Day 9: It’s HIP to be STRONG!

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This should really say, “when you 80, or 85, or 90…because we have some STRONG women in their 60s who are no where close to hip replacements! But you get the point. Not only do we want strong hips for the long haul, but strengthening our hips fires up a chain reaction that reverberates all the way down our legs.

Strong hips mean less pain and fewer injuries in our legs. In fact a recent active.com article states,

Since the sport of running has begun to enjoy a second boom in recent years, much attention has been paid to injury prevention. More specifically, the industry has focused largely on both foot strike and footwear as major causes of running ailments. It turns out, however, that there’s another culprit that runners often overlook: hip weakness.

Jason Fitzgerald, a 2:39 marathoner and coach in the Washington D.C. area, says that hip weakness has become more prevalent as a result of the sitting we do in our daily lives. “When you consider how important proper hip strength is for runners and the fact that most runners don’t do the specific strength exercises that bolster the hip muscles, it’s a disaster waiting to happen,” he says.

Since the hips stabilize each leg during the stance phase of the running gait, strength in that area is particularly vital. “Hip weakness throws off all that stability, resulting in excess movement not only at the hip, but also at the knee,” says Fitzgerald. “The two most common injuries that result from weak hips include illiotibial band syndrome or patellofemoral pain syndrome, but in fact, many other injuries could occur from weak hips, including Achilles tendinopathy, shin splints and plantar fasciitis.”

If you read all the way through that, you noticed that hip weakness can cause IT Band syndrome (IT Band pain), patellofemoral pain syndrome (knee pain), Achilles tendinopathy (Achilles problems), shin splints (ouch!), and plantar fasciitis (lots of Core Crew dealing with this one).

So now you know, when I go on and on about hip strength…I am not making this stuff up!

I’m in a lot of running groups, and I know I get a lot of eye rolls when I bring up strength work as a means to elevate leg pain. Everyone wants the quick easy answer to getting back on the road. They want to ice the injury, rest a little, and come back pain free.

Well yes, ice is never a bad idea. Resting when we have pain is always a good thing too… Rolling is also a great way to relax our muscles and relieve some of the pressure…but if that’s all you do, the pain will come back. You’re not getting stronger and finding a way to keep the injury from happening, you’re just masking it for the moment and then wondering why your body hates you.

So I will continue to harp on you about strengthening these areas. And you can keep rolling your eyes at me and keep hurting…or you can get to work on making yourself stronger. The choice is yours Crew!

I hope you’ll choose wisely and….

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Day 9 exercises: 3 sets of 10 (adding another set! 🙂 ) 

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  • Single Leg Hip Lift
  • Split Squat (weighted)
  • 4-way Band Walk (low squat walk if you don’t have bands)
  • Wall Sit – :60 (post run if you are running today)

Challenges:

  • Ab Challenge – 25 Crunches, 25 Bicycle Crunches, 25 Leg Lifts + :40 Plank
  • 20 Burpees

Bonus: Donkey Kick Workout 

An oldy but a goodie! This one hurts y’all. It isn’t easy but it is only 10 minutes and you will feel the burn. Someone (I forget who this early) asked me to post my video instead of the original so here it is. Follow along with me and let get us some strong and powerful hips!


Speed Work: Today is pretty much the last day you should be doing speed work if you are going long this weekend. If you are racing this weekend….do NOT do speed work today. You will not benefit from pushing yourself this close to a race. Time to take it easy, do some strength work and trust your training.

If you’re not racing, and not going long till Sunday, time to go fast! Here’s this week’s workout:

Workout: 4-8X 800M (1/2 mile repeats 4-8 times) 

  1. Warm up – 1-1.5 miles easy
  2. 1/2 mile repeats with slow jog or stop and stand still and breathe in between sets  (:90-2:00 rest in between sets)
  3. Cool down 1-1.5 miles easy

Wondering how fast or how much effort you should be putting into this workout? Look at the chart below and find a recent 5K time or what you think you would be able to ru for a 5K. The pace next to it is for 1/4 mile repeats (or 400meters) Take that time than double it and add 8-10 seconds. So if you run a 5K in 25 minutes you should run your 400 meter repeats in about one minute 49 seconds. So for 800s you double that to 3 minutes 38 seconds then add 8-10 seconds getting 3:48-3:50 per 800 meters (or every 1/2 mile).

