Race Results…and Life!

Hello, my fellow fitness lovers! Sorry for the long hiatus from posting. Injuries, chaos at work, and the eternal winter of 2014 have had me feeling rather down. Thank goodness for a little sunshine today — got me feeling more like myself!

So, back on 3/1, I ran in the Arnold Survival Race! Since my shins have been pretty tender, I decided that I was going to take it easy

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and just focus on FINISHING the race, trying every obstacle, and enjoying myself. I finished in 37:23, which, considering I had to wait in

 line for a few minutes at several of the obstacles, isn’t too disappointing. (I am hoping to be able to run a 5k in 28:00 by the end of the summer, but I have a ways to go and some shins to heal before I’ll be there.) I was thrilled that the weather forecast called for almost 50 degrees on the day of the race. With the kind of winter we had, I expected -10 and a foot of snow! Unfortunately, it did start spitting snowflakes right as we walked out the door to head to the race, but it warmed up relatively quickly, and I was comfortable through most of the race.

ImageMy friend who I had signed up for the race with didn’t end up making it out, so it was just my friend, Brian, and I. Brian is a little more of a seasoned runner than i am, and I was hobbling through a good chunk of the race so I eventually convinced him that he didn’t need to wait on me, and he ended up finishing about 4 or 5 minutes ahead of me. All-in-all, it was a blast, and I would definitely run this race again! It is a good training race since it is pretty early in the season, and I really enjoyed it!

Last week, I finally broke down and went to see an athletic trainer about my shins. While she wasn’t able to tell me anything definitive or conclusive at this time, she did recommend that I take it easy and quit running for a week or so and see if that helps. She also recommended keeping all my other workouts low-impact during that time to really weed out the possibility of just excessive soreness/shin splint pain before heading to imaging for some x-rays. I plan to follow those instructions, but today was just TOO beautiful to pass up on a run. I ran 3.25 miles in the beautiful sunshine, and am already paying for it in shin pain. Bring on the ice and ibuprofen — tomorrow it gets cold again, and I start ACTUALLY taking time off. 

In other news, I have decided to spend Lent this year focusing more on the positive and am trying to keep a gratitude journal of something I am thankful for every day. I got the idea from FitnessBarbie, and definitely think that it is a great tool for helping you to remember the positives every day. So, today I am thankful that spring is right around the corner and the chance to enjoy a warmer day.

I did actually listen to the athletic trainer, and tried to keep Monday’s workout relatively low impact. Here’s what I came up with:    Image            Image

And today was gym and lower-body strength:

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Crampin’ my Style

So, here I am 5 days away from my first 5k of the year…semi-benched from running for the time being. Granted, none of it is official (mostly because I am too stubborn to go to the doctor because I’m guessing they will bench me from running – seems more ‘official’ and obligatory if someone ELSE says it), but based on a lot of research and the nature of the pain I felt on Friday when struggling to limp through one mile, I’m thinking there’s something a little more serious going on than just sore muscles from being a beginner runner. Let it be a lesson, folks — over-training is real. I will update you all when I actually know something, but for at least the next 6 days I am going to take it easy, reduce the impact of my workouts, and live in denial. (I don’t recommend following in my limping footsteps on this one, just as advice.)

How was your weekend? Do anything exciting? On Friday night, Trav and I had a group of friends over for Wine (and Beer) and Wii. I like to think I am really good at bowling, but really I am pretty awful at ALL video games. Introducing people to the WiiU game where you go around and pick up all the candies and try to avoid the player with the fork/knife who haven’t seen it before is pretty much awesome, though. I think we are going to make Wine and Wii a monthly event. Do you have a favorite hang out activity?

Last night was pretty restless for me. I’m hoping that means that spring is around the corner — I seem to always have vivid and somewhat twisted dreams right near the change of the seasons. Regardless, I think it is time to call it a night and hope for a more restful one. Here’s today’s workout! It was definitely one to keep the heart pumping, but on a slightly lower-impact scale. Enjoy!

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Fitness for Christmas!

Christmas was all about FITNESS this year!!! I am so excited to share my gifts with you all!

