Category: Motivation

So, Tonight Was a Huge Fail

All I can say on the football front is that I hate it. Well, I hate losing with a passion. I’m just going to pretend like sports don’t even exist for a while. In addition to that, I’m also going to try to ignore the fact that I poorly planned my afternoon and evening yet again. I had some unexpected things to deal with after work, and then I decided to photograph a workout for my post today before tackling the rest of my to-do list.

dumbbell workout

Um. I took pictures and everything, but then I didn’t actually work out or create the workout post I had intended for today. I am a freaking champ, you guys. I would continue to complain, but I’ll just go cry into my pillow instead. I’m totally kidding, by the way. I should be embarrassed by my lack of working out and posting, but I got to eat three different kinds of delivery pizza, hang out with my family, and watch a football game. Not a bad day, right? I think I’m just doing what I said I wish I could do the other day. Oh, snap. Did I just turn that loss into a win?

Question: What did you “fail” at today?

Challenge: Spin that situation into a win! ;)

Get Moving + Cardio Core Circuit

Today after school, I practically begged myself to get up and get moving. I knew I’d feel better if I worked out than if I didn’t, but I still had trouble talking myself into it. Luckily, I have a really simple workout in my back pocket at all times. Not literally, but you get the drift. It includes a few fun moves, like twisting knee tucks. They kind of make you look like a drunk frog, but whatever.

twisting knee tucks

After my quick circuit, I felt so good that I actually kept working out. I went to the gym and took a class. I know. My mind is blown, too. I don’t work out for days and then I do more than I have all month. I guess sometimes you really do just have to force  yourself to get going. Momentum is real, y’all.

Cardio Core Circuit



And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Twisting Knee Tucks: Begin this move in plank position, with your feet together. Quickly jump your feet towards your right hand and then back out into plank position. Repeat on your left side. Continue alternating sides until your time is up.

V Sit Ups: Lie down on your back with your legs together and your arms by your side. Raise your shoulders off of the ground and lift your legs to about a 45 degree angle. Brace your core and lift yourself into a “V”. Your legs can remain extended or you can bend them as you sit up. I need to work on keeping my torso straighter and my core tucked. My body rejects these. Keeping my arms a bit higher would help.

Plank Jacks: Get into push up position. While bracing your core, jump your feet out as wide as you can and then jump them back together. This is one of my favorite ways to easily spice up a boring old plank. Oh, and sweat a lot.

Alternating 2-Point Plank: Begin in plank position, with your feet hip-width apart. Keeping your torso as straight as possible, lift your left leg and right arm so that they are parallel to the ground. Hold for a few seconds and lower. Repeat with the opposite arm and leg.

High Knees: Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart. Lift your right knee toward your chest and quickly place it back on the ground. Do the same with your left. Continue to alternate knees as quickly as you can. Seriously, this is really just running in place while trying to look goofy by slapping your knees into your chest. No big deal.

Plank Side Walk: Begin in plank position. Cross your right hand over your left while you step your left foot to the left. Then step your left hand and right foot to the left, so you’re back in plank position.That’s a lot of lefts, y’all. I hope you followed that, because I did it and I still just got confused. Thank goodness for the pictures.

Mountain Climbers: Get into push up position with your right leg toward your chest. Explosively switch positions of your legs, kicking the right leg back while tucking the left leg under your chest. It’s basically like running parallel to the ground, at least that’s what I tell myself.

Well, it’s 9 pm (aka my bedtime) so I better go. Let me know if you try this one! I know I did it before I lifted weights, but I think it would work better as a “finisher”, you know? It’s also just fine by itself, though, I promise. :)

On Love and Motivation

I love to run. I love to teach. I love to cook. I love to write. I love to read. I love to work out. I love to make ridiculous lists about things I love. Just kidding about the last one. Well, kind of because I guess I definitely just did that. Anyway, the point is that I love to do a variety of junk. I especially love making hideously corny cards, but so far Hallmark hasn’t returned my emails about a partnership.

owl always love you

Here’s the thing, though. I don’t always want to do the things that I say I love. Some days I’d rather eat nails than lace up my running shoes, or go to work, or open the computer, or read a book. Sometimes I literally want to do nothing at all.

I always feel weird admitting when I don’t want to do some of these things, because I have so many die-hard *insert activity here* friends who seem like they would never skip whatever it is they love to do. I don’t know how they do it. Truly I can’t even imagine.

Am I really that much less motivated than them? Do I really love to do these things less? Is there something wrong with me? (I’m totally kidding with that last question, so you better not answer that.)

Today I was a little short on time. I had the option of cooking, running, cleaning, or reading. I fed my family leftovers, didn’t change out of flip flops, ignored the crumbs under the table, and let’s just say the book I started reading over a month ago is collecting dust. I chose none of the above.

I went on a quick walk with my family. And that was enough for me. If that means I’m not motivated, so be it. If that means I don’t really love running or working out, then fine I hate ‘em! ;) I feel so freaking rebellious right now, so clearly it’s time for me to go to bed.

Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival {Discount Codes}

Y’all, I’ve basically taken the last few months off of running. The longest run I got around to was the F.A.S.T. Virtual 10k, and that was only because I really wanted to support the cause. And even then, I cheated because I ran mile repeats instead of an actual 10k. Other than that, I’ve had a few sprint or HIIT workouts thrown in there just finish off other workouts. Honestly, though, I’m pretty sure I needed the break. For some stupid reason I get stressed out when I skip runs when I think I “should” be completing them. Am I crazy? Sometimes I just need to remove running from my radar so that I can focus on other things, like being a sane individual and strength training.

Well, that’s all about to change. At least it better. I recently got an email inviting me to the Runner’s World Half and Festival in October. I probably just should have sent this picture as a response.

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Of course I wanted to attend. It was no secret that I was super appreciative of the opportunity to run the Heartbreak Half in June. At this point, Runner’s World could invite me to come clean their offices and I would be there in a heartbeat. I can’t say enough good things about the people I met and the amount of fun I had at the last event. I can’t wait for October, and I’m excited to get back into the swing of things with running again.

http://rw.runnersworld.com/half/images/rwhalf-logo.png

The Runner’s World Half and Festival takes place in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania during the weekend of October 17-19. The race weekend includes a 5K, 10K, half marathon, kids races, dog run, seminars, live music, and the return of the Hat Trick! I (slowly but surely) conquered the Hat Trick when I attempted it in June, so I’m pretty excited to try to tackle it in a different location. Once again, I’ll be going in blind. I’m always so prepared.

You can use the following codes for 10% off of your registration for each of the Runner’s World Half & Festival distances and challenges.

5k:  blogrunpretty5K

10k:  blogrunpretty10K

Half:  blogrunprettyHalf

5 & Dime:  blogrunpretty5&10

Hat Trick:  blogrunprettyHat

I would love to see y’all there. I promise you will have an absolute blast and meet some incredible people. Definitely let me know if you sign up!

In other news, I’ve been practicing getting up at 5 am this week. I forgot how hard it was to be an adult and have to get up. I’ll miss you, summer break. Let’s look at the positive side, though. The earlier I wake up, the earlier I can drink my coffee. Silver lining? I think so. Today’s agenda includes working the registration table at school and maybe working out. I’ve skipped all but one workout this week, so it’s about time to sweat. Plus, I should probably start running again. We’ll see if that happens today.

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