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Last Week’s Workouts – 3/29/15

You’ll have to excuse my tardiness for this post.  It was suppose to hit the blog yesterday, but for whatever reason, it was still sitting in my draft folder today when I logged in.  As they say, better late than never.

week in workouts

Last week I scaled back from my Max 30 training to focus on my running.  I have just two weeks left until my last half marathon of this season, so I really want to enjoy these last few weeks of training without worrying too much about how I’m doing with Max 30.  I’m still enjoying it, but I miss the dedication and focus on running and don’t want to burn myself out.  I’m starting the 21 Day Fix promptly after Iron Girl, so I kinda want to stay fresh for that as well.

My hubby was home for the early part of the week, so I was actually able to complete a couple runs on my own, which was very nice.  I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been running so frequently with the double stroller, but my speed has gradually increased over the past two months.  It could have something to do with the fact that i’m logging quite a few miles through these past half marathons that I’ve been running.  Stay tuned for my Sarasota Half Marathon recap soon.  I’m trying to get that out this week for you.

Monday 3/23  4 Miles – 3 with the single stroller and the last running solo.  my daughter wanted to retire early, so I dropped her off at the house and took off to finish my training run.

Tuesday  3/24 Scheduled Rest Day

Wednesday 3/25  4 miles solo.  this was a great run, except it was very hot!  It literally went from the 60’s to the 80’s here in Florida.  Mother Nature is cruel to us too!

Thursday 3/26  Max 30 Tabata Strength.

Friday 3/27  PiYo with foam rolling and stretching

Saturday 3/28  Supposed to log 7 miles, but I punked out in favor of an extra two hours of sleep.  Baby boy woke me up a couple times that night and I just refused to trade sleep for mileage.  We had planned a day at Busch Gardens for a friend’s birthday, so I logged 4-5 miles walking around the park carrying two little kids.  <— that counts for something, huh?

Sunday 3/29  Foam Rolled and did PiYo

This week I’m carrying the same type of mentality with regard to Max 30 workouts.  I’m planning to take it easy, roll and stretch, and log as many miles as I can .  Hubby is traveling this week, so it looks like the kiddos are coming with me for the weekday runs, which I’m not really looking forward to, but I’ll have to suck it up either way.

 

What are your workouts looking like this week?  

Do you ever struggle to complete your workouts when a spouse or caregiver isn’t able to help out?

How do you fit it in with the kids?

Friday Five – A Day in the Life

Woo Hoo! Friday Friday Friday!!! This week is slowly coming to a close and I cannot wait to get some much needed rest. My husband has been traveling since Wednesday morning and I’m exhausted from having these two kiddos and no one to give me a break. Harrison is in the middle of a period of sleep regression, so he’s been waking up every 2 – 3 hours every night – after he was already sleeping 7 hours straight through the night. I’d always heard about how nasty the 4 month sleep regression stage is and it certainly hasn’t disappointed. This has been happening for almost 3 weeks, so I’m hoping the end is near. He’ll be 6 months this Sunday, so a big milestone is upon us. I’ll be posting his checkin next week, after we visit the pediatrician.

Today I’m driving over to my parents for a visit. Actually I’m killing two birds here, because I have to pick up my bib from the Fit2Run over there for the Sarasota half marathon, so I figured it would be a perfect excuse to take the kids to Nana and Papa’s house while we were out that way. Anyway, today I’m linking up with Mar, Courtney and Cynthia for A Day in the Life Friday Five post. I have a few previous Day in the Life posts that you can read here, here, and here. Today’s version will be a little abbreviated to go with the #FridayFive theme.

A Day in the lIfe

5:30 am Harrison wakes up (this could be his first wake up or it could be the third time that night) I change his diaper, then nurse him (hopefully) back to sleep. If my hubby is gone, I will go back to sleep for another hour or two, otherwise, I will get up after I put little man back down to sleep and head straight to the coffee machine before beginning laundry, breakfast or working on my laptop (checking emails, scheduling posts, following up with clients, etc….) I need a cup of coffee every morning! It wakes me up and always puts me in a good mood. I own the best filter coffee machine uk and it’s one of my most used appliances! Being able to have Great coffee without downsides every day is so worth the money to get one.

8:30 a.m. Both kids are awake and ready for breakfast. Rossi gets oatmeal and Harrison gets nursed then, since we are baby lead weaning, I will offer him sliced bananas. We are still in his first week of solid foods, so I can’t introduce anything new for another day. So far, he likes bananas, he just needs to learn how to chew and how to manipulate his tongue properly to keep the food in his mouth. After breakfast, we play with toys, read books, walk the dog, or go jump on the trampoline.

