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MotivateMe Monday: My Summer Fitness Plans

Happy Monday everyone!

It certainly feels like summer around here and I couldn’t be more happy! It was hot and sunny as we spent the entire weekend outside cheering my oldest daughter on at her softball tournament. She played incredibly and so did the rest of her team. In their semi final game they were down by 1 in the last inning. Sierra hit in the tying run, then she stole her way around the bases to be in scoring position, then scored the winning run!

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The gold medal game was not quite as dramatic, but was also really exciting. Sierra’s team got off to an early lead then held the lead for the whole game. They had one bad inning that gave us all a bit of a scare, but they managed to hold on to the lead to win the gold medal!

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Congratulations Hawks!

Now that summer is upon us it’s time to share my fitness plans.  With the amount of softball we’ll be going to (especially on the weekends) my plan is to leave them free so that I don’t feel the pressure to try to get in a long run somehow before, after or between softball games.  Instead I want to focus more on strength and speed to help me lose the 10 lbs I gained this winter.  Since I put the battery in my scale in March I have managed to stop the upward trend, but have not yet been able to get the weight to creep back down to where it was.  It’s definitely time to start taking serious action towards getting my clothes to fit again.  I ran the MEC 10k a week ago and I have signed up for another one in two weeks from now.  Part of my fitness plan is to work my butt off (literally) so that I can beat those two MEC 10k times in the fall.  

So how do I plan to do it?  First I’ll run three mornings a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Wednesdays run will be either speedwork (1 mile repeats) or hill repeats (run up and down a hill as many times as can for 15-25 min).  On those same days I’ll do a lower body strength workout at GoodLife Fitness:

Lower body strength workout

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I’ll walk to GoodLife Fitness on my lunch break to do this upper body workout:

Upper body workout

Plus I’ve learned that coaching softball on Monday and Wednesday nights nets me a good 5,000 steps, and I’ll be doing that until the end of August.

While I would LOVE to get faster in the 10k my REAL goal is to start losing some of the weight I put on.  In the past the only things that have worked are strength training and food journalling – running has pretty much NEVER worked for me because it just makes me want to eat ALL.THE.FOOD!

Last week’s workouts:

Monday: 8k run
Tuesday: Walked the loop around the park while the kiddos play at the park.
Wednesday: 8k morning run + BodyPump at GoodLife Fitness
Thursday: Lunch run
Friday: 6k morning run + Upper body strength workout
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Rest/recovery 

For fitness, my plan for this week is:

Monday: 8k morning run + lower body strength workout
Tuesday: upper body strength workout
Wednesday: 6k morning run + BodyPump at GoodLife Fitness
Thursday: upper body strength workout
Friday: 6k morning run + lower body strength workout
Saturday: Run the loop around the park while the kiddos play at the park.
Sunday: Rest/recovery 

Have a great week everyone!  

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How did you spend your weekend?
What’s on your fitness and meal plans for this week?
What are your Summer fitness goals?

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  • Cassi Schmigotzki
    May 31, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    You have a great summer fitness schedule planned out!

  • Confessions of a Mother Runner
    May 31, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Looks like lots of proud mom moments this week!

  • Lucie Palka
    June 2, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Lunch workouts are the best strategies to fit fitness in a busy schedule. It’s when I do most of my training. And I agree about running not being the a weight loss solution for me. Monitoring my food intake is, but it’s so hard. Doing weights also helped me loose some of the weight I had gained after having my son. Good luck on your 10 km next week. I’ll look forward to hearing how you did.

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    May 31, 2016 at 10:38 am

    FYI can’t linkup – The collection has closed due to maximum entries reached. Let other people know about it through twitter.

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