Day 10: Dear Abs

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Love our Friday ab work! You might not be able to see them yet….but they are brewing! Work hard today and feel the burn!

Day 10 exercises: 3 sets of 10

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  • Runners Crunch
  • Heel Touches
  • Bridge Pullover
  • Side Planks – :30 each side
  • Wall Sit – :60

Challenges:

  • Superman – :50
  • Push Ups – 30
  • #MadManMartin Plank Challenge – One more :60 Plank

Bonus: Add a little extra burn today with a few rounds of Daily Abs Crew! A few means 3! 🙂

Daily Abs

Food Challenge: What is ab day without a No Junk Food Challenge? Don’t waste all that hard work by eating crap! This is usually a 21 Day Challenge but we like to take things one day at a time. No Junk Food…just for today Crew! You got this!

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Love your abs today! That’s right Crew…you thought you were done but you have time for one more round of #DailyAbs. Give it a little extra and love your abs…AGAIN!

Happy Friday Crew! 🙂

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Day 3: Wasted Energy

There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to strength training. But runners often tend to ignore our core and back which are key areas that can translate into wasted energy on the road.

“Runners need a strong core and back to stabilize the spine and pelvis,” says Dr. Richard Hansen of High Altitude Spine and Sport in Boulder, Colo. “This reduces injury risk by helping to evenly distribute the forces that are being absorbed with each step and helps to improve running economy by reducing energy lost to unnecessary body sway.” If you’re not strong in these areas,  when you begin increasing your running volume, it can eventually lead to tissue breakdown and injury—especially in the lower leg and hip.

A healthy back is as important to your running as fit legs. If your back muscles aren’t strong, they tend to fatigue faster, taking energy away from other muscles, and changing your stride, leading to injury. Runners with a strong back and core tend to have better posture which translates into more efficient use of energy. A weak back and core are bio-mechanical inefficiencies that waste energy.

To avoid these common running issues, we need to spend some time stregnthening these areas. Lucky for us it doesn’t take hours in the gym and lots of expensive equipment. A few sets of back and core focused moves like the bridge pullover and side planks will help us strengthen and support our back and core which will help us use our energy more efficiently!

Working our upper and lower back prevents weak, rounded shoulders and poor arm carriage. Make sure you pull your shoulder blades together with the bridge pullover and our bonus bird dog exercise. Do not arch your lower and when lowering the weight, ensure your shoulder blades separate slightly to allow for a slight stretch of the muscles in between them.

Day 3 exercises: 2 sets of 10 

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  • Runner’s Crunch
  • Heel Touches
  • Bridge Pullover
  • Side Planks – :30 each side
  • Wall Sit – :60

Bonus: Bird Dog – 2 sets of 10 – I like this video as it gives you a way to modify the exercise for beginners. Take a look and try it out. Remember to keep your spine flat and stable. When adding the arms, squeeze the shoulder-blade together to add some upper back work as well.

Challenges:

  • Superman – :20
  • Push Ups – 25
  • #MadManMartin Plank Challenge – One more plank – :30

Core Crew Virtual Race: We’re running through Paris logging 24 miles for the next 7 days. Are you in? Our virtual races are fun and might help you grab a few extras miles this week. Race starts today so click here to sign up. It’s a free and fun way to challenge yourself to do a little more than usual.

Before you stop for the day, take time to get familiar with our 7 Key Stretches for Runners! These will help you get loose and ready to go long this weekend.

Don’t waste energy thinking about skipping your strength training. Just get up and get it done! 😉

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Day 13: Get Up and RUN!

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Friday the 13th y’all…stay calm, don’t freak out…just follow the rules and you’ll be fine….oh and might as well go ahead, get up, and run! 😉

I’m not big into the whole Friday the 13th thing, and I won’t be running today since it’s a much needed rest day before back-2-back half marathons this weekend. But if you don’t have a big race or long run on your schedule tomorrow…you might as well get a good run in today and burn off any lingering anxiety about who might be chasing you!

Friday is usually a day to kill it and get ready for the weekend, but we are taking it easy today. Abs and challenges.

But wait! If you have a race or long training run this weekend, please skip the squats and burpees today. Throw in the push ups for good measure, but don’t over-exert yourself and be sore for your race or long run. Remember that everything we do is meant to make you run stronger and faster, not to put you in a state of oblivion, ready to crawl into bed and weep from exhaustion and sore muscles. Move things around to make it work for you. Challenge exercises can be made up or skipped. Be smart!

