Staying Motivated

I was recently asked by another teacher at my school, how I find the time to workout each day. It is tricky. I can honestly say, I’m probably not the most attentive wife or friend. I would much rather attend a Friday night Pilates class than an after work happy hour. I never cook dinner. Sometimes I forget to feed the cat. I should probably vaccum more. I plan my weekend activities around my workouts. My husband thinks I’m nuts.

To help my social life, I try to get my friends involved in my workouts as much as possible. Since I’d much rather attend a pilates class than an after work happy hour, when people ask me to grab a drink after work, I say, “Sure, but let’s hit a Pilates class first.” Or I tell them to bring their gym shoes, and we can jog to the bar. I am constantly trying to convince my friends to join me for a Saturday morning workout with the lure of having brunch afterwards. Yup, maybe I am nuts.

I make working out a priority. That’s what you need to do to get it done. It’s part of my day just like getting my morning coffee from Robust Coffee Lounge or going to work. It’s a nonnegotiable. I make a point to try to leave work by 5. I mean, I’ve been there since 7:30. That’s not too much to ask right? I save work that I can do from my couch for when I get home, and only work on things at school that need to get done there.

I also try to sign up for 2-3 classes each week. It breaks up the monotony of the gym, and if you’re going to spend your hard earned money on a $30 Pilates class, you are going to show up whether you feel like it or not! And now that the weather is getting nicer, there is no excuse not to throw on your running shoes and go for an easy 3 miler…or even a walk. Just get yourself moving, that’s most important! I love MapMyRun for finding new paths around Chicago. One of my favorite runs takes me through Soldier Field and around the Planetarium down the lake. I avoid this path at dusk though because spiders like it as much as I do.

And it doesn’t hurt to have some cute clothes to do it in. I would live in Zella and Lululemon if I could. I just purchased this, this, this and these thanks to my generous Mother-in-law and husband. If you’re a runner, replace your running shoes every 6 months to avoid shin splints, and foot, knee and ankle pain. I have bad knees and ankles already from years of beating up my joints in Gymnastics. My favorite running shoes are the Asics GEL-Kayano. To me, no other shoe compares.

Make yourself a workout schedule that changes each day. And don’t work so much! If you’ve been at work 10 hours, it’s time to leave. I don’t care what anyone says, I don’t make nearly enough money for the amount of hours I work.

Here’s how I mix up my workout week. Give it a try. It will not disappoint.

Sunday: 4 mile run, preferably outside. 9 minute mile pace.
Monday: 60 minute sculpt class. Check out local studios for this. My favorites are SixPax and Posture Perfect Pilates.
Tuesday: Treadmill Tuesday interval run. STRETCH!
Wednesday: Easy 4 mile run, preferably outside. 9 minute mile pace. Three, 3 min. planks, 40 pushups, 40 squats. Or, a 60 minute Pilates equipment class. I like to switch up these two depending on my energy levels.
Thursday: Treadmill interval run. STRETCH!
Friday: Pilates mat class. RELAX.
Saturday: Kettlebells studio class and an easy 3 mile run.

Don’t forget to fill your IPad with some upbeat tunes. Here are some recent additions to my playlist. Love me some throwbacks.

  • Dark Side by Kelly Clarkson
  • Boyfriend by Ashlee Simpson
  • Bringin’ Da Noise by ‘NSync
  • Flowers in Your Hair by The Lumineers
  • Hangover by Taio Cruz featuring Flo Rida
  • I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys
  • Titanium by David Guetta & Sia
  • Two Black Cadillacs by Carrie Underwood

How was your Monday?

My car got towed at work today. At least it wasn’t stolen. That was definitely my first thought. Gotta love Chicago.

Treadmill Tuesday

Did you know that you should not ask for a Z-Pak when you go to the doctor? Apparently, the antibiotic can carry heart risks. Too bad. I do love me some antibiotics. Maybe that has something to do with why I am sick all the time. I always end up on the treadmill at the gym that is directly in front of the TV that plays ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. Today, I had to watch the disturbing news about my beloved Z-Pak, last week it was the outbreak of an antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria that is spreading through hospitals and nursing homes. I’m immediately envisioning ‘”The Twelve” happening in real life. CDC, I hope you are on top of this one. We don’t need any Virals running down Lakeshore Drive. Lucky for me, there were puppies on the TV to my right.

I was also fascinated with the ginormous man running on the treadmill next to me. His legs easily had two feet on mine. For every mile that I ran, he ran two. By the time I hit three miles, he had run six. Amazing. He wasn’t seriously running a four minute mile, was he? Yup, he sure was. Didn’t even seem to break a sweat, either.

This past week, I’ve noticed some swelling in my outer right thigh. I think it might be scar tissue building up, or maybe just a strain, which means I am in dire need of a deep tissue sports massage. That’s what I’m telling Dean at least. Any recommendations where I can get a good one in the South Loop? So I took it easy on the sprinting this weekend due to my leg. Instead, I hit a few Pilates classes with the gorgeous Selena at Posture Perfect Pilates, and was able to do some easy four mile runs outside. But only in Chicago can it be sixty degrees one day, and thirty five the next.  Chicagoans, what is with this weather?! It was snowing when I left work today, so onward to LA Fitness it was.

I wasn’t sure what kind of running mood I was in when I got to the gym. I usually try to plan out my runs beforehand but today I decided I was just going to wing it. I was sleepy this evening and unmotivated. My student teacher is teaching my class all this week. That means a lot of sitting for me. I am so not used to sitting all day. I do not know what to do with myself. I don’t know how people manage to sit at a desk all day! I snacked non-stop, and never got full. I ate a lot of chocolate and drank a bunch of Diet Coke. Felt very blah. Granted, my job is usually very physically exhausting – there are days I don’t sit down for ten hours, and don’t eat, use the bathroom, drink water, etc., etc. But the day goes so fast. There is a good reason I forget to take care of myself. I am keeping 32 six year olds happy.

Any who, here’s what my run looked like today:

0:00 – 3:00   3.9 MPH

3:00 – 6:00   6.0 MPH

6:00 – 30:00   1 minute @ 7.8 MPH then 1 minute @ 6.5 MPH (12 times)

30:00 – 36:00   7.0 MPH

36:00 – 39:00   3.9 MPH

39:00 – 54:00   3.6 MPH @ 3% incline

Who’s gearing up for St. Patty’s day this weekend? I dug up my green tee, and am mentally preparing myself for feeling awful on Sunday. Getting old is no fun.

Where da gold at?

Happy Tuesday!