Tired Running Legs (8/24 – 8/30)

This week was all about really pushing my legs past the point of being tired and then running just a little bit more and I’m happy to say I achieved that by Friday’s run!!!

Sunday 8/24 - 44 reverse frogs while on a stability ball.  (Hopefully the pictures help explain the move.)

start facedown on ball with hands on ground, heels together
start facedown on ball with hands on ground, heels together
lift legs up (squeeze butt) keeping heels together
lift legs up (squeeze butt) keeping heels together
straighten legs and hold
straighten legs and hold

Don’t mind the fact that I look crooked in the picture above – it’s hard staying on the ball!!

slowly lower toes to the ground to finish the first rep
slowly lower toes to the ground to finish the first rep

This move was sort of fun – I liked the slow moving holds and squeezes!!  I’m not really a fan of how large my backside looks in the pictures though – oops!!

Monday 8/25 - 44 bicep curls while standing on upside down BOSU (10 pound DBs)

ready
ready
curl
curl

The act of staying balanced on the BOSU made these curls much harder than a standard curl – super fun!!

Run – 12 miles in 91:40 followed by 0.4 easy miles

Tuesday 8/26 - 44 plank with feet on upside down BOSU – alternate toe taps to the sides (right/left tap = 1 rep).

ready
ready
tap out with left foot
tap out with left foot
back to BOSU
back to BOSU
tap out left
tap out left

Not sure why it looks like my arms are bowed or too close in – hmmm…..

Run 10 miles – 82:35 followed by 0.8 miles

After taking Hunter to school I changed into dry clothes (I sweat a LOT when I run) and ran some more!

Run 10 miles – 86:38 followed by 2 easy miles

Wednesday 8/27 - 44 alternating side bends while standing on an upside down BOSU (12 pound DBs).

ready
ready
bend (slight crunch) right
bend (slight crunch) right
bend with crunch left
bend with crunch left

I liked this move – I love the little crunch in my obliques while doing side bends and the fact that I had the extra balance challenge was a bonus!!

Run 10 miles – 77:12 followed 1.05 miles nice and easy!!

Thursday 8/28 - 44 push-ups with toes on upside down BOSU.

ready
ready

You can see how hard it is to stay balanced on the BOSU – it tips back a lot!!

down
down

Not gonna lie – these were hard!!!  I don’t think I’ve been doing enough push-ups lately!!!

Run – 8 miles in 57:45 + 0.5 miles (I was pressed for time so I thought I would do a harder run since I’ve been logging lots of slower miles).

Friday 8/29 - 44 body extended to V-sit on upside down BOSU.

start
start
V-sit (sort of)
V-sit (sort of)

I wobbled a lot on these!!  And, this was one of those moves that I felt in my core and also in my hip flexors!!

Run – 10 miles in 79:47 followed by 3 easy miles.

This was my final long run before my upcoming race.  My goal this week was to run enough that my legs were fatigued but still able to turn-over pretty well.  I’m happy with how the week went!!

Saturday 8/30 - 44 calf stretches on upside down BOSU.  This move felt good after all of the running!!

I had fun this week doing moves on my BOSU in a more nontraditional way!!!

So in 5 days (Monday – Friday), I ran 60 miles at a good pace + 7.75 easy miles.  (my easy miles are always a mix of  slow running that ends with walking)

The next week and a half will still have plenty of daily 44s but the workouts will be fairly light and I’m not planning to do any long or hard runs.

Happy Saturday!!

Kim

BlogLovin’ Please be Nice

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I’ve been on Bloglovin’ for awhile now and thought it was great.  However, lately I’ve been having issues with it – like my posts aren’t updating until about 1-2 days after I post them.  It used to happen within about 30 minutes.

It has been frustrating for me and there are days that I post but when I look at my site stats that post doesn’t get any views.

I read all about RSS (still confused on it but I checked and it seems to be working).  I emailed bloglovin and received a very short email back saying they were working on technical issues (not necessarily mine!!).

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I want to love BlogLovin’ again but………

Anyone else have similar issues?  
Any suggestions?

Oh and since it is Friday and supposed to be a fun day I will leave you with this picture (I guess you could call it my 1 year business anniversary present!!!) - Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 6.48.52 AMHappy Friday!!!

Kim

One Year Ago We Became Business Owners

One year ago today we bought a business!!!

so excited after closing!!!
so excited after closing!!!

It has been a year full of many highs and many lows.  There have been lots of frustrations (mostly on my part!!!) and some very happy times.

We have hosted  weddings and receptions -

set up for a ceremony
set up for a ceremony

There have been rehearsal dinners, graduation parties, anniversaries, birthday parties, Quinceaneras, holiday parties, business parties, business meetings and many other events.

We have had lots of new experiences like being part of the Bridal Fair -

Bridal Fair January 2014
Bridal Fair January 2014

We joined the local Downtown Business group and have tried to get involved with other small business owners.

My favorite event so far was our Christmas Day open house!!! (sadly I didn’t take many pictures!!!)

I think that Chris and I have learned even more about each other through this experience – I’ve learned that Chris can handle pretty much anything.  He stay calm even when I send him pictures like -

leaking pipe - basically a river across the entire entry
leaking pipe – basically a river across the entire entry
water on the floor of the ballroom - leaking from the roof
water on the floor of the ballroom – leaking from the roof

Chris has learned that I don’t handle things like water flooding the wood floors very well!!!  Basically I have had lots of high stress and panic over the last year.

