Friday, September 26, 2014

Where Has Go Fast Mommy Been Going Lately?

Last night I went to Fleet Feet Sports in Scottsdale with some of my #RunEatTweetAZ friends!!

Wow, what an amazing running store.  I loved how open and bright it was and the staff was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about running.  I love all the weekly group runs they have listed on their website and plan on attending a Thursday evening run soon!  I left with an awesome new outfit and of course we had to take some fun pics to capture the nights festivities!

 We had a bunch of rain last week and I cant get enough of how beautiful our desert looks with a touch of green added in!!

 I have been hiking and running the trails as much as I can to take full advantage of this pretty desert I'm lucky enough to call home!

PSA:  Trader Joe's has all of their pumpkin flavored goodies out now!  Let the stockpiling begin :)

We had the cutest cashier and not only was he patient with letting Brayden unload his little shopping cart, but he also let him scan a few of the items as well!  It's the little things :)  I just love Trader Joe's!!

I was lucky enough to get a behind the scenes tour of the newest emergency medical center in the North Valley, the John C Lincoln Sonoran Health Center (#JCLsonoran)  Man was I impressed!!  Located off the I!7 and Dove Valley Road, the entire facility was designed with the patient experience in mind and looks like a luxury spa and NOT an emergency medical center.

They are open 24/7 and are a fully equipped emergency care facility and even have a breast health center on site with weekly support group meetings for breast cancer survivors.  What struck me was all the personal thoughtful touches and their dedication of a "door to discharge" for patients in 2 hours.  It's pretty comforting knowing this facility is in my neighborhood, nearby, if I should ever need to make a visit!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Leave No Doubt

Arizona State Football is in full swing!!!  Love college football and supporting my alma mater.  This year the team introduced a new hashtag #LeaveNoDoubt.  Wow.  I freaking love this motto on so many levels.  Leave No Doubt. Three little words full of so many possibilities.

From many recent conversations with my friends that are going through all walks of life, I think we all are striving every day to #LeaveNoDoubt.  At the end of the day we want to leave no doubts in our minds that we were the best mother, spouse, friend, daughter, sister, employee, the very best version of ourselves that we can offer. 

Every day I really try to give everything I do my all so that when my head hits the pillow each night I can have no doubts that I did all I could with those 24 hours I had been given   I push myself during my workout.  I engage with my son all day.  I try to be the best friend I can.  Keep a clean house.  Give exceptional service to my customers. The list really does go on and on, doesn't it?!

How does one continue on this path of perceptual perfection without crashing?!  For me, I have been trying harder to prioritize, live in the moment, and really count my blessings, remembering that all that is guaranteed is today, so we should make the most of the time we are given instead of trying to worry about what lies ahead.

At the end of the day, we are all human, all filled with a ton of #Doubts, but lets all hold ourselves accountable to try to #LeaveNoDoubt that we aren't perfect, and weren't designed to be perfect.  We need to focus more and #DoYourYou and be #ProudofYou for all we do!!  I'm going to continue to work on this self appreciation over the next month and would love for all of you to join me!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Doing P90X3 While Training for a Half Marathon

Since I had a longer than normal gap in between completing my 4th half marathon (San Diego Rock n Roll ) at the beginning of June and my next (the Lake Powell Half) in mid October I wanted to train a little differently this time, specifically focusing on my strength training (which has been very lax since starting running).  I loved how running made me feel, but well, I was feeling a little flabby from it.  Maybe it was the holidays, maybe it was the ice cream "rewards" I had been giving myself every Sunday after a long run, I'm not sure, but over the past year I had put on about 8 pounds, which on a 5'3" shortie like me is a lot.  I wanted to use this 5.5 month gap in races to get my figure back.

Since I love the convenience factor of working out at home, and I already owned the P90X3 discs I decided to go that route.  I am a big P90X and Tony Horton fan and have completed several rounds and saw great results with P90X in the past.  I even got to meet the man Tony Horton himself about 5 years ago when he did a local event here in Phoenix.  So cool!
Throwing up the X with Tony Horton!

I'll admit, what first drew me into the X3 program as the workout length.  They are only 30 minutes long!  And the 30 minutes even includes the warm up and cool downs too even.  It's a non stop workout once you hit play and I love that efficiency.

The set comes with 16 30 minute workouts and you can choose the program you follow, which guides you through the order in which you'll complete the workouts. I chose the Classic routine, because it had a nice mix or cardio and strength routines that I thought would compliment running nicely.  Each routine wants you to complete 6-7 workout videos a week.
P90X3, 16 30 minute workouts

On a typical week, I will run 3-4 mornings.  On the mornings I can't run, I get up and do 2 P90X3 workouts back to back.  These workouts are challenging, yes, but are not too tough that you can't do two of them in a row.  Depending on the week, some evenings I will do a X3 routine on a day I have ran in the morning.  I listen to my body, and adjust my routine to how I am feeling, while still trying to get in the workouts I committed to.  I always take one day off, or some weeks, I will just do the Dynamix X3 workout which is a great fluid stretching and strengthening routine instead of taking a scheduled rest day.

I think what I loved most about these routines that I really felt like they really were meant for amature athletes like myself.  I just completed week 9 so I have 4 more weeks to go and I can can tell you that every week since I have started I have felt like I have gotten progressively stronger, faster, leaner, and more balanced. I am much leaner and tighter.  I have increased my endurance and speed with running too.  I now run a lot with the jogging stroller and I can push it for 10 mile long runs which I never dreamed possible before! I also lost all 8 pounds that I had gained over the last year!
Running is my true passion, and I am so grateful that P90X3 made me stronger

I tried T25 and couldn't make it more than a week.  It was way too much pounding on my joints and jumping, and frankly I was scared to death that I would injure my knees so I had to stop, it just want worth it.  I can tell you X3 is totally different.  There is still a ton of strength work, but done in a more non traditional way that makes it more interesting.  There are a lot of balance and strength work that is focused on priming the body to compete athletically.  There is also a lot of focus on strengthening each side of the body separately which I think has made my hips, knees, and joints super strong.  I have been pushing my body with this routine of 25 or so workout videos and approximately 100 running miles a month and have not gotten injured once, and I fully believe X3 has made me more flexible and fit.

In short, would I recommend incorporating P90X3 into your half marathon training?  Heck yes!!  Although I am already seeing physical and mental strength and athletic gains, I can't wait to fully put this training regime to the test on October 18, when I run my 5th half marathon, and my first while pushing the jogging stroller.  Stay tuned!

I am not a Beach Body coach, but a few of my real life blogger friends are!  If you have any questions or want more info on P90X3 or any Beach Body programs, please reach out to them on their blogs: Zucchini Runner, Soto Designs, and Cook and Run with Kristin.

Do you follow any type of cross training routine while training for your races?  What do you do and how do you like it?