Thinking long term for once.

January 17, 2013

Here’s the deal, I refuse to get injured.  It is okay if I get injured because of some fluke accident or something like that but I refuse to get injured by being a non smart runner.  So far this week I have done two tough workouts (tough for the fitness level I am at now) and my body is feeling it.   

Even though I woke up mentally wanting to run I am thinking long term (for once in my life) and decided that today would be the perfect day to just do some yoga and run with a friend tomorrow and do my long run Saturday.  I think 2 running rest days a week for a while until I build up a better base and get used to speed training is going to be my plan.  No more getting hurt because I want to do too much too soon.  Anyone else want to join me in this goal?  

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A little P90X yoga with my favorite yogi was a good time.  She has mastered upward-facing dog.


I am kind of all over the place with today’s post.  When I was watching the biggest loser yesterday three statistics really stood out to me.

-On average, children watch 4.5 HOURS of television a day (that does not includes video games, time on the computer etc.)

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-The answer to the above question is 60%!!!!  

-Kids are getting most of their sugar intake from sugary drinks and soda.   (I know, I am not one to talk about sugar but I forget that soda is such a huge thing) 

Are these stats shocking to you?   

(PS the part on BL where they had to crawl through bubble gum on the show made me a little sick)


It was Brooke’s 5 month birthday on Tuesday (I will forgive you if you forgot to tell her happy birthday but don’t forget on February 15th to wish her a happy 6 months birthday).  I see this whole #tbt thing on Instagram all of the time (I think it means Throw Back Thursday or something) and so I thought we would go back in time to the week before Brooke was Born and a picture of her at 8 days old.

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I swear, if she gets any bigger…..


Ever tried P90X?  Ever had the desire to try P90X?

Did you watch a lot of television growing up?

-On weekdays we were able to watch 30 minutes and I think a little more on the weekends.  When I was a teenager I don’t remember any rules though.  

Did you drink soda or other sugary drinks as a kid?

-We were only allowed to get soda at restaurants (although we rarely ate out) and sometimes we had grape juice at home.

How many rest days are you taking lately? What is your main reason for taking a rest day?

TorontoRunner January 17, 2013 at 2:05 pm

whoa..that is definitely A LOT of TV when you consider kids going to school and getting home and not sleeping tooo late.. yikes.

Brooke. Oh man. CUTIE! Happy 5 months!

Love that you’re really taking care of yourself!
I’m a BAD coke zero addict..been weaning myself off..not a good thing to be addicted to at all!


The Hungry Runner Girl January 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Thanks for the Happy 5 months:) Ohhhhh coke zero is delicious. You can do it:)


Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes January 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Babies grow way too fast! It’s awesome and heart breaking… So proud of you for doing what you need!
We don’t watch much tv… Bachelor and duck dynasty are pretty much it! And no as a kid we were never allowed sugary drinks or cereals. I think it’s a form of child abuse? Jk of course. My main reason for taking rest days is that I know my body needs to recover and so does my mind!


The Hungry Runner Girl January 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm

She really is getting way too old. Bachelor is the best thing on tv right now:)


Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy January 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I always do too much too soon! I’m taking one whole month off of running so my shin splints and IT band can heal. I’m hoping that it works!


The Hungry Runner Girl January 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Good girl.. you are being smart and it will pay off in the end! Stay strong!!!


Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy January 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Back at ya ;)!!


Katie January 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Addicted to p90x. Now on my third full round of it. Can’t say enough good things about it. I’m sure if I followed the diet better (yeah, a serving of candy per day isn’t in the rulebook…nor are handfuls of honey nut Cheerios) I’d be absolutely ripped, but for now I’ll settle for someone who is moderately toned and truly enjoys her workouts!


The Hungry Runner Girl January 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm

WOW!! Katie, that is so awesome! You are hardcore!! PS life is just better with some candy and honey nut cheerios:)


Emma @ Culturecopia January 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Smart running plan! I really never crave anything liquid other than water, coffee, or tea (and I barely drink coffee). I love p90!


The Hungry Runner Girl January 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

How often do you do P90?


Emma @ Culturecopia January 18, 2013 at 2:42 am

I used to do it much more often than I do it now. I was thinking of switching over to a Jillian Michaels dvd – the 6 week 6 pack one? Have you done it?


