It’s really hot in Georgia

It's really hot in Georgia

Feels like 90 at 9:30am? I made it though, even ran negative splits. This was in Savannah before we took a really long drive to Atlanta. Tomorrow? I might just do treadmill sprints. Did I say that it’s hot in Georgia?

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This Week’s Reasons Why Life is Good

This was originally going to be a Friday thing, but I’m not good at following pointless “rules” – so it seems silly to impose them on myself.

So here is this week’s edition:

1. School is over. I have some part time summer jobs, but I’m done teaching until after Labor Day. And. It. Feels. Good.

2. Spent my first complete day off with my friend Liz at the North Shore Beach Club after a good Sleeveless class at Lithe Method. It’s not really a beach club, just a 21+ pool in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. I am a weekday member, meaning I can go Mon-Fri and take guests for $10. Today was hot and beautiful. Almost perfect pool weather. (It was really hot). Thirty minutes after I got home today, the sky turned dark and opened up. Good timing on my part.

 

Image3. Did some runs last week. The one I posted, some more hills with my friend Matt. Then, I ran out to where the TriRock Philly Sprint Tri was happening to cheer on my friend Christine, who was racing.  I ended up getting to the art museum around the same time the Philly Runners left to go on their run, so ended up running 2 of the 3 miles with a fellow from that group. It was already steaming hot at 8am. I got to the transition area at West River Drive and Black Road around 8:20. I saw her come around for her two bike loops and went over to her transition as she took off for the run. I think she did fabulous. She didn’t drown, fall, die, or throw up. That’s #winning in my book. I’m definitely going to get myself a bike and do a tri with her soon. Now that I’ve seen one, it doesn’t look *quite* as intimidating.

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4. Went to my first Phillies game of the season on Sunday! They lost miserably (8-0 to the freakin Mets), but we just had some drinks and enjoyed the ball park. My friend Meg recently had a birthday, so she came to Philly, and we hit up bloody marys with brunch and the game. We escaped to Xfinity shortly after a rain delay. I enjoy baseball games – even when my team is sucking.

5. I leave for vacation tomorrow! I’ll try to post some pictures and workouts that I do along the way. I’ll be gone for 9 days, and you better believe that I will work out at least 5 of those days. I am flying into Savannah, and my friend Ingela and I are going to do a little road trip. A couple days in Savannah, 1 night in Atlanta, 2 nights camping in Tennessee (white water rafting too!), 2 nights in Nashville, and 2 nights in Asheville, North Carolina. I fly out of Asheville super early on July 5.

6. Last, but not least, my cat just cuddled up into my arms, because he missed me today.

 

Life is good, guys. Promise.

View from Last Night’s Run

Stealing this from and running partner Matt. Check out his awesome running blog.  Had to work my part to work my part time gig at Lithe last night so decided to take a quick run after I finished about 8:30. I only took my running belt and water with me so was set to go. I left Old City and ran down Arch to the Parkway and up a bit before circling back and heading home.  I ran 2.8 miles in about 29 minutes, nice and easy. I took a few pictures as I ran around Logan Circle. Take note how light the first picture is in relation to the last. They were taken just a few minutes apart!

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Sunday Bootcamp Workout

I am part of a meetup group called Healthy Girls Rock, and I occasionally host free group bootcamp workouts. I am not a certified group exercise instructor or a personal trainer (not yet at least!) Therefore, it’s all at your own risk, of course, but girls always come out, and we always get in a great workout. This past Sunday, I had a bootcamp planned for 10am at the art museum.

*<In the spirit of full disclosure, I was a bit of a hot mess on Saturday night – completely by accident, of course. Had an awesome time eating sushi and an even better time drinking beer in this totally cool pop up PHS beer garden on Broad St. However, by 11:45pm, I had to send myself home, and in the process got my wallet and keys lost/stolen. We are going to go with the “stolen” story, because it sounds a lot better than the “I dropped my wallet in the cab and was convinced I lost it” story. Anyway, I wasn’t feeling particularly awesome on Sunday morning but not totally dreadful either.>*

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There was certainly a nice view!

