Day 16: Fully Armed

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Science has shown that the momentum of the arms is important for lifting the body upwards off the ground, and also for balancing out the body’s rotation with each stride. When the shoulder and arm muscles become fatigued, arm motion changes and this decreases the whole body’s running efficiency, translating into wasted energy and slower times.

Fatigue affects runners in different ways but there are some general trends which athletes show as their form begins to break down. This includes “dropping the arms,” where the athlete bends the elbows less, and “crossing over” when the athlete’s wrists come closer to the body’s midline. Runners also tend to swing their arms less as they tire.

Zach Sabatino, a member of the U.S. World Cross Country Championships team, said,

“As a long distance runner I believe that a strong upper body is crucial to running efficiently and fast. There is no need to be bulky, but we do need upper body strength. Even though we are running with our legs, the arms, back and chest do a lot of work.”

The next time you cross the finish line…throw your arms up in the air in victory! Show off those muscles…after all, they helped you get there faster! 🙂

Sticking with 3 sets of 10 this week…but we are adding some push ups. Let’s get to it!

Day 16 exercises: “How To” Videos

  • Lunge Stance Single Arm Shoulder Press – 3 sets of 10
  • Renegade Rows – 3 sets of 10
  • Arm Raises – Front and Side – 3 sets of 10
  • Plank – 1 minute (2X)
  • Side Planks – :30 each side (2X)
  • 35 Push Ups
  • Arm Stretches


Lean Arms PyramidBonus: #LeanArmsPyramid 

Thanks again to Alison Stewart for finding our arm bonus for today! If you don’t like it…blame Alison! 😉

Running Drills: Going through these running drills one at a time to make them easier to remember…add one in each week to help your form and get stronger!


Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 5.32.43 AMWhy: Bounding increases foot, calf and hamstring muscle power and develops single-leg  stance stability necessary to maintain fluid running form while fatigued

How: On a flat or very slightly downhill slope, alternate thrusting into the air off one leg in an exaggerated skipping motion. The focus should be on a powerful leap into the air and a quick (but not super fast) cadence. Your arm motion should be synced to the opposite leg’s action, holding steady for the brief moment while you’re off the ground. Do three to four reps of 10 leaps on each leg.

See how high she is off the ground? This motion will propel you high into the air….giving you power and stability. And it’s fun! This is one of those drills that will make you feel like a kid again. Try it! You can do these before your run as a dynamic warm up…or after your run to focus on form and power when you’re tired.

Speed Work: Ready for some new speed work? We did 200m sprints for 3 weeks in a row and it’s time to move on. But before you do…take a minute to look back at your 200m times. Did they get faster each week? Did they seem easier each week? I hope so!

Same concept…IIP – Introduce, Improve, Perfect. But this week we are combining 400m and 200m. We’ll do 4X 400m then 4X 200M. After the first set of 400s the 200s will seem easy. Run them at the same pace. Don’t feel the need to speed up for the 200s. You will be tired and it will be mentally challenging. Push through and it will be an awesome workout!


  • 1 mile warm up (conversation pace)
  • 4X 400M
  • 4X 200M
  • 1 mile cool down
  • Total of 3.5 miles

400 meters is just shy of a 1/4 mile so if you’re not doing your speed work on a track (which is fine) think 1/4 mile repeats. That will make it easier to use your watch or other GPS device to track yourself. If you are on a track…400M is 1 lap around the track using the inside lane. Stick to that inside lane or you are adding a little distance to each lap.

Pace: Run these faster than 10K pace and closer to what you can do for 5K. This will feel slow early in the workout but will catch up with you.

Example: My 5K pace is around 8:52/mile and my 10K pace is around 9:13/mile so for these sprints I want to be somewhere in the middle of those times….roughly around a 9 min mile. Want to know what your pace should be? Reach out to me with your current 5K and 10K times and I will let you know how fast you should be running these sprints.

Purpose: This workout is ideal for high-end aerobic training and lactate tolerance. It pushes the envelope of the maximum pace you can hold for a 10K. This is a great workout to do with friends. Just be sure you keep focused on hitting the pace that is appropriate for you. That said, don’t be afraid to push each other. You have to challenge yourself to find out what you are capable of, so don’t let the pace drop throughout this workout. Consistency is the key.

Remember…speed work isn’t just for sprinters! Speed work is great for distance runners because it builds up your threshold and teaches your body to allow for more oxygen consumption. This will translate into the ability to breathe easier during those long runs…and yes…it will make going faster easier too.

Plan ahead to get your speed work in. There is no “right” day…it depends on your running schedule. It is important to give yourself rest days in between speed and long runs…so make sure your speed work is 3-4 days before your planned long run.

