Finding My Summer Routine

Well, I guess New England has decided to skip right over the pleasant Spring weather and head straight into the dog-days of summer.

So Damn HotWe officially hit 90 degrees on Saturday and it was brutal. The only saving grace was that the Boston Run to Remember 5-Miler was scheduled for Sunday, when it was only going to be in the high 60s (Race recap comin’ your way shortly!!)

This was the first week back after Delaware where I feel like I finally got back into a groove with workouts. While there was a slight hiccup on Thursday (which I’ll get to), I’m really happy with how it’s going.

Monday – Got up early and went to the gym. I warmed up on the bike for 20 minutes, then did a solid arms cross-training session. Now that the weather’s nice again, I’m working on those tank top arms! 😉 When I got home from work in the evening, I was still feeling pretty energetic so I did a quick 15-minute Fitnessblender abs workout. Now that I’m not marathon training, I finally feel like I have time to get back into these workouts!

Tuesday– 4.5 miles easy. A lot of the running podcasts I listen to discuss the benefits of easy running and so I’m working to incorporate more of these runs into my training. I know for a while there I had fallen into the “faster is always better” mentality, which is completely FALSE. You can read more about how easy running actually makes you faster here, here, and here.

Wednesday – Gym workout again! I did 2 miles easy on the treadmill for a cardio warm-up, followed by upper body on the machines. When I do arms, I generally aim for 3 sets of 10-12 reps of:

  • Bicep curls
  • Tricep extension
  • Chest press
  • Lat pull-downs
  • Rowing
  • Chest flies

Thursday – Speed workout with the Heartbreak Hill Running Company! The Heartbreakers are a local store and running club with 3 locations in the Boston area. I had been looking at their website when I got the email that they would be hosting a packet pick-up for the 5K my mom and I are running next week, and that was when I noticed that they hosted free Thursday night speed workouts not too far from my office. I always feel like I can push myself harder in a speed workout when I’m doing it with a group, so I decided to give it a try. After work, I jogged over to the store where all the runners were gathering. We had a pretty big group of 15-20 people. From Back Bay, we made our way over to the Common where we went through a dynamic stretching routine before diving into the workout –

  • 2 x 30 seconds at mile pace uphill
  • 2 x 60 seconds at 5k pace uphill
  • 1 loop of the Common at tempo pace (This probably took 6-7 minutes)
  • 2 x 30 seconds at mile pace

The only problem was that, as always, I got a little too aggressive. I was giving it 100% (probably not a good idea when this is the first serious speed work I’ve done in a while), when I felt my hamstring seize up a bit on one of the uphill repeats. I slowed down significantly on the repeats after that, but it was pretty obvious as soon as I stopped running – definitely a strained hamstring.

It’s probably not a coincidence that I did almost the EXACT same thing a year ago at the first speed workout I went to with my running club, right before I was running the Clearwater Half Marathon. We were doing speed intervals and I was being my crazy, competitive self, going all-out, and BOOM – pulled hamstring. I seriously need to calm down during speed workouts, especially when I’m coming into these intense workouts with zero base.

Friday – Ended up being a total rest day as I monitored my hamstring. I felt pretty sore all over, but the hamstring was noticeably tender. 😦 Ice and anti-inflammatories all day!

Saturday – Didn’t want to risk running, with the Boston Run to Remember 5-Miler the next day, so I went to the gym to just do a bit of cross-training. Plus, there’s AC there, which I was in desperate need of. 🙂 I biked 7 miles and my hamstring felt ok. Then I did some arm stuff, biked another few miles (for a total of 10, but the last 3 were pretty leisurely) and headed home.

Sunday – Boston Run to Remember! Stay tuned for the recap. 🙂

Boston Run to RememberOverall, a pretty low mileage week, but still a good one. Hope you all are enjoying the long weekend! Happy Memorial Day!

 

 

 


Killin’ It In Your Workouts

Happy Thursday!