But, I think that overall it was a good first year and I’m hoping that our 2nd year is even better!!!

Here’s to year #2 at The Governor’s Row House.

Happy Wednesday!!!

Kim

My Wake-Up Call

I’m sure that most people know there are 2 things I  really enjoy (besides my family and working out!!!) - Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 8.25.37 PM

and Happy Hour -

5 O'Clock  Somewhere
5 O’Clock Somewhere

Overall, we try to eat fairly healthy most of the time but I do like my wine and cocktails which usually leads to a salty snack of some sort!

Well……last week Chris and I had a dressy event to go to.  Thursday evening I decided to try on my 2 options.

I put on my first choice dress and IT DIDN’T ZIP!!!

the dress I wore in my sister's wedding (July 2006)
the dress I wore in my sister’s wedding (July 2006)

Umm….it wasn’t a happy time for me!!!  Chris, being the super supportive husband, said it was because I’ve been lifting weights since it is a side zip and it was the top 1/3 that didn’t work. Nice try!!

Thankfully I had another dress that could work – but, it didn’t do much for the roll that is now my stomach!!!Kim & ChrisI sucked it in most of the night but…..

So, I have realized that it is time to make some major changes!!  I can’t possibly work out longer or harder.  My mileage is currently  high (for me) and I know that I need at least one day off most weeks even though my head says “work out anyway!!”

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Now I’m realizing that I have to make some changes:
*  cut out some of the junk (chips, Cheetos…..)
* eliminate happy hour some days
* work on portion control (a huge weakness of mine)
* work on eating plenty of healthy meals – protein heavy!!!

The problem is when I cut down on the amount I eat for dinner then I’m starving within 30 minutes!!!  I guess it will just take a bit of time to readjust (again).

Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 8.55.51 PMHave you ever put on something that you thought for sure would still fit and been completely disappointed when it didn’t?!

Happy Monday!!

Kim

PS – I realize that I’m not really overweight – I’m just not the size that I prefer!!!!

Running, running, running (8/17-8/23)

This week was all about running!!!!

Sunday 8/17 - 44 barbell clean and press with a row.

ready
ready
flip bar and squat down
flip bar and squat down
use legs to push bar overhead
use legs to push bar overhead
bring bar down by flipping it and keeping it close to your body
bring bar down by flipping it and keeping it close to your body
dead lift
dead lift
row - squeeze shoulders
row – squeeze shoulders

I liked this move because I felt like it worked pretty much every muscle in my body!!!

Monday 8/18 - 44 stair push-up with a jump.

This move was fun – it got my heart rate up and because of the angle of the push-ups I was sore for a few days!!!

This was the starting day  of a long run streak:
10 miles in 79:41 + 1.5 miles easy.

Tuesday 8/19 - 44 stability ball single leg oblique punches with a dumbbell.

ready for right side
ready for right side
pull left knee in and punch with right hand
pull left knee in and punch with right hand

I did all 44 on one side and then switched sides for another set.

2nd side
2nd side
right knee in and punch left
right knee in and punch left

These were hard – the hardest part was keeping my balance – part of why the pictures are blurrier than normal!!!

And a shorter, faster run:
7 miles in 50:22  with an easy mile to finish.

Wednesday 8/20 - 44 plie squat jumps with a small band around my ankles and a lateral raise with dumbbells (5 pounds).

ready
ready
jump out and lift arms
jump out and lift arms

You can’t really tell that I jumped but I did!!!

Back to a double digit run at a slower pace:
10.5 miles in 86:50 + 0.7 miles

Thursday 8/21 - 44 triangle leg taps (this move is from Taylor @ Lifting Revolution - bodyweight workout for your lower body.

ready (I think I was supposed to have my legs a bit lower - oops!!)
ready (I think I was supposed to have my legs a bit lower – oops!!)
tap right leg
tap right leg
tap right leg
tap right leg

I counted a left & right tap as 1 rep.  By the end of all 44 my hip flexors were dying!!!

A long run at a quicker pace:
11 miles in 86:56 + 0.6 miles

Friday 8/22 - 44 butt kicks in plank (also from Taylor and the bodyweight workout for your lower body).

ready
ready
kick your butt
kick your butt
other side
other side

I sort of kicked to my opposite side.  And, when I went back to link to Taylor’s site I realized that I”m an idiot – she did them on her elbows – oh, well – a great move either way!!!

Another double digit run:
10 miles in 77:23  followed by 1.1 easy miles.

Saturday 8/23 - 44 squat pulses while standing on dumbbells.

ready
ready
down and pulse
down and pulse
side view
side view

(hard to take pictures of pulses without them being blurry!!)

Today I did a shorter run outside while Hunter had cross country practice – wish it would have been earlier since it was already close to 85 degrees!!!

4 easy miles and then 20+ minutes walking around waiting for Hunter and the other kids to get back to the school.

Overall it was a good week:
52.5 miles + 4.9 easy miles for a total of 57.4 miles.

I have a few more days of long runs planned and then I’m going to back off a bit.  (Can you tell I have a race coming up????)

Happy Saturday!!

Kim

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