Fitness, Running, Workout

6-5-4-3-2-1 Interval Workout

Happy Tuesday! How is your week so far? I was feeling pretty sluggish yesterday morning after cake and staying up late Sunday night to watch the last of the team figure skating competition. The good news was that I had a speed workout for my run yesterday to kick my butt into gear for the week. It was a really good one that I’ve done a few times and wanted to share!

Right now I am training for a half marathon that’s on April 15th. It was actually supposed to be on the 8th but got push back from some reason. At least it lengthens training by a week instead of shortening it though! One workout that I’ve been doing with training is drop down intervals. I start at 6 minutes with a tempo pace (comfortably hard – find your pace here) then decrease the length of the interval while running 10 seconds faster each time. It doesn’t sound like a lot but the final minute is an all out sprint which is killer!!

6-5-4-3-2-1 Interval Workout

If you don’t run, I think this could easily transition to the bike or elliptical as well. It’s only 21 minutes of hard running but it takes a lot out of you. I always end it exhausted and feel like I really worked my legs while increasing my cardio level. This is definitely a workout you will want to stretch really well after so your muscles can properly cool down.

Question of the day: Do you like adding intervals in your training?

Daily Happenings, Fitness, Workout

Workout Videos + Mail

Happy Thursday! I’m checking in with some excitement for the weekend that’s almost here. It’s getting closer guys, we can make it. Yesterday was gross and raining here so I’m hoping for some sunshine today. Partially because the sun is just better and partially because I don’t want to run in rain πŸ˜‰ Have a great day!

img_6048-1

Wednesday just started off on a gross note. I looked outside after waking up and didn’t see any snow on the ground. Silly me thought that meant it wasn’t going to snow… After breakfast, I walked to my car to see a weird snow/hail/sleet/slush concoction falling from the sky. Not how you want to start your day am I right? It unfortunately rained on and off all day but what can you do. I still don’t know if I would rather snow or rain all day.

I typically have a rest day mid week but since it was gross I wanted to get some endorphins flowing. Also one of my goals for this year is to add strength training so it was a win-win situation. I ended up doing three different workout videos from Popsugar Fitness. The arms video was so hard!! When I went to turn my shower on to rinse off, my muscle was shaking…and that was the first video I did! I also did this barre leg workout and a super quick ab workout to round everything off. It took max 25 minutes and it got me sweating.

IMG_6147

After a quick rinse off, I got to open my package that had just arrived. Does anyone else love getting packages in the mail? It’s like a present that you know is coming that you bought yourself. With half marathon training, I needed more gels for long run fuel. It was cheaper to buy a 24 pack and I know I’ll use them up so it made sense. Then I did some cleaning and organizing while listening to some podcasts.

IMG_6146

For dinner I took out this massive tortilla that’s supposed to be for wraps and made a quesadilla. I put leftover refried beans in it with the cheese for some protein then topped it with salsa and half of an avocado. It was so filling! I honestly thought I would need something else to really fill me up but this did the job. I think adding the healthy fats from the avocado and protein from the beans did the trick.

Once everything was cleaned up, I got set on the couch to read my book. When Alex got home from work, we chatted and caught up on our days. I started to get tired around 9:30 and headed to bed. For whatever reason, I’ve been getting tired earlier and earlier recently. I’m going to chalk it up to long days at work last week and just being really busy in my personal life as well.

Question of the day: Would you prefer rain all day or snow all day?

 

Daily Happenings

Small Change Of Plans

Happy Tuesday! Thank you so much for stopping by. I truly appreciate it. Have a fantastic day πŸ™‚

img_6048-1

Guys I’m going to shock you with my breakfast. Yes I had scrambled eggs but I didn’t have toast! I know it’s a big change but Alex and I tried the oatmeal muffins I made on Sunday and give them two thumbs up! The only thing I would change would be the amount of blueberries. Somehow mine had two and Alex’s was loaded with them.

My boss and a member of our team are in New Jersey this week from Michigan. Their flight was late getting in so they got to my office late. Unfortunately that meant I ended up staying until almost 5:30. Considering 5:30 is when I typically get home from my runs, that was a super late night at the office for me. It was dark so I couldn’t get a run in. I used the Chromecast we have and streamed three Tone It Up videos onto the tv. First I used this dance one as a quick warm up before doing this booty one and ending with this arms video.

img_6061

I worked up a decent sweat with them. These videos kept my attention and I’m definitely going to explore more of them. After the workout I cut up a cara cara orange for my snack. Until last Friday, I had never heard about this type of orange. Both Emily and Sarah mentioned it in the comments. They were right about them! It tasted a little tangy but it was delicious! I will definitely be buying them again. Plus the color is awesome!

img_6047

I quickly showered and got dinner heated up. Leftover chili for the win! It was even spicier today which means I made it correctly. My dad is the king of spicy food so I always judge my food based on his. If chili is hotter as leftovers then I did it right in his book. After eating, Alex and I just hung out on the couch and caught up on our days! It was fairly late by the time we stopped talking so I headed to bed.

