Throwback Thursday-A Fitness Timeline!

It’s no big secret…I’m obsessed with running but that hasn’t always been the case! I HAVE always enjoyed working out but have a strange combination of exercise ADHD and OCD. I go through phases where I’m really into a certain work-out and treat it like it’s my religion, then one day I am decide I’m bored and over it.  (Unfortunately that trait carries over into other areas of my life, but I’m not going to go there! At least not right now…)  Running is the one form of exercise that has just stuck with me….I like that it doesn’t (in theory) require a lot of thought, planning, or gear and it’s the best form of meditation/stress-relief/therapy I’ve ever found!

I was thinking about all of my past fitness phases, and in honor of “Throw Back Thursday”, I thought it would be fun to throw together a timeline of my past fitness obsessions! I’ll admit, some of them are pretty silly…but try to laugh with me, not at me! 😉

  • 1994-1999 (High School Years): Swimming and Water Polo

I loved swimming, even though practices were 3 hours day. Did not love water polo, but my coach didn’t make it optional for his swimmers and it was great conditioning!

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  • 1999-2001 (College Years) Taebo, Crunch Fitness, and Belly Dancing Tapes

Yes, tapes….as in VHS! 😉 Being a “starving” college student, juggling classes and multiple jobs, I had little free time and even less money for a gym membership. So I resorted to doing work-out tapes in the small basement apartment I rented. I did the 30 min crunch work-outs when I was pressed for time, the belly dancing work-outs when my roommate wouldn’t see me, and I LOVED me some Billy Blanks!! 😉

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  • 2001-2003 (College Years Part 2) Spinning and Weight Training

I took a weight training class for a couple of semesters in college (to meet PE requirements) and became obsessed with lifting! I honestly don’t remember how the Spinning part happened, but somehow I ended up at 5 am Spin class every day. I HATE mornings….but I loved spinning my legs really, really fast (or so I thought), on a stationary bike, in a sweaty room, with a black light and techno music!

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  • 2003-2007 (Military Years) Air Force PT and PT Test

Yeah, yeah, yeah….my veteran buddies from other branches will say, “Air Force PT” is an Oxymoron.  It was pretty much focused on meeting weight standards and passing annual PT test (1.5 mile run, push-ups, sit-ups). I NEVER got over my hate/hate relationship with push-ups. Having to run in formation was ALMOST enough to make me love running a little less. The one time I got to “pace” a formation run, I was fired within .25 miles for running “too fast” and running too “zig-zaggy”. *Sad face*

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  • 2007-2008 (Fitness Rebellion Year) Kickball and Dodge Ball

After my separation from the military, I relished my freedom and NOT having someone tell me I HAD to do PT. No one telling me I had to do push-ups and run in “non-zig-zaggy” lines! So I went through a short-lived fitness rebellion where I did no serious exercise. But I DID play on intramural kickball and dodge ball teams…AKA…drinking leagues!! Woo hoo, doing what I want!!!!

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  • 2008-2009 (Come Back Year Part 1) Beach Body/P90X

After a year of “doing what I want”, I decided I was getting a little too old to “rage against the machine”…and I was tired of feeling like an unhealthy slug…so I tried to get back on track. I ordered P90X DVDs, and followed the program/schedule to the letter. (Minus the diet, because I don’t do well on diets!) The first few weeks every part of my body hurt. I didn’t loose much weight (not enough cardio) but I did get noticeably more toned.  And loved the active bonding time with my sister when she came over to P90x it up with me at my apartment!

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  • ??? (The Fuzzy Math Years) Other Random Fitness/Sports Phases 

There are a lot of other work-outs/sports/fitness activities that I’ve gotten into over the years…but they either didn’t quite stuck or been very sporadic. That includes; Pilates, Yoga, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Kayaking, horse back riding,skiing, snowboarding,TRX, strip aerobics, and rock climbing. Honestly, I feel in love with rock climbing, and found it to be perfect compliment to my running, so hoping to start climbing again in April!

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  • 2009 (The Hook) My first half marathon!

In 2009 I ran my first race ever, the Baltimore Half Marathon, and was instantly hooked. I was officially addicted to running from that point forward!

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What about y’all? Have you tried any of the same work-outs? What are some of your favorite “retro” fitness routines or blasts from the past? 

Betty

 

 

 

 

Birthday celebrations and getting my mojo back! :-)

Finally winding down after a very busy and very eventful week! Back in Maryland, back to work, back on schedule, and getting back into my normal routine….and it felt absolutely amazing!! Feeling energized, happy, and motivated….definitely starting to get my mojo back!!

I got some great runs AND some great swims (mixing it up just a tiny bit) in…I’m loving the time I spend in the pool just as much as I enjoy my time “pounding the pavement” in my neon yellow Kinvaras.  My swimming form/technique/breathing is slowly coming back to me, and I’m really feeling like a fish back in the water! The swimming has been benefiting my running too…it’s been breaking up the monotony and helping me overcome my recent burn out, (surprisingly) making breathing feel so much easier during my runs, and my core is feeling stronger every day! It definitely requires more effort, time, and planning to get my swims in versus just walking out my front door (or hopping on my treadmill) to get a run in.  Despite that, I really want to make an effort to continue swimming 2-3 days every week….the benefits seem to be worth all that hassle!

