5 Thing Friday (Fitness Themed)

20 Mar

1.  Turning Up The Heat!

Clearly not talking about the weather. (Looking at you, fake spring!) This week was the week where I turned the corner on training.  With just 44 more days to go until the Pittsburgh Marathon (of which I am running leg 4 of the marathon relay), I started working with a virtual trainer.  Allyn, over at Triumfit Training, is also a personal trainer in real time, but all the way over in Washington D.C.   I’ve known Allyn since college, so when I read on her website that she offers virtual training options, I jumped at the chance to work with a certified professional.  I told her about my fitness goals aka being a better runner, and she developed a HIIT (High-Intensity-Interval-Training) circuit for me to do on non-running days.  She also gave me some exercises to do daily and some foam rolling work.

2.  Foam Rolling

Me and my foam roller! BFFs!!

Me and my foam roller! BFFs!!

So far the foam roller is basically my new BFF.  It deserves its own separate topic.  How did I not know about this?  I could foam roll all day.  And thanks to several sets of HIIT squats, I basically have been!  It’s incredible how sore I am, then after some foam rolling, water, and rest – I’m feeling good as new!  We actually bought 2 different ones, a regular foam roller and a deep tissue one that is supposed to be better but isn’t really.  After finding out how deeply enjoyable foam rolling is, I started You Tube trolling for more ways to use it.  It’s like healthy people porn.  I will stop there.

3.  Embarrassing Race Photos

Wow.  Like so much so that I’m not even going to share them here.  Or tag myself on Facebook.  Or remember that I ever saw them.  Or even remotely tell y’all where to find them.  Let’s just say – I looked about as great as I felt that day and my mom and I got a good laugh at them.  Moving on with haste…

4.  Reason #928350 Why I Love Running

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If you follow me on Instagram (DO IT! @MichelleSFTS), you may occasionally see photos I post of things I see when running.  I realized the other day that those moments are just another reason why I continue to believe running is good for my soul.  This new pedestrian hobby of mine has given me such a different perspective of the beautiful city I love.  There’s something about the way the light dances on the river or the way the clouds look over a tree line that I just never noticed from my car at 60 m.p.h. while trying to figure out what lane I should be in during a 15 second time window.  Running has invited me to slow down, open my eyes, observe, and appreciate so much that I took for granted before.

5.  The Problem is Always Food.  Always.

Once a fat kid, always a fat kid?  Mentally, yes.  Since buckling down this week, I realized that my sugar addiction is out of control.  Yes, I’m eating clean meals.  But, I just want sweets and chocolate and diet soda all day long.  The more I tell myself not to eat them, the stronger my urge to binge.  That coupled with a boost in my appetite from upping my exercise are all ready proving to be counter-productive.  It has to stop.  Sheesh, you make one batch of scones and before you know it you are hiding in a corner pouring a bag of dark chocolate chips you found in the back of the pantry directly into your mouth.  It’s a slippery slope is all I’m saying people.


6 Responses to “5 Thing Friday (Fitness Themed)”

  1. BeezusKiddo March 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    I’m doing leg 4, too! I don’t remember if I told you that already? Anyway we should look for each other and meet while waiting for our batons to show up.

    • SOLEfortheSoul March 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

      That would be so cool!! I have no idea when to expect my person. We are like the Bad News Bears right now!!

  2. Jennifer March 24, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    Interesting to read how much you like your foam roller. I recently bought one but haven’t used it and am considering returning it. I don’t have any aches and pains (knock on wood), so I’m not sure I need it?

    As for food, I hear you. For me, though, I’ve always told people that what helped me lose and maintain my loss was having sweets every single day. I’m vegan so bake my own sweets…all the time. I find that because I bake so much, sweets have pretty much lost their temptation (after I baked 500+ cookies for Christmas I didn’t want to eat another cookie for months) so that I’m able to eat one and freeze the rest so I can have one when I want it and not binge….or I just bake then give it away (my coworkers love me). That said, white bread is my nemesis. I wouldn’t be able to do the same with white bread (I would eat it constantly if it was available, and then I get sick because I eat so much of it), so I only buy or bake it very, very rarely.

    • SOLEfortheSoul March 24, 2014 at 9:44 am #

      Thanks for the awesome comment! Foam rolling has really helped me keep my muscles loose, especially my hams and glutes. From what I understand, it has benefits similar to stretching so it certainly can’t hurt even if you aren’t feeling too achy. Like a good massage! Haha I definitely agree that baking more is a good strategy!! I always end up giving the extra away to avoid a binge because I so rarely let myself indulge.

  3. Running Bear March 25, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    Foam rolling is amazing. I discovered it the day after my first half marathon in September, super stiff legs and back melted away. As I’ve gotten better at targeting different muscles it really is like a full massage every day, plus you can watch TV while doing it. Happy to hear you’re enjoying the benefits of it too.

    For the eating part, while I don’t “plan” it in, I generally go on a weekend or week-long eating bender every couple of months. I don’t beat myself up for it, just kinda go with it and enjoy. The key for me is no hiding from the weigh in that follows the bender, and no regrets at the number on the scale. It is what it is, just get back on track and the results of the bender will be gone in a few weeks. It has taken a few years to gain that kind of composure and acceptance, but it works for me and helps be be stronger during the majority of time that is normal life when I’m eating right.

    • SOLEfortheSoul March 25, 2014 at 8:07 am #

      Thanks for the comment! I love what you said about just accepting your actions without guilt. I spend so much time being critical of myself without celebrating how fun this experience is and how far I’ve come. Thanks for spreading some positivity around here!! 🙂

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