Things I’d forgotten about Marathon Training.

I’m 2 months into training for my 2nd marathon – Whoooo – but I’m remembering all the things I forgot about the first time I trained. Certainly many things are different since my first marathon was actually the first race … Continue reading

Running in Paris and Fitness Friday!

Today’s run took me to the beautiful Parc Buttes Chaumaunt! The park features a man-made lake and waterfalls, and has a beautiful gazebo that looks over the whole city on an island mountain in the center of the lake! There are a variety of trails, hills, bridges, and roads (for the few houses and gorgeous restaurants tucked in the park). The great thing to me was that the park was filled with other runners!

If I live in Paris, I will definitely run here regularly because the hills are very challenging and the views are amazing. It’s nice to be nestled in the trees and hearing running water! Hopefully I will go again once more before I leave!

YOGA 

Since I’m doing a lot of hiking around with a backpack and hopefully will hike the mountains in Italy here are some Yoga Poses for Hikers! 

I don’t have too much time for strength training or access to weights so here is an awesome Yoga Move to work the whole body! (And yes it may take some time to get it!) 

RUNNING

Runner’s World the 25 Golden Rules of Running

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WORKOUT 

I love kettle bell workouts and this is a great one from Pumps & Iron (Sorry if I’ve shared this twice I love it!) 

I’ll be back at the beach in July and August so here’s a great workout to get yourself toned for the beach! 

Who doesn’t love an ab workout?! Here are some flat ab secrets

MOTIVATION 

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Mileage – 4 miles, vacation workout challenge, stretching

QOD – “For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. At least that’s why I’ve put in the effort day after day: to raise my own level. I’m no great runner, by any means. I’m at an ordinary – or perhaps more like mediocre – level. But that’s not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.” Haruki Marukami

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Fitness Friday!

Hey all! 

I’ve stocked up on my Fitness Friday articles and workouts so I’ll have plenty to share while I’m out drinking eating running my way through Europe! And of course I’ll be playing plenty of bass. But here are today’s picks coming to you LIVE while I lay on the ground pretending to stretch after my run… (I promise I’ll do my yoga later!)

YOGA 

As a musician and someone who has had surgery on both wrists I love this – especially for difficult balance poses like crow! How to protect your wrists in yoga!

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WORKOUTS 

Another great workout from Pumps & Iron for stairs/stadiums – think they’ll let me do this workout in the Colosseum?! 

I haven’t tried many but I love the concept of these 30 minute video workouts – Bikini Workout from FitSugar

RUNNING

Here’s an AMAZING plethora of motivational posters from Runner’s World… I have to share but I will probably be using some of these again and again! 

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MOTIVATION 

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Mileage – 7.15 miles, Yoga for Runners, foam roll 

QOD – Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time.

Fitness Friday (On Saturday oops!)

I know I’m a day late, but I’m out in Las Vegas with my family so I’m giving myself a little slack! Here are some fitness tips for your weekend!

YOGA 

Think Crow pose is too hard to achieve? Think again! How to get into Crow Pose!

Yoga isn’t just for flexibility – it can be used for weight loss too! Here is a great 40 minute yoga workout

RUNNING

Yes I run distance races, but I love 5k races too! Here’s why lots of other people love the 5k!

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WORKOUTS 

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When I travel I don’t have weights and I don’t always feel comfortable enough with the area to run. But a hotel gym or room can provide some hardly bearable time on a treadmill and then I can do one of these power workouts: 
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MOTIVATION

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Mileage – Rest Day! 

QOD – No excuses. 

Fitness Friday!

Yoga 

Ever wondered how to get into Lotus pose? Here is a step-by-step guide!

Wake up with yoga! Just a few minutes can really make a difference in getting your body ready for the day! Check this 5 minute sequence out!  

Workout

SarahFit is back at it again with this great Tabata workout you can do virtually anywhere! 

Best way to get in summer (year round) shape? Full body workouts! Check out this one from Women’s Health!
Running
The best way to keep up your running regime is to make sure to prevent injuries here are some great tips from Runner’s World on how to run healthy!
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Mileage – 3.3 miles (Trail Run ohhh ahhhh), yoga, foam roll
QOD – Unleash your inner beast!

Fitness Friday (I’ve survived my semester!)

Life Update: 

My recital was last Saturday, my family came which was SO wonderful, they even surprised me and brought my little brother!!!! The morning of my recital my brother, dad, aunt, and I went for a quick, fun run which helped me shake out the nerves and I had a great recital (if anyone wants to see it I have video) and then we went to Austin to celebrate!! 

Quick shout out – Thank you  Mom, Dad, Pete, Aunt Annie, Uncle Pat, and Aunt Debbie for making my birthday/recital weekend so wonderful! Thanks so my amazing friends and family that tuned into the live stream to watch too! 
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This week I spent pretty much every waking hour, of which there were more awake hours than usual, on my term paper for my Baroque Music Seminar, I submitted my paper yesterday and presented today – which means I only have 1 test left of the semester!!! So I’ve returned to the world of working out and blogging. Now onto the good stuff! 

