Flexibility Friday

One of the main reasons I think I didn’t get injured training for my first marathon was doing weekly yoga. I would typically do yoga the day before my long runs, and I could tell I was getting more flexible. I got out of the habit of doing that and I really need to jump back on that train. So I’m hoping every Friday I can make time for yoga, and skip out on running.

Here is a quick video I did today, and this would be a good one to do even after a long run or hard workout, because it is not very long:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5HQjgUOrKk

Flexibilty is often a forgotten part of fitness. I am in no way flexible and never have been and it is something I really need to work on. I looked up a couple of flexiblity tests, and here is a modified one you can do at home:

http://www.adultfitnesstest.org/testInstructions/flexibility/sitandreach.aspx

Yeah I was able to reach a whole 17 inches haha. 40 percentile, not good!

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Monday was pretty boring and I pretty much did the same this here. Still trying to keep my miles low, so I only ran 3.

Tuesday’s workout went like this:

300 reps with sprints

Sweet Sixteen

10 minutes sprints:

Sprint from the side line to side line 10 times and rest for one minute.

Next, sprint to side line and back, then so crossovers and back (switch directions), and sprint again. Next, slide side line and back (switch direction and go again) followed by a sprint. Next jog backwards and back, and followed by one last sprint. Rest for one minute.

Repeat these 2 different sprints until you hit 10 minutes. I will have to do a video of this, because I can’t really explain this in words!

Squat Cross Crunch

Pilates Leg Pull Back

Side Crunch 15 each side

Speed Ladder with burpees at each end

15 ball squats 15 ball push ups repeat

Plank with shoulders touches/10, switch over to back alternating hand to foot crunch/10, switch. Repeat 2 more times.

Ladders sprints, after one ladder do 10 Ski Climbers, repeat 2 more times

to finish out our 300 reps- we set up a square circuit around the gym:

Starting at the baseline-alternating moving squats with tricep dips, when you get to the end, turn and start lunges with biceps curls, turn run through speed ladder, turn and lastly run backwards with arms above head to starting point repeat 2 more times. (We held weights in are hands the whole time.)

Lastly we did more ladder sprints like we did previously, but instead of Ski Climbers we held a plank for 1 minute. Repeat 2 more times.

 

 

 

Introduction

I get asked a lot what I do for workouts and training for marathons, so I thought it would be a good idea to start a blog about it! It will also be nice to have a journal to look back on of different training techniques and marathon training schedules.
Just a little bit about me, I’m a mother of 4 and working out is my hobby and stress reliever. I am not a personal trainer but I love working out and finding new ways to strengthen my body. I have ran 5 half marathons, 1 full marathon, and 1 ragnar relay. I like to average one race a year, and no more than 2. I didn’t consider myself a runner until after I had my first child 8 (almost 9 yikes) years ago. However, I have always considered myself an athlete. I played softball, volleyball, basketball growing up so the need to push myself and stay in shape has been instilled deep inside me.
Running is my main form of exercise, but last year I really kicked it up a notch and started running sprints and doing a lot of boot-camp stuff. I love it! I have gained a lot of strength this last year and I’ve really surprised myself with what I can do, even in my old age:) I hope this blog with inspire and be a place to come for ideas for some great workout moves. Enjoy!