So last week, ETB Fit (a sports nutrition company) reached out to me about sharing some of my key tips for fueling my workouts. While I’ve never tried any ETB products, I have heard good things and was impressed by their company and the story of how they got their slogan – “Some days you eat the bear, and some days the bear eats you.” Check out their website and products page to learn more about them, get recipes, and as a general health resource!

Killin' It In Your Workouts | 2 Generations Running

What foods do you eat pre-workout?

What you eat before a run or hard workout is SO IMPORTANT. It plays a huge role in how I feel during the actual exercise and how I perform. I’ve found that protein bars or toast with peanut butter and jam, work well for me. And because I’m “Fueled by coffee“, I will ALWAYS have at least one cup of coffee before working out – sometimes more if I’m not in a rush.

Killin' It in your Workouts | 2 Generations RunningI don’t eat yogurt, cereal, or anything with a lot of dairy because it feels way too heavy in my stomach. Fun story – once my mom and I went on a little family outing in the late morning and ended up getting ice cream. That would’ve been fine, except that we tried to do a 10-mile run when we got back. Bleh. That run lives on in my memory as one of the ugliest, most uncomfortable runs I’ve ever experienced.

What music do you listen to during your workout?
I love upbeat, top 40 hits. Right now, I am obsessed with “Shut Up and dance with me”, “Elastic Heart” and a whole bunch of Ellie Goulding songs. In fact, this is the playlist I listen to 99% of the time when I go for runs right now –

Half Marathon Playlist | 2 Generations Running

How do you switch up certain routines daily/weekly to stay motivated?

As a blogger myself, I obviously enjoy reading running blogs. A LOT. I love reading other people’s race recaps, and sometimes I will read one while I eat my breakfast before going out for an early morning run because the excitement and enthusiasm in these types of posts are just contagious! They get me psyched even though I’m not the one racing. I also like to check my Instagram account to get motivated. I follow a bunch of other health/fitness bloggers and trainers, and seeing their healthy lifestyles in action keeps me feeling like I’m a part of this bigger community and that is definitely a big help when I’m tired at the end of a long day and don’t want to workout.

What do you eat or do after your workout to make sure you got the most
out of your workout?
I’m a big smoothie fan. They’re great both for hydration and as a source of protein to help my muscles recover after a tough workout. When I was training for my first marathon, I spent pretty much all my long runs fantasizing about the smoothies I would make when I was done. My go-to recipe right now is: vanilla Greek yogurt, frozen banana slices, a tablespoon of peanut butter, a sprinkle of instant coffee granules and low-fat milk (or almond milk if I have it). I also LOVE cinnamon protein powder though, and that makes a pretty delish recovery drink.

Killin' It in your workoutsWhat are your tips for staying motivated? Have you ever experienced an awful run as a result of something you ate? Do you have an awesome smoothie recipe? (I’m always looking to try new ones!)

 

 


Tips for Working Out *Without a Gym Membership*

Hey there and happy Wednesday!

So fitness confession here: I haven’t belonged to a gym since last summer, when I was a member of a little local gym for about a month and a half. I joined shortly after my toe started giving me troubles in marathon training, hoping that if I cross-trained, I’d still have a fighting chance at running my marathon (and it worked!) Since then, I’ve continued to cross-train sans gym (though that might be changing shortly…). But if you are like me, and a gym membership is simply too expensive or not practical for you at this point, you CAN still get in some killer workouts and some serious cross-training. So I’m switching things up a bit and sharing some of my tips this week for the Wild Workout Wednesday Link-up (as always, hosted by AnnMarie of The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie of Happy, Healthy, and Balanced, Upala of Pretty in Pink Fitness, and Amber of Bold Fit Mom).

