The holidays are over, the sweets and yummy food are all gone…
No more excuses, no more putting it off for tomorrow…
Time to wake up, set your intentions for the week ahead and go for it! Set it off right Crew!
The year ahead is anything you want it to be!
You didn’t wake up to be mediocre…Let’s GETTTT ITTT!!!
Day 2 exercises: Arms – 2 sets of 10
- Bicep Curls
- Shoulder Presses
- Tricep Overhead Extensions
- Plank – :60 (Plank of your choice)
- Burpee Challenge – Day 1 – 10 Burpees
- Push Up Challenge Beginner Day 1 – 3 Push Ups
- Push Up Challenge Advanced Day 1 – 10 Push Ups
There’s an extra “challenge” for everyone. Choose Burpees or Push ups…beginner or advanced…make a commitment and just DO IT! No…it won’t be easy…it won’t be all that much fun. But it is worth it and you didn’t wake up today to be mediocre did you?!? NO!
Bonus: One more round!! Have one more round of arms in you? Do it again and feel the burn!
Let’s start this party and SET IT OFF Crew!!
2017 Goals: Still waiting on goals from lots of people…don’t make me call you out. Set a goal, set a deadline, write it down and let’s CRUSH IT!!
Speed Work: You don’t have to run fast in training—unless you want to run faster in races….
Is one of your goals to get faster? Maybe you want to finish a 5K in record time? Or set a new Half Marathon PR? Well….the only way to get faster…is to run faster!
You don’t always have to run faster…in fact 80% of your training runs should be at a slower controlled pace…but if you’re serious about reaching those time goals, you MUST put in some speed! It’s a little scary…even longtime runners get anxious about track day. But once it’s over you will feel amazing!
This week we have options for speed! Read through them and see what fits you and your area best. If it’s difficult to get to a track…or your track is covered in snow…choose an option that you CAN do. See…no excuses! 😉
On the Track: “High-intensity track sessions move the muscles through the full range of motion, improving elasticity and enhancing coordination between your nervous system and muscles. With time, you’ll develop a more efficient stride at all your paces.”
HIIT It: Begin with two 100-meter accelerations that include 40 meters at top speed, with 2 to 3 minutes of walking or jogging between.
Build to 6 x 150 meters hard, including 80 meters at top speed, with 3 to 4 minutes jogging or walking rest.
Over time, increase the number of repeats to 10, lengthen reps to 300 meters (running nearly the entire distance at top speed), or reduce the rest interval to one minute.
On the Hills: Inclines are a great venue for superfast speedwork. Compared with a flat surface, hills reduce the impact on your legs and limit your range of motion, thereby lowering the risk of strains and pulls. Plus, hill repeats build muscle power, which helps you run more efficiently on level ground, says McConkey.
HIIT It: On an incline, start with three 30-second moderate repeats and walk down the hill for recovery.
When this becomes comfortable, progress to 4 x 1 minute near all-out efforts with a downhill jog and an additional 30 to 60 seconds jogging or walking rest.
Over time, add additional reps, extend effort length up to two minutes, and aim for steeper hills.
Speed Workouts for Beginners: When you’re just starting out, any type of interval—even alternating walking with jogging—will challenge your body in new ways.
Incorporate one of the following workouts each week to introduce intensity and boost your speed.
Track: Run two laps. On the straights, accelerate and hold top speed for 20 meters. Walk the curves.
Trail: Intersperse an easy run with 3 to 4 20-second, moderate-intensity surges.
Hills: Do an easy run that incorporates three 20-second climbs, each one at a moderate effort.
As the saying goes, “If you want to run faster, you’ve got to run fast! Go get you some speed Crew! Speed work should be shorter mileage so don’t try to throw it in on your medium or long runs. Nice and short…with some speed is all you need!
I know you’re all super excited….
Hooray Hooray…today is the day! It’s time to get to work Crew!