From Spartan Training to Potty Training?

The Fourth of July was fun, but there was a lot of working out going on behind the scenes.  In order for me to get where I need to be running wise, I have started stepping up my mileage.  The Spartan Race that we are doing in August is 8+ miles.  That said, on days that I would typically just teach Flywheel and call it a day, I have been trying to squeeze in a run either before or after.  Sunday was no exception.  Since my parents were in town, they offered to watch my kids so my husband could take my class.

IMG_5990Following class, we hit the trails.  We didn’t have much time, so traveling to the Whitewater Center or local trail favorite, Crowder’s Mountain, was not an option.  Instead, we took a fifteen minute drive to Renaissance Park (located in South Charlotte).  The race is not on the road.  In fact, it’s through the woods over rugged terrain and uphill.  Training specifically on the road and treadmill just doesn’t make sense.  While the trails at Renaissance are used more for mountain biking, we found ourselves isolated on Sunday morning.

IMG_5989We started with a strong, steady pace.  By the end of mile two, the fatigue of riding hard prior to getting outside started to hit me.  My pace dropped drastically.  I may have even walked, oops, while my husband trucked on.  I was disappointed in myself, but relieved at the fact that I followed through with going while spending quality time with my husband.  My body was tired.  I listened to it.

FullSizeRender-34After a poor performance on the trails the prior day, I was motivated to get some hardcore strength work in on Monday morning.  I didn’t even have to plan the workout.  While I was out Friday doing my workout with the ladies of FiA (Females in Action), my husband put together his own workout – that I ended up stealing.  In his exhaustion, I took a picture of him finishing the workout the prior week.  Take note, he wore a weight vest the entire time.  I did not.  I’m sore.  Sometimes it takes a good change in your routine to get yourself feeling like you are making progress again.  Workout is below.

  • Jump Rope 5 minutes.
  • Circuit 1 – complete three times sequentially.
    • 20 Kettlebell Swings
    • 20 Kettlebell Goblet Squats
    • 20 Kettlebell Upright Rows
    • 20 Kettlebell Side Bends (10 each side)
  • Circuit 2 – complete three times sequentially.
    • 10 Pull ups
    • 20 Perfect Push Ups
    • 20 Squat Jumps
    • 20 TRX Mountain Climbers
  • Circuit 3 – complete three times sequentially.
    • 10 Bosu Burpees
    • 20 TRX Rows
    • 20 Step Skaters (10 each side)
    • 10 Step Plank Walk Ups
  • Circuit 4 – complete three times sequentially.
    • 20 Sandbag Step Ups (10 each leg) – our sandbag weighs 37 pounds.  See picture below.
    • 20 Dips
    • 20 Incline Lunges (10 each leg)
    • 20 Heavy Rope Swings – yes, we have one of these at our house…

This workout took me approximately 50 minutes.  Be prepared to have to stop and rest.  Oh, and drink water!  I was so sweaty that I had to shower before touching my children.

IMG_6008Speaking of children.  Our 20 month old used the potty by herself immediately following this workout.  Over the past several weeks, it has not been uncommon for our oldest to sit on the potty or even take her diaper off and run around naked.  When she walked out of our half bath with her diaper and pants off and proceeded to throw them in the garbage, I was not surprised.  I fished them out of the trash and asked her why she was throwing them away.  After a quick check of her potty, I found out why.  She had peed!! What a milestone – until you have to clean it.  I took her to buy a child’s seat for a big toilet and her own step.  She was digging it.  She even wore sunglasses for the first time.  This kid.

IMG_6005It may take her time to get the hang of it, but at least we know the base knowledge is there.  She has put two and two together.  She is becoming more and more independent (or she is developing more and more of an opinion).  She carries her own basket at the farmer’s market.  She even picks out her own fruits and vegetables.  Too bad she didn’t bring her piggy bank.

IMG_6004Fresh local peaches are in stock.  There is nothing better than a locally grown fruit.  We stuffed our baskets to capacity.  While I price shop for fruit (because it is that expensive), I don’t skimp when it comes to locally grown in season stock.  It’s worth it.

IMG_5998We have been using the leftovers from our extravagant Fourth of July cookout creatively.  The vegetables, fruit and meats that we grilled on the skewers were a perfect addition to a small bowl of whole wheat rice.  Did I mention that my husband and I are going on a month long eating healthy hiatus to prepare for the race?  Alcohol not included.  Dessert eliminated.  I will post the details in an upcoming post.

IMG_6002While we don’t drink a lot, we do have a few drinks on the weekend.  I talk about Allagash a lot.  Not only are the beers good, but they always give back.  I came home Monday to a package full of goodies from the amazing company.  Have you tried one?  I might need a few as we progress through this potty training!

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