Here’s to a healthier May!

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Let’s face it, this month just did not go as planned. I was injured, and am still healing from tendon and ligament damage, and one of our cats who was a mammary gland breast cancer survivor had a relapse and didn’t survive the second round. My fitness challenges went out the window. Life happens. 

My ankle and heal are still unstable so I don’t want to commit to too many online challenges, or worry about advancing miles or speed. But I need to commit to some plans for the upcoming month. My body feels neglected. 

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Plans & Goals

💠I already started a new meditation challenge 5 days ago. The *21 DAY MEDITATION For Weight Loss Challenge. The meditations are very simple, very easy going and inspiring. I’ve actually focused a lot this month on personal development and meditation. Perhaps my injury in the end was a good thing because I feel amazing mental focus now and seem to be handling anxiety challenges better and better. I really recommend this challenge, and it’s FREE!

After the 21 Days I’m going to try and do *Gaia’s am/pm meditations with Rodney Yee. Since we subscribe to the channel I should make more use of it lol. They are each about a half hour long. I know it’s an added chunk of time taken out of the day, but when it’s for making the quality of the days and my life better, it doesn’t seem like lost time. I’ve done some Rodney Yee meditation before and I’ve really enjoyed it. His delivery is very calm and gentle. 

💠*Potterhead Running Club’s *Penseive 10k’s (virtual running event) official date is May 2nd. I am not at all able to do all the miles for a 10k (about 6.3 miles) all at once with my injury or it will just delay healing even longer, but the nice thing about the PHRC is that they believe it’s perfectly ok to run it in chunks and even have a tracker for it. I plan to start on Monday and do a little every day. I have to build strength in my ankle back up. I ripped it up pretty bad when I twisted it weeks ago. 
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💠I also have a new schedule set up for May to get back into setting a routine. This is kind of my go to schedule. It works with our lifestyle. We don’t normally have time for hikes or climbs until the weekend. 

Monday: Run/Walk & Yoga or Les Mills Bodyflow
Tuesday: 90 minutes - Les Mills Bodypump
Wednesday: Short Run/Walk & Les Mills Bodyattack
Thursday: 90 minutes - Les Mills Bodypump
Friday: Run/Walk & Yoga or Les Mills Bodyflow
Saturday: 30 minutes - Les Mills Bodypump & other (hiking/yoga/climbing/etc)
Sunday: Rest day or hiking/climbing/etc

💠 And weekly sound baths, meditations and tea with Buddha (weekly sangha) is always on schedule for mental health, physical well-being, furthering my own sense of zen, and expanding my spiritual knowledge. 

Photo by Paul Davis.

*Thich Nhat Hanh explains that sangha is more than a community, 
it’s a deep spiritual practice.
A sangha is a community of friends practicing the dharma together 
in order to bring about and to maintain awareness. 
The essence of a sangha is awareness, understanding, acceptance, 
harmony and love

Here’s to making May a healthier month that April!

*Reference
21 DAY MEDITATION For Weight Loss Challenge
Potterhead Running Club
Penseive 10k
Lions Roar
Gaia – Rodney Yee’s am/pm meditation

Pensieve 10k Virtual

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Potterhead Running Club‘s
third event of 2019!

Pensieve 10k!

For our third event of 2019, we’re diving into the mysterious magical object used by Hogwarts headmasters (and Harry, of course) to examine and re-live memories. Legend has it that the founders of Hogwarts found the Pensieve half buried in the ground, this was supposedly one of the reasons the school was located in such a remote location. In the dark days leading up to the Second Wizarding War, Dumbledore used the Pensieve to organize his memories about Lord Voldemort, and on the final day of that war, Harry used it to learn the truth about what needed to be done to defeat him once and for all.

Your registration includes this incredible 3″ 3-D bowl-shaped medal, custom sublimated ribbon, and the always popular personalized digital bib!

Reliving memories…especially happy ones…can be a very powerful magic. Potterhead Running Club is thrilled to announce our charity partner for this event is Music & Memory! Music & Memory is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. They train nursing home staff, as well as family caregivers, to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods/MP3 Players to enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories. Learn more at https://musicandmemory.org/

We enjoy these virtual runs because they can be completed at any time, right?

So don’t forget your “I run for the memories” event shirt. Available in multiple fabrics and styles from tee to tank to hoodie, all proceeds go to support our wonderful charity partner! You can get your shirt here: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/pensieve-10k

The suggested run date for the Pensieve 10k is May 2nd, which marks the Battle of Hogwarts. We’re using our Pensieve to remember those we lost that day. Remember, this is only a fun suggestion. Being a virtual run, you’re welcome to complete your distance whenever, wherever, and however you choose!

Registration closes at midnight on May 5th (or early morning on the 6th depending on your Time Zone). All medals will be mailed on Monday, May 13th.

For more information on how our virtual running events work, please visit our FAQ**.

This is everything.
This is our deepest motivation.
This is the reason why the Pensieve 10k exists.
This is the memory we run for.
Come run with us.

Sign up today and run for the memories!

Run/Walk Interval Training

Run/Walk Run Interval Training

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Here is where you usually see “Week One”. For some speeding through week one not only seems impossible but reads as impossible when you glance to week two. Many of  the training schedules that teach people to run, even those training you to do run/walk intervals make the assumption everyone is fit enough to accomplish it. For some just thinking about running is a daunting scary thought. And you are who this blog post is for. 

