I had a good Thanksgiving in St. Louis. After chowing down some good eats and treats, I got a few family members to burn off some calories doing level 1 of The 30 Day Shred. Getting family in on a post-thanksgiving workout is becoming a tradition! What better way to cancel out all the guilt of overeating than with a good workout? With getting prepared for the holiday, this is only the second time I've had time to do the DVD in a week, it was still a good challenge. I feel like it incorporates some of the strength exercises I did in physical therapy like lunges, and agility exercises like jump rope. I'm curious to see how much more difficult level 2 will be, but I'll wait until I finish 10 days at level 1 to move on. I did a two mile run/walk on Tuesday. My tendon usually gets sore on the third day after activity, so I expected to be pretty sore Thursday, but I felt pretty good. My goal is to do another mile run/walk before the end of the week. Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving, and it's not too late to get up and get a workout in!
Friday, November 25, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
I may be the last person on the planet to have tried and reviewed Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, but I'm doing it anyway. I'll be chronicling this for you got it, thirty days! The workouts consists of 3 mins strength, 2 mins cardio, 1 min ab intervals. Abs are the least enjoyable. I've tried and failed my own ab program before. But I need to do something. Since my mileage has been so drastically reduced, my pants and jeans are fitting a little tight and I can't wait to race home from work and throw on my sweats lately. Jillian recommends one 20 minute workout each day. My plan is to do 20 minutes three to four days a week while continuing to increase my mileage with runs one to two times per week. The workout has three levels. As you feel you've mastered one level, you progress to the next. It's completely up to you. I've started at level one. It was a moderately challenging, but I think as I get back into the cardio groove, I'll master level one quickly. I think I've gained about 7 pounds since I injured myself in August. My goal is to lose ten pounds by mid January. Since average weight loss is 1 -2 pounds per week, I think my goal is realistic. It's getting cooler by the day here, so in addition to learning about fun new hair care products for the winter, I'm learning how to workout at indoors with a DVD!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Girls on the Run Chicago 5K. This was my first experience as race volunteer at a bigger run. I'm glad I picked this race to test the volunteer waters. I ran it two years ago, so I was already familiar with some of the details of the race.running group were there, we had a great time. The Girls on the Run 5K is a feel good race for a great cause!
New Era's Chicago flagship store is open for business. I checked out the grand opening party on Thursday night. Good tunes, a swag bag, and an open bar, I was all about it. My goal was to find one running related product in the store, I did not. But I did find lots and lots of hats!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Chicago Blogger Network, and covering a natural hair event for the Examiner. Last night I checked out Fleet Feet’s See and Be Seen fashion show at Second City. Gilda's Club, which offers free support for everyone living with or affected by cancer. The fun continues this weekend; I’ll be volunteering at the Girls on the Run 5K. I ran the race a couple of years ago, so I’m looking forward to another inspiring experience. Thanks again for commenting on the Gtabbers giver-away post. Rebecca, be sure to e-mail your mailing address at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I’m feeling well enough to run twice a week, up to about a mile and a half each run. Great news, I’m able to start building my mileage just in time for Winter weather! My threshhold for outdoor running in Chicago is about thirty degrees. Then, I usually break down and renew my gym membership. The really terrible weather, ice and blizzard like conditions, usually doesn’t hit until after the new year. My essentials for surviving last winter were long running pants, long socks, a half zip pullover, knit cap, and my Pearl Izumi running gloves. We’ll be breaking out the cold weather running gear soon enough. What are your best tips for outdoor winter running? Post your comment and a super cool random winner will get a 10 pack of Grabber hand warmers! They fit inside your gloves and will stay warm your entire run. A winner will be posted 11/7!