Monday Love: Race Week Edition

30 Apr

Hey hey everyone! Can you believe it – Cox Rhode Races half marathon is a short 5 days away! It’s going to be here before we know it!

With that being said, what better time than to offer up a “Race Week Edition” of my favorite way to beat a case of the Mondays? So, what am I loving this race week?

1) Completing a training schedule: strong, proud, and happy.

Happy Training Plan

2) Completing the final run of the training plan at a pace that will allow me a PR on Sunday. *Disclaimer* I am not trying to PR on Sunday. I am going to run with my friends and have fun. I am going to listen to my body so as to not reinjure my leg. If I get a PR out of the deal, that would be fantastic, but I’m not getting my hopes up.  (Side note: This exact race, last year, still holds my PR. So I may be thinking about it just a little bit.) I ran the first half of this run with Jess at a comfortable pace. Since she’s still healing she could only run 4, so I was left to my own devices for the second half. After convincing myself to finish the run (and not get in my car and drive home) I decided to throw in some speedy miles. It was hard, but surprisingly not too hard. I negative split the second half of this run by almost 5 minutes!

Final Cox Long Run

3) My dog. No matter what kind of day I had, she always cheers me up. I love having a dog – they truly are (wo)man’s best friend. (Super strange side not: When I typed the wo in parentheses Live Writer turned it into a suitcase? Strange.) Tonight was especially hilarious – she was so nutso when I got home. Running around with the most disgusting looking tennis ball I’ve ever seen, jumping, playing fetch with herself basically, while my parents dog just watched her from the deck.  sometimes I swear he thinks he’s babysitting her. And now, well, see for yourself:

Sleepy Lexi

She seems to be getting better since I wrote the other day that she was having some behavioral issues. She had basically thrown herself out of my bed a couple of weeks ago, but I put her blanky back up on my bed and brought her back in, and she’s happy. She’s a big time cuddlepuppy. When she can cuddle, she’s happy.

4) Quick, but effective, workouts. I’m pressed for time this week while getting ready to enjoy my mini stay-cation. I’ve got posts to set up (so I don’t leave you guys hanging while I’m unplugged – I’ve got some great guest posters lined up starting Friday!), I’ve got grown up crap to do (like make sure my bills are all paid, laundry, etc.), a hair cut on Thursday, you get the picture. Wicked busy, as always. So in order to save myself some time I decided I’d skip the gym this week; however, I’m not skipping working out. I created a great, fast, full body circuit that you can do at home when you’re pressed for time. All you need is a stability ball and a set of hand weights. I used 5 pounders – I don’t want to be too sore or worn out come race day! I did 3 total sets in 25 minutes (except I only managed 25 total push ups – those babies are HARD!) Stability Ball Circuit

Exercise Descriptions (Be sure the ball is supporting your upper back, neck, and head for all exercises that you’re laying on the ball. Raise your hips into a bridge position so your body is in a straight line from your shoulders to your knees):

Bench Press – traditional bench press, only laying on the ball.

Supine Tricep extension

Hammer Curl – Sitting on the ball. Engage your core, make sure your feet are on the floor and your legs form a 90 degree angle.

Push-up: Make sure the ball is directly under your shins. Engage your core, don’t round or arch your back.

Wall Squats

Ball “Roll-Ins” – Assume push up position on the ball. Bring your knees to your chest (rolling the ball in) and move back out to push up position. That’s one rep.

5) Another giveaway. What’s that you say? Oh yes, I told you guys I’d have a giveaway a day this week, right? Well it’s a freakin party around here! Today’s giveaway is brought to you by the wonderful people over at Perky Jerky. Have you had this stuff yet? I’ve tried both, I prefer the turkey, and OMG, it is the most tender pre-packaged jerky I have ever eaten in my life. I buy it all the time to snack on, and today, the folks at Perky Jerky are being kind enough to give away 5 bags each of the beef and the turkey!


They’re not kidding. Since I possess this bag of yumminess, and it’s taken every ounce of power in me to not devour all of the turkey jerky myself, this is going to be a 24-hour flash giveaway! This giveaway will end TOMORROW at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.


1) Follow Running and Cupcakes (look to your right – where it says “Follow Me”) (Required)

2) Tell me if you won which flavor you’d prefer – Beef or Turkey (Required)

3) Tweet about the giveaway. However you’d like! Just make sure you copy me (@runcupcake) and Perky Jerky (@perkyjerky), and link back to this post:

Giveaway is open to all US and Canadian Residents.

