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?

Friday fun including Usain and an 8 year old personal trainer.

Hello from the lovely Englewood, Florida.


Just having some morning coffee with Snoopy and the sunrise.

Did you see the 8 year old kid on Ellen? The kid who is a personal trainer from Jamaica?  He challenged Usain Bolt to a race and I mentioned he’s 8 right? And a personal trainer of sorts.  Well the race is obviously a bit staged but oh my God is this kid the cutest thing. You have to watch it.  (At around the 4:48 mark there is a hilarious moment, it cracked me up.)

No Weakness!  We know muscle!   I am going to put that on my iPod.  That kid is so motivating.

Today is a rest day for me and MacGyver and I are just taking care of some things down here in Englewood. I have 19 miles in for the week so far so after my long run and easy run this weekend I should be where I need to be. I’m increasing my mileage slowly each week and then I’ll start working on speed again.

I’ve gotten a little slower this year and I was concerned about it so I did a little research as I normally do on ways to increase speed as you get older and I found this next article pretty interesting.

getting older and slowerYou can read the full article here.

I’ve obviously got to get to work on my strength training and weight workouts!

Do you feel like you’re getting faster or slower as you get older?
Did the 8 year old personal trainer motivate you too?

What are your weekend plans?

We’ve just got some snow birds and training updates.

Good Morning…or at least I hope it is because I had a pretty rough night last night. I had one of those episodes where I throw up all night for no apparent reason, so yeah, let’s hope the morning and even the day is much better.

throwing up
I’m sure it goes without saying but I won’t be running today, that’s for sure! No, I’m just going to plow into some work and take a rest day. I could use it anyway because this past weekend was full of activities and adventures.

As you may know we were down in Venice over the weekend hanging out with MacGyver’s parents. I ran a lot on the Legacy Trail and I enjoyed every single minute of it! We also did a little dining, a little shopping, and a little house buying! Yep, the parents are going to be snow birds now and we’re pretty excited about it.

Englewood, Florida

Not a terribly bad view, right? LOL

In fact, I might have gotten a little too excited because I took my Mother-in-law to some garage and estate sales and we bought some pretty large furniture that we have no place to store until the closing, oops. I can’t help myself. I look forward to start decorating and setting up the new digs so much because, well if you know me, you know that’s my jam. I already created this basket based on some really cute designs we saw at a vendor’s booth in the local flea market.

Nautical Basket

What do you think?

If you have any ideas on some cute nautical décor, please send them to me because I love this stuff and I can never get enough!

Now moving on, since this is technically somewhat of a running blog let’s talk about my training last week, shall we? For the most part it went really well. I ran a total of 42 miles and I got in 4 really good strength training sessions including yet another one that kicked my butt!

Here’s how the week’s training went down:
Ran 8 easy miles on the legacy trail
Fitness Blenders 100 squat challenge
Cross Training – One hour bike ride
Ran 400 repeats with a max pace of 6:40! 3 miles total.
Blender Tank top arm workout
Ran 6.2 VERY easy miles at a 10:30 ish pace.
Blender’s most effective 100 squat challenge #2
No Running
Blogilates 1,000 squat challenge (This is crazy hard!)
Ran 8 miles at a 10 minute per mile easy pace.
Long run 14 miles easy pace at around 10:45.
3 Easy miles on the legacy trail at a 9:25ish pace.

In summary, I had a good amount of mileage for the week. I also included an arm workout but in the future, I’d like to include at least one more arm work out a week. I also want to do more cross training. I had planned on riding the bike again over the weekend but rain put a damper on those plans…damper, hehe…see what I did there!

So, that’s it in a nutshell. Hopefully I’ll be back to 100% by tomorrow and I’ll be able to get back out there. Wish me luck!

What did you do this weekend?
Did you work out?
Do you work out the day after having tummy issues or do you wait a while?