Category Archives: running

Treadmill Circuit Workout

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I have been getting bored with straight running lately. Especially inside on the treadmill when its a perfect 60 degrees outside to run in. But one of my best opportunities to workout is while Cassody naps unless I want to push a double stroller and that is starting to be more of an arm/shoulder workout than a run. I still run outside in the evenings but that means I am pushing almost 100 lbs including stroller and kids! I have been incorporating my treadmill into my circuit workouts to fight boredom. It helps get my heart rate up and makes me sweat more. And the sweatier the workout, the more accomplished I feel.

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REPEAT THREE TIMES

And of course my circuit has to be organized by numbers in some way. I could never do .75 miles, 50 plank knees, and 60 scissor kicks. There’s my OCD tendencies kicking in.  Even though for some reason I feel kind of goofy bear crawling across my living room. But every time i do it, my back is nice and sore the next day. I know I am not the only one who loves that feeling of being sore! It makes the workout seem totally worth it. It hurts so good!

Week of Workouts

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I had the most successful workout week I’ve had in a while. Ever since not working out for 2 weeks straight while Cassidy (and myself) were in the hospital early April, it has been hard to get back in the groove. I’ve been working out 1-2 times a week but the runs weren’t my best efforts, nor were my circuit workouts. However, since my day to day life is so active staying home with two little ones, swimming with them, chasing them, etc I didn’t worry about fewer formal workouts. However after this week of workouts, I have just felt amazing! Workout endorphins are a strong drug.

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How cute is my future runner? She climbed her little butt up there in 2 seconds flat. I snapped a quick picture since she was so stinkin’ cute before I took her down (the treadmill is not to be touched at all by my kids, even though I keep it turned off and the emergency button disconnected at all times). Cassidy isn’t the only one who was reacquainted with the treadmill. I got in a 40 minute workout early last week that included intervals of running 3/4 of a mile followed by walking 1/4 mile at 12.0 incline. I repeated until 40 minutes. It left me super sweaty and I followed it up with some abs exercises.

Workout number two of the week was with a new running group I joined for marine corps spouses. We are all moms so we are all pushing strollers. We did roughly a 3 mile run. I didn’t run fast nor did I run far, but it was a lot of fun and still a good workout. We end our runs at a park so all the kids got out and played for an hour or so after the run. Win win. The only problem is the runs just got moved from 930 to 830 am to account for summer temperatures. We just can not make it out of the house that early since Cassidy doesn’t wake up until 830 or later.

Workout number three of the week was killer, in a great way! On base, they have a new crossfit gym. 3 times a week they have a wives class run by a couple of marines. The Saturday morning class starts at 9 am so I had to put the kids to bed early in order to get out the door on time. The other 2 days start at 830 but I just really don’t think we can make it to those unfortunately. I absolutely loved the class! We started with a 400 meter warm up run and then 10 minutes of high knees, butt kicks, sprints, etc. Then we did the WOD (workout of the day). I forget what the workout was named but it went like this…

10 cleans

5 burpees

bear crawl across the room

10 situps

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It was done with a partner and we held a plank (front or side) while our partner completed the circuit then we switched. Repeat as many times as you can in 20 minutes. My partner and I did it 9 times through. That means for half of that 20 minutes I was holding a plank. So in 20 minutes I did 90 cleans, 45 burpees, 18 bear crawls across the gym, 90 situps, and 10 minutes of planks!

The top of my back and shoulder are killing me! Those bear crawls really did me in. Its just an exercise I don’t normally do so my muscles really felt it! And one of the best parts about the crossfit wives classes is that they have a playroom with a babysitter in there. They just ask you give the 16 year old girl $1 per child! So I got an awesome workout with childcare for 2 children for 2 bucks. Deal of the century! The marines also go through each move in the WOD before we do it to make sure our form is correct. And they are there shouting encouragement at us along the way as well. I can’t wait to go back!

I know some of you may think 3 workouts in a week isn’t much, but that is my “sweet spot” as far as working out goes. I like pushing myself hard a few times a week versus less intense workouts more times per week. My body just can’t handle intense workouts consecutive days in a row. So 3 awesome workouts in 1 week is perfect for my body and schedule!

Crossfit was an awesome way to start off our weekend. The rest of the weekend was spent going to the pool, church, and of course enjoying good food. We made a homemade meatloaf with parmesean millet, and green beans from my garden.

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Cassidy got to eat one of the two tiny zucchini we got before the squash borers ate my plants. I steamed it whole and it was perfectly baby portioned!

