Day 26: Rock Those Abs!

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Our Wednesday workout is awesome…rock those abs Crew!

I’m headed out super early this morning for a speed session at the track. I’ll probably be home before most of you wake up, will rock out our ab work, then I’ll be napping! 😉

4 sets of 15 + 5 minute plank + lower back stretch….make time and rock those abs!

Day 26 exercises: Abs – 4 sets of 15

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  • Sharon’s Walk Down Plank
  • Lower Body Russian Twist
  • Standing Side Crunch
  • In and Outs
  • Bedtime Plank

Bonus: 5 Minute Plank

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Extra Credit: Lower Back Stretch – This one’s for Jennifer…but all of us will benefit!

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Speed Work: Who’s joining me in spirit for speed work today? I wanna see some mile repeats! Here’s the workout:

This week we are doing 2-3 mile repeats, but not at your fastest speed. You want to be at about 85%-90% of your 5K race pace. Think of it as a “tempo pace”. Your tempo pace should be a little faster then the time you would be able to hold during a half marathon. For example, my fastest half marathon is just under 2 hours (average 9:10/mile), so my tempo pace for these mile repeats would be around an 8:55. Never ran a half? That’s ok! I know the numbers are a little daunting to some, but don’t stress. Reach out to me by PM here and let’s chat. I will help you figure out where you should be.

  • Warm Up – 1 mile (or more)
  • Mile Repeats – 2-3 miles – No walking during your mile repeat. Run 1 mile then rest for 2 minutes. Stand there. Breathe. Do not walk. Start your watch over or hit that “lap” button before each mile. After you get your breathe back (don’t wait too long, 2 minutes is enough recovery time) then do another mile. Repeat 2-3 times.
  • Cool down – 1 mile (or more)
  • Total of 5-6 miles
  • Stretch! – 7 Key Stretches for Runners

Whatever happens today….do not give up! Rock those abs Crew cause this is for YOU!

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Day 19: Get Ripped Now!

summer-bodies-made-in-winterOk ok…so it’s not quite winter yet…at least not in Florida. But why wait till it’s cold out and we’ve already put on the holiday weight to start makes strides towards our summer body?

Why not start working on ripped abs now, make smart eating choices, and be closer to our goal when it’s really crunch time?

This is my favorite ab day in October! Lots of fun exercises that keep us moving and keep our core engaged…let’s do this Crew!

Day 19 exercises: Abs – 3 sets of 15

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  • Sharon’s Walk Down Plank
  • Lower Body Russian Twist
  • Standing Side Crunch
  • In and Outs
  • Bedtime Plank
  • Stretch! – 7 Key Stretches for Runners

Bonus: Ripped Abs  screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-5-37-44-am

This looks challenging…who’s up for it? Take your time and get through each move. Just 1 set of this extra workout Crew you got this!


Extra Credit: Sore legs after yesterday? That means you worked hard! Extra credit today…1 minute wall sit. Yea…it’s gonna hurt…do it anyway! 😉


Speed Work: Courtney CRUSHED her speed mile challenge yesterday. Who else has a fast mile coming today? Let’s see it!

Workout – Mile “bench mark” run We want to see how fast you can run 1 mile, and I also want to show you how going faster is possible for you!. Make sure you are well rested and have fresh legs then go out and do a 1-2 mile warm up, rest for a few minutes, then run with your heart and do a mile as fast as you can. Cool down with 1 more mile then call it a day. 3-4 miles total. I want to see some super fast for you miles Crew! Do your warm up and cool down miles as slow as you want. All I want to see if that 1 mile time. Have fun with it and surprise yourself with how fast you can go!


November Challenge: I’ll keep reminding you about this as we inch closer to November because I’m thinking about next month challenge and new exercises! Jan and Sharon shared their favorites with me last month and they have gone over really well with our Crew! Maybe you take a class and have a favorite move, maybe you saw it on a video somewhere, maybe it’s just a go to move you love! Video yourself doing your favorite exercise or if you’re shy find a video or good explantation of how to do it then send it to me. Being a part of the month’s exercise line up makes you feel even more part of our Crew and gives you an extra reason to push harder! Show me what you’ve got!


Don’t wait till winter is over and you have LOTS of work to do. Do something TODAY that your future self will than you for! And remember Crew…don’t spoil all that hard work by eating crap!

