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Thursday, March 28, 2013



Okay well I work FT and I go to school FT and I attempt, rather haphazardly (just ask my boyfriend) to have a social life and make time for play and working out.

I have been searching for a strength training video workout that would:

a) not involve a lot of jumping around

(since I live in a 150 + year old victorian house in a 2nd floor apartment with a neighbor above and one below. My neighbor upstairs is just a few ounces short of a full pepsi so I don't really want to ruffle her feathers, and the older gentleman downstairs probably doesn't want to hear my honkytonk badadonk sounding like its going to fall through the floor and land in his living room either I'm sure)

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b) be fun, but intense

Well, I ordered Atletica, powerstrike and tried it today. Holy Hannah. It was butt kicking and fun. The drums in the background didn't bother me, I actually enjoyed the music and it went well with the Rolling Stones I was playing along with it.

I got a nice workout, broke a serious sweat, might've called the instructor, Illaria, a few less than delicate names since she made it look easy as pie. I then went to class and felt like my arse was going to fall off going up the stairs and across campus.

Well played Illaria, well played :)

Can't wait to do that again, unfortunately no more play tonight. Tonight I am working an overnight shift on the ambulance and have parent's anniversary tomorrow.

Always on the go :) Hope everyone has a great evening.

website for Powerstrike/atletica
http://www.powerstrike.com/programs/atle
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AHSOKA70 3/29/2013 9:33PM

    Sounds like a great workout - great in the sense that it worked you hard and you made it through! emoticon

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SMERTZ 3/28/2013 6:12PM

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Cabin Fever and Bare foot running

Wednesday, March 27, 2013



It is a gorgeous day out! I have been suffering from serious cabin fever. I also get tired of going to the gym and running on a treadmill like a gerbil. The music only gets me so far, I remember I am running and getting no where and it kinda drives me bat feces crazy. So today with the NY weather being a kind wench, I wandered to the park in Schoharie county. and decided to jog/walk around, over hill and dale. (what exactly is a dale... Slight delay in finishing post, had to look up Dale, apparently it means a broad valley, go figure, ADHD kicking in)

Anyways, I have been using the treadmill because my knees apparently have a pms moment when they rendevous with pavement. Last attempt invovled lots of ice and ibuprofen, along with my mother shaking her head at me during my visit when I was limping like a lame poodle.

I figured trail running might be more friendly for my knees, and have better scenery. I didn't even bring music with me. I also tried to focus hard on running form. I am by no means petite, less mustang or gazelle and more clyesdale, but I just read a book called Born to Run about the Tarahumara and human evolution and how we are made for running and how the big shoe companies are causing injuries trying to perfect the wheel. I have been doing some googling and reading up, and saw a video from pilatesrunning about running form after visiting a natural runner website.

So with the park to myself, since it was still a little cold, and flurrying teeny tiny white stuff, I shucked my shoes and tried out the level grass area, testing my stride. I learned two things -- one the mud squishing between your toes makes you feel like a kid and 2 -- my form is horrible.

I made a few adjustments to try not landing on my heel, not leaning forward and moving my arms while maintaining good posture. It felt good. Not only did my knees not hurt, but I felt like a kid again. I fought the urge to jump in puddles. I jogged around the park in grassy areas in nike socks, then came back, threw on my trail runners and hit some trails. I finished with a nice muddy squishy jaunt weaving in and out of trees to cool down. And when the park lady came through to say the park was closing at 4pm, she just laughed at me and smiled. Barefoot running? She asked, I nodded. Turned a shade of red normally only saved for my 24 hour shifts working on the ambulance with mouthy men (in their defense I grew up around the fire boys I could make a sailor blush) and wandered back to my car.

Now its back to adult stuff, child psychology paper. Making tilapia for dinner. But if you get the chance today head outside, provided you live in an area where spring has finally arrived.

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AHSOKA70 3/28/2013 8:02AM

    Sounds like a super fun way to enjoy a spring-like day! Good for you!!

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LOVINGAFRICA 3/28/2013 7:15AM

    I loved your blog!
Don't resist the urge to jump those puddles!
Enjoy the running! (My friend has funny running socks with individual toes and almost no soles, perhaps try them? But you have to get used to them gradually)
Good for you!


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ZENGODDSS7 3/27/2013 7:31PM

    It was a blast :) I researched it like crazy before I tried it, I'm kind of a bionerd, so I looked into the science behind it. A lot of the running injury rates have increased as shoes have become more high tech, going old school may actually be better. I opted for soft terrain to start out. That book born to run was awesome read too, I would highly recommend it :)

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UMBILICAL 3/27/2013 5:38PM

  Haven't done barefoot since childhood

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Motivationally speaking

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I like accessories.

Yep, I enjoy buying all the things getting ready for activities.

However, when you spend money on a heart rate monitor, new shoes, and books about running you need to start putting your money where your mouth is. Or something where your money used to be since you just spent it on stuff you should be using.

At 31, I realize that the metabolism crawl (not nearly as fun as the watermelon crawl) of 40 is approaching.

At 30 I returned to school, wanting to retired from my current field, but yet remain taking care of patients and doing something medical. I dumped the jerk off I was with, leaving most of my stuff behind, moved to new town, signed up for classes, worked fulltime and then some, worked on getting a kick ass GPA and now I am looking at transferring to a medical university and go into community health.

Kinda lofty goals at times. Kind of overwhelming. My own health, in the mean time, has been put on the back burner. I take care of patients every work day with various medical conditions exacerbated by their level of fitness.

I don't want to let that happen. So I signed up for a 5k, and have spent the last 3 weeks running. Ok its more waddling as John the Penguin would put it. BUT I am there 3-4 mornings a week on a treadmill, than a bike, followed by a shower (am I the only germaphobe that wears shoes when using the locker room showers????) and than go to classes, eat my protein bar, drink my decaf coffee (uggh sacrilege, but with tmj disorder caffeine makes it worse), water and then I go home or to work, squeezing in tying myself into knots learning yoga 2 days a week.

I had heard of sparkpeople and decided to give it a try, for the days when motivation is lagging.

SCHEDULE FOR REST OF WEEK:

THURSDAY -- TREADMILL 7 AM AT GYM, 1/2 HOUR
BIKE 1/2 HOUR AFTER
(THEN CLASSES OF COURSE)
FRIDAY -- TREADMILL 7 AM AT GYM, 1/2 HOUR
BIKE 1/2 HOUR AFTER
(GO VISIT WITH COUSIN IN FROM CALIFORNIA)
CANDLELIGHT YOGA
SATURDAY -- WORK A 24 HR SHIFT
SUNDAY -- GET OFF WORK, IF BUSY SHIFT SLEEP
IF NOT, ATLETICA WT LIFTING VIDEO
GO BACK TO WORK FOR OVERNIGHT SHIFT AT 7P

(Seeing it in print will hopefully encourage me to follow through :P )

Hope everyone enjoys the day :)
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SMERTZ 3/28/2013 6:10PM

    You will find that SP is great for both when you are motivated and lacking in motivation. The more you put into it the more you get out of it. Glad you found it. You have a hefty schedule but you will find it is nice to go a Spark just for a break.

24 hour shifts...wow. how do you do that?

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