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. 

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My goal for August

Tomorrow starts my favorite month of the year! September is the start of fall, cooler weather, football season and mine and Ryan’s anniversaries! Our dating and wedding anniversaries are one day a part, so we have lots to celebrate this month. (Fun fact: We got married 364 days after we first started dating. So we literally came full circle in a year.)

Anyways, as I’ve mentioned on the blog before, earlier this year I was so hot and cold with running. I had passion and then I lost it. I found some mojo, but not enough to keep me training for a fall half marathon. So when I got my new Simplified Planner, I made a note on August 31 that I wanted to run 30 miles in August. (For some reason I thought there was only 30 days in August? Even though I clearly wrote my goal on 8/31. Insert face palm emoji.)
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Anyways. I did it! While I didn’t run a mile every day (not that that was ever the plan) I did reach my goal. It felt good to set a goal and stick to it. I’m now planning for 45 miles in September.

I’m trying to give myself more grace. Not excuses to not get stuff done, my room to breathe when things aren’t perfect.

Here’s to another great month!

45 minute interval treadmill workout

While I know many of you dread the treadmill, I’m here to encourage you to give this treadmill workout a try!

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This workout keeps things fresh pyramid intervals. To me, the change of pace helps keeps me motivated and push my limits — plus it keeps things from getting boring! This 45-minute plan is the perfect cardio workout to help incorporate intervals into your gym routine.

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I’ve found my running bug

For the last few months, I’ve gone back and forth from hating running to daydreaming of a half marathon. I tried to do some strength training. I watched yoga videos. But nothing stuck.

Well…I’m back! I’ve found my running bug again. Last week was my highest mileage week in a while and I’ve kept the momentum going.

I’ve been hitting the treadmill every day after work, I’ve been lifting, doing squats and eating healthier.

WHO AM I?

And I know this isn’t rocket science, but I feel 10 times better. The endorphins from working out after work give me a second wind to power through the night (whether it be work, cleaning, chasing Murphy around).

I’ve been eating more greens and less chips and I feel less bloated. I’ve lost three pounds this week. And while I don’t want to judge myself based on a number on a scale, it is nice to sometimes see numerical results.

I know this was a lot of rambling, but I just want you all to know that we all goes through the phases. Sometimes I’m on my game and sometimes I’m not. That’s life.

I try to remember that “this too shall pass” and that life is about balance.

Now I’m going to power through the day, run 3 miles after work and spend the night curled up on the couch eating ice cream with my two favorite boys.

Balance, y’all.

How to build a home gym

No waiting for a treadmill or weight rack. Cranking the radio or tv as loud as you want it. Honestly, there are a ton of pros to a home gym.

For me, it was about cost and convenience. Gym memberships have gotten to be outrageous. While I don’t have a pool at my house, I have basically gotten everything else for my home gym. I love that I can get a workout in any time of day and in any weather and I don’t have to worry about what to do with Murphy, driving in bad weather, or if the gym is open.

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BE FREE
To me, one of the best things about a home gym is you don’t have be self conscious. You can wear what you want, sweat and stink the place up and don’t have to worry about looking ridiculous. The only there to see me is my dog.

In a commercial gym you’re going to be surrounded by obnoxious bros, loud frat boys, and chicks who can currently lift more than you. Or on the other hand, people who don’t care, take up machines with texting and little kids running around.

Not everyone in a commercial gym is like that, but they are there… trust me.

FIND A SPACE
Are you going to use your basement or garage for your home gym? Neither one of those an option? Find a space that suits you and your needs. Clean it up, make sure there is plenty of space for equipment and movement and get started building your own home gym.

MAKE IT YOUR OWN
Put up some inspiration (motivational posters, floor length mirrors, race medals, etc). This space should be designed to help YOU reach your goals.

When we first got out treadmill we actually wanted to put it up in our basement (air conditioning! tv!) But once we started putting it together, we realized our ceilings were too low for Ryan to run on the treadmill (I had no problem, but I’m short)

So then we had to move it to the garage and I think it works much better out there! I have plenty of room to move around and I can crack up the radio and open the garage doors and let all kinds of natural light in.

START SMALL
Dumbbells
If you’re doing a programs that calls for you to add non-bodyweight focused resistance training to your regimen – such as 21 Day Fix, 22 Minute Hard Corps, P90X, or Body Beast, you’ll need to pick up dumbbells or resistance bands.

Jump Rope
It’s simple and cheap and doesn’t take up any room. Trying jumping rope for five solid minutes. It’s harder than you think.

Pull Up Bar
We scored one at Academy Sports for less than $100. It was the last thing we added to our home and it has made such a difference in helping me improve my upper body strength.

Foam Roller
Owning a foam roller is like having a personal masseuse on call whenever you need relief from your soreness. Foam rollers can help ease tension, improve mobility, and reduce muscle pain in as little as five to 10 minutes.

Treadmill
We have a treadmill in our garage, but that’s because I am a runner. You absolutely do not need a treadmill to have a great home gym. While it was an investment, it has paid off in the long run, because I get to use it every day, Murphy gets to hang out in the garage with me and I can run rain, shine, sleet or snow.

My review of the NordicTrack Commercial 1750.

