Half Ironman

August 13, 2017

 

half ironman run | 5th and Magnolia

Some of you may have been wondering what happened to my posts...and I totally admit that I have pretty much fallen off the face of the blogging earth for the last few months. BUT...I swear that I have a good excuse. 

My life has pretty much been taken over by the insane idea that I had this past spring to sign up for a Half Ironman. Why I thought it would be a good idea, and a "must do" before I turn 35 in September I am not really sure, but, I thought it, I signed up and now it's almost here. 

To say that the training has been easy would be a complete lie, and to say that I was as prepared as I should have been would also be a complete lie because I am one of the world's worst procrastinators. As in I waited until the very last possible moment to begin my training (which as about 10 weeks ago) and I have kicked myself ever since. All those blogs that talk about training for a good 3-6 months, yup...they were right and I was totally wrong. 

The training has consisted of workouts 6-7 days a week, most of which are two-a-days with a mixture of running, cycling and swimming. It started off moderately challenging and quickly became grueling with long distances and little rest in between workouts (again, totally my fault for putting it off) - so to say that I am excited to be finished would be an understatement. 

The training has pushed me to workout even when I don't want to, it's stolen sleep from me, taken over my social life and eats up pretty much any available spare time that I have but all the while I have to admit it feels pretty amazing. To be able to push my body to places I never thought I would go day in and day out for the past 8 weeks has given me feelings of accomplishment, power, strength and pure (tear enducing at times) adrenaline. It's been quite a ride. 

Now that I am about two weeks out from race day it's a mix of emotions ranging from excitement to complete fear and terror of not being able to make it through the entire race (especially the open water swim in the ocean). Physically I know that I will be able to do it - but these next few weeks I have to mentally get my brain caught up with the rest of my body so that it won't talk me out of it on race day. 

I'm also finally to a point where I have hit all my max distances in training and am just maintaining them for the next few weeks which means I am feeling a bit more rested and finally at a point to which I can catch up on my other pet projects like 5th & Magnolia. So, over the next few weeks I will be posting and recapping our summer thus far and can't wait to share our summer adventures. It's definitely going by way too fast, and I can't believe we are already in mid-August...but I am determined to make the most of every last drop of summer and have my fingers crossed for an Indian Summer to extend this sunshine and warm New England breezes right through September.

If you are still reading this thanks for still following along - I promise to be more present in the weeks to come and would love for you to continue to follow along on Instagram for the most up to date posts and happenings. 

xo - margaret

 

Cycle Obsession

March 25, 2016

After a near death cardio heart exploding experience in college I had it in my head that I was not an indoor spinning kind of gal. Although I love to run and even bike outside there was something about being in a loud dark room and having my heart pounding out of my chest did not interest me at all. 

I will admit though for the past 6 months or so I have been considering trying it; call it a combination of the popularity and buzz on places like soul cycle (and the results), getting older and having to really strategically workout to stay my current size (and eat what I want for the most part) and a new desire to really mix up my workouts, but it had me thinking. So, after much research and hemming and hawing about when to start I finally pulled the trigger last month and I can officially say that I am hooked. Like put an IV in me and strap me to the bike hooked. I love it, and the calorie burn and cardio high is completely the reason for my addiction. That and the great music, motivating instructors and excuse to shop a new section at Lululemon & VS (don't tell the husband about that last part). 

That being said, here are some of my top picks for cycle class and if you are in the Portland Maine area definitely check out Reve Cycling - it's a game changer if you are looking to add something new to your fitness deck.

 

 

Cycle Gear

What's your favorite workout? 

 

xo - margaret

 

 

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My Other Loves

July 24, 2015

Other than my usual love suspects, the hus & the fur babes, there are two other loves in my life; running & yoga/pilates. Both of which I have been in an ongoing relationship with for years. 

I couldn't imagine my life without either of them, they give me a place to recharge and are my first choice when it's time to blow off a little steam (well that and weight lifting). For me fitness is an outlet for some many things, and in order to stay motivated (which is hard for everyone including me!) I like to get new gear and always have a running list of new favorites. Here are some pieces I have my eye on...

 

Running Tanks - I am loving these cute racer backs with fun sayings, this #beast tank is my new love

Colorful sports bras - One of my favorite things to run in is a plain cotton racer back, so I love layering up with a fun bra like this one from Under Armour

Nike Wraps - I have been eyeing these for years, literally, years. I think it's finally time to buy!

New Kicks - Change your running shoes at least once a year, and if you run a lot like me, every 6 months. I personally always go for pink, black or gray.

Accessories - I love a good running watch to track my distance & time as well as a headband to keep my hair & sweat out of my eyes (plus it hides all the curly hair flyaways). I have also been seeing a lot of gals with these adorable yoga beads in class, and I have total yoga envy for them...I just need to find the perfect set. 

Fitness Tote-This is an essential item, especially when you are on the go as much as I am. 

Bottoms-I am the most picky when it comes to workout bottoms; biggest it factor - a wide waistband. It's a must for me. I hate thin waistbands that dig into your hips and belly, wide and high is how I like em.

Yoga Mat w/ Tote- Often when I run to a yoga class I don't bring much with me so I love the mats that come with their own tote. Two in ones have always been my thing.

 

 

 

Fitness Must Haves

 

 

What's your go-to workout gear? Your motivation?

xo - margaret

 

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