Healthy and Sane

New fans

February 2nd, 2009 · 23 Comments · dessert, Uncategorized, yogurt

I have new fans of the blog… my parents!  I finally gave them the scoop on the blog last Saturday night and today my dad emailed me, saying how much he loved it.  Yay!  I was afraid they’d think I’m weird, but I guess they are my parents, so they already know I’m weird 😉  No seriously, if some of you bloggers out there are afraid of sharing it with people “in the real world” – don’t be!  I think I’ve finally told everyone about it and the feedback has been nothing but positive.  Everyone deserves a hobby and if yours happens to be blogging, then that’s great!  Obviously many of us are reading what you’re writing, so you’re doing something right! :)

The emails from my dad totally made my day and motivated me to make it to the gym and complete a great 7 mile run I planned on squeezing at some point this week for Amanda’s 7 on the 7 challenge.  You see, my meeting ran late this morning, so I was late to the spinning class I was planning on attending.  When things like that happen and I’m thrown off schedule, I start thinking about maybe going later (or worse, just forgetting it and going the next day) but I really didn’t want to write that I skipped another workout yet again, so here we are – 7.5 miles later 😀  Btw, if you didn’t click that link, the 7 on the 7 challenge rules state that you have to complete a 7 mile run by February 7th.  How about the 2nd, heh? 😀  I warmed up for 2 minutes by walking at 4.3 mph (0.15 miles) and then started running.  I wanted to take it easy-ish since it is a longer run, but then I just kept on increasing my speed and I ended up finishing the 7 miles in 63 minutes 28 seconds.  Not bad!

Here is how I get through longer runs… I try to play a little game.  I typically watch tv on a treadmill but that’s usually not enough to get through a long run like that.  I break it down into shorter intervals.  This way I don’t think about running 7 miles, I just think about running 1/2 mile (or whatever increment I choose that day – today it was 0.5).  So today every 0.5 miles I changed my speed.  It was going generally up by 0.1 mph, but sometimes it was jumping around a little.  You see, I discovered that sometimes (typically because of boredom, even though I occasionally interpret it as tiredness – it’s really not… you’ll see why) I set a goal pace and I can’t do it.  I think I’m tired, but a few weeks ago (maybe a month by now?) I realized that if I just average that speed, it’s still the same thing!  I know, genius!! 😆  I’ll give you an example…. let’s say I want to run for 4 miles at 6.8 mph.  Sometimes I think I can’t run this straight BUT what I do is I break it down.  I run at 6.8 mph for let’s say 1/2 mile, then I do 1/2 mile at 6.6 mph, then 1/2 mile at 7.0 mph, another 1/4 at 6.8, then 1/4 at 6.9, 1/4 at 6.7.  Makes sense?  I still average 6.8 mph the entire 4 mile run but I’m not bored.  I constantly push myself (or recover) during every little interval and it works!

All right so that was my workout.  Like I said, I warmed up for 0.15 mph, then ran for 7 miles and walked for another 0.35 miles.  Total workout time: 70 minutes.  My HRM was showing crazy stuff so I don’t believe it today.  I need to figure this thing out.  At some point it said my heart rate was 57 and I was running at 6.8 mph and was probably 5 miles into my run.  Yeah, I was tired… and 57 is below my resting rate.  I’m not in that good of a shape 😉

Moving on to eats (I hope my little workout mind games are helpful to some of you!)…


yogurt madness

I could not get up this morning so I told my husband to leave for work without me and set the alarm for another 40 minutes of sleep.  That means he didn’t give me a ride, but the extra 40 minutes of sleep were much much needed.  I also got a 1.1 mile walk in instead and the fresh air felt great! :)

Anyways, I tell you this because I ended up making breakfast at home.  It’s so much prettier (and thus more satisfying) at home!  I threw in just about everything in here… nonfat yogurt, 1/2 banana, fresh blueberries, grapes, 1/4 cup of Archer Farm’s cranberry nut trail mix (cranberries, white chocolate chips, almonds, pecans), fresh grapes and kashi golean cereal.  Yeah, this pretty much kicked ass! 😀

Mmm, yummy yogurt (there is yogurt under all that stuff, I promise!)…

yogurt closeup


I had 2 spoonfuls of Barney Butter straight out of the jar as I was getting ready for work.  Trouble this stuff is, I tell you, trouble!

