Monday Leg Day

Monday’s always a tough day, getting back into things. I don’t know why people always want to start something new, like a diet or fitness regimen on a Monday. Yes, I get that it’s like day 1 at the start of the week but really, after a Sunday my Monday’s are usually a little bit bleh… Tuesday would be a better start day. Ah, but then I’d slack on Monday’s and the vicious cycle would continue…

Oh well. I ate my banana and PB, drank some water, got ready to workout. Usually I eat half a banana, but this banana was pretty skinny and pathetic so I ate the whole thing.

Since my post about taking shorter, faster strides – I’ve been really trying to focus on this when I run. I haven’t gone out on any long runs, I think my last run was when I did 1 mile intervals and I was working on my stride then too, so I’ve had a little time to practice.

It isn’t as super awkward as I thought it would be. The first few hundred yards I have to really think about how I’m stepping, but eventually it feels pretty good to be moving my feet so swiftly.

I got in a good 3 miles around the neighborhood circle at about an 8 minute pace. It felt really good. I felt like I was going fast, staying strong, and could keep going longer. That’s an awesome feeling considering last long run, I thought I wouldn’t make it if I ran any faster (and I was running slower than today’s pace).

After my run, I burned my legs out a little bit on the Surfset board. I haven’t been using them for personal workouts much lately so it was fun to get back on. I started with 20 knee up lunges on each leg. By the time I counted to 7 I was already feeling it, 20 felt so far! But so good by the time I made it there.

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Starting position
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Almost there, just a little more!

I love knee up lunges because, even on a flat surface, they challenge a lot of muscles to keep you balanced and controlled. I don’t imagine a lot of people have Surfset boards at their house, but if you have a Bosu or Bosu bladder – place your front foot on it so you have the strong core and balance work on the knee up.

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There it is!

Followed that up with 20 quick surf squats. Again, if you have a Bosu, stand on the flat side to do your squats. Such a normal exercise is amplified when you have to work for stabilization.

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Too hot to smile anymore

Lastly, the dreaded burpee. I did 10 each round on the ground, chest all the way down and jumping all the way up. I knew if I wasn’t going to do a lot of burpees, I was going to do a few really good ones! By the end of this my legs felt like Jell-O and I was in serious need of some water.

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That’s me. Dead.

 

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