FITNESS FRIDAY! 

Yoga

I’ve been stressed lately so I love these two sequences for my Upper Back and Neck

Gym Workouts Cardio and Weights! 

Treadmill HIIT workout from PBFingers! 

If the elliptical is your jam – check out these great workouts

YouTube Workout Channels! I’m starting to really get into YouTube yoga workouts and I’m sure it’s a great way to get strong at home too!

Pumps & Iron Lower Back and Legs Kettlebell Leg Interval Workout!  

Running

Stretches for Runners 

Endurance for Runners 

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Mileage – 3.25 miles, Yoga for Runners 

QOD – Just run. 

Why I don’t buy “I don’t have time”

I don’t believe people when they say that they don’t have time to take care of themselves. Not just fitness or eating well, but even de-stressing, spending quality time with family or friends, going to religious services, or just generally doing something that makes you happy is so important to our mental well being. Sometimes several of these things all align and that’s great!!! 

I didn’t think about this too much until Sunday. I had just gotten home from a gig rehearsal when a friend texted me and asked if I had been to Mass yet. I said I hadn’t and he said I should come to 9pm since he was playing. My first thought was yes. My second thought was “you have a paper due at 9am that you haven’t written yet.” It was only 3 pages, but still. So I responded saying I didn’t think I had the time, to which my friend replied that it was only an hour. I knew he was right and I’m really glad I went despite Mass definitely going longer than an hour since it was Palm Sunday. I realized afterwards that I had almost tried to pull my least favorite card of all time – the “I don’t have time” card. 

I firmly do not believe people when they say they don’t have time. That phrase actually means things like “I’m too lazy”, “I don’t want to make the time”, and occasionally “I have other things I need to prioritize higher than this right now.” Obviously it annoys me most when people say they don’t have time to workout. I understand my peers and friends are busy sometimes with other rehearsals, papers, etc when they can’t attend a concert or party, it matters to me when people are “too busy” to take care of themselves. 

Most people do have the time. They don’t choose to make time. I understand I don’t have children or a full time job, however I was raised by parents who were always going to the gym, running, playing tennis, playing golf, and doing all sorts of active things despite having jobs and two kids who enjoyed doing the most time consuming activities as possible (I’m sorry Mom and Dad….). 

Fitness isn’t my career. I’m getting two Master’s degrees simultaneously, working as a graduate assistant, playing gigs regularly…oh and giving a recital in 2 weeks. Despite all this I still manage to get 5 -6 workouts in a week because I MAKE time for it.  I understand making time for something isn’t instant and takes some building of new habits. It took training 7 months for a marathon to engrain the habits in me personally. But once you get there it improves your quality of life greatly, exercise is so important to our physical and mental well being. 

I think it’s all a matter of time management, choosing a healthy lifestyle over nighttime TV or afternoon web surfing. Maybe it involves shortening your shower and waking up a little earlier to squeeze in a morning workout (that’s what I had to do this morning). My dad packs a lunch and works out on his lunch break sometimes. It’s all about choices – you choose how to spend your time. Choose to improve your lifestyle! 

Mileage – Elliptical warm up, Arm Shredder Nike+ workout, rower cool down, abs 

QOD – Just do it.

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Catch-Up Monday

I finally got my computer back late Friday afternoon and spent the whole weekend playing and listening to some AMAZING music. I played my usual Friday night jazz gig then packed up and went a few blocks away to play another gig. On Saturday I had rehearsal for my recital and went two fabulous recitals – a tuba recital and a cello recital. So many different styles of music and both performers played wonderfully. Then on Sunday morning I watched a great filmed performance of Handel’s opera, Giulio Cesare, followed by another rehearsal, and then played a sweet gig with a friend. We played some classical solo rep and jazz standards then got a great meal and drinks, which are always the best gigs. I swear almost all musicians love food just as much as being paid, it makes a bad gig good and a good gig great!

I managed to squeeze in a run Friday morning and an elliptical workout on Sunday between everything. The recovery time is over though and this week I got right to work with a fast run this morning and I’m planning to start piling on the miles. I have a new goal in mind for May but I’m going to save announcing it until after the insanity of my recital and paper are over. 

In the food world I’ve had a few creative genius moments over the past few days. On Saturday morning I was trying to figure out a way to dress up my eggs for breakfast and all I had left in my fridge were pizza toppings, baby carrots, and kiwi…. So I made PIZZA EGGS.  I chopped up some pepperoni and tossed it in with the eggs just as they were finishing cooking to get some of the flavor in there and heat up the pepperoni. Then I put some grated parmesan on top of the eggs and dipped my forkfuls into some tomato sauce. It was the perfect late brunch. 

