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Another Wild Workout Wednesday!

Hello once again!  I know, 2 posts in 1 days, that isn’t something that I get to do much these days.
It is Wednesday and time for a workout report.  I realized late last night that I never did made an official plan for this last week, but it ended up working out ok.
Since my hip has been giving me issues I have been trying to focus on stretching more and using my lovely foam roller.  The other night I was done and the Hubs came to see what I was doing.  The foam roller had turned into a pillow and I was just laying on the floor.  He asked me what in the world I was doing. “Oh, just foam rolling!” Ha, he knew better and encouraged me to get back at it!

Last week we lost another family member, so things got a little off track.  Add in the hurricane, a LONG dr appt and visiting a friend in the hospital, and I am glad I actually got in a few workouts!
Speaking of the dr appt, overall it was ok.  He asked a lot of questions and took a LOT of blood! So hopefully I will get some answers soon!  I am sure there are still issues with my thyroid, and not that I want there to be any other issues, but there needs to be something else going on as to why I can not lose weight!  It has become really frustrating! Who am I kidding, it has been a frustration for a LONG time.  I am proud of myself for keeping on the right path and working out and eating healthy meals.  Even years into recovery it is tempting to shut down and not eat.  But I KNOW that is not the right thing to do, nor will it do anything to change myself for the better!

What I have been up to!
Thursday- Walk & foam roll
Friday- Walk and stretches
Saturday- Body pump, walk and stretches.  And a free Shower! Haha

 

Sunday- More walk and stretches
Monday- Body pump and stretches
Tuesday- 4.5 miles on the elliptical, .5 mile walk to/from the park with the kids, an hour of zumba and some stretches.  No wonder my legs are tired and sore today!
Wednesday- Zumba tonight and 20-30 min elliptical


What I am planning for this next week!
Thursday- Try to walk/jog 3-4 miles
Friday- Piyo and 2 miles
Saturday- Body Pump or rest & LOTS of stretching and foam rolling!
Sunday- Race- was supposed to do the 10 miles, but I am sticking with the 5 for now.  If some miracle happens and I am up for it, I will do the 10. Plus LOTS of stretching and foam rolling!
Monday- Body Pump and volleyball
Tuesday- Zumba


I am joining Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness and  Nicole from Fitful Focus for Wild Workout Wednesday!

What do you do when you are sore?  Have you signed up for a longer race but then weren’t ready? What did you do?

See you again soon for another Workout Wednesday!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

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Workout Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday friends!  Sorry it has been a few days since I last posted.  Things have been a little on the nutty side.  Life throws curve balls some days, and the last few weeks it has been way more than usual for me.
It is not the end of the world, but my hip has flared up again…so there has been no running once again.  Walking and elliptical have been ok, but I have to say that I am a bit discouraged about it.  I have a dr appt in a few days and we will see what he says about it.

Even though my workouts haven’t been awesome, the weather has been gorgeous!   

So my workout plan for this past week has been a bit different than I planned.  I also spent some time with a dear friend who is here and in the hospital.  Add to all that, I have been WAY exhausted.  I know part of it is from the weekend where I was caring for 3 kiddos and they had some sleep issues going on.  Of course they wanted to share their sleeplesness with me! So party in my bed several times a night certainly did not help with my sleep.
Here was my plan from last week:
Thursday: 3-4 mile run
Friday: Rest (might switch with Thursday)
Saturday: Long walk and stretches
Sunday: 2-3 miles walk/run
Monday: Body pump & volleyball
Tuesday: 2-3 mile run & zumba
Wednesday: Body pump and 3-4 mile run

  Thursday: Walking…and some of that walking included getting very lost at the hospital looking for my friend’s room.
Friday: Walking again and stretches
Saturday: Walking all over the place! Plus carrying a baby all over the house.
Sunday: Nice long walk outside
Monday: Body pump and walking
Tuesday: Walking and some rest
Wednesday: Body pump (went hard with all the weights)

 Even did some pumpkin squats for a workout challenge I’m in!  
For the next week I am aiming to focus on stretching, foam rolling and getting my hip back in shape.  I have a 10 mile race in 11 days (I am pretty sure I will be doing the 5 mile loop instead), so I really want to at least try to run a few times before the race. I have pretty much all expectations for this race, except to finish it!

