Are you one of those people who used to think people who loved running were crazy? I know I am!
My mom has been running for as long as I can remember. She ran the New York Marathon in ’88 or ’89…or maybe both…and I used to think she was seriously nuts!
Long hours on the road training all by herself. No headphones to listen to music. No nutrition advice or food of any kind on the course and certainly no fancy running gear. No GPS to tell her how far she’d gone. No running group to hold her accountable…and this was a long time before social media, where we can meet like minded people who share our passions, and where we can be our crazy running obsessed selves!
What does this mean? We have it easy! We have comfortable shoes, tons of nutrition options, fancy watches that tell us how far we’ve gone, how fast our heart is beating and how many tenths we need to get that daily goal, and headphones that don’t even have cords! We have friends that keep us accountable for those long early morning runs and we can share our craziness with others who get it!
I know I am have turned into one of those crazy people. I love to run!
I love to run solo. I love to run with friends. I love to race. I love to train. I love to talk about running. And since you’re here…you must love it too! 🙂
So what do us crazy people who love to run need more than anything? Strong legs!
Running gives us strong legs…but running by itself isn’t enough. Getting stronger and faster takes strength work and running drills! Yep…to have those sexy runner legs we all want…we have to do more. So let’s get to work!
We’ve done a lot of leg work lately so this month we are dialing it back a bit and focusing on our inner thighs and good form. For those who want to do a little more…the bonus ab & squat challenge is the perfect compliment. It’s enough to make us sore…but not so much where we lose count of how many sit ups, crunches, and squats we’ve done.
Day 2 exercises: Please watch the how to videos for the new exercises!
- Frogger – 2 rounds of 20 For strong inner thighs!
- Butt Kicks – 2 rounds of 50
- High Knees – 2 rounds of 50
- Side-Lying Leg Lifts – 2 rounds of 15
- Single Leg Directional Hops – 2 rounds of 15 (per leg)
- 30 Plank Challenge – Forearm Side Plank (see below) – :45 (3X each side)
Day 2 Plank Challenge: Today’s plank is the forearm side plank and this is an old but a goody! If you are new to planks, please watch this how to video and make modifications where you need to. As you see lots of us holding these planks for a while…remember that we’ve been doing them for months…and months…and you will get there. Take your time, learn the proper form, and work your way up to those longer times.
Bonus: Ab & Squat Challenge – Day 2
- 20 Sit Ups
- 15 Crunches
- 30 Squats
Hmmmm…I feel like I’m missing something, but yesterday was a long day of traveling so my mind is a little fried. We are down in Orlando this week for a last summer vacation before school starts, and as usual…Mom and I are up early to run!
Are you running today?
What’s on your schedule? What are you doing to get you closer to your goals? To get you ready for your fall races? Thinking about skipping it today?
Think again Crew…it’s time to run! 🙂