19 days away!

The City of Oaks Marathon is fast approaching.  Only 19 more days.  I can’t believe it!  I’ve really enjoyed training this go around but after this is all over, I’m switching gears.

I’m going to focus on speed instead of distance.

My good friend, Lisa, has got me started on an awesome Cross Fit cross training plan.  I start off with pull-ups which I’m doing a modified version of on Ron’s Total Gym.

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This week I’m up to 15.  Next I do push-ups and I’m still doing them on my knees.  This week is 18 and they are by far the hardest thing I’m doing.  Then come the crunches, 45 and then I end with air squats, 30.  I do all of this and then rest for 2 minutes.  Then repeat 4 more times.  Tally all that up and you get a whopping 75 pull-ups, 90 push-ups, 225 crunches, and 150 air squats.  Three weeks ago when I started this I could barely walk after the first workout.  I was using muscles that had never seen the light of day before.  It got better and now I don’t get too sore anymore.  However, in that 5th set, I really start to shake.  Lisa swears by this and has seen an awesome speed improvement.

After the City of Oaks, I’m going to give up…dare I say it….INTERVALS.  They have been a lot of fun and I do swear by them to stay injury free.  However, for they next few months to a half year, I want to give just straight running another try.  Oh, I’ll still throw in a few walking breaks here and there, I’m just not going to do any set intervals.

This cart horse is dreaming of being a Thoroughbred!

You know…”In my dreams, I am a Kenyan.”   🙂

Night all!

The Total Life

My husband Ron has had The Total Gym for a very long time.  I think it might be going on 20 years now.  He uses it all the time.  It’s not the classic piece of home gym equipment that ended up being a place to hang clothes.  Ron’s Total Gym is very well worn.  It even has duck tape in places.

You can catch Ron watching the Total Gym infomercial just about every weekend.  (At times, I think he believes he’s Chuck Norris himself.)  Over the years, the TG has kept Ron very strong!  He swears by it and can move from exerice to exercise on that machine with the ease and gracefulness of a dancer.

Tonight, for some unknown reason, I decided to give it a try.  I’ve been trying to get back in shape and all sorts of ailments have been attacking me.  Foot pain, Shin splints, you name it.  It seems like I’ve been hit with it.

So…the TG and I set out for an adventure.

Ron helped me by showing me all the safety features and led me through what he called a Beginner’s Workout.  On my first exercise, he told me to do a set of 25.  “3 sets,” I asked?  He just smiled and said to do just one for now.  The first 10 or so were so easy I just knew I could have done so many more.  Then it hit me.  It got hard.  Real hard.

He took me through many different exercises and sometimes just told me to do as many reps as I could until failure.  He put the bar on one of the lowest settings.  I know I am so going to feel this in the morning!

It is my hope to continue on with the TG at least every other day.  The workout is only about 30 minutes and I bet it will help me get over some of these injuries.

On the menu tonight was my famous TVP chili and cornbread.

I was a little heavy handed on the cayanne pepper but that was just fine with Ron and me.

Here’s hoping tomorrow will be glorious!

After church, Lydia and I are going shopping and them I’m heading out for a run.

Goodnight Friends!