It has been months since I last wrote a Fitness Friday (FF) post and I think that it is time to recommit. Part of the reason I stopped writing these post as based on the survey I gave a few months back, where many people didn’t want to hear about my pregnancy. Since then I realized that this blog is for me and I can write what I want, anyways to make a long story short I stopped writing FF posts because frankly for the next 19 or so weeks fitness and pregnancy will be going hand-in-hand.
I have honestly have been lacking motivation and although I am setting goals for myself I haven’t been either a) achieving them or b) I’ve been doing them half-assed. I think getting back to weekly posts will help to hold me accountable for my goals and I have some big ones (aka Disney Wine and Dine Half which I already have a deferred registration to- more on this another day).
Okay so lets jump back in!
Workouts Last Week 2/23-3/1 (my workout weeks start on Thursday):
1.5 hour pre-natal yoga class
2.25 mile walk
My goal was to do at least 2 walks, 1 yoga class and 1 workout DVD, so last week was overall not a success.
Goals for this week 3/2-8:
Th: Pre-natal yoga
S: 2.5+ walk
Su: 2 mile walk
M: 2 mile walk and/or workout DVD
T: 2 mile walk and/or workout DVD
W: 2 mile walk and/or workout DVD
This week I bumped up the walks since we will be on vacation and in a warmer (snow free) climate. I am hoping that the weather holds out for us though because right now there is a lot of rain predicted. Just incase this happens I am brining my two pre-natal workout dvd’s with me.
What are you doing to stay fit this week? How do you keep yourself motivated?
Have you ever had to recommit yourself to your workouts? If yes, any tips?
I have been lacking on the Fitness Friday posts the past few weeks but I’m getting myself back on track starting now. I completed my miles for the Hotter Than Hades Virtual Half-Marathon about 10 days ago and am looking forward to the results in about 10 days.
My workouts so far this week. I am going to the gym after work so Friday will be filled in later.
Workouts for July and First Week of August
Tomorrow a.m.: Group Run & Yoga at the Waterfront
Tomorrow p.m.: Vinyasa at the Vineyard; yoga and a wine tasting.
October 8, 2011: MY FIRST EVER 10K (unless I do the downtown 10K on September 25th)
January 7, 2011: MY FIRST EVER HALF MARATHON ( AND IT’S AT DISNEY WORLD)
I have come to learn that 2 days off is my max when it comes to running before I feel a huge difference.
Morning runs are so much better for two reasons a) it wake me up and b) running in the afternoon is way too hot right now
I have debated over the Hal Higdon half marathon plan and the Jeff Galloway plan, the Higdon plan has come highly recommended by friends and the Galloway by twitter friends. After doing a lot of researching and reading on a number of blogs including these ones here, here, and here I have decided that the Galloway plan is (probably) right for me. So now that i’ve decided my training will (officially) start on August 30th! What are you thoughts on the Galloway plan? What is your favorite training plan?
Hello Cook. Vegan. Lover. readers! I’m Allie from Healthy Balance, Healthy Life. I write about all facets of wellness (physical, mental, etc.) and how they manifest in my daily life. I am honored to write the following guest post for Fitness Friday and I’d love for you to stop by Healthy Balance, Healthy Life and say hi if you enjoy it!
Scope out the course before and/or during training/ signing up (if possible).
Know what you’ve gotten yourself into! The Mad Marathon had lots of hills and inclines that I didn’t expect. The race still went well but I would have done much better had I trained on similar inclines! If the site of your race isn’t close enough to you to physically explore it yourself, do some research about the race and ask the race directors or people who have done the race in the past to describe the terrain to you. The Mad Marathon website said something about “rolling hills” which sounded pretty gentle to me – I should have asked for clarification!
Listen to your body.
If you need to walk then walk! Or you can “do the granny” as my friend Marlaina and I say which looks like running at a walking pace. You’re pretty much bopping up and down. It’s helpful to do this instead of walk because sometimes when you start walking, you lose your energy and momentum! Similarly, if you feel any pain that isn’t normal during training or during the race, take it from Kristina and stop! You could seriously and permanently injure yourself – one race is not worth that!
