Walking with ankle weights for a good leg workout.

Last Thursday I ran 5.3 miles and on Friday I ran 2. Saturday I ran 11 miles and today I ran 3 and walked 2.

I’ve been mixing in some other types of exercise since my half marathon running is on hold until August. (Not because I’m injured or anything but because its crazy hot already here is sunny, Florida). Which is why I am always wearing my Nathan Hydration Belt.

proper hydration when running

Seriously, I take this bad boy everywhere, 4 mile runs, 14 mile runs, the 200 foot walk to the garage, everywhere! Love this belt!

But getting back to the subject, I’ve been mixing up my workouts a bit. You may have noticed some recent posts about bike riding but I’ve also incorporated some weight training. Sure, I’ll be adding in some typical weight routines. We have a pretty decent home gym and MacGyver knows a lot about lifting and he helps me, and it’s fun to work out with a partner. But I also have a secret way to get in a good weight workout for my legs without having to go to the gym….

ANKLE WEIGHTS!

ankle weights

In truth, I’ve been using ankle weights when I walk for years but some people may not be aware of the benefits. One way to get results while spending less time on your workout is to add on weight. Not only will you burn a few more calories but you’ll also get some additional benefits in the form of strength training and depending on the amount of weight you use, you may notice your legs becoming toned a bit faster!

Of course, you need to be safe about any new routine, and anyone with existing joint issues should probably refrain from using them. If you’re unsure about using ankle weights or have never used them before, I suggest that you start out with very low weight, 1 or 2 pounds and work your way up to higher weights as you feel comfortable. I tend to use this weight routine for a few months and then I take a break for a month or two but I like to rotate it in as much as possible. You’ll need to determine what works for you but I like to walk 30-60 minutes 4 to 5 times a week. I start with 2 pound weights for the first week, then move up to 5 pound weights for the next 2 weeks. The fourth week I move up to 10 pound weights. Sometimes, I go back to 5 lbs depending on how I feel but that’s how I get a good leg workout without hitting up the gym.

What ways do you incorporate weight training into your normal routine or do you?

A Nightly Bike Ride

Tonite, I biked 10 miles down to the Safety Harbor Marina and back. I took a few pics along the way.

Ream TrailBayshore Linear GreenwayLinear GreenwaySafety Harbor MarinaMe at Safety Harbor MarinaOkay, so I didn’t take the picture above. Thank you kind stranger!

Bird in fountainI did take this picture, thanks to the kind stranger who taught me how to take a decent picture…not bad, eh?

Lastly, this is the Safety Harbor Marina Pier. Pretty Sweet, don’t you think?

Safety Harbor PierDo you work out at nite or in the morning? Do you ever work out twice in a day?

 

Workouts and the Weekend

This morning I ran 3 miles around my neighborhood and looked what I almost stepped on going out the back door.

Turtle

Yesterday morning I ran 5.7 miles on the Ream Wilson Trail. It was a nice, easy run and then yesterday evening, I rode the bike for 17.44 miles with MacGyver.

We rode all the way to the beach…good times. We hung out at Pier 60 for a little bit, which if you ask me, is starting to look a lot like Mallory Square. Even on a Monday, the pier was packed, it’s cray cray! This city has grown so much in the 20+ years I’ve lived here and for the first time last nite, MacGyver and I noticed that Clearwater is not really all that bike friendly. You would think they would have bike paths near all the main streets to the beach, but they don’t. We were a bit disappointed by this, but I digress, let me catch you up on my weekend.

MacGyver and I spent some time working on our Cabin in Holopaw. Well, mostly working, we played a little too. We took Boomer and Hank with us, the kid stayed home and probably had wild, crazy parties but we’ll never know took it easy.

The Cabin in Holopaw

We finally finished putting in all the windows and completed the doors so now we can actually lock the place up, nice! I also convinced MacGyver to build me a loft because what good is a cabin without a cool loft?

Cabin Loft

 

We also got in some target practice and I needed it because frankly, I couldn’t hit the side of a barn with anything I shot this weekend. It was horribly embarrassing. Almost as embarrassing as yelling PULL when your target shooting instead of skeet shooting…not that I did that or anything, just sayin.

Flower Shoots a 12 guage

shooting the shotgun

It totally looks like the blast of that shot in the picture but it was actually a rain drop on the camera. MacGyver took the pic and we thought it was pretty cool.

Sunday afternoon we made the 3 hour drive home back to Clearwater. Fortunately for us, Hank offered to drive!

Hank drives home

 

What did you do this weekend?