Marathon Monday: it’s taper week!

It’s finally here, less than a week to go. And guess what? I woke up congested and not able to take in deep breaths. I’m going to the doctor this afternoon.

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I got a new book and running journal. I’m excited to get into it.

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Training last week: January 11-17

Sunday: Gym day, 3 treadmill miles plus weights

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 5 miles

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 7 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 6.4 miles, hills, at Nola race pace. This group rocked those hills!

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I’m participating in the #SweatPink #NoExcuses challenge this month. Last week included burpees, squats and planks. There’s something new every day.

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I haven’t done burpees in a looooonnnnnggggg time.

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Saturday we shared our favorite healthy snack. I came across these apples last month and love them. The new health/organic food store here is carrying them.

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Today’s challenge is 30 seconds of mountain climbers. My goal is to get that done tonight, after seeing the doctor. Right now I’m struggling to take in a deep breath.

Got my Nuun on board and my new Kate Spade tumbler. Someone (not naming names) dropped my chevron tumbler and it cracked.

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This week is all about water, Vitamin C and good food! Hubby grilled chicken last night, I made a home made turkey pot pie for dinner tonight. I got the McCormick Thyme in my #FrostyVoxBox in December. We are starting this week off right with food prep!

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Do you food prep?

Anyone use a running log or journal?

Happy running,

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Fab Abs February!

We don’t waste any time around here. Gotta keep that momentum going from January. Sara at She Cooks, She Crafts, She Runs has been hard at work getting this Fab Abs February workout together, along with video demonstrations. My abs are a constant struggle for me. I know there is muscle under there somewhere….just gotta keep at it!

I never can remember all these great moves at the gym. I just pin it and take my phone with me so I can look it up. There’s a new move every day, so try some new ones and stick with the ones that are working for you!

You can do these at home or the gym or even your office floor, but maybe only if you have your own office.

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Here are the video demonstrations:

I tried the 1-2 Crunch this week at the gym and I like that one. Several of these moves I had never heard of.

Do you work on your core?

What move is your favorite?

Did you work out today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

#SummerRefresh: Focus on Fitness

Welcome to week 2 of #SummerRefresh. This week is brought to you by Shelly at Running Pfuhl. You can join the Google+ Community here!

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Week Two of the #FitApproach Living+ Kickstart your health 30-Day #SummerRefresh challenge is here! The ladies at Fit Approach have a busy week planned for us!
This week is the #Fitness Challenge! WOOT!! I hope you’ll join us and post your results on one of the TripleSBlogs, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (See Links Below)
Are you ready to #challenge yourself?
Aug. 12 – 16: Fitness!
8/12: Take the Burpee Challenge!
Do burpees for two minutes. Rest when needed! Share your results in the Challenges tab.
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8/13: Plank-a-day Tuesday!
Tone it up by holding a plank (any variation) for at least one-minute. Post your results in the Challenges tab, if you’ve joined the Living+ Community! Also Tune in for Living Fit Hangout on Air Discussion with our expert panel to learn about how you can find your best fit and make it stick! RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1cGbEYB

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8/14: PopSugar Fitness is hosting:
Work Your Backside Wednesday! How many squats can you do in a minute? Squat-it-out for 60 seconds and tell us how many squats you completed by posting in the Challenges tab!
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8/15: Take the Pushups Challenge!
Complete 30 pushups in 1 sitting. Rest when needed. Post your results in the Challenges tab!
Check the above link for proper form and if you’re up for it, take the 100 push up challenge!

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8/16: Friday Funday!
Try a new physical activity and have fun while doing it! Share a picture in the Challenges tab!
Check in with us!! Tell us how your doing this week.

Sara: She Cooks She Crafts She Runs, Facebook
Sarah: How My World Runs, Facebook
Shelly: The Running Pfuhl, Facebook

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Hope you are joining us this week! Look forward to seeing some progress.

Have a great day! Did you work out yet? (I did, but I’ll have to do those burpees tonight!)

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#GoalsCheck and Ab workouts!

Today’s post is from Sara at She Cooks, She Crafts, She Runs. She’s closing out June with a few more ab exercises.

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Since it’s the last Monday in June I’m going to wrap up our Abs month with some of my favorite ab exercises.  I love ending up some of my running workouts by 5-10 minutes of continuous ab exercises. By the end of it, my abs are SCREAMING!

RUSSIAN TWIST

Here’s a great video demonstration. If you’ve never tried them, I highly recommend them!

I usually do these for 30-60 secs as a rep.

SIDE PLANK

With a regular plank between this is a great balance AND abs exercise!  All my girlfriends that I’ve coached to do this exercise have come back to me and said how impressed they are with themselves for working into it.

