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The Chest Update

flu Good morning tweep! Peeps! Friends!

So, it feels like forever since I’ve blogged – maybe even the longest I’ve gone since August? At any rate, today I’m anticipating my first day back at training. I’ve been battling quite the chest cold for the past five days so I’ve literally listened to the experts and done nothing. Absolutely nothing. Can you say BORED?! I’m up-to-date on the following shows: (1) Coronation Street (I cheat and watch on YouTube); (2) Grey’s, (3) ALL Housewives franchises, (4) Keeping Up Appearances and (5) tried to watch Emmerdale but I find it boring.

And with that, I feel completely shack-wacky and ready to get the heck out of here. And as much as I want to get out and run in this snowy weather (and believe me, I do) I will spare my lungs the hardship and go to the gym instead. So, sadly this means I’ve lost a week of training but on the upside, it’s not the end of the world. 🙂

Off to the Trico Centre I go!

 

Work your core muscles, stomach & back with plank: knee to elbow

You may have noticed that in my September 3 workout I didn’t include this gem (I forgot) but I generally do this every work out now and sometimes randomly through the day to wake myself up. Now, bare with me because I used Photobooth and iTunes to get this smashing home vid made (stop laughing). I know, I know the thermal glow is a bit much, but I like it! And realistically, the only explanations I could find were on Mens Health (literally a description, no pictures) and some skinny chick (like, please.) I wanted to show you that ANYONE can do this. And what is more fun than seeing it with a thermal glow? You must know by now that I like to do things differently?

So essentially, you go through your regular stretching; you can jump or step back onto the mat, get into plank position and go! The point is to keep your core straight with as minimal shifting as possible (with the exception of your knee to your elbow, duh). And that’s really it. Knee to elbow. Knee to elbow. Knee to elbow. I try to do it for 1 min straight, but I figured that after about 30 + seconds you get the point.

Warning: there is a ton of awesomeness in this exercise. You may sweat, but you’ll feel great.

Thanks for checking it out! And if you have any feedback, I’d love to hear it!

View of Glenmore reservoir from recumbent trike ride – amazing.

Okay – saw this video while googling the reservoir. Looks like fun. Do you think the dog is having a good time or wants to jump? I now want one of these trike things… F & I could get up to a lot of shenanigans!

Day 5: Rest Day from half-marathon training

Today is my glorious rest day – YAHOO! Actually, I’m feeling great and if I wasn’t following a training schedule I probably would’ve fit in a run today. However, in listening to my body I’ll instead get my yoga on this evening.

Since I’m single-parenting this weekend, I won’t be able to make it to the Trico Centre for yoga class. But thanks to brains of Leonard Kleinrock (internet) + three amigos from PayPal (YouTube), I can get my workout in at home. Now, you all know that I have a severe allegiance to Bryan Jones and his great videos on YouTube, but upon further research I found a video by Mark Gonzales, which you can find here. I have a few reservations about the 75 minute video based on the comments (tough; people are sore etc.) but there are others who claim it’s the best workout they’ve ever had so I’m excited to give it a try. I’ll report back and let you know what’s what and if it’s a good one or not.

Not much more to report right now. It’s a grey, rainy day here in Calgary – hope it’s nicer tomorrow for our 3 mile run through Glenmore Reservoir!

Happy Trails!!