Day 29: Don’t Stop Now!

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Day 29 y’all…don’t stop now, we’re almost there!!

2 more days and this month is complete! Legs today, abs tomorrow, then a brand new month starts with our long run on Saturday. Keep pushing…keep getting it done, and let’s bask in the glory of knowing we finished strong!

Day 29 exercises: Legs / Stability – 4 sets of 15

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  • Donkey Kick + Fire Hydrant
  • Weighted Squats
  • Deadlifts
  • Plank – Your choice (:90 2X)

Bonus: 7 Key Stretches for Runners + Pigeon Pose – Everyone has been putting some serious miles in this month, but have you been stretching lately? Are you feeling sore or tight anywhere? Today’s bonus is to take a little extra time to stretch your calves, quads, hamstrings, and back. Of our 7 Key Stretches for Runners + the pigeon pose, what is your stretching position? Which one can you feel helping you the most?

So excited to see some of you trying the Ladder speed work this week. I know it’s a little confusing…and it’s a tough workout…but doesn’t it feel amazing once it’s done and you see how awesome you are? The times I’m seeing show just how bad add this Crew is!

Keep pushing yourself! It’s worth it! 🙂

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Day 22: Bootylicious

bootyliciousYou wanted booty work right? Well let’s get bootylicious!

Many of the AMAZING glute activation exercises that we should all be doing are those funny looking moves that Jane Fonda used to do in her leotard with ankle weights.

They are the moves that most people, especially guys, avoid.

However, everyone from the professional athlete to the guy or gal sitting behind the desk for 9 hours a day, should do those funny looking glute activation moves!

By activating your glutes, you can reduce your risk of injury and alleviate back pain. You can also improve your speed and have strong, sexy legs all by doing these stupid looking moves.

Donkey kicks will wake up your entire core, activating your glutes and warming up your abs and shoulders. Fire hydrants are another great way to wake up the glute medius, which is a critical muscle for maintaining balance and preventing knee and ankle injuries. Squats help improve knee stability, leg power, and body awareness, as well as prevent common running injuries. Deadlifts are one the greatest exercises of all-time and fantastic for runners. Whether your goal is strength, power, speed, or endurance, deadlifting can help you achieve that goal.

Strengthening your glutes will improve your hip’s stability, help you run faster and change direction more quickly…and hey…a nice strong bootylicious derriere is so worth the work!

Day 22 exercises: Legs/Stability – 4 sets of 15

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  • Donkey Kick + Fire Hydrant
  • Weighted Squats
  • Deadlift
  • Plank – Your Choice (:60 2X)

Bonus: Weighted Hip Thrusts – Yep…we’re doing them again. Weighted hip thrusts are an easy exercise to throw in the mix today and adding these to our regular Thursday routine is the perfect way to round out our stability workout.

Weighted Hip Thrust: With a dumbbell resting in the crease of your hips, sit on the floor with the bottom of your shoulder blades touching a bench or couch or even a chair if it’s study and won’t hurt your back. Drive through your heels and thrust your hips up toward the ceiling while contracting your glutes. Your torso should be parallel to the floor. Lower and repeat 8 to 10 times for 3 sets.

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Time to get bootylicious…and build that solid base we need to stay injury free and run faster and longer!

The weekend is close! Let’s exercise, eat healthy, and be happy today Crew!

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Day 15: Don’t Get Comfortable!

dont-get-comfortableDid you know that when we run, we add hit the pavement with 3-4 times our body weight on each footfall?

3-4 TIMES OUR BODY WEIGHT!!!

If you ever wondered why strength training is crucial for runners…now you know! If you’re comfortable with the weight you’re using, it’s time to step it up and get out of your comfort zone!

In order to fully maximize performance, endurance athletes should improve their overall strength in relation to their bodyweight. That means adding heavier strength training into the mix. Building strength helps runners absorb force better when their feet crash into the pavement and produces more force to propel us off the ground. Which all happens in the blink of an eye.

How do we build more strength? We add more weight to our exercises…and the perfect place to to start is our squats and deadlifts. If you’re working out from home, use your heaviest weights for these exercises today. If you find that’s it’s easy, it’s time to think about getting some heavier weights!

If you’re hitting the gym, pick up weights heavier than you’re used to.

Adding heavier weight targets type II muscle fibers — those responsible for power generation and maximal strength. By increasing type II muscle fibers, runners will be able to produce and absorb more force even over distance. Think about it…every time you hot the pavement, 3-4 TIMES YOUR BODYWEIGHT crashes into the ground.

Are you comfortable? Time to step it up!

Not only are we adding weight, we’re also adding reps! This week we move up to 3 sets of 15. You got this!

Day 15 exercises: Legs/Stability – 3 sets of 15 

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  • Donkey Kicks + Fire Hydrants – Have some leg weights? Add them!
  • Weighted Squats
  • Deadlifts
  • Plank – Your Choice (:45 2X)

Bonus: Weighted Hip Thrusts – Everyone really seemed to enjoy them and after Cris Denniston mentioned them yesterday, I knew it was time to throw them back in the mix. Here’s a reminder on how to do them.

Weighted Hip Thrust: With a dumbbell resting in the crease of your hips, sit on the floor with the bottom of your shoulder blades touching a bench or couch or even a chair if it’s study and won’t hurt your back. Drive through your heels and thrust your hips up toward the ceiling while contracting your glutes. Your torso should be parallel to the floor. Lower and repeat 8 to 10 times for 3 sets.