I know this sounds a little confusing so if you aren’t sure please reach out to me and ask. I will help you figure out where you should be.

If you are new to speed work. Start small and don’t overthink it. Start with 4x 1/2 mile repeats (total of 2 miles) and just practice getting close to your time goal each for each 1/2 mile. If you have been doing speed work for a while or are used to go longer distances, suck it up and go for 8x and watch your pace on the first few sets. Don’t try to go all out and beat that pace time. The goal here is stay right on target and hit that time, not to go faster in the beginning and burn out so you can’t finish the workout.

Need help? PLEASE PM me here and let’s chat!

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Another thought…back pain can also result from weak hips…so it’s not just our legs that suffer. EVERYONE can benefit from these strength exercises. Ignore the underlying problem and you will continue to suffer.

Stop masking the problem. Fix it by getting stronger!

Let’s get to work and have a great day Crew! 🙂

Day 16: High Intensity Booty Work

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Strength and stamina is the name of the game. Let’s do this!

Day 16 exercises:

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  • Donkey Kick workout (see video below)
  • Moving Clamshells – 3 sets of 10
  • Side Lying Leg Raise – 3 sets of 10
  • Plank – :60
  • Wall Sit – :60

Challenges:

  • Superman – Rest day
  • Push Ups – 40
  • #MadManMartin Plank Challenge – 2:00 (120 seconds!)

Bonus: 7 Key Stretches for Runners

Loved all the yoga yesterday! Let’s keep up that wonderful stretching today and finish it off with our 7 Key Stretches for Runners.

Donkey Kick Workout:


Speed Work: WHOOOHOOOO for SPEED!! Some awesome speed work happening this week! If you haven’t gotten yours done yet…today is likely the last day to get it in before resting up for long runs this weekend. Here’s this weeks workout.

Workout: 800M, 400M X 3 or 4

  1. Warm up – 1 – 1.5 miles slow and easy. Get your hear pumping and your breathing going
  2. 800M (1/2 mile) – Remember those times I gave you for 400’s? Double that and slow it down just a tad. (See times below)
  3. Rest 90 seconds – walk, jog, or stand still and breahte
  4. 400M (1/4 mile) – Do not run these too fast. Remember the key is to be steady here. So you shouldn’t be running these at top speed. Take your 800M (1/2 mile) time and cut it in half.
  5. Rest 90 seconds – walk, jog, or stand still and breathe
  6. Do it all again!
  7. Repeat this cycle 3 -4 times. 3 times = 2.25 miles / 4 times = 3 miles
  8. Cool down – 1 – 1.5 miles slowly to bring your heart rate down keep your legs moving

1/4 Mile is equivalent to 400 meters or one lap of a standard-sized track while 800 meters is 1/2 mile or 2 laps around a standard-sized track.  Here’s a few examples of where your interval times would range, depending on your mile time.

For this workout, you should take the times below and slow them down just a tad. I run 400M in about 1:45 – 1:50, so for this workout, I’ll run 800M in 4:05-4:08 and the 400M in 1:55 – 2:00. You can do this. Don’t overthink it. Just go out and run a little faster than you’re used to! 🙂

During a conversation pace run, if you average a:

  • 14:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile in 3:00.
  • 13:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile in 2:45.
  • 12:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile in 2:30.
  • 11:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile in 2:15.
  • 10:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile in 2:00.
  • 9:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile in 1:45.
  • 8:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile in 1:30.
  • 7:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile in 1:15.

Today’s workout is a doozy…fast, high intensity that will leave you sore and tired. But oh man that’s a good sore. Let’s knock it out and have a great day Crew! 🙂

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Day 2: It’s All In the Hips

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In 2007, Reed Ferber, Ph. D., director of the University of Calgary’s Running Injury Clinic, conducted a study of 284 runners (men and women) who complained of leg pain. He found that 93 percent of them had weak hip muscles. After putting these people on a targeted strength program, 90 percent of them were pain-free within six weeks!


