Posts tagged with "biking"

Weekend Recap - Celebrating (a little too much) not having to do a long half-marathon training run

Posted May 13, 2014 in Sweet Success, weekend, food and 5 more

Yesterday was so crazy with the launch of my redesigned blog (!) and the launch of the May Plank Challenge, that I didn't post my usual weekend recap. I wanted to share some things from the weekend because the BF and I celebrated not having to do a long half-marathon training run with an amazing lunch (and a biking adventure).

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Week of Workouts {May 31 - June 6}

Posted June 7, 2014 in workout, fitness, exercise and 6 more

After my workout-filled weekend, I spent the week without a lot of energy. It may have been the weather. It was pretty hot most days this week. That tends to suck my energy until I get used to the summer heat.

But I still managed to get in three toning workouts, a yoga workout and my usual cardio.

I set my alarm every day this week to get up early and go running before it got hot outside. Every single day I hit snooze and didn't get up until I had to get ready for work. I'm going to keep trying! I'm determined to start a morning workout routine!

How do you motivate yourself to get up early?

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Week of Workouts {June 14-20}

Posted June 21, 2014 in workout, workouts, fitness and 7 more

My new routine of doing tough workouts on the weekends has been great! It allows me to take a day or two off during the week, which makes life less stressful these days. I've been crazy busy packing up my life to move in with the BF and getting ready to leave for 11 days to go to Georgia!

I usually don't count household tasks as exercise, but packing and painting are definitely workouts! I spent about three hours painting Thursday night and woke up with sore arms and shoulders!

Here is my week of workouts...

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Weekend Recap {June 20-22)

Posted June 23, 2014 in weekend, healthy living, healthy eating and 5 more

The weekend started with intentions of productivity - packing for my upcoming move, preparing for my 11-day trip to Georgia. But Saturday was the first day of summer, and it seemed wrong not to celebrate by being outdoors and soaking up the sun.

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Week of Workouts {July 12-18}

Posted July 20, 2014 in workout, fitness, exercise and 7 more

It's been a little while since I've written a Week of Workouts post! I got a little off when I was in Georgia earlier this month.

But I'm getting back into my routine, and I'm working out somewhat regularly again. Well, let me clarify…I'm teaching five fitness classes a week right now. So my workouts are the classes I'm teaching mostly. But I actually do the workouts in all of the classes I teach. You know how in some fitness classes, the instructor doesn't do the workout with you. I'm lucky enough to be able to workout with the people I'm teaching. I am drenched in sweat by the end of my classes!

I haven't done much more than my classes because I've also been spending every evening after teaching unpacking and organizing my new house. I've been exhausted!

I am planning on getting back to biking though. If you remember, I'm training for a 60 mile bike ride! With my trip to Georgia and moving, I took about 3 weeks off of training. Yikes! I have just three more weekends before the ride. I'm hoping to get my mileage up to at least 40 miles, so 60 won't feel too much like death. 

Here's what I did this week….

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Weekend Recap {July 18-20} - Triple Breakfast + Moving

Posted July 21, 2014 in weekend, healthy, Weekend Recap and 11 more

Sorry my posts have been a bit unpredictable lately! Since the BF and I just moved into our new house last weekend, we don't have our internet hooked up yet! Yes, a whole week without internet. It's torture. Charter was supposed to hook it up Monday, but they didn't show up.

The weekend was filled with more moving! Last weekend, the BF and I started the process of moving in together! Neither of us have to be out of our old houses by any particular date, so we have been slowly moving our stuff into our new house.

But I managed to fit in some workouts, a bit of fun (and A LOT of breakfast) into our busy moving schedule...

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Week of Workouts {July 19-25}

Posted July 26, 2014 in fitness, workout, exercise and 8 more

I admit, this week's workouts are kinda lame. I only worked out one time outside of the fitness classes that I taught!

However, I did feel pretty sore the days after I taught Piloxing. I'm still trying to get into a routine at my new house with the BF, while unpacking, while taking my online classes, while teaching five classes a week, etc.

