Posts tagged ‘training’

June 6, 2012

HMT: Day 56… I am a creeper.

Day: 56

Distance: 4 miles

Time:¬†66 minutes (I walked/jogged just wasn’t feeling a straight up 4 just wanted to be on the treadmill for awhile so I did intervals)

Temperature: On the treadmill at my new gym:)

Injuries: None!

So as I mentioned in my post yesterday given some new motivation I joined a gym WITH fitness classes so I am super excited about this. ¬†Today I wanted to head over and check it out, none of the classes met at the time I could go so I just got some cardio in but I really think I’m going to like it there!

I started out creeping on the treadmill, the nice man next to me was watching me so I couldn’t get a good picture of the whole thing.

I then did some intense creeping on the facility… this woman and her personal trainer were a little caught off guard. I should get a t-shirt that says “I have a blog, don’t mind the photos”

After the facility creep, I did some locker room creeping… post shower ready to go and feeling like a rockstar if I must be so bold;)

Finally, I creeped on my Starbucks treat post work out.

Now I am off to go meet a friend who is brand new to this little corner of the world called Vermont ¬†for dinner and our first shows of the Jazz Fest! ¬† Hopefully she doesn’t mind my photo taking…

‚̧ Kari

June 3, 2012

HMT: Day 53

This weekend has been all about recharging my batteries and it feels great!

Saturday after work I hit up City Market in Burlington and got some grocery shopping in, Vermont doesn’t have a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s (though they are always talking about them) so City Market is the closest version that I’ve really fallen in love with.

Came in $6 under my budget too, Woot! Woot!

After I got home I immediately got on the treadmill, I am one of those people who has to keep myself busy or else I will sit on the couch and NEVER move again. ¬†So I set up a goal to run for 25 minutes, no matter the distance, thanks to a certain show I like to call Gossip Girl and a complete season I have yet to watch (guilty pleasure) 25 minutes became 45 and I honestly couldn’t even tell you the distance I ran but it felt awesome. ¬†Then I did a 10 minute ab workout and felt pretty much exhausted.

Thank you Tone It Up Girls!

Next up, a lovely dinner made with the produce I just got at the market… I had my heart set on the mexi-potato skins¬†and had convinced myself I had an extra can of black beans until I removed every can from the pantry and realized I was mistaken. ¬†Holy terrible feeling. ¬†I got out a pot to boil some water and try a new spaghetti recipe but my heart was set on something Mexican so I bailed on that mission for another day.

Instead I diced up a red and yellow bell pepper, threw it in a pan with some olive oil and roasted them up with some chili powder. ¬†I heated up some refried beans and spread it over 3 small whole grain tortillas, once the peppers were roasted I put them on the top of the beans and sprinkled some mexi-blend cheese over the tops. ¬†In to the oven they went to broil up for about 5 minutes (on low) and boom… dinner was served.

Not bad on the fly but I should have crisped up the tortillas first because they got a little soggy. 

I then let myself relax with the first 125 pages of Fifty Shades of Grey. ¬†I don’t mean to offend anyone and I am totally interested if you have any thoughts on the book but as of right now… not a fan. ¬†I¬†can’t stand either of ¬†the characters, not even a little bit.

Final thought for this morning’s post. ¬†I will be honest and say I don’t know much about¬†pageants but I have definitely watched a few and I think it is a cool way to represent your state. ¬†I don’t think there is a year that goes by that I don’t check out who is that year’s Miss. Vermont (small state guys, I usually know them in some capacity).

In 2010 Miss. Vermont for the Miss. America pageant is¬†Caroline Bright. ¬†A very intelligent, spunky, and personable girl that I had the pleasure to briefly meet while she was the reigning “Governor” at the 2007 Green Mountain Girl’s State. ¬†I was always amazed with how she carried herself and managed to be so witty yet serious and engaging in every speech. ¬†At 22 (I believe) she is currently running for the Vermont State Senate and I wish her all the best.

