Fitness Friday 10k Training, New Shoes & Planking Challenge

Hello Friends! Its another busy, busy, week here with the Chase’s.( Isn’t it always…geez. ) We have been here, there, and everywhere but I have a successful Fitness Friday update for you this week, planking challenge, and a review of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 Running shoes.

First things first- WE STARTED 5k-to-10k TRAINING.

CrAzY!!!

I cannot believe that only 6 months ago I could not even run 1 mile without stopping. Nor had I ever really run since maybe high school??? Even then, I was trying to find ways to get out of the P.E. requirement.  Now we are training for a 10k. Blows my mind every stinking time I think about it. It is tough and sometimes it doesn’t feel great when we are doing the actual running part or the getting out the door to go run part……but after we finish a run….I feel like a complete rock star! I mean, probably its endorphins, or just the relief that the hard part is over for that day, but that feeling of accomplishment carries me through so many other areas of life too. It is definitely a confidence booster. I’m still not fast but I am committed. We are part of an amazing running group that is so encouraging and helpful. It great being surrounded by others that believe in you.

Getting new shoes helps too.

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Doesn’t EVERY girl love new shoes?!?! Every runner-girl I know definitely LOVES getting new shoes.  Since I had practically worn out my shoes from summer 5k training ( we did the 5k training part 2x) I was in need of a new pair. So my sweet husband took me to the running store and with the help one of the associates, we picked out these Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 running shoes. (New running shoes were on my birthday wishlist!) They were a brand change from the ones I had been wearing but similar in fit. Let me just tell you, I think I am a Brooks girl for life. They cushion in all the right places and fits snug enough while leaving plenty for room for me to still move my toes. And while I know when you pick out running shoes its all about the fit, not fashion, but this pair is pretty too! I really couldn’t be happier with them!!

As if that weren’t enough, Randy & I are also participating in a planking challenge for November.  For 30 days our group will  keep each other accountable to complete each day’s planking requirement. Planking exercises work your upper abs, your lower abs, your obliques, and your lower back. They also promote good posture and help prevent back injuries. Below  is the plank challenge schedule.   I’d love to have you join us- Just leave me a comment and let me know you are participating!

1.       Get face down on the floor resting on your forearms and knees.
2.       Push off the floor, raising up off your knees onto your toes and resting mainly on your elbows.
3.       Contract your abs to keep yourself up and prevent your booty from sticking up.
4.       Keep your back flat — don’t drop it or you’ll be defeating the purpose. Picture your body as a long straight board, or plank.

Next Fitness Friday, I’ve got some great information on nighttime visibility when you running/cycling & an exciting product review coming up.

Comments

  1. I used to do planks all the time and have gotten away from them! I need to get back…they are so good for you! I love that challenge!
    It was so nice to meet you at BBC Dallas – that restaurant you guys took us to was outstanding!! I wish I knew what the marinade was on the steak I had…it was so good!! Following you now!
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