1/2 marathon day 1….not bad ;)


Hey Folks!  May we first talk about the amazing weather we had in Cleveland today?!?!?!  It hit a high of 58 degrees, did you hear me?!  58!  This day one year ago I was moving into my place battling 3′ snow drifts.  Today people were running in shorts and a t-shirt! 😀

Okay okay… let me get back on track.  lol…

So I have been training for about a week now but I am using this as day one since it is the first day I am sharing it with you all.  But let me back up to yesterday.

Usually I like to run first thing in the morning.  Yep that’s right I am a morning person!  Don’t hate me… I know a lot of people find that to be incredibly annoying :/  Anyways, yesterday was beautiful too so I decided to let it warm up a bit and go running mid morning.  BIG MISTAKE man, big mistake.  I ate a decent breakfast and still had not digested it enough by the time I went on my run so therefore my 3.2 miles were totally crappy and seriously I had to walk/run.  Lesson learned!

Today however was my cross training day 😀  Here is what I did a a favorite local park with an amazing panoramic view of Lake Erie!

  1. Stairs at my local park carrying 5lb hand weights in each hand.  I climbed them straight up and sideways on both sides.
  2. Bicep curls, triceps lifts and front and side arms raises with the weights while climbing the stairs.
  3. Tricep dips, 3 sets of 12
  4. Forearm planks 3 sets at 30 seconds each.  (my upper body is like spaghetti right now.)
  5. Using a blue therapy band and placed it under the balls of my toes and stood about hip width apart.  I then criss-crossed the band in front of me and side stepped 12 steps to the left and then 12 steps to the right.  I repeated this 3 times on each side.
  6. Keeping the band in place under my feet I then did arm raises and arms pulls.
  7. 3 sets of 12 squats.
  8. Calf raises 3 sets of 12.
  9. Leg raises sitting down
  10. Leg raises standing and extending my leg out behind me at a slight angle.

Side note:  I get really bored lifting weights so I combined cardio and weight lifting!  Whoop Whoop Go ME!


My mom and I went out to breakfast in Lakewood at Borderline Cafe.  So delicious!  We split a muffin, a fruit bowl and a veggie omelette with hash browns and rye toast.  Seems like a lot but again, we split everything and even then couldn’t finish it all.

Post cross-training I had a protein smoothie.  I use Garden of Life Raw Protein vegan organic protein powder with vanilla.


I added unsweetened Almond milk, kale (minus the stems), a banana and strawberries.  I put everything in the blender and poured it into my 16oz. shaker bottle.  It tasted soooo delicious!

Later today my family gathered for my brothers birthday celebration!  My big brother turned 42!  Sometimes I cannot believe how fast time flies.  It seems like yesterday that we were all walking to elementary school in our freshly ironed uniforms!

Circa 1984?

It is a bit of a grainy photo but you get the gist.  😀

So at the party I had chips and dip (not a lot but maybe too many.)  I also had a black bean burger with baked beans and coleslaw.  I didn’t do too bad!  On the first of January I gave up sweets and a lot of processed sugar.  I cannot tell you how good I feel!  My energy level at work is consistent and the sugars highs and lows have ceased to exist!  It has been 31 ones days I don’t really ever crave sugar!  So needless to say I didn’t have any birthday cake or ice cream tonight.  Lori 1, sugar devil 0!

That concludes my “first day” of keeping myself accountable!  Like I said please share any tips you may have for my nutrition and training!

Tomorrow is a rest day as I will be working all day then moving apartments (within my building.)

See ya tomorrow!


“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



1/2 Marathon training..suggestions welcome!

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Good morning everyone!

So today starts something very new for me that is exciting and a little scary!  I am starting to train for a 1/2 marathon and in doing so I will be posting updates to hold myself accountable for my progress.  I not only want to be accountable to myself but to you all as well!

And please, if any of you have advice for training let me know in the comments sections!  Advice is WELCOME!!!

My running story:

I have been a runner ever since elementary school at Sacred Heart of Jesus.  My dad and another fellow dad of a student coached our cross country team.  From that moment I was completely hooked.  I ran from elementary school through my senior year of high school.  My dad would train me me by driving along side me as I was running.  He was instrumental in my running.  I broke a few records and was excelling but then things came to a halt the summer before my sophomore of high school.  I cheered my freshman year much to my dad’s dismay.  He said more than once that I would ruin my knee cheer-leading but I loved it so much that I just ignored his warnings.  I was trying out for the cheer-leading squad the summer before my sophomore year and completely blew out my left knee.  Total reconstruction with screws and all holding my knee together.  It was a total blow to my athleticism.  Coming back after that was not easy.  I was used to being fast and now I was slow.  A friend’s mom used to call me rabbit and the one day she called me turtle… 😦  Eventually I rallied my spirits and ran track and cross- country again however my confidence never truly returned.  I had a really great coach Ms. Nolan.  I remember one day as we were running out on the track her telling me to leave the pack.  She knew I had what it took to break out and set the pace.  So I did.  But my confidence would fade again and I would stick with the group.  That is pretty much how I rounded out my high school running career.  Sad I know!  I even had a college recruiter call me.  But stupid me was so honest that when they mentioned my fasted mile time I told them I hadn’t run that in a couple of years!  Sometimes, as my dad says, I volunteer too much information.

My love of running never faded and over the years I have ran on and off.

A few years ago I trained with my friend Anna for the Towpath 1/2 marathon in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  We trained hard up until the week of the race.  That same week I went to register only to be turned away as it was SOLD OUT!  All my hard work and dedication….gone.  So I went with Anna and her boyfriend at the time, to cheer her on and congratulate her at the finish line.  I was sooo bummed but also excited to cheer on my friend!

Now I want to train right and eat right so I can run the Grand Teton 1/2 marathon in Jackson, WY!  Currently I am battling a little bout of shin splints.  So I am learning HOW to train and learning to slow down instead of doing too much too soon.  My sister’s friend Megan suggested that I blog about my progress and everything that goes with it.  So thanks to Megan for being the catalyst in this!  Also Megan is quite the runner herself so I may ask her to do a guest blog post so she can talk about her training 😀

So thanks in advance for all the support and advice!


“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow