Friday, August 28, 2009


...thought about it and I really don't think its the race for me :) Please let Fun Celeste have my spot and enjoy- Father's day weekend is also Ty's birthday and I think my Mom and I are going to run the Disneyland half and I want to run a thats about the running budget for the year :) Love you both and happy to run anytime in the early morning after a full nights rest!

Soccer has returned

Oh girls.  My soccer team is back! Yay!!!!!  I can't even tell you how much joy this brings me.  My whole team hasn't been together in about 2 years, but miraculously we all are playing together again starting last night.  I first started playing with this team about 6 years ago and was the total outsider on the team.  I was the only one that didn't know everyone else, but my friend Mel, had me come and play with them once and then she moved to Denver so they let me take her spot.  It took me a couple of years to really feel like a part of the group, but now I love them.  They are such a great group of girls and I feel so lucky to have found them.  Last night was the beginning of the indoor season for us.  We had 2 games.  Yikes.  I haven't played 2 soccer games in a while.  I was worried.  The first game was a little rough, but luckily we pulled it out and were able to win.  The second team we played was a much better team and gave us a run for our money.  Thankfully we'd had that first game to warm up and remember how to play together again, and we played amazingly well that second game.  It was so much fun!  Oh how I love soccer.  I'm pretty sure I'll play until they stop playing.  So maybe when I'm 50?
AFS 7/10
AHS 10/10
Tomorrow I'm running the Top of Utah half! I'm just a little sore from 2 soccer games last night.  So wish me luck!

Swimming Kicks My Butt

Swam for 45 minutes.
Myriad of drills and lengths.
Myriad of strokes.
Longest freestyle stretch without stopping: 400 meters.
Took me 9:30min. So my time is a titch slower than in April, but within reach.

Realized it's been 6 months since I swam last. I was tired afterwards in the shower. Yes yes.

LFS 9/10
LHS 6/10
(felt like I could have pushed harder and was frustrated with how HARD the workout was, definitely need to swim more often)

Thursday, August 27, 2009


You running it with us Erin?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday's Workout

Bridgette man. She's an awesome workout buddy. If you thought I was a titch too motivated you two would be surprised during her workouts. I met up with her at the gym and this is what we did.

Warm up: 9:30 mile, plus 5 min warmup/cooldown
Chest Press 4 sets of 15
Inbetween sets did 4 sets of rotating push ups.
Leg Press 3 sets of 40 (first 20 full footed jump, 2nd 20 jumping and pushing off using just your heels)
Inbetween sets did 3 sets of lunges, 20 on each side. Last set were "jumping lunges" ooouch.
Triceps. Using a lat machine we pushed down with a flat hand and did 2 sets of 20.

THEN made our way over to Bridgette's Spin Class from HELL. She worked us til the cows came home. We had a set of sprints that were 45 second sprint, 15 second recovery for a total of 9 minutes. THEN we had to do a full on sprint for 3 minutes. Throw in everything else she does crazily for 60 minutes and I was dyyying by the end of the class. Didn't help that we'd just lifted our legs. Good good.

LFS 8/10
LHS 10/10

Good workout today, ladies. I'm rounding up GREAT ideas. You are SO excited for my visit in December aren't you?

Monday, August 24, 2009


Hey ladies. So Bootcamp. Kickin. My. Butt. I can't remember all we did on Saturday but it involved a lot of cardio and a lot of resistance. On Friday I had met with a personal trainer at LA Fitness who is helping set up a specific "go Lori" plan for me... he had me max out all my muscles so we had a baseline of where to begin, what was "easy" or "hard" for me, so he'd know what workouts to write up for me. Sooo I'd already really REALLY worked my muscles on Friday.

Saturday comes. Honestly about 40 minutes into the 75 minute work out I'm ready to be done. My legs are shaking, my lungs are burning, it was intense. THEN she wanted us to do 10 set of stairs AFTER a bunch of high knees. Oh man, my poor poor poor quads. I had to stop after my 5th one and stretch because seriously they were ripping and shaking. Good workout. I was glad I went. Almost barfed. Made me even more excited for next week.