This giveaway will have TWO winners.

Giveaway ends at 9:30 eastern standard time Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

Good luck! I hope everyone had an amazing Monday!



36 Responses to “Monday Love: Race Week Edition”

  1. jshade77 April 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Umm, can I kidnap your dog? She could be the cutest thing ever! Glad we got to run together Sunday and can’t wait to see you kick some booty on Sunday!! 🙂

    • runcupcake May 2, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      Isn’t she adorable?! She’s got some body quirks that I love – she’s mostly beagle, but because she’s mixed with Australian Shepherd she has really long legs. She looks like a tall, spotted, beagle!

      Can’t wait to see you again Sunday!

  2. Alex @ therunwithin April 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    I follow you!

  3. Alex @ therunwithin April 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    I am a huge lover of jerky, I would prefer turkey but hey both taste amazing!

  4. runningsquared2 April 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    I follow!

  5. runningsquared2 April 30, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    I would love the beef (or turkey…..I’m not picky!)…:)

  6. Jennifer D May 1, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    I would love the beef. Just started following you!

  7. Heather Iacobacci (@hriacobacci) May 1, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    I don’t want to enter (since I obviously don’t eat jerky) but just wanted to say nice job on that run. Love finishing fast and strong! And even if our pups are maniacs, it’s so amazing how they can make us smile 😉

    • runcupcake May 2, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      Thank you! I love finishing fast and strong too – it’s such an amazing confidence booster.

      My dog is so mental – but I wouldn’t have her any other way!

  8. jobo May 1, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Love your workouts leading into the half this weekend. Smart, effective, but relatively brief too. Good plan. And awesome job on that run!! Asslap!

    • runcupcake May 2, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      Thanks girl! Sometimes on taper week I want to be totally lazy, but I can’t do that, so quick, easy, and effective it is!

  9. Jess Sutera May 1, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Yayyyyyy for race week!! I can’t believe it’s finally here! We’re going to have a BLAST! 🙂

  10. RunToTheFinish May 1, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    looks like you have a very solid weekand mental plan in place for this race!

    • runcupcake May 2, 2012 at 8:48 am #

      I do! I’m ready to give it my all, mentally, if my body says it’s okay! And if the body says no, I”m just going to enjoy myself!

  11. Heather@Just A Colorado Gal May 1, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Oh, I follow you 🙂

  12. Heather@Just A Colorado Gal May 1, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Mmmmm, I love turkey jerky!

  13. Heather@Just A Colorado Gal May 1, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Just tweeted it 🙂

  14. Trainer Kim May 1, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I tweeted! I looove beef jerky! One of my favorite snacks!!

  15. Julia (@nugglemama) May 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Following at nuggleme at hotmail dot com, Would love to try the beef! I love jerky! Tweeted too.

  16. Danielle (aka Foodosaurus Rex) May 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    I’ve only ever had beef jerky, so I’d love to try turkey jerky (though I know my husband would probably eat it all before I get a chance)!

  17. Danielle (aka Foodosaurus Rex) May 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    Tweeted about the giveaway!

  18. Danielle (aka Foodosaurus Rex) May 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Oh, and I follow the blog 😉

  19. runningsquared2 May 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    I tweeted! @alisenasu

  20. nycrunningmama May 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    I love that your last mile was your fastest. That’s the best way to end a run =) (PS. I already follow your blog – I get it emailed directly to me!! )

    • runcupcake May 2, 2012 at 8:47 am #

      I absolutely love it when the last mile is the fastest, it makes me feel so strong!

  21. nysunshine May 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    I love jerky—never had Perky Jerky. I would prefer Turkey.

  22. nysunshine May 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    and I follow your blog

  23. MCM Mama (@mcmmama) May 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    I followed and I’d love to try the beef.

    And that workout looks great!

  24. Elle May 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    I do follow you and get your updates by email

  25. Elle May 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Honestly I would be happy with either flavor!

  26. Elle May 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    I did tweet

  27. Maggi May 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    I follow you – and I love turkey!

  28. nattie1218 May 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    I am a blog follower

  29. nattie1218 May 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    I would love the turkey flavor

  30. nattie1218 May 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    I tweeted the giveaway!/NattieRuns/status/197491863182258176

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