Know your foot type/running gait and wear a shoe that supports and protects you from injury.
I went to get fitted at Fleet Feet due to severe leg pain the week before the half and found I have a low arch and that I overpronate when I run. I found that I was hurting myself by overpronating and needed a shoe with more arch support. Running in supportive shoes made a huge difference in terms of protecting my body and running more easily.
It’s okay to get new shoes shortly before the race if you need them.
Yes, the majority of runners say that race day should be as similar to training as possible – eat the same food before, hydrate the same way, and wear the same gear. I was nervous to wear new shoes but it was the best decision I made. I think there is a very good chance I would have hurt myself running the half in my old shoes.
Follow your training plan and you’ll be fine!
I was a little leery of the fact that the Hal Higdon training plan doesn’t have you train the entire distance before you run the half. I wanted to know for sure that I could do it before going out and doing it! To me it seemed like training for 75% of a test and expecting to get an A on test day. Now that I’ve run the half, though, I understand why the plan is set up like that. It works with your body to prepare you for the race and reserve your energy stores. You “taper” the last week (decrease in mileage and exercise frequency) so your body is ready by race day. Had I done the entire 13.1 miles during training, my body would have been less able to complete it during the race than it was. As Hal says, “adrenaline gets you through the last three miles”. He’s right!
It’s okay to be flexible with your training plan.
As long as you stay close to what is advised, you’ll be fine. If you’re too busy to do strength training one day or you’re too tired to complete the last mile of a run, you don’t have to push yourself! It’s probably better to listen to your body and not let training take over your schedule too much, anyway. You want training to be as fun as possible—there were many a day I considered walking downtown and dancing or walking to class and back “cross training” (See Exhibit A above: I walked downtown and then gave my liver a work out.). Don’t let training overwhelm you. If it takes over your life you may start to resent it.
Experiment with hydration, pre and post run food, gear, and music during training so you have an idea of what works best for you.
I ran the half with four other people and we all planned to stay close to each other. We also realized, however, that there were good chances we’d get separated throughout the 13 + miles so we planned a meeting place in case we lost each other on the course.
It’s also a good idea to check the race map out for hydration stations before you set out on race day so you know how often you’ll be able to refuel. If there aren’t enough stations (the Mad Half was so good and had stations every single mile!) then you can bring a Camelbak or something similar.
Do what works best for you.
The above is what I have found works best for me but everybody is different. You know the needs and wants of your body better than any training plan or running expert. Use the advice of others as a guide but let the innate intelligence of your body lead the way.
This week (well since my last post) workouts have been going really well. Today is a cross train day and tomorrow is a run. Today also marks the start of the Hotter than Hades Virtual Half-Marathon
This week I tried a new machine at the gym the Power Plate. So what exactly is the power plate?
“Power Plate equipment is the premium vibration device powering a new dimension in wellness solutions for all ages, lifestyles and physical abilities. It uses the principles of Acceleration Training™ to stimulate the body’s natural response to vibration. These vibrations transmit waves of energy throughout the body, activating muscle contractions between 25 and 50 times per second, enhancing overall performance in sessions as short as 15 minutes a day, 3 times a week.
Acceleration Training™ on Power Plate equipment offers a host of benefits, ranging from an immediate improvement in blood circulation, to a variety of other measurable outcomes: such as increased muscle strength and flexibility, improved range of motion, decreased cellulite, increased bone mineral density, reduced pain and soreness and faster recovery. Our three-dimensional vibration technology continues to lead the industry, and its benefits are grounded in extensive academic and independent scientific medical research.” (source)
The Power Plate that we have at the gym has settings and instructions for strength & stretch workouts, massages and relaxation. After our weights workout I decided to give the massage setting a try and did a massage for the lower back, right and left abductor, calves and upper body. It felt so great! I can’t wait to use this machine more.
