Category: Insanity the Asylum

Wrap Up – A Look Back at 2014

I’m linking up with Tuesdays on the Run – MCM Mama Runs, My No-Guilt Life, and Run the Great Wide Somewhere. This week’s topic is a “Wrap Up – A Look Back at 2014”. 2014 has been a great year for me fitness wise. I feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been. I’m running faster, long distance wise, than ever before. Along with running training plans, I believe Beachbody programs played a big role in getting me to where I am today.2014

In January, I started P90X3 and finished in April. I couldn’t do pull-ups at all and when I finished I could do six of them. I was in tip top shape. p90x3

My first race in 2014 was in March, the Hot Chocolate 5k in Seattle. I didn’t run much beforehand and I think I did well for not training for it. I haven’t ran many 5k’s but I got my best 5k time so far.

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Towards the end of doing P90X3, I was also training for the Portland Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. This is my yearly half marathon race. I’ve been running it since the inaugural one in 2012. I focused more on running after finishing P90X3 and trained using Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon training plan with Beachbody programs snuck in if I couldn’t go for a run due to the kids. I had a great race and I was so happy to PR.20140518-204645-74805263.jpgMy next race was the Seattle Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. This was a fun one because my sister who lives in New Jersey came and ran it too. It was a good run and I loved the scenic route. There was a nice part where you could really see Mt. Rainier. We ran by Lake Washington and on the Alaskan Viaduct passing the Great Wheel.seattlernrIn July, I decided to do PiYo and it was a nice change for me. The pilates and yoga inspired moves went well with running.piyoMy next race in August, was my first ever trail race, the XTERRA Trail Run Hagg Lake 5k. It was tough and I remember it being hot out. I was happy that I got 2nd place in my division and fourth overall female. It was a nice small race and my time was 26:29.IMG_7322In September, I had my final half marathon race of the year, the Oregon Half Marathon. This was a good course. We ran through farmland as well as through the Gallon House Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Oregon. I was so happy to PR on my half time again!
IMG_8216My last race was in October, the Halloweenathon 10k. This was my first actual 10k race, so it was an automatic PR. The race took place at a golf course and I managed to get third out of all the females for the 10k. It was as fun one, despite the muddy course.IMG_9395With no races for the rest of the year, I decided to try out Insanity the Asylum in November. This was a tough one month program, but I’m happy to have completed it.
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I also started my first ever run streak on Thanksgiving, the #RWRunStreak. It’s been fun and there’s just three days left.

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This year has been awesome! I finished three Beachbody programs and ran six actual races, the most races I’ve ever ran in a year. I would say I’m in the best shape ever with my last two races being PR’s, especially my half marathon time. I’m hoping 2015 will be another awesome year. Well, that’s my wrap up of the year.

How did your year go?

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Last Week’s Workouts Recap (12/15-12/21)

This was a good week! I finished Insanity the Asylum, Volume 1. The 29 days of Asylum were tough but I’m proud to say that I finished the program. I only did 29 out of the 30 because I bypassed the Fit Test. I should have done the Fit Test in the beginning to see the improvement over the course of the program, but I jumped right into the workouts from the start. I feel stronger and had so many great sweat sessions. My back feels stronger and I can actually see some muscle on my back. I did not follow the nutrition plan so my results could have been better. I am also continuing with the Runners World Run Streak.

Here’s what my schedule looked like:

Monday – I ran 5.41 miles for day 19 of the #RWRunStreak and then did day 28 of Insanity the Asylum – Relief.

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Tuesday – Ran a mile for day 20 of the ‪#‎RWRunStreak‬ and then did the last workout on the Insanity the Asylum schedule. Woohoo!! I finished the program! It was tough and I’m glad to say that I completed it!

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Wednesday – I ran one mile on the treadmill. I also couldn’t wait and decided to try Insanity Max: 30. I did Tabata Power. Oh my! It’s tough, but a great workout. I maxed out at 9:46, which is when I had to take a break. There is a modifier the entire workout so don’t be afraid to try it. As Shaun T says, “Your power comes from within.” Let me know if you’re interested in doing this program with me.

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Saturday – I didn’t feel like doing anything but kept the #RWRunStreak alive. Ran a mile on the treadmill again for day 24./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/77e/68168024/files/2014/12/img_1317.jpg

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How’d your week go? I’m excited for Christmas. Happy Holidays!!