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I went on a long(ish) run today….one of my favorite routes up to the park where Danny and I had our first date (Yes, our first date was a run…followed by yummy dinner and red wine!), a couple of times around the park, then back to my house.  My breathing felt easy/controlled, my legs felt strong, and I was even able to pick up the pace a bit the last couple of miles (around 7:50 mile pace).  The plan was 7 miles, but as I got closer to my house I thought to myself, “If I stop at 7….that will be 29 miles for the week, that’s a silly number and it’s WAY TOO close to 30…if I don’t go an extra mile, I’m going to feel like I just quit…at 29 miles…why?! That just seems sooo lazy… Nope, no way…can’t do it…..” So I ran right by my house and kept going for just over one more mile…and honestly felt like I could have kept running for another hour! Today’s run was the first run where I’ve felt like that since the middle of June and it was just the confidence boost I needed! I feel like the old “Running Betty” is back! Woo hoo! 🙂

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In non-training/exercise related news…yesterday was my daughter’s 9th birthday! We had a mini girls road trip down to Luray, VA to celebrate! We had a blast exploring the Luray Caverns, mining for gems, climbing on a ropes course, and visiting a wild animal rescue “zoo”.  🙂 We partied like “rock stars” (because rock stars hike through caves, pet llamas, and stay up late eating stuffed crust pizza and watching t.v. shows about mermaids….right?) to celebrate the beginning of my Princess’s last year in her single digits!! (Yikes!!) 😉

Girls just wanna have fun!

Girls just wanna have fun!


Weekly Run Down:

  • Monday: Run 6+Push-ups and Kettlebell workout
  • Tuesday: Run 6 miles+1600 meter Swim
  • Wednesday: Push-ups
  • Thursday: Run 6 miles+1800 meter swim
  • Friday: Run 4 miles + Push-ups
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 8.25 mile run

Total Weekly Miles: 30.25

Total 2014 Miles: 936.45


 

 

I hope you all had a fabulous week too! 🙂 What is your favorite form of cross training? How does it help your running? 

 

 

Cross Training and Active Recovery

I decided to take a week off after NFC trail marathon so I could start my training for Wineglass Marathon this week on fresh legs.  I still did some cross training but did absolutely NO running for 7 days.  The first couple of days I felt a bit antsy, but ended up finding some other fun workouts to keep me moving.  I did my burpees for my “June burpee” challenge every day, did some core work, a kettle bell work out, and even got in my first swim in years!

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A quick summary of my “Rest” Week Workouts:

  • Monday-17 x burpees
  • Tuesday– 50 minutes spinner, ab ripper X, 18 x burpees
  • Wednesday-2 mile swim, 19 x burpees
  • Thursday-20 x burpees
  • Friday– 30 min stairclimber (2.82 miles), 21 x burpees, KB Workout (3 x 15 of each: KB Swings, Goblet Squats, Russian Twist)
  • Saturday- Ab Ripper X, 22 x burpees
  • Sunday-23 x burpees

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I enjoyed my cross training last week, especially my swim!  I had this totally impulsive urge to go for a swim after work, so I threw on my bathing suit, grabbed my stuff, and headed to the aquatic center 15 minutes from my house.  I planned on swimming 1 mile then calling it a day.  But by some serendipitous coincidence, the masters swim team was just starting their practice when I arrived at the pool.  After talking to the coaches, they agreed to let me have a 2 week free trial to decide if I wanted to join.

They gave me some great tips/pointers…my rusting is VERY rusty and my form was a little whacky.  They got me straight on freestyle and after about 30 minutes of focusing on “reaching forward” and “finishing my stroke”, I felt like a fish back in water, and was reminded of why the pool used to be my happy place!  I wasn’t breaking any records, it took me about an hour and a half to complete the 3200 meter workout, but it honestly felt great! I am hoping to find time to fit a couple of swims a week into my fitness routine.

I so relate to Dory!

I so relate to Dory!


 

My Kettle Bell Exercises :

I totally love the quick, dynamic, total body workouts I can get with my 20 lb kettle bell!

KB Swing

KB Swing

Goblet Squat

Goblet Squat

Russian Twist

Russian Twist


 

I’ve started week one of training for WG.  The first week starts out pretty easy, but that’s a good thing since I am traveling for work.  I have a lot of work travel scheduled for the summer (7 weeks between now and labor day on the road) so I am a little anxious about how it will affect the consistency and quality of my training.  My next post will include tips on staying on track with workouts and diet while traveling.  Staying on top of training while on the road is a challenge, that’s for sure!!

How much time do you usually take off of running after a marathon?  What are your favorite workouts/activities for “active recovery”?  Any tips for staying on training while traveling?  

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