Day 30: Finish What You Started

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 7.10.19 PMFinal Day!!! Our challenges are 30 days so even though it’s not the last day of August…it’s still the last day of our August Challenge.

Tomorrow you can rest, run, cross train, stretch… whatever you feel is best for you to get ready for September!

But today…we work hard!

Even if you didn’t do as much you wanted to this month, if you’re disappointed in yourself for slacking off, missing days, or eating bad… real commitment shines through when you finish what you started even when you don’t feel like it!

Will you make excuses and and give yourself a pass or make today count and move your ass! Get up and DO SOMETHING!!

Day 30 exercises:

****Click here for how to videos****

  • Frogger (30 2X)
  • Butt Kicks (50 2X)
  • High Knees (50 2X)
  • Side Lying Leg Lifts (50 2X each)
  • Plank Challenge – Day 30: Crouching Tiger Push Ups (:45 3X)

Crouching Tiger Push Ups – This plank variation works our core, arms, back, and quads. This videos shows how to do it but I want you to slow it down a bit and really engage each muscles as you work through the moves.

Ab & Squat Challenge – Day 30: Last day…bust it out!

  • 40 Sit Ups
  • 100 Crunches
  • 100 Squats

Speed Work: Keep it fun and throw in some Fartleks this week. Not sure what a fartlek is? Click here for yesterday’s post and scroll down to our speed work to see what it’s all about.


This video gave me chills this morning….I hope you will take a few minutes to watch it! Remember…you are powerful. You will succeed. Push yourself every minute of every day!

“You are a champion. Push yourself to the level of a Champion. I know you’ve got more. PUSH HARDER. Give me more!”

 

Day 2: Officially Crazy!

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 9.58.48 PMAre you one of those people who used to think people who loved running were crazy? I know I am!

My mom has been running for as long as I can remember. She ran the New York Marathon in ’88 or ’89…or maybe both…and I used to think she was seriously nuts!

Long hours on the road training all by herself. No headphones to listen to music. No nutrition advice or food of any kind on the course and certainly no fancy running gear. No GPS to tell her how far she’d gone. No running group to hold her accountable…and this was a long time before social media, where we can meet like minded people who share our passions, and where we can be our crazy running obsessed selves!

What does this mean? We have it easy! We have comfortable shoes, tons of nutrition options, fancy watches that tell us how far we’ve gone, how fast our heart is beating and how many tenths we need to get that daily goal, and headphones that don’t even have cords! We have friends that keep us accountable for those long early morning runs and we can share our craziness with others who get it!

I know I am have turned into one of those crazy people. I love to run!

I love to run solo. I love to run with friends. I love to race. I love to train. I love to talk about running. And since you’re here…you must love it too! 🙂

So what do us crazy people who love to run need more than anything? Strong legs!

Running gives us strong legs…but running by itself isn’t enough. Getting stronger and faster takes strength work and running drills! Yep…to have those sexy runner legs we all want…we have to do more. So let’s get to work!

We’ve done a lot of leg work lately so this month we are dialing it back a bit and focusing on our inner thighs and good form. For those who want to do a little more…the bonus ab & squat challenge is the perfect compliment. It’s enough to make us sore…but not so much where we lose count of how many sit ups, crunches, and squats we’ve done.

Day 2 exercises: Please watch the how to videos for the new exercises!

****Click here for how to videos****

  • Frogger – 2 rounds of 20 For strong inner thighs!
  • Butt Kicks – 2 rounds of 50
  • High Knees – 2 rounds of 50
  • Side-Lying Leg Lifts – 2 rounds of 15
  • Single Leg Directional Hops – 2 rounds of 15 (per leg)
  • 30 Plank Challenge – Forearm Side Plank (see below) – :45 (3X each side)

Day 2 Plank Challenge: Today’s plank is the forearm side plank and this is an old but a goody! If you are new to planks, please watch this how to video and make modifications where you need to. As you see lots of us holding these planks for a while…remember that we’ve been doing them for months…and months…and you will get there. Take your time, learn the proper form, and work your way up to those longer times.

Bonus: Ab & Squat Challenge – Day 2

  • 20 Sit Ups
  • 15 Crunches
  • 30 Squats

 


Hmmmm…I feel like I’m missing something, but yesterday was a long day of traveling so my mind is a little fried. We are down in Orlando this week for a last summer vacation before school starts, and as usual…Mom and I are up early to run!

Are you running today?

What’s on your schedule? What are you doing to get you closer to your goals? To get you ready for your fall races? Thinking about skipping it today?

Think again Crew…it’s time to run! 🙂

Time to run