I am a 44 year old wife, mom and athlete. I started running in high school and have loved it ever since. As I got older, I had to stop running every day so I added in weight training and all sorts of fun work-outs like Insanity, P90X and Turbo Fire. I'm a certified personal trainer and I love all aspects of fitness.
I set my steps up end-to-end and put my feet on the taller one with my hands on the shorter one –
This move was hard – the tricep push-up is what killed me!!!
I ran 10 miles (74:28) followed by an easy mile.
Tuesday 4/7 – 45 V-sit on vertical foam roller with open/close arms. This move is a variation of a move from Lindsay (Cotter Crunch) and her 3 New Core Moves – she did the move as a stationary move focusing on holding. I knew I couldn’t do 45 long holds so I adapted it.
This move might look easy but it was HARD!!!
I did Denise Austin’s Personal Training DVD – always a fun workout for the entire body!! I even did the stretching segment!!
Wednesday 4/8 – 45 hinged barbell pulls.
The key to this move was keeping everything still except the arms.
I only had time for 6 miles (44:17) followed by a cool down mile.
Thursday 4/9 – 45 side plank with a leg sweep front-back-front.
Move the top leg back to the front to complete the rep. This took longer than I expected – I had to pause a couple times before completing all 45 reps. And, then I had to flip over and do some more!
Bring that leg to the front to complete 1 rep! I guess I didn’t use any cool “toys” for this move – oops!!
I did Les Mills Combat – Ultimate Warriors – 60 minutes of fast paced punching and kicking!!!
Friday 4/10 – 45 shoulder presses with a chair. I was a slug and slept till 6:00 so I didn’t get my workout done early. I had my 3rd day of cleaning/set-up at the venue for the past 4 so I decided to do my 45 once I got to the venue.
I used one of our chairs – I held it in front of my chest with both hands (by the front legs) and pressed my arms overhead before lowering to a 90 degree bend. Sort of a fun way to work my shoulders!!
Saturday 4/11 – 45 sidearm triceps extensions.
Can you tell the pictures are after my run? I put my shirt back on for them since I’m not super happy with my abs these days.
I ran 10 miles (73:50) followed by 1.5 easy miles.
Do you like to experiment with new uses for standard equipment?
I like to use different pieces of equipment especially in new ways!!!
1. Did you know – The fox doesn’t really say any of the things in that catchy song!!! There is a red fox that roams our neighborhood and sometimes at night it gets on our back deck and garage roof. It is LOUD!!!! The first time I heard it I thought it was a baby crying or a cat fight.
It is a very creepy sound in the middle of the night right outside your bedroom!!!
2. Did you know – it is virtually impossible to find reliable people for any type of service (at least here in Topeka). We have struggled with plumbers, electricians, car maintenance – I don’t understand why people can’t just do their jobs and do them WELL!!!
3. Did you know – Holidays often make me sad because we don’t have family to share the day(s) with. Many times we do things with good friends instead which is always great. I dropped the ball (basically was lazy) and we didn’t have any plans for Easter so we just hung out together.
4. Did you know – with all of the running I have done in 2015 I haven’t done as much strength training or other workouts and as a result I have put on some pounds that I don’t really want!!!
I think it’s time for some –
5. Did you know – I had a giveaway last week for my friend Kristi Pelton’s newest book – Slick and the winner is……
WooHoo – congratulations to Kris!!!!
6. Did you know – It’s Fun Friday!!! Happy Friday!!
Happy Birthday today to Hunter (my baby who isn’t a baby at all!!)!!!
Today Hunter is 14!!! In honor of his big day I decided to share 14 fun facts about him.
1. Hunter was born 6 weeks early. Thankfully I went into labor on a Wednesday and he wasn’t born until early Sunday morning. In that time I had 2 huge steroid shots (one in each hip) to aid in his lung development. Even early he weighed 5’9″ and only had to spend 1 week in the NICU.
2. This guy has always been able to make me smile. (Well, there was a brief time when he was 3 that I didn’t smile a lot but…..)
3. Hunter is perfectly happy to be his own person!!!
4. Everyday when I ask Hunter how his day was, he says – “Good, how was your’s?” In the morning when I ask him how he slept he says. “Good, how did you sleep?”
5. Hunter truly cares about those around him. A couple weeks ago when we were talking about his day he said in PE he was teamed up with one of the kids who needs a para. He said they lost that day but he had fun because he could help his partner.
6. Hunter sets goals – lots of them! Some are small (like getting Jordan to give him a high 5) and others are life goals (like going to MIT)!
7. Hunter is like a walking encyclopedia on some topics. I have no idea how he retains all the stuff in his head. There are lots of times I feel like a complete idiot when we have conversations!!!
8. He will always wave to me, say hi, come over and even hug me when he sees me – even if his friends are around!
9. Hunter is a Rubik cube expert!! He can solve everything from the 2 x 2 up to the 10 x 10 (did you know they even made all those cubes?) and some odd shaped “cubes” as well. I think his record on the standard Rubik Cube is around 19.44 seconds.
10. In just a few years he has turned into a really great cello player and received some big awards.
11. Hunter has a signature color and everyone can see him coming!!! He wears this color shirt and shorts every day!!! (he has lots!!
12. Hunter has a list (it is LONG) of all the things he wants to learn – about 20 languages, every math skill possible, chess (as an expert)……
13. Hunter ran 13 miles (actually 13.1) to celebrate being 13 – I think he plans to run 14 later this year. What a great idea!! Wonder where he came up with something like that?!
14. Hunter completes our family!! It was great many years ago when it was just Chris and I. Then Jordan made us a family of 3 and life was amazing. But, being a family of 4 is perfect for us!
At the time, I thought that my main goal was to figure out how to get moving and start working on ways to make our venue the “best” venue in Topeka.
I went through the 6 week program and completed the workbook exercises, took part in the group calls (most of them) and really put my effort into the program.
At the same time I was still struggling with a lack of motivation and not really making much progress.
Then, one Saturday morning Tara was sweet and did a make-up call with a few of us. The way it worked out, it was just her and I chatting (face-to-face) for almost an hour before Sara (who no longer blogs) was able to sit and join in.
During that time Tara helped me admit something that I probably already knew – running the venue is not my dream.
As an added bonus and (because Tara rocks!!!), she gave us each a 30 minute one-on-one session.
So, on a Tuesday night almost 2 weeks ago, Tara and I had our one-on-one session. And, it was a huge eye opener for me!!!
While we were talking I realized that I don’t enjoy a lot of the tasks I have on my list day after day. Mostly because those tasks are things I don’t have any clue how to really accomplish.
I finally was able to say (out loud!!) that I don’t really think I have to strive to be the best venue in Topeka – that is just my overly competitive nature talking.
I just want to do the best that I can do as a venue owner. Which for me, is offering customer service that goes above and beyond what anyone would expect!
I love the interactions I have with all (most!) of our clients and want to do everything in my power to make their special day (birthday, wedding, anniversary, business meeting…..) the very best it can be.
I also love helping people when they call about an event – even if I’m already booked I will brainstorm other options with them.
I finally realized that by letting go of the “best” notion and just striving to give my ALL to each caller/client I have much less stress and enjoy my job more!
Letting go of so much stress has not only allowed me to enjoy what I do more but also to plan and dream! And, I have some big plans and dreams -hopefully they will start to take place soon!!!
Have you ever worked with a coach? Do you have big plans/dreams?