Strength training like a ballerina, you know cause I’m so graceful

As a runner it is so important to keep your hips as strong as possible.  I have a hard time remembering that because let’s face, I just love to run and that’s pretty much it.  If I had my choice that’s really all I would do.  Unfortunately, you can’t run all the time.  You need balance and you need strength.

Recently I found a total body strength workout that I really like because I really feel like it’s working.  And also because it makes me feel graceful, which let’s face it, I’m absolutely not.

It’s the routine that the professional ballerinas from the American Ballet Theatre do to strengthen and tone their bodies every day.

Keep in mind, this video gives you a brief intro of each exercise so it’s not the full workout, but try it out and let me know what you think.  Do the full workout and report back to me.  It’s your homework!

What’s your favorite strength workout?

The lab test

Over the weekend MacGyver and I decided to go out to our cabin in the remote location of Holopaw.  Suburban Estates to be exact.  The original ‘If you believe that I’ve got some swamp land in Florida property’.  Make sure you click on that link after you read this post and read all about how Suburban Estates came to be, it’s quite interesting.

So we loaded the pups in the truck and we headed out.

impatient hank

Anyhow, before I was so rudely interrupted, when you don’t visit your remote cabin for 8 months guess what happens?  Go on, guess.  I’ll tell you what happens.  Grass happens.  And lots of it.  It looks like this.

the cabin.... i think

Somebody has some grass to mow, oh shit!

Somewhere in all that grass there is a cabin.

Oh yes, I believe you can actually see it now.

And then you get closer and you can actually really see it.

tall grass

The closer we got the more depressed I got. Look how tall the grass is!

Now imagine how I felt when MacGyver told me the lawn tractor was broken.

mowing grass

Can you imagine mowing all of this with a push mower?

I mowed about a half acre with a push mower before MacGyver got the lawn tractor fixed and by that time I decided I was going inside and I took a very long break.

Once inside we actually have all the comforts of home.  I have a full kitchen area complete with a microwave a toaster a mini fridge a sink and a little area to wash dishes.

camp kitchen

And in case you’re wondering, the sink actually has running water due to the water tower located outside behind the cabin.

water

SEE!

And we have an inside bathroom too because I refuse to try to find a spot outside.  Do you know how difficult it is to try to find a bathroom while carrying around a rifle and buckshot?  Yeah, it’s not a pleasurable experience trust me.

the john

We also have a wine selection on hand.  You never know when one of the neighboring camps is going to drop by and you should always have some libations on hand.

wine rack intact.

The walls may not be finished but we got libations.

We also have television for those guest who don’t partake in outdoorsy activities.  It’s a little janky since MacGyver got a little hyped up on 7 and 7 and knocked it off the table but if you squint your left eye a little you’ll never notice.

jacked up tv

See, we have all of the comforts of home.  And it’s completely sanitary.  Everything in our cabin has been completely and thoroughly tested by the lab.

labrador boomer

Lab tested, lab approved!

And he approves of it all.

Since this was our first trip of what MacGyver and I call our ‘camp season’ we spent the first day and a half mowing around 3 acres of grass, and not much of anything else.

We did have a few moments of bon fire time at my insistence of course.  hehe

bon fire

And a little bit of mud time

mud

But they’ll be plenty of weekends on the horizon for lots more fun.  We’re back at home now and unfortunately I ended up with a massive migraine last night so I’m recuperating this morning.  Hope this isn’t a prediction as to how my week is going to be…

What did you do this weekend?  Tell me all about it!

Slippo the Hippo

I have literally been working my ass off, as if that were even remotely possible, and it’s not.  Trust me, it isn’t.  I’ve been blessed in that way.

big big booty

I get it from my mama

But seriously y’all I’m so tired and I needed a break and so did MacGyver and even though we did go to our house in Nokomis last weekend it wasn’t exactly the break we were looking for since we had to deal with the whole ‘a friggin tree fell in our backyard and left debris all over the god damn place’.  See that was NOT exactly a break.

And then, I had a slip.  A nip hip slip!

oh the pain

Actually, what had happened wuz….

I was walking the dogs yesterday after my run, and of course the bastards decided to chase a cat, but they had different ideas of how to catch it.  Boomer went left while Hank went forward and I landed on my left butt cheek.  Hard.

So, all day yesterday my left hip which had been a little tweaky now feels like someone is stabbing me every time I sit down which means my piriformis is screaming at me.  And guess how we get that better.  Go ahead, guess!

We Rest!

i need self help

Does anyone know where I can pick up a self help book?

Fortunately, MacGyver and I are headed to our little cabin.  Unfortunately, there’s no electricity, or running water, or cable TV.  I do have a sweet ass personal running trail that was specifically built for me so that I’d have something to do while we’re out there……………

Kill me now.

What are you’re weekend plans?  (I’m going to steal wifi and blog from the cabin, stay tuned.)