Weekly Workout Recap 7/22 – 7/28

How’s your weekend going? Mine’s great minus the fact that my laptop is in need of first aid! The monitor has power but I get nary a picture, just a black screen. Any suggestions? I think I might be shopping for a new one soon.

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Here’s what this week’s workouts look liked.

Monday: Swam 5 sets of 5 x 25. Treaded water 3 x 30 sec. Breaking the laps up into smaller sets has definitely helped the breathing.

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 4.02 miles in new shoes, 12:13 average pace.  Dynamic warm-up, foam rolled 10 minutes, hamstring and hip flexor stretches. I spent a good portion of the third mile walking due to some majorly uncomfortable GI stress. I spent the entire four miles being a fashionista. image Thursday: Swam 5 sets of 5 x 25. Tread water 3 x 45 sec. Noticed sore/tight hips during the day, possibly because of the new shoes yesterday? 45 min walk with Pita.

Friday: 3.90 miles, 11:47 average pace. Dynamic warm-up, foam rolled 10 minutes, hamstring and hip flexor stretches. Rough attempt at a progression run, I jumped my pace up too fast in the second mile. Made up for it at the end with some sprints. I was disappointed to see that I stopped just a minute short of a full four miles, but those sprints took it out of me.image Saturday: 60 min Barrelates class. I was sweating buckets, way more intense than last week’s class, but it burned so good. 30 min walk with Pita.

Sunday: 2.24 easy miles, 11:52 average pace. Dynamic warm-up halfway through. Buns on fire from yesterday’s class. I also got a chance to catch up with my favorite Black-Crowned Night Heron.

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Overall: Did a good job of sticking to what I had planned, and increased both my mileage and the days of swimming. I noticed some hip soreness this week, so next week I’ll plan on keeping a similar routine but also start adding a couple days of hip strength back into my routine. Really loving barrelates. Miles Ran: 10.16.

I have a wedding to get ready for, enjoy your Sunday and get active!

Always, Sierra

Weekend Reading: Have a Lovely Saturday!

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Health/Fitness

If you live in California and outdoorsy, you probably already know that ticks transmit Lyme disease. Here’s another reason to avoid them…it’s recently been discovered that they also transmit the newly discovered Heartland virus.

How healthy are you? Maybe not as healthy as you think.

How do you handle stress? A recent study suggests that people default to ingrained habits in stressful situations.The good news is, that includes healthy habits. Been meaning to start meditating regularly? Get started now to keep it up the next time life gets hectic.

There’s evidence that America’s average bra size has increased from a 34B to a 34DD. My ta-ta’s are stuck in the olden days.

Heather at Through Heather’s Looking Glass wrote a letter to her former self, and I swear it could have been a letter to my former self too. Except I’m still working up to the long distance part lol.

Dorothy at Mile Posts has a great reminder up this week to get out of our running comfort zone, something I occasionally struggle with.

Social Psychology

Have you ever experienced microaggression in the workplace? This article is fascinating.

I wish I had come across this article about partying hard in my early 20s. I can still appreciate it now, especially this part: “Think you’re more confident after downing a cosmo? That confidence has to come from somewhere, and I guarantee you, it doesn’t hide in a cocktail shaker. Find an authentic, wholesome way to experiment with your inner confidence, sans booze. You don’t have to move mountains; think small.”

Hoping you’ll get a flash of genius to spur your creativity? It doesn’t really work that way.

Food/Recipes

Garlic soup with Mushrooms and Chive Oil? Yes, please!

I am addicted to delicious pictures of food, which makes this article about 15 foodie Instagram accounts especially handy.

Who knew baby oysters were so tiny and cute? Turns out oyster farming is a lot like making wine.

Meaty saucy goodness for your next brunch.

DIY/Decor/Fashion

I love fancy kitchen floors, especially when they’re hand-painted. And while we’re at it, I love fancy kitchen walls too.

There’s still time to shop for deals in Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. I’m digging this Michael Kors watch. While we’re talking accessories, I’ll also take this cross-body bag and these boots in black.

Miscellaneous

A new version of Monopoly has stirred up all kinds of emotions in loyal Monopoly players. Call me crazy, but buying brands instead of real estate is just a little too much product placement. Is it more concerning that kids these days don’t have the attention span to play the original Monopoly or that the only way to sell a board game is to make it a marketing tool?

Speaking of branding, are you working on building yours? Preorder Alice E. Marwick’s Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity, and Branding in the Social Media Age for a little food for thought.

This story about a smiling, dancing man encountered on a lonely walk at night is super creepy. Almost as creepy as this YouTube reenactment.

Are you a city person or a country person? You might be surprised by which has the higher risk of death from injury or accidents.

Into reading? I am definitely a bookworm and proud of it.

I hope you’re weekend’s going well!