Sonia the Mexigarian January 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I used to watch a lot of TV when I was a kid, though I also played a lot outside. It balanced out. Until I started getting the supersized meals from McD’s. Ick.
Never tried P90x though I have been curious about it. Have you done it entirely?

I stopped drinking soda several years ago, but we used to guzzle bottles at my parents house for the longest time. Then we slowly stopped. My older sister was addicted to Coke. Literally. The withdraws she had were not pretty. My mom stopped buying soda to help with her recovery. the last time I had a soda I was so jittery, I had to pull over and ask my husband to drive.

Brooke is going to be a master yogi :)


The Hungry Runner Girl January 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I used to do it a lot a few years ago but ever since then I just use it for the yoga and abs. That is awesome that you guys have gotten over the soda. You are amazing!


heather @ run eat play January 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I watched P90X once… it looked intense!


The Hungry Runner Girl January 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Bahahaha watching it sounds way more fun than doing it.


Patty T January 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm

We were never allowed soda as kids. My mom made us always drink milk (even in restaurants!) Guess that is why I still love milk now and never drink soda. (My husband said the soda cans in our fridge are dated from 2008, no joke).


The Hungry Runner Girl January 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm

That is SO SO AWESOME!!! 2008… love it. I really hope to do the same thing with Brooke that your mom did with you:)


Julie @ Sweetly Balanced January 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I tried doing P90X once and only lasted 3 weeks, I like the videos still, I sometimes do them randomly like the yoga when I’m in the mood. I also used to be addicted to diet coke. I stopped drinking it and lost a ton of weight! Now, I can’t drink anything but water! Ps. Happy belated 5 months to Brooke! :)


The Hungry Runner Girl January 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Hey… 3 weeks is a long time! Way to go Julie on quitting diet coke!


Tia January 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Never tried P90X, I wanted to but it seemed like a less than stellar thing for someone to start who had little to no fitness level. I ended up getting TurboFire instead (which really is more advanced as well I guess) and I’m so addicted now, it’s an amazing workout.

I wasn’t allowed to watch TV at all until I was atleast 10, we use to watch movies with Grandparents and stuff but it was always an occasional treat. We never drank pop as kids mostly cause we couldn’t afford it but we drank a lot of iced tea (I’m in canada, so that’s like sweet tea I guess? It’s just as bad for you as pop).

I was suppose to take a rest day for Turbo Fire today but decided to fit in a quick run on my lunch break, quick 40 minutes won’t hurt anything ;)

PS: Your little munchkin is SOOOOOO cute! Love her eyes.


The Hungry Runner Girl January 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I WANT TO TRY TURBOFIRE so so bad. It sounds like a blast. I like the tv rule that your parents had for you:)

Thanks for your compliment about Brooke. Have a great day!


Nicole January 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I’m on week 3 of P90x. I’m doing the Lean version, so I can still run at least 3 days/week (I swap out CardioX and KenpoX for runs). I’ve been working out 7 days/week and I usually only do 6, so we’ll see how soon I get burned out. I really like it so far… Of course I don’t have a pull up bar, so it’s much easier!


The Hungry Runner Girl January 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Okay, I have never heard of the Lean version, that sounds awesome! Way to go Nicole!


Alina January 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm

So what do you mean by rest days?? Does that mean no exercise at all :(—because than I would have approximately 0 rest days. :/

I would also like to join you on the not getting injured plan–training for my 2nd marathon. Got injured the first time around–determined not to repeat the same mistakes.


The Hungry Runner Girl January 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Good question! I take one full day off from everything and then today did yoga. Some people consider a rest day as taking the full day off and some say it is when you don’t run and crosstrain instead. YES… let’s do this plan together. You will not get injured this time around:)


Andra Enoiu January 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm

oo000 me too. No injuries in 2013!


Alina January 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Andra??? Who are you–your name sounds so familiar…….


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Amy N. January 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I’ve tried P90X (I’ve done two complete rounds) and I enjoyed it overall, but hated the repetativeness of it. Also it was way too much to do with my running, so now I just pull one out when I need a good workout. Usually core synergystics or the yoga one.

I actually really dislike soda, so I’m safe there, but I love juice and give me a shake any day! I don’t keep any of those things at home though, so we just get them as special treats when we’re other places.

Brooke is so adorable!


