Let’s Get Wild! {A Cross-Training Workout For Runners}

Happy Wednesday!

First off, congrats to Sam – you won the Meal Enders sample!

I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start! Monday’s episode of The Bachelor kicked things off well for me; I am absolutely LOVING this season and Chris is now down to just 2 girls! I was kind of happy Kaitlyn was sent home on Monday because I actually really like her and don’t think Chris (and Iowa) were right for her. Here’s to hoping she’s the next bachelorette! Haha, apparently Entertainment Tonight agrees with me on this -> 9 Reasons Why Kaitlyn Bristowe Should be the Next Bachelorette.

Kaitlyn from the Bachelor.But anyways…

Today, I wanted to share a workout I created as part of a new link-up I’m participating in! It’s the Wild Workout Wednesday Link-up (hence, the title… what did you think I meant?!), 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.

Wild Workout Wednesday.I’m not a personal trainer, but I created this workout to incorporate some of the moves that I’ve learned are good for strengthening quads and glutes – something runners can try to do to help prevent pesky runner’s knee issues (like I’m experiencing currently). I also added some core exercises to help keep it interesting. 🙂

Cross-training workout for runners. 2 Generations Running.

I tested it out on Monday, and this workout will definitely have you breaking a sweat. The trick is to go through it fairly quickly- try to keep any rest breaks to a minimum. I was pretty pooped by the end of those 30 minutes. 🙂

As much as I enjoy these types of workouts, I’m REALLY looking forward to this weekend’s relay race!! The Clearwater Distance Classic was my last race, just over a month ago, and I’ve started experiencing symptoms of race withdrawal again (i.e., longingly reading other bloggers’ race recaps, scrolling through lists of different race registrations… you know, normal things.) Hopefully, my knee will cooperate, even though it’s a hilly course. I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out!

Have a happy Hump Day! Tp the runners out there- do you experience race withdrawal when you haven’t done one in a while?


New Additions to the Home Gym

Happy Thursday!

Good news – the end of the week is near! I’m very excited for the weekend as I’ll be heading out to visit my alma mater (am I allowed to say that if I only graduated 2 months ago?) and my boyfriend. It’s sure to be a fun visit and I’m excited to see all my college friends again. I’ll be gone for a few days, but I do have some posts planned for during my absence. 🙂

SUNY Geneseo.Things will be looking snowier than in this picture, I’m sure.

Yesterday, I thoroughly exhausted myself in 45 minutes doing some Fitnessblender workouts (it’s blurring together now, but think burpees, bicep curls, squats, tricep dips, bentover rows, and side hip raises…) These videos have seriously been my savior with toning back the running!

In the afternoon, my mom and I headed out to do some errands, and picked up a new set of 4 lb weights. We’d been doing our best to make do with sets of 2 lb, 8 lb, and a single 5 lb weight, but figured having another light dumbbell would be helpful for some of the exercises we’ve been doing (lateral front raises with 8 lbs are painful! and probably not a great idea.)

2 Generations Running. Workouts.

2 Generations Running.We also got some resistance bands to use for some hip strengthening exercises from the latest issue of Runner’s World. We’re building quite a nice home gym! 🙂

Make sure to check in tomorrow for another Friday Five post! (it’s a good one, if I do say so myself.)

P.S., remember how I said I really enjoyed Katy Perry’s dancing sharks? Apparently, a lot of people did. Check out this buzzfeed article, Katy Perry’s Sharks were the Best Part of the Super Bowl. and remember, “we are all dancing sharks in the sea of life.”

Katy Perry.

Do you have a home gym? Have you ever used resistance bands?

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?

The Power of the Group

Happy Weekend! 🙂

I hope you all had a good week! I was busy running around getting some things for school, and ordering textbooks. It is finally hitting me that this summer is almost over. I leave for school next weekend. YIKES. I should also mention that this is actually going to be my last semester of undergrad (I’m graduating early in 3 and 1/2 years), so that is a little bizarre to think about! But I’ll probably do a post on that a little bit later on…

First, I wanted to share that I have gotten my new, physical therapist-approved running sneakers! =)

My new running sneakers, the Brooks Pure Flows

My previous sneakers were the Brooks Ghost 7, which you can see here, after I ran the Mad Half Marathon this summer –

the Medal from the Mad Half Marathon in Waitsfield, Vermont

I’m sticking with Brooks for now, but moving to the Pure Flows because my physical therapist recommended I try a more flexible shoe. These are definitely more flexible, even leaning towards the whole minimalist, natural style. It’s definitely different, and not what I’m used to but so far, I’m really loving them! I’ll be sure to post some updates later on after I’ve tested them out more to let you know what I think.

But now I want to post on something a little different that I’ve been thinking about lately.

The power of the group

I wanted to talk a little bit about what is probably my favorite aspect of exercise, besides the whole being able to eat an extra serving of ice cream-side of it! (That is a major part of it though, not gonna lie!) 😉

With my current foot tendon issues, I’ve been forced to take a break from running, and while this has been a total bummer, it’s been a great opportunity for me to branch out. A couple of summers ago, I had taken some exercise classes at a local gym, but since that summer, running has really taken over, and the gym workouts were replaced with more miles. I realized early in the summer that I really missed those classes. With my marathon plans though, it just didn’t seem like I would have the time to go for long runs AND make the trips to the gym, so I was happy enough to stick to running.

Well, it’s funny how things work out sometimes… Now that I’m injured, I have joined the gym, and I’m finally able to attend classes again! It’s a glass half-full kind of situation. At least, I’m trying to look at it like that.

Why I love group exercise classes

When I was in my Group Power class a few days ago (basically an hour-long full body cardio workout complete with weights), I realized that the same reason I LOVE running races is why I also love exercise classes.

The social atmosphere of group exercise is not only more enjoyable, it inspires me to push myself to new levels.

As a psychology major/nerd, I have read countless studies that have described the power of the group and how it impacts task performance (when it has a positive effect, it’s called social facilitation). I never really thought about it in terms of my own running before though, but it makes sense. Watching other runners give it their all in a race, helps me tap into that place inside that keeps my legs pumping when I can barely breathe. Sure, I’m a competitive person, and I like to run fast in races, but it’s so much more than that.

There’s something about running or sweating it out in an exercise class with a group of people that creates a bond. You know that the person right beside you is tired too, but they’re still going. So you keep going too. And then before you know it, you’ve run further or faster or you’ve done more reps with more weight than you ever thought you could.

An electric atmosphere at the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon

The atmosphere at a race is electric – there’s so much adrenaline and excitement that you can’t help but get swept up in it! For so many runners, a race represents the culmination of months of training, sacrifice, and (sorry for the cliche-)BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS. How can you not be excited in such an environment? Exercise classes can be very similar (although on a much smaller scale) in that they bring together many like-minded people who are looking to challenge themselves and become stronger in the process.

Exercise Classes Bring Together Like-Minded People Looking to get stronger

And that’s an experience you simply cannot replicate working out alone.

(Sidenote: I also feel like a total badass lifting a barbell so that helps…)