Approximately 15 girls were still signed up come Sunday morning and 8 showed. (I imagine the other 7 possibly had evenings like mine.) First off, it was freakin’ hot. There isn’t exactly shade on the art museum steps. On the plus side, there’s the art museum steps which provide a great workout in and of itself. I didn’t put sunscreen on my shoulders and neck, though, and I definitely got some sun. The girls who came out were very nice and up for a good workout. Due to the heat, some definitely did not hydrate properly and got a little light headed, so a few had to sit down for part of the workout. PSA: Always work at your level and listen to your body.

The workout we did could easily be replicated. Here it is, for your benefit!

  • Start with 3 rounds of stair runs (down to bottom and back up).  –  If you don’t have stairs, run around the block or a short loop or something similar.
  • 1st circuit, 3 rounds: 20 squats, 20 push ups, 20 rowers (like sit-ups), walking lunges down a ramp and back up (or just about 20-25), 1 round of stairs
  • 2nd circuit, 3 rounds: 1 min plank hold, 20 tricep dips, side shuffle down ramp and back up (or on a flat surface if no ramp), 1 round of stairs
  • Stretching!

This took us about 45 minutes. If I was doing this by myself, I probably would have finished in about 35-40 minutes. However, I definitely still felt like I got a good workout!

Modifications:

Longer: Run 1 mile before and/or after

Harder: Sprint the stair runs, substitute jump squats for regular squats,

Shorter: 2 rounds of each exercise

Easier: substitute incline pushups for regular pushups, walk stairs instead of running, substitute stationary lunges for walking lunges

As always: Talk to your doctor if you have any hesitations or questions about starting a workout program.

This Week’s Reasons Why Life is Good

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1. I was able to celebrate with my friend Bimpe last night. She is moving to Rhode Island, which is a little sad; however, she’s doing a second residency in order to be able to treat abused children. Basically, she’s going to save the world.

2. I did hill sprints with my friend Matt on Wednesday night. He wrote about it on his blog here.  Basically, we did a mile warm up, 5 hill sprints up the Penn’s Landing Market St bridge, fast up – slow back down. Then we ended with an easy .5 mile cool down.  Then, we went to Triumph Brewery for some post run brews. I had the Belgian Blond, which was seriously delicious!

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Triumph Brewery’s Beer List

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Our (slightly blurry) view of the Ben Franklin Bridge from our cool down .

3. I did not get laid off. And with the mess that is the School District of Philadelphia, it’s a wonder that any of us still have jobs.

4. I started a new job last week, just a part time gig working the desk at Lithe Method in Old City. I had two more training shifts this week, and I have been told that I am ready for my first big girl shift – working by myself! It’s fairly easy and a relaxed environment and it will give me some extra money to spend/pay off bills/save (and some free classes too!)

5. I started season 2 of Game of Thrones. I’m becoming obsessed.

6. School is *almost* over. It’s so close that I can practically taste the joys of summer.

7. I’m getting a hair cut today – for free! I won a giveaway at Body Cycle Studio awhile back, and I’m cashing in on the hair cut today!

8. Last but not least, 2 little girls just came into my classroom, while I’m eating lunch typing this, to offer me a donut. I only ate half of it, but really – don’t mind if I do.

Life is good, guys. Promise.

Be Well Boot Camp Recap!

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This past Saturday, I went to the Be Well Philly Boot Camp that was put on by the folks over at the Philadelphia Magazine’s wellness blog, Be Well Philly (which, in my opinion, is an awesome blog with a ton of helpful, funny, and interesting information!)

The tickets were $25, which I thought were TOTALLY worth it! I seriously had an awesome time. The earlier you bought the tickets the better, since some of the sessions that took place in the exercise studios required advance sign up. Other workout sessions were outside under a huge tent with a nicely padded type of mobile flooring.  There was a stage with chairs and a separate classroom for cooking demos and nutrition talks.

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