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Weekend workouts + “Cheat” Day

Well,  my skin got this year’s first taste of tan lines after a perfect weekend of weather in Charlotte. My daughter and I started our weekend off with a stop at the Farmer’s Market.  This time my dad was not there to carry her around, so I managed to do our shopping with her in the Baby Bjorn.  Yet another great exercise.  Tis the season for amazing fruit salads.

photo 1-16Yes, this is all fresh fruit from the Farmer’s Market.  I got my bill under $40 this trip.  Again, the hardest part about making this perfect treat is cutting it up.  It will last for days.

For those of you who were waiting to find out how my husband’s Mud Run went:  His team got second overall.  Another F3 team won the entire event.  Great work by all of the teams competing. F3 had an extremely large group run this year (see picture below).

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My husband was back from his race just in time for me to sneak out of the house to teach my afternoon Flywheel classes. This week was the last week of March Madness for my 2:45 class. We had two winners – Amy Seitlin and Allyson Bouldon.  We do have a photo coming that I can’t wait to share with you.  I am so proud of the fitness goals that these ladies have reached in such a short amount of time.

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After two classes Saturday afternoon, I was ready to eat.  Lucky for us, my Uncle Jeff and Aunt Norris were in town watching their son play basketball and wanted to treat us to dinner (not really my uncle and aunt, but close enough!)  My daughter absolutely loved Norris.  No problem with strangers here!

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That brings me to Sunday!  Whoa, productive.  Awesome 7:30 AM class.  Energy was intense for so early.  I am loving that there is a barre class at the same time.  Following breakfast, we drove directly to Lowes.  All of those bags pictured above are mulch.  We loaded the car with mulch and flowers.  The reason why I posted the picture of the bags of mulch is because I wanted you to see how easy it is to make this your physical activity for the day.  This is a workout in itself.

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After almost two hours of yard work, we had worked up an appetite.  I had an errand to run about a mile from our house, so sticking with that healthy lifestyle, we decided that we would walk as a family to run my errand and pick up lunch while we are out.  There is no need to drive on such an amazing day!

photo 3-10Good thing we walked.  It’s cheat day!  If you haven’t tried J.J.’s Red Hots, let me be the first to tell you that they have the best french fries in Charlotte.  Every once in a while I just need a good hot dog (which is fine, because today is my cheat day).  Part of living a healthy lifestyle is not depriving yourself all of the time.  Check back tomorrow for pictures from our Sunday dinner (as if we could be hungry from that lunch!)

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Tuesday (Running) Workout and Yard Work

Weather in Charlotte has finely taken a turn. I couldn’t wait to get out of work today to take advantage of the warm sunshine and to give my mind a break from work. Since I did weights yesterday, I opted to sleep in this morning and go for a run in the afternoon. When I choose to run in the afternoon, I either have to wait until my husband gets home from work to run solo or I have to push the jogger with the baby. Both scenarios have advantages and disadvantages. I find it very difficult to exercise in the evening because I really have to think about what I am eating in the afternoon so it does not disrupt my workout. I opted for the jogger today. I did plan a workout around pushing the jogger by adjusting my pace, but you can complete this workout on your own on a treadmill, outdoors, or on a track.

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Here we go:

Warm up – 800m (1/2 mile) at your warm up/recovery pace

Workout – I did a series of intervals in a pyramid format. I have found that in order for me to maximize the benefits of a short run, I need to incorporate change (either through elevation or pace).  If you do not have a GPS watch, go by time.  See below where I have added times as well.

  • 200m (1/8 mile or 1 minute) at race pace, recover 200m (or 1 minute)
  • 400m (1/4 mile or 2 minutes) at race pace, recover 400m
  • 800m (1/2 mile or 4-5 minutes) at race pace, recover 800m
  • 400m (1/4 mile or 2 minutes) at race pace, recover 400m
  • 200m (1/8 mile or 1 minute) at race pace

Cool down – 800m (1/2 mile) at recovery pace. This should put you right under 3.5 miles, which is right around that 30 minute mark, give or take 5 minutes, depending on your ability.  I have to mention that I was SUPER sore from the weighted kick back/fire hydrants in the workout yesterday. Clearly, I need to be doing more isolated glute work.

I also ended up doing more yard work than I anticipated yesterday afternoon. Yard work in itself is a workout. During the renovation of our house we pretty much lost all of the grass in our front yard and any flowers that we had in the front died. We (well mostly my husband) have been working very hard to get the yard back to the way it used to be. Something about our personalities requires us to try to fix things before we pay someone to do it. Wish us luck!

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Before picture of yard

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The grass is starting to grow!

The nice weather has made it more essential than ever for me to take a walk at lunch.  Best place to get a quick walk-in lunch on a sunny day – RiRa’s sandwich shop.  I swapped out cheese for an avocado spread.

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