Tips For Working Out Without a Gym Membership

  1. Invest in a few pieces of workout equipment. Over time, my family has built quite a nice home gym. We have an exercise ball, yoga mats, resistance bands, and many sets of free weights! If you’re just starting out, I’d recommend going with 2 sets of free weights to start – a lighter pair (like a 4-5 lb pair) and a heavier set (8-10 lb is what I like best).
  2. Go online. There are SO MANY free workout videos available on YouTube! I love FitnessBlender and this full-body barre workout from Shauna Kathleen, but there are many other workout channels too like Popsugar Fitness and BeFiT that feature awesome full-length workout videos. Runners’ World’s website is also a good source for cross-training videos specifically targeted towards runners. Don’t have any workout equipment yet? Not a problem – just try searching for “no equipment workouts” or “body weight only exercises”.
  3. If you can, get a family member to commit to doing these workouts with you. In my personal experience, you will always get more out of a workout if you’re doing it with other people (this is one of the reasons I love and miss taking group exercise classes at the gym).
  4. Stick with it. The first time I did a workout video, I could not believe how sore I was the next day! But it is the most awesome feeling when you realize you’re actually getting stronger, and new little baby muscles that you never knew existed begin to appear!

Tips for Working Out Without a Gym Membership*Such dramatic results are not guaranteed! 🙂

5. Keep mixing it up. If you do the exact same workout with the same amount of weight all the time, you’ll eventually reach a fitness plateau. Take advantage of the huge variety of videos available online and try something outside your comfort zone, whether it be barre, yoga, Zumba, pilates, cardio kickboxing, or tabata. After all, if you aren’t at the gym, there’s no reason to feel self-conscious if you don’t know what the heck you’re doing!

Tips for Working out without a gym membershipMake all the crazy, pained faces you want without fear of being judged.

So there you go! Hope these help, although now you have no excuse to skip your cross-training!

What are your favorite sources for workouts? Have a great end of your week!


Friday Five: Say Cheese!

Hey there and happy Friday!!

Once again this week, I’m linking up with Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run, and You Signed Up for What for the Friday Five Linkup.

Friday 5 Link-Up

I was so excited for this week’s topic – Fitness Snapshots. I LOVE a good action shot (and a good story to go with it), so I’m very excited to see what other bloggers post!

Friday Five: Fitness Snapshots. 2 Generations Running.

Ok, here are some of the best fitness snapshots of my mom and I that I could find.

1. This picture taken by my boyfriend, of me finishing the Rochester Marathon.

2 Generations Running. Rochester Marathon.Obviously, I love this picture because it’s from my first marathon, but don’t I look strong for being at the end of 26.2 miles?! There’s little sign of how much my big toe hurts (the toenail started aching around mile 18 and I knew I was going to lose it, which I did.). You can’t tell how much pain my legs are in, or how chafed and blistery my back got from my sports bra (who thinks to put Body Glide on your back?!) All you can tell is that I’m finishing my first marathon and I look like I’m just warming up. 🙂

2. This photo of my mom from the Dirty Girl Mud Run.

mudrunDoesn’t she look like she’s killin’ it on the obstacle course? I volunteered at this race, so I didn’t actually get to run it, but it looked like so. much. fun. If you have a mud run/obstacle course race in your future, check out this post we wrote on it for some helpful tips (especially on what to wear!).

3. This shot of me from my high school soccer days (I had just headed the ball, but it’s unfortunately not in the picture)

2 Generations Running.My love for running began with soccer, so it seemed appropriate to include a picture from that time. I was warming up for a game in this picture, practicing headers. Clearly, my bangs are a little out of control. 🙂 I loved playing soccer and I miss it sometimes.

4. This shot of my mom from near the end of the Clearwater Distance Classic (our last half marathon!)

Clearwater Distance Classic. 2 Generations Running.Look, she’s smiling and waving! (she says it was forced, but I think it looks pretty natural.) Not bad for probably having 11-12 miles under her belt. (Full recap can be read here if ya want!) Given the bajillion feet of snow we have right now, it will probably be a while before we’re running in tank tops again.