Today's workout. It was killer. It was my first "Brey" workout. (the PT) He had me warm up with a mile at an easy pace. No biggie. 9:40 mm. I can do that for a mile. Then he told me we were just going to work back and biceps today. Huh, I thought, well then this workout can't be ALL that bad. Here's the breakdown of what I did:

Lat pull machine 4 sets of 30 second reps at 45 lbs
inbetween each set I had to do 15 high knees on each side ON the machine itself.
Lat Row (like rowing a boat) 4 sets of 30 second reps at 40 lbs
inbetween each set I did jumping jacks for 30 seconds holding an 8 lbs medicine ball
Bicep curls 4 sets of 30 second reps using 20 lbs bar
inbetween sets I had to use an aerobic step and throw a ball as i stepped up and down and up and down and up and down.

that's all. i know it doesn't sound like much, but maaaan. THEN came the cardio

30 minutes on the elliptical full resistance for 10 minutes, 5 minutes to 50%, 10 minutes at 100&, 5 minutes at 50%.

10 minute treadmill session. 1 mile warm up, 7:30 mm mile, 1:30 min cool down.

sooooo tired. when i was jamming out the elliptical the i suddenly had two guys on the ellipitcals next to me. one guy STUUUUNK. man he had a stench. i was 18 minutes in to the 30 minutes so I felt committed to my machine. but man alive. he needed deodorant or something. goodness gracious.

my friend, Katie, started her own workout blog and I like her system of ranking workouts. So I'm going to steal it from her. Sorry, Katie.

Friday's workout: LFS (Lori Fatigue Scale) 6/10 LHS (Lori Happy Scale) 8/10
Saturday's workout: 9/10 if not close to 9.5/10, LHS 10/10
Today's workout: LFS 8/10 LHS 10/10

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My almost run on the beach...

Sooooo my working out this week rocked. Yup. Uh huh. My bed was waaaay to comfortable, and I didn't have anyone to meet this week. So those are my excuses. Tee hee. Well Wednesday night we went up to Bear Lake to be with Jared's family and a run on the beach sounded divine. Me, the sand, the water and the quiet of the morning sun. Ahhhhh. It was a great plan, and in my mind it was amazing. then I got up and went out only to find that the water was so high that I couldn't go too far before I was stopped by the foliage...and as much as I felt like bush-whacking...well, let's just say my run turned into a walk. Ahh well. It was still beautiful. I really really love Bear Lake.
To make up for my sad runs this week I made myself get up and run this morning all on my own. 6 miles and I rocked it. Yes I did. Hills and all. So hopefully the half next week goes well! Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

What I've Been Up To

I made a goal last week to workout 2 hours everyday for 6 days a week. I did all 6 days last week and am 3 days in this week. Our student loan life doesn't allow me to partake in races for the time being... sooo I've had to shift my focus from training to toning and building endurance. I'm actually kinda diggin the new workout regime. Goal one: workout 2 hours 6x a week.
the type of pictures I send to manda on the BB "shoot. me. now"

Yesterday I did a serious butt-kickin 60 minute cardio workout. A portion of it was making myself push through something that really hurt. How to do that? Make myself run faster for longer than I have since ummm I can't remember when. I set the treadmill to a 7:30 minute mile and went for it. It wasn't THAT painful until the last .3 mile. Made me all proud of myself. I made a new goal. Each time I'm doing a completely cardio-centric workout I'm going to do a 7:30 mile or less. My goal is to be able to run a 6:30 mile in 6 months from now. Just ONE mile.. and on the treadmill. I have no idea if I'd have the gumption to push my body THAT fast without the treadmill pushing me along. Soo... welcome to goal numero dos: 6:30 mile.

Goal #3? Swim 1.5 miles straight by January.

I'm excited for my new goals. It's odd not to have racing as my goal, but I'm excited to have some new goals. I'm sure as I work out more I'll be able to add to my goal list. What have you two cute girlies been up to?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Two Days Straight.

Good news, ladies. I have officially worked out two days in a row. I know, will wonders ever cease? I decided to cave and get a gym membership. I just can't do it on my own. Maybe once I know the area better and I can convince crazy souls to join me.. but until then the gym is my best option. Plus, it gives me something to do once I lose my husband to graduate school. They recently told Van he's "theirs" 40-50 hours a week, not including studying. Soooo yaaah I gotta find an outlet. The local, most affordable, and safest gym is LA Fitness. I tried the Golds Gym and it's in an area that I don't feel comfortable going by myself. The choices for Golds were a sketchy part of downtown Atlanta or the suburbs 30 minutes away. LA Fitness 4 miles down the road won.

Yesterday I drove out to Bridgettes gym and took her spinning class. She did a great job and I could feel my lungs screaming "see?? THIS is why you don't stop working out, cause now it HURTS!" I was a sweat puddle but loved it.

