Pretending it is Wednesday (and Thursday!) for the sake of this post…

I was lazy Wednesday and didn’t do my workout until late at night, and Thursday I was SUPER busy with homework. I’d explain to you all about WHY homework is currently consuming me, but I’d rather not… I’ll let my tweet give you a rough idea:

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Also, for a running blog, I’ve been slacking on the “running” aspect. I’ve been in some pain (shins and muscle) and I’ve learned the hard way that training that way does nothing but hurt you further. Hoping to get back into it by tomorrow, though!

I am pretty sure my body has turned to jello through my Bodybuilding.com plan. Did anyone else try to develop a customized plan with their super easy tool?

 

 

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DAY 2!

Interested in my WOD today? Here it is!:
But first… I am in SO much pain from yesterday! I went from a solid 0 straight to 100 in terms of lifting. Struggling to walk. So a run is not happening… I did some light biking and might go on another bike later, but definitely need to work on mending these SORE muscles first! But not running on a treadmill today made me feel like this…:
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I am going crazy waiting for it to be warm enough to run outside again!!!

Barbell Bench Press- Medium Grip

  • Muscle Targeted: Chest
  • Exercise Type: Strength
  • Equipment Type: Smith Machine (The instructions said to use a barbell, but my gym only has a Smith Machine).
  • 5 sets of 12 reps, total of 60 reps

Triceps Pushdown

  • Muscle Targeted: Triceps
  • Exercise Type: Strength
  • Equipment Type: Cable
  • 4 sets of 12, total of 48 reps

Cable Crossover

  • Muscle Targeted: Chest
  • Exercise Type: Strength
  • Equipment Type: Cable
  • 4 sets of 12, total of 48 reps

Lying Triceps Press (in high school we called these Skull Crushers..)

  • Muscle Targeted: Triceps
  • Exercise Type: Strength
  • Equipment Type: E-Z Curl Bar
  • 4 sets of 12, total of 48 reps

Bosu Ball Push-Ups

  • Til failure
  • ****The plan called for medicine ball push-ups, but I am WAY too weak for that atm 😦

Is anyone interested in following some of these workouts? If so, I can post pictures / videos!

Bodybuilding.com is lifechanging! (I swear they didn’t pay me to say that)

Hey guys! How’s everybody doing? Today is my boyfriend’s 21st birthday (he is exactly 5 months younger than me!) and I’m looking forward to our first bar trip. However, he’s a fitness junkie like me so if we even make it to the bar we’ll probably order a beer and share it, hahaha (not because we are boring- I swear! We both just hate the taste!).

I’m a total research junkie (probably somehow related to the fact that I’m an avid researcher at school), and I decided I wanted to try out some supplements. Previously all I’ve ever taken is protein and I was SO nervous about expanding beyond protein because I really didn’t know how. Now, I can’t even imagine taking protein because I get so much protein in my meals. I feel like there’s a lot of people who take protein supplements but really have no need for it.Check this out if you’re unsure if protein powder is needed for you or not.

I started my supplement search on Bodybuilding.com. They have an AWESOME feature that helps you find a supplement plan that is tailored to your goals. I did some more research beyond the results I got here,  but 2/3 of my purchases were suggestions from here! I did research primarily on Amazon, but also by conducting some Google searches on the best products for women for specific types of products that fit my goals/interests.

Interested in what I purchased? Check out my list:

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RSP Nutrition Quadralean

This was a suggestion from Bodybuilding.com!”Formulated to increase endurance, build muscle, burn fat & recover faster.” I am extremely weak and I have ‘runner muscles’, so I struggle lifting and get sore SO EASILY. Also, as a runner, I’m at a pretty intense plateau for fat loss.

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FitMiss BCAA

Are you a female looking to build some lean muscle? This might work for you! This will help raise your lifting potential while avoiding the “bulking” phase. I’m one of those people that bulk significantly easier than tone, no matter what I do, so this seems like a potential help for me! This also was a suggestion from Bodybuilding.com.

“There are nine essential amino acids that the body cannot manufacture itself and must be consumed. Of those nine, L-Leucine, L-IsoLeucine, and L-Valine play a critical role in muscle development because they are metabolized in the muscle rather than the liver.”

 

And finally,

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Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen

Please tell me I’m not the only one extremely intimidated by this. Finding a fat burner that I felt would work for me took A LOT of research and A LOT of patience, but I came across this one. It actually was voted to be the best fat burner for women, and doesn’t have those scary side effects like being jittery, increased heart rate at rest, etc. It has AMAZING reviews, and isn’t too expensive at all (and trust me, I’m the ultimate bargain hunter!). At $25 it’s a little more than I’d want to spend, but hopefully it’ll be worth it.

Just PLEASE remember, these are tailored toward my goals and my body. I gain weight SUPER easily and when I lift I put on muscle in a way that I don’t like. I’ve always struggled with toning and so many people suggested I try supps but I refused for so long, and now I figured I have nothing to lose by giving it a try. Worst case scenario? It doesn’t work and I find another workout that’ll help me tone up and increase my running abilities.

Anyway, I’m off to go for a run and begin Day 2. Feeling SUPER sore, so right now I wish I was living the lifestyle of Phyllis…:

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Wish me luck!

Have any workout/ supplement suggestions? I’d love to hear!!

DAY 1

I completed DAY 1 of my transformation and didn’t pass out! (Almost, though……). Today was leg day, and this is how I’m feeling right now….:

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As a distance runner, my leg day has always consisted of 8+ mile runs. I’ve lifted before, but it was always for maintenance/strength rather than toning. My first year of college I was a D1 athlete, and although I had great access to top trainers, it was still strength-focused. I’m excited to start my first toning plan!

