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Sneaking in Strength Training

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Yesterday I was having a tough time finding time to get a workout in. Housework, appointments, and taking care of the kiddos was dominating my time and it just seemed like I wasn't going to be able to exercise.

The summer is winding down, and my little guy will be back in school on Monday. The kids were stir crazy so I took them to the park, and I decided if nothing else I was going to "sneak" some strength training in!

I started by doing walking lunges all the way around the perimeter of the swings. When I finished that, I gave my kids another push on the swings and managed to sneak some squats in! I used the playground equipment for some step ups, and eventually did some standing leg abductions and adductions.

More pushes on the swings for the kids (and chasing them too!) and then I repeated the entire circuit! I couldn't believe how much of a sweat I worked up. I think Spark should add "underdogs" as cardio emoticon.

The park is a mile round trip, so I got some walking time in too.

The moral of the story--it might not be the workout that you've planned, but it truly is possible to sneak in fitness!

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NUOVAELLE 8/18/2012 12:17PM

    That's the definition of "finding the hidden healthy choices" and actually choose them, of course!
Great job! And a fun way to exercise, too!

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KJDOESLIFE 8/15/2012 1:59PM

    Great idea! Good job!!

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JMEPAYNE 8/15/2012 10:52AM

    woohoo! i sneak in squats and lunges and pushups (oh my!) when cleaning. even through some punches and do some kicks... it's like circuit cleaning!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/15/2012 8:43AM

    ha! fabulous job. this is what it means to have fitness as a "lifestyle". never has to be same-old same-old. I play on the park, as well and always have fun. keep it up:)

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    Good job!! I try to do the same.

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FITFOODIE806 8/15/2012 8:13AM

    Love it! I do this too. Tricep dips from park benches are a favorite. And the monkey bars! And now I don't even care if the other parents think I'm weird.
Hope the transition back to school goes well for your family! Always a crazy time of year here.

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MARATHON_MOM 8/15/2012 8:07AM

    So true!! We can sneak it in pretty much anywhere! I sometimes do squats or abductions/adductions when I'm in the kitchen cooking dinenr.

Great job! Way to go fitting it in!!

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Zombies, RUN! App

Friday, August 10, 2012

Since I've started running, and especially since I've tackled longer distances, I've had people both online and in real life ask me how on Earth I can run for hours at a time and not get bored. For a long time I just switched up my play lists often, and used my long runs as opportunities to sort out any issues I was encountering. About 5 months ago when I started my marathon training, a friend recommended the App "Zombies, RUN!". I was skeptical, but I do love the show "The Walking Dead". I headed to iTunes to check it out and once I got over the sticker shock (it's a $7.99 app) I decided to give it a try.

Zombies, RUN! is an interactive game. It delivers the story through walkie-talkie transmissions between songs on your running play list. I found myself wishing for the songs to hurry up and get over with so I could find out what was going to happen next.

In the game, you are "Runner 5" and you have missions to complete to keep the group of survivors alive. As you run, you pick up supplies and important information. My favorite feature though, is the speed work you can sneak in by turning on the "zombie chases" mode. In that mode, over the top of your music you'll hear a sonar beep and a voice telling you that zombies have been detected. You then have to increase your speed to out run the zombies, and you can hear them in your headphones as they get closer and closer. The app uses GPS to track your runs and speed and it definitely spices up speed work! You can choose either or 30 or 60 minute missions. In a 60 minute mission you get chased by zombies about 3-4 times.

I loved that there were 30+ "missions" and it made me WANT to do my next training run to hear what happens next. At the conclusion of your run, you distribute your supplies at base camp, "Abel Township".

I can hardly wait for the next season of missions to come out because I've completed the entire game. Just this week I decided to start the game over again and see what pieces I might have missed the first time around.

This app is well worth the money I spent--it got me out there running!

Check it out, you won't be disappointed!

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ASWENTZ 8/28/2012 11:17AM

    I, too, had to get over the shock of the pricetag, but this is the first app that I ever paid for! My husband says I really look like I'm being chase as I run screaming down the road. LOL I've been doing a lot of trail running by myself lately so I haven't been using it because I'm the biggest chicken and I'm afraid it will scare me. emoticon And I LOVE The Walking Dead, too!

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LIFE-FAITH 8/15/2012 9:24AM

    Thank you for the info, while I cannot run - this sounds like it is very much FUN - makes me wish I could run! jean emoticon

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LEEAAA 8/12/2012 7:28PM

    I sooo love running with (or rather away from) the zombies! Since ive started running with this app (not my first running app) i need to run every single day.
thank you for sharing your experiences!

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CATHRINE2010 8/10/2012 9:12AM

    My son would love this! Thanks for sharing the info. Great Christmas present! emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 8/10/2012 8:26AM

    Thanks for sharing. DH wanted it but held backbecauseof price. Now I'm telling him he HAS to. This is so up his alley.

