new year’s + resolutions for 2013

I know I said I was sort of done blogging for the time being. While that’s true, I really miss the blog-o-sphere. I enjoy the creative process, but I must admit that it is incredibly time-consuming. If I had more time, or thought my blog content was more relevant to my job hunt/career pursuit, then I would be more active.

That being said, I think blogging has tremendous benefits for both personal and professional growth. It’s a great way to enhance your writing and it can be a relatively easy way to pick up some technical skills and online marketing tricks, if you put in the effort. So, I want to get back into blogging in 2013! No set date yet. And I’ve got a few more goals I want to accomplish in the new year.

As 2012 comes to a close (thank god, it was not the best year for me) I thought I’d share my resolutions with you. Plus, I needed a place to write these down so I stay accountable!

My Resolutions for 2013:

  • Design a new website which includes a blog. – I’m learning how to design websites with WordPress, and I figured a new site would be the perfect first project. Look out for a new place for Modern Taste in 2013!
  • Return to blogging – New site + new blog! I’ve been trying to think of new topics I could blog about. I’m not sure a cooking blog is the best fit for me. While I love to cook, I honestly don’t have the time or patience to create these masterpieces I see online. Photography is also, not my thing. Not to mention the lack of a nice camera. I would ideally like to incorporate other aspects of my life into my blog, including running, beer, burritos, and beagles. Random, perhaps. I’m still thinking. If you have thoughts/suggestions on new topics, feel free to comment.
  • Train for a half marathon to go sub 1:30. – Gotta pick one still. Suggestions?
  • Get a dog. – This is where the beagle comes in.
  • Develop my technical skills. – Specifically: online marketing (seo), computer programming, and website design.
  • Learn Java and design an application for Android. – In par with my goal to develop my tech skills. Anyone done this? Suggestions?
  • Develop my palate for IPAs. – AKA drink more beer. In my opinion, this needs to be on everyone’s goal list. Drinking = socializing = we all need more of this.

picture of beer and burrito

That’s my list so far and hopefully it’ll grow. T-minus 12 hours till the new year!

Lauren

moving on, for now.

Sprinkles may be the greatest thing ever. I was whipping up my usual bowl of oatmeal this morning when I decided I wanted sprinkles. So I began rummaging through the cabinets to find some. The only sprinkles I could find were fall themed ones, so my bowl of oatmeal got decorated with sprinkle leaves. Still tasty.

And as I was eating that bowl of oats, I decided on something. I’ve been thinking about the blog, and I’ve decided to take a break for a while (not that this is super shocking news given my current lack of regular posts). I would like to change directions, maybe just start fresh. I’m not sure yet. Maybe I’ll check back in on occasion, we’ll see. Six months was the longest I’ve ever lasted with a blog, so at least I PR’d (personal record, for those of you who aren’t runners).

The blog will remain up, but probably be fairly inactive over the next few months. Thank you for reading, and commenting, and supporting my food endeavors. Hopefully I can come back with a new direction and purpose, and something more exciting.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! Here’s to new years and new beginnings!

Lauren

WW | lifting for runners

Since I’ve graduated from free access to a gym, I have had to improvise my strength workouts at home. It’s not nearly as fun and I find it’s incredibly hard to motivate myself to do weights on my own. I’ll be honest, the single motivation I have to lift weights is to stay injury free so I can keep on running. I don’t really give a crap about getting huge biceps or a six-pack. And if I add too much heavy muscle mass, it makes running harder. So therefore I give you…

A Strength Workout for Runners

Runner's Lifting (1)

Let’s get into the details shall we? I thought about photographing myself doing these exercises, but decided I would prefer not to embarrass myself. So I’ll do my best to explain what I did. Feel free to improvise or look up a better exercise that suits you.

warm up:

  • jump rope 2-3 min
  • jumping lunges jumping-jack style x1 min + ski style x1 min

weights:

    • standing lunges w/ weights (I used a 9 lb weight in each hand) 20 reps each leg x2
    • squats + overhead press w/ weight (I used a 9 lb weight, hold weight out in front of you when you do your squat, then press over your head when you are coming out of the squat) 20 reps x2
    • curls 15-20 reps x3
    • push ups 10-15 reps x5
    • standing one-legged squats 10 squats/leg x2
    • one leg triceps dip (think normal triceps dip, but cross one leg over the other, switch legs between sets) 15 reps x3
    • runner’s arms w/ weights (I used 5 lb weights in each hand) 30 sec on, 30 sec off x3

Thera band exercises (I have hip issues, so this is preventative medicine for me. I highly recommend these exercises if you have hip or knee troubles.):

    • standing walk ~20 steps (I have a small backyard) x4
    • crab walk x4
    • squats w/ band around knees 20 reps x2
    • leg raises 15 reps each leg x3

cool down:

  • shin taps
  • and of course, stretch!

Strength training isn’t so bad when you have a fun plan + good music. And there may or may not have been multiple dance breaks in between sets. <– highly recommended. :)

This workout focuses on more reps per set and lighter weights than a typical 10 reps x3 kind-a-gym workout. I think this kind of workout works for me because I prefer longer distance running. I use more slow twitch muscles on long runs, therefore I focus on doing more reps with less weight to activate those muscles. That being said, I have absolutely 0 professional/certified training experience so take this with a grain of salt. I’ve been a runner for 10+ years now, and I find this works for me, but it might not work for you. Feel free to take this or trash this. I won’t be offended.

One last thing. Google Drive has really fun new stock images that I used to create the visual. You should check it out. Just sayin’.

Now, where’s my Christmas cookie?

Lauren