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?

Eleven miles, monkeys, meerkats, and more!

Friday came and went and the project I’ve worked so hard on remained in limbo due to the domain name transfer that is still in process.  Frustrating doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt about it but I couldn’t dwell over it.  The weekend was here.

MacGyver and I have a new obsession and we are half way through it.

The OA

So, that’s what we did on Friday night.

We decided to sleep in on Saturday because it stormed for most of the night and when we did finally get up on Saturday it was still pouring and it didn’t stop until much later in the day.  I walked a few miles on the treadmill but that was about it.  I ran a few errands later in the day and then MacGyver and I went to dinner and I did a little shopping but mostly just because I wanted to wear my duck boots, not because we needed anything.

The rain also brought with it some very cold weather and when we woke up on Sunday it was 30 degrees.  THIRTY DEGREES!   In Florida!  So I looked at MacGyver and said, ‘I’m gonna go out and get in a long run’.  And his reaction was something like this….

Have you lost your mind

I’m pretty sure we know the answer to that.  Mind or no mind I had a mission, and by around 8:15 or so I headed out the door with some hot hands in my gloves and some miles on my agenda.  The plan was to stick with my ten mile long run and if I felt good near the end to tack on an additional mile.

This is what I ended up with.

all the miles

I’d call that a pretty good day.   Right?

When I got home, I managed to wrangle MacGyver and Hank out from under the electric blanket and then Boomer and I dragged them out the door for a walk.

Have I ever showed you the smoothies that I refuel with every day after I run?

My smoothie

That’s the nectar of the God’s right there.

After walking the dogs I jumped in the shower and then I told MacGyver to get dressed and we hopped in the car and headed over to Tampa.  I forgot about a little game that’s going on here this week between Auburn and Alabama but somehow on the way to Tampa I got sandwiched between 5 of these buses.

Bama Bus

I have to say that all of the football fans MacGyver and I encountered were so sweet and so nice, it was a pleasure meeting each and every one of them.

In case you’re wondering where we were going, we went to the zoo.

zoo

I don’t want to bombard you with a gazillion photos from the trip but I do have to show you some of my favorites so here are a few.

chimp

giraffe

me at the zoo

This is the Runner species. This runner almost fell in the splash fountain while trying to pose as she was freezing!

Meerkat

Florida Panther

My spirit animal!

Rhinos

Penguins

Elephants

Eagle

Black bear

You really wanna go to the zoo right now don’t you?

All right, let’s recap, shall we?

Last week I ran 33 miles, walked 2 miles, did 2 strength workouts, 2 weight workouts, and 1 yoga workout.  Not bad.  My diet was totally on point.  All Gluten free and extremely low sugar all of which was completely natural, (mostly from fruit).

How did you do last week?  Strong areas?  Weak areas?  Anything you want to talk about?

How is your weather right now?

When is the last time you went to the zoo and what’s your most favorite animal?

Wrapping fitness around our little fingers, literally!

So y’all know that I love my fitbit.  I love my Garmin and I love my Apple watch.  I also love my Lumo run although I still haven’t fully reviewed it for you yet.  (I promise, I’m working on that.)

I just found out, there’s a new kid on the block and it’s the tiniest wearable I’ve seen so far, the absolute tiniest.  I swear.  Really!

The Motiv Ring

And if I do say so myself, it’s PRETTY! Say hello to the Motiv Ring!

 

This is the Motiv ring, available in Rose Gold or Slate Gray and made from an ultralight titanium.   You can pre-order this bad boy right now in 7 different sizes.  It’s set to ship in the spring of 2017.

Motiv ring

From the Mymotiv.com website

But, why would you want this fitness tracker when there are so many others out there?

Well for starters it’s small and it wraps right around your finger not to mention the fact that it tracks the all the pertinents and such like, your steps, calories burned, resting and active heart rates, and your sleep.

what it tracks

The Motiv Ring is also waterproof up to 5 meters!  That’s a bonus for me.  A big bonus.

The ring comes with a USB charger and a keychain charger and according to the manufacturer it can hold a charge for up to 5 days.

chargers

According to the website it takes about 90 minutes for a full charge.

The Motiv ring retails for 199.00 dollars.  I think I might have to pre-order one but I haven’t made a final decision yet.  Right now though I’m leaning toward yes because I think it might be a good fit for me.

I’m curious, what do you think about the Motiv ring.  Would you try it?