Always, Sierra

Always, Sierra

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 12 Movies that Motivate

They’ve added all the seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Hulu and I cannot stop. Was anyone else obsessed when it first came out?

buffySeason 1, Episode 7 Angel…so good! {watch it}

Between the witty repertoire, the delightful nerdy realness of the Scooby Gang, the passionate back and forth between Buffy and Angel, Giles and his stuffy/mentory/well-meaning English accent, what wasn’t to love? It’s hard to believe the season finale was 10 years ago.

And then there was Buffy. She was cute, she was stylish, she had attitude and a quip ready at the drop of the hat plus she could kick some serious ass. If the shit hit the fan and vampires started popping up left and right, I wanted to believe I could be just as bad ass. I was not the super athlete as a kid, but watching episodes of Buffy always inspired me to run or do some push ups or to at least walk faster to the chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

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Season 2, Episode 1 When She Was Bad {watch}

And those are the great books/movies/TV shows/stories, right? The ones that draw you in and make you want to be the main character or get you motivated to take the world by storm. Here are some other TV shows and movies that always get me fired up to be better, stronger, fitter.

1. GI Jane – Those push ups. Enough said.

2. Clueless – Cher is flawed and even more loveable for it. We get to watch her harmlessly superficial ways blow up in her face, leading her to become increasingly self-aware and to start on a sincere but awkward journey of sel-improvement. Every time I watch it, I get inspired by the idea that while there are always concrete steps we can take to improve ourselves, some flaws should be embraced.

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3. The Guardian – The training those in the Coast Guard go through, the physical stamina and endurance they have to develop, the courage they show every time they get sent out in rough seas…so inspiring. Whenever I watch movies like this I wonder, would I make it? Could I push through the pain, the doubts, the panic? Movies like this inspire me to find new limits, or do away with them altogether.

4. Alias – One of my biggest creep factors is anything having to do with the dentist and/or my teeth being yanked out of my mouth. When the first episode aired and Sydney Bristow survived mouth torture just to become a super cool double agent, I was hooked.

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5. Mulan – Clumsy Mulan pretends to be a man and joins the army, taking her father’s place and saving his life. She struggles to find herself while pretending to be someone else, and becomes fit, strong and brave. And she saves the day!

6. La Femme Nikita (TV Show and/or movie) – If you couldn’t tell, I’ve got a think for spies and conflicted heroes. The back story of La Femme Nikita differs a little between these two versions, in one she’s innocent and in the other she’s a guilty juvenile delinquent. In both she faces high pressure situations and has to rely on her strength, skills and coolness under pressure to come out on the other side alive and with some sort of her integrity intact.

7. Chasing Mavericks – Say what you will about this movie, but Jay Moriarity displays an impressive single-mindedness in pursuing his passion. That kind of dedication and focus is something I aspire to.

the real Jay Moriarity surfing on his last trip to the Maldives

8. Highlander – Ok, this one might be a stretch but am I the only one who thinks sword fighting is pretty awesome? Cutting heads off, kinda ew. But swinging a broadsword? I could get down with that.

10. Terminator 2: Judgment Day – Linda Hamilton’s arms…and those sun glasses.

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11. Hunger Games – This one couldn’t be left out. My favorite thing about Katniss, and this movie, is that she becomes a hero not by choice, but out of necessity. She doesn’t spend her life training for the Hunger Games, she spends her life struggling to survive from day-to-day. She’s gritty, she’s real, she’s focused on getting the job done, and she’s fiercely devoted to those she holds close. And she’s awesome with a bow.

Always, Sierra

Sock Conundrum

Ever have one tiny thing throw you off for multiple days?

I changed into my running clothes after work yesterday and headed out to do a few quick errands before I fit some miles in. The few quick errands turned into a few long errands and before I knew it I was crunched for time and my run got sacrificed. I re-packed my running clothes for today, only there was a minor problem when I changed after work.

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Not only did I forget my running socks, I also happen to desperately need to do laundry and wore mismatched socks to work today. Does this qualify as a fail or am I one step closer to hanging with the cool kids? Even this little guy couldn’t stop staring.

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There are legitimate reasons to miss a run and then there are mismatched socks. Wear em loud and wear em proud I say! I got my miles in, nerd alert and all.

Always, Sierra

Is there a piece of gear you just can’t run without?

Am I the only one who thinks wearing mismatched socks is an expression of personality?

The Desire To Quit

“The sometimes overwhelming desire to quit comes from the mind whispering ‘I can’t’ or ‘I’m not good enough, strong enough, smart enough.’ Whatever. Enough. We can be our own worst enemies when it comes to those doubts and negative self-talk. Being around people with positive attitudes helps, but ultimately it has to come from within. In the darkest times, no amount of schmaltzy platitudes will get you through it. When it counts, when you have to pull through, what you need is grit. You wrestle that bear to the ground, chasing it out of your psyche. You remind yourself that it’s easy to quit but hard to live with it afterward – it can turn into a virus that spreads and becomes an uncontrollable urge.”

Marshall Ulrich, Running on Empty

Sneak Peak Mizuno Wave Elixirs

A sneak peak at my new kicks…taking them out for another trial run this afternoon!

Always, Sierra