Good morning! I’ve got a new HRG Baby post up HERE!!! I am chatting about my 28 week update (3rd trimester wahoo) and postpartum struggles! I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences if you get a chance!
I woke up at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. The baby was kicking like crazy and I went to bed at 9 the night before so I think my body was just ready to be awake. A nice nap happened later in the afternoon but it felt strange to be awake (like WIDE awake) so early. After a while of just laying there I went out for a run (part on the treadmill until it was light outside) and then the rest outside (my current habit).
Do you see what I see? FROST. I even wore gloves. My optimistic perspective about winter coming… The colder it gets = the closer it is to the baby being here:)
I hope Andrew finds a way to be able to carry one more with these two…
My brother has a pretty good system going on that we might have to try;)
Post-run shower = a big coat, pancakes (anyone else try to prematurely flip pancakes like I did below… I just want to eat) and my first cup of hot chocolate this season. It tasted amazing and I feel like I am just going to say it is a big pregnancy craving so I can drink it 5 times a day.
The highlight of the day (ehhh my nap was a pretty big highlight too) was Cornbelly’s! They just opened up… it is like a Halloween/Fall theme park! The season passes are really cheap so we will be spending a lot of time here leading up to Halloween.
Peaches and ice cream = heaven.
We ended things off with my niece’s volleyball game! They WON!
As far as food goes… Andrew and I have ordered a bunch of different meal delivery kits and we are trying them all to write up a pros and cons list for each one. So that is what we’ve been eating for our meals lately:) I can’t wait to share what we have found!
First, can I tell you that I LOVE it when you write me an email and have a post request. It makes my day. I want to know what you want to read! Hayley requested some spin workouts! I love spin. I taught for almost 10 years, mostly at Golds Gym but also at BYU and at Google when I lived in the Bay Area. Now, I am not a hardcore triathlete/biker type of spin instructor. I enjoy getting my heart rate up there, a lot of variations and ‘dancing’ along to the beat;) I think that spin is one of the BEST types of cross-training for runners (I talk more about why I think that HERE and HERE). My fastest marathon happened when I was teaching three spin classes a week… spin helps me with my SPEED while being easy on my joints. I have THIS SPIN BIKE at home and I love it (I’ve had it over 5 years now). I just need to get back to teaching again after this baby!
PS do I think spin shoes are worth the purchase if you spin often—> 100% absolutely, with every fiber of my being:) They offer you a lot more control, I am able to go faster with them and they help me to pull UP on the pedal rather than just pushing down (which works more muscle groups). Mine are no longer sold (they last forever!) but these seem to be similar. Just make sure your clips on your shoes match the bike pedals:)
Here we go! First, this is how I describe a few of my different moves:
In the saddle= seated. Out of the saddle= your buns are right above the seat but they are not touching the seat of the bike.
How I rate the tension/hill—> 1-10. 1 being feeling like you are flying downhill, 5 being a flat road and 10 being your wheels actually stopping because the tension is so high (so, I never do a 10… a 9 is pretty much straight uphill). Basically I usually stay between a 5-9. I don’t know why I rate it the way I do but it has worked for me:)
Jumps—> Lightly lifting and lowering out of the saddle. The handle bars are for balance, not to pull yourself in and out of the saddle… Let your legs do the work. I usually alternate on counts of 4 but you can also do counts of 8. IE 4 beats standing and 4 beats sitting—> repeat.
Lock and Load—> I usually do these with a low tension. Raise about an inch or two above the saddle with your hips back and over the saddle. From the hips up there is no movement. No bounce or side to side. The legs do all of the moving and the core is tight. Keep a light grip on the handlebars.
Sprint—> If you are bouncing around in your saddle when you are doing this then you do not have enough tension on your wheel. I usually do sprints with the tension of a flat road. Go all out. Go nuts. You’re a cheetah when it comes to these sprints!
Run—> Out of the saddle, side to side run/jog. More of a recovery move in-between the really hard stuff.
You can find my 45 minute HRG Spin Workout HERE (it’s my favorite)!
I have two more for you today and I’ll keep adding to the list!
(PS I just noticed that I forgot to add the tension for the 3 minutes out of the saddle in the middle section—> tension 8! I’ll post a new one soon:)
This workout was always a favorite for my classes too:
One last reminder about my latest pregnancy update—> HERE!!!
Who loves a good spin class?! What are some of your favorite workouts there? Who loves road biking?
-I used to road bike often but once I had Brooke I stopped!?!?
Do you have any post requests? Now that you know how much I love them… tell me about them!
Hot chocolate fan? Have a favorite brand or place to get it?
What did you wear for your last run? Shorts/capris/tanks/long sleeve/gloves?