#1 and #2… Cook books! Chef Del is a NY Times bestselling author, whom I have been privileged to learn from at the Wellness Forum here in Columbus. In his cookbooks, Del explains much of the diet and lifestyle taught by the Wellness Forum, and explains the role it has played in his journey from a hefty 475lbs to nearly his optimal body weight, where he is today. While I am still learning a lot about the Wellness Forum’s concepts on a healthy lifestyle, I have been thoroughly impressed with the way they are able to back up their concepts with science. 

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Dr. Popper, founder of the Wellness Forum, supports a plant-based diet, which has been shown to have remarkable impacts on both health and fitness throughout life. I highly encourage checking out some of the information on their site! You 

can even join the Forum (even if you are not a Columbus local) for a very reasonable fee. Membership gives you access to additional resources on their site.

I haven’t  gotten to try any of the recipes from the books yet, but I have had a few of his creations from the Wellness Forum’s food case and meal events, and let me tell you…THEY ARE INCREDIBLE!

 

#3 A FitBit One!

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Oh, if I could only for this one! It is going to be beyond amazing to have the ability to track my workouts, activity levels, and sleep patterns without having to do it all manually! I know that one of the biggest negative factors in my ability to keep up with my fitness routines and continue to make progress has *always* been my sleeping habits (funny since I work for a sleep lab now!). I am a night owl. I have been since I was little. Only problem is that now, it catches up with me a lot quicker. I definitely notice my mood and energy levels are WAY different when I get 4 hours of sleep instead of 6 or 8. describe to you how excited I am f

I am also excited to see how active I am throughout the day. I work a desk job, so most of my day is (or seems) pretty sedentary. I try to get up and walk around every hour or so, but some days we are just far too busy for that. Maybe I need a treadmill desk?? Like this! Hmmm…somehow I don’t think I am going to be able to get my company to foot the bill for that one…now matter how well I can explain the benefits! Shucks.

Overall, it was definitely a fantastic Christmas, and I am looking forward to using my new tools to continue to understand in progress in my fitness journey. What tools are you looking forward to using in 2014? 

Look for FitBit stats on workouts to come!

 

Speaking of workouts, I loved this weekend’s Tabata style workout so much that I decided to do another today! I also brought back the standard bench press into my upper body routine – an exercise I have been wimping out on for a while. Normally, I am not the kind of girl who cares what other people think about the exercises I am doing. I also know my limits pretty well, so I am a decent judge of what I can or cannot do. For some reason, though, I have had a total mental block on the bench press lately! I kept picturing myself going up to press just the bar and dropping it or not being able to get it back up, so I have been avoiding it completely. I am happy to say that, not only did I survive the bench press, but I was able to lift MORE than the bar, and do three sets of 10 reps! Take that, bar! Here is the breakdown from my entire workout today. It was challenging, but not too ridiculously so.

Tabata 1: (0:20 work, 0:10 rest x8)

  • High Knees
  • Sumo squat jumps
  • Kettlebell Swings
  • Tuck Jumps

Strength Set (3x)

  • Push ups (Rotating, Triangle, Regular)
  • Bent over Row w/ Tricep Kickback
  • Lateral Front Raises

Tabata 2:(0:20 work, 0:10 rest x8)

  • Up up, down downs
  • Mountain Climbers

Strength Set (3x)

  • Stability ball Overhead Tricep Extensions w Kettlebell
  • Stability Ball Chest Press
  • Stability Ball Flyes
  • Stability Ball shoulder Press

Tabata 3: (0:20 work, 0:10 rest x8)

  • 3-way Froggers
  • Plank Jacks
  • Jump overs
  • Burpees

Strength Set (3x)

  • Bench Press
  • Tricep Bench Dips
  • Plank Reaches

Soon, I am going to have to bring running back into my weekly workouts. I signed up to run a 5k Survival Race at the Arnold Fitness Expo! I am excited, but I have a little work to do before I am up to even a 5k again. Stupid shin splints. 

Ok, that’s all for tonight, folks! 🙂