I get bored with workouts. I mean REALLY bored with workouts that sometimes I just go through the motion. I know that’s not good, but it happens. There are days when I wake up and think I am done with lifting or yoga or group fitness classes for a while. I try to listen to my body and really focus on what is it that I REALLY want to do. What do I need to do to get my drive and determination back especially since I have not been able to run? I enjoy running because it’s a great stress reliever for me. I also love the sense of accomplishment and “runner’s high” afterwards, but why don’t I get bored with running? It’s because I am always changing up my runs and finding new places to run to.
That’s the key, changing things up! Sometimes trying something different is key to breaking the boredom and breaking free from the plateau. But does it work? I am thinking about people I know that exercise and are really great at it and have lost a bunch of weight or are excelling at their sport. Some of my friends love to sign up for different challenges at the fitness center to stay motivated while others have tried different boutique places. A good friend of mine and running buddy, Dominique, loves to run races and she not only enjoys running them, but is always striving for a PR. How is she so good at this and constantly getting PR’s?! She has found a nutrition program that fits her needs, but she has also varied her training greatly. She did a lot of intense interval training at Orangetheory Fitness, plus she recently began teaching group fitness classes at Lifetime Fitness (which she is LOVING), she tries to trail run when the weather is nice (this is great because it is always keeping her muscles guessing as she is running, which in turn building muscle strength) and she manages to fit in a long distance run. She is trying different types of exercise and not hitting a plateau or getting board. Clearly it’s working because she just placed 10th in her age group this weekend at the Cap City Half Marathon! I am so proud of her!
I was determined to follow Dominique’s lead and try different places and exercises, but these places are expensive and with younger kids I need places that offer childcare and/or go on the weekends when my husband can stay at home with the kids. I decided to get on Groupon and I began looking to see who was offering a deal right now. There were several places I wanted to try, but with my family’s schedule I decided to go with PAI Yoga and Fitness here in town. I have driven by there a million times and always wanted to try their classes. I bought the Groupon, signed up for a Barre class (I’m totally digging barre type classes right now) and went to the class this morning. I loved the class! The teacher was very knowledgeable, the staff was friendly and the facilities and equipment were clean! The best part is, I had fun! I wasn’t board and I still have passes from Groupon to go back and try their spinning classes, yoga classes and TRX classes. Sometimes, trying a different location or exercise can be the push you need to break the boredom and breakthrough a plateau. I will began my running again as I have some races in September and October to train for, but until then you will see me around town trying out new places because I refuse to get board or hit a fitness plateau because I'm Just Living Fit!
Where and what types of exercises are your favorite? Is there a fitness studio here in Columbus that I need to check out? Please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you!
It doesn’t matter if you are slightly injured or extremely injured. Injuries in general are just not fun especially if you are training for something. For me, I have developed a case of really bad shin splints that has put my half marathon training on hold. This past week and a half I have been battling these shin splints and I was still running and training. I was in denial of being injured. Today the severity of my shin splints hit me hard. I got a good talking to from my Pilates instructor and class today about taking some time off from running and healing or else I could end up really hurting myself. The thing is, taking time off from training is hard for me. I like to be on the go and busy and stopping to heal is just not in my vocabulary. However, reality is taking a week or two off to heal is much easier than having to take 3 months off because I have a stress fracture. My instructor also very nicely reminded me of the importance of stretching and foam rolling. (Sigh, I have a love, hate relationship with the foam roller). She also encouraged Epsom salt baths. Ok this I could do!
I realized today that just because you are injured does NOT mean you have to give up exercising as long as your doctor or other healthcare provider says it’s ok. Therefore, even though I cannot run until I heal, I could still find other ways to keep up my strength and cardio. I can continue to lift my core and upper body with free weights or machines. I can also continue with cardio training, but instead of running I can ride the bike or swim. Well lets get real, I do not like to swim. I can swim, but it is not fun for me. Therefore, I will not swim, BUT I will do the bike.
I also had the chance to talk to my running buddy today and fill her in on what’s going on with me. She told me that I cannot use this injury as an excuse to eat 10 pieces of cake (dang, she knows me well. Have I mentioned that I am a self proclaimed sugar addict who also loves to stress eat?), but rather as a way to fuel my body with good nutrition and PLENTY of water so I can heal and be back to running in no time at all. She is right.
So over the course of the next two weeks it will be bike riding, upper body strengthening, Pilates and other activities to love my body so I can heal and get back to my training for my race at the end of April. Injuries suck, and they are no fun, but you really do need to take care of yourself so you can heal and get back to your crazy, busy life or in my case, training.
Stay tune to see how I handle the next two weeks!
So this past week I took it easy and did not run. I rode the stationary bike until I couldn't anymore, I did low impact strengthening like yoga and pilates and I even got a massage! My shins are feeling much better, but I have also learned quite a bit this week. In yoga class I had the opportunity to play around with some new poses, I focused on eating healthy and I even tried out several new recipes including an awesome fruit flavored water recipe. I will be running again and I will complete my race at the end of April, but I am also thankful that I got to slow down these past few weeks.
I was tired, not seeing results from exercising and I was beginning to make some unhealthy food choices. I knew I needed to make a change. It was April, 2016, after school and my sons were playing on the school playground with their friends and I was talking to some of my mom friends complaining about fitness, health, being so tired, etc. My friend Dom started talking about AdvoCare and how it has changed the way she looks at health AND she has all this energy! I was very hesitant to try AdvoCare products as I am very particular about what I put into my body. However, I decided to listen to Dom and do some research of my own on the company. I am glad I did!
I started off by only using a few products, but by the beginning of January, 2017, I gained back all of my weight I lost the year before (thank you Holidays!) and I was miserable! I decided to do a 24 Day Challenge with my husband and a few of my friends. This was a game changer for me! In 24 days I lost 9 pounds and 11 inches from eating the right foods, exercising and taking the AdvoCare products. Oh and my husband did pretty good as well, but he is shy about his results so per request I am keeping those hush, hush except that he leaned out and gained muscle (this was his goal)! Now I am helping my friends with their own 24 Day Challenge!
2017 started off awesome with the 24 Day Challenge and it has given me the push I needed to begin training for several half marathons this year. And yes, I will be using AdvoCare products to help me along the way with my training. I am already running faster and on my way to a personal record! 2017 will definitely be a great year!
Trying to fit in exercise is not easy as a mother. Trying to train for races is even harder. Join me as I try to find ways to fit in exercise in my crazy, busy life.