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And multiple batches of these single serving cookies (makes 2 cookies for 150 calories!) were consumed. I played with the recipe and they are amazing! I guess I should have just made a whole batch and eaten them throughout the weekend huh? But my problem is that if I have 2 dozen cookies sitting in my house, I will eat an entire dozen throughout the day. So if I only make 2 at a time, I can only eat 2 at a time. Recipe to come later this week!

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Last week was a success in the kitchen and on the fitness front. Feels great and I am ready to tackle another week! We have a busy one ahead for sure! I have a feeling it will be obsessing over planning the girls 1st and 4th birthday parties, even though its still 2 months away. I think we are going for a lollipop theme. We are having one set of parties in MD for both girls then a separate party here at home for Alyssa since she has her little friends she wants to celebrate with. Do you think its terribly lazy of me to just make both themes lollipops so I can reuse the decorations I make? Its just so tempting and easy sounding considering I am throwing 2 birthday parties within a couple weeks of each other.

Two New Workouts

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I have two new workouts I’ve completed in the last week. I rarely do the same workout twice in the same month or so, I get bored way too easily.

A tabata two nights ago that kicked my butt and left me nice and sore of course…

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It was nice adding a little warm up with stretching in there. Stretching is my sore spot and I really need to do more of it.

And I finally dusted off my treadmill for the first time in a couple weeks. Since I recently bought my double BOB jogger and the weather has been so nice, I have been opting for outdoor runs. Well and my lack of exercise in general the last couple weeks has kept me away from the treadmill. I get too bored just hopping on and running a couple miles at a steady pace and incline. I am a button pusher.

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And for some reason when I add in those short walking inclines, it makes me sweat like no other. After I was finished this workout Alyssa asked why I was so sweaty. I told her its because its fun and healthy to exercise and get sweaty. It makes you have a healthy body and live a really long time. She ran up to me and rubbed her head all over me.

Me:           EW Alyssa that’s gross, I don’t want to get you all sweaty.

Alyssa:    No, Mom. I want some sweat, I want to be healthy too.

Me:          That’s great babe, but you need to make your own sweat for it to be healthy.

Later that day we went to a bounce house place with her soccer team for her end of the year party. She ran and bounced and went down slides for 2 hours. She ran up to me at one point and grabbed my hand to put it on her head.

Alyssa:     Look mom, I made my own sweat. I am so healthy now!

She was so proud of herself, it made me smile. I really am trying my best to set a good, healthy, balanced example for her. Raising little girls these days is tricky with both anorexia and obesity such huge issues within our society.

Have you been taking advantage of Spring weather and moving your workouts outside? I need to go for more walks before it gets too hot. It was 91 here today, so its quickly becoming too hot!

Boredom Buster Treadmill 5k

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I run on the treadmill a good amount. Although I just bought my double jogging stroller, I have yet to buy a weather shield, so if there is any wind or rain or its cold, I can’t expect the kids to sit through that. The treadmill was technically my “push present” from having Cassidy. Well that’s at least how we justified spending all that money. We got a semi-decent one that is able to fold up since we keep it in our living room. I wish we could have gotten one of the gym quality ones but since it isn’t used all day every day like the ones at the gym, we knew we could get away with a much cheaper one.

I love to run, well I love the feeling after I run. I actually get kind of bored while running, which is one reason I have started doing circuit workouts a lot lately. But there is just something about a run that leaves me feeling accomplished! It also makes me sweat like no other. Well besides that stair climber at the gym, the one with the revolving stairs. Man, that thing makes me sweat! So to keep me from dying of boredom staring at my living room wall, I always switch up my speed every couple minutes. I usually do increments of distance actually because it would kill my OCD if I finished and was at something like 3.19 miles. I would inevitably do an extra .6 to get to a number I liked.

3 miles is my favorite distance. Well somewhere between 3-4. If I do less than 3, I feel like I didn’t do enough. And if I do more than 4 right now, I start feeling like my milk supply goes down. A 5k is perfect.

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I completed the run in 26:58 minutes and the cool down took me an additional 2 minutes. You can easily adjust the pace to be faster or slower. Just bump every speed up or down by 0.2 or 0.5, whatever suits your fitness level.

Make sure you have a towel ready because this will leave you nice and sweaty! Something about adding in those couple of walking intervals really gets me sweating. For some reason the instant I stop running, the sweat starts pouring. So starting and stopping and starting again really gets me!

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See that sweet headband? Its my 3 year olds and it works perfect for running, especially after I got my hair cut!