5. And lastly, another throwback picture of me from high school, this time from indoor track-

2 Generations Running. Long Jump.I’m doing the long jump here (not randomly flinging myself into the air in case you were worried about my sanity.) I wasn’t the best long jumper in the world, but it was pretty fun! And I loved my bright red Saucony track spikes, I felt like a bada** in those.

Did anybody else play soccer or long jump before getting into running? Ever tried a mud run (and was it as awesome as it looks?!)? Have a great weekend!


Friday Five: Favorite Indoor Workouts!

Happy Friday everyone!

You made it, and guess what?! It’s Super Bowl weekend!

I’ll be watching the game with my family and the dogs (Brady LOVES watching Tom Brady play. Just kidding, he mostly sleeps.) I’m excited for some yummy eats, funny commercials, and hopefully a good game.

Tom Brady gif. 2 Generations Running

Poor Tom. I hope he finds someone to high-five on Sunday.

Today, I’m participating in the Friday Five Link-Up once again, hosted by Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run, and You Signed Up for What?. The topic for today: favorite indoor workouts.

Friday 5 Link-UpI’ve recently started doing TONS of indoor workouts, from Fitnessblender videos on Youtube to different workouts on Gigabody, and yesterday, I did a strength workout from the Runners’ World website that’s supposed to ward off runner’s knee issues (and holy crap, was that tough!).

Gigabody review and giveaway

I didn’t always enjoy these types of workouts though. More like, I hated them. My first experience with workout videos came when I was probably 12 or 13 and I attempted a pilates workout DVD that we had laying around. It was only 25 minutes long, so I figured it couldn’t be too bad. Haha, famous last words

Pilates. 2 Generations RunningBy the end of the workout, I was in actual tears over how hard it was. I was a bit dramatic and high-strung, what can I say.

It took me a long time to realize it’s not about completing every single exercise perfectly for every single rep – it’s about trying, and coming back to that workout regularly enough that you actually give yourself time to improve. (After the first time I did that pilates video, I don’t think I tried it again till college). It’s about knowing your limits, so you don’t injure yourself – but also pushing yourself.

So what would be my favorites of these videos? Well here are a few videos that I have done many times and really enjoy:

1. Fitnessblender Tank Top Arms (at just around 10 minutes, this video is a cinch to squeeze in on a busy day, but it packs a punch! I’ve been doing this video since the end of the summer, and I finally feel like I have toned, strong arms.)

2. Fitnessblender’s Total Body Barre Workout. I’ve heard such positive things about pure barre workouts and really wanted to give it a try for myself, so I was really excited to discover fitnessblender had made a video featuring their exercise techniques. It’s another great workout that will leave your thighs and butt burning.

3. Fitnessblender’s 10 minute Abs. Yep, it’s another quick one. But if you’re starting out and are kind of intimidated by the idea of an hour long core workout (the way I was), then this is a great way to start!

4. Gigabody’s video, Anni’s Force Fitness Cardio Kickboxing. Another great workout though you will need a bit more space for all the jumping around, kicking and punching in this one! Be careful not to smack any family members. 😉

Runner's World Iron Strength Workout.

5. And finally, the Runners’ World Iron Strength workout. I’m not sure if I should call this one of my “favorites”, (especially when I’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to walk today or tomorrow), but it is definitely a challenge. And it’s one that I’m going to force myself to keep coming back to, because I would really LOVE to strengthen my quads, hamstrings, and glutes so that I can banish this runner’s knee issue once and for all (because frankly, it sucks and I want to run again). Though, I freely admit that there were times when I was cursing Dr. Metzl and calling him Dr. Evil as he walked through the exercises. But I find a little aggression is good for workouts. 😉

What are your favorite indoor workouts? Do you enjoy workout videos? 


Confessions + A Special Workout…

Happy Hump Day!

