It took me about 14 years of running to finally get on the ‘you better do core work if you want to be a strong, fast and an uninjured runner’ bandwagon. I have finally gotten to the point where I just make it part of the schedule. I’ve learned to make it a necessary part of training. I make time for it just like how I make time for my daily (well, 5 days a week) runs.
I also keep things pretty simple and stick to the basics. I love planking because it allows me to scroll through instagram at the same time… Oh, and also because it engages about 30 different muscles all at one time.
For planks I love to do:
2 minutes normal planking on my elbows. Straight line from head to toes while keeping my core engaged the entire time.
1 minute side plank (1 minute on each side). Same thing… straight line from head to toe, I like to plant one foot on top of the other too! I try to not let my hips sag down!
1 minute (I just built up to 2 minutes on this one yesterday) back to a normal plank on both elbows.
5 minutes total (6 when you add the extra minute on the end)
It burns real good.
Next up—> 50 classic sit-ups. I keep my arms crossed in front of me and bring them all the way up to my knees and then take it back down. I try my hardest for my muscles to do all of the work and to not allow momentum to lift and lower me.
Last but not least (actually I like them the least)—> 25 leg lifts. I lay on my back, place my hands to my sides and lift my legs up to a 90 degree angle and then back down to a few inches above the ground. Botta Bing Botta Boom. These are the moves I am focusing on this week!
I also make sure to schedule in foam rolling. Reading about the Easter Bunny makes foam rolling a lot more enjoyable.
I got to see my sister’s little man yesterday.
Dinner was a Costco meal. It is raining here so that meant I needed soup for dinner and it also meant that I really needed pretzel rolls to dip into my soup.
I do have to high-five myself real quick. I am trying REALLY hard (aka I started Monday morning) to lower my sugar intake and add in more nutrients leading up to Boston (I know, I try to do this all of the time.. some day I will master it;). At Costco last night these beauties were calling my name. I even put them in my cart because I had to have them. Then I decided to stick with the whole ’try to not eat every gram of sugar on the planet’ thing and put them back. This is a huge accomplishment for me. Froyo is here to stay for good though…. just laying off on the candy and donuts for a bit.
I also made another good decision. I saw my rollerblades and wanted to strap them on for a bit. I then remembered I am a klutz and refuse to get injured via rollerblades when my marathon is in 48 days. They will have to wait until April 21st.
Just on more week left of The Bachelor. What am I going to do with my Monday nights after the season ends?! Maybe something productive.
So much drama all in one television show.
But we love it.
Tell me about a good decision that you made yesterday or this morning!
How often do you do core work? What moves are your favorites or most effective?
What things do you do to help you to lower your sugar intake when it starts getting out of control?
Favorite type of soup?