Then when I got to work I had the Zbar with some coffee (pic recreated later)…

pb zbar

And a little while later, this lovely snack I was craving last night and never got to have…

peanut M&Ms

Btw, I think peanut M&Ms are the best candy health-wise because it’s still mostly peanuts.  I’m not saying it’s health food or anything, but at least that’s what I tell myself and it helps me sleep at night after I have these 😉  Oh yeah, and they did fuel my 7 miles beautifully.  I had so much sugar by lunch, not wonder I had no problem running for miles and miles!

Lastly some leftover chili from yesterday

leftover beef chili

I had the chili around 4pm.  It’s almost 10 pm now and I’m still stuffed, so no dinner for me :(

I didn’t count calories today because I didn’t know how much the chili was, but I know I’m in the range :)

I’m off to prep for tomorrow.  “See” you later! 😀

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23 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - not sister inna

    Wow, what a great post! Thanks for all the encouragement with “coming out” about the blog. And honestly you inspire me with your kickass workouts!

  • #2 - ttfn300

    yey! so glad dad was a fan :) and nice run!!

  • #3 - Sharon

    Oh my gosh, that is one scrumptious bowl of cereal mixin!

  • #4 - Kelly

    Great tips for those long runs! I’m definitely going to use those suggestions as my mileage gets longer.

  • #5 - Lara

    Thanks for sharing some of your running thoughts. I tend to mix it up with the speed too, but not with that much precision 😉 Maybe I should and it would up my average time. Do you do all your running on a treadmill? I really prefer it but I am contemplating signing up for a 10k and I know that means I’ll have to partially train outside. Have you ever done a race? Ok, sorry for all the questions. Let me know what you think when you have the time 😉

  • #6 - Elina

    Lara, I really prefer running on a treadmill. I can count on one hand how many times I ran outside – I find it to be much more challenging. I’ve done one 5K race late 2007 and never got to doing another one last year. I plan on definitely signing up for a 5K and a 10K this coming summer and when the weather gets warmer, I’ll definitely try to run more outside to train for it. I know I can do the mileage, but I want to really get to a new PR so training outside will be key, I think. Btw, I like questions – so ask away… 😀

  • #7 - Elina

    Kelly, I tried commenting on your blog but it’s not taking in the comment, so if you’re reading this, I just wanted to comment on your post…
    Don’t get discouraged by the run outside. I find that it’s much more challenging than the tredmill but you’ll definitely get better with time. It’s only day 3 of training!!
    I got a new HRM for xmas, but I still think it’s not always accurate, so I’m still learning how to do it – no suggestions here. As for distance, have you tried You can pre-plan your route like that or just check distance after the run…
    Good luck!!!

  • #8 - ashley

    wow way to rock out the 7 miles!! i just recently told my mom about the blog too! she was really interested :) shes the only one i have told so far though! haha

  • #9 - K

    HI MAMA AND PAPA HEALTHY AND SANE 😀 Nice to meet you!!

    That’s a great idea with the long runs! PB Z bar = Yummm!

  • #10 - Amanda

    wow you beat your estimated time by 7 minutes, that’s amazing!!

    my parents still can’t find my blog..oh well!

