It’s been a while since I’ve checked in on exercise training and that’s because I didn’t have much to say. No need creating a post when there’s not a whole lot going on.
However things have finally, finally, turned a corner with running and I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.
I have found my elevation lungs!
It took a long time, so long that I was wondering if I might have to give up running altogether. I thought maybe I wouldn’t ever be able to run at altitude.
A couple of weeks ago that changed, running got a little easier and I didn’t have to stop for walk breaks. I also didn’t feel like I was going to keel over and pass out after two miles.
Scott decided to pick up running again and naturally he was amazing at it. He hasn’t run in months and when I say months I mean, like six months.
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It’s that time again when I’m finding that I need to get some new running shoes. Once our stuff arrived from Ohio, I was able to go back to my Pearl Izumis (since they were previously packed in boxes) and ditch the Mizunos.
The Mizunos are fine but they just aren’t me. I don’t love them as much as the Izumis.
But my Izumis are on the oldish side and could stand to be replaced. Which means I’m going to have start looking for a new running store!
Speaking of running, I came across this article discussing how the theory of “over pronation” is a myth. That everyone can run in neutral shoes and the pronation label was created so companies could sell more shoes.
Thoughts on this?
Personally I really enjoy a shoe with a little more stability verses a totally neutral shoe. I think this is why I liked the Izumis so much and only felt luke-warm with the muzinos.
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Scott and I spent last week getting to know our new gym. I took the week off of running to attend some group classes.
The reason I took time off was because I wasn’t sure how the classes would leave me feeling and I didn’t want to risk burning out my legs.
I took Body Pump and Spinning both of which I love. I have taken Body Pump classes before and they are right up my alley.
Strength training that you can do at your own pace and increase weight when you’re ready. Plus it’s a full body workout as opposed to just focusing on one muscle group per session. Since I’m not looking to gain huge muscle mass or have any desire to lift large amounts, right now this class is perfect for me and my goals.
I tried spinning for the first time and fell in love with it hard. Scott joined me for the next class and he also loved it. Further proof that we need to get bikes of our own and start biking around town.
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Scott and I joined a gym for the first time in years. Previously our workouts consisted of running (for me) and martial arts training (both of us).
Since we’re in a new spot martial arts training is getting put on hold while we get a feel for our new area.
But we needed to add activity back into our lives. I love running but I also need to do more. I also really enjoy 2 A-Days, meaning working out twice a day. I want to run plus do something else.
I did a Google search to find gyms around us. I found a couple but the first gym we went to see ended up being the one we picked. We never made it to the other gyms for a visit. This gym fit exactly what we were looking for and it also reminded us of a gym we used to belong to back in Westerville, OH that we adored.
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Running this past week has gone a lot smoother. I was getting so frustrated with having to stop and walk during my run. I also noticed that the second half of the run, which was mostly in a straight line, always went a lot smoother.
Was this because I was warmed up or was this because I was running on a flat surface?
I decided to test my theory and ran down the main road to a big intersection. One way was a mile so I ran down and back.
And I was able to run the entire time!
I have been doing this route since then and I can run the whole thing without stopping or feeling like I’m totally out of breath.
The trail I was running on has a few little hills on it. Nothing major at all. However when you’re out of shape and getting used to elevation, they become a huge deal.
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Running at elevation has proved challenging for sure. I’m out of shape to begin with and I’m carrying some extra weight all of which make for a bad running recipe.
I can see progress and I am getting better but I still have to stop and walk a few times to catch my breath.
It’s not that I’m running too fast or trying to do too much. It all comes down to the fact that running 4,000 feet above sea level is hard.
I’ll gladly take some tips or any advice that seasoned runners have on how to improve and get acclimated to the change.
Now for the plank and pushup challenge update! I know that we just started this challenge but it’s Tuesday so even though it’s been a short period, we need to check in.
I can hold planks for a minute. Today I was able to go a minute and 5 seconds which while small, is an improvement. I’ll take it. It is challenging, my middle starts to wobble and shake. My lower back gets sore.
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I know that I don’t usually post on Saturdays but I had to break the rules this time around.
A brand new month means a brand new beginning and with that I’m taking on two challenges.
Over the past year and a half I’ve lost a lot of “me”.
Because of injury my running went to pot.
Because of school and other obligations, all extra curricular martial arts training went out the window.
That’s left me frustrated, weak, and having gained poundage that I don’t need.
September is for fresh starts and I want to get me back.
Starting today I’m doing a pushup challenge and a plank challenge for the month of September.
I’m going to follow the 100 Push-Up program. Truthfully I’m not really looking to get to 100 push-ups. If I do great, but my main goal is to be able to do at least 50 push-ups without having to bail out or drop to my knees.
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Hi All! Today we have a guest post from Shannon, who blogs over at Girl’s Got Sole. Today she is sharing her tips for running errands on your bike! Please show her some love and either comment here or comment on her site about the great tips!
Forget the car, grab your bike!
I’ve recently started running errands that are close by via my bike. Not only does it give me a great cross-training workout, but it saves me gas money because I’m not using my car. Not to mention that it’s more eco-friendly! I wouldn’t be able to feel comfortable or confident enough to do this without the help of Cycling Savvy. Last summer, I took a series of three classes offered here in Orlando by the organization which is in coalition with the Florida Bicycle Association.
While I’m still exploring venturing further out of my neighborhood and doing more errands, I’m learning the must-haves or things that make commute biking a lot easier. Here are some of the things that I’ve found helpful.
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Today we have a guest post from Jen, who blogs over at Marathon Mom. She’s a running coach and today she is sharing tips for newbie runners!
Tips For New Runners:
I think I am asked at least daily for running advice whether it be from those wanting to start running or those wanting to improve. Recently I’ve had many questions from friends and family training for their first races.
I love sharing my passion for running and hope I can pass this on to others as well. I thought about the most frequent questions I am asked and decided to put together a list:
When do I start to like running?
I think this is the most frequent question and I always hate to say “there are some days I still hate running!”
For me the key is to take it easy some days and push myself other days. Enjoy the surroundings while out and savor the victories whether this is running that 1st mile or a PR. Like anything new it takes work and does get easier. I still remember when 3 miles was a chore and now I can’t remember the last time I wanted to stop after 3 miles.
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Today we have Katie who is going to be sharing some biking tips for beginners! If you’re considering adding biking in as a form of exercise, this post is for you!
Biking Tips For Beginners:
Hi! My name is Katie and I blog over at Katie Moves.
I’m so happy to be doing this post for Andrea as a fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador!
I am an avid biker and I wanted
to share with you some tips and pointers on starting to bike on the road. I’ve done
3 duathlons (run, bike, run) starting last fall and have been recently upping my bike
mileage this summer. I have really fallen in love with the feeling on the bike. You can
read more about my love for biking here. Without further ado- here are my tips on
getting on the bike!
Tip 1: Get/Use a bike that fits you.
A bike too big or too small is going to feel terrible!
Getting one that fits is going to benefit you so much. There are many options: hybrid
bikes, fitness bike, or a road bike. Go with what feels comfortable. A local bike
shop should be able to assist you with what type of style biking you are looking
to do. More recreational biking I would say go with a hybrid which is a normal
style bike you typically see or fitness bikes which are similar to road bikes but
have flat handlebars. They are also a good option if you want to be a bit speedier
because they’re lighter than a hybrid. Road bikes are what you will see during road
races and have the curving handlebars allowing you to use the “drops” to be more
aerodynamic. Great for triathlons and duathlons because they are speedy!
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