Question of the day: What are your favorite online workout videos?

Favorites, Fitness, Running, Workout

Top Workout Songs: January 2018

Happy hump day! We’re halfway through the week which is kind of crazy to me. It seems like the past few days have flown by. Have a great dya πŸ™‚

Since I started listening to music on runs again, I realized I have a few favorite songs that really get me in the mood. Whether it’s for a speed workout, recovery run or long run, I know these songs will get me going and make me want to dance along while I run. Since I personally like seeing what music other people are listening to on workouts, I thought I would share a few of my favorites! I’ll preface this by saying it’s probably not “typical” workout music but it’s what I’ve been enjoying.

The Other Side by Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman

You guys I have not seen this movie yet but I desperately need to! The soundtrack is amazing if you haven’t listened to it yet then you have to. This song has such a fun beat and the back and forth between Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman is really fun to listen to on runs.

Unforgettable by Thomas Rhett

I’m just going to throw this out there but Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren are the cutest celebrity couple. I love them so much. This song is so fun to listen to and I’ve definitely caught myself singing along under my breath while running .

Non-stop from Hamilton

Ah Hamilton…the show I have yet to see but really want to. I used to listen to the entire soundtrack on long runs to get lost in the story. Non-stop is one of my favorite from the soundtrack because it has a few different parts. Due to that, the beat changes a few times so it breaks up the song. I just find it fun to listen to!

Singles You Up by Jordan Davis

I am a huge country fan! It’s actually my music genre of choice if I’m being honest. This came on the radio a while back and I always found myself singing along to it. I listened to it on a run once and now I’m hooked. I love it and it gets me going on runs!

Shake It by Metro Station

This song is from when I was in 7th grade I think. It reminds me of when all my friends and I were at my parents hanging out in my room. I’m pretty sure we played it about 23865 times over the night. Even though it’s over 10 years old now, it still makes me want to dance along.

Question of the day: What’s one song you’ve been loving for workouts recently?

Daily Happenings, Workout

What A Day

Hi friends! It’s Saturday and I hope you have something fun on your agenda for the day. Have a great one πŸ™‚

img_4679

I was very happy to be back at the apartment so I could make a smoothie for breakfast. The smoothie accompanied my scrambled egg that was apparently drenched in hot sauce. It hit the spot and I need to replenish my fruit stash in the freezer since I’m running low. I mentioned a few weeks ago how I’m slowly transitioning myself into waking up early so that I can run in the mornings. Right now, I’m in the awkward position where it’s too late to run but I have a lot of time in the morning to relax and it’s awesome. I love not rushing to get ready for work.

img_4681

Lunch was back to normal reading. I’m loving “Secrets of a Charmed Life” and it was so hard to stop reading because I got to such a good point in the story while at work. Don’t worry, I read on my lunch break and not when I’m supposed to be working πŸ™‚

img_4682

For whatever reason, there was something that came up from out corporate office at about 3:15 yesterday afternoon that just had to be finished. After having them explain to me what happened since the email was extremely vague and information was left out which slowed down the extremely important issue. It got finished and I got to leave on time but it was a tad stressful. I fond an Andes mint in my bag that I enjoyed while running a few errands.

img_4687

I got home and decided to go for a walk. There was a lot of stuff on my mind and I figured fresh air would do me some good. While walking out of our apartment complex, I saw a few leaves that were on the ground and not dead. For whatever reason there was approximately 1.5 trees that had changed colors and the leaves were on the ground even though it in the 80s this week. The other trees haven’t gotten the memo that it’s fall but I hope that they change once the weather cools off.

img_4688

After my walk, I cooked up some rice. Since there was still some leftover chicken from Monday night, I added some spices and kind of shredded it to use in a rice bowl. Not the best meal ever but it was quick and easy.

There were a lot of little things that happened yesterday that just made it a little blah. I hate days like that where it just slowly chips away at your mood. To combat it, Alex and I hung out on the couch chatting and I did a sheet mask before bed. 

Question of the day: Have the leave by you changed? It’s my favorite part of fall πŸ™‚