Category Archives: Workout Wednesday

Finding Time for Fitness

I had about ten different titles for this post and finally settled on this one since the title itself is where I want to focus. It is not actually about finding the time but MAKING the time.

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For the last 7 years fitness and working out has been a priority of mine. I treat it like my job, it is not a “if I have time” to-do on my daily list, it is a scheduled (just like my paid job) activity. This does a few things for me:

1 -Keeps me accountable. If it is written down there is a 98% chance I will do it. If not, there is probably only a 30% chance I will do it.

2 – No guessing. Like meal planning, I do not have to think for more than a few seconds on what work out I will be doing because it is planned at least a week out.

3 – Balance. I can balance my workouts, from running, to strength, spin, yoga and rest days I am able to balance them out in a weekly schedule.

I will be the first the admit that working out 5-6 days a week was much easier before having kids but it is by no means impossible, and if it is a priority and non-negotiable on your daily “to-do” list you do find the time. My number one tip when it comes to working out as a Mom:

Work out first thing in the morning

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This could be 5am or 10am but do it the first chance you get in the morning. Then it is done and out of the way for your busy day. But Lindsey you say – my kids are busy/do not nap, I work full-time etc… Probably less than 10% of my workouts are done without kids (or when they are asleep). When I was working I was up at 5am to get in my workouts so that I did not comprise evening time with Avery since I know how precious (and hectic!) that time is.

Here is how to get in workouts WITH your kids:

1- Keep them short. Beachbody is awesome for this, they have workouts for only 22 minutes a day! Set up you kid(s) close by with toys, a TV show or books. I keep them both within my vision so I can tend to them if needed. Though 80% of the time they are fine for 30 minutes or so – and they should be!

2 – Take them with you! I run twice a week with both girls, and they love it. Both are so used to it they do awesome for long runs too. I always ask Avery to bring a toy or book with her, and try to go out when Chloe might have a nap.

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3- Find options with child care. I cannot speak to this too much,since I’ve never done it. But many places offer child care now from what I have seen.

My biggest point here is that is if it important to you, you will make the time and have your fitness as a non-negotiable on a daily basis.  I know for me working out does so much more for my well-being than passing up a daily workout for “x” reason(s). And that saying “you will never regret a workout” – 100% true!

Lindsey

Half Marathon Training

I cannot believe that in September I am running my 10th half marathon! I have been running for 6.5 years but like to keep races spread out to prevent burnt out and injury – and well there was two pregnancies and c-sections in there! But I am so ready to run another half and feel great about my running in the past month.

I have made myself a 8 week training plan since I wanted to finish Hard Corps before starting this training plan. This plan is only three days a week of running which for me is my magic number, any more and it has had a negative effect. I have incorporated strength days which will consist of Beachbody programs (Les Mill Pump, 21 Day Fix, Hard Corps) or yoga/other fitness classes as well as core workouts since maintaining a strong core is really important when it comes to running.

My long runs are done slow – these are strictly runs for distance not time, my easy runs are at a talkable pace so will vary as my training goes on but typically for me this 5:30-5:45mins/km. Speed runs are my fast runs and my favourite! For these it will vary between 5:00-5:15mins/km pace. Most of my routes have hills so I have not put a ton of hills into my training plan as of now.

My 8 week plan:

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The nice things about this plan is that it is doable with the girls! I can do easy runs with them in the stroller, long runs we will do as a family until the longer distances then I will go out solo after our family run, strength days are done at home and I plan to sneak away after they are in bed for speed runs and hopefully also avoid the summer heat that way.

Now my next decision is to train for a half marathon PR (1:45) OR train for another full marathon for Phoenix in February!

Lindsey

2016 Mud Hero Ambassador & A Giveaway

Hey Everyone! I have some fun news to share with you all today – AND there is even something in it for one lucky reader!

Every since the Mud Hero race came to Red Deer I have ran it with Chad and friends, and every year it is a blast. And I promise even you non-muddy types you will have fun too!

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The race is 5-6km, so a good distance and the obstacles break up the running for non-runners, but I hear this year they have also added a 10km distance too! There is usually about 16 obstacles in total.

