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What Happened to Me!?!

I won’t lie to you.  Some things come naturally to me and fitness is one of them.  Once I start in on something new in the fitness department it is not long before I’m hooked and working at a higher level earlier than others.

Running use to be something I did quite a bit back when we lived in Florida.  However, since moving to North Dakota I really haven’t “gone out for a run” in the past 2.5 years.  So, when I went to jog around the indoor track at the gym the other day I figured I would slip right back into running at a steady pace like I always have in the past (at this point the word “naive” should have slipped into my head.  I’m sure most of you are thinking it right now as you read this).  After all, I’m teaching 4-5 spinning classes each week, lifting weights, and doing insane amounts of burpees…Why shouldn’t I be able to go run 3 miles right off the bat?

Boy was I wrong!  After 8 minutes I thought I was going to have a heart attack or something.  I mean what the heck!?!  I can sprint on a heavy hill over and over again in spinning, but I cannot jog for 8 minutes without dying?  My ego just took a hard hit.  Then, when I told my husband about it he commented on me not being as young as I used to be.  The man is lucky he made it out of the house with his balls still attached.Angry smile

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Therefore, I’m now a beginner runner/jogger.  Oh how this is going to suck.  I’m not the most patient person when it comes to my own goals.  I also have a virtual 5K on the 12th, Once Upon a Time 5K.  Silly little me thought I really wouldn’t need to train that much for a little 5K.  HA (insert the word “naive” here again)!  That 5K is going to be a training experience more than an actual 5K run.

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Since I’m doing the 13 in 13 Challenge I need to get to training.  I already have 3 races in January, and I plan on getting in running shape for those.  So, it is time for me to put my big girl running panties on and get to it.  I’m actually going to train for running.  My plan is to start out with the walk for 2 minutes and run for 3 minutes.  Hopefully that will go well, and I will be able to move on from there.

In the grand picture, I’m looking forward to training the right way and the progress that goes along with it.  Here is to becoming a better runner!!  I hope all you beginners out there join me by starting out running too!  We can be each others cheerleaders (and gripe with each other tooWinking smile)!!!  Are there any newer runners out there?  If so, how are your runs going?

Since I’m also working on my core strength for my upcoming trip to Florida, (to train for aerial silks and hammock yoga) I’m doing more core work during the week.  In the theme of 300 workouts that I have posted earlier, here is a 300 rep core/abdominal workout!  Remember to stretch afterwards!!

300 Core Workout

Stability Ball Circuit Workout

This morning my little man is sick with a fever, so I hung out with him down stairs and did my workout while he was on the couch watching Madagascar 3.  I must say that I laughed quite a bit at the movie while working out, and it made it even harder for me to keep my balance.

Stability Balls/Swiss Balls are great for exercising and a must for any home gym!  What is so great about them is that they work your core muscles the whole time and make any exercise more challenging.  Stability Balls also help you strengthen your spinal stability, increase muscle usage, and improve balance.  How could you ever go wrong incorporating a stability ball into your workouts?

Each exercise in this circuit workout is done with a stability ball.  If you are not sure how to do each exercise that is not a problem.  Below are links that will show you how to do each exercise.


Stability Ball Workout