Monday, October 31, 2011


I did another session of Jillian Michaels' Ripped in 30. This time I tried week 3 of 4. I've come to the conclusion that while I may be in great cardiovascular shape, my strength training has definitely been lacking. It was hard! I'm thinking that maybe next time I'll just start at week one and see how that is.

Monday Running 1 hour (4 miles while pushing the jogging stroller)

Later I will be walking to a Halloween parade in E-ville with the kids, and then standing for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, and then walking back to our car.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday Barefoot Running 25 minutes (with one BIG hill)

I ran 1 3/4 miles, so I'm still really slow with the barefoot running shoes. I will have to try to speed things up soon.

ETA- also did Week 5 Day 3 of the hundred push ups challenge.

Finally Posting

I've been feeling like I need a more rounded type of workout. All this running and biking is good, but I need some muscle confusion in there. Also last weekend was a marathon weekend for my running group. I hate those weeks. The week before, no one runs much because they are on their tapper week, and the week after no one runs much either. I haven't felt like even bothering to show up at the running group. So I haven't run much lately.

Here are my last two weeks:

Saturday two weeks ago: This was the last time I ran with the group. I did about 10 or 11 miles running.

Tuesday: I ran the stairs for 40 minutes. I haven't run stairs in a LONG time. I was really sore for the rest of the week.

Friday: I biked on the trainer for 40 minutes, then I ran about 2 miles later in the day with the kids.

Yeah, that week sucked. I was lazy.

This week:

Tuesday: I tried running with Clayton in the stroller. The bad thing was that it was REALLY windy. I usually run around my block 7 or 8 times when I run with the stroller. But it was in the 70s that day (which is hot for me) and pushing that huge stroller directly into the wind, up even that small hill coming into my neighborhood was tough! I only made it around 5 times, and I did not run the entire time, even by a long stretch. That makes about 3.75 miles. Pathetic.

Thursday: I braved the stairs again. And to my surprise after the week of being sore, I really wasn't sore much at all this time.

Friday: I decided to give those video workouts a go, just for something different to do. So after looking for two hours trying to find my weights (so annoying). I gave Jillian Michaels' Ripped in 30 Days a try. (I had checked it out from the library.) It's a four week program, and since I figured that I'm in pretty good shape, I skipped to the last "mother of all workouts" and decided to start there. Well, I am humbled. She kicked my booty. It's a completely different type of workout than I am used to. I think I will try to incorporate more of these type of things into my weekly schedule. Goodness knows I need some weight training going on. Maybe this is the motivation I need to actually do it. And maybe this is what I need to lose that extra 10 that always wants to creep back on me. Now all I need to do is to find my other 5 lb weight and keep my kids from losing them for me.

Saturday: I am meeting my FIL for a try at trail running. This is a totally new thing for me. Terry promises that it will be tough. I'm looking forward to it. Now I need to go and change. I have to leave in 15 minutes to have my booty kicked.

Update: I did a 6 mile trail run with Terry. Good stuff! I will definitely have to do more of that.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Exercise Bike 30 minutes

With three 2 minute "swatting flies" session and one 2 minute sprint.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thursday Yoga 1 hour

Plus, the hundred push ups challenge Week 5 Day 2 (took about 20 minutes).

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday Exercise Bike + Abs 45 minutes

Exercise bike - 30 minutes
Abs- 15 minutes

I've been neglecting my abs because of the 100 push ups challenge. I need to add them back into my routine.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday Running 1 hour (4 miles with jogging stroller)

I ran on the lock and dam bike trail and the last 2 miles were horribly windy! I was exhausted by the time I got done. I thought I was going to collapse.

Also- did Week 5 Day 1 of the hundred push ups challenge. It took about 15 minutes.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Swimming 1 hour

10 minutes breast stroke
10 minutes freestyle
10 minutes back stroke
5 minutes freestyle
10 minutes back stroke
5 minutes freestyle
10 minutes kick board

Plus, 30 minutes light gardening and 30 minutes de-cluttering housework.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Saturday Running 4 miles (45 minutes)

Ha ha! I am much faster without the jogging stroller now! Weirdly, I think pushing the jogging stroller is making me faster.

Also- watching all three kids while my husband is out of town. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thursday Barefoot running 25 minutes (2 miles) while pushing the jogging stroller

Why was I so much faster running with the jogging stroller today while wearing my vibrams (barefoot running shoes)? I have no idea. I was trying harder to make smaller, faster running steps.

I also walked home for 1 mile after I picked the kids up from school.

