Week Four Workouts

29 Jan

I decided that logging my workouts would be a good way of holding me accountable for ummm, well, for doing something. While I don’t have the patience or energy to log them everyday (though that’s not to say that I won’t talk about them throughout the week), I think a weekly post will suffice to track what I’ve done and the time I’ve committed to the cause. For the record, I think that’s what I’m going to start calling it: the cause. It sounds like a charity or something and, at this point, I think it kind of is. You know, giving back to the body that has given me so much. You know and all that yada yada yada.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

  • Jillian Michael’s Six-Week Six-Pack
  • Wedding Day Workout: Arms

Monday, January 24, 2011

  • Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred, Level 2

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

  • The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 – REST

Thursday, January 27, 2011

  • 3-Mile Run
  • Wedding Day Workout: Arms
  • 75 kettlebell squats, 15 lb. weight

Friday, January 28, 2011

  • 3-Mile Run

Saturday, January 29, 2011

  • 5-Mile Run
  • Wedding Day Workout: Arms

Up next, REVIEWS for all these fabulous videos I keep talking about but not really saying much. Seriously, I’ve done many of these videos enough times that I could recite all the words (which is sad, you know, for a workout video). Nonetheless, I thought that it’d possible help some workout-video-shoppers out by giving a play-by-play of my thoughts and doing a little compare/contrast between them. Plus, it will make me feel infinitely cooler than posting the 5,348th review on Amazon for them that no one will ever see. This is cooler, right? Right.

What’d you do this week? Did you let the weather interfere with your workout plans (like I did)?

Psst – In case you were wondering, the “Week Four” in the title is referring to the fact it’s the fourth week of the year, you know, since I’m going to be awesome and do this every week (I swear I will, someone hold me accountable).

Come Visit

29 Jan

What are you still doing here?

Please be sure to update your links and click on over to the new site at www.fitladelphia.com.
You won’t regret it, I promise.

Sneak peek…

 

A Goal and a Dream

28 Jan

Someone I know recently said:

The difference between a goal and a dream is a plan.

And it hit me. That’s so true. A dream is just a dream until you make a plan for it. And, I think that fitness and nutrition goals fall hand-in-hand with this. Everyone should have a plan, especially if you have a long-term goal in mind. Whether your goal is to complete that marathon or to fit back into those skinny jeans (or, in my case, both), you are quite unlikely to get there unless you’ve figured out how you’re going to do it.

With that in mind, I began crafting my own plan. I reviewed the old training schedule that my LLS coach had given me. I searched online. Then, I stumbled upon who I had completely forgotten as the best plan maker of all time: Hal Higdon. I’ve used his plans in the past and always felt that they were both realistic and well thought out. Specifically, his novice half marathon plan is brilliant – 12 weeks long, add a mile or so to your long runs each week and gradually but slowly up your mid-week runs, balance with cardio and strength training. Perfection.

So, for now this is what I follow (if you can’t read it, go directly to Hal’s page to see it – in fact, you should go there regardless):

After the ODDysey Half Marathon in May, I intend to attempt to follow his Novice 2 Marathon plan to prep myself for the Philadelphia Marathon in November. My only complaint about that is that it doesn’t balance strength training and cross training as much as the half marathon plans do. Then again, I guess if you’re prepping to run 26.2 miles, you probably need to do a bit more running, eh?

So what about you, have you crafted a plan to meet your goals? Have you used Higdon’s plans before?

No Going Back Now

28 Jan

Do you see this?

This means that there is definitely no going back now. I’ll officially be running the ODDyssey Half Marathon on May 22 in Philadelphia. I’ve read some reviews and, though it sounds tough, I’m excited to try a half where I’ve given it the proper preparation and attention it deserves (unlike last time) to see how things pan out.

While I’ve never been one for worrying about times (for me, it’s all about just giving it all you’ve got), I feel good about PRing this one. Then again, seeing how I did last time that shouldn’t be too hard to do. It does feel a bit weird to me though. You know, signing up for something you are currently utterly unprepared for? And yet, it’s inspiring and motivating at the same time. There is no going back now.

What about you? Have you taken the leap just to inject some motivation into yourself?

Bam

28 Jan

The new site? UP AND RUNNING.
Please, go check it out now. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

E-mail feedback appreciated at amanda@fitladelphia.com.

http://www.fitladelphia.com

Just Because

27 Jan

Thirteen posts is just unlucky, so I’d prefer not to leave it that way. Yea, so I might have a slight thing for numerology. Whatever. That doesn’t make me crazy, does it? Alright, I guess my last post already established I might have a little crazy in me.

On the numerology note, I just discovered/realized that the address of our new house is a combination of my husband’s lucky number and mine. HOW DID I NOT NOTICE THIS BEFORE? Seriously, that’s just insane. It’s fate, for sure. And because it’s not fair to be posting all this without a picture (or somehow relating it to the topical content of this blog), here’s what I’m thinking of wearing for the ODDyssey Half Marathon, if I run. I wasn’t going to share – because I kind of wanted it to be a surprise – but then I though I should take a poll. Do you think people will get it?

Hit Girl from Kick-Ass.
[Source: UGO]

Psst – If you haven’t seen Kick-Ass, take this as my personal recommendation: it’s awesome. Very high action, but appeals to the emotional, feminine side as well. Both my husband (who, as a side note, isn’t into that type of movie) and I loved it.

Sweat

27 Jan

After my gym debacle, I found out about a local gym (named “Sweat“) that offers a free 7-day trial. And who can say no to free? Once we move in two weeks across town it will be about two blocks from my house (too convenient to say I can’t go). Plus, the gym’s website was super sweet (go check it out here). So today, I showed up and, after a brief tour, started out changing in the locker room. I hopped on the treadmill afterward for a brief 3-miler and then headed home.

Here are my thoughts so far:

The pros -

  • lots of machines
  • no problem getting machines – then again, I was there at non-rush hour on the snowiest day of the year
  • convenient location, right on Walnut Street

The cons -

  • the locker room… (it was pretty gross)
  • cost – super expensive (almost twice as much) compared to other local gyms
  • not that many great classes, plus they said they fill up quickly

[Sources: Sweat Fitness]

The consensus? Undecided. I will say this though – their gym? Looked nothing like the pictures. Ahhh, isn’t that always the way? I didn’t take any pictures because I didn’t want them to know think I was a super freak. I usually like to take my time with letting that cat out of the bag. Though they might have gotten an inkling when I waltzed outside post-workout in my running shorts and snow boots. I was completely aware that I looked ridiculous, but I wasn’t risking the disease infestation of that bathroom again to change back into my pants. Plus, I was hot. Who wants to put back on pants after a run? Anyway, imagine this combination (you know you like it):

[Sources: shorts, boots]

And yes, apparently I own the same snow boots Kristen Stewart wears in New Moon. I’m obsessed, but not that obsessed to have known that… until now. Suddenly I feel infinitely cooler.

Anyway, enough about my weird dress choices and obsessions with teeny-bopper flicks. So, I suspect after the next six days are up I’ll be headed to the other local gym to see if I can’t get a trial there as well. Or, at the very least, buy a week pass there so I can give it a fair shot.

What about you? Have you ever had to run a gym comparison or was there an obvious choice? Were you giving it as much pain-staking thought as I seem to be?

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