Archives for June 2012

I Pick Things Up and Put Them Down

 

Several of you have asked me about my weight lifting routine, especially how it incorporates into my half marathon training plan. I have now been consistently lifting since December, and while I don’t look ripped like I would like to, I am definitely more toned and lean.

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Bobby is my lifting partner, and he has been lifting since 7th grade. He knows a lot about it, what days to do what things, and helps make sure I am keeping proper form, etc.

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Our routine is broken up into two different days. We do back and biceps on one day, and chest and triceps on the alternating day. We throw in a little bit of abs pretty much every time, and I do legs on run days AFTER I have already run. Since I don’t run two days in a row, the next day is a cross training day so sore legs don’t affect my runs. I do NOT lift legs the day before a long run.

These are the machines we typically use on each set of days:

Chest/Triceps

-tricep extensions

-chest press

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-incline press

 

Biceps/Back

-bicep curl

-fixed pulldown

-rear deltoid

 

Abdominals

-abdominal crunch

-torso rotation

-ab ball/crunches

 

Legs

-leg press

-leg extension

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*we also use free weights on both days, I have been working on strengthening my stabilizer muscles

We do 15 reps for three sets on each exercise. Swapping out in between to rest. We also get water in between certain difficult sets, and throw in our ab machines in between sets of upper body for a small arm break!

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Also, on running days, I run in the morning then lift with Bobby at night, sometimes doing some cross training as well. Regardless, we always lift before doing cardio.

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QOTD: Do you lift? Are you looking to get into it more? What is stopping you!? What is your favorite machine at the gym?

Is it Time to Throw it Out?

 

Your workout gear I mean! I was contacted by a writer from totalbeauty.com about when the proper time would be to discard certain fitness gear in favor of new (and less smelly!) items. You can check out the full story here, but I wanted to post the photos/text of the part I was quoted on in case you don’t want to flip through all the pictures.

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I wrote a post awhile back about washing your workout gear, and it still holds true for me. I have only had to throw away a couple of really old and stained workout tops and shorts that were so old (high school!) the elastic was pretty much shot on them. I know it may take a few extra minutes to take care of your workout gear, but in the end it can save you a lot of money from having to replace things! Plus, no one wants to work out next to someone who is stinky, and they haven’t even broken a sweat yet! (I think this means some of Bobby’s shirts need to GO….)

Here are a few other tips:

-don’t put running shoes in the dryer, it messes with the fibers and the glue/shape of the shoe and can make it lose stability

-rotate your running shoes with another pair, this is good for injury purposes as well

– If something is stained or has a smell you can’t get rid of, throw it out! It’s time.

-Sweat wicking fabric can lose it’s wicking ability over time. If you notice you aren’t staying as dry as before it could mean it’s time for new sweat wicking outfits for you!

-check your socks, if they are thinning or getting holes ditch them, it’s not worth the blisters you will get!

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QOTD: What is your best tip for adding to the longevity of your workout gear?

*Don’t forget to enter the Under Armour What’s Beautiful challenge and enter to win a $500 Under Armour gift card!

Cruise on the Magic Part 3

 

Ok so We left off with Key West’s sunset, and I realized my post was getting a bit too long. Let’s pick up with dinner that night:

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We saw captain Mickey in the lobby

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Dinner was great, not sure why I didn’t take photos of the restaurant. But I do have dessert!

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The next day was sea day. We hit up the sit down breakfast before heading to the pool. We relaed a better part of the morning, then decided to do sit down lunch. I wanted an ice cream mickey for dessert and the server asked if I wanted minnie or mickey, I said surprsie me. here is my “mini mouse” bar. Oh dear. The spelling.

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That afternoon we hung out around the ship, watched movies, went to the gym, and relaxed. It was glorious.  Dinner was semi formal, so we got all gussied up for the occasion.

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We were in Animator’s Palate for the evening.

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Dinner was great as usual, and we were tuckered out from all the sun so we headed to bed shortly after.