How have your workouts been lately?  Fill me in!  Training for anything?

Workout Wednesday!

For weeks…errr…months now, I have meant to have 1 day a week where I discuss my workouts and training plans.  Since December 2014 I have been recovering from a hip injury.  I toyed around with running again on and off during the spring, but each time my hip felt like it was going to fall out of the socket.  I decided to just take it easy with running and participate in other workouts that didn’t bother my hip.  That meant a lot of swimming, some weight lifting, walking, volleyball, biking and light Zumba dancing!  Plus stretching and foam rolling to keep my hip feeling ok.
A few weeks ago I decided to try to start running again and I was surprised that it felt ok!  It was SLOW, but no pain! After all my years of running (wow, just over 10 now since I decided I wanted to run vs it being forced on me), I feel like I am starting over from scratch.  And of course there is the random heel pain that I have been having that has hindered things a little bit.
Thankfully a great friend recommended me these little toe stretchers and they have been really helping tons! Just a few min a day and I have had less heel pain! Yay! (Thanks Sharon!)
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It feels good to be able to get out a few times a week, even if it just a few miles.  It has felt even better to get back out on the bike!
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Even some indoor biking has been back in the rotation.
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Lifting weights has always been a passion of mine! I have been on the weight floor on and off since I was in high school! I love doing things on my own, but once I discovered Body Pump classes, I have only lifted weights on my own a handful of times!  I mean, for me, it is great! In 60 min I can get a full body workout and I have loads of fun with my friends!  Plus it is motivating to me to show up for my classes! 🙂
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Over the summer I was only able to attend 1-2 times a week due to my schedule and the class schedules!  But now I am able to make it 3-4 times a week!  I have already seen changes in my muscles and in the amount of weight I can lift! It makes me happy to have at least one area of fitness/body changing!

And then there is the Bosu Challenge!  I have been working on getting in the daily challenges and bonuses when I can also!  Not something I normally do, so it has been kicking my booty for real!
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I have a duathlon in 11 days, so I have been trying to motivate myself to get myself out there and run/bike/run! So far it has not happened.  This weekend I am getting some aero bars for my bike (thanks to a gift cert I won from my MRTT group!!), and I know that will motivate me even more to get out there!  I was really hoping to be in better shape for this race, but alas, life has gotten in the way and thrown be for a loop a lot the last few weeks.  So my new goal is to finish and have fun 🙂

For my birthday I received an ithlete finger sensor.  It has been helping me to evaluate how my body is doing and how hard I should train each day!
Some days are better than others!  My main issue is needing more quality sleep!  So I am also working on that along with my regular training!
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Goals for the next week:
Thursday- Body Pump + 2-3 mile walk/run
Friday- Probably a run depending on how long my tire replacement goes…If not a run, then elliptical for 45-60 min.
Saturday- Practice duathlon
Sunday- Speed drills on bike and running
Monday- Body Pump & 3 miles + 90 min beach volleyball
Tuesday- 10 miles on bike & Zumba
Wednesday- Body Pump + 3 miles running
Plus the Bosu Challenge each day!

So let’s see how this goes!

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#NoExcuses

Hopefully it is not a surprise that I am a #SweatPink Ambassador!  I love the sweat pink founders and the amazing ladies I have met as being a part of this group!  One thing I really love is all the challenges they put together for us!  Not only are they fun & butt kicking, but they introduce different companies to us!  It is a win-win all around!
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The challenge for the entire year kicked off on Monday!  So far this week the mini challenges have been pretty great!
Monday, 1/12: 30 sec. planks (any variation)
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Tuesday, 1/13: Run or walk for at least 1 mile
*after not being able to run for a few weeks due to my hip issues, I was pretty stoked to get in a mile of mostly SLOW jogging*
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Wednesday, 1/14: 10 burpees (any variation)
*Did not get a picture of this…Haha*
Thursday, 1/15:  20 squats (any variation)
*Body Pump means a LOT of squats!!!*
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Friday, 1/16: #FREEFriday – choose something to share and tag #NoExcuses
If you follow me on Instagram, I will be posting about this tomorrow!

Saturday, 1/17: share a healthy snack or recipe

IMG_5751Did you do Mad Libs as a kid?  We did as a family growing up and they were always hilarious!!! I wish I still had some of the ones we did then!
Well the awesome Sweat Pink gals put together one for this challenge!

Wanna join in the fun? It’s easy! Just…

  1. Copy the questions below
  2. Fill in the blanks with your own answers
  3. Tag 3 friends to share how they’ll make 2015 the year of #NoExcuses!

Hey 2015, it’s me, Esther, Chocolate Runner Girl (nickname, spirit animal, real name, blog name)

This year I would like to complete a triathlon, get my PT cert, and reach my goal weight. 

It would also be super duper awesome if I also run a 10 min mile this year. It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because I’m totally worth it!

The thing I am looking forward to most this year is a mission trip (more details to come!!!)

I’ll use the one thing that truly gets me out of bed in the morning which is my green tea to help me get up, get my tush moving, (verb) and get after my #NoExcuses 2015. Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is working out alone and I have used it to get out of going to the gym and working out by myself on more than 476,938 (number) occasions. I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to be on my own to complete  workout!

Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the (invisible) dog in the middle of the night, I’ll still bust my butt!

I will stop blaming the hubs [ex: kids, dog, husband] for eating the rest of the chocolate when everyone knows it was really me.  😉

My work schedule [job, hair, car, husband, kids] is not the reason I make excuses. I will show my work schedule [same as before] who’s boss this year and get my run [type of sweaty activity] on (even if it is at 5 am)!

I know that any kind of workout [type of workout] is better than laying on the couch eating chocolate.

I will reward myself by getting new workout gear as I reach new goals!

#NoExcuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winner. I can’t wait to rock a Quantum Pullover (article of clothing) from Augusta Active. I can’t wait till my sweaty friends are jealous of how fresh, clean and sparkly (adj) I am between workouts with help from ShowerPill body wipes. I can see myself rocking warrior 2 [yoga pose / workout move] in new Tie One On Leggings [article of clothing from Actio926] from Actio926 and looking fit and fly while doing it. And of course, I’ll be taking my workouts to the next level and improving my muscles [noun] with my new ActivMotion Bar to help me train for my next  half marathon [distance] race with Sasquatch Racing.

Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my pullover & leggings [article of clothing] will smell in/ during my runs [favorite type of workout] after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!

Now it’s your turn! Simply fill in the BOLD parts and share with everyone how you’re going to take charge, kick butt and make 2015 your best year yet with #NoExcuses!

Even though the challenge began on Monday, it is NOT too late to sign up!! You can sign up HERE!
For $5 you will get all of this!

  • Every Sunday you will receive an email with weekly prompts (workouts, healthy snack ideas and more)!
  • Opportunities to share your #NoExcuses #SweatPink challenges for a chance to win fun weekly prizes from brands like Augusta Active, ShowerPill, Beaming with Health and more.
  • Each week they will announce the winners, prizes and our favorite Tweets, IG posts and blog posts from that week!

What are YOU waiting for??
If you do happen to sign up, please let them know that Esther M from Chocolate Runner Girl sent you!  Thank you!

Have a fantastic day of #NoExcuses!!!

XO,
Esther
CRG

Mommy Track Fit Workout Review & Giveaway!

We all have busy lives!  I am thankful that I am able to have a gym membership with some really great classes.  There are days however when I just can not make it to the gym.  I do workout on my own sometimes, but I have found that I tend to do better with at least one other person.  Mostly for the accountability of it.
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Thanks to my partnership with Girls Gone Sporty, I had the privilege of being part of a beta test group for Mommy Track Fitness! Through this opportunity I was given the chance to virtually attend 2 classes in exchange for my review.  All opinions are my own.