Breanna January 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I never really watched much tv when I was growing up. I always wanted to play outside from sun up to sun down. All the parents of the kids on our street would have to chase us down to get us to come inside.

I never drank soda as a kid either. I just didn’t like it. Funny how some people can be addicted to it and I just wasn’t a fan. I still don’t drink much soda. When I do it’s usually 7Up or Ginger Ale.

My doctor told me I can finally run again after my ligament tear! So I’m very happy, just taking it very easy for now. 3 rest days a week and slowly building mileage.


The Hungry Runner Girl January 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Breanna!! I am so so happy that you are cleared to run again. Best feeling ever:)


Irene January 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Happy 5 months Brooke!
I get annoyed at people who are all like “Oh, I don’t like unhealthy things” but I honestly never liked regular soda that much. I only like ginger ale when I’m sick for the placebo effect on my stomach:) Diet coke though, I LOVED all through high school and college and I still drink it occasionally. I gave it up for the most part because of my migraines and I think it has helped? Who knows.
I barely ever watched TV as a child. We didn’t have one for a while (I know…) and I actually have just always loved to read. Now I mostly like the TV as a companion while I’m making dinner or working out. I do like watching an hour or so to wind down with my husband at the end of the night if we can fit it in.
As for rest days, I only workout every other day, aside from sometimes both days on the weekend. I can’t seem to get in more than that without it affecting my ability to get my work and chores done, and I figure it is stupid to push myself to workout to the point I run out of time to make a healthy dinner and we eat take out. I think I’m ok with it for now, but someday I hope to do more like 5 days a week.


KimC January 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I thought about PX90, but don’t you have to buy stuff? I try not to have more stuff in our house.

We always had soda in our house. I was totally addicted to coke- In fact, when I was 7 or so, I had a series of bladder infections that were caused by drinking nothing but soda. My mom stopped buying it, so I almost ended up hospitalized because I wouldn’t drink ANYTHING. I think that is the only time I sort of won with my mom.

The TV is always on at my parents house. Always.

My kids get one 30 minute show a day. They are 6 and 2. The 6 year old tasted soda once and cried, the two year old has never. They drink juice at their grandparent’s houses and birthday parties, water otherwise. No bladder infections if I can help it :)


Kathee January 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm

We never had soda at home, there really wasn’t anything on TV except for a few hours after school and we were too busy doing neighborhood games. I haven’t tried P90x because I don’t like working out at home. I try to run only three times a week. My injury is killing me, so take our time!
PS. That lack of soda as a kid served me well and I still rarely drink them. I’m convinced they serve no purpose and can only hurt you if not consumed in moderation.


Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I definitely watched too much TV in high school, and before then it still was about 1.5 hours in the evening


Denise January 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm

So funny, I think my rules were the same as yours regarding TV. My Mom actually put a little pad lock on the plug of the TV so we couldn’t watch it when we weren’t supposed to. We also had no soda in the house but could get Sprite when we ate out which was almost never. I remember when McDonalds was a huge treat for us. And once a month we were allowed to have “sugar” cereal. We each took turns picking one out each month.


Emily January 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm

My baby’s 4 month birthday was Wednesday! Happy 5 months to Brooke!!


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Lovely Ride January 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm

We watched a lot of TV when we could, but we were so busy with activities, that wasn’t very often. ANd there were big fights about one can of pop a day (we call it pop in Canada). now I love soda water and am really trying to completely stop the diet stuff.. I don’t even want to have cable when I have kids.. hah. we’ll see if I stick to that one!


Sarah @pickyrunner January 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Growing up I could only watch a half hour of tv a day and anymore than that was a special great. I can’t believe Brooke is already 5 months old! I feel like she was born yesterday… And you’re being smart about rest days. I find myself taking a day off every other week, since that’s what my plan allows but sometimes I wish I had more recovery time. So far I’ve been really lucky with staying injury free but I don’t want to jinx it either


Caroline January 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Oh my goodness, Brooke just gets cuter and cuter! She is getting strong too! Happy 5 months Brooke!

We had similar rules about TV watching – a little bit during the week, a little more on weekends (Friday nights I was all about the TGIF with Family Matters, Boy Meets World and Full House!) We were not allowed soda at night – only milk or water. Sodas were definitely a treat and maybe a once or twice a week thing!


