Last Week’s Workouts

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I’m happy to report that there were no dumbbells, weight plates or other gym equipment mishaps in last week’s workouts.  I think I may have redeemed myself from the week previously.  Or maybe it was because I only made it to the gym once last week? Stay tuned for next week’s workouts to see if I knock myself out.

Last week’s workouts

Monday

30 minutes Arc Trainer

30 minutes Stepmill

TRX, weights, core

Egoscue exercises

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Tuesday

Another jump in run intervals!  20 minutes run, 2 minutes walk, 10 minutes run. No problems!  The soreness that I was feeling in my fibula after my runs has gone away so hopefully it’s smooth sailing from here on out as I keep increasing.

Morning Yoga Flow at Bending Bodhi was a much needed flow followed with restorative.  It was just one of those days that I needed less rather than more.

Egoscue exercises

Wednesday

Summer Solstice 108 Sun Salutations at Bending Bodhi

This was my first time attempting 108 sun salutations on the solstice.  And I plan to do it every solstice from now on!  At first I thought maybe we’d go through Sun A and Sun B.  Oh no, it was all Sun A.  It’s monotonous but it puts you into a trance where I found myself going through the motions without having to think of what was coming next.  It was pretty cool

When we first started out, I immediately thought of where I was 7 years ago on the summer solstice.  It was the day I became a mother!  I got a little teary eyed because it never fails that I feel ALL the emotions during yoga.

And I sweated my ass off.  Like for real.  It wasn’t the day to wear my periwinkle yoga pants if you know what I mean. :)

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Thursday

Trail run with Julie.  We covered almost 4 miles total no walk breaks.  It was such a beautiful day with the most amazing sunrise (see Friday’s post).  It put me in the right frame of mind as I tackled the first day of summer vacation with my kids.  You know I needed ALL the patience!

My arms, shoulders and back were unbelievably sore from Wednesday sun salutations.  I should do more chaturanga push ups!

Egoscue exercises

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Friday

Complete rest day.  A week of early morning wake ups and not sleeping well caught up with me.  I had planned on getting a workout in at the gym but opted for an hour more of sleep instead.  A wise choice!

Saturday

It was a busy day so I made sure I set aside time in the morning to tackle my longest continuous run since March.  As I was running, I couldn’t help but think of the pre-stress fracture me thinking 30 minutes of running was a warm up.  Small victories lead to large victories with one step at a time.

Before my run I did a band workout to activate my glutes.

2 x 20 Squat with resistance band

2 x 20 Monster walks (forward and backward)

2 x 20 Side shuffle with resistance band

2 x 20 Walking lunges

2 x 15 Step ups with a hold at the top

2 x 15 Reverse lunge with a step

2 x 15 Cross over step with overhead press (10 pound kettlebell)

2 x 15 Balancing running (wo)man

Egoscue exercises

The third workout of the day was wrangling eight 7 year old children at my kids’ birthday party.  If you’ve ever played mini golf with a large group of kids, you know it’s a serious HITT workout!

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Sunday

Sunday Funday kicked off with bluebird skies and a 20 mile bike ride to the bay and back.  Part of the route that I traveled was my favorite stretch of road for running and cycling during the summer.  I call it the green mile because of the canopy of trees.  It makes me happy!

 

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This week’s workouts are going to be interesting.  I’ll be adding a day of running AND I’m running a race. And when I say running, what I really mean is trying not to die on Upper Walking Boss. Because there will be NO running up 40% incline. I registered for Loon way back in February.  I already had serious FOMO for Mount Washington two weeks ago.  I’m not going through that again.  I know I’m not race ready but my plan is to walk as needed (which will probably be often) and take it easy.  It’s not a race but a slog with a group up a really, really, really steep ski hill.

Linking up with Hoho/followTriciafollow for the weekly workout wrap up.

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High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

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1 ) The brightest sunrise greeted me on my Thursday morning run.  It was blinding. And made me unbelievably happy.

2 ) Dirt paths make me happy too.  Especially when enjoyed with friends.

3 ) Icing on the cake when I spotted this sunrise as I was heading to the yoga studio for the Summer Solstice 108 Sun Salutations on Wednesday.

4 ) Cooper comes along when we walk the kids to school in the morning.  Everyday the Vice Principal gives Cooper a doggie treat.  This was Cooper’s treat on the last day of school.  Cooper pranced all the way home carrying his new bone.  Isn’t that awesome?