I was really excited to try out these classes!  They came at the perfect time since I was not able to make it to the gym much last week due to my work schedule.
Before I was able to attend the classes, I was sent a link to register for the class.  It was pretty simple to pick the classes I was going to attend.  (At first I clicked on the wrong date, but it was simple to fix).  Then I received confirmation emails about the classes, and the links to take me to the live class.  All the emails I received gave great instructions on how to get everything done.

The first class I attended was a 30 min Cardio Fusion. Bringing you the best of both worlds, Cardio Fusion combines low and high impact cardio, cardio drills, and strength training for the ultimate calorie-burning workout.
The second class I attended was a 30 min Tabata Max.  A high intensity interval training workout based on the Tabata training method — 4-minute intervals that consists of 20 seconds of intense exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest.  Our Tabata Max class consists of a 5 minute warm-up, followed by 20 minutes of Tabata-style training featuring upper body, lower body, and cardio intervals, and closed out with a 5 minute cool down and stretch.

The classes offer a variety of exercises with modifications if you need them.  The beauty of each class is that you can work at your own pace!

You don’t need a lot of equipment for the classes.  A yoga mat, resistance bands, and weights.  It is a great combo for at home workouts!

I used my laptop for the classes, but you can also access them from a phone or tablet.  Great if you are on the go!

Even though the company is called Mommy Track Fitness, you don’t have to be a mommy to attend!  The class is open to anyone (even men).

One thing I really appreciated about Alex was her cheerful attitude and her ability to make sure we were all on the same page.  She was great with communicating back and forth and letting me know what I needed.

I was not expecting for everyone to be able to see everyone else who was attending, so at 5am, I was a little surprised, but it all worked out.  It ended up being nice to be able to see others so I did not feel like I was really alone!

For me the only drawback was the time of day.  The classes I attended were at 5am my time (6am on the east coast).  It was little rough getting up at 4:30, but I made it.  There will be options for other times in the future, so that is something I would consider for the next time I take a MTFit class!

You can check out a few other reviews from my fellow classmates:
Brianna – I Run, He Tris (www.irunhetris.com)
Christine – Dream Big Runner (www.dreambigrunner.com)

Click below and see how YOU could win a class with MTFit!

Join us for a Twitter party on Sept 30th for the winners of the class giveaways and for more fun from MTFit!!

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XO,
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Vega Sport Review

This past week was super busy, and fully of hard workouts every day!  It was the perfect week for me to try out the new Vega Sport Recovery bars that I received thanks to my partnership with Fit Approach & Sweat Pink!

Before I joined up with Sweat Pink, I had not heard of the Vega Sport before.  So when I was given the opportunity to try them I was very excited.  I was especially excited to try a new plant based item that was also gluten free AND GMO-free!  The Vega Sport line comes in a variety of items to prepare you, sustain you and assist with recovery!  All together it is a great system.

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The recovery bar comes in 3 flavors, chocolate mint, chocolate coconut and (the one I received), chocolate peanut butter!
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I received my chocolate peanut butter recover bars last weekend!  They were literally sitting on my front porch when I arrived home from my Dad’s Day 5k race! It was perfect timing!  I tried one of the bars not really knowing what to expect.  It had a great taste!  I mean, how can you go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate?  Especially around here 🙂
I was very happy that there was no weird aftertaste.  The bar was almost like a candy bar, but a healthy candy bar!
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I enjoyed a bar after each of my HARD workouts this week, and I have to say I am very happy to report I felt great each time!  Normally when I have a super tough workout week I am very sore for days and days, even with stretching and proper fuel.  This week, I was only slightly sore!  That alone is amazing to me!!

I even shared with the Hubs and he really liked the bars as well!

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Enjoying a bar after my personal training session!

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You can learn more about the recovery bars, click here.  To learn more about ALL the Vega Sport items here.  To learn more about click here Fuel Your Better.

Disclaimer: Although this product was given to me, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have you ever tried any of the Vega Sport products?  If not, what would you LIKE to try?

Xo
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-