Sprint to the Finish

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Common Core

The Holiday Hustle.  

Here’s how it works.  

  •  Subscribe to the blog to get the workouts daily.
  • If you need structure, print out the 25 day calendar and check off the days as you go along.

 Click here for a copy of the full 25 day challenge.  

  • Always warm up prior to beginning.
  • Check with a doctor if this is your first time at the rodeo.
  • Miss a day?  No big whoop, just double up on another day.
  • At the end of the 25 days it’s Christmas.  You did it.  Congrats.  No prizes, just bragging rights.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

PS – Happy Holidays!

Sunday Funday

The Holiday Hustle.  

Here’s how it works.  

  •  Subscribe to the blog to get the workouts daily.
  • If you need structure, print out the 25 day calendar and check off the days as you go along.

 Click here for a copy of the full 25 day challenge.  

  • Always warm up prior to beginning.
  • Check with a doctor if this is your first time at the rodeo.
  • Miss a day?  No big whoop, just double up on another day.
  • At the end of the 25 days it’s Christmas.  You did it.  Congrats.  No prizes, just bragging rights.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

PS – Happy Holidays!

 

To see how to do today’s workouts, check out the info here:  https://marinbreakfastklub.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/total-body-blast/

Total Body Blast

The Holiday Hustle.  

Here’s how it works.  

  •  Subscribe to the blog to get the workouts daily.
  • If you need structure, print out the 25 day calendar and check off the days as you go along.

 Click here for a copy of the full 25 day challenge.  

  • Always warm up prior to beginning.
  • Check with a doctor if this is your first time at the rodeo.
  • Miss a day?  No big whoop, just double up on another day.
  • At the end of the 25 days it’s Christmas.  You did it.  Congrats.  No prizes, just bragging rights.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

PS – Happy Holidays!

 

This Little Piggy…

In September I decided to get back to the mat for yoga.  My practices had gotten fewer and farther between and I missed Yoga with Adriene (www.http://yogawithadriene.com/) and her dog Benji.  I also really missed the practice of yoga itself.

And because I’m weird I can’t do anything just to do it, I need to have a goal.  So I decided to do yoga as often as I could and also decided that I’d work on my Crow pose every day.  Just to see if I could finally get my crow to fly. Ha ha, yoga humor.

Crow is an arm balancing pose.  And it is,  in my humble and non-yogi opinion, hard as hell.  At first you think it’s all about arm strength.  And it is.  But it’s not.  It’s core strength, balancing and upper body strength.  Also, it’s supposed to look really graceful.

This is what it looks like, according to Google images. 

 

And this is what it looks like in my living room last week.  With my Yoga Cat, Cody.

I worked at this every day for almost a month and I got up.  Not very high, but  I mean  those toes are a good, what 4 inches off the ground.  Nice!  Sure, there are problems with the posture and I’m wearing yoga pants.  (Ok, laugh for a second then let’s get on with it.)  But I am damned proud of this.

Do you want to know the hardest thing about this pose?  It’s not crouching down into a froggy position and doing a toe balance.  It’s not even holding myself up on my hands and preventing my face from smashing into the mat.  Or on the cat.  It’s not even the fact that I’m taking a photo wearing yoga pants.

It was lifting the final toe off the ground.  I would get the left foot up, then I’d be on the big toe of the right foot, just kind of hovering there, willing myself to lift that toe off the mat.

I mean you think sure, just lift the stupid toe, Keli.  What’s the problem?  What’s so hard about that?

But wait, let’s “drill down” a bit and think about it.  That stupid little toe can actually be the difference between staying where you are and moving forward.

We sometimes get *this* close to doing something…then we retreat.  We may do something else.  We may do nothing at all.  We may decide it’s too hard.  Or too complicated.  Too challenging. We’re not that smart.  Not that talented.   The list can go on and on.

So next time,  just lift the stupid toe and let your crow fly.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

How I Stay Focused

Like you, I cycle through phases where it’s harder to stay on track and motivated.  Giving up isn’t an option so I’ve developed some tried and true strategies that help me reach my goals.

Prioritize

You cannot expect to reach your goals if the steps to reaching them gets scrapped because something comes up.  In my world that means I make a conscious decision to get up at 4:00am so I can get my training done before I have to be a Mom or an employee.  It’s not always easy, I won’t lie.  But I can count on one hand how many times I regretted the workout when I was done.  And I’ve been doing this since my son was 2 1/2 (he’s almost 12).

The only actual workouts I can ever remember truly regretting were the two Bikram Yoga classes I took.  Hot yoga and me are not friends.  However, I digress.

Schedule

I am a huge fan of having a schedule.  It’s what gets me through any training plan, cycle or training season.  Right now I am following a training schedule for the Ragnar race in November.  I put together a training plan, printed it out and it’s currently to the right of my computer monitor.

As you can see, it’s a working document; miles added, subtracted and plotted out.  This mess keeps me on track and focused on my next workout.

I also transfer the miles , my boot-camp class schedule onto my weekly calendar so it is right there with my son’s soccer practices, dentist appointments, work schedule, meetings, etc.

It may seem like overkill or duplication but I consider my training and workouts to be as important as other meetings so it has to go with the other responsibilities I have.

Find “Yes” People

I try and surround myself with people who are supportive of what I do.   You need this.  If you are trying to eat better, starting to run or cutting out unhealthy behaviors you want people that are going to say “Hey, you’ve got this”.

This doesn’t mean you need them to jump on your wagon.  But if you have someone telling you “running will ruin your knees”, or “aren’t you worried about getting too muscular” or if your spouse is cranky about the time you’re taking away to go on a run or take a class, it makes it harder to take the steps to reach your goal.  Find your “yes” people.

Push Through

I rarely skip a scheduled workout. Sure there are days that  I’m tired, cranky, annoyed, or just not ‘feeling’ it.  But unless I’m sick I just power through.  Why?  Because if I skip today then it’s easier to skip tomorrow and the next day.  Once you drop the excuses and get up and go you’ll be very happy you did.  (see Schedule above).

Challenges

When I really need to amp it up or pull myself out a lull I do a 30 day challenge.  Currently I’m 14 days into a Burpee Challenge; doing 10 burpees a day for a month.  I’m also working on the Crow pose in yoga. Every day I hop onto the mat and practice.  Listed out on paper it looks like a lot.  But I look at things as time commitments so the burpees takes me less than a minute and the yoga and Crow is maybe 10 minutes.  It’s just the extra push I need right now.

These strategies work for me and I hope you can find one or two that will help you stay motivated and on point with your training. Let me know!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

 

All You Need for the Challenge

The challenge workouts are up.  The challenge calendar is available.  There’s even a workout tracker so you can stay on plan.

Click here to visit the Challenge page and get started!

Missed a few days over the holiday?  No problem. Start now and swap out a few of the rest days with the missed workouts.  Easy peasy!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