BODYFLOW Training Weekend

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BODYFLOW training was amazing!  Of course it was amazing… all Les Mills initial trainings are life changing!  I LOVED my trainer Susan!!!  I hope to take an Advanced Instructor Training (AIM) from her in the future!  This is my third Les Mills certification (BODYPUMP ’13, CXWORX ’14 and now BODYFLOW ’15!).  These have always been my three favorite Les Mills programs and I’m just so happy I’m able to teach them.  What is BODYFLOW?  First of all, it is called BODYBALANCE in most countries and BODYFLOW in the US.  Click here to find a BODYFLOW class near you.

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The weekend included tons of new knowledge.  Besides perfecting the technique, we focused on how to coach this amazing class and how to connect with our class members.  Two weeks ago, we received the BODYFLOW 67 material (video, music, notes) and were assigned two tracks to learn full out for the weekend.  Since I was signed up for a training in early December (I couldn’t go because I was sick) I’ve had my materials since Thanksgiving.  I was assigned two different tracks for that December training, so it helped me memorize more of the material.  For this weekend, I presented track 5 (hip openers) once on Saturday and track 6 (core-abdominals) twice on Sunday.  Below is the track list for this amazing release.

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The music for BODYFLOW is always amazing.  When I started taking classes a few years ago, I remember loving the “new” music for a yoga-type class.  The music and different tracks truly take you on a journey towards strength, flexibility and a sense of calm.  You are craving that relaxation track by the end of class!!  If you’ve taken yoga and haven’t liked it for whatever reason, please give BODYFLOW a chance.  It might be just what you need!  This class is for everyone!  Lots of modifications are available for beginners, and advanced options for others.

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Our group was small but wonderful!  Almost all of the girls were already certified in another Les Mills class.  It was nice to be with other Les Mills-obsessed girls for a weekend :)

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I got my first “pass” for the weekend’s training!  Now I have to prepare to film myself teaching the entire class and submit it to Les Mills.

December ’14 Recap!

I’ll be honest… December was kind of a bust for me.  Things started off strong.  I was so excited to announce on the blog that I had signed up for BODYFLOW training (Dec. 13-14)!! Things didn’t work out :(  Re-scheduled for Jan. 17-18th!

Lots of Bella pictures from December (and other pictures too!)

I was excited to decorate for Christmas at the beginning of December.  Things were going well, until I got a NASTY stomach flu.  This was right around Colby’s Birthday – he ended up taking me to the Dr that day.  I was so dehydrated, I had to get an IV right away.  I was miserable and weak, so I didn’t get to go to my BODYFLOW training.  Up until December, I was running … A LOT.  Sometimes you get sick and take a month off running.  I’m not too upset over it… I’m on a non-running streak.  I haven’t ran since December 1st!!  I will kick it back in soon.

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I love this little girl.  She had a great first Christmas :)

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We also got a “new” (2010) car in December!  I’ve wanted a Toyota Prius for a long time and I am loving it!

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I got some new Reebok Les Mills gear for Christmas too.  I usually teach in old Brooks running shoes, but these new studio shoes make it so much easier to teach CXWORX.  They are still a little slippery for BODYPUMP, but they’re new.

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Pancake art!  I had to try while I was home for Christmas break.  The top one is Olaf from Frozen.

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Our baby finally had her operation to get fixed.  It broke my heart dropping her off.  We had to wait because our vet wanted her to weigh a little more.  When she was 6 months, she was still only 4 lbs.  She weighs 6 now, so it was less risky.  My princess is doing well.  Lots of naps and trying to keep her from jumping around.

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BODYFLOW training!  Rescheduled it for January 17-18, so I get some extra study time.  I signed up, because the training I found in December was fairly close.  I’ve been wanting to get certified in Les Mills – BODYFLOW/BODYBALANCE so it just seemed to work out.  Since I got sick, I had to find another training that would be on the same release (67) so I didn’t have to learn everything over.  I had to get a hotel for the January training, but I’m excited.  This will be my 3RD Les Mills certification (BODYPUMP ’13, CXWORX ’14 and BODYFLOW ’15)  No more after this… I promise!

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Marathon #3 This Weekend!

