Re-Scheduling & Dog Barking: Road to AC70.3

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I just looked at my GoPro video from last night and I was so pissed. HAHAHAHAHA But in all fairness, the gym is seriously insanely packed and I need to come up with a new game plan on run days.

I've been a baby this winter and hitting the treadmill more than years past, HOWEVER, each and every time I go to the gym there are no available treadmills. So after being upset for the 5th time I think I need to say enough is enough and only head to the gym for spin, yoga and lifting.

In theory I should REALLY start getting up early and running with The Run Club in the morning (I miss my asscrackers). But let me type out my logic and MAYBE I'm insane for thinking this way, but I'd love your comments on this post to say "Amanda, I can understand your view point" or I'd appreciate hearing  "Amanda, you're insane, that's a dumb reason." So here we go.

Since moving out of my parents house I've not gone for early morning runs with The Run Club. When I lived at home I'd take him out for a quick pee, I'd get dressed and he'd curl up in bed with my mom until I got back. I now live in an apartment which is a twin house converted into an upstairs and downstairs apartment. Our neighbors upstairs are super cool and the twin connected to us is a family of 6 - two adults and 4 kids. Run Club runs START at 5:15 a.m. which means I need to leave the house at 4:45 a.m. Taylor leaves the house every day at 5:30 a.m. for work.

It doesn't matter if it is 5:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., Gatsby barks his face off when we (mainly I) leave the house. I'm sure this is normal, HOWEVER, to have my dog barking his face off at 4:45 a.m. and/or 5:30 a.m. when Taylor leaves, I feel awful that my neighbors have to hear that/deal with it so so early in the morning. So to not have to deal with it I just run at night.

Am I insane for thinking this way?! He has to stop barking at some point, right? I feel like my only other option is to run at home BEFORE Taylor leaves at 5:30 a.m.

Please, some feedback is appreciated. 

Off to Spin tonight with Janice and Taylor. I've been using the My Fitness Pal for logging my food and workouts and it's working really well. I have a few accountability buddies on there so it's nice to have the support. Love you A.R.

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Fight The Food: Road to AC70.3

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


How many of us can relate: We just had an 8+ hour work day, we know we need to get to the gym to get a good workout in and then we realize we didn't meal prep for dinner. You get in your car after your awesome workout and you just say to yourself, "I'm too tired, I'll just go pick something up." The "go pick something up" usually means fast food or something of poor quality. Say goodbye to the 1500 calories you just burned.

I am the first one to say I am guilty of this...tonight was ALMOST one of those nights -- I was debating between Saladworks and Wendy's because they are both easy stops on my way home.

And then as I put my car into drive I said NO AMANDA!!! Stop being a lazy turd and go home and make food. MAKE THE SMART DECISION, AMANDA.

My eating habits are not great -- I  can work out has hard as I want, but exercise will NEVER outweigh an awful diet. I've been heavy and Ive been thin. I know what it takes to lose weight and get to my fittest ability. But it doesn't come without WORK and smart choices.



Tonight was a victory in my book -- I made the RIGHT choice to make a healthy dinner and not let the inner demon win.

Celebrate the small victories in life -- sometimes they are some of the biggest ones.

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Dip, Baby, Dip: Road to AC70.3

Sunday, January 15, 2017


It felt so good to get into the pool on Friday. Like really, really good. This was the first time I took a dip since my Olympic Triathlon in Atlantic City back in August. I really only planned to swim maybe 400m but I felt really good and it turned into 1000m.

I went about it in 100m intervals....swimming the 100m and then giving myself a 20 second rest and completing 10 sets. Taylor and I joined the YMCA this summer and I'm so glad we did. Our facility has three pools and the one pool is amazing. Six lanes of quality. Surprisingly it is always jam packed. Luckily, there were a few lanes open on Friday and I got it done. I know others would have been willing to share.



Friday night was spent at dinner with my parents and packing for a weekend trip to Philadelphia as my best friend and her husband decided for a random visit. Saturday morning Taylor and I got up super early to run with our friend, Vickie. I knew I had to call someone to run with me for accountability or I would have over slept and missed the workout completely. Vickie is one hell of a lady and I miss not seeing her as much. It was great to catch up with her and hear about her fitness adventures for 2017.

The rest of the weekend was spent in Philly doing super tourist things, drinking and eating way too much and belly laughs. Sometime it is the perfect medicine the doctor subscribes.

On to another week of meditation, workouts and burning off the thousands of calories I took in this weekend.

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