The next day was Nassau day. We have been here twice before, so we really had no desire to get off the ship. We woke up to this outside our balcony:

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aaannddd this was on the other side of us:

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Hello Disney Dream! This was our view from our pool chairs all morning! I was on the Dream last summer, so it was weird being on the Magic and looking over at her! After some relaxing at the pool we decided to go up a deck and get some shots of the Dream next to us in the port, and some higher up shots of Nassau..

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Another relaxing day complete. When we left the port, we soon realized we were right alongside the Dream. This was Deja vu for me because this happened when I was on the Fantasy in March!

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That night was pirate night, but I will save the photos for the next installment!

*Don’t forget I am a Disney travel agent, and it is no extra cost to have me book your magical trip for you. Why not make it stress free? Contact me at heather@travelwiththemagic.com for a quote or more details!

QOTD: Wen you cruise do you always get off at every port?

Weekly Recap: June Week 2 and a Day at the Pool

 

Hola and Happy Father’s Day! I hope you are having a beautiful weekend like I am. It started out great on Friday with a surprise lunch date with my hubby for some hibachi. We were so full we ended up not even eating dinner. I have never had so much fried rice in my life! We hung out and watched a movie and then Saturday we got up for an eight mile long run. We didn’t get out the door till 8:00, and the sun was already high in the sky and it was hot. Luckily, there was a slight breeze to keep me from death.

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My moving comfort Jubralee sports bra was drenched, but I had no chafing or issues with support. Barely even noticed it, I really love this bra, especially the adjustable straps on the front, no more trying to reach to the back to adjust! If you are in the market for a new one, be sure to check it out!

It was actually a really good run. Since I now have a half marathon training plan, I wanted to stick with my pace called for, which was fine by me since it was so hot, I don’t know if I could have gone much faster anyway! We kept just about an 11:30 pace, and ran home to rehydrate and relax.

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Best thing about this bra, I felt totally comfortable wearing it by itself for my run. Some sports bras just don’t lend themselves to being worn alone, if you know what I mean girls, but I felt great in this one. It’s just wwaayyy to hot to wear a sticky shirt on long runs down here.

Hubby headed to the pool to cool off and swim a few laps. I figured it would be jam packed full of people (I hate getting to the pool to discover there are no chairs!) So I sat on the front porch with the pups to cool off.  Soon enough, Bobby texted me saying he was the only one at the pool. I jumped up, changed into my suit and met him down there.

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It was so nice being the only ones down there for awhile. The breeze made it feel great, and I had one of those times (very rare for me!) Where I felt truly relaxed. I love that feeling after you have a good long run, and you feel really productive so early in the morning. Know what I mean?

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After awhile we both got really hungry, so we headed to my favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch, hit up Target for groceries, then took a nice long nap. It was glorious! Unfortunately, I woke up with a bad headache, so it was staying in and vegging out the rest of the night in hopes it would go away.

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Here is my week summarized. This is the first week in long time I felt like I accomplished all I wanted to do workout-wise for the week. Check it out!

Sunday: rest

Monday: 3 mile Treadmill easy(ish) run, upper body weights

Tuesday: 3 miles stationary bike, upper body weights

Wednesday: ran 2 miles outside, upper body weights, stationary bike 20 minutes

Thursday: ran 4 miles (tempo run), upper body weights, stationary bike 20 minutes

Friday: upper body weights, 15 minutes stretching/yoga on my own

Saturday: 8 mile long run

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running: X’s 4, total of 17 miles.

cross training: X’s 3 (stationary bike)

weights: X’s 5 days

yoga: I missed class due to a killer headache, but stretched on my own 15 minutes

My goal for the week was to run all 4 days and to make sure I was still cross training and lifting. I would say I accomplished my goal, yay!

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I hope you all have a fab Father’s Day. I won’t get to see my dad, but I did see hi last weekend. I love you dad, thanks for all you have done for me and sacrificed over the years so we could be taken care of. You rock!