Most runners know that  our core is one of the most important thing we can work on to become stronger and faster, and it will also help us avoid injuries. Ask any fitness nut or personal trainer about “core work” and you will be treated to a long spiel about how important is it to our routine.

First, we have to figure out what exactly we mean when we say “core.” Ask for a core workout from a personal trainer at a health club, and you will probably get a series of crunches, planks, and sit-ups. However, “core” means something very different to a physiologist or an orthopedist: it means all of the muscles of the lower trunk and pelvis: not just your abs and your back, but your hip flexors, glutes, abductors, and adductors too!

These hip muscle groups are particularly important because they’ve been involved in a range of running injuries.  Weak hips can often be the cause of IT band painpatella tendonitis (runner’s knee)piriformis issues, sciatica, and a myriad of other common running injuries.


How do we protect ourselves from injury and pain and stay on the road healthy and able to train and do what we love? We strengthen our hips, core and glutes!

Today’s workout is one we’ve done for a while but it’s still tough. For our newbies, you WILL feel today’s workout. Push through and finish what you can. Take small breaks when you need to…rub that booty then keep going. That soreness means it’s working!

Day 2 exercises:

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  • Donkey Kick Workout – Workout video on how to page or follow along with me below
  • Moving Clamshells – 2 sets of 10
  • Side Lying Leg Raise – 2 sets of 10
  • Plank – :60
  • Wall Sit – :60

Challenges:

  • Superman – :15
  • Push Ups – 25

MadManMartin’s Plank Challenge:

  • One more :20 plank

Donkey Kick Workout – I did this video for our November Challenge and I will do another one for you soon so you can see how much stronger I’ve gotten in the last few months. Follow along with me and feel that booty burn! You got this Crew! Knock out this 10 minute burn then move on to your moving clamshells and side lying leg raises.

When you’re done with today’s workout. Take another minute to stretch out those hips and glutes. Try one of my favorite stretches. The pigeon pose. It’s ok if you can’t get all the way down or your legs don’t quite move into this position easily yet. Keep working on it. This stretch is fabulous for after a run or after lots of hip and glute work. Pop on the TV and watch your favorite show while you give your hips and booty a nice stretch. Your legs will thank you!

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Love yourself enough to be active today. Push through the pain, strengthen those hips and glutes, and DO NOT GIVE UP!

Nobody remembers the guy that gave up. Be memorable and have a great day Crew!

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Day 28: Log Off, Shut Down, Go Run!

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Last day of Donkey Kicks!! Who’s ready to knock these kicks out and move on to some thing new next week? I don’t know…I kinda like it!

Love it or hate it…let’s do it one more time!

Day 28 exercises: 

  • Donkey Kick Workout
  • One :60 Plank of your choice
  • Bonus: GO RUN! – At least 1 mile today Crew. Indoors or out…running or a purposeful walk…I wanna see everyone logging something today!

Speed Work: 6x – 8X 1/4 mile repeats

Warm-Up  5:00 jog followed by your choice of Dynamic Movements (high knees, butt kicks, leg swings, sideways shuffles, skipping, etc)

Work-Out – 6-8 x 1/4 Mile Repeats at a pace that is :30 faster than your race pace.

*2:00 standing or walking rest in between each one.

1/4 Mile is equivalent to 400 meters or one lap of a standard-sized track.  Here’s a few examples of where your interval times would range, depending on your mile time.

  • If you run a 13:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:45
  • If you run a 12:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:30.
  • If you run a 11:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:15.
  • If you run a 10:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:00.
  • If you run a 9:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 1:45.
  • If you run a 8:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 1:30.
  • If you run a 7:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 1:15.

Cool-Down  5:00-10:00 easy jog (you’ve earned it!)


Keep those 2017 goals coming in. Remember to send me your address so I can put in on file and send you a little note later in the year reminding you about your goal!