5 ) For the past 7 years, we’ve recreated our first family picture on the kids’ birthday (it’s the first pic in my post from Wednesday).  I don’t know how much longer it’s going to happen.  I better hit the weights hard this year in prep for year 8!

5 Good Reads

1 ) How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond the Gym – I’m preaching to the choir on this on, but research has proven that exercise makes you a better person.  “When you develop physical fitness, you’re developing life fitness, too.”   Why isn’t everyone exercising?!?!

2 ) The Change We Cannot See – A change will do you good.  Whether it’s logging miles on the road or the trails.  Seeing thing from a different perspective makes everything clearer.

3 ) Why I Appreciate the Pain in My Right Foot – I can’t say that I appreciate any pain from an injury that I’ve had but this perspective makes me look at it in a different way.

4 ) Where Courage Lives – I love, love, love this post from Jess. So often we define courage as going above and beyond, pushing the limits to the edge.  But sometimes we are at our most courageous when we are in the middle.

5 ) Patience: A Hard Rock to Carry – As someone who has been on the injury train more times than I care to be, you would think I’ve learned the patience it takes to get back to healthy running.  I’m always learning.  And this article puts it into great perspective.

What would you like to High 5 today?

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16 Getting to Know Me Things

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My babies are turning 7 today!

That meant I spent the majority of Tuesday running around like a chicken with my head cut off putting together things for their birthday.

Speaking of babies…look at how young Ron and I look.  Kids really do age you!

Not only is it the kids’ birthday, it’s also the last day of school.  I know.  It’s a BIG day in our house.

Since my mind is on a million different things right now and I’m not one of those uber prepared bloggers that has a million drafts of post ideas, I’m throwing it back to some Old School Blogging.

Remember when these little surveys were all the rage a few years ago in bloggy land? I loved ’em then and I love ’em now!

I saved this survey for a time when I wanted to share something fun and light.

Today’s that day!

16 Getting to Know Me Things

1. What brings you the greatest joy?

Sunrises. Sunsets. Running. My kids laughing (and getting along). Ron’s stupid jokes. Fresh air. The sound of the wind through the trees on a summer evening before it’s going to storm.  I just love that sound.

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2. What is on your nightstand?

Believe I Am Training Journal, my iPhone, water bottle and hand lotion are the last things I touch before I go to bed.

3. Do you have a secret talent?

At one time I could twirl the baton pretty well.  Haven’t tried in awhile.  I’d probably smack myself in the forehead with it now.

4. What is your greatest indulgence?

I don’t think it’s an indulgence but some people do – monthly deep tissue massages.  I think it’s money I’m saving on physical therapy.

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5. What should everyone try at least once in their life?

To do 108 sun salutations on the winter or summer solstice.  That’s what I’m doing today!

6. What makes you laugh?

It’s more like what DOESN’T make me laugh.

7. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m shy.  I’m a homebody. I don’t like to talk about myself.

8. What is on your bucket list?

Here’s just a few: Find my long lost relatives in Italy, skydive (at least once even though the thought of it scares the pants off me), get a BQ and run Boston once, and travel to as many places as I can.

9. What is on your feet right now?

Nothing.  Bare foot life is my kind of life.

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10. How did you make your first dollar?

My first legit job was in a flower shop.  I watered the fresh flowers at the cemetery and cleaned the shop.  It was a super chill job yet the florists were the most stressed out people I’ve ever met.  Who knew working with flowers was stressful?

11. What superstition do you believe in?

I knock on wood.  Black cats and crows are bad luck.

12. What items in your closet do you wear the most?

Running gear (duh), jeans, and currently, all my prAna dresses.  I live in them all summer long.

13. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

The gift of life. My children.  And my first Garmin.  It was a 405. :)

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14. What is on your liquor shelf?

If you mean liquor shelf as in my kitchen cabinet, nothing.  If you mean liquor shelf as in my refrigerator, beer, hard seltzer (did you know Zima is back?!?!) and a bottle of champagne.

15. What is on your kitchen counter?

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer (that thing is a beast), a new batch of Kombucha brewing

16. What would you never leave home without?

I would say my wallet but I made the mistake of NOT having it with me once when I really, really needed it. Second up, iPhone.  It’s got my calendar, phone numbers and I can use it to pay for things. Isn’t it crazy how much we rely on our phones now?

Your turn!  Answer one of these questions:

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

What should everyone try at least once in their life?

Do you have a secret talent?