Wellness Resource Wednesday #3

It’s time for the third installment in my new Wellness Resource Wednesday series!

Wellness Resource Wednesday | 2 Generations RunningToday, I wanted to share one of my absolutely favorite websites for anything and EVERYTHING health-related. Want to find a healthy recipe? Discover a great workout? Learn about the healthiest companies in America? Go to Greatist.com.

Greatist.com

At this point, I don’t remember how I first came across Greatist, I’ve been using the website for so long. Whenever I’m in need of a little motivation boost, I like to check it out and I can always find an interesting article to read or some good, practical advice for healthy living. I also love that it explains physiological or nutrition-related topics, without being overly technical. I’m not a science nerd, but I can follow their explanations.

ScienceSome of my favorite articles on Greatist:

I like it much better than Pinterest as a resource for health/fitness information, because I find it’s more reliable. While anyone can link websites to Pinterest promoting the latest insane, lose 10 lbs in a week diet, the writers at Greatist back up their articles with actual data and research.

So check it out! There’s an article for everyone on there, no matter your health goals. 🙂

Do you have a website you love for healthy living tips? I’m always looking for recommendations! 


Wellness Resource Wednesday

Happy Hump Day guys!

I thought I would try something a little new this week.

Wellness Resource Wednesday | 2 Generations RunningLately, I’ve been coming across a bunch of awesome health/fitness resources from Youtube videos to podcasts and every time I find something new, I think about how I should share it on the blog. And then I forget… So, I’m hoping that by starting this Wellness Resource Wednesday as an ongoing series on the blog, I’ll remember to share what I find and you all can take advantage of the resources that sound interesting to you! My plan is to cover everything from running to workouts to nutrition – basically, anything that I think you guys as readers might want to know more about or check out for yourself!

First up this week – a 53-minute NOVA documentary I watched a couple weeks ago on Youtube. It’s called Marathon Challenge (click to watch!).  It follows the story of 12 non-runners selected by a group of researchers at Tufts University to train for the Boston Marathon. The researchers wanted to find out whether sedentary non-athletes could become marathoners in 9 months of training. While I sort of question the ethics of throwing brand new runners into the sport with marathon training (even if they did have high-caliber coaches!), it was still fascinating to watch. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I will say the results are inspiring, and the video is definitely worth a watch if you’re in need of a little motivation boost.

If you watch the documentary, let me know what you think! Do you have a health/fitness resource you love?

 


Fall Running Goals

Well, here we are! It’s October 1st and Fall is officially in full swing! Temps are beginning to cool down and it feels GLORIOUS for running. It’s pumpkin spiced latte/apple picking/puffy vest season!

Pumpkin GIFSorry to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon, but I actually do love the stuff, so I’m pretty excited about it. 🙂

With the changing season, I figure it’s time for some new running goals. I did a post on my running goals for the summer and I think it was really helpful for me to outline what I wanted to work on over the upcoming months. And I ended up achieving my biggest goal, which was to get myself a fancy new 5k PR.

The Lowell Good Times SeriesAt the age group awards of the Good Times Summer Series with my First Place Plaque!

Now it’s time for some new goals. 🙂

Fall Running Goals | 2 Generations Running

  1. Cross-train at least 3 days a week. With my new gym being quite literally 5 minutes away, I have no excuse to skip workouts. I also have access to tons of machines (it’s a big gym!), so I don’t have to rely on solely using free weights anymore! I’d really like to work on strengthening my abs and upper-body (I think I’ll pretty much save my legs for running.)
  2. Find new groups to run with in the area. There are tons of weekly workouts hosted by different running stores and clubs not too far from me now, and I want to take advantage! Group workouts have always appealed to me (probably because I’m too competitive for my own good). Hopefully, I’ll make some new running buddies!
  3. Find the next state for me and my mom to cross off. While we’ve been focusing on training for Bay State recently, it’s not going to get us closer to our 50 state goal. Life was a little hectic this summer with me starting a new job, but things are finally settling down again, and it’s time for us to start planning. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware are all possibilities that would be a little closer to home, but it’s going to be trickier to find races up in this area as the weather gets colder.
  4. Incorporate more interval/tempo runs into my workouts. I started doing this this summer since I was so intent on my 5k PR, and I actually really like these workouts! Maybe it’s the former high school track athlete in me, but I actually love to push myself to run faster than feels comfortable.
  5. Focus on my nutrition. In general, I’m pretty good about eating food that’s good for me and doesn’t leave me feeling crappy. I love salads and veggies and will happily eat them for dinner. My biggest weakness though is probably my sweet tooth (I always crave dessert, even when I’m feeling full). I also have a deep love for pizza, but I’m thinking as long as I limit pizza to my Friday nights, I’ll be ok. 🙂

So, that’s what I’ll be working on over the next few months. When New Years rolls around, it’ll be perfect timing for new winter goals!

Do you have any particular goals you’re focused on currently? Pumpkin –  yay or nay


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? 


A Snowy Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend! My mom and I have been rudely thrust back into typical New England weather. Just a few days ago, we went from this-

Florida Trip. 2 Generations Running.

Florida. Packet Pick-Up for the Clearwater Distance Classic.A selfie from packet-pickup. Looks pretty nice, amirite?

To this-

Winter. 2 Generations Running

Winter. 2 Generations Running.A nice, 5 or so inches of snow to remind us we’re not in Florida anymore. And as if this wasn’t bad enough, we are supposed to get a BLIZZARD Monday night into Tuesday. And I’m not saying that as hyperbole. It’s going to be an actual, legitimate blizzard. Oh, the joys of winter…

So while the snow was falling on Saturday, I decided to try a recipe for cookie dough protein powder balls I had found on Pinterest.

Cookie Dough Protein Powder Balls

Cookie dough protein powder balls

You make these balls by first making a chocolate dough using chocolate protein powder and a vanilla dough, then you squish and roll them together to form a swirl. Of course, these don’t look as appetizing in my pictures as they did in the original recipe (see it here.) Unfortunately, they’re a little dry and kind of bland, but I like the idea behind this recipe so I’m thinking I may experiment in the future and try to adapt it to make these balls a little more moist and flavorful.

So much discussion about balls lately…

Deflategate. Tom Brady.

Sorry, I had to. But that will be the only reference I make to Deflategate, because COME ON, ENOUGH ALREADY!

On Sunday, my mom and I braved the slushy roads to try to get a run in. I did some of the knee stretches I had looked up before we went off, but unfortunately, they didn’t really help. Within the first mile, it was already bothering me and when we reached 2 and a half miles, I finally gave up and walked the last half mile home. So new plan – I’m going to take a week long break from running and I’ll focus on stretching, icing, and some other workouts (maybe yoga?) Next Sunday, I’ll try a short run and see how the knee feels. I’m not thrilled about this, but the good news is, I don’t have any races on the horizon for a while, so I can really focus on resting.

The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing, cooking, and watching Downton Abbey in the evening! Even though I missed a bunch of episodes, I’m really enjoying watching the show again with my mom.

Downton Abbey. 2 Generations Running

I hope you all had a great weekend! Good luck surviving the snow if you’re in the blizzard zone too! Any other fans of Downton Abbey enjoying the new season?


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…)