Category: Fitness

Weekend Recap: Bethlehem, Bart, and Besties

Get ready for some honesty, y’all. I ran out of time today and I don’t actually have a real post ready for you in regards to the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival. Runner’s World has graciously allowed me to tag along to their events twice now (full disclosure: they sponsored my involvement in the races) and I don’t want to forget anything important. Instead of recapping the races tonight, I’m just going with one of my favorite types of posts: sentence per picture. I’m getting a little too used to writing these, aren’t I?

 

What “Team Wombat” lacked in scavenger hunt skills, we more than made up for in enthusiasm and general awesomeness.

team wombat rw half

 

I was more than excited to receive this new yoga gear, but man was it embarrassing trying to “gracefully” use it all.

yoga essentials

 

They fed us the best food this weekend, and I really don’t know how I’ll cope with having to cook my own mediocre food again.

tacos

 

A very important lesson was learned this weekend: cheap beer does not make you better at blackjack or faster during races.

sands casino

 

There is clearly no better way to prepare for a race than to pull a Taylor and just “Shake It Off”  at the start.

10k dance break

 

I love, love, love meeting new people and these were some pretty awesome ones.

runner's world rw half ambassadors

 

  Golden is now known for three equally important things: running a 2:45 marathon at age 12, founding Altra, and throwing sick gang signs.

altra

No big deal, just an altercation with an elderly woman who happened to have an abnormal amount of road rage.

runner problems

I had trouble adding multiple layers to my ensemble and apparently that lady can’t really relate.

issues

It’s not a Runner’s World race without forcing Bart Yasso to take multiple pictures with you.

bart yasso

No worries, y’all. I will post an actual recap soon. In the meantime, just know that I am extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to head to Bethlehem this weekend. I always come back from trips like this feeling a mix of appreciation and inspiration. Now let’s just see if I use that motivation as momentum to actually do something else soon. I said after the last Hat Trick that I might run a marathon, but maybe this time I’ll actually do it. ;)

Question: If you run races, what was the best one you ran all year? I’m looking to form a little game plan for next year and I’d love some input!

Fitness Meets Fashion: Target® C9 Collection

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

Today’s post is one of my favorites of the week for two reasons: I got to go shopping at Target® and I got to pose awkwardly in the clothes I found before writing it. I never need an excuse to shop at my favorite store, but embarrassing myself is icing on the cake. Luckily for me, the clothes steal the show so you don’t notice my insanity quite as much.
target c9 collection

During my little fitness shopping spree, I chose the C9 by Champion® Paisley Legging and Cowl Neck Layered Tank. I’d be lying if I said it was an easy decision. I mean, I wanted to try so many different outfits on. Is this not the typical Target® problem or what? So much good stuff, y’all.

Ultimately, I decided to go with a combination I didn’t have much of: printed leggings and a bright tank top. I really, really love the pieces I ended up with. They even inspired this emo-style selfie, so you know it’s real love.

target c9

I told Ryne this was my “bae caught me slippin” look but he didn’t get it. He’s getting old. Anyway, back to the clothes.

C9 by Champion® Paisley Legging: While the look of these leggings initially caught my eye, the fabric’s feel and fit is what ultimately won me over. They are extremely comfortable yet tight enough to stay put during even the toughest of workouts. I run in these and they are perfect. Not to thick and not too thin. Plus, hello, they’re paisley.

C9 by Champion® Cowl Neck Layered Tank: I cheated a little on this one and chose a tank that I already owned, just in a different color. Why? Because it’s amazing. The built in bra is actually thick and supportive, which is usually not the case with these types of tanks. The top layer is flowy but very flattering. Definitely a keeper.

target c9

One of the best parts about my new outfit is that it’s perfect for fall evening runs. Right now it’s not quite cool enough to bring out the winter running gear, but the slightly cooler temps mean that my legs are loving a little covering. When it does finally get chilly, all I’ll need to do is grab a jacket on the way out the door.

night run

And with skies like that, I hope I’ll be outside more often than not. What about where you live? Have you busted out the cold-weather gear yet? We’re in this weird “60 degrees one day, 90 degrees the next” phase which means it’ll be 30 degrees before you know it. ;)

Thursday Thoughts + A Question For Y’all

1. I’ve been spending more time running outside lately, and I have definitely developed a fondness for certain songs. I know this is going to sound cheesy, but “power songs” totally exist. And they work. Any time “Boom Clap” comes on, I swear I can sprint like a cheetah. It’s weird for two reasons: 1.) I don’t even like the song that much and 2.) the tempo is not particularly fast. My love for this song while running will just have to go down as one of life’s little mysteries.

2. Speaking of running, I’m at the point where I’m torn between outdoors and the treadmill again. While I’ve had some beautiful runs lately, I’ve also encountered way more wildlife than usual. Apparently I’m not the only one enjoying the slightly cooler evenings and pretty sunsets.

beautiful sky

Last night, I almost had a heart attack on three separate occasions. First, I almost smashed a toad under my shoe. Second, I almost tripped over a cute little bunny. Finally, a few feet from my house, I was attacked by a bat. Fine, attacked is a stretch but he did look like he was flying directly toward my face. I don’t know if running at dusk is my thing.

