Now that my main race has come and gone, I’ve taken some time to just breathe so that I don’t feel like I have to work out. I hate feeling that kind of pressure, especially when it’s related to something that I love doing so much. I don’t care what the haters say, to me, working out is fun and I thoroughly enjoy every time I make the conscious effort to break a sweat.
Well, unless I’m “forced” to do it because of a training plan and I’m feeling burnt out. But you catch my drift. Otherwise, I remember to look at the bigger picture. Because nine times out of ten, that truly makes every bit of pain and frustration worth it in the end.
But now that I don’t have a specific race to train for, what am I up to? I really like lists, so let me break it down for you.
Upper Body Work. It’s been severely neglected, but no more! I’m busting out some serious upper body moves now and I’m going to rock sundress season. Yes, when I’m not in workout clothes, I occasionally like to don dresses. They make me feel pretty. Or something.
#SmoothieADayinMay. Gina started this challenge and once I read up on it, I immediately hopped on board. I’m smoothie obsessed, the weather’s getting warm (so I actually crave the smoothie) and I need a quick breakfast that will give me a full serving of fruit with some veggies sneaked in. Seriously, if you haven’t put spinach in your smoothie yet, do it. You can’t taste it at all. Such an easy way to pack more nutrients into your meal.
#PlankADay. Let’s just keep the Twitter hashtags going, shall we? This trend is all over the healthy living Twitterverse, which only helps me stay motivated to stick to it. Because unless I’m already working out, I don’t remember to do a plank. But if I see that #plankaday bugger pop up in my news feed and I still haven’t done the sucker, I quickly drop to the ground and hold a plank for as long as I can (Confession: I may or may not have recently done this in my bra and undies because I forgot about it before I took a shower for the night…whatever works!). So far, I’ve timed myself at 1:30. I think I can do longer – that’s what the challenge is for! I’ll also incorporate side planks and other plank variations to keep things interesting.
Spinning. The PT said no running for two weeks (last week and this one), so I’ve been getting my heavy cardio from a lot of spin classes lately. My second love, I seriously missed sweating it out on the bike while training. It feels so good to do a hard workout and not finish in pain, and let’s face it: if you’re going to a good spin class, you’re going to leave drenched in sweat. I love that feeling. And in my opinion, you’re never going to get a mediocre workout when you go to SoulCycle or Flywheel. Y’all know my heart lies with SoulCycle, but I’m not afraid to jump to the other side every once in a while, especially if it’s for a good cause.
Strength Training. I’m doing a lot of exercises that my PT has (or is in the process of) passed on to me, many involving strength and balance movements for my lower body. The Bosu ball has become my friend, as has the “box.” By that, I mean the thing you use to do box jumps on. That’s one of my favorite moves, despite how much it burns while I’m doing them.
Better Eating. I’ve been really watching my portion sizes lately. When I eat with Dustin, who houses two to three times what I should be eating, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s normal and what’s not. So I’ve been making a conscious effort to cut down my portions and fill those portions up with a lot of natural, whole foods. Sure, I want to look great in a bikini this summer, but I’m mostly doing it so I’m not so darn moody. When I eat like junk, I feel like junk, and I treat people (mostly Dustin) like junk. That’s not very fun, so we should stop that.
What about you? What things are you planning out to keep you on the “healthy living” track?
Looking for a way to get your full dose of celebration on in honor of Cinco de Mayo, without quite as much guilt? I’m a big fan of Mexican food and we all know I love a tasty margarita, so I know for a fact I’ll be celebrating this weekend. But just like many others, I’ve been looking for an equally fantastic way to get my sweat on before I indulge, so the added calories don’t make as big of an impact. My ticket to the big show: Flywheel. And if you’re in New York City, you’re definitely going to want to get in on the action.
As you all know, I’ve had a running coach for the past few months to get me through my spring training cycle. Even though she was originally hired (that sounds so weird, since she’s one of my friends, but it is what it is) to help me tackle a marathon, Abby modified my plans and stuck by me through all the craziness as I went after a half-marathon instead. My recap on Saturday’s race is coming your way tomorrow, but today I want to share a bit more about Abby and the awesomeness that surrounds her.
This is Abby. I stole this picture from her blog.
You see, Abby’s husband was deployed in the United States Marine Corp six years ago and she was by herself in the Big Apple. Looking for a way to to be productive, she signed up to run the Marine Corps Marathon and decided to raise money for a military charity while doing it. The winning charity? Fisher House Foundation, a charity that builds houses near military hospitals so that families of injured soldiers can stay for free while their loved ones are recovering. It’s a great organization, and 97 percent of the proceeds go directly to those who need it, rather than to advertising and administrative costs.
Fast forward to present day, and Abby is now planning to run the same marathon, but this time it will be her 10th race of that epic distance (wowzers!).The best part? She’s still running for Fisher House and her husband will be running alongside her. Pretty sweet, if you ask me.
But what does this all have to do with Cinco de Mayo and getting your sweat on? I’m so glad you asked. This Saturday at 3pm, Abby and hubby will be hosting a charity ride at Flywheel and they want to see you there. Seriously, she’s one of the nicest people you can meet, so just go and get your daily dose of happiness.
But if that isn’t enough, there are some pretty sweet prizes being raffled off. Think Lululemon, NY Yoga, Erica Sara Designs and more. And I hear there’s going to be a sweet, rather tasty refreshment after the ride…
Anyway, if you’re interested in getting your sweat on with Abby, myself and a ton of other really awesome people, come to Flywheel on Saturday at 3pm. The proceeds go directly to Abby’s fundraising efforts for Fisher House Foundation (DOUBLE CHECK) and bikes are going fast, so nab one here before they’re gone. And if you do decide to go after reading this, make sure you say hi! I love meeting new readers. Who knows, maybe we’ll all go sip on a margarita (or two) after.