We have a winner and a not-so-great run

This morning was my first run since Sunday. I would have thought my legs would be plenty rested, but they had other plans. Let’s just say I’m glad it’s done. I should be good to go for Saturday! I have a 6 mile training run followed by a 5k race.

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My daughter apparently inherited my need for shoes – that need has changed from every day shoes to running/workout shoes.  At the RnR expo last week, Luke’s Locker had these fabulous Nike Free’s on clearance, so guess who pooled their money together to buy said shoes? Yep, it’s nice that my 11 year old and I wear the same size. She wears them to school, I wear them to the gym. She will probably grow out of them soon!

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Thank you to everyone that participated in the Empower Fitness! Congratulations to Eliza K! You should have an email from me!

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Did you workout today?

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Let the Madness Continue!

This week’s post is from Sara at She Cooks, She Crafts, She Runs. (It’s a guest post written by her.)

“TGIF! Right!  Well, in the spirit of March Madness I have brought another basketball inspired post.  I loved Shelly’s idea of incorporating upper body strength into her basketball workout so I’ve followed her lead.  The Ball Bench Press uses a ball in place of a weight bench, no ball, just bench!
I’m sorry that my head is cut off in these pictures.  PicMonkey wouldn’t let me enlarge the width anymore but you get the jest of the exercise.  The ball is providing added resistance for you to work against therefore you are having to work harder and engaging your abs.
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The step ups are shown in the bigger photos below.  You can either just keep your legs straight or pull out the Bosu and increase the difficulty by just barely hovering over the floor.  I tried doing the presses on the Bosu with just one foot at a time and was not able to do even one good press so I didn’t include pictures but if you are wanting to try it, DO IT!
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Be sure to check out my workout ladies Sarah from How My World Runs and Shelly from RunningPfuhl for other great workout ideas.  Be sure to include us on your tweet about you workouts this week via #nosuchluck”

Empower Fitness

Remember I mentioned them earlier this week? We have an exciting giveaway and it will be a great tool to add to the exercises we’ve been introducing.
From their About Us page:

“Designed exclusively for women by women, Empower offers fitness products; world-renowned trainers; nutritional expertise; and online communities to help you reach your goals.

Empower is here to inspire and motivate you to be activehealthy, and strong. It’s your moment of truth, now MAKE YOUR MOVE to Empower.”

I love that my goals are in line with theirs. The goal of my blog is to not only share my journey but hopefully encourage someone along the way. They have generously supported our goals by offering one of our readers a Medicine Ball in the weight of their choice! They offer 4, 6, 8, and 10 pound medicine balls.

Empower 6lb Fingertip Grip Medicine Ball oob

The giveaway runs from today, March 22 until March 27 at 10PM CST. You must be a US Resident, no purchase necessary to win. Just follow the Rafflecopter link below to enter.

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Have a great weekend! I’ll post an update for Rock N’ Roll (hopefully Sunday!)

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Great run and Empower Fitness review!

One of those great runs!

It’s not often but once in a while a run happens to be great! Everything is in line – pace and breathing, I feel like I could just keep running! I had one of those runs this morning, it was “only” 4.28 miles but at a sub-10 pace and it was great!

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 Meal prepping

I’m not a regular at prepping meals, it just happens sometimes. Sunday afternoon was one of those days. My husband grilled chicken and pineapple and I made rice and veggies for us to eat for a few days. We’ll see what we come up with for next week!

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Empower Fitness

Has anyone ever used a Kettle Bell? I hadn’t until a few weeks ago when I got one from Empower Fitness. I always look at it sitting there in the gym, thinking what could I do with it? I’ve used a medicine ball with my Russian twists but not the kettle bell.

I got the adjustable one, so you can change the weight around and have anywhere from 5, 8, or 12 pounds. I’ve also used just the 4 pound add on with my sit-ups. It’s so easy to change the weight, once you figure out the “trick” to it. Each weight locks into the other.

My husband had it out of the box pretty quick, luckily I had already taken pictures of it!

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

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We also finally convinced our 11 year old daughter that lifting light weights will help her softball swing, so guess who’s also been using it. I take all the weights off and she uses the Kettlebell by itself which is 5 pounds.

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The whole family is enjoying this new addition to our workout routines.  Watch for an announcement soon, you will have a chance to win something from Empower!

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Are you participating in our exercise challenge this week? Shelly introduced side lateral raises here.

Did you workout today?

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*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*