¬†Next up, tonight is the Miss. USA pageant and this year’s Miss. Vermont is a girl named Jamie Dragon. ¬†Jamie happens to be from my small town of Milton, VT… small meaning one stop light and 10,000 people… practically family haha;) ¬†Though I do not know her personally I do know from everyone who went to school with her and from her family in the town she is a great candidate for the state. ¬†Genuine, kind, passionate and down to earth, basically everything a¬†good rep should be!¬†I hope for the best as she competes tonight!

Thanks for listening guys! Bring on Sunday Fun-day:)

‚̧ Kari

May 30, 2012

HMT: Day 50

Ladies and Gentlemen, I got pulled over and it sucked.

So I get done work around midnight and begin the commute back home, 2 miles in I’m headed down a hill where the speed limit goes from 40 to 25 in a split second and BOOM hello blue lights.

Insert curse words here.

I pull over and a surprisingly handsome young cop walks up to my window asking me how I am and if I know why I have been pulled over. ¬†“Uh I’m gonna be real honest sir, I’ve been better.”

Once we had established that yes, I was speeding but no, I did not realize how quickly the speed limit changed, he asked me for my license and registration… here is the kicker folks, I’m still rocking a Tennessee license and registration. ¬†Two things that Mr. Handsome Cop was immediately thrown off by. ¬†How thrown off you ask?

“You know what you keep the insurance, I’m just going to run this license and make sure we don’t have any warrants on our hands.”

You wanna know what I was thinking about in the 5 minutes it took to run my information through?

Do I have any warrants for my arrest? (No, I don’t)

Would I have a warrant if I forgot to return a book to the public library in Knoxville? (I will be returning that btw)

I wonder if Mr. Handsome Cop is married or engaged, he looks like he’d be settled down.

Do people actually flirt with cops when they get pulled over? How does that even start?

Jenna Marbles should make a video about getting pulled over.

Who thinks of that stuff???? Me. Only me.

Mr. Handsome Cop then returned to the window, handed me a written warning and just like that I wanted to hug him, scream and dance in the middle of the road… I refrained for obvious reasons. So thank you Mr. Handsome Cop, scouts honor I won’t do it again;)

My life is so exciting.

Anyway, ¬†today I went to the mall in search of shorts at The Loft (got a pair that I will share with you guys tomorrow) but I also found this adorable dress that I instantly fell in love with from Francesca’s. ¬†It was on sale and everything but as I’m currently rocking a body a few sizes bigger than I have been in the past I just didn’t feel comfortable enough in it to buy it.

Disclaimer: ¬†I LOVE Francesca’s though, I think I own 10 dresses as well as a bunch of belts and jewelry so believe me when I say I ¬†am so happy Burlington got one. ¬†I will be back in and trying many more dresses on I think today was more mental than physical but I’ll let you guys be the judge of it!

I loved that this dress was green and lace first off but then I really came around to the blue underneath and just thought it was such a cool touch. ¬†I loved that it could be dressed up or down and the cut was one that could be worn for so many different occasions. ¬† Unfortunately the length was my biggest hang up, I’ve never been one to carry weight in my stomach (definitely not in my chest haha) but instead to my backside and thighs, so even if I try the next size up I often find that it adds fabric to my upper half ¬†but not where I actually need it.

It doesn’t look terribly short but it sadly failed my sit down comfortably test… man did I love it though, just have to tell myself if it is meant to be it will happen;)

Trying on clothes all morning gave me a lot of motivation to hit the pavement and get a few miles in so that is what I did.