Racery: For those that need it….here is the link to our Great Wall race. 6 have finished and there’s plenty of time for everyone else to cross that finish line. If you are injured…go out and walk those miles!

Virtual Race: Did everyone finish their Virtual “Make it Count” for Runwell race this past weekend? If you forgot to post…let us know that you finished and show off that pretty medal you earned! Here is the link to our group event.

When it’s all said and done…remember to stretch! Throw in our 7 Key Stretches for Runners…or run through the Yoga for Runners. Take your time with them and get in a good stretch. Plop in front of the TV or put on some music and just relax. Our Key stretch and Yoga are both are a great ways to stretch out your aching muscles and avoid injury.

It’s Monday y’all…start strong and set the tone for the week. Make it great! 🙂

Mondays start strong

Day 6: Keep it Light but Keep Pushing!

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Hey Crew! It’s 3am and I am getting ready to head out to meet up with some friends to run our Virtual Race and Make it Count for Runwell. 13.1 miles coming up in beautiful Jekyll Island, GA! Pics to come with bibs and medals. 🙂

It is leg day…but since we are so close to the weekend with lots of long training runs and races coming up…I want our Friday leg days to be light and easy. I still want you to take Friday’s seriously and work your legs…just no extras or bonus. We don’t want over tired, sore legs going into long, tough training runs or races.

Even though we are keeping it light and easy…we are still making progress and getting stronger. Remember that slow progress is better than no progress! Think clean eating and lots of stretching to get ready for the weekend!

Day 6 exercises:

  • Pistol Squats – 2 sets of 3 (each side)
  • Fire Hydrants and Donkey Kicks – 2 sets of 10
  • Squats – Your Choice – 2 sets of 10
  • Plank – 1 Minute (2X)
  • Side Planks – :30 (each side)
  • 20 Push Ups
  • Stretch!

How is everyone doing with the “No Extra Sugar” Challenge so far this month? So far,  I’ve had no extra sweets. I’ve skipped the chocolate, peanut butter ice cream that’s in my freezer and avoided foods high in sugar…what are you doing to cut out the extra sugar?

This should be a pretty quick workout today. If you want to run…go for it…but keep it short and keep it easy….then come home and stretch or go through our Yoga for Runners again.

See you all on the other side of 13.1 for Runwell! Hope everyone has a fabulous Friday! 🙂

Day 22: Last Step Up

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The final days of our April Challenge are before us and once again it’s time to step up our game.

4 sets of arms today…15 reps each and 100 crunches. Do not rush through this. Take your time…focus on using correct form and making each move strong.

Day 22 exercises: “How to” videos

  • 50 Jumping Jacks
  • Bicep Curl + Overhead Press – 4 sets of 15
  • Front Arm Raise – 4 sets of 15
  • Side Arm Raise – 4 sets of 15
  • Plank – :30 – 1 min (2X)
  • 100 Crunches

No bonus again today since these 4 sets will take a little time and I don’t want you to rush through them. And no bonus means maybe you’ll have enough time for a short shake out run before this weekend’s long runs or races. If you are running today…think short and easy. Don’t push too hard before your long run! 30-45 min at conversation pace.

Do make time to stretch it out today too. Here are our 7 Key Stretches for Runners and our arm stretches are below.

Virtual Race: Still plenty of time to sign up for the Make It Count Virtual race. If you’d like to sign up and make your miles count for Runwell and those suffering from addiction, click here for more info.

Who racing this weekend? Who’s going long? Let us know so we can cheer you on!

When you’re done..don’t forget to post and let us all know you got it done with #StepItUp then make it a great Friday Core Crew! 🙂

Arm Stretches:

Day 15: Halfway Home!

halfway there3Can you believe we are already halfway through April?? We’re looking good and nothing will stop us from finishing strong!

It’s arm day again and it’s also very close to the weekend. We are stepping it up again today…sticking with 3 sets but moving to 15 reps per set….and adding another 25 crunches per day. Let’s get it!

Day 15 exercises: “How to” videos

  • 50 Jumping Jacks
  • Bicep curl + Overhead Press – 3 sets of 15
  • Front Arm Raise – 3 sets of 15
  • Side Arm Raise – 3 sets of 15
  • Plank – :30-1 min (2X)
  • 75 Crunches
  • Arm Stretches – see below

Bonus: #BurningGuns Burning Guns

Last week’s bonus kicked my butt and had me sore for days…so lets do it again! 😉

Running Drills and Speed Work: If you haven’t done your speed work for the week…let it go. It’s time to give our legs a rest for those long runs and races this weekend. Next week is a new week…so if you didn’t do it…stop overthinking it and just try! I know it seems daunting but once you figure it out, you’ll see it’s not that confusing and I know you will surprise yourself! Reach out to me by PM and let’s chat and get you more comfortable with the process.