Last Week’s Workout Recap (12/8-12/14)

It was another pretty good week! I’m still doing the Runner’s World Run Streak and I’m also continuing with Insanity the Asylum. I’m almost finished with it…woohoo :). It’s a tough program but I can feel myself getting stronger. After Asylum, I’ll be starting Insanity Max: 30 and training for a half marathon. We’ll see how that goes.

Monday started off with a three mile run, day 12 of the running streak. Afterwards I did Insanity the Asylum Back to Core with my hubby.
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On Tuesday, I had a good five mile run. After my run I noticed an email alert that my credit card got charged from NY Road Runners….I realized I got into the NYC half!! I was surprised and happy!! I’m so excited because my sister got in too!! 🙂 It should be a fun one.

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On Wednesday, I ran a mile for day 14 of the #RWRunStreak and then did day 23 of Insanity the Asylum – Speed & Agility.
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On Thursday, I started off with Insanity the Asylum Strength and then ran 2 miles after dropping my youngest to Preschool.

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Friday – I ran a mile on the treadmill and then did Game Day + Overtime. I hate how that one is so long.

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Saturday – I ran a mile on the treadmill again and then did Asylum Vertical Plyo. This one’s so tough, but I do what I can.

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Sunday – I ran two miles. I’m on day 18 of the run streak. I also am on day 27 of Insanity the Asylum and did Back to Core. I only have two more workouts left and I’ll be done with that program!! I’m excited to try Insanity Max: 30.

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How’d your week go? Hope you have a fun and productive week!

Last Week’s Workout Recap (12/1-12/7)

I think I had a great week of workouts. I was still in Colorado Springs until Tuesday and got in my runs for the Runner’s World Run Streak. I will miss running at such a beautiful place! It was so cool to be close to Garden of the Gods! I then continued with the Insanity the Asylum workouts.

On Monday, I ran 1.05 mi for day 5 of the #RWRunStreak! It was 14 deg F out and lightly snowing. That didn’t stop me. It was nice to do a quick run at Garden of the Gods!

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I couldn’t pass up another opportunity to run at Garden of the Gods. I ran with my Brother-in-law and a got a 2nd run in. As you can see from the pic, the snow didn’t stick around long.

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Tuesday was my last day in Colorado Springs. I had another nice run at Garden of the Gods. The hills are tough but the views are amazing!IMG_0674.JPG

Wednesday – Back home and continuing where I left off. I did Day 16 of Insanity the Asylum – Vertical Plyo. Had a great sweat session!
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I also got my two miles in for the Run Streak.
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On Thursday, I ran a mile and then had a great strength workout!

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Friday – I ran a mile for the Run Streak and then did Asylum Relief. It’s a great stretch routine.
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On Saturday, I ran my mile and did Asylum Vertical Plyo. This one really makes me sweat. Check out my lil guy, he can jump. 🙂
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Sunday – I ran my mile. It’s day 11 for the Runner’s World Run Streak. I know I’m not running that far but a mile is a mile and I’m still streaking. 🙂day11rwstreakI also did Asylum Game Day and Overtime. Oh my! Both of those tough, especially Overtime which I somewhat did. I was so pooped I was watching most of it. It has some killer moves. But I got my sweat on!gameday

How’d your week go? Hope you have a great week!

I’m linking up with this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by hostesses Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser and co-hostesses: Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard and Heather | Divas Run For Bling.

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Be sure to check out my local Mom’s Run This Town event in February, Mommathon 5k 10k Fitness Festival that has a virtual option.

Last Week’s Workouts Recap (11/24-11/30)

I did one Insanity the Asylum workout this week which put me halfway through the program. I put it on hold until we get back from Thanksgiving break. But I think I had a great week for being on vacation. I started the Runner’s World run streak. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s day, I will run at least a mile a day everyday.

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On Monday, I did Day 15 of the Insanity the Asylum, Speed & Agility with the hubby. I had a great workout and was dripping sweat at the end of it!IMG_0254.JPG

Tuesday was a rest day. I was traveling most of the day.

On Wednesday, we went hiking at Red Rock Canyon. It’s such a beautiful place!
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On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, I started the Runner’s World Run Streak.  I ran with my Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law at Garden of the Gods. It’s so awesome that they live so close and we can just run there! It was a tough run with hills, but a great workout.

