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Friday Workout: 50 minute Yoga DVD

 

I stopped at Target after school today to pick up shampoo and stuff.  I love Target and always have to walk around the clothes, magazines and DVD aisles.  When I walked past the workout DVDs, I saw Bethenny Frankel’s “Skinnygirl Workout”. I’ve never been a big fan of the “Real Housewives” shows, but I’ve watched Bethenny’s show a few times. I also watched her E! True Hollywood story on Monday when I was home sick.

 

The DVD can be split up into 3 separate workouts (15, 20 and 15 minutes each) in the menu, but I decided to do the entire workout (50 minutes). The workout is led by New York City instructor, Mike McArdle and I really liked his style.  I liked that Bethenny makes you feel great for even fitting in a short workout and she even takes breaks during some more difficult poses. I didn’t like that she tried to explain what muscles were being used for every pose. It felt like she was trying to sell the workout to you by reminding you what muscles you use for everything.  It did introduce a few new poses to me and I felt like it was a nice change from some other YogaDownload.com videos I’ve been using for the past few months.  I think I would definitely do this DVD again, especially if I want to fit in a quick workout/stretch on a day I don’t run.

 

 

Here is a clip of the beginning of the workout.

After yoga, I was hungry and there wasn’t much in my kitchen. I found a can of chick peas and knew I could make Mama Pea’s Chick Pea and Dumplings for dinner. I made this recipe before and it turned out even better this time! I used all whole wheat flour before and it was much better with the mix tonight. I also made my dumplings smaller and they cooked so much faster.

What was your Friday Workout? Do you have a long run planned for tomorrow?

I am hoping to run 11-12 tomorrow for my final long run before the 1/2 marathon. I will back down next weekend and then the race is October 16. I have NO idea how tomorrow will go but I’m not stressing :)

 

Fitness Friday: Hard Workouts

Thursday Workout: 3.5 miles: 37 min 14 sec, BODYPUMP!!!!

Friday Workout: TBA!

 

I got to go to a BodyPump class last night!!!!! I couldn’t make any other classes this week and it had been over a week since my last class! I planned on running 3-4 right after school at a nearby park and I got 3.5 miles in before going straight to BodyPump!

 

Look at those 8’s! Well, 8:54 and 8:47 but still fast for me. I haven’t ran outside since Sunday and had a sudden burst of energy when I started my run. I decided to really push myself and run hard for the first 2 miles. After I finished 2 miles, I walked for .25 trying to catch my breath then ran comfortably for the rest of mile 3. Then I walked half a mile to finish up the run so I could let my legs relax before BodyPump!

BODYPUMP!!!!! It kicked my butt! I forgot how hard it is when you’ve taken time off! The squat and shoulder track killed me and I was sweating up a storm. As soon as my favorite instructor put the music on in the beginning of class I instantly got excited. I LOVE this class so much. Have I mentioned how much I love BodyPump? :)  I probably won’t love it so much Friday when I’m sore from running hard and going to class. ( I wrote this post last night!)

After class I was so tired and hungry and decided to stop at the grocery store across the street for a treat. I thought I deserved it!

My favorite two flavors of Kombucha!!!! I thought I deserved a treat so I picked up a few :)

I feel like I really pushed myself Thursday night by running hard and going to BodyPump after taking time off from it. I was really proud that I could do these two workouts after such a longgggg week at work! I’m ready for some sleep this weekend!!

What workouts push you the most?

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