Hot yoga is my new obession

Happy Tuesday!

So my best friend has been trying to get me to join her a hot yoga class for months. I finally agreed to go with her last week and IT. WAS. AWESOME.

It was exhausting and relaxing all at once. It left me sore but stretched out for the two days following the class. I can’t wait to go back and maybe even make it a weekly thing.

The instructor was so nice and helpful. She went at a faster pace than I was expecting, but it was still pretty easy to follow. And while I knew the room would be toasty (I mean duh … it is HOT yoga) I didn’t actually think about how much I would sweat. It was pouring off me 20 minutes into the class and by the end of it, I was sweating from places I never had before!

I really tried to listen to my body, took a few more breaks than the other students and focused on “quieting my mind.” While I still need to work on that last part, I am excited to go back and keep learning!

Have you ever tried hot yoga before? What were your thoughts?

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Trying something new — Beachbody On Demand

Hi friends! I thought today would be a good day to check in and let you know what I have been up to lately.

It has been so liberating to run without a training plan. I’ve been running varying distances from 2-6 miles, fast to slow and alone or with Murphy. I also added Beachbody to the mix for something fun, new and challenging.
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I follow a few Beachbody coaches on IG, but for the most part, I’m not interested in “drinking the koolaide.” The on-demand program seems like a good way to have access to lots of different workout videos and that’s what I’m using it for! For now, Ryan and I just signed up for the free 14-day trial to see if we like it. I’ll check back when it’s all said and done and let you know if we buy a year membership.

We already had a few weights, a weighted ball and some resistance bands, but thankfully we don’t really need much more than that! Most of the workouts are body-weight based and they are killer! The few workouts we’ve done have left us sweaty, sore and wanting more.img_1964

Track ladder workout

In high school, one of my favorite track workouts was the ladder. We would run:

100m (basically an all-out sprint)
200m
400m
800m (half-mile)
1600m (mile)
800m
400m
200m
100m

Throughout the workout, I varied my break time to be anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute.

So since I’m not training for anything specific right now, this is the exact workout I did yesterday! It’s so fun and honestly goes by so fast. Ladders are a great way to mix things up and they really get your legs moving — which is great if want to work on speed!

I warmed up by talking Murphy for a walk around the neighborhood and then did some strides down the street.
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Since we’re in the process of moving, my beloved (and sometimes dreaded) treadmill is in storage. So I’m doing this workout down the streets in my parent’s subdivision. Each street is .25 miles so it’s pretty easy to gauge how far I’m running. I really wish I had a track to run, but this will do for now.

It’s so fun to run freely without a training plan. I think for now I’m going to take a few weeks to do random workouts and runs of varying distances before starting a new training plan. I might be flirting with the idea of a fall half marathon?! 😉

Working out during the holidays

We all know working out during the holidays can be TOUGH. So much food, so many parties and traveling and so little time. Here are some quick and easy tips and ideas on how to stay active during December.

• Gina from the Fitnessista created a workout advent calendar. It’s such a simple and fun way to get active and get in some workout endorphins during December.

• If you have any type of fitness tracker, try to hit 10,000 every day! Take a walk after your meals to help with digest + to get some fresh air!

• Plan in advance! Try to carve out some time for a run or schedule a few classes to attend. If something is already on your calendar, you’re less likely to skip it!

(But don’t forget to go with the flow! Sometimes plans change. Don’t stress.)

• Join a reindeer run (or other holiday-themed 5k)! Invite your friends and family members to participate, this way you all are held accountable to show up.

The most important thing to remember to enjoy the holidays! This season only comes around once a year, so don’t stress about your running or your meals. Keep things in moderation and remember to move some.
Happy last-day-of-November!

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?

HIIT workout playlist

A playlist can make or break a workout or run. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve wanted to quit mid-workout and a killer song comes on and pushes me through. If you’re in a music rut, check out this playlist for some killer, up-beat songs to get you through any HIIT workout or long run.
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“Ready For It?” — Taylor Swift
“Buzzin” — Mann
“7/11” — Beyoncé
“Hey Mama” — David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
“I Would Die 4 U” — Prince
“Bend Ova” — Lil Jon, Tyga
“Little Lion Man” — Mumford and Sons
“Drunk in Love” — Beyoncé
“Roses” Zaxx Remix — Chainsmokers
“Sorry Not Sorry” — Demi Lovato
“It Girl” — Pharrell
“Humble” — Kendrick Lamar
“Happiness” — NeedToBreathe
“Toxic” — Brittany Spears
“Elephant” — Tame Impala
“Lady Marmalade” — Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya and P!nk

Now there is obviously a huge mix of songs on this playlist. I love all kinds of music and it shows. Feel free to add your own favorites get to working out!

What’s your favorite running song? Let me know in the comments below!

Post-Halloween treadmill and weights workout

Anyone else eat way too much Halloween candy last night? I may or may not had opened a bag of Reese’s pumpkins and ate them while watching This Is Us. Oops.

So, if you feel blah today because of too much sugar and sweets last night, I have a fast but hard workout for you to do today! It combines running and some bodyweight movements — the best of both worlds!

5 minute warmup — a good mix of walking and running.

30 seconds ALL OUT SPRINT.
30 seconds recovery.
Repeat x5.

***You should be running so fast that maintaining that speed for longer than your chosen interval time feels impossible.

Squats: 3 sets of 10; at the end of each set, hold the pose for 10 seconds.
Lunges: 3 sets of 5 on each leg; hold the pose for 10 seconds at the end of each set.

5 minute cool-down — a good mix of running and walking.

60-Minute Calorie Meltdown

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today is super busy, but I am trying to stay positive and not get too bogged down with ALL THE THINGS on my to-do list. I am excited for a long workout this afternoon when I get home and I thought I would share it with you all.

Pop Sugar has lots of great workouts and it’s nice to visit their website, grab a workout and not have to think about it or plan anything.

While I do’t think you have to workout for an hour to see results, I do think long workouts (and runs) and be effective.

This workout from Pop Sugar is a great combination of strength and cardio. It keeps you form getting bored and gets the calories burning since you are using all parts of your body.

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Some of my go-to workouts

Guys, I tried this workout from Fitnessista last Friday and holy smokes, it was a killer! So many squats and lunges! My legs were on fire. It hurt a little on Saturday but after some stretching and foam rolling, all my tightness seemed to work itself out.

I’ve been trying to save body weight workouts on my phone, that way I have no excuse to not do a workout. If I ever get stuck in a rut, I just open my phone and choose from one of the many workouts I have saved and bam! instant inspiration.

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Here are some of my favorites I have saved:

Cardio HIIT Workout.

45 Minute Interval Treadmill Workout.

10 to 1 Body Weight Workout.

Yoga for Runners.

Total Body HIIT Workout.

Walking Treadmill Workout Roundup.

Let me know if you use any of these workouts! They are all so fun and make you work up a sweat.

Search my blog for more inspiration and let me know what kind of workouts you want to see on the blog.