11:00 a.m. Rosalyn has gymnastics. She loves this part of her day. She gets to expel some energy, and I get to get out of the house with a reasonable amount of socialization with other adults. Afterwards, we grab lunch at our favorite family drive thru, PDQ.

2:00 p.m. Nap Time This is my favorite time of the day. Rosalyn & Harrison both go down for their naps and Mommy uses this time to get in her sweat session. Right now I’m doing Insanity Max 30 in my living room, but I’ll start the 21 Day Fix soon after that is done and I’ll rotate a couple days of PiYo or Yogaglo for my scheduled rest or long run days to coordinate with my half marathon training.

5:00 p.m. We go our for a run. Usually it’s not more than four or five miles during the week. If my hubby is gone, I’ll take the kids in the double stroller for a quick 3 miles, just to keep up my mileage, but if he’s home, I’ll go for a tempo run or take a little longer 5 or 6 miles, especially now that the time change allows for longer daylight. Promptly after returning, I shower, change and heat up dinner in the microwave – usually some kind of chicken or turkey with brown rice and veggies. Baths and bedtime shortly follow after dinner. And usually, I’m exhausted by the time I fight to get them down, so I am off to bed as soon as I can.

What’s the best part of your day?

What time of the day do you schedule your workouts?

Friday Five: Fitness Snapshots 2015

Hello Friday. Welcome back.

It’s been a looooong week for me personally. You know how they say “The days are long, but the years are short.” Well that phrase never meant as much to me as it does now. Life gets rough at times as a SAHM. I get a little stir crazy every now and then with two little ones, but thankfully, I’ve got family close by to help me out when I need a break. And this weekend is gonna be one of those breaks. It’s just what I need to unwind and get unhitched. I’m looking forward to it so much too, because I’m going to be pacing my girlfriend who is running her very first half marathon at Best Damn Race Safety Harbor. Whoop Whoop!!! I can’t wait to cross that finish line with her. Speaking of crossing finish lines, that brings me to the topic of today’s Friday Five. This week we are sharing some of our favorite #FitnessSnapshots. It’s been a tought week of workouts, I have to admit! I’ve been doing everything from a chest tricep workout to a 7 mile run. It’s been busy and I’m exhausted now!

I know, as bloggers, we tend to take a plethora of fitness selfies and action shots along our runs or during fitness training. So it’s no surprise that this is one of my favorite Friday Five topics. I love to share and view all the inspirational pictures from everyone’s fitness lives. It’s so fun. So here are a couple of my latest Fitness Snapshots from the past few weeks.
Fitness Snapshots FFMake sure to visit Courtney, Mar and Cynthia’s blogs to join in on the Friday Five linkup fun.

FF Snapshots ChangeJust another one of my motivational running posts. You’ll find lots of these on my Instagram account. @Runningwdiapers
FF snapshots Friday FightHere’s a great snapshot from one of my Insanity Max 30 workouts. I love love love it. And this tricep dip is just one of the reasons why. FF Snapshots  7 mile run This was taken during one of my training runs this past month. FF Snapshot BDR Jax Here I am, crossing the finish line at Best Damn Race Jacksonville. I finished my first postpartum half marathon in just over 2:20FF  snapshots life ourselves

Here’s another action shot from my Max 30 workouts.

 

What kind of fitness posts do you like to see?

How do you capture your action shots?

Last Week’s Workouts – Week Two of Insanity Max 30

Week of January 26, 2015:

Week in Workouts

Monday – Max30 Cardio Challenge

Tuesday – Max30 Tabata Strength

Wednesday – Max30 Sweat Intervals

Thursday – Max30 Tabata Strength

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 4 Mile Run

Sunday – 60 Min Yoga

Woo Hoo! Last week I wrapped up the second week of Insanity Max 30. I really can’t tell you how much I love this program. It’s been the best thing for me, especially at a time when getting back into a routine is so difficult. I mean, who doesn’t have 30 minutes to spare for a little sweat session? And, I’m serious, if I can do this, ANYONE CAN DO THIS.

This past week I really had to focus on getting in all of my workouts. Regardless of the fact that my kiddos didn’t always cooperate, I still managed to get it done EVERY DAY – with the exception of my rest day. I am very proud of myself for that too.. It’s really easy to use my kids as an excuse as to why I didn’t get my workout completed. There are plenty of days when they’re cranky, or disruptive, or in the way, but I’m making this commitment to change, and THAT’S IMPORTANT TO ME.

I’m the first to admit that it’s tough. My husband travels, I’m sleep deprived and I’m alone most days without any help. So I get it. It’s tough. But it’s important to me, so I’m finding the time to make it happen. Period.