Interested in what I did that has me dying as I walk? Here’s my WOD (I promise I don’t do crossfit):

2 Miles @goal race pace

  • 7:55 splits, which is just slightly above my ultimate goal race pace (7:42.00), but below my expected race pace (which is 8:00.42)

Barbell Squat

  • Muscle Targeted: Quads
  • Exercise Type: Strength
  • Equipment Type: Barbell
  • 5 sets of 12 reps: total of 60

Dumbbell Rear Lunge

  • Muscle Targeted: Quads
  • Exercise Type: Strength
  • Equipment Type: Barbell (Accidentally misread and used a Barbell instead of a Dumbell!)
  • 4 sets of 12 on each side: total of 96

Single Leg Box Squat

  • Muscle Targeted: Quads
  • Exercise Type: Strength
  • Equipment Type: I used a bench!
  • 4 sets of 12 on each side

Plank With Band Row

*This is meant to be done with a partner, but since I don’t have one, I looped the band around a pole on a machine and it worked just as well!

  • Muscle Targeted: Middle Back
  • Exercise Type: Strength
  • Equipment Type: Band, Exercise Mat
  • 3 sets of 10 on each side

Leg Raises

  • Muscle Targeted: Abs
  • Exercise Type: Strength
  • Equipment Type: Your body!

And finally, everyone’s favorite…. Russian Twists

  • Muscle Targeted: Abs
  • Exercise Type: Strength
  • Equipment Type: Your body! And a medicine ball (I used 5 lbs, definitely could’ve done more.)

*Ran out of time, so later tonight after class I’ll be finishing up another 2 mile run. If I can stay awake that long….

 

Seems easy, right? Yeah, I thought so too, until I wanted to pass out mid-lunges. Keep in mind I’m your typical weak runner, so this is probably harder for me than it is for others who have more strength. Here’s a before pic:

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I’m new to this whole “progress pic” thing, so I’m thinking I’ll prob post a progress pic every Monday. Is that reasonable, or is that too much? Anyway, day 1 down, 41 days to go! Hope some of you will join me!

Also, I stumbled upon this article today. I already knew what 5lbs muscle looks like compared to fat, but that pic NEVER gets old for me. Hope you all enjoy that article as much as I do, it’s quite the inspiration!

Well, it’s time for me to leave work and head out to 5 hours of class (as if Mondays already weren’t bad enough). Happy Monday/Leap Day running! Are any of you ladies proposing to your significant other today, Irish style?

 

 

 

I’ve been MIA… But there’s a reason, I swear!

Hey guys! I apologize for being MIA, but like I said, there’s good reason! I’ve been at a training conference, learning about innovation, creativity, and brainstorming and how to integrate all of this into the workplace while reducing workplace stress. It probably sounds boring, but it was actually really really really awesome.

Anyway! I haven’t been on the run for 4 days due to that, and still suffering from those shin splints 😦 However, yesterday was BEAUTIFUL and I was able to get outside and go on a long hike with my puppy. Here is a picture of him and his first ever hike:

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I’ve decided I want to try to transform my body from the typical “runner body” into something much more different. I found help from a friend who introduced me to Bodybuilding.com (how did I not know how AWESOME this site is?!) which matched me up with a personalized program to transform my body. I chose a 6 week program because my half marathon is in 7 weeks and I want to have some results before that and see if I PR with a totally different body type than ever before! I just started this awesome plan and I’m PSYCHED, but please keep in mind that this is personalized towards my goals! You can always head over to Bodybuilding.com and take the quiz to find out what is best personalized for your goals. And if you end up getting the same as me, let’s be Fitness PenPals!

Interested in what I’ll be snacking on during this transformation? Check out my MyFitnessPal profile, and follow me on there if you want! It’s a brand new profile specifically tailored to my ~transformation~, so as of now it’s empty!

OH, and I almost forgot- Happy Leap Year! Is anyone a Leap Year baby? If so, when do you go out for your 21st if it is on a year that isn’t a Leap Year? I’ve always wondered.

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Happy running, guys! And if you can’t get a run in today, don’t feel bad, because normally you only get 365 days a year to run anyway!!

 

Shin splints…

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Rain runs are THE BEST. But unfortunately today I woke up with a painful case of shin splints. I have flat feet, so if I don’t run with almost perfect form then shin splits are almost inevitable. I had to stop running for over a year a couple of years back due to a nasty case of shin splits that caused bone splinters. I’ve been to doctors, athletic trainers, foot specialists, physical therapists, chiropractors… The list is endless, and I still manage to get shin splints every couple of weeks. My advice to all runners: the second you get shin splints, STOP RUNNING. I learned the hard way and continued to run through the pain, and now my shins constantly will be susceptible to it.

And if you’re currently a runner suffering from shin pain, first of all, I want to say I’m sorry- I feel  you! Keep up the cross training, and if you’re like me and biking/ellipticaling further irritates the pain, try swimming. Never did I think it was possible to sweat in the water until I started doing water workouts! Anyway, here’s some advice I found on Pinterest a while back for shin split stretching, and it makes a difference for me!

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PAGING ALL BIKERS

The past few days I’ve been trying to find a good bike, but I need some help. I bike very often but I’ve been mainly borrowing my friend’s mom’s bikes every single time. However, I’m moving soon and it’s about time I invest in my own.

I need a bike that’s good for mountain biking, but also can be used for some casual road biking as well. Is a hybrid bike suited for my needs, or should I buy two separate bikes?

There’s a bike store in my town, but I don’t want to be conned into purchasing an expensive bike that won’t actually be a good investment.

Oh, and I’m 5’2″ and ~125-130 lbs, if that is important information.

Any input from the gallery? Feel free to post some links and I’d love to check some out!

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Thanks in advance to anyone who can be of help!