DOLPHIN PLANK

I know this looks alot like the plank and it is a lot like a plank but this is called the Dolphin.  Instead of being on your hands in plank you are on your elbows with hands clasped.  Moving from this to downward facing dog works your abs like CRAZY!  You may have to shuffle your feet in some as you move from one to another.

BICYCLE CRUNCH

The constant switching of your elbow to knee and holding the abs in will BURN!  I will admit I tend to get lazy on this use my hands to help my neck but I always feel the burn.

TRIANGLE POSE WITH BIND

Each time I just can’t believe it but my abs will be so sore after I do this move!

STABILITY BALL JACKKNIFE

This one is hard to keep your balance but boy does it pay off with your abs!

Love my yoga poses?

I am a yoga lover so please be sure to check out my past yoga abs moves!

#Goalscheck Linkup

We have one more week before the 4th so we have to get our beach bodies ready!  I’m trying to pick some races to delve into and get ready for!
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Goals for this week:
  • Swimming: Last week I made it more than half way across the pool without coming up for air. This is big for me! I have struggled with breathing. So, I hope to keep building on that progress!
  • Weights: Up to 55 pounds on the bench press and I tried out a few different weight machines at the gym this week.
  • Running: 3 days a week, pace is not quite what I want, but with this humidity it’ll have to do for now.
  • Cross training: I was really exhausted this last week with the added track workouts. I may skip them while Ally is out of town and try some other options. I tried an 11 minute kettle bell workout video this morning and liked it!
Have you set your goals? What are you doing to reach them?
Link up your goals this week:

 

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Have a great week!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

#30DayHomies Day 17

It’s day 17! The days are going fast now.

This mornings workout was 30 minutes on the elliptical, plank and weights.

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Last night I was looking in the mirror (never used to really do that) and I noticed I have arm muscles!! Like actual definition, I’m so excited! Yesterday I also did the best push-up I’ve done so far. I’ve never been good at them and couldn’t get very low without just falling, but yesterday I got low and was able to get back up!

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My foot still hurts/aches a little but I was afraid it would hurt a lot more after running a mile yesterday. I’m optimistic I’ll be able to get 5-6 miles in on Saturday!

Make it a great day!

What’s your workout today? Are you seeing your hard work pay off?

What I Ate (and did) Wednesday 12-12-12

It’s 12-12-12 today! Lots of fun with numbers today. I am in a 12 days of Christmas giveaway so my entry today was wearing my 12 favorite winter items on my run ~ Moms RUN This Town Bondi band (doubles as an ear warmer), Sunglasses, Yurbuds, iPod Shuffle, Long sleeve shirt with thumb holes, Sports bra (of course), Nike Cycle jacket (LOVE), pants from Target, knee socks, Nike running shoes, Nike Sport watch and my pedometer.

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For breakfast it was the new favorite bagel with peanut butter and banana. I’m seriously in love with it! Of course I forgot to take a picture of it, so here’s an old one!

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Lunch is Chick-fil-A! I get the grilled chicken club sandwich, I’m learning to love it more than the fried. I can get it with bacon and cheese and it’s still less fat and calories than the fried without the extra goodies!

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And my favorite Smoothie King shake for dinner. :-)

I ran around like a crazy person today trying to get errands done and get a few presents bought. Ally had her first orchestra concert tonight.  (She’s right in the middle!)

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I received my first Bulu Box today. I just heard about them not that long ago, so I’m excited to see what they are all about. I won this box from Mindy at Mindy’s Fitness Journey. There are several samples in there –  mint tea, Vitamin C spray, SafSlim samples, Warrior Blend protein and Herbal Papaya. I’ll update you once I try them all out!

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Yesterday I held my longest plank so far! Totally excited about this!

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Lots of exciting things going on. I started training this week with some friends for their very first half marathon! We are running the Cowtown in Ft. Worth on February 24. I also signed up today to run the Rock N Roll half in Dallas on March 24. I must be crazy! Now I have to find a race for April.

We have the first of our family Christmas gatherings this Sunday. I love this time of year, I just wish it would slow down a little.

Anyone finished with their Christmas shopping?

Any fun traditions?

What I Ate (and did) Wednesday

Well, I decided to jump on the What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) bandwagon! Usually Wednesday isn’t a great food day for me because we normally eat out for dinner.

Pre-workout snack was my homemade granola bites, recipe here. I forgot to take a picture before I ate it.

Post-workout breakfast was a blueberry muffin and fruit.

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Lunch was my favorite protein shake from Smoothie King, the Strawberry Shredder.

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And for dinner, homemade lasagna. Ally has been asking for weeks now so I finally gave in!

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Workout this morning was good. I held my longest plank ever, followed by a second one.

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