  • #11 - Elina

    Thanks, Amanda! To be fair… I knew I’d be able to do better than 70 minutes but I didn’t know by how much and I didn’t want to dissapoint myself by setting a really crazy goal. It was fun timing this run! :) Oh yeah, I had to send the link to my dad, even though I told them what the url is… and I thought it was easy to remember! 😉

  • #12 - Jenbrem

    I do something similar with my treadmill workouts. I change every 3 minutes. I run the first 3 at 6.0, the next 3 at 6.5, the next 3 at 7.0, the next 3 at 7.5 and then 3 at 8.0 (or 7.7 or 7.8, whatever I can manage), then I go back down and do another 3 at 6.0, then build all the way back up. It really makes the time go faster when you are trying to get a long run in and the 3 minutes at 6.0 is a nice recovery time.

  • #13 - Elina

    Great tip, Jenbrem! Thanks!! :)

  • #14 - sister inna

    i wish i could convince myself to try out the treadmill… i’m just so worried about the stress on my joints… do you feel a major difference in terms of cardio/ strength you get out of it as opposed to the elliptical? bouncing around in kickboxing doesn’t seem to irritate my joints either.. am i just being a baby? help help sister elina 😀
    hi mom and dad :)

  • #15 - Amy

    Elina, do you do speedwork to improve your running time? I’m stuck in a rut of running on the treadmill at 6.0 to 6.2 (sometimes brief spurts of 6.5 or 7.0) but I would love to do full runs at 6.8 like you do. Do you have any advice for getting faster?

  • #16 - Kelly Turner

    hi, parents!

    Man, now I need to watch my swears :(

    Kelly Turner

  • #17 - Michelle

    your healthy mind games are FABULOUS actually. :) And you’re totally right! I will definitely borrow some of your tricks the next time i hit the gym.

    Also, I’m so glad you posted that blurb about letting your parents in on this wonderful blog of yours. I have been debating whether to let my parents know….and I think i’m going to send them the link after reading your post. 😀 My boyfriend is a little skeptical for my blog-loving…which is why i’m so weary. *sigh* I haven’t given him my link yet. One step at a time?

  • #18 - Elina

    Innz, about your treadmill question – I’m no expert but I do know that running can be hard on your joints. I don’t think you have to force yourself to run if it bothers you knees and you’re happy with kickboxing and the elliptical. For me, the elliptical got too boring and running was a challenge. I don’t like being unable to do something, so I started training more and now I can definitely say I’m becoming a runner. That’s exciting to me because you can do so much with that than just using the elliptical for 30-60 minutes. I’m really looking forward to starting to run outside and signing up for races! If you are interested in running, try starting out slowly and building up your indurance. Your muscles should get stronger (I know your legs are strong from other forms of exercise but running is still a bit different on your legs) and this should prevent injury. You may also try asking Amanda or Kelly the same question (just click on their names above and it will bring you to their blogs). Amanda is a long time runner and Kelly is a certified trainer so both of these lovely ladies can probably give you a more educated answer than I can 😉

    Amy, I’d recommend doing interval training to improve your speed. Even if the fast intervals are short, your legs learn to run a little faster when you tell them to, and eventually your comfortable pace improves and your short “fast intervals” can get longer. I’ve always roughly followed Hal Higdon’s programs. Here is a link to his 5K tranings ( He also has programs for other distances available online. How much do you currently run?

    Haha, Kelly, no worries – I’m not sure if they discovered the comments section yet! Plus it’s still my blog so don’t hold back! 😀

    Michelle, I hope you send the link to your parents! Let us know how it goes :)

  • #19 - KellyB

    I actually work with your dad, and he shared the link with me. I love your pictures and its fun to read what people eat. Keep it up.

  • #20 - Elina

    KellyB – I’m glad you like the blog! Thanks for commenting. I’m wondering how many people my dad shared the blog with 😉 I need to tell everyone who’s reading to step it up and say something. Happy hump day!! :)

  • #21 - HangryPants

    I think most people are intrigued by the blog and then want to give you food to try!

    Great job on the run – what a great time! I am excited for the 7 on the 7!

  • #22 - HangryPants

    P.S. Hi Elina’s mom and dad!

  • #23 - KellyB

    I know of two here at work.