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    It sounds really fun! I have heard of actual races named this so this must have been the inspiration.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/10/2012 8:01AM

    ha-never even knew this existed. whatever motivates, right? have fun repeating it:)

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CMKARLS 8/10/2012 7:47AM

  thanks for sharing

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The Twin Cities Color Run!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sometimes after you've been running awhile, it can become easy to get caught up in only improving your time. That's where I've been finding myself lately. It was time for me to run simply because I enjoy it.

Enter the Twin Cities Color Run.

I can honestly say I've never done anything like it.

The Color Run is a unique experience; it was truly about enjoying the experience with my friends and family of all different running skill levels, and not at all about TIME.

The only requirement of the Color Run is a white shirt at the starting line. Every kilometer of this 5K race, you're doused in a color--so you have a tie dyed effect by the end.

Another reason I loved this race is because it benefited a charity. In this case, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless. Nearly 20,000 runners took part on Sunday morning. $32,000 was raised for this worthy cause.

We had such a blast!

Here we are all clean at the start:

And the finish (I'm on the left in the tutu and sunglasses):

The best part though, was the color toss at the end of each wave of runners:

What a blast! I highly recommend it!

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CBEVNOW 7/19/2012 4:04AM

    This is a awesome idea, and sounds like such fun. And a great cause. Keep on keeping on. And have fun. Thank you and yours for doing this.
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    Totally loved this and the pictures! You were the foxiest person there!! LOL.

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HLTHYRNRMOM 7/18/2012 2:38PM

    Looks fun!! I plan to do it in Houston and Dallas! Super cute socks too!

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DEE797 7/18/2012 2:16PM

    Looks like you all had a great time. Love the rainbow socks.

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MISSCOFFEY 7/18/2012 12:50PM

    This one does look like fun!!

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NUOVAELLE 7/18/2012 12:36PM

    What a great experience! And for such a wonderful cause!
Congratulations on another great run!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/18/2012 11:59AM

    I have my eye on this in Austin next year! Gotta do it. Thanks for sharing.

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CSA Love

Thursday, June 28, 2012

On my journey to become healthier and lose weight, I've become more and more interested in CSAs. At first I thought there was no way that something like this would exist in rural Minnesota. I'm glad that I was wrong! Just 10 miles from our home an organic farm exists. Each week I get a box full of fresh organic veggies. This is what I picked up this morning:

Chinese Pac Choi Cabbage
2 varieties of Kale
Turnips with edible greens
Onions with edible greens

I could hardly wait to make a huge salad for lunch! YUM!

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MPLSKEN 6/29/2012 12:17AM

I was contemplating joining a CSA back in the wintertime, when it seems like most CSAs want you to sign up. Now everyone is getting their weekly goods and I'm so jealous! I think most of the good ones are all filled up here in the city.

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CBEVNOW 6/28/2012 8:32PM

    I love CSA there are so many here in Tn. and in the area i live. I have done organic for years. The eggs, meat, cheese, milk, every thing is awesome. Having CKD the food is so much better for your kidneys. I am glad you found one. My things are delivered to a host home which is 5 minutes from me. so its awesome. And several farmers markets are around.
Enjoy C

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SUGIRL06 6/28/2012 7:17PM

    Nice!!! There is an Organic CSA on the corner of my street! Ha! But its a little pricey for me right now. Maybe next year...

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/28/2012 6:57PM

    Sounds great! What is a CSA? I've never heard of that.

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KJDOESLIFE 6/28/2012 4:48PM

    That's great! Have fun eating your veggies!

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    It looks delicious!!

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I'm a Marathoner.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It still hasn't completely sunk in for me--I ran a marathon.

Holy Cow. Just two years ago I ran my first 5K and my only goal at that time was to run the whole thing. What a journey.

Saturday morning the sun was shining and it was warmer than I had anticipated. Humidity hung in the air, but I was EXCITED. Before I knew it, the Star Spangled Banner was being sung and just as the last line came across the speakers, 2 F-16s did a fly-over. I had instant goosebumps. Fittingly, the DJ decided to play the Top Gun Theme song. It was hard not to be pumped!

And we were OFF! I couldn't believe how quickly the miles started to tick off...7, 8, 9 miles were gone before I knew it! My pacing was going well, but at this point I knew that the heat was taking more out of me than I anticipated. I got caught up in the excitement of the race and started too fast.

I got choked up more than once on the course thinking about that heavy girl I used to be that could barely run a block; It took a bit to reign it back in. I was okay emotionally until I hit mile 17. I started to bawl. I started to think that I couldn't do this. I started to panic because the time on my watch was not the time I had envisioned while I trained. And that's when my mantra came in to play. It became about finishing the race and not worrying about the time. In my head any time I started to feel like I wanted to quit, I chanted, "You've done harder things than this...you've done harder things than this..."

About this time I saw a couple of my favorite signs on the course--I was needing some comic relief! The first said "It's okay...Humpty Dumpty had WALL issues too!" That made me literally laugh out loud! My favorite though, was a sign of a shirtless Ryan Gosling with the caption, "Hey Girl...can I help you with that Body Glide?" Again, some much needed comic relief!

