Niki's Back on Track

{August 22, 2012}   Corn Classic 3K

First, after my very first day with students in my classroom, I made it to my 5K training session yesterday!  I’m very proud of myself because I did not want to go!!  However, I conducted some positive self talk and was able to get my bootie in gear.  I have a workout partner, but I find I tend to be held more accountable since I am running with an entire group.  They will notice if I’m gone, and my workout partner is too forgiving of my absences!

IT band stretching:  I recently learned from my chiropractor and various wellness experts at the YMCA that as a runner, I should be stretching out my IT band.  This tendon runs along the side of the leg.  A foam roll can be used to properly stretch.  Be prepared because it HURTS, but of course, in a good way!  For my visual friends, watch this You Tube Video to learn how to stretch this tendon.


I’m planning on getting some race practice by participating in this Saturday’s Corn Classic! It is a 10K run or a 3K walk/run.  This will give me an idea of the race atmosphere, so I can better prepare for my 5K goals!

A 3K is 1.76 miles.  I have been covering this distance in my training sessions, so I should be able to handle it.  Wish me luck!


{August 14, 2012}   Couch to 5K Training Begins…

What a nice week with my girlies!  We went out for a bike ride several times this week.  Granted, we didn’t go far, but since Olivia rides such a tiny bike, she has to pedal about 3 times for every one of my rotations.  We are looking into a trailer bar to attach to her bike, so we can go further.

On one of our errand running expeditions, we decided to head to JCPenney.  I had a $20 gift card that was burning a whole in my wallet.

A side note for all my friends with kids… 

JCPenney is having a special for the month of August.    All kids’ haircuts are FREE!  Kindergarten through 6th grade students can receive a free haircut.We took advantage and both my girls are ready for the school year with a fresh doo!

Another great deal is Barnes and Noble’s Summer Reading Program.  When kids read 8 books, they can redeem their log for a FREE book!  The girls and I took advantage of both of these deals this week.

Back to the workout…

While there, I discovered a great sale on women’s workout clothes.  Normally, I don’t like shopping for clothes, but this deal was too great to pass up!  Tops were as low as $5 and bottoms were as low as $7.  I was geared up and ready for zumba!  I felt motivated.

Then, the worst thing that could have happened did; I discovered the zumba class was cancelled.  Normally, this is my cue to abandon working out and find some excuse to do the one million other items on my to-do list.  However, I was strangely motivated to wear my new workout attire, so I decided to run in order to better prepare for the training program the next day.

I was so proud of myself!  I ran 3/4 of a mile following the Couch to 5 K (C25K) model on my smartphone with the C25K app.  The model starts by building one’s endurance.  Each week requires 3 workouts.  One runs for 60 seconds, then walks for 90 seconds.  This cycle continues 8 times.

Thursday, I ran with the C25K group.

Friday, I rode bikes with my girls again.

Saturday, I ran with the C25K group in the morning, then I went swimming with my girls at a birthday party.  WOW, I was tired and sore!

Sunday, we went for a bike ride again.

This morning I danced for 8 minutes with Just Dance 2!

I feel I’m on a roll, so hopefully I will not lose steam when school starts.  I’m planning on running a few 5Ks.  Brookfield Zoo has a ZooRunRun on Sunday, September 23rd.  Join me if you want!

Wish me luck!

{August 3, 2012}   Zumba! Zumba! Zumba!

I am very proud of myself!  I went to Zumba last night!  I had so much fun.  It was great to start exercising again.

Anyone can Zumba.  If you don’t know much about it, check out the video I posted.

Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance/aerobic program.  You can gt DVDs to use in the privacy of your own home or go join a class at any YMCA or other fitiness center.  Most will offer these classes.

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