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Room For Improvement

Happy Friday!

I know I know, I can’t believe it is Friday either. I am totally thrown off since yesterday was July 4th and felt like  the weekend.

If I ever doubted my theory and favorite slogan of “Everything Happens for a Reason” I am a firm believer now.

Remember how the other day I said I completely forgot to register for the 4-mile race I wanted to run yesterday?

Well, I think I was simply not meant to run that race.

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Wednesday morning I spent one hour in the above torture chamber otherwise known as the Mixed Combat room at Lifetime.

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Muscles I did not know I had, particularly in my stomach, were put through a seriously intense workout that I can basically describe as a shock to my system.

Running a race I did not register for just seemed silly and unnecessary yesterday morning when I tried to get out of bed and could barely move myself to turn over.

So I went back to bed.

This boxing conditioning class confirmed the fact that I need to start cross training more often and building in time for more strength training, especially for my core.

I may be able to run like Forest Gump, I may have lean muscle mass and a flat stomach but you throw me on the ground in the plank position for 2 minutes at a time (plus 15 additional seconds) 6 times in one hour and my body is going to go into shock.

I definitely enjoyed the boxing portion of the class though where I got to attack the big punching bags.

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Although I could have done without the bell sounding signaling me to drop down for push ups, burpees, squat jumps and planks while wearing the boxing gloves.

I think we all fall victim to doing what is comfortable. Running is comfortable for me. People who don’t run don’t understand this but the more you train yourself to do something, the better and more efficient you become.

Weight training and core work is not my specialty. It is so important though to vary your workouts and train different muscle groups to strengthen your muscles which not only helps prevent injury but helps increase your abilities in all areas of chosen activity.

Truth: Yesterday’s unplanned full rest day made me realize I can’t recall the last full rest day I took.

Along with incorporating strength training, I need to make sure I am scheduling full rest days more often.

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I spent my July 4th rest day soaking up the sunshine.

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I don’t know about you but when it is so hot and humid I cannot drink alcohol.

Instead I order water. With lemon. And lime.

I always order some combination of lemons and limes – yesterday I went with two lemons and one lime. Bartenders think I am nutty but I call it having a sober sense of humor.

There is a heat advisory in a effect today and throughout the weekend. I plan on heading out for my runs today and tomorrow slightly earlier than usual to avoid the heat.

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I finally ordered that Juicy sun visor I mentioned a few weeks ago.

It is so cute and comfy and perfect for running in the summer sunshine. It is also perfect for the beach, where I will be this weekend when I am not running.

Have a great weekend!

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How often do you take rest days?

How long can you stay in the plank position?

Do you feel you vary your workouts enough?

What are you doing this weekend?

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  • Dinner of Herbs July 5, 2013, 7:20 am

    I think I now do a pretty good job of varying my workouts…but I am guilty of not taking as many rest days as I should. Even though most mornings I think a rest day sounds like a great idea….by the evening, I’m feeling guilty about being “lazy” and craving a workout.

  • IHeartVegetables July 5, 2013, 9:29 am

    It sounds like your body really needed the time off! 🙂 I do gymnastics about once a week, and I always end up sore with crazy muscles I didn’t know were there 😉

  • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 5, 2013, 10:05 am

    I am definitely not the best at taking rest days. It seems like even on my planned “rest days” (which I try to take once per week), I still find myself doing planks, ab workouts, squats, etc. It needs to stop! 😉

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