Half Training: Week 2

05 March, 2018

Happy Monday everyone!

Still trying to get back in the swing of things, but we’ll eventually get there!

I cannot believe it is already the first week of March! I almost hate to admit that what my high school physics teacher told us was true….the older you get, the fast time goes by. It’s crazy!

This is also the start of week 2 of the Half Marathon Training Program.

The first week of the program was shall we say, interesting.

Not only am I trying to reacquaint myself with running, I’m also doing it while trying to teach 2 dogs how to run along with me. Super fun! Thankfully both Sam and Penny love to be outside and love to run so it’s been a somewhat easy thing to do. Just need them to realize that it’s more of a marathon and not a sprint, but we will get there.

Last week we covered 7 miles in the program. It was so great to get out and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air and to just be able to move. I feel like I’ve been cooped up all winter so getting out has been great not only for my body but also my mind.

Thankfully getting back into running hasn’t been too bad. Like I said, the hardest part is getting the dogs to realize that we don’t have to sprint every time we start to run. I even discovered that I can set up a profile on my watch for running intervals so I don’t have to try and keep track of when it is time to run vs when it is time to walk on my own!

This weeks programming is the same as last weeks: 2 miles, 2 miles and 3 miles.

I also plan on adding some strength training back in this week. Just some light dumbbell and kettlebell work to get back in the swing of things.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Happy running!

Let's Get Running

28 February, 2018

Before my thirtieth birthday I wrote out a bucket list of some of the things I wanted to do in my life.

Three of those things were running related…..

  • Run a 5k
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a marathon

But here is the thing…..I’m not exactly a runner.

I’m thick and squishy.

I’m not fast. I’ll never be fast.

I can count on one hand how many times I have gone on a run and actually managed to complete the whole thing without walking or stopping to catch my breath.

And quite frankly, whenever I do run and someone asks me how it went, my response is always, “Well…I didn’t die.”

But here is the thing, I kind of love it.

I love the freedom it gives me.

I love the runners high.

And quite frankly I love the routes and trails that I am able to run on.

At the first of the year, friends and I started talking about the possibility of running a destination race together. Not only would it be a fun girls weekend, it would be something different to try.

So it was decided over margaritas, Manhattans and a delicious drink called “the orchard” that we would run a 10k together!

I may be the least athletic of the group but I think I am the most excited about this adventure!

In past I have done the Couch to 5K program with some success. But I’d get to weeks 4 and 5 and it would all fall apart. I think it was more of a mental thing than anything.

This time around, I’m taking a slightly different approach. Instead of training specifically for a 10k, I am going to train for a half marathon.


The idea was actually that of a friends. She suggested we plan for a longer race, so that on race day we aren’t super intimidated by that distance.

To get me ready for the race, I am going to be following the training program for a half marathon from Run Eat Repeat. It's a 16 week, walk/run program which I think will be perfect for me. Running non-stop for that long seems really intimidating, but doing a run/walk combo seems way more doable and knowing that my training plan consists of running and walking, I won't feel like I will have failed if I can't run the whole thing.

I'm excited to start the training program and to get back into running. It's going to be a fun 16 weeks!

Let Me Introduce Myself

26 February, 2018

Welcome to Miles from Ordinary!

Excuse the mess while the dust settles as I reacquaint myself with this space, but I am oh so very glad that you are here!

I thought, since it’s been a minute since my last post, that I’d reintroduce myself!

Whether you are a new reader or someone how has been with my sporadic self since the beginning, it’s nice to see you.

I live in a sleepy little Northern Michigan town near the shores of Lake Michigan. I’ve lived here my whole life and no matter how many times I have threatened to leave, it hasn’t happened. My heart belongs here and it’s an amazing place to call home and serve as a home base for when I want to head out on an adventure.

I live here with my two dogs. They are both rescues, who more than did more rescuing of me than I did of them. I adopted Sam in June of 2017 and Penny in December of the same year. If they had their way, they’d be wrestling and eating peanut butter, in between extended naps on the couch. They are two of the sweetest pups and offer endless hours of entertainment.

Meg Myers Photography: Sam and Penny &emdash;       Meg Myers Photography: Sam and Penny &emdash;
When the dogs and I aren’t out hiking and exploring, I’m a big movie nerd, love to read, crochet, paint, draw, cook, attend concerts, try out a new craft brewery and lift heavy shit.

I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences and adventures with you all!

Feel free to also follow along on Instagram!

Penny Lane

01 February, 2018

Well this is long overdue!

But I wanted to pop in super quick to introduce you all to the newest member of the family!

About a month ago, Sam and I welcomed Penny to the family. She is a 2 year old lab/pit mix who can't decide if she like snacks, wrestling with Sam or snuggling on the couch the best.

She and Sam have been having a fantastic time getting to know one another and are quickly becoming partners in crime. They enjoy checking out all the smells on our nightly walks, destroying all the stuffed animals and toys they can get their paws on and annoying the other dogs at the local dog park together.


It's been a loud and raucous adjustment for us all, but it feels like she has always been a part of our family and we are super happy that she is!

TC Trimdown

29 January, 2018

We all have that one friend who is really good at talking us into doing stuff we normally wouldn’t do.

For them, that’s my friend Sarah.

She talked me into starting CrossFit. She nearly talked me into a running a Tough Mudder with her  last summer and she kinds of talked me into doing the TC Trimdown with her this winter.

The TC Trimdown is a 12 week weightloss challenge. She and I are team Iron Maiden and while the goal of the challenge is to shed some pounds, my goal (I can’t speak for Sarah) is to use this to help me get moving and to get ready for an upcoming even this fall (there will be a blog post coming up about that shortly).

Today is technically the start of Week 3.

We weighed in for the challenge on January 15 and while the number that came back on the scale wasn’t what I wanted to see, it didn’t freak me out as much as I thought it would. It’s the heaviest I have been in three years, which admittedly is discouraging. But not so insurmountable I can’t take the weight off again.

I used the first couple of weeks just to get myself back into the swing of things in terms of tracking my macros and getting in some good exercise. I didn't freak out if I wasn't totally spot on with my macros of if I didn't get a workout in. I wanted to ease into this rather than go full speed, because when I do that, I fail. And I don't want to fail again.

To sort out my macros, I use Avatar Nutrition. They use body weight, body fat percentage and activity levels to figure out your macros for you. They also have a shiny new app to track all your food which is a nice perk. It's a fantastic service, that is easy to use and has a super great community on Facebook.

As for my workouts, I’ll eventually end up back at the gym for my lifting program, but for now I’ll be writing my own. I need to sort some things out schedule wise before I can commit to my power lifting program right now. But, it was a lot of fun to get back to doing some movements I haven’t done while focusing on the big three (bench, deadlift and squats).

As we go into week 3, my plan is to do 6 workouts a week: 3 days of straight cardio, 3 days of strength training.

I know it’s going to be tough getting back into the swing of things, but I also know it is all worth it in the end. And even though the goal of the challenge is to "lose as much weight as possible", I just want to get back on track, to get moving and for my pants to fit again.

Thanks for reading!