Saturday, August 30, 2014

6 Things I've Loving Right Now, Vol. 8

I ran out today to (finally) buy some new running shoes. I decided on the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2. Of course, no one had them in my size. This seems to be how it always works for me. I make a decision, go to purchase, and can't. Granted, I'm limited to two stores in my small town: A local running store and a big box, nationwide store. Ugh. So now I'm mulling over plan B. I'll be down in South Bend tomorrow, do I squeeze in a shopping trip? Or do I take the easy route and just order them online? Double ugh. We'll see.

ANYWAY. #endrant

Here's a list of things I'm loving right now.

1) PiYo Live

I teach my first class in two weeks. Truth: I'm really nervous. I'm not used to memorizing class formats, and every ounce of this takes me back to speech class. Which I hated with a passion. I've taught plenty of group fitness classes, so being in front of people ain't no thang, but for some reason this feels different. Because it all has to come right from the head. And up until now, I've been able to keep notes in front of me the whole time. That's just the kind of classes I've been teaching. So then why do I love PiYo Live then? Because it's changing my body. So much. It's everything I've ever wanted in a low-impact, high intensity Yoga-ish type of class.

2) Kiwi and Peanut Butter
This combination sounds disgusting, I know. But trust me, it's completely and totally delicious. I love adding both to a nice bowl of oats, or just keeping it simple with kiwi slices slathered in peanut butter. And of course, the toast route is always good, too.

3) Run Like a Mother

Dimity and Sarah rock, you guys. If you're not following them, you really should be. Not only are they hilarious, they provide a ton of useful information. And their book is no exception. I have both of their books, actually, and look forward to a third one that they're currently working on. I'm still working my way through this one, so expect a full review later. And of course, I'll share the second one when I get through it. Seriously, look them up.

4) Fresh Corn
Oh, man. The ears, I can't get enough right now! It's all so fresh! I eat my corn plain, without any salt or butter, and it's wonderful. And there's definitely a reason why I don't have any pictures. (Answer: I'm too busy eating it to photograph it.)

5) Longer Runs
I'm slowly creeping up there in the mileage department as I head toward the Grand Rapids marathon. Remember, I'm running it as one of three on a relay team. I'll be responsible for ten, maybe eleven miles. Tomorrow, I'm set for a 6-miler that I'm turning into the Home Run 10K with Jost Running. More on that later.

6) College Football
Yes. It's here. My team (Notre Dame) won. Next week, we play my husband's team (Michigan). We'll spend the entire week "fighting" about the game. It's good fun, really.

Question: What is one thing you're really loving right now? It can be anything...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Workout Wednesday: 30-Minute Upper Body and Core Workout

So here we are, halfway through the week (and on the downhill slide to a three-day weekend). Did I mention my return to work? I went back on Monday. Bittersweet, yes. But my job is incredibly flexible and my kids come to work with me, and for that I am extremely grateful. Still, that doesn't make it any easier or less stressful. I still have to get two kids out the door. Not exactly an easy feat. But, we're managing. I don't have any classes or clients on my schedule just yet, but that will change next week. So I've just been playing catch-up. And since my place of employment is a gym, I've been working out, too.

Monday: PiYo Live practice, 3.5 Miles running (31:02/8:52 per mile)
Tuesday: PiYo Live practice

Today, I did an upper body and core workout at the gym and tonight I've got a run scheduled. I don't normally double-up on the workouts, but the PiYo Live practice has been a bit heavy on the legs. I felt like I needed to burn some muscles above the belt. Here's what I did. It took about 30 minutes:

Some clarifications:

1) If you don't have a way to do hanging knee tucks, like from a bar or with ab straps, then you can modify with supine leg lifts on the floor. Or any core exercise that targets your "lower" abdominals.

2) 3-Way biceps curls are done one way per set. So, normal biceps curls for your first set. Take it wide on your second set, then narrow on your last set.

3) What's a pushup with kick-through? Here. Lemme just show ya...

Don't forget to alternate legs throughout each set of 12 repetitions. Seriously...this is my new favorite pushup variation! 

As always, please be smart when trying out new workouts. What works for me might not work for you. If it helps, consult your physician. And of course, you can ask me for help and I'll do what I can within limits.

Now, as for the rest of my week, here's what I'm planning:

Thursday: PiYo Live practice
Friday: PiYo Live practice
Saturday: Home Run 10K (...a virtual race with Jost Running!)

But first, I have to feed the kid. And then I'll snag that 4-miler.

Question: What is your favorite pushup variation?


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