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Why I Live with #NoExcuses

I definitely have had a No Excuses attitude about fitness for the past several years. I create a weekly plan and stick to it for the most part. It’s easier when I’m training for a race because I have a goal to meet but lately I’ve been getting my workouts in even without a race on the calendar.

It’s not always easy to wake up early and a lot of the time I want to roll over and turn off the alarm clock BUT I always feel better after getting in my workout of the day.

 

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The question this week is Why. Why have I chosen to live with No Excuses? The answers are pretty simple but at the same time huge because they are very important to me.

  • I feel better when I’m active.
  • As a busy mom with three children, exercising has become my ‘me’ time.
  • I want to be a positive role model for my children. I encourage them to make healthy choices including being active.
  • I make healthier choices throughout the day when I exercise. This includes drinking enough water. I notice that when I start the day out drinking during my run it usually continues throughout the day.
  • I feel stronger when I am strength training regularly. I feel like I can keep up with my kids better.

I’m sure I could keep going with this list but I’ll end it there!

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This week I also want to send a special shout out to my SweatPink sister, Annmarie over at The Fit Foodie Mama. She’s an inspiring mama of two girls who finds the time to create delicious meals that she shares on her blog. I know because I’ve made several of her recipes! She also is always doing something fun and unique in her home gym and definitely takes the No Excuses theme to heart as she runs and gets her strength workouts in every week. If you are needing motivation or simply want to follow someone inspirational check out her Instagram feed.


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And now for my weekly workouts update. It’s the fourth week in 2015 and my miles are close to my 104 mile goal for January!

Weekly Workouts

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Monday: 3.5 miles (9:27 pace) + 35 minutes Quick Strength for Runners #13

A treadmill run split in half with my strength workout in the middle.

Tuesday: 60 minute Spin Bike

Random climb intervals in my workout today.

Wednesday: 5 miles (9:04 pace)

This treadmill run was mentally tough to get into. I kept trying to talk myself out of running but stuck with it in the end.

Thursday: 3.5 miles (9:15 pace) + 25 minutes QSFR #14

I broke up my run with the strength workout again. It’s one of my favorite ways to mix running and strength.

Friday: 3.1 miles (9:19 pace)

I played around with the buttons a lot on this treadmill run. Jumping up and down between 6.3 and 7 kept me a little distracted.

Saturday:  Rest

Sunday: 6.5 miles (9:23 pace)

I was really (really, really) hoping for an outside run on the weekend but I chose the treadmill over 45 mph wind gusts.

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Weekly Run This Year Update

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My goal for the year is to race shorter distances but I’m going to Run This Year again in 2015! I’ve signed up for the ‘Run all year and win prizes option’ Ha! I’m probably not going to make it past 2,015 kilometers like I did last year but I’m still hoping to get a lot of miles in throughout the year! 2,015 KM is 1,252.06 miles or just 104.34 miles each month.

Weekly Running Miles: 21.6

January Running Miles: 86.75

2015 Running Miles: 86.75

2015 Running Kilometers: 139.61

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Sneaking in Extra Miles

Lately I’ve been trying to sneak in a few extra miles. It hit me the other day that if I add in an extra half mile to just two of my runs a week it will give me 52 extra miles for the year. As much as I’m telling myself that I’m not going to hit 2,015 kilometers for the year again without training for a marathon, it’s hard not to at least start the year out trying!

Now, I’m not currently training for a race but I still write out a running plan each week. My January goal is to run at least 105 miles. Lately my schedule is Monday: 3 miles, Tuesday: Cross Train, Wednesday 4 miles, Thursday 3 miles, Friday 3 miles and Saturday 8-10 miles.

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I’m feeling great lately during my running and so why not add a little more? It’s much easier to add that .5 miles on the treadmill because I don’t have to plan a route ahead of time. I just assess how my run is when I’ve hit my goal mileage for the day and if I feel like adding in a bit more, I keep running.

I feel like I’m starting to get in the treadmill groove for the winter. I don’t mind it for the shorter distances and it gives me a great excuse to watch t.v. in the morning. Even though I say I don’t mind it, when the weekend rolls around and I have the opportunity to run outside I appreciate it even more than normal!

#megsmiles

 

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On Saturday I ran my long run of the week in honor of Meg just like I did last year. Here is some information that I found on a webpage in her honor:

Meg Cross Menzies was tragically killed by a drunk driver while out for her morning run on January 13, 2014. As an avid runner, member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, and Boston marathoner, she was a member of the running family nationwide. In her honor, our hope is to raise awareness of drunk driving, texting and driving, and overall safety of runners and cyclists everywhere. 

I’m amazed by the amount of support that I saw on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in honor of Meg. I hope that it does a little to make people more aware of their actions. It frustrates me when I see people driving down the street with their smart phone in hand and looking at it while they are driving. So I laced up my shoes (I picked my blue shoes, Meg’s favorite color, in her honor) and headed out the door.

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Last week was the first week of the No Excuses SweatPink challenge. There’s still time to join in on the fun if you haven’t already! Every Sunday you will be emailed the prompts for the week but most importantly the goal is to inspire and motivate each other with #NoExcuses. Last week we ran, did burpees, squats and showed a healthy snack. This week we are doing mountain climbers, pushups, taking the stairs, lunges and sharing a healthy snack.


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Weekly Workouts

Monday: 30 minutes Spin + 15 minutes Strength

Quick Strength for Runners #11 with spinning as a warm up. My legs were heavy from running in snow on Sunday so I switched my normal Tuesday workout to Monday.

Tuesday: 3.5 miles (9:25 pace)

Added an extra .5 mi to my run today on the treadmill.

Wednesday: 4.5 miles (9:24 pace)

12 min warm up on treadmill, 30 min QSFR #12, back on treadmill to finish the miles. Added an extra .5 mi to this run as well.

Thursday: 3.5 miles (9:31 pace)

This one was a hard treadmill run mentally for some reason. I still added an extra .5 miles to my run.

Friday: 3.01 miles (9:22 pace) + 20 minutes Core Work

An outside evening run. It was unseasonably warm and so I had to take advantage of it and run outside after my husband finished work for the day.

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Saturday: 8.03 miles (9:47 pace)

It was crazy windy, even for Kansas and every time I headed North I wanted to stop but I accomplished my planned 8 mile route today. #megsmiles

Sunday: Rest

Weekly Run This Year Update

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My goal for the year is to race shorter distances but I’m going to Run This Year again in 2015! I’ve signed up for the ‘Run all year and win prizes option’ Ha! I’m probably not going to make it past 2,015 kilometers like I did last year but I’m still hoping to get a lot of miles in throughout the year! 2,015 KM is 1,252.06 miles or just 104.34 miles each month.

 

 

Weekly Running Miles: 22.54

January Running Miles: 65.15

2015 Running Miles: 65.15

2015 Running Kilometers: 104.85

Did you run for Meg over the weekend? Are you participating in the #NoExcuses challenge? Do you run if it’s super windy outside?
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