Thursday, October 16, 2014

NEW! Scandal Bingo: Season 4

It's Thursday, so you know what that means? SCANDAL! I hadn't created a new Scandal bingo board in a while, so I thought I would make a new version for the 4th season. I have had some practice making bingo boards, so I decided to jazz it up a bit this time.

Keep in mind that there are exercises that go along with this bingo game, but they're (of course) optional. The workout instructions can be found below.

Reminder: I am not a certified personal trainer, so exercise at your own risk!

Check it out, and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I'm (Probably) Crazy

I saw a really cool opportunity posted in the Maryland Bloggers Facebook group on Sunday, and thought, why not? It sounded like something that would be fun, challenging, and different -- all things that I'm always looking for.

If you've been paying attention (which I know you have), then you know that I have really gotten into running. Sure, I don't run as much as I play volleyball, but I do few things as much as I play volleyball. Ya know, things like sleeping and working.

So, when I saw something that was going to be fun, challenging, different, and focused on running, I definitely had to step up to the challenge. What is it that I agreed to do yesterday?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Walking Dead Bingo - Season 5

The Walking Dead premieres its Season 5 episode tonight, and I am so excited! My best friends got me into the show pretty recently, and I already have become a fan of the show. Now, I think the show is ridiculous. It has some really good moments, but some of the main characters make me so angry so often, and some of the scenes are just so hilariously over the top and predictable. BUT! The producers are doing something right, because I can't stop talking about the show with my friends!

As you can tell from the title of this post, I put together a bingo board for The Walking Dead. As I have done in the past, I put together some exercises to go with the board to keep you occupied during the commercial breaks. Keep in mind that I am not a fitness professional, and that you exercise at your own risk! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Workout Wednesdays: These Are a Few of My Favorite Tees

Happy Hump Day, folks! As has been the case for the last few weeks, today is my rest day, and I spent much of my evening watching The Walking Dead and cleaning my room. I'm still here for the Workout Wednesdays Link Up, so never fear, friends. :-)

I play a lot of volleyball. A. Lot. I'm talking Sunday-Tuesday, Thursday, and sometimes on Saturdays. I'm also an assistant coach for a Division III volleyball team, which fills my teeny bit of free time with even more volleyball!

With all of this volleyball playing, I recently realized that I didn't have enough good shirts to wear for volleyball. I can't play in cotton t-shirts anymore because they get all gross and uncomfortable (and the sleeves make it a little bit more challenging to set and hit), and I only have maybe three good Under Armour tech tees -- which I love playing in -- which is certainly not enough for four days of volleyball plus a couple of runs.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sweater Weather

Fall is finally here! Hooray!

I love the fall. Dressing in layers, throwing a soup in the crock pot, and curling up under a blanket to read or watch tv. It's also, of course, volleyball and football season, which always makes for a fun time.

One thing I never enjoyed about the fall, though, was running in the chilly weather. I didn't use to like running at all, so I used any excuse I had to not do it. Now, however, it's a different story.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Five: Five Fitness Inspirations

This week has been a real doozy! I played waytoo much volleyball. Seriously. I played a coed match (and a tough one) on Sunday, two games on Monday, another game on Tuesday, and a coed game last night. Insanity!

Last night, I asked myself, "why are you doing this?" My back was sore, I was exhausted, and I banged my knees up pretty good during the game. "Clearly I'm nuts." But then I realized the real reason why I can't say no to joining a new team or subbing to help out another team: I have a renewed love of volleyball. Now that I'm actually in pretty decent shape, I'm jumping higher, running faster, and playing better, I am falling in love with the game all over again! Which leads me to the subject of this evening's post -- my five fitness inspirations.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Workout Wednesdays: Favorite Race

It's that time of the week again! That's right, y'all! It's Workout Wednesday!

The irony of the last couple of weeks is that Wednesday has become my rest day with all of my half marathon training. That's right -- Workout Wednesdays minus the Workout. (Insert Kanye shrug here.) I've been playing an insane amount of volleyball, plus the half marathon training, plus the new job; I've been one tired woman! Fortunately, the training plan requires rest, because around Tuesday evening, I start to feel like maybe I'm overexerting myself, and I know I would push myself too hard -- potentially injuring myself. Tonight, I went to check out this bizarre movie, Maze Runner, with a friend. (I can't really tell you what it was about, because I don't really know.) My knees and lower back are so happy that I did!

So, back to the #WOWlinkup. The theme for this week is to discuss your favorite race. Note: If you want to participate, check out the rules and explanation over at Femme Fitale Fit Club.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fit Fashion: Running Socks

I neither understood nor appreciated the importance of quality running socks until last week. Yes, I own a pack of three great, legit, running socks, but I just figured they were comfortable but overpriced. I didn't see the point in buying more. I figured I could just buy a pack of low cut Puma socks from TJ Maxx, and they would do the same thing as my fancy Road Runner Sports running socks. Boy, was I wrong.

All it took for me to quickly learn the error of my ways was to go on a few long runs. About three miles in to each run, almost to the exact distance, I would start having weird pains in different parts of my feet. First, it would start in the ball of my foot. There was internal and external pain. It hurt! Then, my heels would start having the same pain as the ball of my foot. Sometimes, I would have to sort of trot, just to ease some of the pain. At the end of those runs, my arches would be screaming! I remember being perplexed, until I realized what the problem was.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mix It Up: Trail Runs

I haven't done a Mix It Up post in a while, and I thought it was about time for me to talk about how I've been mixing it up lately.

You guys, I have really started to love trail running! It feels great on my joints (especially my knees and ankles), and I love the feeling of being outdoors, running through the woods, clearing my head. I don't need to listen to music to entertain me, and it just feels so natural to me (I guess it is, technically?).

Trail running isn't for everyone, but if you like being outdoors and you haven't tried it, it's probably something you should take a crack at (after you clear it with your doctor, blah blah blah).

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Rundown: First Week of Half Marathon Training

Howdy, lovely reader!

Now that I have a week under my belt at the new/old job, and yesterday was my last day at my part-time job (Ann Taylor), I feel like I can finally unwind a little bit and give my blog (and my readers) a little more love. Woohoo!

That little bit of extra free time also means that I can refocus on my fitness goals. I have been playing more volleyball, and my runs (when I run) have been longer, so I haven't been totally sedentary, but I know that I can do better. And so I shall!

This week, I'll be beginning my half marathon training. I'm using the No Meat Athlete Half Marathon Roadmap. I'm not vegetarian, but one of my vegetarian friends suggested using the running plan to successfully complete my first half marathon. So, to have some accountability, and to put my plan down in writing, I put together my first week of half marathon training, using the Roadmap as a guideline.


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