Saturday, May 28, 2011

this week: double digits {5/23-28}

Life after Ripped in 30...

Truthfully, if I could still do Ripped in 30 almost every day and run too--I'd be a happy camper.

I am super interested in the Insanity program.  Because I'm insane.  But I'd have to find a super cheap copy!

This week's workouts.

Monday: I don't remember why exactly, but I didn't get to exercise.

Tuesday: 3.5ish mile run, average pace 10:16.  I can tell that I haven't been running, mostly in my cardiovascular strength.  And my feet.  I keep getting a blister on the inside of one of my feet, even though I've had my shoes for over a few months.

Wednesday: Biggest Loser Weightloss Yoga, Level 1.  I wanted to stay active, yet I knew I shouldn't push myself too much since it's my first week back to running.

Thursday: 4.2 miles on the treadmill.  It was a gorgeous day--but my schedule dictated running during naptime.  So I enjoyed the view of the gorgeous day from the treadmill in my garage.  This run was warm--1 mile in 9:05--jog-1 mile in 9:05--jog-cool.  It was TOUGH, especially that last timed mile.  My cardio suffered without running.  This is one of the reasons I like the treadmill though--I was able to finish it.  Had I been on the street, I don't think I could have pushed myself.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 5.5 miles.  It was supposed to be a 5 mile run, but the apps I tried to use on my iPhone failed me and my math wasn't so good, even though I was running on a marked path.  This run was with my sister and we took walk breaks throughout.  The goal pace was supposed to be around 11:00 minutes, which overall we probably hit with the breaks.  I didn't really time it though.  This run felt good!  My cardiovascular strength seems to be increasing again.

Yay for a double digit week in miles run!

Next week, I need to get a few sessions in with Jillian as well.  I want to keep the strength I've worked for.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Getting Ripped in 30

I actually did it.

I completed Ripped in 30.

Jillian Michaels recommends doing the workouts 5-6 days a week.  I managed to do 5 each week.  Which is pretty good for a working mom of three young kids.  I even added in a couple brief runs the last few weeks in addition to the DVD.

So, here's my rundown.

I really liked this DVD.  I liked that there were 4 levels instead the 3 levels of Shred.  A few years ago when I did Shred for 30 days, doing each level for 10 days got pretty laborious.  I felt like different muscles were challenged by switching the routines more frequently.  I also appreciated that Jillian recommends 1-2 rest days.  With my weekly schedule, this was a lifesaver!  Especially on Wednesdays and Sundays, which are my fullest and most exhausting days.  And I didn't have to feel guilty for missing a workout.

My upper body is my weakest area.  I know that's pretty typical for girls, but I've always felt like a real wimp.  I couldn't do a full push-up to save my life and even a "girly" push-up is challenging to me.  These workouts really challenged my upper body.  Each level had different exercises that worked my shoulders.  By the end of Level 4, I noticed a real difference.  I could go lower in the various push-ups and didn't fatigue as quickly when in plank positions.

I experienced a lot of soreness the first few weeks but the last few weeks it was real minor.  While my body felt stronger and more toned, the scale failed to show any changes even though I was tracking my calorie intake.  I wish I had measured myself before and after because I know I would have seen the difference there.

How I got it done...

Make no mistake, this was a huge mental and actual challenge for me to complete this workout cycle.  It was NOT easy and required sacrifice.  Most of my workouts started before 6am.  Luckily the jumping impact is pretty minimal and I was able to land soft enough to not make our floor pound and wake the kids.

At least once or twice a week I worked out while the kids milled around me.  Miss Rose and Gracie are pretty good about keeping themselves busy during the 30ish minutes of warm up, workout and cool down.  Lily usually exercises with me and talks to me the entire time!  She may wander off for a few minutes, but then she is back.  Sometimes she cries because she wants my attention, but that happens no matter what I'm doing!

If you really want to get it done, you will find a way.

And I'm glad I did.

Next up: I am registered for a 15k (9.2 miles) on July 4th.  The training for this distance isn't too difficult and I'll be running 3-4 days a week.  I plan to keep up Ripped in 30 and other similar videos a few times a week as well to keep my strength up.  I'm also on a mission to repair my diastasis recti.  I've continued to do a lot of traditional ab work, which is a big no-no.   So I'll be focusing more on standing abs and some other core strengthening exercises that won't exacerbate the problem.

Stay tuned.  There's always more.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

week 3

I'm in Week 3 (which is Level 3) now of Ripped in 30.  (see previous posts for links.  I'm lazy tonight)

Oh boy howdy is this is a doozy.  The moves are fast and some of them complicated.  I would kinda like to go back to Level 2.  But I also want to complete all 4 levels in 4 weeks, so I just keep moving on.  It's good for me to be challenged.

I have been able to successfully exercise in the morning without waking the kids!  I found that going in to re-tuck Lily in, turning on her humidifier and music again provides enough white noise.  And I know the exact places on my floor where I can jump and it doesn't make much noise.

I do feel a little guilty sometimes that I'm exercising, while Bean is bustling around doing dishes and making Miss Rose's lunch.  The man can't sit still nor can he lounge in bed.  I think he likes that I'm at least awake, instead of trying to stay asleep in bed.  But, he knows how much I need exercise for my well-being.

Over the weekend I went three days without doing the DVD thanks to Mother's Day and a sick baby.  Which means I need to bust out the last 5 days of this week without missing.  I think I can.  I think I can.  And if I don't, well life still goes on.

I am also hoping to run a few times this weekend.  It's so beautiful and these legs just want to be moving. Although 5 strides in, I will probably regret it since this workout makes my legs ache like none other.

I found a local 15k on July 4 that is actually affordable.  Unlike the August half marathon that is $95.  No thank you.  Once I finish Ripped in 30, I'll do some training for the 15k.

My sister and a friend are talking about doing our own half marathon in August.  It will give us something to work towards and help hold us accountable, but not break the budget.  We are blessed to live in a gorgeous destination city and I did an awesome 13 mile training run for my last half marathon that we can use as our course.  Running by the water 90% of the time!  Now to convince our husbands and boyfriends to man water stations for us!

What exercise routine is working for you these days?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

getting it done

I'm going through running withdrawls.

But I'm getting Ripped in 30 done.  And I'm happy about that.  It is a good workout.

Last week I managed 5 workouts in 7 days, and one of the days included a short run after Ripped Level 1. My legs were jello!  And I was pushing the jogging stroller.  I planned 3 miles, but I cut it a bit short and did somewhere between 2-2.5 miles.

I'm two days into Level 2.  The moves are pretty challenging.  It's been difficult to get the form right and the correct muscles engaged.  But I have some soreness, so I'm doing something right.  Hopefully as the week goes on I'll get better form.

I actually managed to do the DVD at 6am the past two days without waking any children!  There isn't too much jumping or impact moves to make noise on the floor.  The noise of the TV isn't the problem--it's the old, hardwood floors that absorb nothing!

But I miss running.  I miss the endorphins.  Life is pretty full right now, so I don't have time for running and the DVD most days.

I'm looking for a race.  I was thinking about a local half marathon at the end of the summer.  But, um, the registration is $95.  Ridiculous!  Maybe that's typical, but it's more than I've ever paid for a race and I'm not about to pay it!  I found a 15k (just over 9 miles) on July 4th that's only $35.  More my style.  I've never done a race that length, so it might be kind of fun to train for it.

Hopefully these 4 weeks will pay off in my running.  I can't wait to get back to it.