Today I tried out my gym. I was nervous and had all sorts of emotions about a gym. Call me crazy but pretty much everything in the working out world reminds me of you two. I know I have to do it, I just wish I knew someone, you know? I got Jaylee off to school and headed to the gym. I was so good girls, I did 45 minutes of cardio BEFORE my hour long class. I know. I was impressed too. When I made my way over to the class the first girl who spoke to me chatted about how her and her husband just relocated to Atlanta from Colombus, GA and she was here at this gym for her first time. I said, funny, thats a coincidence. I'm here for my first time too... we just moved here about two months ago. Then she asked "Where are you from?" "Utah" (which usually gets followed up by this question, and today was no different...)
"Are you Mormon?"
Yup. Sure am.
She got very excited and said "So am I!"

Now I know this may not seem like much. But let me tell you what. In my 2 months here I haven't just "run into" any other LDS members. Unless it was church related I have always been asked "Are you mormon?" and then followed by a "Huh...I knew a Mormon once..." that's generally the way to convo goes. So imagine my shock and happiness. THEN come to find out she's in my ward boundaries AND she's looking for someone to work out with. It was a blessed day.

I felt very watched over. Definitely need to thank the Big Guy.

Tomorrow is day three at the gym. Wish me luck!
btw, I sweat ALL the time. it doesn't matter if I'm working out inside or outside I don't know what's wrong with me--I'm ALWAYS dripping!!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Provo River Half

I was nervous about this race. Very nervous. I had only half-heartedly trained for it, and Rachel had spent the 3 previous weeks nursing injuries...her knee, her back, you name it. Part of me really seriously considered going down, getting my shirt, and then not running it. I am soooo glad I did not choose that path. Despite all of our lack of preparation Rachel and I ventured our way down. We got down to the Riverwoods Shopping Plaza and found the camper with the bibs and t-shirts, which this year went all out and had set up out on the grass instead of handing them out from the camper. Impressive. Also an impressive change to this years race? Timing chips. They were going all out! While standing in line to get my bib a horrible realization hit me. I forgot my running shoes! All day long I'd been telling myself not to forget. Soooo of course I did. I panicked and called Erin (who graciously let us stay at her place) and asked what size of shoe she wore. Erin coolly responded not to worry that she was still in O-town and would be more than willing to stop by my house and pick them up. Erin wins major points.
From there we decided to go to Macaroni Grill to carb load. Nummy. When who should I see? Oh just all of Max's Ashlee's family. Yup! So we hugged and gabbed for a bit and then sat down for dinner. So random to run into them.
After dinner we headed back up to Erin's and settled in for the night because 4:30 was going to come way too soon. Even still we were able to muster this lovely shot on the bus.

The beginning of the race was cold. A cold front had come through sending our temps way below normal. The chill at the beginning was totally worth it though because the rest of the race was beautiful! Perfect running weather. Like the high when we finished was on 64 degrees. Say it with me. Per-fect. We started the race out strong, we felt good and were moving well. 5 miles was over before we knew it. Seriously. I'm not joking about that. It felt like it flew! By about mile 7 though Rachel's knees were giving her grief, but she just kept pushing on. As usual for me I was starting to feel really good about this time. She kept telling me to go ahead, but I didn't want to. I wanted her to have a great first experience so she'd get hooked! So we just kept pushing forward. Rachel did awesome. We really hadn't trained sufficiently, and she had so many injuries I was really worried about her. Even with all of that she was a champ! At mile 12 I was feeling GREAT, and Rachel wanted to amputate her left foot and this time she insisted that I go on. So off I went. I felt strong, fast, and full of energy! I haven't felt that way that far into a race in a loooong time. It was divine! I was totally eating it up. I tore through that last mile on a total runners high. It rocked. It made me remember why I love to run. I totally needed that.
Rachel came in just a few minutes after I did and it only took her about 15 minutes to admit that she liked it and that she was glad she'd done it. Have I created an addict yet? I don't think so. But she IS running Ragnar with us next year. Wuahahaha. And don't let this face fool you. She liked it more than she'll ever let on. That's just the Rachel way of things. Good job girly! I'm so proud of you!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Good News

I went for a six miler on Saturday. Ran 95% of it. And even enjoyed it. First time in a long time. Maybe it will get better after all. I think it was all the heart to heart chats we've had here this week. Let's keep it up eh? Love you girls!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Working Out In Humidity

86 degrees

with 99% humidity

feels like running through one of those sauna rooms where you can't see in front of your hands.

it was intense, my lungs felt like they were on fire.

our mile was timed.

mine was 8:15.


i was happy.

the end.