Happy Monday! I have WAY to much energy this morning so I’m going to use it to knock things out. It’s a short week due to Thanksgiving so I’m ready to be productive before the feasting begins!
Short and sweet weekend for us! I hadn’t been sleeping well the past week and I needed some quiet time so I was glad we took this weekend to relax. We will be visiting my in-laws on Thursday and my mom on Friday. Luckily, everyone is spread around Houston so it won’t be too much travel for us.
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving week and stay safe!
It’s been a little over a week since I’ve received my Peloton bike. I have to say that I love it! It’s been absolutely a time saver for me to have access to a great workout in my home. Here’s a bit of a breakdown of the bike, the system, and my experience with it.
When I first got into group fitness, I would attend a spin class multiple times a week. However my running goals changed so my workouts did too. I reduced the amount of spin classes I attended in favor of hitting the weights. I live in the suburbs so the closest studio is about thirty minutes away from me. With rush hour traffic and the limited class schedule, it’s usually something I have to plan in advance. While I enjoy hitting up a class occasionally with a friend, it was something I didn’t necessary prioritize.
That’s where the Peloton bike comes in! I had actually researched this bike a couple of years ago. The ability to take a spin class in your home whenever you had time sounds like a GREAT idea for me. I know that most days I would rather go home than head to the gym but having this at home gets rid of any excuse! Jordan and I recently received raises and since we paid off some debts, we could now afford it.
Jordan and I visited the Peloton showroom a few weeks ago to get a better look. Jordan wanted to make sure the bike was durable and that it would be something I liked. The sales staff showed me all the pieces and even offered to let me take a class to give it a try! I passed on the class but I knew I was ready to take the leap.
The delivery and installation was simple and with a few updates, I was ready for my first class. With the Peloton bike, you have the ability to stream thousands of classes or jump into a live class in the NYC studio. The instructors are very high energy and I loved that they pay attention to those taking the live class at home. On my first live class, one of my favorite instructors even gave me a personal shout out. Peloton does everything they can to make the home riders feel engaged.
Immediately, I was hooked. Even on easier/recovery days I have the option to take a low intensity class to flush out my legs. I can take a quick class while dinner is in the oven and be done just in time for Jordan to get home from work. I don’t have to deal with traffic and I don’t have to worry about cancellation fees. If I wake up and feel miserable (I did Saturday) I can skip the workout and opt for one of their stretching or yoga routines available on their platform.
If you follow me on Instagram, you can see that I use my bike a lot. I’m not training for a particular race yet but I do think that this will be very beneficial in my training. The Peloton bike is ideal if you want to round out your home gym or if you just need some extra motivation to get moving!
Do you have a stationary bike at home? Have you ever tried the Peloton bike?
In the sake of being completely honest, I am sharing with you today why I decided to quit BBG seven weeks into the program. Honestly, it was a mutual breakup and I can’t do anything but sing praises to the program.
If you don’t know, BBG is the Bikini Body Guide (now known as Sweat With Kayla) created by Kayla Itsines. She’s an Australian personal trainer that created two twelve week programs that whip you into shape. Each week is usually three strength workouts followed by LISS, which is low intensity steady state workout. This can be anything from walking, a short run, or cycling.
BBG started as one E-Book and has grown into a huge following on Instagram. Kayla has since created more workout programs and has released an app in conjunction with the programs. I have seen the results first hand and these workouts will definitely whip you into shape. I’ve met so many girls who completed the twelve week program and have grown so much stronger.
So why am I quitting BBG? Currently, it just doesn’t fit into my routine anymore. This program is meant for you to give 100%. It’s actually pretty intense and there’s a joke within the community that after a workout you’ll experience “death by Kayla”. In less than an hour, you will be drench in sweat and your arms or legs will be jello. Of course, stretching and foam rolling will cure this but by the time you’ve recovered, you’re working out again.
I hit the gym twice a week for a full body workout along with running or doing a spin class at home. I’ll also join my friend on a run to help with her marathon training. If I lay that out each week, that doesn’t leave me much time for BBG. Plus, I have a monthly membership at the gym and I don’t feel like I get much out of my money if I’m too sore from BBG to complete the WOD. Crapping out your body doesn’t really benefit you and unless you absolutely need to, I don’t see much of a reason for constant “two-a-days”.
If you are looking to jumpstart your fitness program and want something you can do at home, I would definitely recommend BBG. I will warn you that it’s hard but if done properly with recovery periods, you will be amazed by the results. I think it’s a great investment and ideal with someone who would rather workout at home.
