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{Training Day… Week 4}


January 20, 2010

Can you believe it’s week 4 of my training??? Ahh- why does time fly by so quickly? So we all know that while on vacation, I was wined and dined so the diet went down the drain for the most part–however–I am happy to report that we walked miles upon miles while we were in Charleston so I didn’t feel too guilty for indulging in a cocktail or two {Leslie, I am talking to you here-hehe}
But now I am back to business this week and I’ve already ran 3 miles… more to add today. Here is this week’s schedule and then noteworthy ramblings for added exercise:
Monday: Ran 3 miles at a 9:30 pace {medium run}
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: Run 3 miles at a 10:00 pace
Thursdsay: Rest Day
Friday: Run 3 miles at a 11:30 pace {easy run}
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: LONG RUN — 5 miles at a 11:30 pace
Most of us are guilty of this–we get in these workout routines where we do the same exercises day in and day out, but researchers have proven that it’s best for us {especially women} to change things up a bit and try out different workouts to burn even more calories and target those areas we tend to hate the most {thighs, butt, arms, etc}… your local gym most likely offers a variety of different classes and I love to venture out of the box–here are some of my favorites:
1. ZUMBA- I’ve said it before… this is a great workout!! It’s a combination of latin dance moves with cardio dance and you’ll boogie all the sweat out. Our Y instructor has lost more than 100 lbs since she started teaching this and anybody at any age can enjoy this class–it’s so much fun and even better when the girlfriends come, too!
2. CARDIO KICKBOX: Though I haven’t done one of these in awhile, I’ve got friends who swear by kickboxing: an intense a mixture of kick and punch moves, add in jump ropes, drills, and those ab workouts we loathe, and you’ve got one powerful workout!!
3. SPINNING/INDOOR CYCLING: Do I wear the festive gear some of the “die-harders” wear? No. Do I get in there and jam out to the instructor’s iPod? Yes. I love spinning–I love the different rides, the challenges throughout the 45 minute/1 hour ride, and I love how you feel when you leave… talk about a leg workout, I can barely walk for a few days after spinning.
4. STEP: move to the music and step to the choreography during this class- great for ALL ages, this high energy workout mixes high impact cardio with lots of dance moves… very easy to learn and works each and every muscle, I promise


  1. WestSacHoney says:

    I love STEP and Kickboxing but our step teacher here in Sac puts all these CRAZY dance moves in the class literally fills up 30 mins ahead of time. I wish I could run a few miles like you! I just need something like a soccer ball in front of me and then I can..

  2. Sarah Mina says:

    I've done spinning and cardio kickboxing before but I'll have to check out Zumba. Step is a lost cause for me–I'm just not coordinated enough!

  3. Nikosmommy says:

    I'm sooo wanting to try a spin class…don't know why I've put it off for so long (maybe I'm a little intimidated…of getting my arse whopped completely!)
    Something worth conquoring for 2010!

  4. Brown Girl says:

    I love spin but it hurts my butt!!! And I even bought the padded shorts and it still hurts!!!! UGH.

  5. I only had 2 cocktails. The whole weekend. OK fine… 2 every 10 minutes. haha

  6. I love step and zumba! Thanks for updating us on your training I just started training for a 10k this week and reading your schedule is such inspiration!

  7. I just found your blog through "Then I got to Thinking…" and I think your blog is so cute! I agree about the Zumba and Step. I haven't tried kickboxing yet though and cycling looks a little too intimidating. Congrats on your engagement! Way cute story.

  8. Amber says:

    I agree with you! I can tell the biggest difference in my weight loss when I start switching up my workouts. I love Zumba too – it's by far my favorite class. Although you should check out my post today about my most recent class and how interesting it was.

    I am scared to try spinning – isn't is super hardcore??

  9. Catie says:

    Girl, Charleston is the worst place for a diet, because it has the BEST places to eat! Your workout routine seems great tho! I hear Zumba is fun!

  10. Amber says:

    Also – I have left you a little something at my place!

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