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I wanted to let you know about a cool opportunity to win a race weekend getaway:

Race Day Getaway to Cape Cod: New Balance and runningshoes.com are giving this away. The winner will receive two airline tickets and entries to the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Aug. 12. In order to enter, folks can share words of inspiration here – http://bit.ly/K6vrzw.
We are encouraging people to post their entry on Facebook and ask for friends to vote on their favorite entries. The finalists will be determined by votes.

If this is something that interests you be sure to enter and share so people can vote for you! You can post the link to your entry in the comments below so fellow readers can spread the voting love!

QOTD: What did your workouts look like this week? Anything you are especially proud of? Brag away!

RWS Features #28

 

Long run Saturday!  I haven’t done a long run since…uh…well, let’s just say it’s been awhile. Bobby and I have plans to tackle between 6-8 miles this morning and then maybe go for a dip in the pool. What are your Saturday plans?

It is nice to not have much to do, I feel like we have been on the go so much and it’s not slowing down any. We are out of town 2 of the next 3 weekends and August is very busy as well. (Healthy Living Summit, Disneyland Half marathon, etc.)

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So, in the spirit of taking it easy, I am going to let my blog take some rest and share with you a new (to me) blog to follow! It’s Amy from Running Escapades!

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1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging as another way of journaling my running experiences. I am a scrapbooker and saw blogging as another way of saving my memories. It was a way to keep myself accountable as I tried to achieve my goal of becoming a New England runner.

2.) Sum up your blog in a couple sentences:

RUNNING ESCAPADES is about my love for running. It is a place for me to share my experiences and my passion.

3.)What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging?

Ultimately, my goal was to record my memories as I tried to become a New England runner. I’m a midwest girl now living in a much different environment. I was attempting to conquer my environment and hoping to interact with other runners who could relate or offer support.

4.)What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment so far is training and running my first half marathon last year. The farthest I had ever run before that was a 10K. With the support of my husband and running partner I was able to tackle the 13.1 and I’m looking to do it again soon.

Thanks Amy! I love that you are a scrapbooker! Be sure to follow Amy on Twitter as well: @runningescapade

*You can still register for Healthy Living Summit! Hurry before tickets sell out! If you have questions about the summit, what to expect, etc. Please feel free to contact me!

QOTD: Who is racing this weekend? Any other big plans?

My Fitness Bucket List

 

You hear a lot of people talking about bucket lists. They may include things like skydiving, visit a certain country, learn a foreign language, or take a painting class. My bucket list seems to revolve around a lot of fitness related activities, so why not have one JUST for health and fitness? So I thought I would share with you a few of the items on my fitness bucket list. You can check out my full list on my #Fitfluential Fitness bucket list Pinterest board. In no particular order….

 

1.) Run the Tower of Terror ten miler or the tinkerbell half marathon in Disneyland. These are the only two runDisney races I have not run (aside from the expedition Everest challenge) and I have heard great things about tink…and the ToT 10 miler just looks SO fun!

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2.) Run the Hood to Coast Relay. Ever since last year when I reviewed the movie, I have wanted to do this race. Them, after competing in the Rouge Orleans Ultra relay, I REALLY wanted to run!

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3.) Paddle board or surf in a beautiful location. I kind of fear learning to do something like this, but would love to get over it and do it! Being in a beautiful location would make it a bit more enticing.

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4.) Train with Bob Harper. I have loved the Biggest Loser since day one, and really like his approach to health and fitness! Meeting him or training with him would be awesome.

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5.) Go to a yoga/spa retreat center. A nice long weekend of relaxation and fitness in a beautiful setting like you see on the movies sounds absolutely wonderful and rejuvenating!

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I am adding to my bucket list all the time so be sure to check my Pinterest board often!

QOTD: What is on your fitness bucket list?

*Don’t forget to enter to win a $500 Under Armour gift card as part of the What’s beautiful challenge!

Coca-Cola: America is Your Park


I love going to the park. Even as an adult, there is just something so fun and energizing about playing in a common place where people from the community can gather. Parks are especially important, as they provide a place for kids to get out and play and be active. Living in a state that always tops the obesity charts, I feel that making improvements to our parks is a very important thing.