I had the best intentions of writing a Fitness Friday post last week and then our Anniversary Getaway took over and I decided to postpone my Fitness Friday and MPG Sport Giveaway until today. I did post my May Fitness Follow Up and June Goals earlier this week so you can head over to that post to get all the details. So far we are only 3 days into June and my workouts have included:
Wed-June 1: C25K Week 6 Day 1
Thurs-June 2: 30 min cross training
Fri-June 3: 20 min AM yoga; C25K Week 6 Day 2
MPG REVIEW & GIVEAWAY!
Savvy Top and Stance Bottom
Mondetta Performance Gear (MPG), a Winnipeg based active wear company, contacted me a few months back about doing a review and giveaway. I decided that they would be a perfect fit for the blog and a great review/giveaway for a Fitness Friday post. MPG allowed me to choose two items to review and provided me with the link to their Fit Guide to help me decide which size would be best. I decided to go with:
Sparkle jersey workout tank with contrast laser cut details.
Nylon-spandex blended jersey
Four-way stretch, moisture wicking, quick dry
Self fabric taping details
Ergonomic performance seams
Contrast laser-cut sonic welded inserts
Built in Coolmax bra liner with removable cups
High visibility logo
RECOMMENDED FOR: Light to heavy workouts, yoga, training, general exercis
Performance capri legging for all types of exercise.
Polyester-spandex blended jersey
Four-way stretch, moisture wicking, quick dry
Breathable mesh leg panels
Zippered storage pocket
Built in gusset
Adjustable draw cord in waistband
Semi-low rise, fitted throughout, 21″ inseam
High visibility reflective logo
RECOMMENDED FOR: Low or high impact workouts, yoga, dance, running
The Stance capri leggings are now easily one of my favorite bottoms to run and do yoga in. I love them so much that I am planning on getting another pair after I finish writing this post. They fit perfectly just below the waist (on me) and have a nice adjustable draw cord which is really beneficial for runs. I also love the breathable mesh leg panels. I am not a short wearer so the breathable mesh leg panels allow my legs to be covered but not over heated when I run. The other thing I love is the zippered storage pocket on the back; it is perfect for keeping a single key and ID.
The Savvy top was nice but not a favorite top of mine. I love the color and the material but although it is described as having full support I didn’t find that it provided full sport when I was running. However this may be a case that I require a large top and my bust requires a medium. However, I found that it did provide good support for yoga.
Overall I was impressed by the items I tried from MPG. They are high quality items at a reasonable price. I have washed and worn the items a number of times since I received them in April and they still look brand new! In addition to making impressive active wear MPG is also involved in charitable activities, the Mondetta Charity Foundation (MCF). Our founders were all born in the East African countries of Kenya and Uganda and have decided to support an an orphanage in the former and a school in the latter. Most of the children directly benefiting from the MCF’s efforts have either lost their parents to AIDS or are themselves living with the disease that has ravaged most of the African continent. One percent of total MPG sales are contributed to the MCF, which is a completely separate entity from the parent company, Mondetta, meaning all operating and administration costs are covered by the company and all donated funds received go directly where they should: to help those in need.
To learn more about the foundation and its initiatives, please check out the link below.
Also, 1% of every MPG garment sold goes to the foundation. For more info on the charity please check out Mondetta Gives Back.
So the best part about this review is that MPG has agreed to giveaway one of their products to a Cook.Vegan.Lover. reader. For the giveaway, MPG would like to offer one reader anything from the website in both active and lifestyle tops and bottoms. Additionally, I would like to mention that MPG makes both active and lifestyle tops and bottoms for men and women so guys don’t forget to enter!
To Enter Giveaway: Open to US and Canadian Residents. Winner is Ashley! Congrats!
You must head over to Facebook and “Like” MPG Mondetta Performance Gear and then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you did so by June 8th, 2011 at 8pm EST.
Lastly, MPG is providing Cook.Vegan.Lover. readers with the following discount code to receive 25% off a one-time purchase that expires 6.30.11: veganloverlovesmpg
Want to read more? Head over to Brittany’s MPG review at her blog Eating Bird Food.
