Friday, September 5, 2014

Fitness Friday

It was nice to get back to a normal schedule after the holiday weekend. I did well with my eating and did fit in a very hilly run, which left me sore for a few days. But there is nothing like being in your home and having your normal routine to make things easier.

Part of my weekly goals this week is to run 3 times and I've already checked 2 runs off that list! I crave getting out for a run now and I never thought I would ever type that phrase! I just feel so centered and calm when my heart is pumping and I'm a little outside of my comfort zone.

This past week, I finally increased my total time running and have started to increase my speed too. I believe I will finally hit the 5K distance with my run this weekend! That is one of my big health goals that I have posted on my bathroom mirror. I have never liked running and so the fact that I want to get out there and run now is amazing. I think I can officially call myself a "runner", right?!

I have always been a big sweater --- and I don't mean the kind you wear. I sweat profusely! Honestly, there is no better feeling than coming home sweaty from a run (well I can think of other more pleasant things, but this works too). Here is some photographic evidence of my sweat. You can also see how nice my hair looks after working out - enjoy!

I have also been completing a 14-Day Sexy Arm Challenge through Marionberry Fitness. It consists of push-ups, dips and planks. Each day increases the number of reps and man, it is a doozy! I have never been good at push-ups, but I'm forcing myself to do them (with my knees bent of course) and I can feel myself getting stronger! That's also one of those great feelings right there next to sweating!

Marion has now posted the following two plank variations. The first one is a variation you can do with a normal set up reps. You get the shoulder, arm and core work you normally would, but it takes it to a whole other level! I will try not to fall over when I do this... I'll report back.

This 5 Minute Plank Workout is a great option to continue to stay toned after I complete the 2 week challenge. I think my body will be completely shaking, but I can't wait to try it out next week!

J is going to be traveling for work this weekend, so I know I have NO excuse not to workout. My goal is to complete the following:

  • 5K Trail Run with a local running group
  • Paddle Board Yoga with a friend (super excited about this one!)
  • Toned Arm Challenge moves
  • More strength training
What workouts have you been doing lately?


  1. Amanda! you ARE a runner! once you crave it, it's for real! ;) i'm so very proud of you! getting to week 7 of c25k is a HUGE accomplishment all in itself! :D congratulations!

    p.s. i'm a huge sweater, too.
    p.p.s. i just imagined myself as a wearable, argyle long sleeved shirt. yikes. haha

    happy Friday!

    1. Thanks Talia! I can't remember if you run too?


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