Make it a great Wednesday! 🙂

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Day 12: Consistency…Refuse to Give Up!

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-4-45-13-amHey Crew! The Chicago Marathon is over but there’s no more time to rest. Lots more fun races to come and goals more goals to reach!

Consistency is the key to life long health and fitness and our ab exercises are waiting…

I’m excited and proud to say that the scale has also stayed consistent throughout my marathon training this season. Training for MCM last year, I gained weight…but this summer I was able to stay the course and keep the weight off.

Thank you all for keeping me motivated and accountable along the way! Next up…Rock N Roll Savannah! It was such a blessing to meet Martin, Deena, and Alicja in Chicago…and now I get to look forward to meeting so many more of you in Savannah. The gifts keep coming! 🙂

Let’s get to work Crew!

Day 12 exercises: Abs – 3 sets of 10

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  • Sharon’s Walk Down Plank
  • Lower Body Russian Twist
  • Stamding Side Crunch
  • In and Outs
  • Bedtime Plank

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Bonus: #AbPyramid

Bringing back another old favorite today. Throw in this Ab Pyramid to round out today’s ab work and feel the burn! There’s no reason why you can’t have those flat abs…but you’ve gotta do the work!

Speed Work: Silly me…I forgot all about this week’s speed work. Let’s keep it fun and simple and throw in some fartleks this week. Super simple…during your run today, throw in some speed! Pick a spot in the distance and run as fast as you can to that spot…slow it down and recover, then do it again!

Fartleks are a great way to build some speed into your workout and increase your heart rate…another great way to bur some extra calories and work towards those flat abs! 🙂


Extra Credit: Calorie Counting – We all know abs are built in the kitchen so today we are counting calories. Do you know how much you really eat? Counting calories is a great way to see what you’re taking in…and I bet you’ll be surprised how quickly it ads up. If you are not familiar with counting calories a great way to get started is by using the MyFitnessPal app.

Download MyFitnessPal and “friend” me so we can help keep each other accountable. It’s really easier than you think to keep track of what you eat and if you want to lose weight and tone up, this app will help you reach that goal! With the holidays right around the corner we need to be aware of what’s what and consistent with our diet. Make the commitment NOW and be ready to look fabulous in your holiday attire. Who doesn’t want to walk into their family holiday parties and have everyone saying, “OMG, you look amazing!” 🙂

If you feel like slacking today…think about those goals you want to reach then get up and MOVE! You don’t have to be perfect, but you do have to be consistent!

Refuse to give up and make it a great day Crew! 🙂

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Day 5: I Workout For…

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-5-30-53-amWe all have different reasons for working out…but all those reasons circle back to the same end conclusion…we do it for us.

Because when we are the best we can be, it filters own through all the areas of our life. Everything else gets better…our confidence, our strength, our health…our loved ones benefit, we benefit…we are happier, less stressed…life is just better.

Whatever your reasons for committing to workout…think of them as you power through our ab exercises today. Why do you workout?

Day 5 exercises: Abs – 2 sets of 10

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  • Sharon’s Walk Down Plank
  • Lower Body Russian Twist (Windmills)
  • Standing Side Crunch
  • In and Outs
  • Bedtime Plank

Bonus: Round 3 – A great set of exercises deserves another round! These are quick and simple…throw in another set!

Hurricane Matthew has thrown me off and today will be stressful getting everything packed and ready to leave a day early. I will worry about my little man and the rest of my family as I fly out of harms way so please pray for everyone here in Florida and the rest of the east coast as we brace for a hurricane that actually might hit us this time.

Let’s get moving and make it a great hump day Crew!

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Day 19: Ab-solutley Necessary

big-girl-pantiesWhether you want to or not…strong abs are AB-SOLUTLEY necessary!

No…you don’t need a six-pack…but you do need strength because strong abdominal muscles help make you a better runner!

Since the abdominal muscles support the rest of the torso, runners with strong abs have better posture, a more stable gait, and fewer low-back problems.

Added bonus: Our abs also help us move our legs and shift our hips, so we derive more power for these actions when our abs are well-developed.

Having back pain? Work on your core! Having hip issues? Your core will help you stabilize those hips! Legs tired? Focus on that strong core to pull those legs when they just don’t want to take another step…

Yes Crew…Our ab days are AB-SOLUTLEY necessary. Don’t skip them!

