twosday, volume 66.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 09.30.14

in Twosday

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what’s making me happy this week.

1. The gorgeousness that Mother Nature graced us with this past week or so. This weekend was spot-on amazing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super sad about the fact we’re officially into fall (I heart summer.), but the weather has made up for it. This weekend, it was in the low 80s, low humidity, and brilliantly sunny.

2. The Detroit Tigers made it to the post-season and clinched the AL Central division crown (for the fourth year in a row!) over the weekend!

tigers baseball AL central champs

(Photo cred:  Detroit Tigers Facebook page)

My boys struggled a bit more this season than I was comfortable with, but they came out on top at the end of the day! Now, onwards to the (fingers crossed) World Series – just a couple stops along the way, first. I would love love love to make it to a post-season game, but we’ll see if that actually pans out as a real possibility. The further we get into a Series run, the more expensive tickets get, so that’s a whole thing.

adventures around West Michigan.

1. Raspberry picking! My sister, Nicki, and her two kids came to town on Saturday morning to go raspberry picking at DeLange’s Redberry Farm in Hudsonville. It’s a cute little farm with a great price for berries (we paid $2.90 a pound!). We picked for about an hour and walked away with tons of berries – even more, if you count the ones that found their way into our bellies!

delange's red berry farm

2. ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. I’ll be the first to admit that ArtPrize is no longer my most favorite thing in the world. I loved it the first couple of years, but now I’m a bit over it. Still, when you work downtown, it’s pretty tough to ignore, especially considering I try to get out of the office for walks while it’s still nice enough outside to do so. So, I’ve done a bit of sightseeing with the pieces that are outside and easy to see. I have yet to see anything that falls into the “OMG, that’s the coolest thing ever” category, but some fun things.

artprize 2014 calder plaza

food things.

1. On Sunday, I made myself a little (non-boozy) brunch after yoga. I had some French toast and used some of the raspberries from the day before to make a super, super simple raspberry sauce:  lightly mash 1 cup of berries, add about 3/4 tablespoon sugar, stir together, and let sit for about 15 minutes.

brunch fresh raspberries

2. I went to Target on Sunday afternoon and saw this Eight O’Clock coffee branded with FRIENDS/Central Perk in honor of the show’s 20th anniversary. Obviously, I NEEDED a bag of this. Whoever thought of this partnership is clearly brilliant because I fell for it hook, line, and sinker.

eight o'clock friends coffee

Twosday posts are inspired by my friend Heather over at Then Heather Said.

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2014 workouts, week 39.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 09.29.14

in Last Week's Workouts

This week was a mixed bag of workouts. I started out slow and ended strong. I also started really thinking about my goals for 2015 and what I need to start doing now to be ready then. You know, beyond the usual running stuff because that’s really only a small part of the equation. Plus, the fact that my PT told me many times over that if all I do is run, I’ll end up right back in his office with my IT band ready to snap. I was in the midst of The New Rules of Lifting for Women this spring and when I got hurt, that went to the wayside along with pretty much every fitness modality I was used to. Some parts of the program were fine (upper body and core), but the leg work killed me. So, lifting is going to make its way back into my life because I know that a stronger Mindy will be super helpful when racing season comes around again. While I don’t necessarily love love love this program, it’s really structured which is what I need when it comes to strength training. So, we’ll give it another go. And more about those 2015 goals another day…

last week's workouts

monday. rest/sick day. I was completely down for the count with one of the worst migraines I’ve had in a long time. No bueno.

tuesday. biked 12 miles (13.8 mph). I felt really awesome for this whole ride. I really focused on intervals and getting my speed up for stretches, and it was a blast going so fast (and, I’m a poet who didn’t know it!). I planned to do a bit closer to 15 miles, but got out the door later than I planned and didn’t want to be out after dark (plus, I hadn’t eaten dinner yet and my belly was reminding me of that!).

wednesday. ran 3 miles (10:23 pace). I struggled a lot on this run, but more in a mental way than physical. There was still a bit of a physical struggle, don’t get me wrong, but I think that’s in large part from my legs just getting used to consistent running again, which will get better. I’m also pretty stoked that I’m getting back into the place where this feels like I could/should have been going faster. You’ll get there, legs.

strugglebus running

thursday. yoga (75 minutes). Nothing too exciting, but at the end of class, we worked on grasshopper pose which I didn’t even come close to in part because my legs are so freaking tight that I couldn’t squat low enough to get into the base of the pose!

friday. rest day.

saturday. 4 mile run (10:37 pace) + yoga (120 minutes). This marked my longest post-injury run yet (and yes, I’ll be saying that a lot over the coming months…). I’ve solidly done 3 miles a few times now, so I knew at worst, I would just walk a good chunk of the last mile but my goal was to run as much as I possibly could. It was challenging, but I felt pretty good overall. I walked about 2/10ths of a mile during that last mile because I could feel myself slowing down drastically. I took a few minutes to let my body cool down and get my head back in the game, then finished strong! I think I’m going to stick with 4 miles as my long run for another week or two, and then tack on another mile, and so on. In the afternoon, I headed over to Twisted for a workshop on arm balance poses. We did about an hour of just a regular flow before getting into the workshop part of the class. The first pose we did had me feeling so ungodly frustrated because I just couldn’t get anywhere close to getting into the pose. That really messed with my head and really impacted what I thought I could do for the rest of the time. Ultimate lesson learned? I really need to work on my upper body strength and just keep practicing! I also started the day with an hour of raspberry picking, so I pretty much did all the things in one day.

sunday. yoga (60 minutes). I went to yoga with a kick at Twisted and I was expecting it to be a total strugglebus considering how sore I was from all of Saturday’s activities, particularly the arm balance workshop. The first few minutes were exactly that, but once we got into the flow, I felt really great.

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when you’re a dreamer.

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reading list, volume 43.

09.27.2014

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monday. hot yoga (75 minutes, power flow). It was a challenging class, but I got out of my head and embraced how much it sucked. tuesday. 2 mile walk (15:13 pace) + yoga (45 minutes). I went for a lunchtime walk with a coworker, and did a fun yoga class in the park in the evening. […]

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reading list, volume 42.

09.20.2014

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09.19.2014

I wasn’t planning to write a race recap, but just include it into my next last week’s workouts post, but this race felt like such a turning point that I couldn’t help but reflect! This summer, I took a running hiatus while recovering from an injury. I made so much progress over the winter and […]

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embrace the suckiness.

09.18.2014

Monday night, yoga was TOUGH. I had the whole litany of excuses – it was too hot in the studio, I was too tired, I was too sore, there were too many people in the studio. I could go on for awhile with all of the reasons why I was not loving being on my […]

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monday. 60 minutes yoga (hot and heavy) + 1.7 mile walk. Andi and I both had the day off, so we started with some yoga, then headed to brunch. Pretty much the most epic way to spend your Monday morning, if I do say so myself. Later in the evening, I got out of the […]

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