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Track Attack: The Ladder Workout


Happy National Running Day!

I hope you are spending at least a portion of this day out running the roads, trails, in the pool or even on the treadmill. Whatever you do, celebrate this great sport and share the love with everyone and anyone!

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Women’s Running Magazine: Subscribe or renew today for $1 an issue!

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It’s no secret running holds a special place in my heart. I’ve professed my love and the lessons it’s taught me over and over again.

Lately, I’ve ventured out to a new area of running that has always been intimidating to me.

The track.

Way back in grade school, I had a taste of track meets. Don’t ask me what events I ran…I think a relay and something else? I might of even won a few ribbons. But then again I went to a small catholic school so it didn’t take much to win anything.

My one and only memory of track in high school was watching a meet and seeing a friend pass out while running her event. I have no idea of what the distance was but it didn’t look fun. I mean, who wants to pass out while running?

During the past couple of years, I’ve dabbled in speed work on the track, never really sure of what I was doing. One lap is how far??

But this year, I want to get faster. I wan to be bold. I want to push myself to see what I can do.

I’m hitting the track.

And guess what?

I kind of like it.

I’ve found that it feels good to push and test my limits. Well…not necessarily while I’m in the middle of a 800 but afterwards. I feel strong. I feel confident. I’m finding that I am faster than I thought I was. I’m also realizing that I’ve been holding back way too much in my 5K races. I do have some speed in these stems. Who knew?

I’m by no means an expert on the track but I’m learning. I’m hoping I’ll only gain more and more knowledge as I get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

So far, my favorite track workouts have been ladders. They are super easy to remember. There’s no need to count laps and the pace stays the same. Plus, it’s fun to build up the distance and then come back down. The last 400 is tiring but in my head I think “It’s only a 400m!” Haha…the mind games runners play!

Track Attack The Ladder Workout

Have a great day and enjoy your run!

Pin It Party!

Hey guys!

It’s another edition of the Pin It Party today!

Are you following me on Pinterest? If not, click HERE.

A big thanks to Lindsay for hosting again.

If you’ve never attended before, here’s the details.  The purpose of a Pin It Party is for bloggers to gain Pinterest exposure to some of their best posts and to help drive traffic to their blogs.

If you’re a reader, remember that pinning images from blog posts you love is a great way to support your favorite bloggers! It helps more people see the posts and can help the blogs grow. So in addition to my post, check out some of the others that are linked up at Lindsay’s and pin away!

Here’s what I’m bringing to the party -

Essential Stretches For Runners  HappyFitMama.comEssential Stretches for Runners

I’m a fan of stretching after a run. The truth is, I usually don’t have a ton of time to do it. I try to get in at least a few stretches before hopping in the shower to get my day started. These 6 are quick, easy and target all the major running muscles.

Functional Fitness Workout  happyfitmama.comFunctional Fitness Workout

One of the big trends for 2014 is more functional fitness exercises. People want to train their body for life not just right now. What makes an exercise functional is the use of all your muscles in different planes. Functional training re-teaches correct movement patterns, builds balance, flexibility, core strength, and therefore eases daily living. Something we all need more of in our lives!

Oat and Quinoa Granola (1)  HappyFitMama.comOat and Quinoa Granola

I love this granola! Nothing is better than a homemade granola that you know exactly what is in it. This granola recipe is a staple in our house. I vary the mix ins to what we have on hand. It’s always a winner no matter what!

3 ingredient cookie bites  happyfitmama.com3 Ingredient Cookie Bites

These are the perfect little bites to have on hand when you’ve got a craving for a cookie. Simple, delicious and ready in less than 10 minutes.

Apple Pie Smoothie  HappyFitMama.comApple Pie Smoothie

Perfect for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. This Apple Pie Smoothie is thick and hearty thanks to the oats but also creamy from the peanut butter and Greek yogurt. It’s full of protein to keep you running for hours in your daily life.

So start pinning away! If you are on Pinterest, leave your URL in the comments and I’ll follow you back. I’m always looking for yummy food to make, workouts to try and new inspiration.

In case you missed the other Pin It Party’s:

Pin It Party

Pin It Party II

Pin It Party III

Happy Pinning!