3. Sugar is another thing I go back and forth on a lot. One day I’m all “Oh em gee, Bojangles Bo Berry Biscuits!” and the next day I’m like “I’m never eating sugar again, ever!” Well, I actually never say the second one. I do randomly think about cutting back, though. I feel better overall when I limit the sweet stuff, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t hard for me.

dessert

I have a serious sweet tooth, which is weird because I wasn’t a huge fan of sweets growing up. Pregnancy brought on my candy addiction and I still haven’t kicked it two years later. Yeah, I’m blaming my kid for this one. Anyway, I don’t really have a plan or a goal here, I’m just rambling. Sugarrrr.

4. I love, love, love going on “dates” with my kid. He’s at the age now where we can sit and have discussions, and they are hilarious. He is turning into quite the little comedian. Sure, most of his jokes right now are about poop and boogers, but I swear they’re really funny. ;)

5. I’ve been posting workouts with step-by-step pictures lately, and I’m having a blast putting them together. I’ve done a few based on specific equipment and a few based on certain themes, but I would love to have input on what you guys would like to see next.

playground workout

If you have any suggestions for workouts you’d like to see, please let me know. I’d be more than happy to try to put them together in the future.

6. This week Ryne mentioned we should take one last beach trip this year while it’s still warm out. You don’t have to twist my arm. I think that’s my favorite thing about my husband. He’s always down for some fun. We are opposites in a lot of ways, but being spontaneous is the one thing we have in common. I dig it.

Hilton Head Beach Walk 5

So, long story short, tomorrow after work we’re heading straight for the coast. I told Maddux where we were going today and he is so excited. I can’t wait, either! I hope to check in while we’re on the road, but I might just be back Monday. If I don’t “see” you tomorrow, have a great weekend. :)

Halloween-Inspired Superhero Workout

I kind of can’t believe it’s already Wednesday, and I certainly can’t believe we are already 1/4th of the way through October. Halloween is almost here, y’all! For once in my life, I have the costumes ready and waiting for us. In the mean time, I’ve been dressing up during my workouts.

mask

I’m totally kidding. That would be weird, even for me. In honor of the impending holiday, I did create a fun Superhero Workout. With the exception of the ball slams, it requires no equipment. It’s a great last-minute workout when nothing else sounds very enticing. I mean, how can you not want to be a superhero? Let’s be real, it’s everyone’s lifelong goal.

superhero workout



  And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Catwoman Plank Pikes: Get into plank position on your elbows. Using your core muscles, lift your hips and butt into a “V”, without bending at the knees. Your head should drop between your arms as your lift yourself up, so that your neck and back are aligned. Slowly lower yourself back into the plank position. Repeat!

Batman Squat Punches: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your fists protecting your face. This is obviously a real fight. Squat down with your weight in your heels. Punch with your right fist and then return to standing. Squat down and punch with your left fist. That’s one rep.

Spiderman Push Ups: Get into standard pushup position. Lower your body to the floor, while simultaneously lifting your right foot off the floor and reaching your knee toward your elbow. As you push your body back up, place your right foot back behind you. Repeat with your left leg. That’s one rep.

Hulk Med Ball Smashes: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lift a medicine ball directly overhead. With your arms slightly bent, slam the ball into the ground as forcefully as possible. Pick up the ball and repeat!

Superman Back Extensions: Lie face-down with your arms stretched out in front of you. Squeeze your lower back muscles, lifting your chest and legs off of the floor. Pause then slowly lower your chest and legs back toward the ground. This move is one of my favorites to use toward the end a workout!

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Okay, fine. I know I said that dressing up would be weird, but I almost wore that mask for the entire workout. I just couldn’t pull the trigger. You’re welcome. Have a great night, y’all!

Question: What was your all-time favorite Halloween costume? I’m going to have to go with Mary Poppins. It was so legit, you guys.

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  And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Catwoman Plank Pikes: Get into plank position on your elbows. Using your core muscles, lift your hips and butt into a “V”, without bending at the knees. Your head should drop between your arms as your lift yourself up, so that your neck and back are aligned. Slowly lower yourself back into the plank position. Repeat!

Batman Squat Punches: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your fists protecting your face. This is obviously a real fight. Squat down with your weight in your heels. Punch with your right fist and then return to standing. Squat down and punch with your left fist. That’s one rep.

Spiderman Push Ups: Get into standard pushup position. Lower your body to the floor, while simultaneously lifting your right foot off the floor and reaching your knee toward your elbow. As you push your body back up, place your right foot back behind you. Repeat with your left leg. That’s one rep.

Hulk Med Ball Smashes: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lift a medicine ball directly overhead. With your arms slightly bent, slam the ball into the ground as forcefully as possible. Pick up the ball and repeat!

Superman Back Extensions: Lie face-down with your arms stretched out in front of you. Squeeze your lower back muscles, lifting your chest and legs off of the floor. Pause then slowly lower your chest and legs back toward the ground. This move is one of my favorites to use toward the end a workout!

DSC04001

Okay, fine. I know I said that dressing up would be weird, but I almost wore that mask for the entire workout. I just couldn’t pull the trigger. You’re welcome. Have a great night, y’all!

Question: What was your all-time favorite Halloween costume? I’m going to have to go with Mary Poppins. It was so legit, you guys.