Day 28: Hump Day Pump Day!

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My Crew LOVES arm day RIGHT?!?! 🙂

Let’s take this hump day to another level…it’s hump day PUMP DAY!

Day 28 exercises: 4 sets of 15

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  • Push Ups
  • Hammer Curls (or Hammer Curl Swings)
  • Monkey Arms
  • Plank – Your Choice (:90 2x)

Bonus: #TankTopArms – Bringing back an old workout that’s perfect for pump day. Run through it one time for a killer hump day workout!

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Speed Work: Quick shout out to Sharon Bolton for an awesome Ladder workout yesterday! Way to go Sharon!! Super speedy and you didn’t die! 😉

Who else is giving it a try this week? Click here to see how it’s done!

Get sweaty, finish off your day with our 7 Key Stretches for Runners, then give yourself a big squeeze and a pat on the back for an awesome Hump Day Pump Day! 🙂

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Days 24 & 25: Relax…You Got This!

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Oh, the long run. It’s both the bane and the bliss of every runner’s existence.

Regardless of what your “long” run distance may consist of, we all go through the same range of emotions leading up to this oh-so-important run.

  • Usually the anxiety starts midday Friday. We start thinking that there is no way we can actually run whatever distance we’re scheduled the next day. We get this feeling in our stomach that is half nerves and half a bad reaction to our lunch. This normally subsides about the time we go to bed—you know, 9pm because we’re really fun on Fridays…
  • We start out our long run feeling happy to be running with a group, or loving the time get get to oursleves. The moon is high, the air is cool (only because it’s still early and the sun isn’t up yet), and we are moving! It feels great.
  • Soon we’re overestimating how far we’ve gone. We’ll think we’ve run seven miles when it’s only been three. Right about then we just want to end it.
  • We have to have small goals to check off while running long. Usually it goes like this: only 3 miles to the turnaround and then we’re halfway done! Only 2 miles until the water stop and pretzels! Less than a 5k until we are DONE!
  • We made it. Now it’s time to eat, stretch, and nap!

When it’s all said and done, we wonder why we had so much anxiety in the first place. We know we are strong. We know we can handle it. We know once we’re out there we’ll be burning calories, sweating buckets, making progress, and loving it!

So the questions is…are you having fun when you’re out there? That’s the most important thing right? This is supposed to be fun! Over thinking the run beforehand will drain your motivation. Try not to stress about it. You have it planned, you know you can do it…so trust your training and relax…you got this!

Whether you’re going long on Saturday or Sunday…make sure your having fun, and don’t forget…we still have work to do on the day we’re not running.

Here’s the weekend skinny… Leave it as is, or switch it up…but plan it out and get it done.

Day 24: Long Run + 7 Key Stretches for Runners + Plank – Your Choice (:90 2X)

Day 25: Arms / Back – 4 sets of 15

  • Burpees
  • Bicep Curls 21s (4 sets of 21)
  • Wide Rows
  • Plank – Your Choice (:90 2X)

Bonus: Active Recovery – Short run (30 min or less at conversation pace), walk, swim, bike, play outside with the kids, yoga. Choose something that will get your muscles loose and that will promote healthy, active recovery after your long run. Being sedentary after a hard work out will only make you more stiff and sore…get moving!

Remember…our long distance runs make our hearts stronger…and our legs and lungs too…

Eat good, hydrate, get your outfit and gear ready, then relax…you got this!

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Day 21: Run Your Day

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Will you run your day? Or will you let your day run you?

Who decides how your day goes? Do you? Or do you let everything else going on decide how your day will go?

Today, you decide how your day will go. You set the tone. Don’t let anything get in the way of of your good mood.

No matter what happens, you run your day…don’t let the day run you.

