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Exercise Diary: Cranking up the Cardio

August 22, 2017

I got back into my exercise groove last week and it felt so good!  While I miss Milton so much (yeah yeah, I know you know that), I am taking advantage of this time I have to myself to get back into an exercise routine.

Sunday

5 mile walk on Town Lake.

First of all, it is way too damn hot to be running outside. I had eaten my fair share of rich food and enjoyed plenty of adult beverages earlier this weekend. This served as awesome motivation to get outside and move, even if it was for a long walk. I felt amazing the next day. I realized that I had been pushing cardio to the back burner.

Monday

Warm up: 10 minutes on Stair Stepper at level 6

Leg press: 3 sets, 15, 12, 10

Lat pull-down: 3 sets 15, 12, 10

Kickback machine: 3 sets on each leg, 10, 10, 10 >>had to google what to call this machine. Please use caution when searching “butt weight machine” haha!

Bicep pull back: 3 sets, 12, 10, 10 (this one was a bit challenging)

Treadmill: 5 minute warmup, 20 minutes jogging, 5 minute cool down

Tuesday

Bible study with my girls! Wine > gym

Wednesday

Another day back on the cardio train!

Treadmill: 5 minute warmup, 20 minutes jogging, 5 minute cool down

Thursday

After a few days of cardio my legs and back were pretty tight.  I was pumped to join one of my besties for a Flow class at Black Swan Yoga.

Friday

Treadmill: 5 minute warmup, 30 minutes jogging, 5 minute cool down

Kicked the cardio up a bit this time! I don’t typically exercise on Fridays (because TGIF, am I right?!).

I am so so happy to be getting my endurance back up with more cardio. I love to run outside, but it is just too toasty outside to jog right now. Running on the treadmill is a challenge for me. It is nothing a solid playlist can’t fix.

I mentioned a while ago (like six months ago) that I have been wanting to run a half-marathon.  I’ve been reluctant to sign up for one in Austin because I’m intimidated by the hills.  With our move to Galveston I anticipate running along the seawall as much as possible, so I decided to look up some races in the Houston area.  Galveston hosts a half-marathon (and full if you’re feeling wild) in February.  I haven’t signed up yet but I realllllly want to! If anyone has a training schedule that they love please share!

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2 Comments

  1. Reply

    Kelsey

    August 22, 2017

    4 days of workouts! Good for you!! I agree that it is wayyy too hot to run by the lake right now, and that wine > gym sometimes 😉

    I followed Hal Higdon’s training plan for my half and full marathon, and I loved it! Pretty reasonable to follow, and I didn’t get any injuries or hit any walls on my marathon, so it did its job!

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      Cait and Co. Blog

      August 22, 2017

      I’ll have to check that out. Avoiding injury is key! Thanks so much for sharing.

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