Dedicated December

Today I happened to come across a blog hosting a giveaway. It’s called dedicated december. You get an entry for every workout you log on her blog in December, and there are 3 prizes. I think it’s awesome motivation to keep moving this month. So I have officially logged my first workout for December. 30 minutes of lapping the building and 20 flights of stairs with a co-worker at lunch. It was fun and I am already feeling it in my calves 🙂

My Early Birthday Present!!

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I absolutely LOVE the new elliptical I got Sunday! The elliptical is a birthday present– even though my birthday isn’t until the 21st of this month. It’s my new best friend, and I have spent time with it everyday since Sunday. We are going out with some friends tonight and I’m kind of sad I will not be able to workout! I had gotten into a workout rut since I have not been able to run. I try to lift weights and do body resistance workouts but I just enjoy running way more. It feels so good to sweat as much as I do when I run and the elliptical makes me sweat up a storm. <– you would not have heard that from me 2 years ago. Oh and I had to edit the pictures so that you could not tell how bad I really look after 40 minutes on the elliptical 😉

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Rules To Run By

Since I got my running injury, I have been running on and off. It would start feeling better and I would run again and then it would start to hurt again so I would stop. Seriously annoying. So I decided to stop completely until we figure out what is going on with my leg. I had a nuclear bone scan scheduled tomorrow but had to move it to Monday. I am really hoping that it shows something.

Until then, I will just have to continue to get my (sorta) running fix by stalking runnersworld.com and runningtimes.com.  I recently read Mark Remy’s article A Few Rules To Run By, and really liked it. In the article he talks about things like angry motorists, blackened toenails, passing gas, and the “farmers blow”. I especially like his running rules of thumb:

1. If you see a porta potty with no line, use it. Even if you don’t need to.
2. If you have to ask yourself, Does this driver see me? The answer is no.
3. If you have to ask yourself, Are these shorts too short? The answer is yes.
4. 1 glazed doughnut = 2 miles
5. You rarely regret the runs you do; you almost always regret the runs you skip.
6. Not everyone who looks fast really is, and not everyone who looks slow really is.
7. Nobody has ever watched Chariots of Fire from beginning to end. Not even the people who made it.
8. You can never have too many safety pins on your gym bag.
9. Running any given route in the rain makes you feel 50 percent more hard-core than covering the same route on a sunny day.
10. If you care even a little about being called a jogger versus a runner, you’re a runner.

So go check out the article 🙂

Gym Tour

I thought I would show you around the gym at my apartment complex, which is where I workout pretty often.

Pros

  • Convienent (less than a minute walk)
  • Free
  • Semi-clean
  • Always the ONLY person in there
  • TV, with sound, & remote for easy control
Cons
  • Everything is ancient
  • The bike has never worked
  • I asked about getting the bike fixed a month and a half ago. It still doesn’t work.
  • The treadmill will slow down on its own, making you almost fall
  • Did I mention everything is older than me?
Well, it is free. And it does get the job done 🙂

Mud Run Workout

I have been wanting to do The Original Mud Run for almost a year now. I realized today its in less than 9 weeks! I seem to be doing well with my running. I did another mile on the treadmill today will barely any pain. I am going to need to build it up pretty quick. The mud run is about 6 miles. It’s not continuous running it is broken up into 30 obstacles. It not only challenges your endurance but your strength also. It will be so AWESOME!

The website offers some tips on exercises to do that will help with the run, and I have compiled them into a workout that I will be using in the following 9 weeks! I added the tricep dips on my own cause I’m a go getter like that 🙂

Crunch Pilates Pick Your Spot

I had a great workout today. I did one mile on the elliptical, ran one mile on the treadmill with not pain (yay), did my at home PT, and did  the Crunch Pilates Pick Your Spot.

This video focuses on your abs, buttocks, and thighs. They focus on each area for 10 minutes. When I first started the video I figured I would only do the abs workout since this was after my cardio and I was pretty tired already. After the 10 minutes I was kind of like, “that was it?”, so I went on to finish the other two areas. After I was done with the entire workout, I felt a lot better about the workout. One of the things I like most about Pilates is the stretching, and this workout didn’t leave me disappointed. There were a few exercises where you are working the muscle and stretching at the same time. Those are the best!

Over all, I really dig this workout video and will have to keep it in my Netflix queue.

Raceday Book!!

While catching up on blog reading this morning, I came across Hungry Runner Girl‘s givaway! My husband and I keep our bibs, pictures, and the misc stuff we pick up in races in a  photo box. It is all just thrown in there and I probably couldn’t even tell you which stuff went with each  race. I was supposed to make a special scrapbook for all of our stuff a long time ago but just never got around to it. So I was super excited when I read that she and Raceday where giving away an already made book!

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Pic from Janae's blog

I have already entered, and I really hope I win! If not I will probably have to ask for one for my b-day thats coming up 🙂 Head on over to her blog even if you don’t run and don’t want a super cool Raceday book, she is so funny and posts a lot so her blog is constant good entertainment.

Choose your Level Weight Loss Challenge

I liked this work out because it was relaxing, and after my hour of Physical Therapy today, that is what I needed. There are three girls (three levels) to follow on this workout. They all workout out together just do variations of the exercises to make them easy, tough, or hard. I followed along at level 2 and barely broke a sweat. I don’t think I could have done most of the level 3 exercises because I am not flexible enough. I felt most of my (good) burning in my hips. That has actually been a good thing because my therapist wants me to work on my hip strength.

So if I want a workout that will challenge me and get my heart rate up I will choose something else. But if my energy level is low but I still need to exercise I will probably fall back on this video.