Saturday, July 2, 2016

June Fitness Stats/Recap

I've been wanting to share my progress with my new coach and my not-so-new-life. But May came and went and the "appropriate" time (i.e. the end of the month when people share what they actually did that month) passed quickly. I love how other bloggers give their workout stats and recap some good things that happened throughout the month. This is my first attempt (I'm even starting to write this post several days before I want to publish it so I can get it in!) so bare with me while I get my groove going.

Steps - 373,278 (12.5k average daily)
As mentioned in my previous post, our family has been on the fitbit kick lately. I have a few competitive bones in my body and I love how "getting our steps in" is fun and also encourages us to get moving. I typically have a challenge with my coworkers and a challenge with my family going every week/most weekends. I'm sure they feel like I cheat when I go for a run in the morning (yes, I still wear my fitbit while wearing my garmin to track my run.. thats totally not cheating, right?!). Since I work in an office setting all day, my runs are typically the only way I can reach my daily goal.

Running - 50 miles!
This is my second month working with Beth. I haven't told her this yet, but I mostly look forward to her funny, encouraging words she puts in my plans every week (and the awesome feedback I get in return). She really gets the work-home-life-running balance I am trying to accomplish and even gives suggestions for incorporating my workouts with Jo. This month during our California vacation, I missed my 7 mile long run and a tempo run that week. I should have had a little more mileage but Beth always seems to carry the positive spirit in our relationship and reassured me that she cares more about the effort I'm putting in when I can. Sometimes when I dread pushing the stroller for 4-6 miles, she reminds me that I'm a bad ass and I'm making my daughter proud. She knows how to tailor the encouragement for her trainees and I love that about her. The mileage is starting to ramp up a bit. My long runs are increasing as we are getting ready for that fall half marathon (more to come on this!).

Strength Training - Two 20min sessions & 1 workout video
Beth doesn't only focus on my running, she also gives me short strength training exercises to do every week. This usually ranges from lunges, planks, squats, push ups, etc. This typically doesn't take longer than 20 minutes or so. As much as I'd like to try to do this while Jo is playing on the floor  - I usually do it after she has gone to bed. This past week we started adding in a workout video. I really like the workouts from 21 Day Fix Extreme but I will admit that this kicked my butt. I did well during the video and the next day I had soreness I hadn't felt in a long time!

Bike - 3.5 miles
As Jo has gotten a little older, I've been trying to think of outdoor activities we can do together. My bike from college has gone unused for several years because of the "aggressive feel" of the handle bars - it's just too uncomfortable on my back. So earlier this month, Brad bought me a new bicycle and a seat for Jo. The intent is to feel comfortable enough on the bike by myself so that when Jo is stable enough and her helmet fits more snug (maybe between 10-12 months), she can start riding with me. Well, I only took the bike out once this month and it was a short 3.5 miles around the neighborhood. I need to try to get out more next month. These are all leisurely rides and meant to keep me moving while giving Jo and I another thing to do together (with Brad the weekends he is off work).

Cute helmet mommy!
This month we got to visit the Ganeys in California. My brother and sister-in-law, Matt and Terri, moved to Southern California last year and we had an absolute blast visiting with them. In the 5 years I've been part of their family, I've never had the opportunity to spend so much time together with them. We had a lot of heart-to-heart conversations about family and our goals/dreams for our new lives in Texas and Cali. We got to see SO MANY sights in Los Angeles and also the Pacific Coast. Brad and I learned and adopted a new way for eating tacos!  The visit with them really rekindled our fire to learn more about Dallas and try new places.

Sure, there are tons of other things I wish I could do. Such as read a new book or sew something or even cook something new and different (because sometimes I have no concept of time and I think, "yeah, I can do that too!"). But realistically, I just don't have the time or energy to take on more hobbies. Most importantly, I have to keep reminding myself that that is OKAY. Brad helps a TON and there is no way that I could travel for work or run if it wasn't for all that he does for our family. We definitely share the domestic responsibilities in our household - and I would hope that is the case with most dual-working parents in the 21st century. 

I'm excited to see what July brings!

Fit Mama

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