Thanks to Coca Cola, this is going to become a reality for four parks around the country! Yes, it’s true! Through the live positively campaign, Coca Cola is allowing you to vote for your favorite park, and you can earn even more points for checking in via a special foursquare link when you visit your favorite park. This is the third year of the successful campaign, so be sure to vote for YOUR favorite park. The America Is Your Park campaign was developed in collaboration with the National Park Foundation, America’s State Parks and the National Recreation and Park Association

You can vote now through July 15th for your favorite local park. I am voting for my favorite, Ft. Maurepas park in Ocean Springs, MS.

This park means a lot to me because it is usually a meeting spot for long runs, and it is right on the beach. It’s in a beautiful area, which is still trying to come back after hurricane Katrina. Bobby and I have even gone for a long run and then had a picnic at the park afterwards. It has a fun playground and a splash pad as well as bathrooms and a covered pavilion, but I would love to see a basketball court or some outdoor metal workout/circuit equipment.

It’s all up to you, folks. If you want your park to win, spread the word! You can share via Facebook and Twitter that you have voted, so you can get everyone you know involved. Last year, there were a total for 13 MILLION votes! I say we try to top that! Remember, any park big or small can win. First prize is a $100,000 grant, 2nd prize is a $50,000 grant, and third prize is a $25,000 grant. One lucky park in the top 25 will be randomly chosen for a $15,000 grant as well. It’s SO EASY to vote, so do it right now!

Ok so to recap, here are the two ways to vote:

o Going online (via computer or smartphone 1 vote each)
o “Checking in” and voting from the park via Foursquare (100 votes each) – Details on the site

QOTD: What park are you voting for? Every vote counts!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Only legal residents of the 50 U.S. (and D.C.) who are at least 13 years old and reside within the U.S. at the time of participation are eligible to vote for a Park. Participate on behalf of a Park by: July 15, 2012. The 3 most popular Parks will be offered a grant and there will be 1 Wild Card drawing at the end of the Contest to award an additional grant. To participate, for Official Rules, and complete details including grant descriptions, visit www.LivePositively.com/parks. Void where prohibited.

You Can Fly!

 

Did you know that registration for the Tinkerbell half marathon opened yesterday? That’s right, the 2nd annual race in Disneyland is back on again! I would SO love to run this race. If only money grew on trees and I could make it out to California for it. Looks like a BLAST!

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Here are some deets:

-Nearly 20k people are anticipated to sign up!

-you can register at runDisney.com

-This fun weekend is slated for January 18-20, 2013

-The half marathon runs through Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park – including the new Cars Land – and the streets of Anaheim. The half marathon course will include music, entertainment and Disney characters at various junctures as well as runners in colorful Tinker Bell costumes. Runners who finish the half marathon will receive a Tinker Bell medal with its own set of wings.

-The race weekend, hosted by Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim, features a variety of events, including The Never Land Family Fun 5K and the runDisney Kids’ races on Saturday (Jan. 19), and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon on Sunday (Jan. 20). There will also be a health and fitness expo Friday and Saturday (Jan. 18-19) showcasing the latest running merchandise, as well as guest speakers – all geared toward women.

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I am all about bling and I LOVE this metal! Hopefully I will get one someday! What are you waiting for? Sign up now! Prices increase mid July!

Speaking of price increase, the marathon weekend price increase for those races June June 19th, and Goody is already 72% full, and the marathon is 53% full. (Interested in more info on the full, check out my post revealing the new course for the special 20th anniversary run!)

More exciting news, registration for Disney’s Princess half marathon opens JULY 10th!!!

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Guess what? I will be hosting a discounted room block for the Princess half race, just like I am for marathon weekend (I still have plenty of rooms available for the marathon weekend room block! contact me for more info at heather@travelwiththemagic.com, great rates!!!)

No matter what runDisney race you choose to run, you will NOT be disappointed. Feel free to contact me for more details on any runDisney race!

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QOTD: What runDisney race is your favorite (or would you like to run) and why?