Does anyone else mess with the incline and speed non-stop to avoid boredom? If I was talented enough, I’d like to read while running. But that ended badly once, so its just music for me!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

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After story time today, Cassidy passed out in her car seat right as we were pulling up to the house. I figured I’d take advantage of that time and quickly get in a workout. I put Cassidy in her crib (still in her car seat) and hopped on the treadmill. Last week when I ran, I didn’t warm up at all. Stupid, I know. Its like asking for an injury to just jump on and sprint. So this time my workout went like this…

0.25 mile warm up at 3.7 mph

1.0 mile run at 7.6 mph with intervals of 8.0 and 8.5

0.25 mile walk at 3.7 mph

0.5 mile run at 7.6-8.0 mph

0.5 mile walk incline 9.0 at 3.7 mph

After my run I did a little bit of abs and arms. Just some random arm exercises with free weights and various plank moves. I didn’t do too much because I started running around trying to get some chores done before Cassidy woke up and demanded food. But my little princess slept for 2 hours so I was able to do all my laundry, sweeping, dishes, etc and have time to play with Alyssa and have lunch just the two of us.

And on to dessert…Dessert was awesome!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana bites:

1 large banana

2 TB all natural peanut butter

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

2-3 TBs coconut

Slice 1 large banana into 1/2 inch slices and top with a smear of peanut butter. Lay them on wax paper and place them into the freezer fr 5-10 minutes while you melt the chocolate. Put chocolate chips into the microwave on low power until melted (stirring frequently). I then took the banana pieces out of the freezer, dipped each top into the chocolate and pressed a little coconut on top of the chocolate. Place them back into the freezer until the chocolate hardens but not so long that the banana freezes (20-30 minutes).

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These were so good and simple and made with ingredients I always have on hand. This is gluten free, tree nut free, and vegan, so it would fit just about any eating style!

Happy 3.5

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Being a military family means we are separated a lot. We are not able to spend holidays and birthdays as a family when Dave is out on training or deployed. That means when he is home, we take advantage of every occasion. Well on Saturday Alyssa turned 3 1/2, and we celebrated! In Alyssa’s eyes, 3 1/2 is just as important as turning 3 or 4. She will always say, “my friend “whoever” is 3 1/2 so she is a little bigger than me. But when I turn 3 1/2 I will be able to *insert any activity she couldn’t previously do* “.  She has been asking for the past 3 months when she will be 3 1/2. So we decided to get her a couple small gifts, make some cupcakes, and take her to Chuck E Cheese after dinner (she even asked for hand sanitizer after leaving that place so don’t worry!).

We woke up and did presents first, obviously! The Princess and the Frog movie, a new bike helmet, and some fairy wings.

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I guess maybe the helmet is in case she tries to actually fly with those wings. I wouldn’t put it past her!

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We ate a breakfast of omelets and strawberry muffins (recipe to come later this week, SO good!) before playing in the backyard for a while then going for a family run. After our run, we let Alyssa try out her new helmet and ride her bike for a while. Dave tried taking off the training wheels per Alyssa’s request since she is 3 1/2 now and all grown up. Still not so sure she’s ready for that though. We spend the rest of the day relaxing and hanging out around the house. I asked her what she wanted for her special birthday dinner and she said “whatever you want to make me”. Easy enough. We had broiled fish, baked sweet potatoes, and edamame. She LOVES seafood, her mommy’s girl for sure!

Cassidy sure enjoyed her sweet potatoes.

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Alyssa gobbled her dinner up, but mostly because we told her we’d take her to Chuck E Cheese’s for a little bit after she finished. We only stayed for an hour before coming home for cupcakes. An hour at Chuck E Cheese on a Saturday night is all we could handle!

The cupcake part was good, but nothing spectacular. I subbed out a little butter for some greek yogurt in an attempt to make it healthier so I could go all out on the icing. Oh the icing… Man is homemade icing a thousand times better than that canned stuff. If I eat a cake with canned icing or bakery icing I always scrape it off. It just tastes like pure sugar with chemicals mixed in, which is probably exactly what it is.

And on top of her cupcake were 3 and a 1/2 candles.

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Happy 3 1/2 to my sweet and spunky little girl, who is no where near a baby anymore!

Even my baby seems like she won’t be a baby for much longer. She turned 7 months over the weekend. She is still sweet as can be, but is no longer the calm, laid back baby she was. She is go-go-go.

Do you celebrate holidays often or just major ones like birthdays and christmas?

Any reason to do something a little special and out of the ordinary is fun, I think!