My Daily Frat Lap

Hi everyone!

So today I ran out of time to do the intense work out I had planned so I had to revert back to my trusty old Frat Lap. What is a Frat  Lap you ask? It’s a loop along the edge of UF’s main campus that I frequently jog. I like it because its entirely on paved side walks that run along main roads. This makes it safe because there are always people around and because you are on pedestrian walkways. My running friends and I dubbed it the “Frat Lap” because half way through you run down Fraternity Row. It rolls of the tongue doesn’t it? When you start at my house and complete the full lap it’s about 2.5 miles. Just enough to break a good sweat and complete 30 minutes of cardio. Here is a map of the Frat Lap (it shows less mileage because I began my map at the major intersection rather than my address).

My minimum daily exercise is running a Frat Lap

This morning around 10:30am it took me 31 minutes to complete the frat lap. Not very fast but it’s still Africa hot here in Gainesville. I am so looking forward to some cooler fall and winter weather. The briskness in the air just makes you want to get outside and run. That’s when I can handle those 9 mile doozies.

I made this map with a free program online called Map My Run. You can create your own profile, fill in your goals, and track your mileage all for free on this awesome site! Definitely check it out if you are trying to keep track of your progress.

Tomorrow I am planning on doing a frat lap and Jillian Michael 30 Day Shred Level 2 work out video before class. Then off to Tampa for a Rays game! Check in with you guys this weekend!

Welcome to See Shannon Run!

Hello All! 

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This is Shannon speaking! (on the left). Above is a picture of my best running pal/sorority sister Laura Jane and I after the Gasparilla 15K last March. It was one of my proudest moments and a good representation of what this blog will be about.

Thanks for viewing what will be the first of many entries into this diary/bulletin board/work in progress! I have created this blog for a couple of reasons. I will use this first entry as an introduction to myself, my life, and what I hope to accomplish with this blog. 

Who am I?
Shannon McCarthy, age 21. I am a Tampa native but have been in Gainesville for the past 3 years studying Telecommunications and business at the University of Florida. I was a dancer in High School and never had to worry about staying fit because I burned all the calories I needed to in practice. When I got to college, I realized quickly I needed a new way to stay in shape. I started running basically because I was intimidated by the gym since I had never used one before. Last year, I decided I wanted to start challenging myself to long distance races.

Why did I decide to make a blog?
Let’s be real. The endorphin high after a long run or gym session is always worth it, but its easy to fall into a rut… As I did this past summer. Losing focus for a few weeks can really throw off your fitness goals and make it tough to get back into the game. By sharing my experiences and goals with other runners, I become accountable for how I treat my body and what I can accomplish. And by becoming an active member of the blogging community, I can greatly benefit from the stories of others. 

What will I be blogging about?
Primarily my diet and exercise journal (which consists mostly of running). I do not follow any strict or new age diets. Maybe one day, but right now I am a poor college student! I do the best that I can with the food my sorority feeds us and what I can afford on a tight, TIGHT budget. I get pretty creative with the salad bar and sometimes experiment with healthy recipes. I love food, and am all about a balanced diet with wiggle room. Bloggers are people who enjoy learning and dialogue. Hopefully other people interested in maintaing a healthy lifestyle will view my blog and we can share each other’s ideas, experiences, goals, and thoughts!

My current goals?
Since running the 15k in March, I have not run more than four miles continuously. My goal is to run a half marathon by early next year, hopefully in under 10 minute miles. I am also trying to become more aware of the food I consume and watch portions. I try to run 15 miles per week. However that will most likely increase as I get closer to race date. 

Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to writing about my workout routine tomorrow!