Tonight I tried out a new homemade breakfast bar idea and I think it turned out amazing. No-bake protein breakfast bars! I’ll post the recipe tomorrow with photos, but I’m super excited because I tried just a taste before forming the bars and I loved it. 

Time to study like crazy for a String Chamber Literature exam tomorrow (sounds fun right?!?!)

Mileage – 3.75 miles

QOD – You only ever grow as a human being if you’re outside your comfort zone.

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First Camp Gladiator Workout

This morning at o’dark thirty (5:30am) I went to my first Camp Gladiator workout. The workout today was the fitness test – which we will do again in a month at the end of this “camp” or session. I can’t say I love being referred to a “camper”, it takes me back to summer nature camp in elementary and middle school. However that was really the only thing I didn’t like about todays workout.

We warmed up running some laps and then did some moves similar to almost any aerobic class – fast feet, high knees, and butt kicks. We put in some ab work with planks and hands to elbows walking planks. Then we wrote down goals on some index cards and started the AMRAP fitness test.

The test involved running, squats to push press’s, V-ups, plank row with weights, weight lunge, burpees, hand release push-ups, and a few other moves. We had 20 minutes to complete as many rounds of these exercises as possible. I completed 6 rounds and barely into the 7th round. While I didn’t feel like the workout killed me, I felt like I worked hard and got a good burn. The classes are clearly designed around working to your level/potential which I can see makes it a great jumping point for people who may have never worked out or fell off the fitness wagon. It’s also an encouraging environment from what I can tell – very friendly and supportive, with cheers (a little campy-for me) and all! 

As someone coming in with a lot of fitness experience, today’s workout required me to motivate myself to move with a lot of speed to get my heart rate going and make sure I had moderate to heavy weights to feel “the burn”. This contrasts the workouts I was used to at  CrossFit where the workout was intrinsically hard and I had to scale down just to accomplish them. While I think the CrossFit workout style is more my preference because I enjoy being pushed beyond my limits, I definitely think the CG way of working out is a great place to start and even continue once you may have reached your fitness goals especially if fitness is farther down on your totem pole. 

I’m definitely intrigued to see how more of the classes are structured! 

Mileage – CG Fitness Test, Yoga for Runners video, foam roll 

QOD – I’m a competitive person and I love the challenge of mastering new things.
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Free Fitness Trials – Anyone Tried Camp Gladiator?

This week I found out that as a graduate student I was offered 1 free cycle/month with Camp Gladiator and decided to do some research. I’d never heard of the program before and read through the website as well as some other reviews online.

In a few minor concepts it reminds me of CrossFit but seems toned down in intensity, for example the most weights they recommend women lifting are 8-15lb hand weights – plus everything is done in a parking lot. What surprised me the most was the cost – despite being in parking lots with no access to showers, open gym times, or high quality equipment – a 6 month contract (you get unlimited classes) seems a bit pricey to me. Although like most gyms the longer your contract the cheaper it is. 

From a work out perspective, I haven’t gone yet – a friend who doesn’t work out regularly went and said it was a good workout but it didn’t scare her away either – I think I’m going to go on Thursday. However a lot of the reviews online about the trainers and workouts themselves are really great. Most people only complain about the financial difficulties they have with the company. I’m intrigued to see how much it pushes me and I’m willing to give it a shot because it’s free, I don’t have CrossFit anymore, and I’ll have just finished my half marathon so maybe some speed training to start my next race training will change things up for me. Because of the prices – even if I loved the class – I probably won’t continue beyond this month because as a broke college student I can’t afford anything right now. I was also a little sketched out by the number of reviews that say it’s really difficult to cancel your membership – I’ll have to investigate that further. I’ve got access to roads to run and the SLC for weights and since I’ve got plane tickets to Europe to save up for no extra fitness expenses for me right now. 

I’ve tried other gyms, not necessarily classes or programs, for free or highly discounted usually when visiting places or when I just moved to Texas and wasn’t officially a student yet. It gave me an interesting perspective on what I like at a gym and what I don’t. I used a free week trial at Gold’s and I also have been to Planet Fitness while visiting friends and I can’t say I LOVED either chain. I’m DEFINITELY more partial to Gold’s business plan, offerings, and overall experience, but they are pretty out of the way for me here in Texas and I would never drive that far to workout when I was so close to the campus gym. Planet Fitness on the other hand, kind of really offended me as someone who enjoys power and olympic lifting and training really hard – I felt entirely unwelcome there because I fit some of their “lunk” descriptions. 

Have any of you tried Camp Gladiator?? What are some fitness trends or classes I should try?! 

Mileage – upper body, abs, elliptical intervals, Yoga for Runners 

QOD – The best pace is a suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die. (Pre) 

*Disclaimer – These are all my own opinions and reviews based on my own research and visits, this is not a sponsored post.*

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