That’s it for me Crew…logging off, shutting down…and going for a run. 🙂

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Day 26: Get Motivated…Get Moving!

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The day after Christmas and we’re moving like slugs. Overly full bellies and wonderful memories wrapping us like hugs.

One day of indulgence and too little activity has us bloated and slow….only a few of the dedicated were out running in the snow.

For most, the only moving we did was the couch to the kitchen…the table to the bed. Is your body craving activity or is it just in my head?

All the sweets make me feel like I haven’t been active in weeks!

Time to get motivated…time to get moving…

Let’s work off those calories and  get our bodies grooving!

Happy Monday after Christmas Crew…rest day is over…let’s get sweaty! 🙂

Day 26 exercises: 

  • Donkey Kick Workout
  • Bonus: Calorie Burn – How many rounds do you need?
  • One :60 Plank of your choice

Donkey Kick Workout – Follow along with me below and let’s get those buns burning!


Bonus: Calorie Burn – 1 round burns 100 calories. How many cookies did you eat? 😉

I’m committing to at least 3 rounds today!

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Plank: Don’t forget your :60 plank. I want to see some proof! Video yourself for your one minute plank of choice. There’s so many options…what’s your favorite?


Speed Work: Throwing in some speed this week will help you burn off those remaining calories and following our IIP (Introduce, Improve, Perfect) mantra, we have one more week of 1/4 mile repeats. If you’ve been consistent this week should be your fastest week yet! Plan ahead for when you will get this done so the time doesn’t slip away. Come on Crew it’s the last week of the year…end the year with a FAST one!

Workout: 6x – 8X 1/4 mile repeats

Warm-Up  5:00 jog followed by your choice of Dynamic Movements (high knees, butt kicks, leg swings, sideways shuffles, skipping, etc)

Work-Out – 6-8 x 1/4 Mile Repeats at a pace that is :30 faster than your race pace.

*2:00 standing or walking rest in between each one.

1/4 Mile is equivalent to 400 meters or one lap of a standard-sized track.  Here’s a few examples of where your interval times would range, depending on your mile time.

  • If you run a 13:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:45
  • If you run a 12:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:30.
  • If you run a 11:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:15.
  • If you run a 10:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:00.
  • If you run a 9:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 1:45.
  • If you run a 8:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 1:30.
  • If you run a 7:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 1:15.

Cool-Down  5:00-10:00 easy jog (you’ve earned it!)


New Year, New Goals, New Dreams…

New Year’s is less than a week away…so it’s time to start thinking about goals. Here’s what I want to do….write down your goal and send it to me. It can be through FB PM here or you can be even more accountable and post it in Strong to the Core. Don’t make a willy nilly goal…think about it. It needs to be realistic and attainable. I will make a spreadsheet listing everyones goals for 2017. I won’t share it…but I will keep it handy to remind you throughout the year. Send me your address along with your goal. Close to the end of the year, I will mail you a note with the goal you set to see how close you are. Deal?

These are “active” goals that we will work on throughout 2017. It can be running a certain number of miles, reaching a goal weight, hitting a goal time at a race…just make it realistic and attainable. Think about it…and send it to me before Sunday.

The new year stands before us…let’s write an active, healthy, strong, and powerful chapter for 2017!

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Day 19: Choose to be Strong

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For many of us, poor performance or lack of increasing better results in our favorite sport, leads to a whole lot of self-deprecating thoughts like “I suck,” “Why do I even do this?” and, “Why aren’t I better?” It can become a real inner battle and a catalyst to depression and quitting. But there is hope!

There are two types of runners: those who just run and those who are well-balanced athletes.

Well balanced athletes cross-train and perform strength training. They’re usually stronger, healthier, and more successful athletes who are able to keep reaching new levels of performance.

On the other hand, the runners who just run tend to get injured often and wonder why they aren’t able to make much progress over the long term.

Does this look familiar? Yep…we’ve been down this road before. Well-balanced athletes don’t need to spend all day in a gym building muscle; they don’t focus on “bulking up”. But adding strength training to your routine allows a runner’s body to become more resilient to the demands of running.

