Monday, July 14, 2014

Workout Recap 7/7 - 7/13

Super UNEVENTFUL week...

Monday - 6 miles and CXWORX.  Never miss a Monday!

Tuesday - 6 miles and weights (I can't even remember which muscle group, oops)  My throat was KILLING me, but I was able to run strong.  I never really came down with anything major, I think it was allergy related, but a week long sore throat is not fun.

Wednesday - Body Pump and like 10 minutes of cardio.  Throat again...

Thursday - 6 mile progression run.  I actually pulled this one off.  Lifted back and biceps.

Friday - CXWORX and Body Pump

Saturday - 7 miles on the treadmill.  I kind of forgot what treadmill running was like.  It was stormy looking outside, so I threw in a Gossip Girl DVD and ran.  I did a warm up mile and then would do 800s with easy 800s in between.  This is a totally random workout that helps the time go a little faster!  I think I sweat out 500 gallons of water during this just being inside.  Yuck.

Sunday - REST!  We hung out by the pool all day!  I did attempt some pool running and some flutter kicks, but most of the time I was immobile!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Operation = get stronger

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a month since my last race.  Even harder to believe it’s been that long since I’ve ran double digits.  It’s crazy to think there were only a handful of Saturdays from January to June that didn’t involve a double digit run.  I go back and forth with sitting around missing the long runs, to being so relieved that I don’t HAVE to run that far right now.  The heat and humidity play a huge factor in the whole “not wanting to” thing.  I will slowly start building a base back for half marathon training in August, but right now short and sweet wins the race.

My goal after the half marathon in June was to scale back the running (a little bit) and focus on strength training.  So far, so good!  I truly enjoy strength training, and challenging myself in a new way.  I’ve always been a bit intimidated by weights, mainly because I’ve just never had a solid amount of strength, especially in my upper body.  

My challenge to myself was to make it to two Body Pump classes per week, and I’ve been successful!  I usually go to class on Wednesday and Friday evenings.  I lift separate muscle groups on the other days using a series of workouts from different sources, but mainly  

I FEEL a difference already.  I still do girl pushups (on my knees) but I can do lots of them, and get nice and low.  I will work up to my toes, and rock those like no other!  I challenge myself in Body Pump by adding weight on different tracks.  When I’m lifting on my own, I take minimal rest between sets, and work with some supersets to really fatigue my muscles.

Strength training thus far has not only made me feel stronger, but I’ve been running stronger as well!  This week was the first I’d noticed some new “get up and go” in my legs.  Oh, and my metabolism is through the roof!  There are so many resources and workouts out there to keep myself challenged and interested in strength training.  I don’t plan to give this up anytime soon!  I’ll keep ya posted!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Do something that scares you

A friend of mine that teaches group fitness started a private page on Facebook to challenge and motivate ourselves in many aspects of life, not just fitness.  Our recent “challenge” was to step out of our comfort zone and do something uncomfortable, or something that might scare us a little.  I don’t mean go grab a snake from the yard or go skydiving… but so many of us are afraid to step out of our comfort zone, especially when it comes to exercise.

Most runners find their comfort zone in well, running.  Duh.  So what is uncomfortable?  Maybe signing up for a new distance (5Ks still scare me a little…) or trying a new type of cross training (pool running for example). 

For me personally, strength training is slightly out of my comfort zone.  I’ve never been “strong” when defined by amount of weight lifted.  In high school I could only bench press the bar (45lbs) and I’m pretty sure I never touched the squat rack.  I’ve always been tall and slender, and “weak”.  I remember being hounded by my coaches to get stronger and get tougher out there.  I was the tallest girl we had, so I was manning the post in all of my lanky glory in high school basketball.

There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m strong.  I ran 26.2 miles, I’ve ran hundreds of miles leading up to that point.  I don’t think physical strength is defined by the amount of weight you can lift, but I think there are so many misconceptions about women and lifting weights.  It’s pretty darn intimidating walking into a big weight room full of dudes curling 75lb dumbbells and you grab the 5s.  That’s the “stepping out of the comfort zone” aspect for me.  Having confidence to walk into a weight room and do my thing, without worrying people are judging me for not being “strong” enough.