So sorry BBG. It’s not you, it’s me. Maybe we can get back together later on down the road.
I have been feeling much better this past week with plenty of visits to my chiropractor and some deep stretching. I took it easy this weekend and didn’t want to over do it.
It was a calm and relaxing weekend and my back felt better every day. i’m looking forward to getting back to my normal routine this week and start getting ready for Thanksgiving! Hope you had a great weekend too!
It’s been a bit quiet around the blog lately. Mostly because of trying to decompress after a fun but exhausting training season. These past twelve weeks have been some of the funnest and also the most challenging to date. I really put my mind to mastering this half-marathon and I couldn’t be happier with my performance. That being said, I also ran my half-marathon with a last minute injury.
As an athlete, the onset of any type of injury is crushing. Coming from a couch potato background, I have to be smart with increasing mileage and intensity in my workouts. I was also in a horrible car wreck when I was a teenager that did a number on my back. It’s not uncommon for me to bend or sit a certain way and knock my back completely out of wack for days or even weeks. It’s frustrating and I can’t tell you how many tears I’ve cried because of injuries.
However, in the past two years of running and training, I’ve learned that practicing grace in the midst of injury is so important. It’s easy to hit the gym full speed ahead as soon as you get the go ahead from your doctor. Unfortunately, this can lead to getting hurt again.
I wouldn’t necessary recommend starting at square one but I would I scale it back a bit. For example, my back has been giving me problems and while I’m getting better I’m still staying away from deadlifts. When I do feel 100%, I won’t jump back to my normal weight. Since I’ve lost a good deal of mobility and strength, I’ll start with 50% of my weight and see how it feels. It may take weeks to get back to where I used to be pre-injury but it’s a safe way to scale the workout and get moving again.
The same can be done for running. If you had to stop running due to injury, I would start slow. Begin with walk/run intervals until you’re able to run for a whole mile then slowly begin to add miles to your run. It will take a lot of patience but your body will thank you for it.
Another thing about injury, depending on what happened, you may need to give extra attention to it. I know my back will always be a problem so I focus on improving my core strength and stretching my hips and hamstrings since any tightness there leads to tightness in my lower back. A few times a week, I do my old physical therapy workouts and it helps keep me moving. Working on your body’s weaknesses can help you ward off injury in the future.
Overall, be patient! I know it’s the last thing you want to hear and even I roll my eyes when people tell me that. However, sometimes getting injured is our body’s way to tell us to chill out. With time, you will start to feel better and you’ll be back to it!
Good Morning! I had such a fun filled weekend and I hope you had a a great one too! Now that my race is over and I’m not training for anything, most of the weekends will be going with the flow. Trying to enjoy just a bit of time before it gets crazy for the holidays!
Overall, it was a great weekend. I can’t wait for my bike to be delivered this week. I’ll be sharing my experience with the Peloton bike and classes later this month!
If you’re familiar with my blog, you know that I’ve tried and reviewed a subscription box for runner called StrideBox! I’m a huge fan of subscription boxes and I’ve tried many different kinds. When I was skimming social media, a new type of box popped up. The BarBella box is a subscription box for women who do crossfit. I knew that I had to give it a try and see what the buzz was all about!
I received October’s box and it was their Breast Cancer Awareness Box! There were so many goodies but my favorite is definitely the sports bra! It has padding on the collar bones so you’re protected from barbell impact. I know that I’m guilty of barbell bruises when I get carried away with my Power Cleans!
The box also contained thumb grips and WOD Dice to help mix up workouts. Yumbutter is the perfect protein snack to take on the go!
Another goodie in my box was the Brave Bar by Pulse Skincare. After a tough workout my hands can feel dry and tough but this soap is super moisturizing! I love that the BarBella Box is packed with goodies for your workout and recovery!
Happy Monday friends! It’s been such a great week and weekend full of nice weather and good times. It was also the week of my race! I kept most activity throughout the week low intensity in preparation for my half marathon!
I picked up my bib and packet on Saturday and spent most of the day relaxing. Mostly sitting on the couch and watching Law and Order with a few breaks to stretch and foam roll. I made a conscience effort not to be nervous for my race. For the weeks leading up to the race, I made myself smile and picture a strong finish whenever the race would pop into my mind. It sounds silly but I really believe it’s what helped me have a great race.
The forecast for Sunday morning was around 45 degrees at the start of the race and it would be around 55 degrees when I finished. Since it was close to Halloween, I wanted to wear my Wonder Woman skirt. I made a mad scramble to Target to find a black long sleeve shirt so I wouldn’t be completely frozen on Sunday. However, I was excited because I was finally getting what I wanted: cold weather on race day!