*Don’t forget to joint he Under Armour What’s Beautiful challenge and enter to win a $500 gift card!

*Registration for Healthy Living Summit opened last night! I am one of the speakers, I can’t wait! Have you registered?

Never Give Up

With the summer heat settling in down here in the south, I am finding myself on the treadmill more and more. I don’t particularly like this fact, but I know it’s better for me. Not only will I be saved from a heat stroke, but I can better gauge my progress with my speed work to reach my Under Armour goal. Unfortunately, I don’t think I am going to reach my goal just yet. Between food poisoning, being on vacation, and some other personal things going on, I just need more time. But, the good news is THAT’S OK!

Sometimes we don’t reach our goals in our desired, allotted time, but it doesn’t mean we should stop pursuing them. I am determined to reach mine, even if it takes more days, weeks, or months.

I am loving my new Under Armour gear though, something about a new outfit makes me run faster. I am really loving my new shoes the most, I enjoy switching up my running shoes anyway so these came at the perfect time. I love the slash marks on the back of the Slash Capris, and I like how light and airy the Charm Tank feels as well.

Don’t worry, if you are just finding out about this challenge, you can still sign up! Check out the awesome website Under Armour has set up, and declare your goal today. There are so many different challenges and ways to stretch yourself on the website, it’s such a great tool and great motivation as well. I think it’s so cool how the Under Armour mindset has really pushed me to want to achieve my goal. Seeing so many like minded and beautiful women all working so hard to accomplish a goal really makes me want to be the best version of myself I can be.

Bottom line, don’t give up! If you are struggling, or plateaued, push on through! Even after the challenge is officially over, there is no reason why you still cannot reach your goal. I will be updating my blog and hopefully soon I will be celebrating and announcing that I reached mine, and I would love to be able to celebrate with you as well. Remember what makes you beautiful, and remember not to give up! Track your progress and keep going!

You can enter to win a $500 gift card from Under Armour! Just answer the question below:

what do you do to keep yourself motivated to achieve your personal fitness goals? SWEEPSTAKES/GIVEAWAY RULES

Rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion, including exactly the following unique terms in your tweet message: “#whatsbeautiful” “#sweepstakes”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post. To comply with FTC Guidelines (seehttp://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm), entrants’ blog posts must disclose that they are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post.

d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. Entries from all participating blogs will be pooled for winner selection; only two entries per household. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 6/12-6/30.

Be sure to visit Under Armour’s pageon BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

Be Your Own Advocate

 

Monday already?! I hope your weekend was a good one. Mine flew by as usual. We visited my parents because we went to a youth group reunion at my church. Our old youth pastor, who moved away my junior year, was coming into town and we had a reunion for all the youth that were in the church during his “time” as youth pastor. So many people are spread out all over the place so only a handful of people got to come, but it was still great to see everyone!

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it rained all. weekend. No long run for us. Instead, we got flooded streets and yards. The dogs just LOVED going outside to potty in this…

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and I MAY have had two snowballs this weekend…

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Wedding cake is the best flavor ever created. Except for wedding cake cream. Oh my.

Anyway today’s post does have a bit of a serious tone to it. I have been struggling with a series of health issues and I am not sure where they are coming from. It’s so frustrating to try and pin point something based on a set of symptoms just to have something else come into play that changes everything. So, I just wanted to give a quick PSA to be an advocate for your health. Just because a doctor says something does not mean it’s true, and just because something wasn’t a problem for you in the past doesn’t mean it can’t be now. People make mistakes, medicines get misdiagnosed, and our body chemistry changes. it is SO important to do our own research, ask questions, and not be afraid to say “no! something still isn’t right!” Even when the doctor says everything seems fine.

Just a little something that has been on my mind. I used to always be the person who thought I could never disagree with my doctor and that they were always right and I would never go against what they said…but sometimes you have to take your health into your own hands. You only get one body, so don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself if something doesn’t seem right!

Ok that is all. Smile I hope you have a SUPER fabulous Monday! I’ve got work to do.

QOTD: Have you ever had to be an advocate for your own health? What happened?