|November 8, 2013||Posted by Presley under Baby, Fitness, Life, Workout|
I have a “long” run tomorrow. So, naturally, I ripped my legs to shreds tonight. No one ever said I was good at planning. Seriously, though, it was a really good workout. I have a feeling I will be crying through my hilly nine miles tomorrow.
As usual, I took a perfectly simple workout and made it a tacky, themed piece of… beauty.
I love him so much, but he is completely reckless. Is this just a toddler thing? I don’t want to be overprotective but I also don’t want him to beat himself up every single day. Ryne and his brother were freaking nuts as kids, and I’m starting to get a little worried about Maddux. He might have a dangerous mix of my lack of foresight and Ryne’s daredevil tendencies. That’s a horrible mix of traits, huh? We are in for the ride of our lives with this kid. Moms and dads, please tell me you can relate.
Oh, snap. It’s after 9 pm. I better get off the computer and go watch some Christmas movies. You know, priorities and stuff. Good luck to everyone racing tomorrow! Let me know if you’re one of those folks.
|October 29, 2013||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Workout|
Y’all. I’m pretty sure I’m running on auto-pilot today. I got a grand total of four hours of sleep last night. It was fun times. I did, however, have the time and energy to work out tonight. So that’s a huge win, right? It was technically a rest day on my half marathon training plan, but I really don’t want to give up strength training, so I’m sneaking it in when I can. This workout was actually really, really tough for me. I just never know when I’m going to get a chance to do anything, so I try to torture myself every possible opportunity. Kidding. I’m not going to strength train on every single “Rest/Cross Train” day. Just when I feel like it.
Of course I made a themed picture of my workout. I mean, who doesn’t do that? Anyway, now I’m pretty much a zombie, so I’ve got to crash immediately. If none of this post makes sense, if I misspelled everything on that image, and if somehow this doesn’t actually get posted… well, you know why.
PS: Tomorrow I’ll be at work from 7 to 7 for report card conferences. I also somehow have to find time to run a 5 mile tempo run. Should be pretty exciting. I’ll run in the morning if Maddux doesn’t stay up all night again. If that happens, I’ll try to run tomorrow night. Eek. That’s some spooky stuff, for real. I’ve got the coffee on deck either way, so it’s all good.
PPS: I know I complain about dumb things when other people have way bigger problems. I just really like sleep. I can’t help it. I know I’m lucky that finding the energy to work out is my biggest problem in life right now. Very lucky. Alright, now I really have to go force myself into a light coma. Yes, I realize it’s 8:15 pm. No shame.
|September 11, 2013||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Workout|
*Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of PUMA Fitness. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Today is my mom’s birthday. Happy birthday to my best friend that still tells me what to do. We actually went out to dinner with my parents tonight, so I didn’t end up getting around to running the sprints I had planned. I seriously can’t get that amped after 8 pm. I think I’d be up all night after that. Real talk.
I did get a quick circuit in, though. It actually kicked my butt, which kind of defeated the purpose of not running sprints because I was jacked. Like Mountain Dew jacked instead of ripped muscle jacked. Oops. The huge muscles are just on their way, right? Oh, y’all knew this was going to be themed, right? I mean, I can’t work out if I’m not being ridiculous while I’m at it. I did skip the cat puns even though I really want to throw one in there, so I consider it a win.
Why did I choose to focus on strength and agility? Well, if we’ve met you know I’m clumsy. My aunts call me “Grace” in order to mock me. I come from a loving family. Anyway, side shuffles are a simple agility move that even I can figure out. I do think they help me focus on not tripping over my own feet. If I keep them up, maybe I’ll be able to walk or run without eating the pavement. That would be nice. They also do a nice job of keeping your heart rate up after tricep dips and push ups. The rest of the moves are just some that I love to hate. Basically, this workout challenges me in the best way possible, because it includes almost nothing that I’m good at. That makes it oddly fun. To complete the workout, go through each of the moves without stopping. You can quit after the plank jacks, or rest for 1 minute and repeat. It’s up to you, y’all. I’m very accommodating, ya know?
Oh, did you notice the #PUMAfitness and #PUMAsport hashtags? I created the workout in response to PUMA’s challenge to design a workout to test out some of their gear. How did the gear measure up? Let’s chat…
PUMA sent me a pair from their Formlite XL Ultra Shoes and I was stoked. I went for a run the very day these shoes came in the mail.