Day: 50

Distance: 2.5 Miles

Time: 30 minutes/ 12min/m

Temperature: 80’s and very humid

Injuries: None just hot as heck

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

‚̧ Kari

May 29, 2012

HMT: Day 48

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend, mine was filled with friends, food, and working… don’t go in to the hospitality industry if you like your holidays;)¬† Yesterday was the Vermont City Marathon and although I did not run in it this year I am so very proud of all of the people I know who did it.¬† I wish I could have participated, mark my words I WILL PARTICIPATE NEXT YEAR!¬† Seeing all of the posts on facebook and reading the articles in the newspapers I just can’t explain my excitement for my own race in July.¬† I know I’ve said all of that before but man I am pumped!

I decided that I was cool enough to have a running buddy (i.e. someone who will show up at my doorstep and make me go running/work out in general) so today was our first day chasing pavements together… YAY KARI HAS REAL¬†FRIENDS!¬†¬†I would say it was a success, I know I pushed myself even though it was just an easy 2 mile run.

Day: 48

Distance: 2 miles

Time: 22 minutes/11 min/mi

Temperature: It was mid 70s with a 15 second down pour… I’m telling you VT weather is odd.

Injuries: I was tight in my calves for some reason but no real problems.

After we ran we did a 15 minute ab workout that Anthony says he does with his baseball team.¬† I asked him where they got it from and he didn’t even flinch when he replied “Jane Fonda and she is not a nice woman.” I immediately burst into tears laughing so hard as I pictured the entire UNC Charlotte club baseball team working out¬†in front of a¬†Jane Fonda ab video… picture it, you know you want to. When we finished I totally agreed, she may seem sweet but that work out was deadly.

Round two tomorrow folks!

‚̧ Kari


May 25, 2012

HMT: Day 45

Day: 45

Distance: 1 mile

Time: 10 minutes

Temperature: 70s and lovely!

Injuries: None

Yesterday I did a quick mile just to get some running legs going it was a beautiful morning and after being sicker than a dog I was happy to be functional. ¬† I also did an hour of yoga because I was pretty certain I would be sore today (I was right). ¬†Tonight is 4 miles and tomorrow is 2 miles, I’m starting to get a little anxious about the race afraid I won’t have done enough come race day. ¬†This weekend is the Vermont City Marathon and after completing the half twice, I am majorly jealous of all those running in it. ¬†It makes me excited to run my race in July! To all those running in the VCM, good luck and may the weather be on your side:)

Anyway yesterday afternoon the boy and I went for a quick lunch on Church Street at Ri Ra’s and then walked along the waterfront for 3 miles, it was a great day!

A beautiful day to be eating lunch on Church Street.

The best vegetarian patty I have ever had.

The Spirit of Ethan Allen on Lake Champlain.

We walked all the way down to North Beach.

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

‚̧ Kari

May 23, 2012

HMT: Day 44

Day: 44

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 48 minutes/ 12min/mi

Temperature: Warm, VT weather has been so nice lately!

Injuries: Feelin’ good despite the week lapse between runs.

Confession: I SUCK at being sick.

I’ve been sick since Sunday… starting with a sore throat, Monday gained the runny nose, Tuesday the congestion, which brings us to today Wednesday, my first day off and I haven’t left the couch since I woke up this morning at 9.

I don’t like to have people around me when I’m sick, I would much rather be pathetic solo. I also am horribly stubborn about going to the doctor so lets just throw that one out of the window.

I have had LOTS of time to think about how productive I will be when I get off this couch and here it goes:

1. I will eat more fruits and veggies.

2. I will do yoga daily.

3. I will run 6 miles by Sunday.

4. I will start reading a book.

5. I will not eat out more than one time this week.

In the meantime it will be just me,  the couch, many cups of tea, my good friend Gibbs (NCIS reference naturally) and an intense love affair with my Tylenol Daytime Cold Medicine.

Pretty much in love with this cow mug!

Hope everyone is having a far more exciting Wednesday than I!

‚̧ Kari

May 16, 2012

HMT: Day 36 and Big News!

Just under two months to go!

After completing a very flat 4 miles yesterday I’ve decided I have to force myself to break out and do things I don’t want to do… like hills, lunges, and eating less.

