HIIT: A Love/Hate Relationship

HateAs many of you know, I’ve been doing quite a bit of cross training lately while my cranky ankle heals becomes less cranky. With this in mind and in an effort to fire up the tired and worn out 50-year-old metabolism furnace, the hubs and I have been attending a HIIT class on Wednesday nights named “Triple Threat”. As I’ve previously stated, I personally believe that the triple threat is that it is designed to either make you puke, pass out or die. I’ve come close to all three, yet have survived to attend another class.

FriFive2I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for their Friday Five 2.0 link-up where I’m sharing with you 5 things I love/hate about HIIT class! Be sure to visit our gracious hostesses and other bloggers…you just never know what fun topics and helpful tips you may find!

I love that it pushes out of my comfort zone…. yet I hate getting out my comfort zone.

Yeah, you know what I mean. We all get in that rut of doing the same workouts, exercises and classes. And to be honest, it’s hard sometimes to step out of that comfort zone and try something new. However, I also find that the more I push myself to try new things, the more open I am to venturing out more and more. Who knows, maybe it’ll inspire me to try that Orange Theory class I’ve been stalking for a couple of months now. We all know one of the most popular motivational quotes out there today …”Growth occurs just outside of your comfort zone”? Well, it’s true!

love the energy in the room …but I hate the instructor.

Okay, hate is a strong word and I really don’t hate her. However, while I do find her young 20 something year old, energetic, peppy little self bouncing all around the room with the greatest of ease just a tad annoying …I do love the energy she exudes. Even though we are all drenched in sweat, gasping for air, grunting and groaning …we are pushing ourselves harder than normal because of her and it feels amazing, in a sick, twisted sort of way.

love that it challenges me physically ….and I hate burpees!if-burpee-gymmemesandmotivation-had-a-face-if-burpees-had-a-2034875 (2)

I know, I know …I sound like a broken record here, but seriously! Why does every single class HAVE to include those damn things? I suck at them. And she has us doing every variation known to mankind and none of them are easy. I don’t know if it’s because I’m old and stiff or just because they’re not a staple in my workouts ..but I have a hard time with jumping back to the squat from the push up position. I can’t seem to ever get my feet to land as close to my hands as necessary to be able to pop up as quickly as everyone else. While everyone else in the class looks like little jack-in-the-boxes popping up all around me, I look in the mirror and see an old jack-in-the-box whose spring is all stretched out and just barely ‘hangs’ over the edge of the box when the lid opens. Yet I feel like I am accomplishing something by attempting them and I’m positive that I will improve!

love that it is also a great core workout ….I hate burpees!

Notice a pattern here? Yeah, I thought you would. But seriously though …no matter what exercise we are performing, the core is engaged. Due to the high intensity, reps and the fact that there’s usually a ‘hop’, ‘jump’ and/or hand weights involved somehow …the core is being used to stabilize and help balance you. I can always feel some soreness either in my lower back or abs the next day …which is always a good thing.

love that it makes me feel like a badass ….but I hate that it makes me feel OLD.

Just being real here. I’m pretty sure the hubs and I are the oldest ones in the class. When I wonder why our peppy little instructor isn’t at all breathless or nearly as red-faced as I am,  I’m reminded of just how freaking old I am. However, when I see someone younger than me walk out mid-way through class, I feel pretty dang accomplished for just completing the class …without puking, fainting or dying. Better to be an old badass than just old!

I’ll be back next Wednesday!

Do you HIIT? Ever feel like you could puke, faint or die from a workout? Ever feel like a total badass when you out last a much younger person? Tell me about it?

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one HIIT at a time!

 

 

 

This Week’s Gallivantin’: March Madness

Happy Monday all! I missed last week’s Weekly Wrap due to the fact that I just had too much going on and not enough working out! It was a two funerals and two visits to my Mom at the hospital kind of week which honestly just left me emotionally drained and not in the mood to recap a week of exercise. However, there were some highlights of that week which included a much needed lunch with my sister, a great 10k race (here’s the recap if you missed it), lunch with the college boy and a chance to see Major Hubs do what he does best. It’s all good and my Mom is home and on the mend. This week has been a much better workout week so let’s get right to the meat of it.Weekly (1)

As you can see, I’m still keeping my running  miles down as I try to adjust to these darn orthotics. I’d love nothing more than to be all positive here and say that it’s going great…but it’s not. These suckers hurt and rub a blister in the arch of my foot after about 2.5 miles. So that really makes the thought of running 13.1 miles with them about as pleasant as having a bikini wax. I know, I know ….be patient, I’ll get there.

