Happy Friday Y’all!
I can’t believe we are through the first week of August! The summer has pretty much flown by, and just like that I am making plans for the fall (including visiting more places all around NYC) as well as abroad. I am LOVING being able to travel freely without having to worry about days off. Speaking of traveling, For the first time in 3 years I am missing BlogHer! I am sad to miss all my friends but happy to follow along via the hashtag #BlogHer16.
Let’s get into Friday Fitness, shall we?
Monday: I ran a strong 5 miles on the treadmill. Since I am officially in the heart of marathon training (Week 7!) I am doing everything I can to nail each and every training run. I am way more conscious of my running form, paying attention to the tension that I’m holding and little things like not slouching over when I get tired. I also added 100 crunches to this workout as I am making a strong effort to make my abs strong despite my insane diastasis recti. If you don’t know what this is here is a great explanation. It’s basically abdominal separation after pregnancy.
I’ve known about my diastasis recti for a long time–I simply didn’t know how to talk about it here on the blog. I had a slight case after Josh was born 7 years ago that fixed itself, but after Jacob, it expanded to the point where I can fit 4 fingers between my abdominal muscles. I know how critical core strength is to running so I have made a commitment to do ab exercises at least 3 times a week to strengthen whatever core I DO have left. Has anyone ever been through this?
Tuesday: 4 Miles on the treadmill. This was actually REALLY hard because I am NOT a fan of back to back runs, but because my schedule was a bit hectic on Wednesday I knew that I couldn’t run. It was slower, for sure, but I got through it relatively pain free. Afterwards I did a mini strength training session with weighted squats and side bends for the obliques.
Wednesday: Much deserved rest day! Although I still managed 10k steps with all the running I was doing! I was SO sore but by the end of the way with all the walking, some of the tension loosened and I was able to move a bit better.
Thursday: Three miles on the treadmill. I had to get up at 5:30am to go to the gym before hubby left for work since I’d be spending time with my eldest child all day. It was particularly tough because I was still sore from Tuesday.
Saturday: 8 planned miles on Summer Streets! It is legit my favorite time of the year where they close Park avenue from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park for 7 miles of car free pedestrian bliss and fun!
So have you guys tried out Instagram stories? I was actually REALLY shocked that Instagram completely took over the concept of Snapchat, made it more ‘adult’ and completely ran with it. Now, I love my Snapchat–however–the VIEWS on my Instagram Stories are WAY higher because my following on that platform is significant. When you look at it that way, I’m getting hundreds more eyes on my stories vs. under 100 on my Snapchat. Hmm. Mark Zuckerberg plans to take over the world. I respect it!
For a more in depth explanation of Instagram Stories check out Everyday Eyecandy’s Post: How To Use Instagram Stories
A few days ago a jogger was brutally murdered in Queens along a highway that runs close to my house. She was found among the high marshes and the police have yet to find her killer. She was a beautiful 30 year old woman with a huge social media following that went for a run and never came back home. I have never personally run that trail but there have been many times that I have been run among high marshes…alone. This was such a wake up call for me personally and an important reminder to run on well lit, open trails–and always with someone when you can. Remember to always trust your gut and stay safe ladies!