A Little Bit Of Everything This Week

A busy, hectic week! Monday was MLK Jr. Holiday, so that meant a four day week. However, that four day week felt like forever.

Let me share my week in review!

Monday Day Running and a Hike through My Backyard

Love Nature! Running and Hiking!
Loved hiking after my 5 mile run Monday! Nature reminds us to close our eyes and breathe deeply!

Nature:

  • The joy of playing outside,
  • exploring nature at any age,
  • fresh, natural exercise
  • opportunities,
  • adventure,
  • Nature reminds us to keep an open mind!

Then, the work week started! Tons of coffee and hot lemon water kept me going each morning! 

Starting my day with hot lemon water warms my body and the lemon gets me energized!  Southern Maryland winters are really just cold and rainy, but I enjoy hot beverages each morning on the way to work!

My favorite coffee and almond milk creamer!
My favorite coffee and almond milk creamer!

Middle School Science Homework and Running

The middle of the week consisted of an evening devoted to science homework with my redhead! She is currently in 8th grade!  The homework topic was – “How does the potential and kinetic energy (mechanical energy) change to thermal energy in a Roller Coaster Ride?”  The science homework led my thoughts to running and wondering how runners use potential energy during sprinting and long distance running!  I’m not an expert scientist, but googling, the potential energy of runners did lead to some interesting articles and graphics!  Interesting, scientific thoughts on running found HERE

Running Stride and Kinetic/Potential Energy
Running Stride and Kinetic/Potential Energy

Running and Teaching-Interwoven

As a runner, I always find myself comparing life to running.  Running creates life lessons.  Running teaches us faith, determination, perseverance and pure grit! I feel that running helps me to be a better teacher in the classroom.  In class, I’m teaching my students to stay focused and engaged.  On the road, running, I’m apply those same goals of focus and engagement!

Core Strength Workout at the Gym
Core Strength Workout at the Gym

Despite a busy week of homework and lesson planning, I did make time for the gym!  Focusing on more core fitness workouts! My personal trainer session two weeks ago was very informative! I’m continuing to work on building strength in my hips, glutes and lower legs!

Thursday:

2 mile treadmill run

  • 2 sets of 20 kettle bell squats
  • 2 sets of 15 Bosu ball – hand to elbow planks
  • 2 sets of squats with 12 pound workout ball
  • 2 sets of 15 leg presses on machine with 20 pound weights

Currently Reading and What’s By My Bedside:

Bedside Essentials!
Bedside Essentials!

I am currently reading, Quick Strength for Runners by Jeff Horowitz.  It is a great, informative book with lots of photos geared towards understanding the muscles of the body and how they relate to running.  The book also has tons of photos related to numerous strength training workouts! The book is broken into sections on Standing and Weighted Exercises, as well as, Floor Exercises. Thanks to Sue, who blogs over at This Mama Runs For Cupcakes, for the book suggestion on her website!

The current issue of, Running Times, magazine has a great article on building your connective tissue to run stronger and avoid injury!  Love the page, in this magazine, on using resistance band routines for training connective tissue! 

Running Injury Free in 2015
Running Injury Free in 2015

Topical Ointments for Muscles and Tendons:

  • Willow Balm -Natures Topical Aspirin
    Features white willow bark and helichrysum as active ingredients
  • Power Flex Pain Relief Cream {muscle and joint pain, arthritis, tendonitis, sprains, strains and backache}

I love ordering the above items, off of AMAZON!

What are you currently reading related to running?  Do you use topical pain relief creams for muscle and tendon soreness?  Does the science behind running interest you ?

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