Simple flow – yoga for runners

If you’re like me (and most runners) yoga is probably not your favorite activity. I rather be running or lifting weights than being cool, calm and collective and doing yoga. BUT I also know yoga has some pretty great perks for runners, like improving flexibility, easing aches and pains, and helping recover from long runs. While I always grumble when getting ready to practice yoga, I ALWAYS feel so much better afterward.

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Going through this simple flow will make you feel so relaxed and will help lengthen your body.

Downward Dog
Low Lunges
Spinal Twist
Legs Up The Wall

Runners’ World has some great photos and explanations of these poses + more.
If you need a video to follow, this 7-minute post-run yoga video is perfect!

What are some of your favorite stretches/poses?

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Crazy weather, random tidbits and Halloween movie suggestions

This weekend was so random as far as the weather goes. Saturday was sunny and 85, Sunday was rainy and 62. Kentucky weather is crazy.

My workout on Saturday included a run at the park, an hour at the gym and mowing my yard (which is definitely a workout. Push mowing ditches is no joke.)

Sunday included watching football and taking Murph on lots of walks in between the rain. I also squeezed in a run late in the day! Fall running is the best. The leaves are starting to change and the park was so pretty! Even if it was a little chilly, at least I didn’t feel like I was dying five minutes into run.
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Other random tidbits from the weekend:
• Running is hard. Eating healthy can be difficult. But having the opportunity to do both of those things is a privilege. Sometimes I get so caught up in worrying about my times and my calories that I forgot that not everyone has that choice. I am thankful for the fact that I am able to fun. I am thankful for a job that allows me to buy healthy and fresh food (which is often more expensive). Trying to remember this next time I throw myself a pity party.
• Owensboro is #11 on this list of places where millenials are moving. So that’s neat!
• If you need inspiration for a race costume or something for Halloween, Janae at Hungry Runner Girl had a great post rounding up some of her favorites from her readers. There are so many good ideas!
What makes the Proverbs 31 woman so fearless. <– Such a great read!

How was your weekend? I want to hear all about it! Leave a comment of your favorite memory from this weekend. 

Also. I’m in the mood to watch ALL THE HALLOWEEN MOVIES. What’s your favorite? I need recommendations! I plan on watching Hocus Pocus at some point this week. 
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My Fitbit Flex — an oldie, but a goodie

In 2014 I bought my first Fitbit. It was the Fitbit Flex and I bought it with the hopes that it would remind me to move more during my 8-5 desk job. While I go through spurts of wearing/not wearing it, right now I pulled it back out of hiding and am wearing it again.

To be honest, I’ve fallen off the wagon. My runs have gotten shorter, I was eating more and not moving a lot during my work day.

 

I know it sounds like a glorified pedometer, but it’s so much more than that.
So here goes my unofficial (and super late) review of the Fitbit Flex!
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First off, they have several colors to choose from, but the default colors are black, blue, and green. If you want a different color such as red, pink, purple, teal, etc., then you have to purchase those bands separately. I chose black so it would match almost anything. I also like how it’s not big and clunky so no one knows I am wearing a piece of a technology.

I actually think they have more colors to chose from now and they are several different versions of Fitbits. I’ve mentioned this on here before, but I am debating on whether to get the Fitbit Ionic watch or an Apple Watch. But for now, my old Flex will do the job.
Screen Shot 2017-10-04 at 9.14.31 AM.pngTo start with, the Fitbit is super simple to setup. You click here fitbit.com/setup and it gives you step by step instructions on how to charge it, how to track, and how to change your daily goals like steps taken, water intake, etc.

It has lights to show you how close to your goal you are. So at anytime throughout the day, all I have to do is double tap the band and it shows me how close to my goal I am.

My main goal has been to reach 12,000 steps a day. The Fitbit Flex starts you off with 10,000 steps since that’s the recommended amount from the American Heart Association, but I wanted to try for something a little harder.

The band is also waterproof and Fitbit users are encouraged to wear it in the shower, out for a run in the rain and all over the place.

I was also curious to see how my numbers stacked up with me having an 8-5 office job where I am at a computer for most of the day.

My first full day of using the Fitbit this week was Monday, and I didn’t reach my goal of 12,000. I was barely over 9,500. Not good. This is a good visual reminder that I need to move more!

AND the thing is I ran almost 2 miles when I got home. That shows you how little I can move throughout the day. I am basically chained to my desk from 7:30 a.m. 5:10ish p.m. when I go home.

I love getting periodic updates on my activity level throughout the day. While it’s discouraging to see how much I don’t move at work, it gives me more motivation to make sure I do something active when I get off. I’ve also tried to incorporate laps around the office or a quick walk around the block during the day to increase my steps.

On days where I don’t workout or do something active for at least 30-45 minutes, I don’t even come close to my goals. Days where I make sure to run, play tennis or walk in the park, I hit my goal easily.

The Fitbit Flex also tracks your sleep pattern. You can start a sleep mode when go to bed and wake it up when you do. It monitors how long it takes you to fall asleep, the periods of restlessness and actual sleep time.

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So while I know this won’t magically help me lose weight or get faster, maybe it will at least encourage and remind me to move more at work.

Have you tried the Fitbit or other similar products? Let me know what you think!

All opinions are my own.

Find the ‘me’ in time

Isn’t that the reason most of us don’t work out/work out enough? I feel guilty for taking an hour or so for myself.

But you know what. I NEED IT.

I need the time to decompress and get out all of my stress. While sometimes running + working out feels like an obligation, most of the time, I look forward my time outside or in the gym.

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So today I encourage you to find the ‘me’ in time. Whether its running or reading a book, enjoying a glass of wine or watching your guilty pleasure tv show, I want you stop, take a deep breath and recharge.

Working out and traveling

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I always do my best workouts on the weekends. I don’t have as many time constraints, I can focus on my workout and I have plenty of time to stretch, warmup and cool down. 

But when I travel on the weekends, I feel like I can’t get workout as well as I want.

 

* I had to include this hilarious picture I took of Murphy while we were traveling. 

That was the case this weekend. We visited my in-laws in Tennessee and had a great time, but my workouts suffered. 

Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. My family is more important than any workout, but getting in one sweat sesh a day makes me feel better and helps me be the best version of myself. 

So while I didn’t get to run and have a killer total body workout, I did get it some solid movements and walks with Murph that worked up some endorphins.

So don’t beat yourself if you chose to spend time with family rather than working out. While I missed my workouts, I know they will be waiting for me Monday afternoon after work.