Hungry Runner

Crazy Ivan’s! 
Start in a seated position, legs extended out in front you, knees slightly bent. Heels can remain on the floor, for a greater challenge, lift feet up off the ground. Draw your belly button into your spine and slowly lean back so that your sitting bones are firmly planted on the ground or bench and your core muscles are engaged. For an added challenge hold a dumbbell or medicine ball in both hands. To begin, slowly twist your torso to one side and tap your hands down to the surface just next to your hip, then twist to the opposite side, reaching your arms up overhead as you turn. Repeat for 8-12 reps and then again on the opposite side. (Beginners should perform this exercise on the floor.)

Crazy Ivan’s!

Start in a seated position, legs extended out in front you, knees slightly bent. Heels can remain on the floor, for a greater challenge, lift feet up off the ground. Draw your belly button into your spine and slowly lean back so that your sitting bones are firmly planted on the ground or bench and your core muscles are engaged. For an added challenge hold a dumbbell or medicine ball in both hands. To begin, slowly twist your torso to one side and tap your hands down to the surface just next to your hip, then twist to the opposite side, reaching your arms up overhead as you turn. Repeat for 8-12 reps and then again on the opposite side. (Beginners should perform this exercise on the floor.)

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Today’s Workout: Quick Cardio & Core!

Speaking of switching up your cardio routine… Today that is exactly what I did. I mean, I didn’t make any drastic changes, but I did get on the elliptical, which is something I have not done in a very long time. I think I avoid it a lot because I kind of associate it with “non-work.” Like, the elliptical was the machine I went to at the gym in college and just sort of passively spent 20 minutes on so that I wouldn’t have to feel bad about “not going to the gym.” What a great workout plan that was!

Now, I need it, because my leg muscles and joints are pretty beat up from all the running I’m doing to train for the Long Island Half Marathon and I definitely need to be counteracting that with some lower-impact cardio. One thing I noticed today: breaking up cardio into two different sessions on two different machines (i.e. 20 minutes on the elliptical, 20 minutes on the treadmill), the workout goes by SO. MUCH. FASTER. I guess that’s kind of common sense, but being that I spend so much time with the treadmill, it’s not something that I do very often, so I sort of had no idea. (Note to self: do that more often!)  

Here’s the workout breakdown:

Elliptical (Incline 10):

5 minutes x warm-up ~ Resistance 4

Repeat 10 times:

1 minute x moderate pace ~ Resistance 5

30 seconds x sprint pace ~ Resistance 12

Treadmill (Incline 2):

1 minute x Walk ~ 3.0 Pace

Repeat to 2 miles (about 20 minutes)

1 minute x Jog ~ 5.6 Pace

30 seconds x Sprint ~ 7.0 - 7.5 Pace

2-3 minutes x cool-down ~ 3.0-2.5 Pace

Core:

Repeat 3 times:

12 x Captains Chair Extended Leg Lifts

12 x Captains Chair Knee Raise with Twist

What was your workout like today? Cardio? Strength? Maybe a bit of both?

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