Day 19 exercises: Abs & Shoulders – 3 sets of 15

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  • Mountain Climbers
  • Kettle Ball / Dumbbell Swings
  • Shoulder Presses
  • Plank – Your Choice (:60 2X)

Since I was a slacker and didn’t get you a post over the weekend, I neglected to check the calendar and remind you that we’ve moved up to :60 planks. OOPS! We’ve moved up! You’ve got this Crew! We’ve been working on it and now it’s time to add another :15 to those planks!

Bonus: In and Outs + Dead Bugs

Yes…2 bonus moves today. Two fun ones though so don’t cringe. These are great core stabilizing moves. Go through each exercise 3 times for 10-15 reps.

In and Outs – This move will strengthen your core and work your hip flexors.

  1. Begin by sitting on the floor or on a bench with your legs raised and your body leaning back.
  2. Bring your knees and chest together by leaning forward and pulling your legs up.
  3. Make sure to keep your abs tight and engaged during the movement. Your head and neck should stay up and forward.
  4. Lower your legs back down towards the floor. Keep them raised just off the ground.
  5. At the same time, lean your upper body back down to the starting position.

Dead Bug – This exercise helps to improve the overextended posture or excessive anterior pelvic tilt that can be a root of back pain and which can manifest into more profound back issues. Use this exercise to strengthen your abs and favour the proper posture.

  1. Lay flat on your back with your hands extended above you toward the ceiling. Bend your knees in 90 degree angle and raise your thighs until they are perpendicular to the floor. Now deeply exhale and embrace your abs to bring your ribcage down and flatten you back onto the floor. You shouldn’t be able to fit your hand in between the floor and your lumbar spine. Hold this position throughout the whole exercise.
  2. Slowly lower the right arm and the left leg down to the floor simultaneously. Lower them down until just before the lower back starts to rise off the ground (starts to arch). On your way down exhale all the air out of your lungs forcefully. Then slowly return to the starting position while inhaling. Alternating sides and continue the movement for specific number of repetitions or a certain period of time.

Speed Work: Slightly disappointed that I only saw 2 people…2 PEOPLE…get in speed work last week. Hopefully I just missed those posts?

I had cortisone shots in my knees on Tuesday and missed my track workout…but I threw in 5 fast miles at the end of y 22 miler on Friday…what was your excuse?

If you read y posts regularly, you know I subscribe to the RRCA IIP thought process. Introduce, Improve, Perfect. So if you did do speed work last week YAY!! Let’s do that again and IMPROVE! If you didn’t get it done, here’s another chance to introduce this speed work into your schedule this week. Yes Crew…10-12 x 400M. Let’s get it!

Two weeks ago we did a 5K to see where we’re at and what kind of pace we need to run for our speed intervals. Did you write your time down? Grab it and let’s see what you’re doing this week.

Workout = 1 mile warm up; 400M x 10-12X (2.5-3 miles); 1-2 mile cool down – Total of 5-6 miles 

Yes it’s a tough workout…but you can do it! A track is ideal for speed work but this is an easy workout to do on the road or the treadmill too. Do a slow warm up for 1 mile, then move into your 400M intervals. That’s either 1 time around the track, or .25 mile. After 400 meters (.25 mile), stop, rest, and breathe for :60. Then do it again for a total of 10-12 .25 mile repeats. When you’re done head out for a 1-2 mile cool down.

These intervals should not be done all out. Start a little slower than your goal pace so you have enough left to do all 10-12 repeats. If you can hold that pace, or close to it, for each interval you’re doing it right! If not…keep trying!

Below is the same chart from last week with 5K times, short interval paces and time goals starting at a 25 minute 5K. If your 5K is below 25 minutes or over 40 minutes, let me know….but this should cover most of us.

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Now…please PLAN for your speed work. Think about what day this week will be best for you to get this done. Without a plan…chances are it won’t happen. So in today’s post, I want to see when you are planning to get your speed work done. Deal?

When it’s all said and done, don’t forget to stretch!

Alrighty Crew…time to get to work! Cause we all know…

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Day 13: No More Ab Neglect!

abs neglectedWe are runners. Runners love to run…duh… But ignoring ab work could mean more than slower running, it can also mean breathing issues which leads to more problems….like pain.

This was an interesting topic for me to look into today because while I knew that core work is important for us…I didn’t know how much our core work could affect our breathing patterns. And I didn’t realize how ineffective breathing could cause pain in other areas of our body while running.

