Wednesday, May 26, 2010


It is official: I want a lap top! It was official before, but now I feel that it's logical!! I went for an early morning run with friends Jen, Alexa and Meghan!  The accountability of meeting someone for a run at 5:45 am is awesome: there was NO traffic, Minneapolis was quiet and the lake was beautiful!  I ran 6.75 miles and grabbed a coffee before 7am! 

I had dropped my stuff off right at the gym which is about a half a mile from the lake, so I took my coffee there, stretched out and started reading! I had an hour and a half till I had to teach my Group Fitness class! It was about this time I realized if I had a lap top I could be writing, working, scheduling... more productive. Hm. 

I am thinking something like this: A little pink laptop with a make-up kit USB! 

There is something to be said for taking a break, doing some real reading and unplugging, but there is something to really using my downtime between classes and meetings to check more off. 

I decided that it was a double run day, so instead of taking a huge chunk of time to do a long run, I did 2 medium length runs! I really liked it, the first run was so early,  and the longer of the two. Around 6pm I headed out and ran another 4 miles around the lake and home which seemed so short! 

  • Break up workouts
  • Help you train at a faster pace
  • Speeds recovery
  • Can be done on speedwork days as recovery runs
  • Ideal when you are running very high milage (50 or more miles a week (which I am NOT!)) 

I am giving them a try to get some more miles under my belt and have some fun. Run #2 was slower and shorter and ended with a trip to the grocery store--a spinach run!

I JUST missed the storm clouds rolling in! (quit flashin' that duck face!!)
When I got home I made a gigantic Green Monster with huge spinach leaves! It was not kale, but they were huge! It was SUPER thick. 

3 Cups huge prehistoric spinach
1T. cashew butter
One banana
1.5-2 Cups Soy milk (added more to thin it out!)
1/4 C. Chia Seeds--oops! I over measured, but it ROCKED. I think the Chia contributed to the thickness, you know how those little suckers hold liquid! 

Behold, The CHIA Machine! 

In a new glass and all! 
I know some people I follow like Shelly at It's just one foot in front of the other do 2-a-days, Do you? If you do, what do you like about them? 


Angie Bishop said...

I would love to do two a day its just a matter of finding the time in the evening. I think the treadmill for even a few miles should work.

I do break up my running which is in the morning and other workouts in the evening.

I have been craving cabbage lately and hubby has made lots of cabbage soup for me!

Shan said...

OMG, I could never do 2 runs in 1 day. I can hardly do 1, ha ha! No really, I am in good shape but 2 in 1 day would be super tough.

Can I just ask you, WHERE did you get your awesome running skirt? I need another one and love that pink one of yours! So cute!

Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) said...

I love two a days, because I can get in mileage without a lot of stress on my body. Two a days keep my legs loose and fresh!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh I love that laptop- is it for real?! I need it haha.

I like 2 a days because you can get a lot of training in without taxing your body as much

Heather @ Side of Sneakers said...

Oh my gosh I love that laptop- is it for real?! I need it haha.

I like 2 a days because you can get a lot of training in without taxing your body as much

(Oops that wasn't supposed to be annonymous!)

Shan said...

Oh, hey, Mary--one more thing--just wanted you to know that yesterday at about 5 p.m. I went out on my HILLY run, and after reading and commenting on your post yesterday about hills, when it got really hard I truly did repeat to myself over and over that I could do it, because Mary was climbing hills too! :) (Literally and figuratively for both of us!) Isn't it nice how someone you've never met can be a source of inspiration and comfort and motivation to you? Thank you for that! (I made it up all the hills. But it was killer!)

Megan said...

I wish I had time for 2-a-days! With work and the kids, though, it's hard.

BTW, I nominated you for Versatile Blogger! Check my page for details.

Have a great day!!!

The Curvy life said...

I have been thinking this might be a good solution for me this summer as I try to get in more miles... and avoid the heat!!

Love that laptop! But you do so much... some downtime is good for you too!!


Betsy said...
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Betsy said...

Like Shan love your pink workout skirt. They look comfy to run in, maybe I will try one.

I was motivated again, this time to jog more miles. By dividing it I was able to. They all add up. Thanks.

Mary said...

I LOVE my skirt!! It's from Zenzah! Here is the origianl post with a link:

Cheryl S. said...

I do love two-a-days but not in the running sense...and until I am more fit, mine are shorter bursts, 20 minutes each biking. I am finding it keeps my metabolism burning hot! Who knew?

YOu look adorable in that skirt, too. With all your fitness activities, your bold step out (and up I think!) and your exuberant spirit, you are my hero!

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