Annette@FitnessPerks January 17, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I saw that about BL, and thought that is SO sad! I NEVER watched tv as a kid. Never. We always played outside our with toys. She is SOOOO cute! Love little Brooke pics!


Naomi Martineau January 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I did the first month of p90x. The yoga is my favorite yoga to do…so intense! I also love an ripper!

I didn’t have time for TV when I was a kid so we didn’t really have rules about it

We almost never had soda in the house except for when we had guests so I never drank it. Now I almost never drink soda.

I take one rest day a week to let myself physically and mentally recover. I should probably take another one because my hip bursitis has been acting up. We’ll see if I can be as smart as you ;)


Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Statistics like those are definitely scary, and with the way things are trending, it makes me worry even more about future generations. I wish parents would put more effort into making sure their children are eating healthy and staying active. When I was younger, I was barely ever allowed to watch TV (I grew up without cable), and soda was something that I was only allowed to have on my birthday or Christmas.

Great job on being smart and giving your body a rest, Janae. I’ve been taking it easy this week as well because I’ve been trying to keep this little bug that I have from turning into the full blown plague.


Erin @ erinruns January 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Yes to preventing injuries!! My top running resolution of 2013 is to minimize injury. Now, I might step in a hole and twist my ankle, but I refuse to overtrain and get a preventable injury ;)


Sharsti January 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

This week I’m only taking 1 rest day but usually I take 2. I think every week is different depending on my workouts, schedule, etc I’m glad your doing what’s best for you:)


Emily January 17, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Oh, and I love P90X – it can be pretty kickbutt… but I love it.


Kristin January 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm

My husband uses p90x as a supplement to his running. He loves it! It intimidates me but tony Horton is fun.


Kelsey January 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

First, I have no desire to do all of P90x. Maybe a workout here and there but I don’t workout everyday and am pretty sure I would just not do it.

I’m majoring in community health at school and one thing we talk a lot about is childhood obesity and I find this stuff super interesting. When I was a kid, I was allowed to watch ONE TV show (Full House) after school but only after all of my homework and chores were done, I had read, and practiced piano. My parents never bought soda and when we did eat out I would drink diet because I liked it better? We did have milk with nearly every meal which I think is almost as unhealthy as drinking a bunch of soda.

Lately I have been taking 2-3 rest days depending on my body. I am still kind of recovering from having mono a few months ago and if I feel like my body is lagging or if I’m super exhausted, I don’t try to push past it because I have learned that it is totally not worth it.


Logan @ Mountains and Miles January 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm

We didn’t watch a lot of TV growing up. I don’t remember our parents ever restricting it, but we just preferred playing outside. I tried doing P90X for about a month and I had to stop, not because the workouts were too hard (I think they were just the right kind of hard), but because I cannot stand Tony Horton. I find him incredibly obnoxious and even when we put him on mute and worked out to our own music, he still bugged me. I think that it is in general a great workout plan, though!


Randi January 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I do ab ripper x regularly but that is all from that series. I grew up in a TV household as did the hubster. I try to limit myself but my daughter is a junkie. She also has a fixation with our ipads. Should I worry that she memorizes commercials??? She’s 3. I grew up getting soda now and then but I don’t touch the stuff anymore. I don’t do sweet drinks. Desserts are a different ballgame;-)


Sophie January 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Never did P90X, and don’t even know what it is :(. Guess I’m in the weird age where I’m too old to know about it and my kids are too young to know about it!!

I usually do a Dave Farmar yoga podcast if I’m doing yoga at home. Love him!

So smart on not getting injured. Take it from a former non-resting runner who ran herself into achilles tendon surgery in college.


Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad January 17, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I LOVE p90x. I really want to do it again but I don’t have the time to commit to the whole thing right now. I do it in bits and pieces now.


Anne Marie @ Rocky Road Running January 17, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Happy 5 months Brooke!!! I’ve never done P90X but I really loved Insanity.
PS Did you get a new camera? Your photos are amazing lately! (especially the ones of Brooke, obvi ;-)


The Hungry Runner Girl January 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Thanks! I didn’t get a new one… I just finally started learning how to use it hahah! Hope you are having a great day!


Jen Shaw January 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

P90X is insane!!! I like the workouts, but it’s too much for me right now.
I have gotten myself off soda and I am trying to limit sugars and packaged snacks in the house, that’s a tough one.
PS-Brooke is so darn cute! I have 3 boys so I love seeing all of the outfits!