I did increase my steps a couple of days this week though! I hit 15,000 on Tuesday!! (I'll share more on that later).

My goals for next week are to do yoga and get one or two more strength workouts in (I get some strength building with Piloxing).

Here are my workouts for the past week...

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Week of Workouts {July 26 - Aug. 1}

Posted August 2, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 8 more

Although this week wasn't much better than last week, I did manage to squeeze in a couple of my own workouts outside of the fitness classes I teach.

My struggle is still getting up in the morning before work to workout. Since I teach all of my classes in the evenings, the morning is the only time I have to exercise. And when my alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. every morning, can you guess what I do? Snooze. Snooze. Snooze. Off.

I don't want to discredit the workouts I get when I teach. I work hard in my classes, especially Piloxing. I leave that class dripping in sweat. But I definitely need to add in some of my own strength training, cardio and yoga.

I had a heart to heart with the BF and told him I needed a bit of motivation. I convinced him to join the August Fresh Air Fitness Challenge through FitFluential with me. We will workout outside for at least 30 minutes every day this month! I'm excited to to get out of my comfort zone a bit with my workouts. 

Our Aug. 1 workout was just a 30 minute run, but it felt pretty brutal. Since it got hot, I haven't been running a whole lot. So this challenge will be good for me.

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Weekend Recap {Aug. 1-3} - Summer scones, champs and more moving

Posted August 3, 2014 in weekend, Weekend Recap, running and 12 more

(Hanging out on the couch with the BF's dog, Coda)

After spending the last three weekends moving, unpacking and cleaning, the BF and I spent the first half of this weekend doing...not a lot. We got in a couple of workouts, made some delicious meals and relaxed. It was much needed!

But we got back to work cleaning the BF's old house on Sunday. Moving is hard work! I feel like I need a vacation from moving! 

I promise that my Weekend Recaps will be a little more exciting as soon as we finish all this moving stuff!

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I did a 65-mile bike ride! {or how not to fuel for and recover from a 65-mile bike ride}

Posted August 13, 2014 in Bike, Bike Ride, Kool-Aid Days and 6 more

I completed the Kool-Aid Classic 65-mile Bicycle Tour on Saturday! It felt like such a great accomplishment to ride that far. I had never ridden my bike more than 40-miles before! It was fun, challenging, exciting, brutal, painful and wonderful.

My friend Russanne suggested that we do the ride a few months ago to celebrate her 35th birthday. We picked a training program and followed it…sort of. By "sort of" I mean not at all. I even went without biking for a few weeks when I was in Georgia and while I was moving. My longest ride during my training was 23 miles! So I was obviously under trained for a 65-mile bike ride.

Here's how the ride went…

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Week of Workouts {Aug. 9-15}

Posted August 16, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 6 more

For the past few weeks, I've been struggling with adding in my own workouts on top of the 5-6 fitness classes I've been teaching each week. I've written about it in my last few Week of Workouts recaps (here and here). But this week I gave myself a break.

After last Saturday's 65-mile bike ride, I felt stiff and tired…for most of the week. I just never got my mojo back after that ride. I was dragging! I decided my body probably needed a bit of a rest. So I taught my classes and tried to get in my FitFluential August Fresh Air Fitness Challenge workouts in (4 out of 7 days). 

One of the most important things about working out is listening to your body! Overtraining can lead to injury. It can also make you burned out from exercise. When you feel like you need a rest day, take it!

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Weekend Recap {Aug. 15-17} - Zucchini overload + Pool time everyday!

Posted August 18, 2014 in weekend, Weekend Recap, healthy living and 9 more

The BF and I had no plans this weekend! We definitely needed it after spending the past three or four weekends packing, moving, unpacking, etc. And I needed a relaxing weekend after last week's 65-mile bike ride. I pretty much spent the entire week recovering.

We took advantage of our free weekend by making lots of healthy meals, soaking up the last few weeks of summer in the pool and watching lots of movies. Although we still have boxes we need to unpack, we decided to give ourselves a much needed break....

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