According to breakingmuscle.com, strength training is one of the best forms of cross training runners can do…consider it the “ideal cross training.”

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A strong body will counteract the effects of repetitive pounding our boys takes when we’re running and any preexisting conditions will be less likely to get worse.

Strength training helps to improve structural weaknesses in your body, whether in the muscles, joints, or connective tissues. Often, this will eliminate the source of many common running injuries. For example, runner’s knee, or patellofemoral pain syndrome, can be caused by hip dysfunction – tight or weak hips cause compensations elsewhere that result in knee injuries.

Strength training builds core strength, which is particularly important for distance runners. A strong core will not only look great, it also contributes to better posture throughout the day and while running. This means you’ll be a more efficient runner.

Strength training even will help you run faster. By improving your efficiency, allowing you to impart more force into the ground, and train healthy for longer periods of time, you’ll finish races faster than ever before.

Run pain-free, shave some time off your favorite distance, and improve structural weaknesses in the your body….strength training is the key. On top of these benefits, runners will also gain valuable higher energy levels, increased bone density, a stronger metabolism, and less body fat.

Which athlete do you want to be? Be more than a runner…be a well-balanced athlete who can’t be beat because you never give up.

Day 19 exercises:

  • Donkey Kick Workout – Butt, Hips, Thighs and Glutes
  • Bonus: Ab Pyramid
  • Extra Credit: Sarah’s 12 Days of Christmas – Days 1-8
  • One :60 Plank of your choice

Donkey Kick Workout: Last week you followed along with me so I thought I’d give you a break and let you follow along with this cool chick today.


Bonus: Core Work! – Ab Pyramid 

We did this one a lot in the past and we’re bringing it back today. 1 round all the way through for today’s bonus workout.

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Extra Credit: Sarah’s 12 Days of Christmas – Days 1-8

  1. 1 minute skaters
  2. 20 Squats
  3. 15 Push Ups
  4. 10 Superman
  5. 1 minute Jumping Jacks
  6. 20 Lunges
  7. 15 Tricep Dips
  8. 10 Mountain Climbers

Speed Work: Remember me talking about the RRCA strategy IIP?

Introduce, Improve, Perfect

This strategy allows us to introduce a workout (maybe not doing it very well), then improve on that workout (getting better) and finally perfecting that workout (doesn’t mean you don’t still have room to improve, but you will know how to do it).

We’ve been changing it up each week lately but I want to bring this strategy back…you got it…same speed work as last week…more 1/4 mile repeats. Since we are revisiting the same speed workout, I also want to remind you of some tips you can use to get better at it. Adding a couple of these to your workouts each week will help you improve.

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Speed workout: 6x – 8X 1/4 mile repeats

Warm-Up  5:00 jog followed by your choice of Dynamic Movements (high knees, butt kicks, leg swings, sideways shuffles, skipping, etc)

Work-Out – 6-8 x 1/4 Mile Repeats at a pace that is :30 faster than your race pace.

*2:00 standing or walking rest in between each one.

1/4 Mile is equivalent to 400 meters or one lap of a standard-sized track.  Here’s a few examples of where your interval times would range, depending on your mile time.

  • If you run a 13:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:45
  • If you run a 12:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:30.
  • If you run a 11:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:15.
  • If you run a 10:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:00.
  • If you run a 9:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 1:45.
  • If you run a 8:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 1:30.
  • If you run a 7:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 1:15.

Cool-Down  5:00-10:00 easy jog (you’ve earned it!)


We can all be more well-balanced and stronger athletes. Getting stronger doesn’t mean we won’t have some disappointing races or training runs, but it will help you feel better, lose weight, run faster easier, and prevent injuries.

So let me ask you again….what type of athlete do you want to be?

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Day 12: That Moment When…

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-5-43-15-amThat moment when…you’re running and you feel some pain in your hip, knee, IT Band….

That moment when….you want to go for a run but you think about how your body is hurting and no one can figure out why…

That moment when your hip goes out….and you’re going down!

Don’t wait till THAT moment that keeps you off the road….


