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Hockey, Training and #MotivateMe Monday

Happy Monday everyone!! Have you put together your training/workout plans for the week? I feel like I’m in a hockey tournament hangover, so I apologize for posting this a bit late. I’m still brainstorming my plan but will share it at the bottom of this week’s post.

My two oldest daughters played in a hockey tournament on two separate teams while my husband coached a third team in the same tournament this weekend. I literally spent HOURS at the arena cheering everyone on and making sure everyone found the right change rooms and rinks etc… The tournament started on Friday afternoon and went to Sunday evening. In keeping with my #NoExcuses motto, I still managed to schedule in some fitness time for me around the hockey and packed some healthy snacks to keep all of my athletes properly nourished for hockey.

Being active and continuously improving takes careful planning. Life is full of obstacles and time sucks that can easily derail us from our goals, such as our weekend of hockey. This is why Running Rachel and I have teamed up to bring you #MotivateMe Monday, a weekly linkup to share your plans and progress. Creating a plan each week forces us to look at our schedules: work, family, and social obligations to find opportunities to be active and eat healthy so that those same obligations don’t interfere with our plans. We invite you to join in and share your plans with us – those that share their goals are more likely to reach them!

A weekly linkup on Mondays for you to share your weekly fitness plans and meal plans #MotivateMe http://www.fitnesscheerleader.com

So how did I do this week?

This week’s training recap:

Monday:
Planned: Tabatas with a Twist FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + swimming with my friend Laura

Actual: Got up at o’dark thirty and busted out the Tabatas with a Twist FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout which I totally LOVE! I did not manage to go swimming with Laura – this lingering cough is kicking my butt!

READ:  Weekly Training Recap and #MotivateMe Monday

Tuesday:
Planned: 2+2 Fierce Fighter Chick FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + 6k early am run.

Actual: The o’dark thirty run club in Milton got together again.   Juliette and I braved the EXTREME cold (it was -7C with a windchill making it feel like -14C) and had a nice 5.78k run.  Later that night I did the 2+2 Fierce Fighter Chick FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout.
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Wednesday:
Planned: TRX

Actual:  TRX.10 exercise full body circuit: 60s work, 20s rest x 3 sets… Single leg squats, chest press, single leg balance lunges, back rows, hamstring curls, shoulder raises, hip abduction, bicep curls, plank holds, tricep presses.


Thursday:
Planned: Dirty Thirty – Perfect Plyos FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + 8k tempo run

Actual: Juliette and I braved the COLD and SNOW while Jason slept-in. It was really hard to get any speed up because it was like running in really cold sand. I think the layers we were wearing along with the snow provided us with enough resistance to make this a tough workout without adding any speed to it. Later that night I did the 2+2 Dangerous Du FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout.


 Friday:
Planned: Fab & Focused Buff Babes FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout

Actual: Met up with Juliette and Julie in between the girls hockey games for a tough hour long circuit workout. We did 6 exercises that alternated upper, lower and core two times with 40s work intervals and 20s rest intervals: Squats, spidermans, lunge jumps, chest press, hamstring bridges, and plank holds. We then did the December 25x workout that I posted earlier the week before.


 Saturday:
Planned:  16k run

Actual: Rest – there was not enough time between the hockey games to get my run in.

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 Sunday:
Planned: Total rest

Actual: After watching Sierra’s 8 am hockey game, I snuck out for a “quick” 10 mile (16k) run.

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My run had to be quick because I had to get back home for lunch and to work with Juliette on our Amazing Race Canada application video. We had recorded it on Friday, but wanted to add in some running pictures of us, music etc. I think it turned out pretty good:

READ:  When Your Best Running Friends Run a Race... And You Didn't

And here’s this week’s training plan:

Monday:  Tabatas with a Twist FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + swimming with my friend Laura
Tuesday: 2+2 Fierce Fighter Chick FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + 6k early am run Wednesday: Early am spin class at GoodLife + TRX
Thursday: Dirty Thirty – Perfect Plyos FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + 8k speed workout: 3 x1 mile @7:58/mile pace with 800m recovery jogs
Friday: Fab & Focused Buff Babes FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout
Saturday: 16k run
Sunday: TRX

This is the last week of my 4 week trial of the FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workouts. I’m absolutely loving them so far and have seen a 1% reduction in bodyfat over the three weeks so far. Next week I’ll share with you my full review.

I would love to read see your training recap and your training plan too, so join Rachel and I by joining the #MotivationMe linkup.  

The rules are very simple:

  1. Every Monday share your fitness, nutrition plan etc by linking them up.  All you will need is your post’s URL, and a photo you would like to attach.
  2. Posts that aren’t related will be deleted.
  3. In your post, please mention that you’re participating in #MotivateMe Monday link up, and link back to the hosts, Janice – Fitness Cheerleader at FitnessCheerleader.com, & Running Rachel at RunningRachel.com
  4. Read what the other linkers, are sharing.  Visit at least 2 other bloggers’ posts and share some support by commenting and engaging with each other.  The more you support, the more support you will get back.

Have an active and healthy week everyone!!


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  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    November 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    What a busy weekend, amazing you still got in your 10 mile run, you rock!
    And so excited you applied for Amazing Race too, would be so amazing to be picked. Good luck to you, your audition video is awesome.

  • Jess@Flying Feet in Faith
    November 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I’m TRULY impressed with your week!! Wowza snowy sub freezing runs. Youre a beast!! Thank you for hosting #MotivateMe !! Super excited to join. 🙂

  • Kim
    November 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I didn’t even realize that Canada had a separate Amazing Race! Love your video – good luck!!! I’ve always wanted to do the Amazing Race.

  • Elle
    November 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I am still getting rid of the cold I caught a couple of weeks ago so laying a bit low with my workouts and really watching my food to make sure it is healthy! Good looking week for you, though!

  • steph
    November 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I’m happy to report that I got in all 5 days of planned training! Thanks for the virtual kick in the pants!

    BTW, that running jacket looks gorgeous! And warm.

  • Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club
    November 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Oh you were brave and got out there in -7C WOW!!! I did the same too. Don’t you love how the family stays asleep while you get up at o’dark thirty to knock out the miles? Gotta love it.

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
    November 24, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    We had a lax tournament all weekend for my son. These things are so long and exhausting huh? happy Monday!

  • Rachel
    November 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Good luck with your Amazing Canada Race application! 🙂 Cute.

    Your fitness plan looks awesome! The Fit Chick’s workout looks great!

  • Launna
    November 24, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I want you two to get chosen for the race, that would be so awesome… I am terrified of heights but I would opt for all those challenges… go big or go home… lol… Good luck with your application xox

  • jill conyers
    November 25, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Healthy life of a busy mom 🙂 We have to sneak it in sometimes!