I guess I won’t be a trail runner…

So I ran Heart Mountain the 4th of July:
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Apparently I’m not so great at trail running because I missed the trail that went to the top, doh! I got about half way up, and not knowing that there was more than one trail, I took the path to the right and got separated from the group I was with. In my defense I didn’t even see the other trail because it was completely overgrown with plants. When I made it back to that point I saw another group walking up, but I had already ran an extra 2 or more miles and I needed to get home. Bummer. Still it was an awesome workout, and I felt more fatigued than a half marathon, and I was definitely sweating more than a half.
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I didn’t take my garmin because I knew this would not be about time. But I was running, well where I could run, for about 2 hours. This was technically my first trail run. I’ve done a lot of hiking in my lifetime, which I love, but I’ve never ran up a mountain. My plan was to keep my breathing under control, so I ended up doing a lot of walking up the steep parts, and then I would cruise the flat parts. Downhill is my favorite, if you couldn’t tell from all the races I’ve chosen:) It is really hard for me to go slow down a hill, and my ankles and knees felt it the next day. I had so much achenes vs. soreness. I did however have the worst shin splits I’ve had in a long time.
So I guess I will at least plan on hiking to the top. I can see this mountain everyday so at some point I’m getting to the top of the darn thing:)
The rest of our fourth was great, we went on a RZR ride, and saw Devil’s canyon. If you ever want a perfect place to go boating, this is it.
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It looks really mucky, but it has 70 miles of river you can take your boat down. It also has some great cliff jumping, that is still on my bucket list to do! We finished the night off with a BBQ and fireworks in the rain. Which I didn’t take one picture of..so I’m going to have to steal from my friend when she downloads hers. Hope everyone had a great Independence Day!

How do you do it?

That is probably the question I get asked most about being the mother of twins. It’s a pretty simple answer; You do what you have to do! Don’t get me wrong twins are hard, but what is even more difficult is having two other children to take care of. Cael and Bree sometimes get the shaft because the twins have to come first. We do our best to give love and attention to all our kids, but this is probably going to be the toughest phase, when it comes to raising our children.
I can deal with craziness. I can work hard. I can put my kids first. But I think it’s so important as a mother to not completely lose yourself. Do something for yourself everyday, and that is how I keep my sanity. For me working out is what I need to do for myself. It allows me to clear my head, and get out my frustrations. Sometimes that means taking your kids with you to work out:
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So today I wanted to get a couple of miles in at least, even though I was short on time. The kids needed to get out of the house. So I put all three of the girls in the jogging stroller and we headed to the park. That thing is hard to push! Cael rode his bike and he is such a good helper:) While the kids played I did a few arm moves and then we headed home. I take them with me to workout frequently, and I hope by doing this they see a good example of wanting to stay in shape and be active. It was a win/win for everyone. I’m glad I only had time to run a couple of miles because tomorrow I’ll be running this beauty. Stay tuned!

10, 20, 30, 40, 50 Track Workout

We have already done this workout a couple of times, and I’m loving it! We repeated the whole circuit 3 times and it was a great workout.

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This is a great workout that requires no equipment, just hit up your local track. We are lucky enough to have two tracks in our small town, and the one pictured above is the middle school track. It used to be the high school’s, but they built a new high school a couple of years ago. Here are the links to the moves:

A snake is on the bleachers/stadium. Start by running up, run across the top and then run back down the next set of steps. Keep doing this until you get to the end.

Burpee do 10 reps

Knee tucks do 20 reps

Foot Hand touch do 30 reps

Squat with a side kick do 40 reps

Bicycle Abs do 50 reps

Repeat to your heart’s content:)