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Friday we started the day off hiking at Stratton Open Space.IMG_0364.JPGThen I ran 2.87 miles with my Sister-in-law to get day 2 of the streak done. We passed by deer while running. It’s amazing how the deer don’t run off when they see people. Look how close I am. If you look closely in the back, there’s more deer.
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On Saturday, I ran with my Sister-in-law to Garden of the Gods and did a nice 2.12 mile loop.

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On Sunday, I had another great run with my Sister-in-law.
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Afterwards we went hiking at Red Rock Canyon again. I think I will be doing another post with more pictures from Red Rock Canyon and Stratton. They are great places to hike.

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It was nice to get workouts in while on vacation, especially because of all the food I ate. 🙂 How’d your week go?

I’m linking up with this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by hostesses Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser and co-hostesses: Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard and Heather | Divas Run For Bling.

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Last Week’s Workouts Recap (11/17-11/23)

I had a pretty good week of workouts. This was my second week of Insanity the Asylum and it’s going well. The workouts are tough but I always push through and do what I can. On Friday, I got the awesome news that I was finally matched with an IRUN4 buddy. He’s the cutest 11 month old boy, and his name is Caysen. He was diagnosed with Down Syndrome a week after he was born. I’m happy and honored to run for him. 🙂 On to the workouts:

Monday was Day 8 of Insanity the Asylum – Back to Core workout. This one gives a great back workout. I love it when my four year old jumps in at times and works out with me! He does pretty good too!

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Tuesday was Game Day. We swapped this one instead of Vertical Plyo since it fit our schedule better since it’s so long. This one’s a great workout. It focuses on different sports and you’ll definitely get your sweat on!

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Here’s a video preview of Game Day:

Wednesday was Relief – a great stretch routine.

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Thursday was Vertical Plyo. This one’s really tough! I managed to do a few plyo pushups this time. 😛IMG_0109.JPG

Friday was the Back to Core workout again.
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Saturday was the Strength workout. I was courageous to up my weight usage and used 10 lbs instead of 8 lbs and I did pretty well. I also felt motivated to run a mile for my IRUN4 buddy, Caysen. It was my first run for him. 🙂

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Sunday – I decided to run 5 miles and then did Day 15 of Insanity the Asylum – Relief. Felt good to do a stretch routine!IMG_0226.JPGHow’d your week go? Hope you have a good one!!

 

I’m linking up with this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by hostesses Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser and co-hostesses: Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard and Heather | Divas Run For Bling.

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Last Week’s Workouts Recap – Started Insanity the Asylum (11/10-11/16)

I’ve started Shaun T’s Insanity the Asylum Workout Program and OMG it’s tough! I’m happy it’s only 30 days haha. All the workouts so far are hard but a great challenge. If I keep it up, I should be in tip top shape. I still might go for a run here and there, especially since I will be getting my IRun4 buddy really soon. On Saturday’s official waiting list, I was number 57! So close!

On to the workouts…on Monday, Day 1 was Speed and Agility. This was the first time using an agility ladder and I thought it was fun.
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Here’s a video preview of Speed & Agility:

I also refreshed with resource Natural Spring Water. It’s very refreshing water during and after the workout. Thanks Influenster for letting me test the product! It tasted great.
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Tuesday, day 2 was Strength. My shoulders were sore but got through the workout.
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Here’s video preview of Strength:

Wednesday, day 3 was Back to Core. This one really works your back. I was really sore from the previous workouts.

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Here’s a video preview of Back to Core:

Thursday, day 4 was Vertical Plyo. OMG this is the hardest one so far! I was still sore so I didn’t even attempt the Plyo push-ups lol. I did what I could.
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Here’s a video preview of Vertical Plyo:

Friday, day 5 was a much needed Rest Day!
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Saturday, day 6 was Speed & Agility again. Here I’m doing a much needed stretch during cool down.IMG_9980.JPG

Sunday, day 7 was Strength. I’m happy to say I’m no longer sore, but I might be tomorrow lol.IMG_0003.JPG

How’d your week go?

I’m linking up with this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by hostesses Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser and co-hostesses: Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard and Heather | Divas Run For Bling.

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