Tuesday, January 7, 2014

If You Work Out When It's - Degrees Out, You Are Awesome

Alright, friends. Just because it's cold doesn't mean we can skip our workouts…two days in a row.

Yesterday, the temperatures hit a breezy -6 in daylight (real feel -30), so I took a little break from sweating, built a fort out of an electric blanket and hibernated instead.

Oh, that's just ice…INSIDE the apartment

Today, the temps slowly rose to a balmy 3 (real feel -15), so I decided to get my brave on and sprint over to the apartment gym. Three jackets and two pairs of pants later, I made it. Is it Spring yet?


The gym was crowded again, so I spent 20 minutes on the StairMaster, 12 minutes on the Elliptical and then ran for a quick two miles on the treadmill once one opened up. I have a longer distance on the schedule for tomorrow, and I'm still taking it slow in the beginning of my training cycle. I sprinted every other lap (.25 miles) at a 8:30 pace and finished with core work in the weight room.

My core has always been my most troubled spot, so I've been spending A LOT of time doing challenging moves to strengthen it. A strong core leads to better running, as your core essentially holds up your body. If you ever feel your upper body start to buckle forward around mile 6, that's your weak core not doing its job. So one of my 2014 goals is to tighten up my middle once and for all. My moves of choice right now are planks (I can hold for about 1 minute, 30 seconds) and russian twists with a 10 pound ball…

Fun Fact: Longest time in a plank record was made this past April - 3 hours, 7 minutes, 15 seconds. Ouch.

Since the entire country has been in the arctic zone the past couple of days, what were the temps near you? 

How long can you hold a plank? 

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