 

This week, most of the workouts went extremely well. I can know see that my biggest weakness is the pushups. I’m really terrible at pushups right now. There was a time when I could knock out 10 beautiful pushups on my knees, but right now I can’t even do that. And I feel completely weak and ridiculous when it’s time to knock out a couple dozen pushups for this program. But I’m trying the best I can, and that’s all I can do. Eventually, I know that its going to get easier.

Another big challenge I’m facing right now is my joints and ligaments. Since I’m still breastfeeding, I have to be careful and listen to my body a little more intently. I have high amounts of prolactin present, so my joints and ligaments are acting up a little. Before the baby, I used to tackle this with the help of cbd products, which are great for joint pain. I wish I still could but I’m not sure what impact it would have on my breast milk. They even do thc juul pods now so I could simply pop it into my vape pen, if only! Instead, I’m foam rolling and taking it easy when I can to give myself a little slack when I feel anything out of the ordinary. But I’m taking it somewhat easy, knowing that I’m more at risk for injury if I don’t listen to my body.

I didn’t run hardly at all last week since I was so focused on Insanity Max. The good news is that I’m feeling strong and healthy for the upcoming week, which includes my second half marathon of the year. And of course, since I have the half on Saturday, I’m planning to take it easy with the Max30 workouts. I’m going to be part of the #ModifySquad this week. That’s just another reason why I love this program so much. I can completely go at my own pace. Even though I am not able to go full speed and really dig deep, I am satisfied with pushing myself with the modifier, because that’s just going to aid me in ramping up my strength and agility towards a second cycle. And that’s when you know you’re really going to start seeing the change in me.

 

Cheers to another fabulous week for me and you!!!

How was your week in workouts?

Do you scale down your cross training (cross fit, body pump, weight training, etc.) the week of a big race?

Friday Five – Favorite Indoor Workouts

Welcome to Friday people!!! Another week has come and gone and the weekend is upon us. Not only is it the weekend, but it’s Super Bowl Weekend!!!! Who are you going to be cheering for to win the big game? I really don’t have a preference on the outcome. I’m just watching for the commercials. Speaking of commercials, have you seen the Budweiser commercial? I love puppies and clydesdales, so, of course, I love this commercial.

Okay, so aside from the Superbowl, it’s going to be a fun weekend. And it’s getting started with my usual Friday Five. I’m linking up with Courtney, Mar and Cynthia to talk about our favorite indoor workouts.

Favorite Indoor Workouts

1. Yoga yoga classesI fell in love with yoga years ago before my husband and I met, and ever since, I crave it. One of the nicest things about yoga is the convenience of being indoors. Rain or shine, snow or ice, there’s always a yoga class available to suit your needs. And for those really cold days, there’s always Bikram. If you really enjoy attending yoga classes, why not start running your own? The other day I was looking on a website similar to mariannewells.com and I was reading about the yoga teacher training courses that they offer. I had never thought about becoming a yoga teacher but it would be such a fun job!

2. Insanity Max 30 max 30 screen shot modifier If you’re not already familiar with Shaun T or the original INSANITY program, you may be drawing a blank when you hear Max 30 or see #imaxedout in your newsfeed. In the simplest of words, Max 30 is a fast, effective, HIIT workout that challenges your body in ways you never knew. I’m absolutely in love with this program because it is a perfect fit for my busy schedule, being that it’s only 30 minutes. I just pop in the DVD and what begins is a fierce workout that I’m already beginning to see results with only two weeks in. Probably the biggest feature that I’m pleased with is the modifier on the right screen. Coming off my second cesarean, I’m extremely weak in my core and my endurance is not where it used to be. By following the modifier, I can comfortably complete all (or most) of the movements with correct posture and form. So I’m constantly improving instead of getting frustrated by the difficulties of the moves.

3. Cycling cyclingMy favorite group fitness class has got to be cycling. Waaay back before I became a mom, I was a certified spin instructor. I had fallen in love with cycling and found pure delight in motivating individuals through my love of music and fitness. Cycling is a great way to improve muscle endurance and cardiovascular health. Tons of calories can be burned in just one cycling class and it’s a perfect low impact cross training activity for runners.

4. PiYo PiYo ChaleneThis workout DVD has slowly become one of my favorites. It’s the perfect combination of yoga and Pilates, rolled into one quick workout.

6. Kettle bells FF kettlebellsIf I’m short on time and just want to get a little sweat session in between playtime with the kids or cooking dinner, I like to play with my kettle bells. Kettle bells are a fantastic way to engage the back, legs and shoulders and build endurance and strength. I include them in my functional training workout, which I’ve been learning more about the benefits of from TRX Training, to help my movement throughout the world. I find them to be an extremely effective cross training tool for my off running days too.

What is your favorite indoor workout?

Do you have a quick go-to workout that you can do easily at home?

Ever been to a spin class?