Fashion Friday

Happy Friday!!

Today’s Fashion Friday features my “I don’t want to think about what to wear” outfit. Thank goodness for cute tops and black pants!

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I hope you all have a great long weekend!

 

Musicals, Interval Workouts, and Sausages

Is it Saturday yet?

The Hawaiian constituent of the Quinn Clan has officially made it to the East Coast!  I am a ball of anxious energy…I just want to be reunited with my people!  I’m counting the hours…

A few random things from the past few days:

1.  My brother CQ came to visit NYC!  We had SO much fun eating, drinking, and most of all, going to see Aladdin on Broadway!  The musical is FANTASTIC – beautiful music, sets, costumes, I can’t say enough good things about it!

Blurry selfie on the way! I need longer arms.

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Post-show excitement!! Note to self: Let FW take the selfies, he has nice long arms.

2.  Sometimes your times don’t reflect how hard you work.  I did an interval workout last night, and I was running hard and thought I was really pushing it.  When I looked back at my lap times, they did not convey the same message.  I also need to work on negative splits.  Next week, I’m really going to bring my “A” game.  (“A” game, get it??)

Interval workout: 1.5 mile warm up, 4×800 with 4×400 recovery in between, 1.5 mile cool down. 6 miles total. The chart shows my actual times with the pace equivalents.

3.  FW makes his own sausages!  It is not an appealing process, but the sausages are SO good!  A man of many talents.

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He’s making cheese/green chile/onion sausages. Great ready Quinns: he’s bringing them to Maine!

 

What’s happening in your corner of the world?

 

Happy National Dog Day…

To all the dogs I’ve loved!

Darcy (not pictured, she was pre-facebook)

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Sophie

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Tucker

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Wee-Bay

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James

To those that I’ve lost, the one who is far away, and the one currently attacking my face with kisses: you bring so much joy into my life!

Weekend Recap in Mostly Pictures – Running & Fur Edition

Helloooo!

Did you all have a nice weekend?  I took the weekend for myself.  FW was away on business, and most of my friends were off doing fabulous summer activities, along with the rest of the city.  I didn’t have a single plan, and I kept it that way.  I need a weekend of quiet to recharge and reset.

So basically, I ran, slept, ate, played with furry animals, and cleaned.  It was fabulous.  Even the cleaning part – I love when things are neat and clean.  I also found a new running section of the West Side Highway and I did all of my runs there this weekend.  Yup, all of them.  And the view never got boring.

This past week was a step-back week, so my long run was only 7 miles, sandwiched by 5 and 5 with strides on Friday and Sunday.  A lot of stretching and rolling was done to ease my tight hamstrings!

So here is my weekend in pictures.  If you’re allergic to lots of running scenery and pictures of dogs, look away now :)

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Harbor scene.

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Friday evening run. Such a peaceful way to end the week!

Boardwalks and greenery – so magical!

Storm’s-a-brewin’!

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Lest you forget this is NYC…

James found a pal to chase leaves with him…day made.

Puppy kisses are so much better than an alarm clock.

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Snuggles on Sunday. The best.

 

How was your weekend?

Fashion Friday – Vacation Edition

Happy Friday!

My outfit today is not Fashion Friday worthy.  My hair is pulled back (not in a cute way), my nail polish is chipped, and my outfit is thrown together.  I will be honest: some days, I just do not put it altogether.

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Truth.

So instead of showing you my outfit, I will show you the summer outfits I am coveting for my upcoming Maine vacation.  I tried to pin only outfits that I actually HAD the pieces for (refer to image above).  You can follow me on Pinterest – my username is annieq1013.  Enjoy!

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It’s very possible I spend the whole week in running clothes, a bathing suit, and yoga pants.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Going Off Track Can Be a Good Thing

Sometimes going off track can be a good thing.

Like the past two days.  I’ve had a lot to think about, been battling a migraine, and requiring extra sleep.  My body did not allow me to run on Wednesday, which, at the time, only increased my stress.  I’m the kind of person who snowballs once I feel that things are out of my control.  And being unable to run because of a migraine…that’s all it takes.

