I was exhausted after completing the 100 mile challenge. I took off four days to recover and regroup. Four days of no running, no spin class, no gym time… Just core exercises, stretching and foam rolling at home.
During that time away from the gym and running, I caught up with my friends and family and celebrated 18 years with my better half.
Me and B – Happy 18th Anniversary
The following week I eased back into the routine and scheduled a massage appointment to help my achy muscles. Oh and let me tell ya this massage therapist has magic in her fingers and hands. She worked every kink and knot out of my back and my legs. An hour and half of pure awesomeness.
After getting the deep tissue massage, the massage therapist told me to take a hot bath with Epsom Salt before bed time. She said soaking in a hot bath with Epsom Salt for 10 minutes is a good way to recover from a deep tissue massage. She said soaking will help get more of the toxins out of my body (Epsom salt draws the toxins out into the water). She also said my muscles needed some rest after one of these massages, and not to workout that evening .
The Epsom Salt bath with lavender really helped me to rest and relax.
When I woke up the next day I felt like a new woman! I felt so great I worked out with my fit fam at the park. Oh man those Barfee (Burpee) Suicides in the sand was tough!
Fit Fam in the Park
This past week I got back to Spin class and running. I had a 5K race over the weekend and I did pretty well. It was a hot and hilly one but I managed to get a new PR with hills. Yay me! It feels good to know my training and hill repeats are paying off.
A quick shout out to B for taking this pic at the finish line. Love it!
Hustle for Health 5K
My next challenge is Advocare 24 Day Challenge. I’ve blogged about the 24DC before. You can find my posts and progress under 24 Day Challenge. I can’t wait to get started!!!
Happy 4th of July everyone!
The weather was hot and the route was hilly at the Firecracker 5K race. I finished it in 35:25. That’s pretty good for me.
Afterwards my spouse and I went to a 4th of July parade and car show. I saw some pretty amazing designs and nice old classic cars. We also stumbled across a super cool Star Wars toy store called Order 66 Toys. I almost lost it in there! Too many Star Wars toys to look at! LOL! The owner was telling us that they had just recently opened and a reality TV show is coming soon. How awesome is that? He invited us back next week to their Cosplay Day. I’m totally excited!
My plans for the rest of the night is relaxing, rehydrating and watching The Walking Dead marathon.
7/4/14 Fueled up this morning with a small breakfast, Spark, Arginine and Catalyst. Ran 3.1 miles.
Celebration Breakfast – Banana Pecan Pancakes with two egg whites and turkey bacon. OMG this was good!
4th of July Parade and Car Show – Walked 4 miles
Order 66 Toys – Star Wars
Today was my active rest day. I spent the day working, drinking lots of water, playing with my grand and having lunch with my family.
Tonight, I’m getting things ready for my race and before I go to bed, I’m going to foam roll and stretch. It’s my first time racing on a holiday so I’m very excited. I hope I can get some sleep!
7/3/14 Walked one mile this evening. Boy it was hot!
My race shirt and bib for tomorrow!
My journey began in 2010 and was filled with many different diets and workouts along the way and all EPIC fails. Why? Because I didn’t want to change my thinking, my behaviors, or my eating habits. What changed you ask? I got sick and tired of being sick and tired of the way I was feeling!
A great friend challenge me to run a 5K race which motivated me to start walking/running and working out. In 2011, I focused on exercising and losing weight, but still didn’t change my eating habits. So I lost weight and gained it back. Beginning of 2012 one of my friends talked to me about Advocare, skeptical but gave it a try. My boot camp coach gave me a meal replacement shake and then my cousin, who will tell you I was still skeptical, gave me Spark and Catalyst. After two weeks, I was amazed that I lost a couple of pounds and felt more energetic.
2012 was my best fitness year! I continued my workout routine, changed a few of my eating habits (it’s a process), surrounded myself around others who are also making lifestyle changes, created 31 Day Challenge events, a fitness group, and tried out more Advocare products. I officially reached my weight loss goal at the beginning of December 2012 and pumped up about my goals this year.
Below is my photo of when I started Advocare 24 Day Challenge in October 2012 to February 2013. I still have a ways to go, but I’m happy where I am today. Hard work and dedication has paid off! Looking forward to doing the 24DC again this summer!
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