We know the obvious…breathing properly helps us keep a stead pace and avoid side stitches…but did you know that:

“dysfunctional breathing patterns have the potential to wreck our bodies. Inhibition of respiratory stabilizers like the diaphragm, TVA, multifidus, obliques and the pelvic floor muscles will force your body to rely on other less efficient muscles to keep you alive and breathing. Most often respiratory dysfunction will drive compensatory facilitation upward and downward into the surrounding muscles of the shoulders and hips.”

The result is often pain/stiffness in at least 1 of 3 places:

1). Neck/Shoulders (Specifically the Scalenes, SCM and Pectoralis Minor)

2). SI Joint/Lumbar Spine

3). Anterior Hip

Interesting right? Did you know that inefficient breathing could lead to pain in your neck, shoulders, back, and hips? Read more about how our breathing affects other aspects of our body, how you can increase your breathing efficiency, and other exercises that will help you get back on track and avoid unnecessary  with this article by Movement as Medicine.  We are going to try one of them today…with “90/90 breathing” as our bonus exercise.

Day 13 exercises: “How to” videos

  • 50 Jumping Jacks
  • Frog Sit ups – 3 sets of 10
  • Oblique Crunches – 3 sets of 10
  • Reverse Crunches – 3 sets of 10
  • Plank – :30-1 min (2X)
  • 50 Crunches
  • Ab Stretches – see below

Bonus: 90/90 Breathing 

90/90 breathing has been found to be extremely effective at re-establishing the zone of apposition in people who are chronically overextended and is frequently a first choice when treating clients with shoulder mobility and hip impingement issues. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Lie on the floor with your heels on a bench, couch or even a wall. If you use a wall, put your heels on the wall with your toes off. Pull your heels down toward the floor and lift your butt off the ground slightly.
  2. Your head should be flat on the ground. If this is uncomfortable, use a small pillow under your head. Take a deep breath through your nose, and then blow all of the air out of your mouth. Keep exhaling until there is absolutely no air left in your lungs. Pause for two seconds then breathe in. Repeat this five times.
  3. During this drill, you should exhale with enough force to you feel your abs working. Your exhale should last at least eight seconds, and the inhale should be three or four seconds.

Watch this video to see how it’s done and take your time breathing deeply to get the maximum impact. I struggle with my breathing and always have to make a point to focus on it while I’m running. I also have shoulder and neck pain which I know is also a result of tensing up while I’m running…maybe this will help! 🙂

Running Drills and Speed Work: Yesterday before my killer workout with the Runwell crew I got there early and did a warm up mile and the running drills. Let me tell you…I would not have been able to keep pace if I had neglected this warm up. The team with an Olympian coach as our leader set out fast at around a 9:20 for the first mile. For me…that is almost race pace…so warm up was key. I did a mile and a half at an 11 min mile then a few running drills to loosen up. Boy was I glad I did! If I hadn’t…I would’ve been seeing their backsides way in the distance…

Remember to warm up with a 1/2 to a full mile…take a few minutes to get in some running drills that we’ve been practicing…then set out on your speed work. Click here to find this week’s running drills and speed work. Don’t forget why we are doing the same routine as last week…IIP: Introduce, Improve, Perfect. Runwell Virtual Make it Count Medal

Virtual Race: If you haven’t had a chance yet…check out this month’s Make it Count  virtual race benefiting Runwell. The Runwell team is changing the lives of those suffering from addiction. Can you help make a difference and make your miles count? I already got my medal and it is really nice…the best virtual race medal I’ve gotten for running miles I would run either way…check it out.

Sometimes I like seeing who reads to the bottom to make sure they aren’t missing anything…so today I am throwing in an extra ab bonus. Knock it out then tag your post with #BrowniePoints to let me know you’re paying attention. 😉

Brownie Points: In and Outs (50X) – 2 ways to do them

Last but never least….take time to run through our 7 Key Stretches for Runners! When your relaxing at the end of your day…watching TV and reading or whatever it is you do to wind down…take a few minutes to stretch your muscles to keep them soft and pliable. Your body will thank you!

So…on the schedule for Wednesday, Day 13: Abs, Bonus – 90/90 breathing, running drills, speed work. Get to it and make it a great day Core Crew! 🙂

Ab Stretches: