Holiday Challenge, 2015 Race and IT Band Issues

Monday motivation

Happy Monday! It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here! Today is the first day of the Holiday Sweat Challenge and it feels so good!  I started my morning off with a full body HIIT session at my favorite boot camp – Synergy! I’m so excited to have a little extra motivation to eat healthy, drink plenty of water and exercise during the holiday season.  So far, the Facebook group is amazing, supportive and motivating! If you missed my post about the Holiday Sweat Challenge, check out my post HERE.

Holiday Sweat Challenge count down

Day one done! #holidaysweat

The sweat part of the challenge is the easiest part for me.  My workouts have been consistent – last week I made it to boot camp 5 days and then took the dog out for a nice long walk Sunday morning. I worked every part of my body and really feel that I’m getting stronger. I wanted to have an active rest day Sunday and the walk was just what I needed.  I miss the quiet of early running and walking – it’s just nice to un-plug and enjoy the season!  Our neighborhood was filled with people outside starting to decorate for Christmas and many out just exercising. It was a fabulous way to start my Sunday!

My IT Band has been flaring up the past week or so which is no bueno. I have been foam rolling the crap out of my leg and it hurts so good, but it’s just not 100%.  I’m planning on running in the Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving, so let’s all send good vibes that my knee cooperates.

IT Band

 

The ironic thing is that my IT Band hardly ever acted up when I WAS RUNNING! Now that I’m just squatting and doing plyometrics, it’s so tight! Like every muscle ache- rest is the best and stretching after every work out!  I just hope the tightness doesn’t linger…

So, I have my first race of 2015 on the schedule!!  The Engineer and I decided to sign up for the San Francisco half marathon in July 2015!  He ran this last year and I was more than happy to spectate, but it did seem like a really fun race and who doesn’t love SF?! We are going to run the second part of the full, The Engineer ran the first half of the full course last year and so he gets some special medal this year for running the second half.  Very cool.

I’m still looking for one triathlon to add to the calendar in 2015.  My only requirements –

1. must be in California and

2. preferably in the Summer or early Fall.

I haven’t decided on distance yet, but I know I could do the Olympic training no problem.  The 70.3 distance training schedule is just so much more time consuming and with the kids being busier, I’m not sure if it’s the right fit this year!

Talk soon,

Blake

 

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Holiday Sweat Challenge

Holiday Sweat challenge

 

The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s so EASY for me to put on a few pounds unless I really watch what I eat and make sure to stay active!  This year, I’m vowing to stay ahead of the game by joining a 6 week health and fitness challenge and I think you should too!  I want to get a jump start on 2015 and stay on track with my eating and fitness goals; not have another resolution about losing weight or getting lean!

This challenge is a friendly competition where you earn points by exercise, eating healthy and even doing a little soul work. For the cost of one Bar Method class, you get the following:

  • 3 emails a week: Clean eating tips/recipes/guides + Motivation + Workouts
  • Content created JUST for you from registered dieticians, world class running coaches, personal trainers and physical therapists {nothing repeated from previous years}
  • Facebook support group – This group is like no other! Everyone checks in daily and provides a true support system
  • Over $3,000 in prizes {Lorna Jane, Vega, Milestone Jewelry and more to be announced}

When: Nov 24 – Jan 5
Cost: $16

Check out registration HERE and let them know I sent you!

I’d love to have some friends join me and get through the holidays together! 2015 is the year to shine and get as fit as we can!

Let’s do this!