We arrived at the park in Downtown and immediately got in the line for the porta potty. It was moving much slower than I would have liked but I kept me cool. As soon as I was done, I had to bolt to the start line. Thankfully the elites were first so I had time to get situated within the crowd. This race had pacers and my main goal was to stay in front of the 2:10 pacer and to never let him pass me.
I took off and I felt like I was going a bit fast but it was still comfortable. My first mile was an 8:15 but soon I settled into my groove. I am so stinking proud of myself because from mile 2-11 my splits were all 9:35. That consistency and just how my body felt throughout the run made me so dang happy. I didn’t feel tired, I didn’t feel anxious, I felt COMFORTABLE and that’s what I was aiming for. There was a moment where I began to start with negative thoughts but I made myself snap out of it. I thought of my friends, of my past races, of everything I had done this year. Basically any positive thing I could think of.
It was amazing but I was actually having FUN on this race. It was a strange feeling to be smiling with the wind in my hair and sun at my face at mile 9 and not be dying. So many people got a kick out of my Wonder Woman skirt and little kids along the course made me smile. I began to feel tightness in my left glute and lower back due to tweaking my back a bit earlier in the week. I didn’t let it phase me. I slowed it down to a 10 minute mile for the last couple miles. I texted Jordan about it and he was going to come meet me on the course. I texted him back and told him that I’m freaking Wonder Woman and I don’t quit! He knew from that text that I was in good spirits and he wouldn’t need to help me finish.
The dang finish line was uphill however I was so happy to see it and see my time! I stayed in front of the 2:10 pacer for the whole race and beat my personal record! I finish my half-marathon in 2:06 and even though it wasn’t my goal, I was so happy with how my race felt. Yes I was tired at the end but I wasn’t hurt and I thoroughly enjoyed myself through it all!
After the race, we stopped at Panera for brunch and I had some warm tomato soup. I had fun but my legs and face were definitely frozen. I wore glove at the beginning of the race but stripped them off halfway through. My ears need to be covered when I run in cooler weather since they’re the first to freeze!
I also wanted to try Starbucks’ Halloween Drink but they were out at the one by my house. We stopped by Dunkin Donuts and I had the most delicious Pumpkin Macchiato. However, it may have just been great because it was warm, haha! It took a warm bath and some couch time to finally thaw out.
The day after the race, I feel great! I was hoping to go to the gym this afternoon but I developed a lovely blister on the ball of my foot which is mostly uncomfortable. Other than that, I have no complaints! It’s amazing how quick my body has recovered from this race. That medal makes all those two-a-days worth it!
I don’t have another race planned but I may pop in and do a local Christmas race depending on how I feel. Mostly, I’m going to take care of my body and focus on strength training in preparation for my next training season, whenever that may be!
Hope you’re having a great Monday already! I just started off my morning with a 5AM spin class so I am pumped up! My weekend was just busy enough to be exciting but with plenty of downtime and relaxing!
I had a blast this weekend! My half marathon is next weekend so I’m taking the latter half of the week to rest.
Have you ever attended a fitness festival or retreat? I know that not many of us would willingly give up a weekend just to exercise but hear me out! I believe that it’s absolutely an experience that everyone should get to try out. Here’s why you should attend a fitness festival!
Reason #1: All The Endorphins!
There’s something about “embracing the suck” together. I believe that sweating with a group of people somehow connects you with others. That’s why group fitness classes tend to be so popular. You’re more willing to grit your teeth and push through a workout when you’re part of a crowd. Once you finish your workout, you’re on cloud nine! It’s almost guaranteed that after you leave the event, you’ll be feeling that endorphin rush!
Reason #2: Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone
This was a big one for me. I attended both the Tone It Up Tour and the Wanderlust festival this fall. While I knew a few girls attending the Tone It Up tour, I spent time with so many beautiful souls at Wanderlust. While I normally don’t just go up to someone to begin a conversation, the welcoming environment of both events really helped me step out and try new things. You’re more likely to try out new things when you’re surrounded by so many other like minded people!
Reason #3: Learning About Yourself
Wanderlust was extra special to me because I felt such a connection during the meditation portion. I began to really let go of all the negative self thought and began to accept positive thoughts. Not only that but I began to give myself grace and compassion though the changes going on in my life. Attending a fitness festival may open your eyes to new things about yourself. A change in perspective may bring a new set of awareness.
Hope these reasons encourage you to attend a fitness festival in the future. Go in with an open mind and you may leave feeling like a whole new person!