Friday, December 31, 2010

Review: Bondi Bands


I've read about Bondi Bands on a couple of blogs to good reviews. I use a variety of things to cover my head and hair when running, hats, bandanas, headbands, etc. The one problem is the sweaty mess that accumulates underneath. According to their website, "These bands will absorb every bit of sweat you have to give them!" I tried mine out today doing a couple of miles in 50 degree weather. For $8 each, they are decent. I don't think I sweat that much today because of the moderate temperature. I will say the headbands are definitely comfortable. They are wide across the top and gather at the nape of the neck to prevent that roll up thing most stretch headbands do. I think I have a big head and many stretch headbands tend to feel tight after a while, the Bondi Band did not. I can't wait to try it out during a race, or in warmer weather to see how it holds up during a tough workout.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Winter Cross Training: Derby Lite


A friend and I enrolled in a roller derby style fitness program called Derby Lite. Starting in January 2011 I'll be reacquainting myself with a pair of roller skates. I know how to skate, I just haven't done it in about 5 years. About a year ago I had the crazy idea to join a real roller derby team. The kind where the girls violently shove each other, get busted lips, and occasionally break a bone.
I did not go through with it, thankfully. My friend came across this derby fitness class which is a bit more civil. The course focuses and the drills real derby girls use to train. Being limited to running on the treadmill the next few months, this 12 week course will be a nice cross-training activity to stave off workout routine boredom.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The End of the World: I Gained 8 Pounds

I hit my weight loss goal in April by dropping 50 pounds. At my first 5K in April 2009 I weighed in at 209 pounds. I wore a size 16 plus and some 18s. On April 30th I weighed 156 pounds. I fit a size 12 and some 10s. Today I weigh 164 pounds (I'm 5' 7 by the way, I hate it when people talk about their weight without mentioning their height). Looking back through my nike+ history, my weekly mileage up to April averaged 13 miles. Between April and October I averaged 5 miles. What the ? I know several factors have attributed to the decrease in mileage. School is whooping my arse (recurring theme). My workload has increased significantly since June, when I started a new position. Throw in shopping for the perfect place to call home, and you have a recipe for weight gain. Thankfully my size 10s and 12s still fit, but I feel like its a slippery slope in gaining 8 pounds. Ten, then 15 pounds isn't far behind if I don't take control now. My current goal is to hold my weekly mileage to 10, and drum roll please . . . add in core workouts on my off days. I never, ever exercise my core. It is my least favorite body part to exert! I read a blog that suggested doing abdominal workouts straight out of the bed, as in literally roll out of the bed, plop on the floor and hop to it. It's worked for well me this week. This inspiration picture of Rhianna in a bikini keeps me motivated. Her abs are toned, but not overly muscular. My final course ends this Friday, I think this winter season will be a great time to focus in on dropping those 8 pounds, and tightening up my mid-section a bit. That sweet gun tattoo is next.