The weight room in our Y is scary to me, and it made me feel better to find out I’m definitely not the only one who thinks that way.  So our challenge this week is to head to the weight room and confidentially rock our workout.  I’ve found a love for lifting now that I have more time to devote to it (not in marathon training) and it excites me to get in there and challenge myself in a new way.  I get most of my lifting routines from and I’m learning that it’s a PROCESS.  Just like running.  You don’t run 26.2 miles one day out of the blue, you work towards it.  Same way with strength, and muscle building.  It’s not an overnight process, it’s a challenge.  If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you right?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Workout Recap 6/30 - 7/6

This week started off by saying adios to June.  I was determined to hit the stupid 100 miles in June challenge, and I needed 6 to do it, so that's how my week started!  It was cooler than normal at the beginning of the week, and now it's HOT.  And I've got a lovely sinus/sore throat issue going on.  Lovely.

Monday - 6 miles, CXWORX, and chest and triceps after work.

Nike + rounded up.

Tuesday - Random cardio for 30 minutes at lunch, and legs after work.

Wednesday - 6 miles in the morning and Body Pump after work.

Thursday - Back/biceps/shoulders for one hour.  Looked like this:

 Friday - 7 miles on the 4th o July...

Rehydrate has been a staple this weekend!

Saturday - I woke up too late to run (it was HOT) so I ran one mile to the Y for Body Pump and one mile home.  Both miles were right at 8:00 flat, which is decent for the heat and post-pump.

Sunday - 20 minutes Arc Trainer and lifted legs.  Not much, just a little sweat to feel better!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Advocare MNS Max 3 Review

It’s been about a month since I finished my first ever Advocare 24 Day Challenge.  I felt great after the challenge, and decided to continue with another 14 day pack of the Metabolic Nutrition System (MNS) packets.
The MNS packets are part of the Max phase of the challenge, and are recommended for continued use post-challenge.
Here’s what the MNS Max 3 is all about:

MNS® Max 3
Multinutrient Dietary Supplement
·         Provides a comprehensive system for weight loss and weight-management*
·         Supports advanced core nutrition and wellness*
·         Provides sustained-release energy*
·         Includes 65 percent of the daily recommendation of calcium
·         Offers excellent nutritional support for bones and connective tissue*
·         Contains a full gram of omega-3 fatty acids in each serving
·         Supports the digestive and intestinal systems*
·         Encourages great skin tone and elasticity*
·         Helps support visual acuity and performance of sustained visual tasks*
·         Provides more than 50 vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts, antioxidants, and other nutrients for comprehensive health and wellness*

For more specific information, follow this link to the product on Advocare’s website.

There are three different types of the MNS system, depending on your needs determines which one you should take with or after your challenge.  Max 3 incorporates both appetite control and energy.  MNS C is focused on appetite control and MNS E is energy.  I took MNS C with my 24 Day Challenge and found it extremely helpful in appetite control, and I also felt more energized.  MNS Max 3 has surpassed those results, in my opinion.  I feel AMAZING!  I have sustained energy, as well as the appetite control.  

I will admit, my eating did fall slightly off the wagon post-challenge.  Mostly in the form of carbs.  It’s summer and I’ve had several bowls of fro-yo and beer on the weekends.  Overall, I’ve stayed away from candy, chips, pop, and coffee.  CRAZY thing about the coffee because that was the hardest thing for me to give up during the cleanse.  I remember cheating on day 2 or 3 and having coffee.  Since then, I don’t even think about it!  I grab an ice cold Spark in the mornings and head to work!

I plan to do another challenge later this fall, and of course one next spring before my wedding.  If I had a million dollars, I would stay on the MNS packets, but they are pretty pricey.  I plan to always cycle another packet post-challenge for good measure.

If you are looking for some extra energy and appetite control, but don’t want to go into the full extent of the challenge, I encourage you to give the MNS line a try!