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2020 marks the year that I accept my status as an almost middle aged woman and lean head first into its stereotypes. I've done what so many before me have and signed up for a half-marathon. It was either that or get an "edgy" haircut. Who am I kidding? I'll probably do both. Along with the half, I'm also doing a Spartan Sprint. A what? A Spartan Sprint. It's a 3 mile obstacle course race, and that's the short one. Then, to cap off the summer, I'm running a 20K Trail Race over the gentile and forgiving terrain of North Central Appalachia.
First up, the Ohio River Road Runner's Club 53rd Marathon & 31st Half-Marathon on April 5th in Xenia. This was actually the last race I committed to this year. A participant and friend from Ultimate HIIT recommended I look into it. The ORRRC describes this race as "the lowest cost/low-key marathon around." I have never done a marathon (full or half) so I don't have anything to compare it to. My friend said its one of her personal favorites, and I trust her opinion.
Next, just as summer is hitting its suckiest...The Spartan Sprint in Lawrenceburg, IN on July 25th. I begrudgingly admit that this is the result of targeted Facebook Ads. They just kept popping up in my feed! Curiosity got the best of me, so I looked at the 2020 schedule and saw that there was a Sprint not too far from Dayton. After watching some clips of last year's races, I decided that I'd give it try, willfully ignoring the fact the my grip strength is atrocious and many of the obstacles require that you have the agility of an orangutan. Regardless, I'm going to give it go. I'm still 5 months out, I have PLENTY of time to train. (This is me also willfully ignoring my long history of procrastination).
Finally, after all my bumps and bruises from the Spartan are healed, I'm doing the 20K Indian Hills Race in Hocking Hills on September 19th. Last year I challenged myself to do the 10K and absolutely loved it. I surprised the hell out of myself at that race. I don't know if its the cardio conditioning from all the interval training that I do (thank you STRONG by Zumba® *cough* not a dance class *cough*), but hilly races make me feel like golden god. I've done a few 5k trail runs and last year I did two 10K trail runs, and one thing I noticed is that I recover super fast after trudging up hills. I typically end up passing people after hills, and let me tell you, as someone who has never seen herself as "athletic" that's a HUGE ego boost. Of course this is based off of my observation from running with people whose pace is close to mine, which is still pretty slow.
Never did I ever think that I would commit to, and be excited for, long distance running and obstacle course races. Being able to run 3 miles without stopping has always been the gold standard for me. It wasn't until June or July of 2019 that I even thought of doing more than a 5k. I don't know if its the impending doom of being middle aged and the corresponding feelings of mortality that's driving me to push for longer, more intense runs. There's also a pretty good chance that this is being driven by a deep seated need for approval and validation. Or maybe its from my growing fear that the zombie apocalypse is going to be more like World War Z and not like Night of the Living Dead and we'll have to outrun freakishly fast super-zombies not lethargic, leprous ones. Whatever the reason, my personal feelings towards races like these has done a 180 and I'm honestly shocked that I'm looking forward to them.
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At the risk of agitating the Well Actually-s, here’s an over simplification of a weekly fitness routine. Is this the only way plan your workouts? Absolutely not. Is this the best way to plan your workouts? Maybe, it depends on your goals. Is this better than what ~80% of adults are currently doing? Yes it is According to the American Medical Association. About 1 in 2 adults meet the minimum recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous cardiovascular activity AND only 1 in 5 meet the minimum recommendation of cardiovascular activity PLUS total body strength training 2-3 times a week.
There are many formats and programs that will help you achieve a healthier lifestyle and hit the benchmark weekly recommendation as pictured above. Keep in mind that there is no one format or program that is necessarily more correct than another (generally speaking). There are, however, formats and programs that are more suited than others for your specific goals.
Set some goals, big or little. Train in a manner that’s appropriate for those goals. Most importantly, remember that some is better than none. Ultimately, you want to hit a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate cardio with 2-3 strength training sessions weekly so don’t short change yourself, but if you’re just starting out 1 day a week is better than 0. 2 is better that 1, 3 is better than 2, etc. Work you way up to that benchmark. Abandon the idea that if you can’t hit the minimum then “what’s the point?” There are still health benefits in adding ANY physical activity if you’re currently at zero. This is not a 12 week challenge, this is not a weight loss gimmick. 150 minutes from cardio with 2-3 strength sessions is a part of your personal hygiene.
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thoughts and negative self-talk may be keeping you from achieving success, but author Gary John Bishop's solution is not to have you "tell yourself you're a tiger as a way to unleash your inner animal." Instead, his approach is to re-frame the way you use language when speaking to yourself. I know what you're thinking, how is that any different? To tell you the truth, it might not be any different. What I do know is that his style and delivery is exactly what a recovering pessimist, such as myself, needs to hear from time to time.
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This is a non-sponsored post. I do lead classes for Washington Township Rec Center; however, this event is being hosted by the Centerville-Washington Parks District which is a different department.
Came across another free fitness opportunity! Friday June 7th at 9PM, Centerville-Washington Parks District is hosting YoGlow at Forest Field Park located at 2100 E Centerville Station Rd, Washington Township, OH 45458. Class is being lead by Your Yoga Method's Megan Lees.
This is a FREE event, but they are asking that people pre-register for planning purposes. More information can be found here on their Facebook event page or here on the Parks District Web Site. They will be passing out glow bracelets, but feel free to bring your own.
The Shakery Juice Bar will be there 8 - 8:45 pm selling beverages.
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Its that time of year again! Riverscape Metro Park located at 237 E Monument Ave, Dayton, OH 45402 has posted their Fitness in the Park schedule. I have been a fan of these classes for a few years. I attend them as much as I can and last year I was even lucky enough to co-teach one of the Zumba classes.
This year's line up includes Yoga with Tori Reynolds from Speakeasy Yoga, Dance Fitness with Meghan Millat from Fit N' Fruitful , and Boot Camp with the instructors from Beavercreek and Kettering Fit Body Boot Camp. ALL FREE!
5/18/2019 10:00 AM Yoga
5/25/2019 10:00 AM Cardio Dance
6/1/2019 10:00 AM Yoga
6/8/2019 10:00 AM Cardio Dance
6/11/2019 5:30 PM Boot Camp
6/15/2019 10:00 AM Yoga
6/25/2019 5:30 PM Boot Camp
6/29/2019 10:00 AM Cardio Dance
7/6/2019 10:00 AM Yoga
7/9/2019 5:30 PM Boot Camp
7/13/2019 10:00 AM Cardio Dance
7/20/2019 10:00 AM Yoga
7/23/2019 5:30 PM Boot Camp
8/3/2019 10:00 AM Cardio Dance
8/6/2019 5:30 PM Boot Camp
8/17/2019 10:00 AM Yoga
8/20/2019 5:30 PM Boot Camp