5 mins after finishing and a post race self snap from yesterday :) Not a real progress pic because I’m super bloated from a combination of carboloading starring 2 rounds of ice cream, plenty of pasta, and 3 bananas in less than 24 hours as well in possession of that dreaded post-long-run belly, but my arm has the itsiest bitsiest amount of definition so I’ll take it :)
**that Livestrong-like bracelet is the coolest thing EVER. the race charity promotes skin cancer awareness and they gave out bracelets that change from clear to bright purple depending on intensity of UV exposure!
Today: 75 mins heated power vinyasa yoga, 4 miles recovery run @ 8:00, 10 min ab workout app, lots of time spent icing my knee. Tonight: 50 pushups, stretch
literally the onlyyy thing making me freak out less today is that my abs are feeling very playful and wanted to reveal themselves :) you can see the lines a lot more in real life than you can in the picture buy yay :) my legs are also getting some nice curved definition on the inner thighs (yepp i’m talking on the phone in the legs pic hehe <3) anyway hopefully my foot feels better tomorrow so it doesn’t all go to waste :( also yes i wear spandex and sports bras basically all the time, often multiple different combinations a day as you can see from the pics :)
I RAN IN A SPORTS BRA FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY!! Started by doing a modification of the speed workout I posted earlier. I did it on my street, so I was basically doing intervals on rolling pavement which as you can imagine SUCKED. This was also my first time doing 100m or 50m sprint repeats so yay :) Anddd because I was just measuring distance by mailboxes I actually ended up doing 114m and 64m repeats instead of 100m and 50m. I did 10x114m, with 10 seconds of rest in between each repeat. Rested 3 minutes then did 10x64m, jogging back to start between each repeat. So a total of 10x114m sprints, 10x64m sprints, and 10x64m jog :) Anyway the whole time I was doing these I was debating taking my shirt off because it was sooo hot and just idk it’s been a goal for a while to run in just a sports bra, so when I finally finished I was just like okay time to make this happen! So I ran a cool down 2.1 miles with 2 significant hills half nekkkkeeed :) And I did spend a lot of time looking down and worrying when people passed me if I was “jiggling” or bloated or “not fit-looking enough” to run in just a sports bra, but I kept going and killed the last quarter mile and greatly enjoyed looking down and seeing my ab muscles really engaged and in motion and just…visible :) So overall an awesome run yayayay :) Eating a frozen vanilla Chobani right now which sadly isn’t as yummy as I hoped it would be and then gonna do abs until I die.
Today’s total mileage: about 3.6 miles
**those shorts were my highschool xc uniform. we returned the singlets at the end of the season but kept the shorts. so awkward looking but a reminder of how far i’ve come :)
Semi-progress pic, minus the awkward hand gestures and bloated belly from the 115g+ of smoothie carbs I’d just ingested ;) I stayed up way too late last night but it’s okay because I created and then beautifully colored an ambitious, awesome training plan for the next 4 weeks. I’ll try to scan it and upload it later. I also made a list of just things to do today, and checked them off as I did them. Doing this was super helpful and I would highly recommend it :)
1 2 3 4 5 (each number represents about 16 oz of water) Rise & Shine ( 20 walking lunges, 20 squats, 1 min plank, 1 min side planks, 2 min wall sit) Abs ( Pilates On Demand workout video, Tone It Up! Itty Bitty Bikini) Long run (YES!!!!!!!!!! 10 miles on the treadmill [so glad I didn’t attempt outside because 1st 5 would have been murderously humid and 2nd 5 would have been racing home in the thunder and lightening] and I pusheddd itttt! First 3 miles at 9:05, last mile down to 6:40, overall time 83:31 for 10 miles so overall pace 8:21 <3 ) Cool down (walked for 10 minutes (.5m) @ 12% incline making today’s distance total 10.5m)
I put rewards in my training plan, and
long run = froyo. Have to replenish those glycogen stores somehow… Anyway I actually combined the froyo idea with lunch and got a Pro Arobek Smoothie, 24oz, from Robeks with an extra soy protein boost. (Somewhere between 550-600 calories and lots of simple carbs and 30g protein. Unfortunately I’m not used to all the sugar and it kind of made me sick. Oh well.)
Still to do: register for 7.5 mile hill race from hell on Sunday,
Ethiopian food nutrition info for dinner tonight, make a shopping list of things I’ll want to have in my dorm fridge next year, schedule a haircut and maybe eyebrow wax for tomorrow, write out strength routine for training plan, paint nails, find 3 people to go to baseball game with tomorrow night :)
another progress pic taken at the river :)
Today: New treadmill PR! :) 5k in 21:04. Followed by an arm workout and this POP Pilates Flat Abs Pilates Workout Challenge. Spent the rest of the afternoon at a park with my sisters. Lots of hiking, swimming, and jumping off of waterfalls <3
Progress pic after my ten mile run this morning :) When you’re too tired, too stressed, too beaten down, in too much pain to remember why you’re running—for your health, for your happiness—remember that running is a gift. Be grateful you have the option to run, for whatever reason, and just keep running!
Your body can change a lot even within a single day! These pictures were all taken on the same day, but at different times and with different lighting. Don’t be discouraged if you feel like you’re getting stronger & sexier but it isn’t showing in a progress pic—pictures aren’t always good proof!
Me & my sister in the wave pool :) Same bikini as yesterday, bad, I know. I’m obsessed!
Tuesday my baby sister and I went to the waterpark! I’m freaking out a little because I skipped the 4 minute workout and (most importantly) ran out of time to run, but I did levels 1 & 2 of 8 Minute Abs before bed at least. Luckily it’s kinddddd of okay, because I made the waterpark into a serious workout! First off, I treaded water the entire time I was in the wave pool (approx 15 minutes). My sister and I did every tube slide and body slide available, and I alternated between powering up the stairs and taking them two at a time, for a total of 9 intense stair climbs (waterslides require LOTS of stairs!). Then we did two laps of the lazy river, which…okay, wasn’t a workout at all, but at least I got a little tan! The most exciting part though was going down the waterslides and for the first time not spending the entire time thinking “I WILL be the person that dies on this ride.” Maybe it’s endorphins I’ve gained or just the power of positive thinking, but I’ve truly learned to think positively and it totally helps! I sounded like a freak I’m sure because the whole time down the slides instead of screaming I’d just go, softly, “weeee, weee” and then on a big drop “wuuueeeeeeeeee!!” but focusing on breathing & enjoying every moment helped and let me have so much more fun :) Meow meow!
Laying out in my new bikini after doing 8 Minute Abs & Level 3 of the 30 Day Shred :)
Sorry for the really poor quality, but here’s a progress pic and today’s grocery list!