Cassidy January 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I did one round of P90x, and was in the middle of a second round when I found out I was pregnant. I’ve contemplated doing it again… we’ll see. I did Insanity too, a few months after the baby was born.


Natalie @ Free Range Human January 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Those statistics are horrifying! I hope that we’re starting to round the corner on childhood obesity however.


Deirdre | Oh Well Whatever January 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm

No my Mom was very anti TV and we never had one in the living room, ever. There was one in my parents room and we got to watch shows at night before bed at special times. We spent our days out playing.

My unique situation of having my toddler with me at the office leaves her watching way more videos than I would care for but we are making the best of a very special situation.


TD January 17, 2013 at 3:53 pm

oh wow, Brooke is starting to look just like her 1st cousins (curly and big sis?) soo cute. nice job on the training plan – you have definetly evolved and matured as a runner!


Amy January 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I just did P90X yoga yesterday, first time in a long time!


Tammy January 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm

My siblings are doing P90x and I’m thinking about trying it too. I heard the yoga is intense though. Yes my doctor said years ago 50% of kids are overweight bu 60% jeeze. I cut out soda recently so that means my kids did too. I only buy it on occasion, and of course recently my mom brought us some so they drank some.


Renee O. January 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Happy 5 months Brooke! My little one just turned 14 months on the 14th! It goes so fast!

I didn’t watch much tv growing up. Maybe because my parents only had local channels until I moved away to college. I am grateful for that now. I was not so much then!


Anne January 17, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Sing it sista about kissing self-induced injuries goodbye, this stress-fracture has officially outstayed it’s welcome!

Don’t even get me started on the stats from BL, I would’nt shut-up! (Nothing new there:))

Happy 5 months Brooke!


STUFT Mama January 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I like your new plan. :) The TV statistics scare the heck out of me. My boys already love it and they’re so young. Scary stuff. Best yoga partner ever BTW.


Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles January 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I did the original P90. And liked it.
We did watch tv and we did drink sugary soda. I don’t drink much soda anymore and what I do drink is diet. But I still watch a fair amount of tv.
I work out at least 6 times a week with one complete rest day.

The Kidless Kronicles


Jade January 17, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I’m only running every other day because I am just getting over an injury. It’s just enough to be happy but ward off this injury! Happy 5 months Brooke!


Meagan January 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I actually did the complete p90x program last winter, while maintaining my normal running routine. It was a lot of exercise for me, and I was a zombie for 3-ish months. I couldn’t run today because of the weather, so I did the Cardio X p90x workout!

Happy 5 month birthday Brooke!!!!

And that bubble gum part on Biggest Loser grossed me out, too. My husband was laughing because I kept saying ew, ew, ew the whole time.


Korlynne January 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm

My parents didn’t have soda or juice in the house when I was growing up and now I don’t buy it for my three kids. It’s a rare occasion that they get either and it’s more like a treat. My oldest doesn’t even like soda! It’s a good habit to start when they are young and just keep it out of the normal routine/diet…water and milk for my familia :)


Korlynne January 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm

TV on the other hand…. Lol


Laura @ RunningJunkie123 January 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm

The P90X Yoga is seriously hard! I discovered that the better I got at it, the more I felt it the next day! It really helps though.

I didn’t watch too much tv or get soda as a kid. My daughter usually only watches 20 minutes of tv in the morning (She is a grouchy morning person, just like me. haha. I have my coffee, I give her tv time), sometimes she watches 30 minutes at night but not usually….and I’ve only let her have soda once in her life.

I take one cross training day and one rest day (although I usually do yoga or pilates on my rest day!)


jan January 17, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Very smart to take a rest day! Brooke looks so cute in that first pic. You think she looks more like you are Billy? You share some baby pics.


Alyssa January 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm

I tried p90x for a week and it was so not for me – I guess I’m just a cardio junkie but the heavy lifting is so boring to me! We never had soda or sugary cereals or anything as kids, although I did drink apple juice by the gallon. I don’t drink much soda now but I’m addicted to sugar so not sure if that worked out or not! I’m training for a marathon now and taking 1-2 rest days per week, depending on how I’m feeling. The plan I’m on is insanely hard. Brooke’s PJs are SO FREAKING CUTE I can’t stand it!