On another, more pleasant note, I’ve really been enjoying these HIIT workouts. On Mondays, the hubs and I do one at home, old school style …with the tractor tire and all, then on Wednesdays we hit the gym for their Triple Threat HIIT class. These types of workouts are extremely effective and also humbling…as they are quick to point out where your weaknesses are. The hubs actually put together our first home HIIT workout which included my arch nemisis …burpees.

  • Half mile sprint, 1 min push ups, 1 min squats, 1 min sledgehammer on tire
  • Half mile sprint, 1 min burpees, 1 min lunge walk, 1 min tire flips
  • Half mile sprint, 1 min mtn climbers, 1 min high knees, 1 min tire step ups
  • Half mile sprint, 1 min plank, 1 min sit ups, 1 min wall sit

I’ll be doing this week’s workout and I can assure you there will be no burpees!

I did two 30 minute hip and leg stretch Yoga sessions and while I can’t say that I’m “hooked on Yoga” yet, I can say that I do appreciate the “hurts so good” aspect of it.

Question for all of you running coaches …are freshly stretched hammies more prone to strains? During the last mile of Saturday’s tempo run, I felt a twinge in my right hamstring. No pain though. It just likes to make its presence known every now and then while bending. I’ve taken it to the foam roller several times and wondering if I should continue with the stretches or give it a rest….

Friday was a beautiful day to take the ‘flying purple people eater’ (the mtn bike) out for an exploration ride. The hubs and I have explored one leg of the multi-use trail near our house so I thought I’d ride the other leg to see how far it is to the reservoir overlook.

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It was right at 8 miles to the overlook and back with an optional additional 1 mile loop. I’m thinking this will be a perfect long run option for half marathon training. Speaking of….. training for Utah Valley officially begins this week! Eeek!  Have you signed up yet? It’s not too late and there are many bloggers in this link who have discounts for registration fees …don’t miss out on this one!061111_Utah Valley Marathon

 

….and that’s a wrap! WeeklyWrapDo stop by and visit our fabulous hostesses Holly and Tricia to see what shenanigans they were up to in Montgomery this weekend!

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one week at a time!

This Week’s Gallivantin’: One Step at a Time

Another week, another weekly wrap! I really don’t know what is going on with me lately. During the week, I feel like I’m getting good solid workouts in, then when I sit down to work on my post for this link-up, I think …”that’s it? No wonder, I’m not losing these extra pounds that Aunt Minnie has gifted me!” Then I vow to amp it up for the coming week only to find myself in the same boat the following Sunday…. sigh  On a more positive note …it was an absolutely beautiful week with plenty of sunshine and warm weather for said workouts!

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This Week’s Gallivantin’: Changing Gears

Hello and happy Monday from the deep south where the sun is shining and the weather is fabulously warm! We had a beautiful week which felt more like summertime than a typical February week. My Saturday morning run was filled with the smell of fresh-cut grass and the sound of weed eaters ….I hope it never ends! However, I’ve lived in the South long enough to know that there is always a frost just before Easter, so I’ll not be packing my cold weather clothes up just yet …but spring is near folks and it inspires me to take all of my workouts outside! Speaking of workouts …this is the “Weekly Wrap” so let’s see what was done this week.

Monday: 4 miles (tank and skirt) and dinner with friends

Tuesday: Spin class

Wednesday: Rest ….oh yeah, there was Mexican food and Margaritas!

 

Thursday: Spin class, 4 mile run with Chester Boy (yes, it was cold in the morning but was in shorts by noon) and date night with Major Hubs!

Friday: Rest and spent a little time with the tool box assembling my new toy! (I love the bright orange …because if you have to be pedaling 15 to 16 mph and going nowhere  ….you might as well have some color under your wheel!)

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Saturday: 5 mile run (again, tank and skirt) followed by 16 miles on the trainer.

Okay, so it was just an average week of working out. I never found time motivation to do strength work. Yep, I lost my mojo this week. Perhaps it got slurped up in the cocktails I had Monday evening while dining with friends or maybe it got buried in the basket of tortilla chips and salsa consumed on our Wednesday taco date. Nevertheless, I am sure to find it when I attempt to get into my jeans soon!