Hump Day! 2 Generations Running

I hope everyone is having a great week. Thank you so much for all the positive feedback you’ve been sending on the new blog, I’m glad  you guys like it as much as I do!

Today, I have a confession to make, right off the bat.

I watch The Bachelor (and so does my mom- Sorry mom, I’m outing you too.)

The Bachelor.

Please try not to judge us.  The new season started 2 weeks ago, and so far, it has been some excellent Monday night entertainment. I know that Bachelor drinking games are very popular, but hey, if you just made a New Years resolution to be healthier, try this game instead-

The Bachelor Workout. 2 Generations Running

Yep, you’re going to be feeling sore after this workout. You’re welcome.

Apart from having way too much fun watching the return of The Bachelor, my mom and I have been in full-on packing mode for Florida! I can’t believe the race is on Sunday – I’m so excited!

When we had first signed up for the race, I had toyed with the idea of trying to run it fast (maybe PR fast), but I’m setting that idea aside. I only got in one 10 mile run in the past month, and I haven’t had the time to really focus on speed work. So now, I’m looking forward to running this race at a comfortable pace, walking when I need, and stopping to take pictures of the beautiful scenery. It’s a vacation race, and I’m not going to stress.

My mom and I will be flying out at the end of the week, but I’ll try to check in on the blog as much as possible, and let you all know how half marathon #10 goes! Wish us luck! 


Welcome to the New Blog + a Giveaway!

Welcome to 2 Generations Running!

Tada! I hope you guys like the new look, I’m so excited about it! I’ve been so thrilled with this new design that I’ve pretty much been working on it non-stop for the past week, which is why I’m revealing it so much sooner than I expected.

Excited for 2 Generations Running.

You might notice this is not the first post – don’t be confused, I had to transfer over old race recaps and favorites that I didn’t want to lose. But this is the first real post of 2 Generations Running! The name (as you may have guessed) is obviously a reference to the fact that my mom and I run together, as I still want that to be a key focus of this blog. However, it’s a lot shorter and easier to remember than Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo. (Another problem with that title was that as I got older, people thought I was the Mom in the duo, so it was a bit confusing). 

2 Generations Running.If you previously subscribed to my posts (i.e., you’d like to be emailed when I publish a new post), PLEASE subscribe again! You can do it over in the sidebar super easily –> I ALSO went ahead and made a Facebook page for 2 Generations Running, so if you’re on facebook, I’d love for you to like my page  I promise to share my posts and other fun content. If you go over to my page now, you’ll see I posted a video of the most adorable workout you’ll ever see there this morning. I can’t watch it without smiling.

Speaking of workout videos, I mentioned a few posts ago that as part of my SweatPink ambassadorship, I was getting to test out and review Gigabody, a site with tons of great workout videos. As a special reward for being such great readers of my blog and to celebrate the new launch of 2 Generations Running, I’ll be giving away one free month of Gigabody membership to a lucky reader!

Gigabody Giveaway and Review. 2 Generations Running.

 

One of the things I like about Gigabody over Fitnessblender is that the videos on Gigabody feel a bit more like a fitness class you might take at the gym – the videos have music, the instructors are enthusiastic and motivating, and they’re ranked by intensity level. So if you know upper-body strength is your weakness, it’s easy to find a beginner workout for that.

gigabody review and giveaway.

You can also find a workout by selecting the duration and type of workout you feel like! I’ve been wanting to try some of the flexibility workouts, because I KNOW that’s something I need to work on that would probably help my running too.

Gigabody review and giveawayGigabody also keeps track of the workouts you’ve done, which I think is a nice, motivating touch!

So if your New Years Resolution had something to do with exercising or hitting the gym more frequently, this is the giveaway for you! To enter, please use the following link which will take you to the Rafflecopter giveaway I’ve set up:

Enter this Giveaway!

I’d love to hear how you like the new title and look of the blog! Also, what type of workout video from Gigabody is most appealing to you?