Monday, June 17, 2013

Move It Monday Back to Running!


 
I am finally running again, but I have to remember to take it slow.  I broke my toe back in April, but the real set back was that I broke it a second time.  So it has been almost 2 months since my last run.  This was a time frame an experienced runner and friend gave me, along with start back slow and listen to your body. Saturday was the first day back and I started with just a simple one mile run.  While I was really happy to find that my toe was not sore or hurting, I realized this is going to be a long road back to my old pace and miles.

It’s important to take things slow because my body is still healing.  I really do not want to risk re-injuring my foot, which would make it even longer before my next race.  I did make a great decision in staying active with my core workouts, during the healing time.  These where exercises with low impact to my toes, except the plank and squats that I worked into the last 2 weeks.  This will be a huge help to get me back to my old pace.

Circuit Workout Routine Abs and extra
50 crunches, 15 leg lifts, 30 seconds plank, 15 pushups, 60 squats.
Then do circuit 3 more times.
Making a total of 200 crunches, 60 leg lifts, 120 second in plank, 60 pushups, and 240 squats.  This is too much for someone just starting this.  If you would like to work up to this you can just do one circuit 3 times a week and add a circuit each week.  By the end of the month this feels totally awesome and you abs will love you for it.

Monday: 2 miles and P90X Cardio
Tuesday: Circuit Workout (4 rounds)
Wednesday: 2.5 miles and Yoga 20 minutes
Thursday: Circuit Workout (4 rounds)
Friday: 3 miles and P90X Power Yoga.  "Family Yoga Friday"
Sat: Circuit Workout (4rounds)
Sunday: REST

I was an active teen.
As a teen, I was always out biking, hiking, swimming, and doing cheerleading and softball throughout high school.  My body feels best when I am active and I start to gain weight when I am not.  Does that mean I have to do these intense workouts all the time? NO.  Staying active is the important thing, but I am doing these workouts to help me train for a ½ marathon this year.  I have only completed a 1/4 marathon and now I have my eye on the half marathon.  The great benefit of training for these events is that your body is stronger and leaner, fighting off illnesses, balancing emotions, and especially heart disease which tend to be very high in woman.  The ultimate benefit is being able to say "I did this!"  So I was really bummed that I broke my toe because it set me behind in the schedule I gave myself, but this is life, things come up and we have to reorganize and keep going.
What are you exercising for?

13 comments:

  1. My Sister in law, well both of them actually, love to run. Personally I don't find it enjoyable. I would much rather hike or bike!!

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    1. I love hiking and biking too. I think any activity that gets us outside and moving is a plus. Thanks for commenting :-)

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    1. Sign up for a race. 5K's are roughly 3 miles and you can do a simple schedule to get up to that amount by the race time. When I sign up for a race I get a whole bunch of motivation to do well in it. Let me know if you do!

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  3. I had to have surgery done on my toe almost 2 years ago. They broke it and then put a pin in place. I have never been a runner but we recently moved and everyone in our housing area runs. I watch them and am starting to think i'd like to start. I'm very nervous about running with my bad foot though... I like your tips! Thank you!

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    1. That was me a couple years ago, watching everyone else running and thinking its not for me. If you want to get started, find a shoe place near you that does shoe fitting's and watching your running. They can help give you a shoe that is just right for you, which makes a huge difference with previous injuries. Here is a post talk more about this. Just remember to take it slow and do no more than a 10% increase each week. Just start by walking and then increasing. You might find you love it more than you ever imagined! http://kelleysnutrition.blogspot.com/2012/08/fleet-feet-tucson-for-your-running-needs.html

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  4. Fantastic and good luck!!! I hope the run in Tuscon is in the morning or on a day that isn't nearly as miserable as it is up here in Phoenix!!!

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  5. That's awesome!!! I need to pick up my exercising. Lately a power walk is the best I can do!

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  6. This definitely motivates me to get back to exercising. I love running.

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  7. I cannot run because of bad knees but I am always looking for motivation to MOVE!

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  8. It makes me jealous when others are running and I'm not. We have lots of hills and pushing a 35lb stroller is just not that fun. Good for you for doing this!

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  9. Good luck with the fitness goal you can do it!

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  10. Im like to workout as well. Thanks for sharing this great workout routine :)

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