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The obstacles range from easy to hard in my opinion, but you always have the option to skip ones you are not comfortable with – after all the race is about having fun!

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Last year the above obstacle probably tested me the most, I hate heights and water!

With your race registration you get a Mud Hero t-shirt, free event photos (like mine above), a finishers medal, a free beverage after the race and there is always a ton fo free sample booths at the event as well.

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The Red Deer, Alberta race always seems to be VERY popular and is already 80% sold out!And now for the other fun part, as part of my role as an Ambassador I am giving away a FREE entry into a Mud Hero race of your choice. All you have to do is tell me what Mud Hero race you would run if you won in the comments below. Contest will close at 6pm MST Sunday, April 17th and winner will be announced on Monday morning.

And now for the other fun part, as part of my role as an Ambassador I am giving away a FREE entry into a Mud Hero race of your choice. All you have to do is tell me what Mud Hero race you would run if you won in the comments below. Contest will close at 6pm MST Sunday, April 17th and winner will be announced on Monday morning.

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Lindsey

Disclaimer: I was given a free race entry as a Mud Hero Ambassador but since I was already registered I am passing it along to one lucky reader!

 

2016 Race Calendar

How is it already time to talk about spring and summer races?! I love every race season and typically my goal is one race a month. This is for a few reasons, training time, money – races are $$$, and scheduling – I like my weekends free in the warm months!

I will talk more about training in April since I do need to make a few training plans but for now I am sharing what I am currently registered to run.

May 2016 – Only Women’s Fitness Fun Run – 5km 

Not really a run since I will not even be cleared TO run but it is the thirds year my Mom and I have done this run. It will be Avery’s second year doing her 100m diaper dash.

Avery and I at last year’s race:

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June 2016 – Troubled Monk Run – 10km

This is about one month after I am cleared to run so 10km might be ambitious but it is going to be a fun run so I am not worried about it. Chad, a bunch of friends, co-workers are running it too and it includes beer after!

July 2016 – Lacombe Half Marathon – 10km

Registration has not opened up yet but I am going to sign up for this race and attempt a 10km PR 🙂

Avery and I before last year’s race, I finished in 50:43.

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August 2016 –Mud Hero

This is always a fun race, I run it with friends (Chad is too fast for me at this one!) and have a great time. Spoiler alert – I am also an Ambassador for it this year!

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September 2016 – Canmore Half Marathon – Half Marathon

My first half of 2016!! And probably my only! I wanted to run a half but also did not want to be too consumed with it after having baby so the timing for a fall half seemed perfect. It will be a little get away for our family as well.

Lindsey

 

Races – Bucket List

As I sit here 34 weeks pregnant all I can think of is running. I mean, I am “running” these days but as you can all imagine it is not a true run. To say I am ready to be running again is an understatement, but sadly that is about 2.5 months away due to my c-section recovery time. But in the mean time I can still talk and dream about running and races 🙂

In no specific order here is my race bucket list:

1 – Disneyland Half Marathon AGAIN. We ran this race in 2011 and hands down it was the best experience ever, worth every penny. I had planned to run it this year but with the dollar not being great I cannot justify the exchange. But we both have agreed we will be back to run it again.

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2 – Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon. I have heard only great things about this race and course. I was SO close to registering for it a couple years ago but other plans got in the way. We love Victoria, and being that it is in Canada I am hoping I can get to this race within the next two years.

3 – Phoenix Marathon. For years we made an annual trip to Arizona since my in-laws are snow-birds but the last two years life has got in the way so we have not made it south. We love going down there and have a ton of family so it is only fitting I make this race happen. Our plan is to go next year and this race is at the end of February when we usually travel there so maybe this will be my 2017 race!

Last Phoenix trip, Avery was only 3,5 months old!

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4 – TCS New York City Marathon. Probably the longest shot of them all, between the distance to NYC, the cost and ability to get a spot in this race but it is a still on my list. I think the experience alone would make it amazing and NYC is pretty awesome too 😉

5- Rock n Roll Marathon Series. No specific location but these races look like a blast! I am all about the experience when travelling for a race and keeping it fun. I think I could even convince Chad to do one of these with me!

Lindsey

What is on your race bucket list?