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Speed Work: Everyone has been killing it tis week and I’m sure I’ve some of your awesome posts, but I’ve been watching for it and am sad to say speed work has not been on the menu for many of you. Jennifer Moro-Ortiz killed her 10 x 400s yesterday…is Jen the only one who wants to get faster and building better breathing economy? I know that’s not true!

If you’re going long tomorrow or Saturday, sorry Charlie, you’ve already missed the speed work boat this week. It’s too close to your long run to have enough time to recover fully. Next week, PLAN BETTER!

If you’re going long on Sunday, you still have time. I’d LOVE to see some awesome speed work today!! Click here to find this week’s workout and the pace you should be running for each 400M interval.


Next up…STRETCH! If you had a hard time with yesterday’s back bend, you need to work on overall flexibility. I know what you’re going to say, I’m too old, I’ll never be flexible again, it’s nit worth worrying about. WRONG! Flexibility takes effort and practice, and after a few months of consistent stretching, I am able to get down into a full straddle!

It really is difficult to exaggerate the importance of hip flexibility and strength for every athletic activity.

The hips provide most of the incredible power and force that our lower body can generate for running and jumping, and deficiencies in strength and flexibility in this area of the body can mean the difference between a winning performance or a painful end to the game.

Beyond just getting stronger and more flexible to improve our running, issues with our hips can negatively impact your daily life. Possible issues include pain, decreased mobility for activities such as stooping and squatting, and even difficulty with simple daily encounters such as jumping over a puddle in the street.

Straddle Stretching: Throw in some straddle stretching today. Watch the video below to see all the key points in our legs that benefit from this stretch. No I don’t want to you go and spend money on the Kinesiologial stretching programs, but this will show a few quick ways to ease into this awesome stretch. I’d love to see some straddle pics today! 🙂

Don’t forget our 7 Key Stretches for Runners + a good Pigeon Pose! Take the time after your workout, our save it till later when you’re relaxing in front of the TV. No matter when you do it, please stretch out those glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves, and back….long runs are coming!

It’s strong Thursday Crew! Because….you never know who you’re inspiring! 🙂

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Day 8: No Ifs, Ands Or Jiggly Butts

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Got excuses? NOT TODAY! No ifs, ands, or jiggle butts…that means YOU! No Excuses!

You know cardio isn’t a leg workout right?Yes running does wonderful things for our legs and butt…BUT it’s not enough!

The best strength exercises for runners have two characteristics:

  • They prevent injuries by focusing on the specific needs of runners (hip and glute strength)
  • They are compound, multi-joint movements like squats (the machines in the gym do NOT count)

For most runners, the largest benefit of strength training is a reduction in running injuries. With stronger muscles, connective tissues, and more resilience to fatigue, you’ll get hurt less often..and be able to increase your speed easier.

According to StrengthRunner.com,”here is a list of the best strength exercises for runners:

  • Squat
  • Deadlift
  • Lunge
  • Push-up
  • Plank

They’re simple, basic movements that all of us as runners should be able to do.”

The best news? We do all of these exercises!

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Need more reasons to ditch the excuses? We all know this…but it never hurts to be reminded…Why do we take the time to strength train? Read on…

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Enough chatting…let’s get to work.

Day 8 exercises: 3 sets of 10

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  • Donkey Kicks + Fire Hydrants
  • Weighted Squats
  • Deadlifts
  • Plank – (:45 2X)

Bonus: #WallSitChallenge screen-shot-2016-09-07-at-6-14-25-pm

I know you love wall sits so lets do it 3 times!

Wall sit with heel raise for 1 minute, single right leg raise for :30, then single left leg raise for :30.

You can do this! Take a break into between if you need to but push through!


No ifs, ands, or jiggly butts…and no excuses Crew!

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Day 1: Back On Track!

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Good morning Crew! Ready to get back on track?

Kicking off the month with leg day…. We all know why we need to do more with our legs then just run…what more is there to say???

Let’s GETTT ITTT!! 🙂

Day 1 exercises: 2 sets of 10

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  • Donkey Kicks + Fire Hydrants
  • Weighted Squats
  • Deadlifts
  • Plank – Your Choice (:30 2X)

Bonus: Weighted Hip Thrust – 

If you want to run faster, you’ve got to do more than just speedwork. We know the strength training is a critical. According to Jen Ator, fitness director of Women’s Health, “Lifting is a key component to building speed. The more power you can generate with each stride, the faster you can run. The stronger you are, the longer you can generate that power without fatiguing, meaning you’ll be able to maintain that pace.”

With that in mind…our bonus exercise today comes from Ator’s “Get Stronger To Run Faster” workout. We already do a lot of what she includes, but here’s one you may not have seen before. Great for the core, legs, glutes, and hips!

Weighted Hip Thrust: With a dumbbell resting in the crease of your hips, sit on the floor with the bottom of your shoulder blades touching a bench or couch or even a chair if it’s study and won’t hurt your back. Drive through your heels and thrust your hips up toward the ceiling while contracting your glutes. Your torso should be parallel to the floor. Lower and repeat 8 to 10 times for 3 sets.

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Racery: Our virtual race through the Blue Ridge Parkway starts Friday 9/2 so there’s still plenty of time to jump in and join or start a new team. This is a FREE virtual race. All you have to do is run and log miles online for your team. Don’t worry if you’re not putting up high mileage, every runner counts! Here’s the link.

Oh one last thing…with long runs coming up fast…take a few minutes to go through our 7 Key Stretches for Runners after a good leg workout today. 🙂

Get to work Crew…LET”S DO THIS!

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