Happy Friday, everyone! I have had a busy week, workout-wise. I squeezed an extra run into the week, since this weekend we’re supposed to be in a single digits deep freeze, and I’ve been doing the Baby Strong workout, using Baby T as my weight. More on that next week when I review the program, but suffice to say, holy glutes.
Before I share all the good stuff that’s been going on in the last week, don’t forget TODAY is the last day you can enter my winter running gear giveaway! Head over here to enter for a chance to win a prize pack including NANOspikes for your shoes, running gloves, organic sunscreen, a neck warmer and some gorgeous hand-made beeswax salve.
Let’s kick off High Five Friday with 5 from Instagram – you can follow me here to see more!
FIVE FROM INSTAGRAM
Yoga in the laundry room. I took part in an Instagram challenge with Prana and FitApproach and had fun finding new places to take my yoga photos.
There were a lot of comments when I shared that this was the first time I’d been to Trader Joe’s. My eyes have been opened.
Here’s Tanner deciding which workout we should try for Baby Strong. That’s a 27 lb kettlebell that wriggles right there.
Roman had a bit of an identity crisis. Good guy or bad guy? Decisions, decisions. Those are his PJs, by the way. That he wore all day. It doesn’t happen often, but every now and again I start cooking dinner and realize we are in our pajamas still. Please tell me I’m not alone here!
This was a ridiculously cold run. I’d looked at the temperature in the morning and it was 16 degrees, so I figured it would be okay if I layered enough. It wasn’t until I got back after 6 miles and hopped into a lukewarm shower which still brought tears to my eyes, that I checked again and realized it was 9 degrees outside. With a real feel of minus 6.
As you may have realized, marathon training has started for me! This was my first full week of training for the Vermont City Marathon. Probably this weekend I will be posting the first of a weekly marathon training update, like I did when I was training for NYC in 2013. I admit, I miss Prospect Park for running, but with views like this for my long runs, I can’t feel too sorry for myself:
FIVE GREAT READS
Around the time I was obsessing over a time, the finish line was my main reason for running. Since then I have realized running brings so much more than that; friendships, respect, simplicity, calm, freedom.
Think hard about what running means to you and why you would miss it if you could never run again. Now THAT is why you run. Think of that next time you feel lost.
Allie wrote an awesome post, Are You Overcomplicating Your Life? I love the way she laid each section out, with an issue, a complicated solution and a simple solution. Plus, she’s just always laugh-out-loud funny.
If you’re a runner, you should check out the blog Kinetic Revolution. The contributors are running coaches and physical therapists and I particularly like James Dunne’s articles and videos. This video on running uphill easier and faster is something I need, given the hills are kicking my butt these days.
You may not know this about me, but I am kind of obsessed with the idea of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Or at least hiking big chunks of it. Someone who has done just that (thru hiked the AT) is Jen, aka Sprinkles Hikes. That’s her trail name – you’re given a trail name when you’re a bad-ass thru-hiker. Here are the five things she wished she knew before she did her thru hike.
I’ve been checking out the new-to-me blog Tale of Two Runs, written by Ellen, who is Greek, lived in NYC for a few years and is now in London (love stories like that!). I really liked this strength training workout for runners she came up with.
Finally, not really an article, but a podcast: I’ve been listening to Nicole Culver’s Blissful Bites podcast, in which she interviews successful entrepreneurs. Her interview style is great – she listens a lot and asks all the right questions, as well as throws in a couple of curve-balls that make her interviewees really open up, like “What’s your morning routine?”
And yes, it’s High Five Friday and that’s six links, but I threw in an extra one for luck. 😉
That’s my five this Friday – what good stuff happened for you this week? Don’t forget to check out Angela’s High Five Friday link up to read more positive, fun posts from the week!