This month has flown by, I can’t believe there are only two days left for this months incentive program. Unfortunately I took too many days of in the last few weeks that I will have workout today and tomorrow to complete the 80% for the month or I will have to do over three hours to complete the 70%….I think I’ll be going with 2 more days of working out. I had taken a break from Couch to 5k due to the fact our weather has been rain, rain and more rain which makes it difficult to get out and run. The Hubz on the other hand has a beautiful gym at work so he has been doing his C25K on the treadmill at work and is a week ahead of me. Also in new and exciting news the Hubz an I signed up for our first 5K you can read more about it here. With that being said I am back on the C25K wagon and am taking advantage of the sunny days to get out and prepare for my first 5K. Okay so lets get to the break down of the past week April 22-28:
Saturday 1.5 mile walk and power yoga 1hr 35min
Sunday 2 miles hike – 1 hour
Monday 20 minute Yoga/Abs/Legs workout
Wednesday C25K Day 2 Week 1 plus walking- total 4 miles in 58 minutes
Thursday- 20 minute Ab workout
Totals: 22/24 days and 14hrs 23minutes/15hours
Nathan REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY
Now that we have discussed the updates lets get down to the good stuff- the giveaway. I think that this giveaway is perfect for this post and in honor of my first 5k. Nathan Sports just sent me one of their Speed 2 Hydration Belts and Zebra steel 700 mL to try out. The details about the Speed 2 Hydration Belt :
I have been wearing it for running and on our first hike of the season. I have used other hydration belts before for hiking specifically and they have been uncomfortable and floppy but this one fit perfectly. It fit snug on the hips to prevent any flopping and it was great because the storage pocket allowed me to carry my ID, car keys and digital camera. I loved the water bottles; they were easy to access and drink from. For our short day hike it held the perfect amount of water for one person. I really am looking forward to using this more on afternoon hikes. In addition to using it for hiking I also used it yesterday on my run because it was nearly 80F here and water was necessary for my 3 mile run/walk. Again I loved how it fit and didn’t shift while I was running. I was able to carry my keys, ID and my iPhone which I use for C25K and music. My only complaint is that I have to place my iPhone in the back pocket which makes it hard to use my headphones because the cord isn’t long enough. Since I don’t have another place to hold my iPhone unless I carry it in my hand or wear my SPIbelt (which seams silly) I guess I will have to get a headphone cord extender.
The second item that I have been trying out is the Zebra steel 700 mL to try out. The details about the Zebra steel 700 mL :
I have tried my fair share of reusable water bottles including Nalgene, Sigg, Clean Canteen, and EarthLust however none of the models of these that I have tried compare to this style of water bottle. This bottle is perfect for the elliptical because a) it fits in my water bottle holder (my other ones don’t) b) it has a great stray feature which means I don’t pour water all over myself or fall of the elliptical trying to drink oh and c) it looks pretty and has a fun design. The mouth piece is different too it is very soft and flexible and perfect for to sip through. I also love that it comes with 2 extra straws so you can switch them out while you are cleaning them or if you need to replace one. The other feature I love is the clip on the top; I haven’t used it yet but I imagine it will be great for hooking on things when traveling or even hiking.
Now that you have fallen in love with both of these items (you have right?) Nathan Sports is going to give one lucky reader both of these items. Now here is how you enter, oh and this is open to US and Canadian residence and you can enter until May 2nd 10th at 8pm EST.
I am happy to say that this week went much better on the workout front than last week. I was able to get in (most) of the types of workouts that I wanted to and I am feeling good today. So lets see the results (April 15-21)
– Friday Elliptical; 40 minutes
– Saturday Off
-Sunday Elliptical; 30 minutes
– Monday Elliptical; 30 minutes
– Tuesday Elliptical and Ab/Butt/Leg workout ; 45 minutes
-Wednesday Approx one mile quick paced walk with Hubz; 15 minutes
-Thursday- Elliptical and Core Workout; 35 minutes
Totals: 17/24 days and 10hrs 10 minutes/15hours
So it looks like things are on track and to accomplish the 80%Goal I need to do 7 more days (out of 9 -includes today) and 4 hours and 50 minutes (about an average of 42 minutes per day). It looks like this month is totally do-able for the 80% Goal versus the 70%.
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