Hope everyone had a great weekend!! This past week was the first week that I have actually felt more like myself. I actually got some workouts in too…well, kind of. We had several school delays which forced me to miss classes that I had signed up for unfortunately. So they were not as intense as I would have liked but I got moving at home and that’s all that matters! So here is my weekly recap…the first in a LONG time it feels like! Hopefully next week I can do a marathon training update!
Monday — 2 hr delay for the kiddos so I missed my scheduled class at Orangetheory…kind of a bummer. Instead I dug my sewing machine out. It had been almost 2 years since I had used it, so it required some serious dusting off. I’ve been in the process of making one of my BRF’s a baby blanket for her new baby due at the end of the month. Here is the finished product. It’s my signature “rag” quilt that I like to make for my friends that are having babies!
Tuesday –another 2 hour delay for the kiddos. We stayed locked in the house with the frigid temps.
Wednesday–ANOTHER 2 hour delay for the kiddos. Let me tell you, Mini #2 goes to a 4 hour school so a 2 hr delay is kind of a waste if you ask me. By the time I drop him off at school, come home and have to turn around to go get him, I have about 45 min- 1 hour to myself to get errands done. Yea, no errands happened. I went and got a pedicure instead.
In the afternoon I was really wanting to do a workout but couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do until I remembered that I had an activmotion bar that I need to review. I did Piyo upper and lower body and then tried the beginner video for the activmotion bar….I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and I’m not going to go into a whole lot of detail here because I’ll be doing a full review soon, BUT….holy cow, that was a great workout. Much harder than I expected!
That evening, my hubby and I had a date night. The first in like 2 1/2 months, can you believe that? A friend of ours gave us tickets to the “Lincoln Awards” at the Kennedy Center.
“The Lincoln Awards: A concert for Veterans & the Military Family. The Lincoln Awards recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families.”
It was a really cool experience. All of the nominees were outstanding and the music and comedy were great as well! I had never been to the Kennedy Center before either, so that was really cool.
Thursday–Thursday morning I woke up exhausted. We had gotten home from the show pretty late and then we were up with Mini #2 for a few hours with a bad bloody nose. I think I maybe got a few hours of sleep. When I woke up I went into my wallet looking for something and for some reason pulled out my drivers license and realized that I had an expired drivers license (like since September expired….oops)!! So what was on the agenda? The DMV, always a fun place to go, but even more fun with a 3 year old. I thought about putting it off until next week when he was in school, but with my luck I would get pulled over and get in big trouble for driving with an expired license…so off we went….
I packed my purse with as many snacks as I could, grabbed the Ipad and to the DMV we went. Mini #2 was very upset when he realized there wasn’t Wi-Fi…seriously….the 3 year old asked for Wi-fi…..and then insisted on getting his drivers license and just HAD to have his driver’s license picture taken like mommy.
Ha, in all seriousness though, it took me 30 minutes to get in and out..I was shocked. The fastest DMV experience EVER. Mini wanted to stay and “play” longer despite no wi-fi. Apparently terrorizing all of the other miserable customers was fun.
Let me tell you about the Kinetic 3o Day Challenge. Someone in my MRTT group told me about it and it sounded right up my alley considering all of the “injuries” I’ve been dealing with in the past year.
The 30 day challenge is based on the premise that there are a number of key exercises and drills that are hugely important to runners and to help keep them injury free. So every day there is a specific 10-15 min set of targeted techniques, drills and exercises to help transform your running. It’s FREE people, so I challenge you to look it up and do it with me!! The exercises are very detailed and have videos to show you exactly what to do.
The first week focuses on basic hip mobility drills and a balance drill:
I’m really excited to keep up with this and see what kind of difference I see with my running, especially since I feel like I’m kind of starting from scratch since my time off from my illness!
Friday– Yet ANOTHER school delay, this time for cold temps. Ok people, I want to know what people in Fargo, North Dakota do for school in the winter. Do they just take the winter off?! I mean come on, school delays for cold temperatures? I know, I know, kids have to wait outside in the cold for the school bus, but does 2 hours during the polar vortex REALLY make a difference?!
Anyway, that meant I only had 1 hour to myself and I was itching for a run, so I hit the treadmill. I was able to get 5 miles in!! My body definitely felt like lead, but it felt so good to be back running. I’ve definitely got some work to do, but I’m feeling so ready now! I have a feeling though that most of my runs will be on the treadmill because of the cold temperatures. My lungs are not liking the cold (since I’ve been sick), so we’ll see what happens. The thought of a 20 mile run on a treadmill….
I also did the Kinetic Challenge Day 3. Day 3 was the same as day 1 & 2 above, but added in the Dynamic Running Man drill.
Saturday & Sunday– I finally got to attend the RRCA Coaching Certification Course!! Yahoo! I’ve been trying for over a year to get into this course. They always fill up within minutes of a date being released, so I was super excited to get into it!! There was a LOT of course information, but super informative!
I hadn’t sat in a classroom in a LONG time, so I was a bit nervous. I have a hard time sitting for long periods of time, which I’m sure is a problem for most active people. It ended up being a great course. Now I just have to take within the next 30 days and hopefully I’ll be a certified running coach soon!
I figured this class was also the perfect opportunity to try out my new Hydroflask water bottle! I mean I’ve used it at home, and it is great, but I wanted to really see if it lived up to it’s promise.
*I was provided a Hydroflask water bottle for review but please note all opinions are strictly my own and not influenced in any way.*
Hydroflask has some pretty cool technology. They claim to keep water cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours! I was a bit skeptical so decided to put it to the test. I’ll tell you what happened but first a little more about the technology…
- Vacuum insulation: meaning there is an absence of matter between the two stainless steel walls. This means that temperature from the outside has a difficult time effecting the temperature of the matter inside the bottle.
- Cold up to 24 hours, hot up to 12 hours
- made of 18/8 stainless steel, easy to clean, resistant to odor, taste and bacteria, BPA free, recyclable
- lifetime warranty
- sweat free, no condensation will form because of the vacuum insulation, and also no heat from a hot drink will transfer to the outside
Ok, so….I like ICE COLD water. I don’t like luke warm water, it’s got to be ice cold, so this is the one I really wanted to try out.
I filled the entire bottle with ice, and then filled it to the top with water. I then set it on my counter and left it.
12 hours later….I was shocked there was still ice in there!
And after 24 hours this is what I found…
I was seriously amazed! I have never seen this happen with ANY water bottle I’ve ever used. I am totally sold on this bottle. I was sent an 18 oz bottle and it was a bit small for me. They do have larger sizes, so I may buy a bigger one in the near future! And they also have different varieties as well…narrow mouth, wide mouth and many more. Definitely check these out if you get the chance!Keep your drinks ICE cold with @hydroflask and @suzy399 #stoplukewarming #freedomfromlukewarm #motherrunner… Click To Tweet
So I’m hoping for some more great workouts this week. It’s already started out on a bad foot though. Another 2 hour delay already for a “predicted” ice storm (I’m writing this on Sunday night). So we’ll see what really happens. Fingers crossed for some good workouts this week!!
Who wants to do the Kinetic 30 day challenge with me??
Anyone heard of the Activmotion bar?
What is your favorite workout to do at HOME when you are locked in with the kids? Or if you don’t have kids, when you aren’t able to get to the gym or class?