Day 13 exercises: 3 sets of 10 

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  • Runner’s Crunch
  • Oblique Crunches (3 sets of 10 per side)
  • Lying Leg Raise
  • Plank – :60 (plank of your choice)

Bonus: Get up and run!  Would love to see some easy miles today. Don’t go overboard…long runs are coming! Just stretch out your legs and keep it short and slow. Run, walk, skip, whatever…just get moving on Friday the 13th. 🙂

Challenges:

  • Burpees – 35
  • Push Ups Beginner – 10
  • Push Ups Advanced – 55
  • Squats – 75

No time for standing still today. Even if you’re moving slowly…keep moving forward.

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Day 6: Ridiculously Amazing Friday!

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-8-34-08-pmYAYYYY…it’s Friday!!

I’m so excited for a ridiculously amazing Friday and a fantastically fun Saturday at Run Disney for the Disney Half Marathon in Orlando, Florida!

But before we get to the ridiculously amazing stuff…we have to get the work out of the way…..AB DAY!!

Our abs (our core!) holds everything together. Runners and…well everyone…get HUGE benefits from a strong center of gravity. But runners especially, because a a strong core helps us achieve stability, balance, posture and overall control.

We know the importance of core strength right? Here’s a quick review…

Overall, core strength training reinforces the way that your pelvis, abs, hips, and lower back work together. When our foot hits the ground, our core holds our trunk rock-solid as the kinetic energy from our foot transmits to our hamstrings, up to our arm and back down to our other foot. A conditioned core prevents any wiggling in your torso and keeps you from deflecting energy, so you run faster. All this stability, balance, posture, and control also keeps our lower extremities from getting out of whack, therefore preventing injuries!

It’s Friday…a ridiculously amazing Friday…last day of strength work for the first week of the new year. Push hard today and get it done so you can relax guilt free this weekend!

Day 6 exercises: 2 sets of 10 

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  • Runners Crunch
  • Oblique Crunches
  • Lying Leg Raise
  • Plank – :60 (Your Choice)

Bonus: Pilates Workouts for Runners – “Swimming” 

Practicing Pilates works well for runners in general, but some exercises stretch and develop some particularly important areas. Watch the video below and do 3 full sets (as described in the video) of the swimming exercise.

Challenges: 

  • Burpees – 30
  • Push Ups Beginner – 6
  • Push Ups Advanced – 25

This weekend I need your good vibes! This will be my first attempt at pacing for a certain time at a race. Yes, I will be the girl holding that flag with the time on it. 2:15 is the goal. I will be using a :90 run and a :30 walk. Run pace is a 9:45(ish) and the plan is to end with a 10:18 average pace. I’m a tad bit nervous just because this is my first time and there will be lots of runners counting on me to get it right. But I know I have your support and I know you will be sending me positive thoughts! Race starts at 5:30am eastern time…so if you’re up (duh we’re runners, we’re all up at 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday right?) then send me all those positive thoughts Crew! 🙂


That’s it Crew. No machines…no B.S…just you, your dedication to your health and fitness, and your drive to be better, stronger, and faster in 2017! GETTT ITTT Crew!

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Day 5: Pressure Makes Diamonds

no pressure no diamondYour FAITH must be bigger than your fear.

Your DETERMINATION must be stronger than your excuses.

You must apply consistent pressure to form a diamond.

No pressure…No Diamond.

It takes hard work to get results and those toned, tight abs you want…won’t happen without the same consistent pressure that forms diamonds.

Is your faith in yourself bigger than your fear of pain and soreness? Is your determination stronger than your excuses? Are you willing to apply enough pressure to form diamonds?

Day 5 exercises: 2 rounds of each workout

  • Daily Abs – 2 rounds
  • Standing Abs – 2 rounds

Bonus: Ab & Squat Challenge Day 5

  • 5 Sit Ups
  • 10 Crunches
  • 20 Squats

Extra Credit: Atomic Crunch & Runner’s Crunch

Thank you Traci Hart Caldwell for suggesting these great ab moves! Who’s for a little competition today? We’re going to do 1 as many reps of each of these exercises as possible for 1 minute each. Atomic Crunch for 1 minute then the Runner’s Crunch for 1 minute. Let us know how many you were able to do and let’s see who added the most pressure to their diamond today!

Atomic Crunch: Watch this video to see how to do the Atomic Crunch

Runner’s Crunch: Here we go with one more exercise for 1 minute. Watch this video and see how it’s done then get to work! How many can you do….while keeping that tight controlled form?

If you’re feeling the pressure…you’re doing it right!  Let’s make some diamonds Crew! 🙂

Diamonds shine brighter with pressure