Day 26: Rise Up & Attack

rise-up-and-attackLast week of the month…last Monday of the month…rise up and attack the week with enthusiasm!

Shoulder and Abs…sound like a strange combination?

Not really. Shoulders and abs are great complimentary bodyparts to work on in the same day. Since they are completely separate body parts, you don’t need to worry about support muscles of either muscle group tiring out.

With 4 sets of 15 coming at us today…we need enthusiasm, a little determination, and a lot of commitment to finish strong! Do you have it in you?

Day 26 exercises: Shoulders and Abs – 4 sets of 15

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  • Mountain Climbers
  • Kettle Ball / Dumbbell Swings
  • Shoulder Presses
  • Plank – Your Choice (:90 2X)

Bonus: #BeastModeMonday

With our regular 4 sets of 15…this bonus is not for the faint of heart…or for those with little time on a Monday. But hey…if you like to go beast mode on Mondays, this one is for you! 3 sets…because who doesn’t want to do 5 planks today?!? 😉


Military Press – Very similar to shoulder presses but at the top you’re going to extend your shoulders all the way up. You can do these with dumbbells so don’t skip them if you don’t have a bar. Watch Scott Herman show us how it’s done.

Speed Work: This week’s speed work is a tough ladder workout. Since the intervals are longer, you want to start out a little slower and work your way faster towards the end. The last 2 sets of 400 meters…go all out!

How fast should you do running? This workout should be done at your 10K speed, which is slower than last weeks 5K speed but faster than you would run a half marathon. How does that translate into actual time spent running? Take your 400m from last week and add :10 – :15 then multiply by 4 for the mile, by 3 for the 1200 meters (.75 mile), and by 2 for 800 meters (1/2 mile). For your last two 400 meters (.25 mile) crank up the speed and finish strong at your 5K pace. Check out the pace chart below…

Ladder Workout:

  • Warm up – slow mile
  • Faster mile – 10K speed
  • 1200M (.75 mile)
  • 2x 800M (.5 mile 2X)
  • 2X 400M
  • Cool down – slow mile
  • Total of 5.25 miles

Tough workout…who will put on their big girl panties and give it a shot? If you raced this weekend, you get a speed work pass…don’t try this workout on tired legs. Rest up this week and just bust out some short, slow recovery runs. Don’t worry, we’ll have speed work next week. 😉

Pace Chart: Example for 30 minute 5K

  1. 2:10 – add :10 so that makes = 2:20
  2. multiply by 4 for your mile = 9:20
  3. multiply by 3 for .75 = 8 minutes
  4. multiply by 2 for 800M = 4:40
  5. 400M – Speed back up and try to hit those 400M times so go all out and run 2 400 meters in 2:10


Seems a little complicated but it’s fun and you when you’re done you will feel amazing!

Not feeling ready for the ladder yet? That’s ok! Throw in some fartleks (speed bursts) during one of your mid week runs. Choose an object in the distance and pick up the pace till you get there…see that light pole? How about that stop sign? Do 8-10 speed bursts in your run session. Remember to BREATHE deep. Belly breathing during speed work is essential to building your VO2 max and getting the most out of this workout!

After a HUGE racing weekend and lots of long runs, please take the time to stretch!

Last week of the month Crew! Let’s go hard and finish strong cause good things come to those who sweat! 🙂


Day 6: Rise Up and Attack!

Rise upHey Crew! Hope you all had a great weekend! So many fabulous races and long runs!! Our racing and long run weekends are what we work hard for all week and you guys killed it! 🙂

We’ve had a few days to let our abs recover from the workouts last week and now it’s time to get back to work on our Core!

Let’s rise up…get moving…and attack today with enthusiasm!

Day 6 exercises:

Today is the first Iron Strength Core Workout and while the overall workout is new… the exercises are not. We’ve done these before…now it’s time to put them together for an awesome core workout! Rest between supersets but power through each set while being careful to do each move correctly.

Low side plank with crunch is below. Keep that core tight!

Side Plank Knee to Elbow Crunch STACK

Bonus: #DailyAbs Daily abs – For an extra burn today bust out this #DailyAbs workout. You can do this right after Iron Strength or wait until later in the day to get those abs fired up again.

Thigh Challenge: Day 6

  • 12 Fire Hydrants
  • 25 Scissor Kicks
  • 25 Inner Thigh Leg Lifts

Running Drills and Speed Work: We took a break from Running Drills and Speed work last week to get acquainted with our new June Challenge but it’s time to put them back in the rotation this week!

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 5.56.01 AMRunning Drill: Slow Skipping – This is one of my favorites! This move makes you feel like a kid again…and is great for building calf and foot strength.

Why: This drill helps develop calf and foot strength needed during the toe-off phase of the gait cycle while also stimulating neuromuscular timing for running with high cadence. It also accentuates the high-knee action of the lifted leg during a running stride.

How: Skip with a moderate leap off of one foot and return to the ground and immediately leap off the other foot, main- taining a compact arm swing as if you were running. This slow-action skipping drill should have a staccato rhythm. Do two or four 50-meter reps.

Speed Work:

  • 8X 400M with 1-2 minute rest between sets

Let’s talk 400-meter repeats. One lap. You know, quarters. A 400-meter lap of the track is barely less than a quarter-mile, or 440 yards. Yes they are hard…but so valuable!

George Sheehan, the one time medical editor for Runner’s World magazine, whose slogans “Listen to your body,” and “We are each an experiment of one” said:  “Every runner must do quarters. If you’re a miler or-yes-a marathoner, doing quarters can develop dormant speed just waiting to go on display.”

Listen up though… If you are racing this weekend. You should be in TAPER MODE!

You should NOT be doing speed work the week of your race. So for all those doing Run for the Pies this weekend in Jax…or any other race this weekend….SKIP THE SPEED WORK!

If you do not have a track to do your speed work, these 400M (1/4 mile repeats) are fairly easy to do on the road. You can do them using interval workouts. Run a 1/4 mile HARD then walk or jog slowly to recover.

When it’s all said and done…and you are relaxing in front of the TV winding down for the day….grab some carpet and do your 7 Key Stretches for Runners!

Another fun week is upon us…Gwen is coming to Jax on Friday to do Run for the Pies with us Jax folks and we are having a pool party on Sunday! Can’t wait!!

It’s Monday…Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm Core Crew!

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