been my training the past two weeks and also this week, and the body is pretty pleased of where it is going and how its handling the workouts.  Here is hoping to a good training week and even better eats.  Keep running, myfriends!


  1. It is crazy how much your diet can affect your energy levels isn't it?! I think it's what makes training for a long distance race and simultaneously trying to lose weight so difficult (but doable of course!).

    Great job on your workouts this week!

  2. You're so smart... when I get tired, I can't ever figure it out - I guess I need to look closer to my diet!
    I love the name Operation Buff Bride - that's the best!

  3. Great job!!!! I love how you used a chair as a sub for a workout ball, no excuses in your week! #wowlinkup

  4. Wow you are doing an excellent job. I so agree with you - there IS more to life than just running, running, burpees and more running. Life is meant to be enjoyed (not that running isn't enjoyable). Glad Operation Buff Bride is still on. LOL!! #wowlinkup

  5. Love the quick office workout! And I'm also a big NTC fan. It's especially great for travel. #wowlinkup

  6. What a clever way to use an office chair! Love it!