I’ve been thinking about switching gears a bit anyway. The custom orthotic inserts I’ve been fitted for should be in this week and was also told that I should seriously consider switching from my beloved Newton running shoes to something with a more stable structure. Ugh! I do hate the whole “looking for and trying new running shoes” process. It’s just not that easy for my finicky feet. I just can’t put on a new brand/model of shoes and head out for a 5 miler…. I have to ease into it, giving my feet plenty of time to get adjusted to the shoe. At the risk of sounding all negative here, this process could take even longer due to the fact that I will be adjusting to not only a new brand of shoes but also the new orthotics.  So, with all of this in mind, I’m thinking that my grand ideas of running a spring half marathon is probably not in the cards for me. I need to change gears and focus on other goals ….maybe a duathlon, metric century, more strength work or just focus on adding even more variety of cross-training.  Whatever it is, I will remember to find joy in the journey …because that’s what this beautiful, wonderful life is all about ….the journey, not just the destination.

Speaking of enjoying the journey …I’ll leave you with a few fun pictures from my boot scootin’ date night with the hubs at the rodeo!20170210_081642

 

How was your week? Anyone else having unusually warm weather in your corner of the world? What fun date nights are you having with your Valentine’s this month? Tell me about them and be sure to check out other bloggers and the hostesses, Holly and Tricia of the Weekly Wrap link. They are all having a fun-filled heart-felt February! weeklywrap

 

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one gear at a time!

This Week’s Gallivantin’: For the Love of Fitness

Ahhh February …the month of Love !  The month of candy, heart shaped boxes, flowers, jewelry, teddy bears, conversation hearts and romance ….Valentine’s Day! Don’t you just love it? Well, it doesn’t have to be just about couples and romance you know. Think of it as the month to show others how much you care …about their health and fitness. Share with them your love of running, cycling, yoga, etc… Whatever it is that you love to do, make it a point this month to reach out to someone ….a friend, coworker, spouse, child, relative and invite them to a class with you, to the gym or out for a slow jog/walk. Whatever it takes to get someone else motivated to make a change for the better and begin their fitness journey, that’s what it’s all about, right? Sharing the love …our love of health and fitness. Continue reading

The World is Your Gym

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to February, the month of love! This week’s Friday Five topic, with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness is all about our favorite gym workouts/equipment. Now before we get started, let me first just say that I am a self-professed gym rat! I love the atmosphere and I feed off the energy from everyone else around me.I love that while lifting weights, there is the one guy over in front of the mirror with arms like Hulk Hogan while at the same time, there is the sweet little elderly lady on the leg press working one leg at a time to try and maintain enough muscle strength to keep her from having to use a walker.  I love that at any given time while on the treadmill, there may be one person to the right of me that is a lean mean running machine working on speed intervals while to the left of me there may be someone huffing and puffing just trying to walk a couple of miles …and they all inspire me! I’m moved by the fact that in one building there are all of these people on their own personal fitness journey, all at different levels and with different motivations and goals. There’s no judgement and no competition, just everyone striving to be a better version of themselves. That’s motivating and inspiring to me and I love it! Continue reading

This Weeks Gallivantin’: A Wrap on January

This Weeks Gallivantin’ brings us to the end of not only this week, but my birthday month as well …wasn’t it just Thanksgiving a few weeks ago? Anyway, it’s been a great start to the new year and so far, 50 is feeling pretty fabulous! My workouts are still a little scattered and all over the place and I just can’t seem to get back into a routine …hopefully that will come soon. Speaking of workouts, let’s see how I did this week:

  • Sunday: 40 minutes Powermill
  • Monday: 13.1 mile run
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 3 mile run
  • Thursday: 9 mile bike ride
  • Friday: 45 minutes elliptical
  • Saturday: Rest

Not a bad week for cardio but I did no weight training whatsoever, and I missed it. I really enjoy do my weight workouts with Major Hubs and his work schedule has been crazy lately …we gotta hit it hard in February!  However, it hasn’t been all a loss since I am happy to report that I have managed to lose 3 of those holiday pounds that found me…even after eating an entire pint of Halo Top birthday cake flavored ice cream for supper one night! (Well, it is still my birthday month, you know!)

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I might be slightly obsessed with this stuff!

As you all know, my January half marathon was cancelled due to an unusual and somewhat unexpected ice storm. The race director offered a virtual race option for those that wanted to “officially” post a time and feel like they actually earned their medal and race swag. I woke up Monday morning and decided I would just go out and run 13.1 and get it over with. Not the brightest idea and certainly was the hardest 13 I’ve ever run, but I did it and now I can wear that jacket with honor. The hubs was so impressed and felt just a tad bit of spouse pressure, so he bit the bullet and ran his 13 Thursday evening …most of it in the dark! He’s a tough old bird! I started out with the grand idea that I would ride my bike alongside him and be his “water station”,  but when one of the dogs got out AGAIN, I had to cut my ride short. But hey, it’s all good …he got his 13 in and I managed to get in a few on the bike to round out our day. Continue reading