Abby January 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm

2 rest days for me right now, or 1 rest and 1 cross train… because that’s what my training plan calls for.

No way were we watching nearly that much tv as kids! I am a pediatric physical therapist and I’m often baffled when I start talking to kids and families about exercise… and then the parents that reward their already overweight and unhealthy kids with greasy fast food. Ugh, too many parents don’t get it.


Danica @ It's Progression January 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm

-Rest days are so hard for me because mentally I struggle to accept a day off! (<-that's hard to admit but it's the truth!)
-Those statistics on BL were SO scary….As a kid my parents really didn't teach us about eating healthy foods, and I drank a ton of juice and some pop. Now I never drink pop (maybe a root beer a couple times a year, but I just don't like the way pop makes me feel), and I rarely drink any juice either.


Bri @ Back to Bliss January 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I drank Mt. Dew like it was water growing up. My parents limited me to 1 can a day but I know I was drinking it other places too. I think this is a huge reason that I was overweight as a kid. I’m definitely doing things diff entry with my daughter… but since my hubs & I don’t drink soda I doubt it’ll ever be an issue.


Marie January 17, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I don’t understand why soda is such a big thing. I drank it as a teenager, before i realized just how terrible it was for my body. If I’m going to do damage to my body via unhealthy food/sugar intake, it is going to be homemade, delicious cakes, pies or cookies. Or ice cream. Or, more than likely, a combination. If I take in that amount of sugar, it is going to be worth it!


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Kristen @ notsodomesticated January 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm

The fact that that one kid on BL was playing 9 hours of video games a day on the weekends was just unreal to me. I’m really not trying to judge anyone, because goodness knows I’m far from perfect, but I just wonder what the parents were thinking when he was doing that!


Kate January 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I definitely watched TV when I was younger, but my parents only let us watch a certain amount each day. We also had junk in the house, but Mom would make sure to have fruit and veges out for snacks too (Dad has heart disease so we tried to each healthy most of the time).

We only had soda at restaurants and on special occasions, but we always had some sort of juice in the house. I gave up juice in favor of diet soda in college after I gained the freshman 25 (wait…it’s not supposed to be 25….) and I’m now trying to kick the diet soda habit.

P.S. Brooke is such a cutie :)


lindsay January 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Brook is growing up too fast!! i need her to slow down! hehe

You’ll like P90x


Mia January 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Perfect timing with this post! I have a lot of knee and IT issues, and my knee has been feeling a bit off all day. Especially after my run tonight. I was just debating whether i should make tomorrow a no run day instead of Saturday. I REALLY want to run tomorrow, but have been trying to take better care of myself. Better to miss one run then six months because your injured right? So good for you being smart, and listening to your body and for taking care of your whole self!! And thanks for passing your wisdom along, it was just what i needed to hear.
And finally, a very happy 5 month and 2 day birthday to Brooke!


Kim@Runrules January 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

My husband and I are official P90x graduates! We’ve been doing the program off and on for about two years since then. It’s great to use as a maintenance tool when we’re starting to feel a little slothy (is that even a word??) Ever try Insanity? Not the same workout as P90 but kicks my tail anyway! Have never made it past the first month!

These days I am training for a new half PR. I take two rest days a week… Trying to be smart about it. I thought the IT band would never behave and heal so there’s no way I’m going back through that again!


Khushboo January 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Very smart approach!! I take 2 rest days a week too to avoid getting burned out- both physically & mentally!


Ellen January 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Am struggling with an ITBS injury right now, so particularly desperate to keep myself healthy, it’s so hard, because it doesn’t hurt at all until it hurts like the dickens.

As for kids and television, we find it pretty easy to limit how much ours watch. We’ve never had one. Kids are 8 and 10; and seem to be doing pretty well without.


Jessica January 17, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Awwww happy 5 months to Brooke! :) How exciting! I’ve loved reading your posts and watching her grow up before my very eyes ^_^

Hmmm I didn’t have too much soda as a kid, but I do remember I could never drink the whole can and my parents would always get mad because 12 oz. was “too much” XD


Abby@Workoutchick January 17, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Just saw this and thought of you right away!


Jen January 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I usually take 2 days of rest per week. It’s necessary especially with working 10 hour pm shifts where I’m on my feet the whole time I stress myself to much.

I could watch one show. I was obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer my dad would watch it with me lol our bonding time.