Can you believe it’s already to 12th of December? Holy WOW this month is flying by!

If you aren’t taking advantage of the fast month…and the fast workouts our Crew is doing you’re missing out! Our exercises take 10 minutes a day…that’s it…10 minutes y’all!

On top of being quick, they are very effective! If you’re dealing with some pain below the waist…hips, IT Band, quads, knees, calves, ankles…then you should be doing these hip strength exercises. We’re in our 2nd month focusing on hip work and let me tell you…my body is very grateful. You know I’ve dealt with lots of knee pain this year but that pain has all but vanished since I started strengthening my hips.

After running 30.4 miles in around 22.5 hours this past weekend, I am pain free…PAIN FREE!! I had zero issues with knee pain during the Ragnar Trail race which is the only reason I was able to go the distance. What are you waiting for? Jump in now and start getting stronger…your body will thank you!

Day 12 exercises:

  • Donkey Kick Workout – Follow along with me in the video below
  • Bonus: Clams – 3 sets of 10
  • Extra Credit: Sarah’s 12 days of Christmas – Day 1 (see below)

Bonus: Clams – 3 sets of 10 – I know that workout is tough but you can do a little more! Clams are one of the most often recommended exercise to strength our hips. Bust out 3 sets of 10 clams for each leg. Use a resistance band if you have one or do them without…either way you will get results. Come on…you can do them laying down! 😉

Extra Credit: Sarah’s 12 Days of Christmas – Day 1 (1 minute Skaters) 

Sarah suggested a great way to add a little more into our routine and to celebrate the holiday. Day 1 is one minute of skaters. Here are 13 different variations on this exercise. Choose one that works best for you and let’s celebrate Christmas the STRONG way! 🙂

Speed Work: 6x -8X 1/4 mile repeats

This has to be everyones favorite speed work. It’s one we can call do without feeling too anxious. Don’t be scared by the phrase “speed workout.”  Speed is a relative term, by which I mean that one person’s “slow” pace might be another’s “fast” pace.  It’s all about pushing yourself beyond what is ‘comfortable’…not trying to do what someone else does. Remember that speed work is about more than just getting faster, it’s about pushing yourself a little more than you’re used too, about building up your endurance so your “normal” speed feels more comfortable therefore going a little faster is easier.

Warm-Up  5:00 jog followed by your choice of Dynamic Movements (high knees, butt kicks, leg swings, sideways shuffles, skipping, etc)

Work-Out – 6-8 x 1/4 Mile Repeats at a pace that is :30 faster than your race pace.

*2:00 standing or walking rest in between each one.

1/4 Mile is equivalent to 400 meters or one lap of a standard-sized track.  Here’s a few examples of where your interval times would range, depending on your mile time.

  • If you run a 13:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:45
  • If you run a 12:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:30.
  • If you run a 11:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:15.
  • If you run a 10:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 2:00.
  • If you run a 9:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 1:45.
  • If you run a 8:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 1:30.
  • If you run a 7:00/mile, you should run the quarter-mile repeats in 1:15.

Cool-Down  5:00-10:00 easy jog (you’ve earned it!)

This workout is so effective because it will teach your body to move faster for longer periods of time, so hopefully come race day, you’ll be ready to shave a few seconds off each mile….and feel better doing it!


12 Days of Thanks: If you know me well…you know I am a bit of a Christmas scrooge. I love the holiday and the real meaning for the season, but I don’t like being “forced” to buy presents for tons of people just because someone says I am supposed too. I’d rather give thoughtful gifts throughout the year when they are needed…the stress of “gift giving” wears me out!

So as we get closer and closer to Christmas…I like to take off some of the stress and give thanks for some of the special things that happened in 2016. Along with Sarah’s 12 Days of Christmas, I would love for us to mention some fabulous memories from our year and give thanks for what truly matters. When you post your 12 Days of Christmas each day, tell us something that made you smile in 2016. Let’s remember the good times before the year is over!

There is always something to be thankful for, and always a reason to keep moving forward. Share your memories with us and let’s find our holiday spirit together.

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