Day 21 exercises: Arms & Back – 3 sets of 15

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  • Push Ups
  • Hammer Curls or Hammer Swings
  • Monkey Arms
  • Planks – Your Choice (:60 2X)

Bonus: #RunYourDay

Today’s bonus is all about you. Do something that makes you happy. Maybe it’s a run or a walk. Maybe it’s yoga. Maybe it’s a bike ride, lunch with a friend, taking the kids to the park or an hour to yourself to read a good book. Whatever it is…make time for it. No matter what else is going on…set it aside and do something that makes you happy.

Does speed work make you happy? Click here for this weeks speed work. 😉

Run your day. Choose happiness.

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Day 14: So That’s Where They Went…

thats-where-my-boobs-wentSorry fellas…this one is for the ladies…but don’t try to skip out on arm day!

It’s a common problem for a lot of us. We work out, lose weight…and lose other stuff too!

Good news? They don’t go away…they just move around to make us stronger! 🙂

Let’s make sure we put those lost boobs to good use… it’s Arm Day! YAY!!

Day 14 exercises: 3 sets of 10 

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  • Push Ups
  • Hammer Curls
  • Monkey Arms
  • Plank – Your Choice (:45 2X)

I know the monkey arms feel weird but try them. Use smaller weights if needed or grab some water bottles if you don’t have weights small enough.

Don’t forget to try the Hammer Curls Swings if you want to step it up a notch. Click here to see how these Hammer Curls swings are done and how they can help you run faster!

Bonus: Shoulder Shrugs – Training your upper body improves your posture and getting rid of rounded shoulders will help you get more air in and out of your lungs. You’ll also carry your arms more easily, wasting less energy in your runs. Try this exercise toscreen-shot-2016-09-14-at-5-27-11-am stand taller and build strength in your shoulders and arms.

Use your heaviest weights and stand tall with weights in each hand,. Rise up on your toes while lifting your shoulders up to your ears. Come back down. Make sure you are using heavy enough weights to feel this in the top of your shoulders and in your calves. Repeat 15 times for 3 sets.

Extra Credit Photo: Let’s have a little fun today and see who can do some amazing back bends! I know a few Core Crew members who can rock these….Stretch out your arms and shoulder and show us your best back bend!

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This is not a hard day y’all…should be pretty quick so take today to add in your speed work!

Speed Work: I haven’t had a chance to look through a lot of yesterday’s posts yet….but I haven’t seen much speed being thrown in this week. Show me some speed Crew! Click here and scroll t the bottom for this week’s speed work and pace info!

End your day with our 7 Key stretches for Runners, then pat yourself on the back for a hard days work!

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Day 7: Trying Your Hardest?

trying-my-hardestYes, you run.

Sure…you’re getting a few strength days done here and there…

Maybe you’re kinda watching your diet a little…sometimes…

But are you really trying your hardest?

Are you doing everything you can do to reach your goals? Are you hitting each day as hard as you can? Are you making healthy eating choices and putting in the real work when it comes to your running and strength training?

If not…don’t complain about not hitting that goal time you want. Don’t complain about not being able to get through that long run. Don’t complain about not seeing the weight come off.

You might not be the strongest or the fastest…but if you’re trying your hardest, you will reach your goals. Be honest with yourself….are you really giving it your all?

Day 6 exercises: 2 sets of 10 – Arms & Back 

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  • Push Ups
  • Hammer Curls
  • Monkey Arms
  • Plank – Your Choice (:30 2X)

Remember that Hammer Curls can be just the arm movement as Scott Herman shows us in our how to videos, or you can step it up and try sprinter Tyson Gray’s Swinging Hammer Curls.

planks-for-runnersBonus: #PlanksForRunners – We all know how great planks are for our whole body…and this plank workout is perfect for Arm and Back day. Will you try your hardest today and go the extra mile to get the strong arms and back you need to run stronger?

2 sets….GETTT ITTT!! 🙂


It’s easy to work hard when you feel good….but do you try your hardest when you don’t feel like it?

This choice is what separates those who reach their goals and those who are disappointed when they fall short.

How hard will you work today?

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