As we made our way into Duluth I chatted with another 1st time marathoner about how funny it is that running turns all of us into mathematicians--I could tell you EXACTLY how far I had yet to go!

At Mile 21 I must have looked really desperate as I hit the water stop...a runner I didn't even know gave me the pep talk I needed to hear.

He said to me, "You know this is REALLY hard, right? That's why most of the people out here are standing on the sidewalk watching instead of running like us. THIS IS HARD. The only way out of it, is to finish it. The finish line is not coming to you so you need to dig deep, and find a way to get through these last 5 miles, okay?"

*Cue Rocky music in my head* emoticon

At that point my determination kicked into high gear.

"You've done harder things than this...you've done harder things than this..."

It became about getting to the next water stop. You can do anything for 10 minutes, and that's what I was shooting for from water stop to water stop.

"You've done harder things than this...you've done harder things than this..."

At 25.5 miles I saw my dad and step-mom. The tears started again, but I knew I had this!

"You've done harder things than this...you've done harder things than this..."

As I came around the corner and saw the finish line, I'm pretty sure they could have seen my smile all the way back at the start of the race.

5:10:33 was my chip time.


And now, I can say I'm a marathoner.

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SUGIRL06 6/27/2012 6:44PM

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Sorry for reading this so late but wanted to say congrats!!!

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KJDOESLIFE 6/21/2012 8:20AM

    Congrats!! Marathons are HARD. Also, I think I'm going to borrow that mantra. That is a very good one for running distances. :) Think you'll do another one?

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 6/21/2012 8:10AM

    So fantastic. What you accomplished in 2 years is honorable. Love it and am so happy for you! I started with a 5k last year and am now training for my 1st half this summer.Gonna run another?
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MARATHON_MOM 6/21/2012 7:20AM

    What an awesome experience!! Congratulations!!

I will never forget my first marathon. It's something you will take with you for the rest of your life.

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TYKXBOY 6/21/2012 12:29AM

    That is SO awesome! You did it! Way to go!

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RJSAMS 6/20/2012 10:48PM

    that is so awesome! i am so proud of you and your accomplishment. I had a lot of friends at Grandma's and it was a very tough day. way to go, you should be so chuffed!

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THECRAZYMANGO 6/20/2012 10:14PM

    Gotta love the guy with the pep talk! Awesome work!!!

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RUNTRILAUGH 6/20/2012 4:29PM

    isn't it great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats something they can NEVER take away from you!


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    Congratulations!! You are amazing and you looked great!!!! emoticon

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AEROBISAURUS 6/20/2012 3:44PM

    Wow! That's awesome! Now you are one of the elites. :) I'm joining the club in November. Just signed up and going to start training soon. Your blog is an inspiration to me that I can do this too! emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 6/20/2012 2:11AM

    You did it again! Another one of your race blogs that made me cry!
I'm so proud of you, Jess! You did it! You ran the full thing! 26.2 miles! I really wish you keep on inspiring people the way you have inspired me.
But how couldn't you? You're a marathoner now!
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FITFOODIE806 6/19/2012 9:30PM

    Totally made me cry! It still is unbelievable to me that I did it. I imagine you feel the same. but we did! And we will remember that forever.
I want to hug that guy. The right people step in at the right moments. And you looked cuter than cute! What a great top.
But way more important, that mantra is incredible. And it worked. Look how strong you are!!!! 26.2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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GOODGETNBETR 6/19/2012 7:02PM

    emoticon blog. emoticon on doing one of the toughest things a person can do. Yours is the 2nd I've read where crying happens and even though I'm a dude if I ever do run a marathon I'm thinking of bringing along some kleenex ;) But seriously emoticon emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 6/19/2012 7:00PM

    emoticon blog. emoticon on doing one of the toughest things a person can do. Yours is the 2nd I've read where crying happens and even though I'm a dude if I ever do run a marathon I'm thinking of bringing along some kleenex ;) But seriously emoticon emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 6/19/2012 4:24PM

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AMAZING! Congratulations!

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GODIVADSG 6/19/2012 3:19PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You did amazing! What a special person to motivate you when you were smack up against the wall.... You did an amazing job! Way to push, way to work, way to run a freakin marathon!!!!!!!!!!! You are a MARATHON runner!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/19/2012 3:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYou did it! That's a great time!!! You are awesome! I did my first marathon this year and I felt emotional a few times. Mile 17 was when I was thinking of giving up and then I saw my husband and my daughter there to cheer me on. It does make a difference. I love your comic relief--so funny and that is great that it helped motivate you! And how cool that someone gave you a pep talk just when you needeed it! emoticon emoticon

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FITBY40-2015 6/19/2012 3:00PM

    thats fantastic!!!!!! what a feeling thta must of been and God the the person who was there to help pick you up with that little chat emoticon emoticon

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