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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A little something to remember

When I first got interested in running, (like for fun, not because I had to at soccer practice) I started learning about the key players in the world of running and racing.

Steve Prefontaine was one of the first I remember reading about and becoming obsessed with. His drive, his passion, his life — was all so mesmerizing.

Also. He had the best quotes. I saw this one on social media this week and it brought me back to when I was in high school and just learning about the sport of cross country. Every week I gave it my all even though I was slowest on my team. But I knew I was emptying my bucket and giving it everything I had.

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

I want to encourage you all to not sacrifice your gift. Today, give it your all.

Movin’ & Groovin’ 

Yesterday I killed my workout. I ran a mile for a warmup, did a 24 minute HIIT workout and finished with some sprints in the yard with Murphy. *I wish I had the stamina of my dog. I was dying and he was happy as could be running laps around our yard.*

There is no such thing as a bad workout. Every movement counts. Burning calories in your garage is the same as burning them in a gym.

Put in the work and you will see results. #MotivationWednesday. Here’s a recap of my workout yesterday.

Lift all the things. Strength training makes you strong (duh) and helps burn fat. I’m starting to get baby arm muscles!!!

Trying to get a picture while doing jumping jacks is a lot harder than it looks. This is the best I could get. Enjoy.

Friday Favorites v. 65

Happy three day weekend! With Labor Day being on Monday, both Ryan and I are off and I am so excited. With him having to work every Saturday, Sundays are our only true day together, so I’m pumped for an extra 24 hours with my main man.

Before I can jump into the long weekend, I need to wrap up some things at work and get in a run to start off my favorite month of the year.

So let’s chat about Friday Favorites.

1. I scheduled out the rest of my vacation days for 2017. Since Ryan and I didn’t take an actual week-long vacation this year, I got to spread my days. Well I basically didn’t use any vacation days the first half of the year, so now I have a bunch to use before I lose them.

2. Healthy Snacks from CVS. We have a CVS rightnextdoor to work, I walk over there all the time to get snacks when my stash is running low. I love that they are offering healthier options! Even though occasionally Sour Patch Kids somewhere sneak into my basket.

3. With the devastation of Houston, I’ve seen so many groups and business and individuals come together to show their support and raise money and volunteer their time. Keeping praying for those who had to evacuate, those still in their homes and all the emergency responders risking their lives to save others.

4. Fantasy Football starts on Sunday for my group of friends and I’m so pumped. My team name is Gridiron and Wine and I’m ready to take home a win this year.
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5. I survived my second week of teaching, which involved giving a quiz, assigning an article, grading papers and so much more. I love challenging myself and this job is perfect. I am learning just as much as I am teaching.

6. The best recovery routine for rest days. A great video and explanation from Runner’s World.

7. My post on five easy bbq recipes from earlier this week.

8. This is what happens when I take all the sheets off the bed for them to be washed.
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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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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.

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.

20 minute treadmill workout

Hey guys! Happy Tuesday. This week has already started off super busy and I felt like I was the energizer bunny yesterday. Between work, getting in a quick workout and cleaning house + fixing dinner — I basically fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

So today, I am just checking in real fast with a fun treadmill workout. I love that it constantly changes pace — it keeps me from getting bored!

I plan to follow this workout tonight for my run. Let me know if you like this workout!

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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.