Twelve Days of Fitness

DSC_0019I haven’t been doing much strength training lately, but I have been eating a lot of holiday treats. I’m not going to give up the holiday treats, but I am going to try to balance things out by taking on a Twelve Days of Christmas Fitness Challenge. If you do an internet search, there are many to choose from, but I liked this one. It’s simple (no equipment needed) and it incorporates exercises for all major muscle groups.

You can click the link above to watch the You Tube video to see how all the exercises are done. You can also make it easier by starting on the number of the day instead of starting back at number one each day.

Here is a list of the exercises:

1. get up get down
2. sit-ups
3. push ups
4. alligators planking
5. mountain climbers
6. reaching bridges
7. seated twisties
8. push ups rowing
9. prone backs extending
10. squats a-jumping
11. deads a-lifting
12. ups a downing

The first day of Christmas will be Friday, December 14. On that day, I will do:
1 get up get down

The second day of Christmas will be Saturday, December 15. On that day, I will do:
1 get up get down
2 sit-ups
1 get up get down

The third day of Christmas will be Sunday, December 16. On that day, I will do:
1 get up get down
2 sit-ups
3 push ups

2 sit-ups
1 get up get down

The fourth day of Christmas will be Monday, December 17. On that day, I will do:
1 get up get down
2 sit-ups
3 push ups

4 alligators planking
3 push ups

2 sit-ups
1 get up get down

The fifth day of Christmas will be Tuesday, December 18. On that day, I will do:
1 get up get down
2 sit-ups
3 push ups
4 alligators planking
5 mountain climbers
4 alligators planking
3 Push ups
2 sit-ups
1 get up get down

And so on…
Merry Christmas!

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YMCA Turkey Trot 2012

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis Turkey Trot takes place Thanksgiving morning in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It’s been our tradition to spend Thanksgiving with Kurt’s sister, Carolyn and her family in Larkspur, and drive down to “The Springs” Thanksgiving morning for the race. Unfortunately, this was the first time since 2008 that we’ve been able to make the trip to Colorado for Thanksgiving. We were extremely happy that we were able to make the trip this year, and also excited when Carolyn said that she wanted to do the race!

I usually run/walk this race with my niece Mackenzie, but she was pretty sore from being bucked off a horse the previous day, so she was planning a slow walk with her parents.

Kurt and Brandon (our nephew) usually run together. I followed them to the starting line, but stopped at the 10 minute per mile pace group, as they made their way closer to the front. Kurt and I had gone for a run the day before and I kept getting really sharp pains in my left hip. I am finding all my aches and pains very annoying, but I think they are truly driving my husband crazy.

Anyway, I figured I would try to run, but if it hurt too bad, I’d stop and walk. It hurt, but instead of the short, sharp pains I’d experienced the day before, it was more of a constant ache. It didn’t feel like anything serious, so I kept running.

There is an out and back around the one mile mark, and I saw Kurt and Brandon on their way back. They were smiling, and looked like they were taking it pretty easy, so I figured I could probably catch them. I picked up the pace a little. On my way back, I saw Carolyn, Steve and Mackenzie. Mackenzie didn’t look like she was having much fun, and I hoped that she was doing okay. I missed my running partner!

Every time I caught a glimpse of Kurt and Brandon, it seemed like they were even further ahead of me. A little after the 2 mile mark, I realized that I wasn’t going to catch them. I probably wasn’t running as fast as I could, but I was running as fast as I wanted to. I just wanted to feel like I put in a solid effort. That always tends to make a big eating event more enjoyable.

My finish time was 26:07, which is just barely faster than my 4th of July 5k time, but I felt much better this time, and my splits (although not fast) were at least close to negative.

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Kurt and Brandon after the race.

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Mackenzie and crew slowly making their way to the finish line (with those beautiful Rocky mountains in the background).

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All of the Turkey Trotters, except for Steve. We needed a photographer.

Some shots from previous years:

2006:

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2007:

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2008:

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