Brookie and I got to run some errands with my sister yesterday afternoon.
And then we grabbed lunch because we were all starting to get a little hangry. We were much happier after the food was in our bellies.
We stopped by our new apartment that we will be moving to and Brooke literally ran in circles in her room. One of the reasons that she is so excited to move is because she will have a toy room (aka a large closet in the family room area;) for all of her toys.
I hit up the gym for a quick strength training workout. PS I have actually stayed consistent with my weight training for MONTHS now… this might be the first time in the history of hungryrunnergirl.com.
All I used was a mat, an exercise ball and 2 15 lb weights. I am NOT a personal trainer and I mainly go to a bootcamp class to get in my weight training but every now and then I make up a workout that is simple but effective for me.
My 15 Workout:
-15 glute bridge/hip thrusts (with weights on hips), 15 pulses while in bridge position, 15 in and outs with your knees while in your bridge (your buns will really burn after these:)
-15 full sit-ups (I feel my core really engage when I do these so I keep it simple with my sit-ups)
-15 squats with weights either in your hands, at your side or resting on your shoulders.
-15 shoulder raises
-15 push-ups with shins/top of feet on the exercise ball
-15 bicep curls
-15 dead lifts
-15 (15 with each leg, 30 total) mountain climbers
Repeat 3 times!
Afterwards Brooke and I picked up Megan and Heather for a bit and Brooke insisted on wearing her metal from her first race.
We found a blacklight so naturally we had to take a creepy picture.
And then Brooke made some pretty sweet play-doh creations for me while I rolled my foot out and ate apple chips.
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Something I talk about in my above plateau article is about finding YOUR race and I thought I would talk about what inspired my new perspective on this:
My mom and I had a heart to heart a few weeks ago over some waffle fries at Chick-Fil-A while Brooke was playing in the play-place. I was still in my sweats (it was 8 pm and I never actually got into real clothes for the day) and I was just in a funk. One of the many things I love about my mom is that she is really honest with me, she doesn’t sugar coat things and so I really value her opinion. We had about 15 items that I wanted to discuss with her and one of them was running.
I just haven’t felt like I have been progressing with my running (obviously lately because of an injury but I have felt this way for some time). I feel like I have been stuck for a few years now. My grandpa was a phenomenal running coach and so my mom grew up learning a lot from him over the years and she said to me—> well, it’s because you aren’t training specifically for and running YOUR race. ????. Ummm mom, my goal is to get a sub 3 marathon. She replied that while I will be able to get that eventually, where I will really excel and progress is in the 1/2 marathon. We talked all about how my body is more built for the 1/2. It is the distance that I can race well. And until my body is in a better place as far as stomach issues and injuries go… the marathon just might not be where my body kills it right now. And just like that it all made a lot of sense. I think the marathon gets the most attention but it can’t possibly be everyone’s “race.” Every body is different and built a little differently.
I enjoy the half the most. I place in our area in the half. I don’t get injured and my stomach is a lot happier. I recover better and as a single mom… the 1/2 training is a heck of a lot more doable (being gone for 22 miles… yeah). So, I might just focus on the 1/2 for awhile because my mom knows everything and this might be one of those things. I am in a little dilemma because I do love the marathon training and race too but I think for the next year or two if I do decide to run a marathon I will view it a little differently than I have in the past and maybe make goals like sub 3:10, sub 3:05 etc and work from there. I’m not giving up on my sub 3 marathon goal but if I am really craving progression then my best bet is chasing after the 1/2 marathon this year. Make sense?
I’m really excited for some killer half-marathons this year though. What are your excited for racing wise this year? What race distance do you think your body responds to the best?
Where do you get your strength workouts from?
What do you do when you feel like you are experiencing a running plateau?
What snack are you addicted to lately?