I’ve mentioned this many, many times but I love a good lightweight, flexible shoe. According to PUMA, the shoe “is lightest in class with an aerodynamic, 360 fit and flex.” I can attest to that. I’ve never had a pair of shoes as “bendy” as these and I’ve had my fair share of barefoot-style shoes. The breathable upper mesh helps keep stank feet at bay while helping reduce the weight of the shoe. The sole is a crazy mix of cushion and flexibility. It’s hard to explain. I mean, I’m pretty much a wordsmith so I should be able to handle it. Unfortunately, these shoes are just too much awesome for my mind to comprehend.
The Formlite shoes are perfect for cross-training. The feather-inspired outsole provides multidimensional flexibility, in addition to a good dose of grip and just the right amount of cushioning. On top of being great “gym” shoes, I really enjoy them for shorter runs or sprints. If you haven’t run in a minimalist-type shoe yet, I’d suggest slowly easing into running in these.
PUMA also sent me two items from their Tech Performance apparel line. I haven’t run in the capris yet, but they held up well during my quick workout. I can’t wear them out for a run until the weather cools a bit. Running in them will be the true test!
I did get to try the long tank out this past weekend on a middle-of-the-day run with Ryne. I loved it! It was loose, breathable, and I didn’t have to think about it once. That’s the sign of good workout gear. If I don’t have to fidget with it, it’s a keeper. Apparently the tank itself is made with something called Cocona Technology. It’s made with coconut fibers, which is a little awesome. It helps with keeping you cool and preventing odor. It probably does other really cool stuff that I don’t know about, because I’m not a coconut scientist. I just know I didn’t die from the heat and I think I’d pass a sniff test. I’ll take it.
I really did enjoy working out in the PUMA gear. My closet has room for all shapes, sizes, colors, and fabrics. I don’t discriminate. I love trying new brands and discovering new favorite pieces. I’m glad to have a few more to add to the list!
*Remember to say a prayer for our country, service members, and all those affected my the tragedy that occurred 12 years ago today. I couldn’t post anything without mentioning the attacks, and yet I don’t want to take away from the truly beautiful things I’ve read on other blogs. Have a great night and keep on doing your thing! Love, love, love!*
|August 29, 2013||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Motivation, Workout|
Today = a great day. It was the start of Carolina football, tomorrow is Friday, and this weekend is a long one. Can we all just let out a big sigh of relief that this work week is almost over? I’m actually having a lot of fun in my classroom this year, but man, I’m still tired. I could use an extra day this weekend!
So, I said I was going to work out 2-3 times this week. I ran Monday but didn’t do anything Tuesday or Wednesday. Lame, I know. I think I’m finally starting to kick this cold, though, so things are looking up. I realize I just jinxed myself. Anyway, I felt good enough tonight to do a little game day inspired workout. Because I love cheesiness, I created myself a little game plan to follow.
How it went:
Commercials: During every commercial break, I did crunches. I varied the typed of crunches, and occasionally threw in some Russian twists, planks, etc. Basically, I randomly worked my abs. So well-planned and scientific, I know.
Completed Pass: Every single time the Gamecocks completed a pass, I completed twenty air squats. Started off easy, ended with me hating my life. I actually accidentally wished a flag during one pass. Ryne said I owed 40 squats for that.
Score: When the Gamecocks scored, I had to do burpees. One for every point on the board. I immediately regretted planning this one once the score was past zero. Barf.
I survived. Barely. Oh, and I quit sometime during the third quarter. I might have kept it up if I didn’t need to wind down for bed, but let’s be real, my body felt like I did enough squats and burpees for my first week back. Burpees are my nemesis. I’m way too uncoordinated for those things. Also, I just want to sit around and watch the end of the game now.
I seriously forgot how much I missed stupid themed workouts like this. Honestly, since I’m a child, I can be tricked into thinking something is fun when really it’s the same workout I’ve always done. Themes for the win, y’all. Maybe this whole “getting back into it” thing won’t be so bad after all.
Serious question time: who do you cheer for? I’m expecting a college team here, since that’s the only football that counts. I do live in the South, ya know.