You can still work in those running drills tho. The Straight Leg Shuffle is a great tool for working to train yourself to land more mid foot instead of a heel strike. Keeping those legs straight…try to land with your foot flat on the ground. It may feel weird…but just keep trying. Eventually it will start to feel more natural. Check out how to do the straight leg shuffle here.

Stretch! Whether you’re running today or not…I want to see everyone stretching it out today! I would rather you skip the bonus and make time to stretch. Here’s our 7 Key Stretches for Runners along with my favorite…the pigeon pose. Do the stretches then post using #StretchItOut to let everyone know you got it done.

Virtual Race: Our first group virtual race with an awesome medal is still about two weeks away so there’s plenty of time to sigh up. We have a group “event” so once you sign up join the FB event so we can all brag about how we Made it Count for Runwell! You can find all the sign up info here.

May Challenge: I know its still two weeks away but I am starting to compile ideas for May so if you have something you want to work on, have a favorite exercise, or just have a great idea to throw in the mix…please send it to me by PM so it doesn’t get lost in the madness of our FB page. 🙂

Who’s racing or going long this weekend? Even if you are just training for shorter distances like a 5K or 10K it is still important to get in those long runs. The log run trains your body to get used to being on your feet longer and will translate into better efficiency for your shorter runs. Remember…time on feet! Get out there and go long!

Let’s get to it Core Crew and make Friday count! 🙂

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Day 14: Shut Up Legs

shut up legs we got this

Your legs might scream and fight you…want you to give up…to sit down and relax.

Tell them to shut up cause you got this!

Can’t get strong legs without doing the work so less talking, less complaining, less excusing and more working!

Day 14 exercises: “How to” videos

  • 50 Jumping Jacks
  • Squat Jacks – 3 sets of 10
  • Curtsey Squats
  • Cossack Squats
  • Plank – :30 – 1 min (2X)
  • 50 Crunches
  • Stretches – 7 Key Stretches for Runners (especially the Quad stretch)

Watch the “how to” videos again for the Cossack Squat!

Bonus: #StrongLegs Workout strong legs workout– Today’s workout is a great but you can do more! Fit in this #StrongLegs bonus and get strong runner legs that will help you go the distance!

Running drills and Speed work: If you haven’t fit in your running drills and speed work for the week…what are you waiting for? Click here to find this week’s workout and let me know if you have any questions.

Speed work is hard work…but read your fellow Core Crew posts and see how great it feels when they figure out it’s not as bad as they thought….and how they did even better than they imagined. Get out of your comfort zone…it feels fabulous!

Virtual Race: Still plenty of time to sign up and plan a great route for the Make it Count virtual race for Runwell. You’re going to log the miles anyway…why not get an awesome medal and make your miles count!

Getting close to the weekend again…who’s racing? Who’s got long runs planned? Let us know so we can cheer you on!


Racing Together to Make It Count

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Addiction is a disease that touches all of our lives because we all know someone who has struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol. Maybe it’s someone close to you…a friend or family member…or maybe it’s someone just an arm’s length away. Someone who you know could do amazing things with their life…if only they could get out of the grip of their addiction.

Those who talk about their addiction freely and share their success stories are the ones who make a difference. Our very own Core Crew member, Chad Moye, chooses to make a difference. He has come a long way and shares his story with the hope that he will touch the life of someone who needs to know they can beat the disease and live a heaSTTC - Chad Podiumlthy, active, and full life.

Read Chad’s story, From Prison to the Podium, then decide if you can make a difference too.

Make It Count is a virtual race that supports Runwell, a non-profit foundation who provides addiction recovery solutions through funding treatment scholarship programs and by enaging individuals in sporting events worldwide. Runwell fosters a healthy lifestyle and begins to break down perceptions of those struggling with the disease.

Make it Count:

Make it Count is a virtual race where you can run or walk a 5K, 10K or Half Marathon. You have two weeks to complete the distance and make it count for those struggling with addition.

When: April 30 – May 13, 2016 (Run ends at 11:59 EST)

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 6.06.35 AMWhere: Run/Walk Virtual…Anywhere, Anytime. Find your favorite indoor or outdoor route and run or walk your distance (5K, 10K or 13.1). Run solo, with a buddy or run with a group!

Charity: Runwell

Join RunJunkEes Run Club to get support and inspiration before, during and after this event! Make sure to LIKE their Facebook Page for important updates.

Running changed Chad’s life…saved his life…and there are so many others out there who need help. Share your love of running by supporting this cause and letting your miles count.

I’m signed and I hope you will too. Besides the awesome medal with a detachable charm, this race will support those who want to end the cycle of addiction.

Click here to join the virtual race, then post in our group using #MakeItCount to let everyone know you are in! We all love to run…why not make it count?