The course I’m running (Mad Marathon) is in a mountain town thus cut into mountains and if I continue to just run flats I will NEVER feel comfortable come race day. ¬†Which brings me back to the days of track and how I never felt prepared to do anything (because I never really tried) but not this time. ¬†I am determined to feel confident the day of the race and that means I have to kick these next two months in the ass… so to speak;)

Day: 36

Distance: 4 miles

Time:  52:00/13min/m

Temperature: Mid 60s but rainy… thankfully it only sprinkled towards the end.

Injuries: None that weren’t directly related to the huge meal I ate way too close to run time… oops!

Anyway, on to the big news!

In 3 months I will be moving to beautiful, mountainous, and oh so lovely, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

The idea of living in a little mountain town and being a snowboarding bum (bum = working full time and taking classes at the local mountain school to get that elusive degree) has been on my to do list for as long as I can remember but now I have actually put the plan in motion. ¬†After high school I lived in Greeley (never again, no offense) and Westminster (loved being so close to Denver) and have been spending every family vacation visiting my parent’s house in Silverthorne, I’ve always thought I would love the life style but never had enough drive to do it. ¬† Following a serious pro-con list I decided that this was the time to venture out solo and see where it takes me.

So come August I will be hanging my hat in the great state of Colorado yet again and I could not be more excited about it!

The Steamboat Grand

‚̧ Kari

May 11, 2012

HMT: Day 32

I did not run this last week. ¬†I went for quite a few walks and kept up with insanity but I just didn’t have the bug for running. ¬†That all changed this morning when I woke up and was dying to get outside and hit the pavement! It was like out of nowhere I got my runners legs back and couldn’t wait to log a few miles.

Some things about me as a runner.

1. I stick my tongue out when I go up hills… I actually stick my tongue out whenever I’m doing anything that involves concentration. It is super dorky but I can’t help it.

2. I hate the smell of fresh cut grass… It reminds me of field hockey preseason and how much I HATED running because I was so out of shape.

3. I listen to mostly Michael Jackson when running… I could literally listen to his greatest hits album on repeat.

4. I brush my teeth before I run, I don’t know why but I like the feeling of feeling fresh and ready to go.

5. I do a combination of the head nod, smile, or little wave when I pass another runner/walker but I rarely speak. ¬†Not because I don’t want to but because for some reason when I open my mouth to say hi, nothing comes out. ¬†I don’t know what it is but I always feel like a jerk if someone speaks to me so I just make really ridiculous hand motions to acknowledge their hellos. I’m not cool haha.

Day: 32

Distance: 2.5 miles

Time: 32.09 minutes/ 12.8 min/mi

Temperature: 70s and sunny but very windy!

Injuries:¬†None, just feeling out of shape from a week of no running… won’t do that again.

So the run itself was a bit of a walk run, I only ran two miles and then I walked for a bit just to stay out in the sun. I loved it. So happy:)

Now I’m off to get ready for some drinks with one of my best friends who is home for a month. ¬†It is starting to feel like summer and oh man am I excited!

Throwback of Heather and I, yes we went to Disney, and yes we were 18 taking photos with the Incredibles!

H and I all grown up at Boston Beer Works last summer! (For some reason we only take blurry photos together)

Happy Weekend Friends!

‚̧ Kari

May 5, 2012

HMT: Day 26 and My Sister the Champ.

Day: 26

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 36 minutes/12 min/m

Temperature: 50s and rain

Injuries:¬†my calves are so sore from Insanity it isn’t even funny.

So the run went pretty well, I am getting used to the three mile “short runs” and the loop around my house is nice. ¬†This next week I move up to 5 miles and I’m excited but super nervous…. we shall see how it goes. ¬†Insanity is LITERALLY killing me, but in a really good way. ¬†I did the “recovery” video yesterday which just meant slowly squat a billion times in 33 minutes. ¬†I can’t say that I feel recovered but I feel good and isn’t that why I am doing it?

Anyway today’s post is more about a very special person to me. ¬†As I have briefly mentioned before my family is amazing and I love them oh so much. ¬†This particular post is about my older sister Katie, who in her 34 (I think) short years of life has accomplished so much to be proud of. ¬†While teaching middle school in Vermont she became the teacher of the year for our hometown middle school and then for the state of Vermont. ¬†She represented the state as a James Madison Fellow, a¬†scholarship program for the most outstanding teachers of the Constitution. ¬†Now, after only 2 years of teaching at her current middle school in Tennessee I am proud to say that she was named the Teacher of the Year!

While I joke that she is in it for the “Teacher of the Year” parking spot and that she bribes her way to the title everywhere she goes… I know that there is nobody that deserves each award more than her.

For as long as I can remember I have been compared to her, and there is nobody in the world I would rather be compared to. ¬†She is first person I call when I have made a mistake that I don’t know how to fix (which happens quite often)… or when I’ve done something I am proud of. ¬†She listens to me ramble and always finds a way to make me feel like no matter what I can get through it. ¬†She has gone out of her way to help me in every major decision I have made so far in life and with every decision I always hope my outcomes will make her proud.

My sister” is the best” as she would say and I hope everyone has someone in their life as awesome as her.

Congratulations big sis!  You show off;)

Katie and I at my high school graduation.

We can’t play tennis like normal people… we use or alter egos “Buffy and Victoria”

Katie drove over to Knoxville to come one of my Field Hockey games.

I got her to run her first 5k! She did it like a boss.  (Sweetwater 420 in Atlanta, GA)

She is a far better ice skater than I.

Favorite picture of us!

Thanks for reading guys:)

‚̧ Kari

May 2, 2012

HMT: Day 24 and INSANITY

I saw a blog recently that had a post about a website called dailymile and decided to see what it was all about last night.  Much to my excitement it seems that I will now have yet another form of social media to post my runs to, it is a funny thing this running community, so supportive!  It makes me so happy every time I can log a work out or show any progress and dailymile seems to be a really fun way to do it.  Definitely add me if you are on it or thinking about joining it!  (greenmountaingal is my username)

Today was a run day but today was also day two of a program I just started called Insanity!¬†which is a p90x type program deisgned to bring you to the brink of death¬†every day for 60 days and then bam you are hot stuff… or so I like to think of it as anyway… It is actually the first and only thing I have ever purchased from an infomercial and I am sad to say it was purchased over 5 months ago… oops!

I’m not gonna lie I looked just as badass as this girl ^¬†except not…

So a quick recap of that yesterday was basically do these 10 exercises for a few minutes each and see how many you can get, then every few weeks I will redo that work out and see my progress… quite frankly I don’t really care how many more sets I can do I just care that I am able to fit in to the insane amount of summer dresses I have in my closet… but¬†noting my progress¬†is a nice perk in theory.¬† Today was more of a beat you up with exercises designed for football and basketball players.¬† I have to say it went fairly well but only time will tell if I am still able to walk most days.

On to the run!

Day: 24

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 37:00/ 12:32min/m

Temperature: 50s and gloomy… some rain towards the end… Dear Weather Gods, get your act together. Thanks!

Injuries: I did the run before Insanity so I felt like a real person.¬† I didn’t feel much pain anywhere so it was actually a pretty good run.

The run felt like it flew by probably because I was just so excited to track my first run on dailymile… seriously I am like a kid in a candy store with new websites.¬† If you saw me when I got my pinterest a little over a year ago it was literally all I could do for a month straight.¬† On another note I found this picture from when I was moving, here is all of the race tshirts I have collected so far, I have been quoted multiple times saying “I only run these things for the free stuff” and¬†I’d say it is still probably¬†half the reason haha. I swear¬†one day I am going to make¬†a quilt with them!

Happy First of the Month! I hope it is a ballin’ one:)

‚̧ Kari