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Ok, first off I am in shock! Woke up to the biggest snowfall of the year this morning~ INSANE!

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Yesterday I had a RECENT cardio record!! I’m so proud of myself for doing it!  I have a big time “hate” for aerobic training, but all the research I’ve been doing concerning my track training has inspired me to TRY to improve my VO2 max.  Anyhow~ I got in a total of 1 hour and 18 mins of cardio (although 10mins was walking–so I’m not sure it officially counts as my hr doesn’t get elevated much from just walking??)

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Today’s workout will be CHEST, TRIS and ABS + intervals on the BIKE.

Tomorrow I’m hoping the weather may clear up and snow melt enough for us (my kids and I) to visit the track in the afternoon??  If not tomorrow we will do it on Sunday!  I need to test out my quad/hip flexor a bit.  I’ve been babying it since I strained it 2.5 weeks ago.

 

I’m off to get my bills paid and work on paperwork– it’s so much fun I save it up for months to do all in one day, LOL!! Speaking of bills~ do you know how much it costs to buy shoes for a family of 6? Including 3 girls?

Here’s mine with their new shoes (although only 1 pair worked- the other 2 will have to be exchanged)

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Cycle day 20 today~ Weight 128 woke up well this morning; not hungry but forced myself to eat 3 eggs this morning, plan to drink a pot of coffee today–it’s one of those days! ; feel up to organizing–that’s totally hormonal for me ; I do have energy even after my big workout day yesterday!!

 

Have a super FRIDAY!!

Love,

Michelle

New Month: New Shoes

April is upon us!! A new month to make a new agenda for…I have to admit March was not my best month fitness wise or goal wise.  My goal was to tackle my time management issues, however I think my time management was worse than ever in March, lol!!  The bright side of my “time management” introspection made me realize more than ever: I work best flying by the seat of my pants; Too much planning stresses me out!  I’ve also learned that LISTS vs. Schedules work best for me.  Loads of LISTS are on the horizon for me!! 

I feel like my blogs have been boring as of late- to break that cycle I plan on working off a theme for this April.  Having a theme really helps keep my mind flowing allowing my blog to be informative vs. just a journal.  I invite you to share in my theme or work off your own theme when blogging this April.   April’s theme will be “Athletic April”.  I’ll strive to give you my thoughts on all sorts of athletic topics, ideas, products, trends, personalities, etc…
College athletics, title 9, NCAA
Professional Sports
Women’s Sports
Genetics and sport
Injuries
Energy systems
Sport specific training
Athletic trends
Non-athletic athletes
Warrior mentality, competitive spirt
Teammates, Coaching, Synergy, Leadership
Physique
Personal training and Athletic careers
Athletic testing
athletic clothing, shoes, bras, equipment
athletic training, injury prevention, treatment
athletic minds, schools of thought,
Scouts
Money and Fame of Athletes

Today I want to start off by talking a bit about Athletic footwear!  I love shoes- I have many shoes of all sorts.  Athletic footwear is a love of mine- just today I bought 3 pairs of shoes from www.finishline.com   I had a rewards circle coupon to save $20 and I also save a bundle by purchasing 2 clearance pairs of shoes.  My 11 year old son wears the same size shoe as me at the moment- so I figured I could “share” his shoes just like he shares mine-  the 2 pairs I got are 1 pair of women’s R4 Nike running shoes, 1 pair of boys R4 Nike running shoes and 1 pair of boys Under Armour Basketball shoes.

Basically the first pair is the only one meant for me- the other 2 for my son.  He’s growing so fast and he’s been wanting a pair of BB shoes for some time.  I’ve been wearing R4 Nike running shoes for the past 8 years.  They are what work for me and I hope Nike keeps making them forever. The style of shoe fits my foot and provides the exact support I desire in a running shoe.  My running is not long distance- the furthest I run at any given time is 3-4 miles.  My main concern is that my shoes look good, feel supportive and allow me to run FAST!!

I just got a pair of new running shoes at Christmas, but they are already getting worn on the heel as I strike on the outer  back corner predominantly thus wearing that corner out fast leading to an unstable foot landing.  I figured I’d better get a new pair that is not worn out on the back corner since I don’t want anything to lead to me rolling my ankle again.  My running shoes typically break down after about 4-6 months of use.  During those months I use the shoes solely for running. Then after I get a new pair I’ll graduate my old pairs to casual wear and use during other fitness activities like weight training.  The way I know it’s time to retire a pair of running shoes is based upon how worn they get on the sole and how much pain I feel during my runs in my shins, knees and hips.  Once shoes are old my pain increases~ It’s then time to get a new pair. 

When it comes to the price of running shoes you really do get what you pay for.  Don’t get sucked into buying a cheap pair. The R4’s I’ve purchased today cost $129 but I’ve spent up to $179 on my running shoes in the past.  Staying healthy is worth the cost!

Let’s have an ATHLETIC April!!

Your athletic friend,

Michelle

Moving Forward with Week 5!

 

Hey All!!  Hope you are doing great…It seems like everyone if fired up for week #5!!  I know I am~ !  After this week we’ll be HALF done! Can you believe that?? My goodness time flies.  It really seems like it was just summer here and now it’s instantly fall…all the leaves are changing colors, etc… VERY PRETTY , but Chilly!

My week#5 POA:

BOOSTING (week 2 of it…I can’t wait for it to be over!! LOL!)
mini challenge~Workout with someone
personal challenge~ limit wheat…I’m finding more an more WHEAT causes me more issues than dairy even.  I will continue to monitor and limit both

M- MISH MOSH workout for upper body~ Just getting back to it…maybe a little run on tready with my new shoes!
T- Legs
W- BACK
Th- off from gym…but I am working out at home with a friend/trainer…she’s gonna help me with boxing 🙂
F- Chest
S- LEGS
Su- off

NEXT MONDAY= BUFFING!  HEY HAY HAW~ WHOOHOO!!

Late post

I was hoping to post this early this morning, but LIFE took over and now about 17 hours later, I am posting~
I found peace today having lunch with my friend Emily…she is so cool! I am happy to call her a friend.

My goal today was to get in a good workout, but guess what…it didn’t happen~ Oh well!

So here is my NEW POA for the week:

T- buffing begins…normally I’d take pics, but I’ll wait until later in the week so they can be my official Holiday Hottie starting pics!! I am so pumped for this contest- yehaw!!
workout- LEGS! at the gym
W-Run outside…some sprints smile
Th- Upper body home workout and punch BOB cardio!!
F-Legs somewhere, lol!
S- run again…I’d love to do some sprints again, but I really need new shoes~ so if they are here by then I’ll do them
Sun- off as usual–Mentally prep for Holiday Hottie contest

I am wearing my jeans today…and they are quite comfy for just post a bad girl boost, lol. But I am sure I’ve lost leg muscle AGAIN! So that’s my goal for the week to PUMP them UP again, lol!

Okie dokie~ off to buy me some new Nike R4 shox!!
Love ya,
Michelle