Wednesday’s Workout: My First Half Marathon

imageHappy Wednesday!!

We are mid-way through May and we’ve had some snow, rain, and sun!

And I’m ready for the sun to stick around πŸ™‚

Summer for me means that it’s running season… or at least enjoyable running season, where I don’t have to throw on layers and instead get to soak up the sun while I’m jogging.

This past weekend I ran my first race, a half marathon! The weather cooperated and it was the PERFECT day for a race, not too hot and not too cold, but instead the sun was shining and there was a slight breeze.

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I’ve been ‘training’ (aka attempting to get my running distance from 10k to 21.1 k) since February/March-ish. Throughout training every time I would add on a kilometer or two, I wasn’t sure that I would actually build up to 21k!

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I’m not sure how I did it, but I did! Some runs weren’t the funnest, but I actually really liked the challenge and getting see how I could increase my distance and how those longer distances got easier to run the more I trained. Running a race has always been on my bucket list!

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So come race day, I was ready! I was surprised at how many people were running, there was a good sized crowd. All the people running the half marathon lined up at the start point, and after a short warm up the race started! And the route was beautiful, quiet, with lots of trees. My time ended up being 2:05:06.

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Here are 2 things I learned from my first race:

1) Run the race route ahead of time

My husband and I did a ‘test race’ two weeks before. I really REALLY liked this for going into the actual race because I had a picture in my mind of what the route looked like, where the hills where etc. and it was super nice to know, ‘there are 2 big hills’ or ‘at this spot it is about 1/4 way into the run’ or other things like, ‘oh man I need to get sunglasses to stop bugs from getting in my eyes’ (gross!) or even simply where the ‘start’ point was so that I know where I was going.

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2) Race exactly as you train

By this I mean don’t go changing things for race day. I wore gear that I had trained in, I knew my shoes were worn in, that my shirt and pants where comfy, that my sunglasses wouldn’t slip off, etc. That way you don’t end-up running in gear that’s uncomfortable, because that does not make for a pleasant run.

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I’m on the fence of whether I would ever do a race again. I love running just as a relaxing introvert activity, where I can just run, think, listen to music. So, running in a massive group of people wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, plus once I got past the half-way point people starting smelling… and this one guy behind me kept spitting up flem, no joke, every 20-30 seconds. Yes nasty. I guess the good thing was that it made me run faster to get away!!

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All in all I had fun! But I have to say the best part was having my family there cheering me on. πŸ™‚

I’m happy to check this off of my bucket list, but I’m looking forward to my regular leisurely runs this summer.

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Wednesday’s Workout: March Fitness Challenge

Hello March!

I’m ready for spring… but where I am, spring usually doesn’t happen till May or June… but I’m not complaining because this winter has been the mildest winter ever!! There were even been days that felt like springΒ  in February. So you never know… spring might come early this year. Here’s hoping!

I think the start of a new month deserves a fitness challenge. This one is for your legs!

Each day of the month (except Sundays, you get those off) there is a challenge to give your legs some extra love. There are 6 different exercise and with each exercise the repetitions increase as the weeks go on.

March Workout Calendar

Here are your 6 moves for the month: Jump Squats, Reverse Lunges, Sumo Squats, Narrow Squats, Curtsy Lunges, and Walking Lunges.

Good Luck! And Happy Wednesday πŸ™‚

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Wednesdays Workout: Elliptical Workout

With all theΒ  snow and cold its a bit tough to get outside for a run. I do see people doing it… but for me when the temperature starts getting cold it hurts my lungs, no fun!

During these cold months I stick with my indoor, at home workouts. We managed to get this great elliptical off of Kijiji for really cheap. So, that elliptical becomes my workout buddy for the winter.

The only thing about indoor workouts, especially when it comes to using an elliptical workouts, is that they can be a bit boring. Usually I’ll either listen to music or get a movie or TV show playing in the background. Another way I keep elliptical workouts interesting is by doing sprints, or changing the resistance/level on the machine.

Here is one Elliptical Workout to try!! This workout will things a bit more interesting… and challenging.

Follow along with each row. The left column will tell you the time increment, in total this ends up being a 30 minute workout.

The middle column tells you what resistance/level to set your elliptical at. Every machine is different so image Level 1 being the easiest – you are still working against a small about of resistance, so your arms and legs aren’t flying out of control, but it is still really easy. Level 10 is the hardest – you are working against as much resistance as you can while still keeping a smooth movement with your arms and legs.

The far right column tells you want to do for that increment of time, so either sprints, a steady pace, etc.

Good luck!!

Elliptical Workout.jpgEnjoy your workout!

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Wednesday’s Workout: Christmas Carol Workout

Happy Wednesday!!

Has it ever been getting chilly!! It’s REALLY feeling like winter! And we even had a bit more snow last night!

Well… with all the cold temperatures I think another at home and indoor workout is needed!

I think I’ve mentioned that I’ve been listening to my fair share of Christmas music πŸ™‚ So, I figured I would make a workout to some holiday music!

For this Christmas Carol Workout, the workout is set to these songs: Let it Snow, Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, Deck the Halls and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

For each song there are 2 exercise. Press play on a song and start with one of the two exercise, once you hear the chorus or ‘buzz words’ (‘let it snow’ ‘holly jolly’ etc.) switch to the second exercise. Then when the chorus/buzz words plays again switch back to the first exercise. Continue to switch between the two exercise each time the ‘buzz words’ are said for the whole song.

There are four songs to go through, each song has its separate set of exercise. Try going through all the songs it will add up to 7ish minutes of work.

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Unsure about one of these exercises? Click the link to see an example. Squat + Front Row, Lunge + Lateral Raise, Jumping Jacks, High Knees, Shoulder Press, Hammer Curl, Jack Knife, Russian Twist.

9 days and counting!! Enjoy your workout!

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Wednesday’s Workout: Christmas Tree Workout

It’s Wednesday!! And time for a workout!!

Here is another Christmas Workout, this time I’m playing off the idea of a Christmas tree. So here is a Christmas tree workout!!

Start with the exercise on the top of the Christmas tree (10 Squats), and then work your way down the tree completing every one of the moves, until you have completed the whole Christmas tree.

I added this Christmas tree workout to my morning workout and it took about 10 minutes… sure got my heart pumping and was a great total body workout!

Tree Workout

Need to see an example of one of the exercise? Click on the name of the move: squats, plank, russian twist, tricep dips, reverse lunge, lunge + bicep curl, sumo squat + front raise, walk out pushups, v-sit with chest fly, sumo squat + lateral raise, narrow squat + shoulder press.

Happy Wednesday!! Enjoy your workout πŸ™‚

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