But these past two days I have tried something new.  After waking up yesterday with a migraine, I knew I couldn’t run.  So I promised myself I would run last night.  But after a day of trying to keep a migraine at bay (those of you who get migraines know what I mean), I was exhausted and stressed out.  Instead of forcing myself out there, I decided to listen to my body.  Instead of running junk miles and crashing afterwards, I had a nice meal with FW. Turns out, that was just what the doctor ordered.

And again this morning…I normally get up pretty easily to go run, because I love it.  But this morning, I could not get out of bed.  My eyes wouldn’t open and my legs wouldn’t move.  So I slept in.  And the result?  I feel 100% today.  Rejuvenated.  Ready to complete my workout tonight with full energy.  Ready to get back on track.

Sometimes going off track can be a good thing.  It can mean that your body needed a little extra TLC.  Listening to your body can be the difference between injury/sickness and health.  There are times when your body needs a little extra recovery time.  And that’s okay.  Because in the end, going off track will mean you are better able to stay on track.

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Marathon Training Update

Time for a marathon training update!

Weeks of Training:  currently in the 5th week

Weeks Left of Training:  14 weeks to go!

Longest Run:  14 miles this past Sunday

What I’m Doing Now:  Cut back week – easy runs, rolling and stretching before the intensity picks up next week!

What I’m Doing Next Week:  More speed workouts, more miles, and a 14 mile long run

How I’m Feeling:  Fantastic!  I’m feeling strong, healthy and motivated.  I have a tight hamstring, but it’s nothing that lots of rolling and stretching can’t fix!

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Are you training for anything?  How is your training/exercising going?

What Happens in Vegas…

…stays in Vegas!

But I’ll give you a few pics because, well, I’m a blogger.

The week consisted of hotel gazing and touring…

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The Bellagio

The Cosmo

My cute companion.

Eating over-sized and unhealthy but tasty food…

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This pancake may have kicked me of my habit completely!

Seriously huge portions.

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My first time at In-N-Out Burger. Unhealthy but good. Don’t worry, the rest of my meals were healthier.

I kept up my training…

Running, strength training and stretching, oh my!

And while FW worked, I was pool side.

I love pools.

Vegas is a crazy place!  It was a great week, with a nice mix of fun and relaxing.  But it’s always good to be back in NYC!

 

How was your week?

 

Five Random Things

Thanks for all your comments about rest days!  It seems like most of us struggle to take them, but at least we’re in it together.  I love getting your feedback!

Five random things for today:

1.  I cannot get enough of this face.  And in the morning, he makes it impossible to get out of bed.

2.  FW, LC, WE, and I went bowling on Sunday.  I was amazingly bad/truly awful.  But it was still fun!

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3.  I ate a salad for lunch today, and I didn’t gag.

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4.  I love this city.  I love it so much.

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5.  I finally tried Quest Bars, and they are good!  A little bit “vitaminy” but they are great in a pinch (especially if you microwave them and pretend they are cookies).

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Share something random with me from your day!

The Dreaded-But-Necessary Rest Days

Rest Days.  Many runners dread a rest day.  We get used to how our bodies feel when we exercise (aka AWESOME), and so rest days leave us feeling sub-par.  But regardless of what our hearts tell us, when it comes to rest days, we have to use our brains.

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Most runners require 1-2 rest days per week, though some may prefer more.  One of these days can include yoga, or gentle cardio, but you should have at least one true day of rest.  No exercise. Nada. Zilch. You get the idea.

Runner’s World explains that the purpose of rest days is to do the following:

  •  Prevent overuse injuries by resting your body and allowing it to repair itself
  • Restore glycogen stores (critical for long distance running)
  • Prevent mental burnout

Although it may feel like taking a day of rest will hurt your training, it is quite the opposite.  A rest day each week gives your body time to heal, and your brain time to rest.  If you want to continuing running, uninjured, than you have to give your body time to repair itself.

So, what should you do on your rest day?

  • Sleep
  • Stretch
  • Foam roll
  • Continue to eat healthy and nutritious foods

Figure out what works for your body, whether it’s one, two, or three days of rest.  Running everyday will lead to injury; believe me, I learned the hard way!

 

How many rest days do you take?  Do you dread them or enjoy them?

 

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