Running is hard for me. And I always always always fail when I look at training walk to run schedules. And when I stop training and go back to it, I have to go all the way back to training wheels and start all over again. Not only do I need to stay consistent with training but I need extra leg muscle building added onto it, plus I have to foam roll the heck out of my legs often because my muscles seem to bind up super easy. And I can’t stress enough, especially if you have a hard time with the whole running thing, warm up and cool down exercises! And work on using proper form (and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ7ewHFw_I8) every single time you lace up!

Breathing. Gaining proper breath control isn’t always easy when you’re trying to learn how to run. Take your time, you WILL ease into it as long as you keep reminding yourself the proper way to breathe when running.

What I’m sayin is don’t rush yourself. Don’t let the pressure of timetables and the abilities of others stop you in your tracks from doing it. It doesn’t matter how slow you go or how long it takes you to actually run. If running is difficult for you, I recommendation to put all other exercise on the back burner other than stretching stuff (*see below) until you’ve completed this training.

Start from square zero!

 

This my friends,  is MY version of training to run. And the main point is, it doesn’t matter;
If you run
if you ever run

But if you want to run and you’ve tried and failed, take it easy on yourself and progress as fast or slow as you can or want to.

Not all runners are;
super athletes
in it because they LOVE it
racers
15 minute milers
or even 20 minute or more milers
nor do all care if they hit the next pr

And that my friends, is OK! No, more than ok. If you want to train to run simply because you never have, or because you can’t, that FABULOUS!!

So I threw together a little training plan for myself with reminders to myself as I begin this challenge yet again! I have personal goals that I’ve let get sabotaged because I felt I wasn’t good enough, or fast enough. And now, I just don’t care. My goals are for me and they are no less important that that dude or girl who’s trying to pr their 9 minute mile. So here’s a training plan for those who aren’t super athletes but still want to go out and get it done. We may not be wild about running but we can get wildish with the right plan and support!

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Run/Walk Run Interval Training Schedule

Day 1-Run/Walk
Day 2-Run/Walk
Day 3-*Rest
Day 4-Run/Walk
Day 5-*Rest
Day 6-Run/Walk
Day 7-Rest

*On rest days doing some yoga, pilates or bodyflow type stretching routines would be helpful to relax tension your body’s built up and would help your muscle function recover smoother.

 

Duration Of Training

As long as it takes you to succeed!

 

Run/Walk Run Interval Training Lessons

Lesson 1:
Warm up for 5 to 10 minutes with a brisk walk. Then begin your run/walk intervals. Run at an easy pace for 1 minute, then walk for 5 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 1 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 2.

Lesson 2: Warm up for 5 minutes with a brisk walk. Then, run at an easy pace for 1 minute, then walk 4 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 2 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 3.

Lesson 3: Warm up for 5 minutes with a brisk walk. Then, run at an easy pace for 2 minutes, then walk 4 minutes. Repeat the interval 4 times

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 3 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 4.

Lesson 4: Warm up for 5 minutes with a brisk walk. Then, run at an easy pace for 3 minutes, then walk 3 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 4 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 5.

Lesson 5: Warm up for 2 minutes with a brisk walk. Run at an easy pace for 4 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 5 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 6.

Lesson 6: Warm up for 2 minutes with a brisk walk. Run at an easy pace for 5 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 6 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 7.

Lesson 7: Warm up for 2 minutes with a brisk walk. Run at an easy pace for 6 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval 3 times.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 7 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 8.

Lesson 8: Warm up for 2 minutes with a brisk walk. Run at an easy pace for 7 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes, then run at an easy pace for 7 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 8 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 9.

Lesson 9: Run at an easy pace for 8 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval twice.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 9 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 10.

Lesson 10: Run at an easy pace for 10 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat the interval twice.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 10 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 11.

Lesson 11: Run at an easy pace for 12 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes, then run at an easy pace for 6 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 11 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 12.

Lesson 12: Run at an easy pace for 13 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes, then run at an easy pace for 5 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 12 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 13.

Lesson 13:Run at an easy pace for 15 minutes, then walk for 2 minutes, then run at an easy pace for 4 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 13 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 14.

Lesson 14: Run at an easy pace for 16 minutes, then walk for 1 minute, then run at an easy pace for 4 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 14 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 15.

Lesson 15: Run at an easy pace for 18 minutes, then walk for 1 minute, then run at an easy pace for 3 minutes.

Repeat for as many weeks as needed. Then, when you can preform Lesson 15 in its entirety, and feel confident, move on to Lesson 16. If you’re not yet ready for running without walk breaks, that’s perfectly fine. You can stick with any lesson you feel comfortable with and just add repeats of the circuit. There are plenty of people who run/walk every day, even in races!

16th and Final Lesson: Warm up for 5 minutes walking. Run for 20 minutes. Cool down walk for 5 minutes.

Congratulations!!!!Now you can run for 20 minutes straight! From here you can now successfully navigate most of the other training schedules online to either get faster, run further , longer, or all of the above. But now you have a foundation to build upon and to call upon when you need it. If you’re still struggling, stay with lesson sixteen until you’ve built more endurance and strength! No matter what, you should be darn proud of yourself!!!

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14 Running-Specific Strength Training Exercises

 

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Benefits Of Exercising In Nature (and why it’s better than at home workouts)

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I still do some at home workouts. But I really feel too strongly about getting out in nature and just moving. You can walk, hike, run, swim, etc… But the added benefits to getting outside and away from technology for a hot minute is well worth it. At home and gym workouts are awesome for changing up your routine, getting out of the rain and snow, or just meeting other people and that energy vibe you get from working out around other people. But stepping away from the TV, the computers and the tablets can change your entire mental outlook for the day. So get outside and take a walk!