I drank to much soda had a ton of cavities yuck. Now I have it maybe once a month and usually just drink water, nuun flavored water and coffee


Jen January 17, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Oh and I love p90x yoga :-)


Brittaney January 17, 2013 at 11:05 pm

I’ve just begun running **cough brisk walking and jogging…** and I absolutely love your blog… so I decided I’d like to take time each day to work on this, and build up these little lungs of mine. I want to do one week of walking jogging running some each day either before work or after (if it’s not dark already!) because lately I’ve just been going out on my days off! Yikes! So maybe I’ll have one day off and do yoga instead, or a heated just dance session. And boy do they grow way to fast, my nephew went from being a little tiny worm looking guy to a running jumping laughing machine in a matter of weeks it’s felt like!


Cait the Arty Runnerchick January 17, 2013 at 11:32 pm

good for u, it’s usually learning the hard way that we eventually get some patience…hehe. that extra rest day but with the speed work will really see u improving…smart move, and can’t wait to see u kick butt! :)


Mallory January 18, 2013 at 3:37 am

I love her spikes hair when she was really little. I think it sounds like you’re being smart with your training. You’ve got to stay healthy so I can meet you at Utah Valley! I don’t remember any real rules about tv when I was growing up. I watched a lot after school but then I had to do homework when my parents got home. When I was young we could only have a soda on weekends but once I was in junior high I bought it everyday at school.


Kristy January 18, 2013 at 4:19 am

I’ve never done P90x but I have done insanity. Loved it because you don’t need any equipment and MAN is it a hard workout!! Can’t believe how big Brooke has gotten!


Trisha January 18, 2013 at 4:49 am

Ahhh Brooke is just the cutest baby!! She deserves an allowance because I’m sure she helps a lot with your blog popularity :) Haha


Tina January 18, 2013 at 4:58 am

I was watching the Biggest Loser too because I find it motivating and inspiring often, but then I found this old blog article…have you heard about this controversy stuff? what do you think of it?


Krista - Get Fit With Krista January 18, 2013 at 5:46 am

I absolutely love P90X and can’t wait to start another round after I have the baby! I will say that Yoga X is probably my least favorite workout of the program! I do really enjoy the second half of the workout which is mostly the stretching. :)

I definitely watched TV as a kid, probably a few hours a day.

I grew up in Chicago and remember walking up to the local 7-11 for a big slurpee! Yikes! Definitely don’t miss those !

I am currently expecting and am almost 31 weeks along, so pretty much every day is a “rest” day for me nowadays. I do try to get out and walk when I can but the weather here in AZ has been really cold! Luckily it is warming up!!


Koryn @ **wife & soon-to-be blogger** ;-) January 18, 2013 at 6:42 am

The stats are sad… when I was a teen, I did drink soda quite frequently, but was also pretty active in sports/activities, so I didn’t watch much TV. After college, I started paying attention to how much calories/sugar I was drinking (i.e. soda), so I cut it altogether and only drink diet coke occasionally (maybe once a month, if that). Only water, crystal lite, tea or coffee for me. Lol! Great job on the new plan! I’m a frequent reader of your blog & admire your strength and consistency with your runs!


The Hungry Runner Girl January 18, 2013 at 9:04 am

Thanks so much Koryn!


Margie January 18, 2013 at 8:03 am

I am doing exactly what you’re doing (only slower) for the same reason. I’m rebuilding my base after having my daughter in April. My first post-baby marathon is in May, and while I’m trying to find my speed and endurance again, I’ve decided to have two rest days per week for the foreseeable future. No injuries for me!


The Hungry Runner Girl January 18, 2013 at 9:01 am

That is so awesome! We are being smart:) can’t wait to hear about your may marathon!


Whitney January 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

My week of workouts usually goes like this:
M: Long and strong run (I call them this because they are longer runs, not my longest of the week, but are just at a strong and steady pace. I usually do this to stretch out, etc. from my longest runs on Saturday.)
T: Tempo/Hill Run
W: Zumba
TH: XTraining (Elliptical, etc.)
F: Off
S: Longest Run
Sun: Off

So, I guess I take “2 rest” days, but not all my days a week are running workouts. It is something that works for me! Sometimes, I run again on Thursday, but just depends on how I’m feeling that week.