Agree with this list? Disagree with anything on this list? See a reason for working out at home that needs to be added?

Comment in the section below and let me know if these reasons ring true for you, or if you think there are any other reasons why people should train at home.

Tuesdays are for trail running

Yesterday afternoon I called my brother to see if he wanted to hit the trails with me after work and go for a run. I hadn’t been trail running in forever and I did not want to run on the treadmill. He happily agreed and even brought my parents along so they could watch Murphy.
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We ran about three miles total while weaving in and out of the trails and changing from hills to flatland to asphalt. Nature is the perfect therapy for me and I’ve started to realize the older I get, the more I need to take for myself and recharge with something I love (being outside, hiking, running)
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While I know I can’t make it to the trails every day, I think I am going to try and make it a priority to get out there at least once a week, especially while the weather is still nice. I can’t wait for fall to run through all the leaves and pretty colors!

Happy hump day! Let’s finish strong and get to the weekend.

Kentucky Summer

This week has been a hot one. With temps in the high 90s and a ton of humidity, running in the weather has sucked.

*I’ve been running in super hot garage with all the doors open, the treadmill fan and a standup fan blowing on me. So basically lots of hot, sticky air being moved around.*

Props to you all who is hotter places than me. I know this weather isn’t even the worst of it and I’m complaining. Yesterday, I did a 20 minute treadmill workout and I’m going to be honest, it was HARD.

And I hate that it was hard.

It’s only 20 minutes. How in the hell am I going to run a half marathon, if slogging through 20 minutes on the treadmill was enough to kick my butt?

But I read something the other day that has stuck with me: “The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war.”

YES. YES. YES. LOUDER FOR THOSE IN THE BACK.

This training is worth it. These terrible hot and slow runs are worth it. 

I’m sweating now, to kick butt later.

That’s my mantra for this week.

5k treadmill plan

Happy Saturday, friends! I know there is usually radio silence on the blog over the weekend and lately there hasn’t been much talk of running, but today I am changing both!

While my plan is still run a half marathon sometime in the next 3-4 months, I am also wanting to work on my speed, so I am also looking at some 5k training plans. Right now my mindset is to not be too strict or hard on myself and run to have fun and be healthy. For a while I got burnt out on running and felt like I had to constantly be running 5-10 miles a day in order to be a real runner.

WRONG. Obviously.

Anyways. Back to the 5k training plan.

My favorite badass lady Kelly Roberts is currently promoting some 5ks plans and I am loving them! While I am training for a fall half marathon, I love not being super strict and having fun with my runs. Plus, since I am needing to work on speed anyways, this 5k plan should help with that too!

Two #BadassLadyGang5K training plans from Kelly Roberts.

Earlier this week, Kelly tweeted out this week 1 plan and I decided to loosely follow it (not gonna lie, the holiday and rock climbing kind of threw off my typical routine).

But here was the week one plan.
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So if you’re looking for a training plan to switch things up, I recommend giving this a try!

Sidenote: look up Kelly’s blog, RunSelfieRepeat.com Also. Follow her on Twitter. She is inspirational and funny as hell. @KellyKRoberts.

Running with Murphy

Hi Internet friends! I’m checking in later than normal today, but I have a very informative post about running in the summer heat with your dog.

One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is run with Murphy. Whether we are at the park or just running around my parent’s neighborhood, getting some sunshine and some miles in always makes us both feel better.

(The first quarter mile is always interesting. Peeing on everything and sniffing ALL THE THINGS.)
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After the first .25 we’re good to go!

Every time I get out Murphy’s harness, he goes crazy because he knows it’s time to run. It’s the cutest thing ever. (Can’t you tell I’m a pet parent?! haha)

The great thing about running with Murphy is he makes running fun again. Whether it’s just a couple times around the block or 3 miles at the park, he is so happy to be outside and running.

It makes me want to be more present in my runs and enjoy each and every step.

Plus, post-run naps with Murph are pretty great too.
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But with summer in full effect, I wanted to talk about the importance of not over doing it when running with your favorite furry friend.
I always let Murphy dictate the pace, which is never a problem because is definitely faster than me and has more energy.
Some other do’s and don’ts to keep with mind when running with your furry friend.
Do: Check with your vet to make sure everything is okay with your pup health-wise and to make sure they are fit to run. Remember, just like humans, not all dogs are meant to run for miles and miles.
Don’t: Start them too young.
Do: Remember to bring water for them too! Think about how thirsty you get on a run, our pups are even more thirsty!
Don’t: Forget to check for ticks after your run. Even if you’re not hitting the trails, giving your pup a quick look-over will be beneficial.
Do: Have a poop plan. I think this one speaks for its self.
Do: Take walk and run breaks if needed. There is no shame in walking.

Happy running!

Advice for summer training

Hi guys! Happy first day of summer!

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I am eyeing a fall half marathon, which means I am training all summer. In the heat and in the humidity.
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While I know what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger, I want to be smart about training and running lots of miles in the heat.

So I went to The Loop for some advice on summer training. I got a lot of great responses on this post, so if you need some help I did, check it out!

While it sucks, running the heat only makes you stronger for the fall. Drink lots of water, wear plenty of sunscreen and take breaks when needed! If you put in the work, the results will come.