Things were going well with my marathon training.  I had a good 13.1, 15 and 16 long run.  The 18 was tough, but I was happy with it.  Then… the big 2-0 long run.  The day before I ran 20 (Sept. 20) I started feeling sick.  As a teacher, I’m used to getting the typical sinus infection in the fall.  Lots of new germs going around with elementary kids.  So the sore throat and fever started to hit.  I took zinc like crazy and hoped for the best.  I fell apart on my 20 miler.  I started later that morning and it got hot.  Like, sunny and humidity.  It was not pretty and I walked a lot at the end.

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My first slow split was at mile 9.  It was a long morning.  I pretty much walked the last two full miles.  I finished and was happy to have my typical ginger ale.  I laid in bed for the rest of the day and ate cold pizza.  I didn’t run for over a week after my 20 miler and got antibiotics.  The sinus infection wasn’t getting better and I started to panic.  I was going to blog about all of this, but I was freaked out.

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I skipped the long run (12) the weekend after my 20 and ran an okay 4.5 mile run.  This past weekend, I ran a great 8 (above).  I was still congested and tired, but my legs felt great.

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I ran a faster 4 miler on Tuesday and I’m planning on running my last run (2.5) tomorrow before the big race.  To be honest, I was thinking of dropping out of the race last weekend.  I felt terrible and I didn’t want to run a marathon sick.  I’m feeling better and hoping for the best!  I also got other people to cover my BODYPUMP and CXWORX classes this week so I could take a full week off from classes.

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Steamtown Marathon Link

Wish me luck!

How Les Mills Classes Help My Running

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Hello!! I’m back to school (teaching) and just finished my first week.  I’ve been teaching BODYPUMP/CXWORX and violin lessons over the summer, but on my own time.  Now I’m getting back to a regular schedule and trying to fit it all in again!  I got a little behind on the blogging, but I did a lot of house projects this summer and was enjoying my time with family and our puppy :)  I will definitely post about the home improvements once things are complete, because I had great success with Pinterest projects!

Above is the Hal Higdon Marathon Novice 1 training plan I’ve been following for my upcoming October marathon.  This will be my third marathon!

I am going to finish week 12 this weekend.  I’ve been trying to maintain teaching my Les Mills classes along with this training plan.  Sometimes I’ve dropped a mid-week short run, but I’m okay with it.  I have to stop being obsessed with the training plan and just go with the flow!

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Above are my iPhone workout notes from the past two weeks.  As you can see, I’ve been teaching BODYPUMP and CXWORX each week and trying to fit all my runs in as well.  I have gone DOWN on my leg weights for pump (squats and lunges) to prevent dead legs on my long runs each weekend.  Once I got to week 8, my long run was 13.1 and I need to take care of my legs.  I just want to stay healthy and keep my body injury-free!

 

15milers

I just realized that you can search distances on Garmin Connect!  I had an amazing 15 miler the other weekend, and looked up my other 15 milers from past training seasons.  This 15 was my best, by far!! I like that I can see them all in one spot.  I ran the first 5 on my own, and then my buddy Amy joined me for the last 10!

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After my 15 miler, my body was tired.  I felt tired the next week, was hungry all the time and my legs were tired.  I know that is pretty normal, so I didn’t get upset that my 16 felt tough.  It wasn’t as good as my 16 miler in 2011, but that’s okay.  I didn’t do a 16 miler for my 2nd marathon in 2012 because I pulled my calf.

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I’ve still been teaching BODYPUMP 90, because I like the release so much!  I’m ready to switch out a few tracks for a change this week, but I’m so ready to start memorizing 91!  I LOVE release 91!! I can’t wait to teach it and I’ve been listening to it non-stop on my long runs!

I’ve been trying to focus on my upper body when I teach pump since I’ve been going lighter on my leg tracks.  I can always build my weight back up after the marathon.  I know my legs are stronger from the muscle I’ve built because overall, my running has been so much better.

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I LOVE CXWORX and I’m still teaching release 15.  It’s still hard for the class and still has my face dripping with sweat after the oblique track!  I LOVE the music for release 16 and I can’t wait to teach it soon.  My core is stronger and the class really works my shoulders, BACK, legs and hip flexors.

 

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Not fitness related, we got new furniture and Bella approves!

 

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