I take rest days to make sure I don’t get injured and to mentally rest. :)


clare January 18, 2013 at 8:32 am

My gym offers P90x group workouts 2x/week. It’s much easier than motivating myself to do the DVDs everyday alone. I’m on week two and love it!


Sarah January 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Brooke looks so much like Billy in the P90x picture. So adorable!


Kimberly January 18, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I’ve tried to start P90x a couple of times but didn’t get very far. It can be hard to find time when you add in work, running, and taking care of the dog. Plus it’s hard to do when I start the work out and my dogJax thinks I’m there to play. Plus when I’m on the floor for exercises, push ups, etc., — he starts to lick my hands and doesn’t stop. Maybe I’ll just start to rotate a few of the P90x DVDs evewith my running workouts. I’ve recently started taking Pure Barre classes which literaly kick my booty! Give Brooke a big 5 month happy birthday! :)


Carrie January 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Oh Brooke is the cutest 5 month old yogi EVER!
I’m watching the bubble gum pit right now. So gross!
I was shocked by the fact that 75% of parents don’t think their kids are overweight. Just crazy!
I was definitely into sugary drinks as a kid but have thankfully figured that out as an adult and mother.


Jenn @ Be Me January 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm

So happy that you found a good fit for you with running. I’ve never been a fan of the biggest loser (I even wrote a post recently on why) so I am not surprised by their shock factor at all.
I can’t believe your baby is getting so big! She’s too cute!


Britt January 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I did px90 for 60 days and craved running. Was too time consuming and felt like I’d rather be cranking out the miles. Glad I tried it thought.

Didn’t like Soda much— Shirley temples were definitely by thing and also sprite mixed with skittles to make it change colors and slumber parties..

TV was full house and who’s the boss with obviously saved by the bell..


Britt January 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm

*my *at


Athena January 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Wow momma – you looked so good the week before. I hope I’m doing that well in a few months (I’m 23 weeks right now).

We only had 5 channels growing up so fortunately TV watching regulated itself.


Meredith January 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Hi! I am a 35 year old mom of 2 with a similar marathon PR. (3:03:26 at Austin, 2011). I have been running/competing for 20 years. P90X is great, and it is not that hard. It is especially good when you have to do your supplemental work at home. I do not do their cardio workouts. I mix in the upper body/total body work with the core work. Core synergistics is a great workout for runners. P90X2 is also a great program for runners. It focuses more on balance and functional fitness. I would start with P90X, and if you enjoy it, move on to P90X2. You need not follow their plan exactly. Do the workouts a few times, then mix them up as you feel comfortable.

I also have a stress fracture background. I currently take one day a week off of running. I may lift on that day. I do two recovery runs a week on the treadmill. I make them very slow. (8:30-9:00 pace). Right now, I am experimenting with the Hansons-Brooks plan, which does more pace work and less long runs. I ran a 3:07 last year at Oklahoma using this technique. If I can do less mileage, more quality work, and get good results, I am all for it. I would love to be able to pound out a ton of miles like I used to, but as I have gotten older, I just do not recover as fast, and I am tired more than I used to be.

Speaking of treadmills, a fun workout I have done a few times is this progressive interval workout. It is not super time consuming, which, as a mom, is important, right? :)
wup 1-2 miles
1 X 3200 at M pace
3 min rest
1 X 1600 at HM pace
2 min rest
1 X 1600 at HM pace
2 min rest
1 X 800 5K-10K pace
1 min rest
1 X 800 5K-10K pace
1-2 mi cooldown

super fun!! :) Thanks for doing your website! I recently came across it, and it is fun to read! Good luck with your races this year, and hopefully no injuries.


The Hungry Runner Girl January 20, 2013 at 3:07 am

Wow!!!! Thank you so much for your comment. Congrats on your awesome times! I really want to look into p90x2 and their program for runners now.
The more I read about the Brooks method the more I love it! So good to hear how it has worked for you. Thank you for the workout, I will most definitely be trying that!!!!!! Please keep in touch:) Here’s to a great running year for the both of us.


Tildy08 January 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

I take quite a lot of rest days lately. Only because my work schedule seems to be getting in the way. GRR! How am I ever going to be able to get to 10k if I can barely squeeze in 2 runs a week!? Anyway, rant=finished haha


Kay January 22, 2013 at 10:18 am

Be safe and enjoy your rest days!!


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