I also walked around the Goodwill for an hour with all three kids.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday Exercise Bike 30 minutes

I did three 2 minute "swatting flies" chest exercises in there. I also added two 2 minute bike sprints. Those are hard!

I did an exhaustion test for the hundred push ups challenge and got 40 push ups, so I get to repeat week 5. But, I can do 40 push ups now! Woohoo! When I started, I could only do 5 ;)

Plus, more organizing, more laundry, and going up and down the basement stairs 5 times while carrying a baby trying to figure out an electrical issue (I love old houses!).

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday Running 1 hour (4 miles while pushing the jogging stroller)

I did not realize I was quiet that slow in the jogging stroller until today.

Plus, some laundry and organizing house stuff.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Swimming 1 hour

10 minutes breast stroke
10 minutes freestyle
10 minutes back stroke
5 minutes freestyle
10 minutes back stroke
5 minutes freestyle
10 minutes kick board

Plus, Week 5 Day 3 of the hundred push ups challenge (took 20 minutes this time).

Saturday, October 15, 2011


I forgot to log in yesterday. I did 19 minutes of alternating bike and elliptical. I won't have time for anything today, but I'll get back on it on Monday!
The Almighty Liz

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Exercise Bike 30 minutes

Plus, taking the kids swimming for 1 1/2 hours. That was much more tiring than the exercise bike!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thursday Barefoot Running 25 minutes

Just bare feet, for now. I will go back to the Vibram's barefoot running shoes after it gets cold again.

I also did Week 5 Day 2 of the hundred push ups challenge.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Yesterday and Today

I did basically the same workout today and yesterday. I did 12 minutes of cycling and elliptical yesterday, and 15 minutes today. Three days, three workouts. Go me!
The Almighty Liz

Wednesday Running 1 Hour (while pushing the jogging stroller)

I was running down the bike trail by the lock and dam again.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday Swimming 45 minutes

Plus, Week 5 Day 1 of the hundred push ups challenge.

I still have this stupid cold so it totally messed with my lung capacity while swimming and made me poop out early.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday Running 1 hour (watershed nature trail while pushing the jogging stroller)

Plus, 2 hours of grocery shopping and 30 minutes of gardening.

Saturday and Today

Okay, so the past couple of weeks have been bad weeks for Liz. Still trying to get the right medications and stuff. But, on Saturday, I went for an hour long bike ride with John, and today we went for a walk with the kids for family night. Hopefully this is a foreshadowing for the rest of the week. :D
The Almighty Liz

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Thursday & Saturday More Push Ups

I also did days 2 & 3 of the hundred push ups challenge on Thursday and Saturday (also days I did not work out otherwise). I also did another exhaustion test on Saturday and got a 32. Yay! I get to move on to Week 5!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Running 40 minutes (3 1/2 miles)

That might be a new personal record for time/distance ;)

Plus, yard saleing all morning with the kids.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday Running 50 minutes (about 4 miles with baby in the jogging stroller)

I made it almost to the Clark Bridge from the Lock and Dam. In my car, it said it was about 2 miles (highway goes alongside the bike trail). I might do the 100 push ups challenge later. I will update this post if I do.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday Exercise Bike + Abs (45 minutes)

30 minutes exercise bike
15 minutes abs (standing abs and floor with 100 crunches)


I ran 7 miles today. I'm trying to decide if I want to ride with the Zillas this evening. Sounds like fun, but....??? We'll see.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday Running 50 minutes (4 miles with one BIG hill and pushing the jogging stroller)

Plus, walking home with the kids (another mile).

Also- did Week 4 Day 1of the hundred push ups challenge.
I started Week 4 over after not getting enough on the exhaustion test at the end of the week (missed it by 1!), and then taking a week off for the heavy duty garden work I did last week.

So, So Kind of Week

I ran Tuesday and Thursday with the group. I did a race on Saturday, and did okay. It was a small, short biathlon 5k run and a 15 mile bike, but it was hilly and windy. Out of only 16 women in the whole race, I placed 3rd overall. I won my age group, but there were only 3 of us, so whoop-dee-doo! Out of a total of 43 men and women, I placed 15th. I wish there were more biathlons. Those are my favorite kind of race!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Saturday Abs, Buns, & Thighs 30 minutes

This was supposed to be a "zumba" workout of some kind, but it was just a basic strength workout for abs, buns, and thighs. I was disappointed since I wanted to try Zumba. Oh well, I have another Zumba workout ordered from the library. Hopefully the next one will actually include some real dancing!

ETA- My tulips finally came! 2 hours of preparing the new bed with a big shovel and planting 100 tulip bulbs with a little shovel. Now, I just have to wait 5 months to see how beautiful they will turn out ;)