A Matter of Healing Thru Rest, Strength Training & Healthy Eating ….

I’m in a lull between The Go! St. Louis Marathon and the Pittsburgh Marathon.  Three weeks between the two races.  The timing was a strategic calculation to allow my body to heal up a bit from St Louis.  It was a good call. But with this being Boston Marathon week, I’m just restless.  I want to run.  I want to run fast. But alas my chiro body says, NO! 

So I’ll just keep thinking about running fast and well, doing what I’ve been doing …. taking care of myself, eating well, stretching, strength training and running easy. 

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But I can certainly think about running fast, right?  I’ve reset my Run Less Run Faster app and am ready to go with some targeted workouts once I get the green light.  I certainly don’t want to backslide and aggravate the Plantar Fasciitis DEVIL who is currently napping.  He certainly hasn’t left but I’m feeling better each and every day thanks to a lot of torture over the last 4 months from my new Chiro

So far, this year has consisted of rest, a lot of strength training and a little running.  There have been a lot of kettlebell swings, hand release push-ups, squats, lunges, weighted sit-ups, knees to chest, ab baskets, side to sides and short bursts of strength workouts both in and out of the gym.   All by myself.  I’m really missing my 5am CF crew in IL!   I also miss being able to swing a kettlebell and not have to worry about some unsuspecting gym patron rounding the corner right into my kettlebell improvised CF area.  I miss having certain equipment, like rings for ring rows, a box for box jumps, a wall ball, and a weighted ball for ball slams.  Yes, I actually miss those torturous things and so much more!  But I’ve improvised and been good about doing a minimum of 2 strength workouts each week.  Even if that means I have to skip a run to squeeze it into my day.  I know that a strong body is essential not only to a healthy life but also injury free running.  So strength training is a priority.  In and out of the gym.

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I’ve also made a few changes on the food front.  I’ve always been decent about my food choices but things took a turn south last year.  While I normally favor fruits & veggies, my love of carbs took over and I was eating WAY too many cheese quesadillas & flavored Triscuits!    I tried to balance out my carb intake with exercise.  You know that never works but a carb lover can hope, right?  Then I tried to decrease my carbs and up my protein.  That helped temporarily but I quickly tired of protein powders/shakes/smoothies.  And my body didn’t love all that protein either.  Plus I was still craving those junky carbs!   Then one of the books I was listening to last month (Born to Run by Chris McDougall) mentioned a change he had made that helped him control appetite and lose weight.  Salads for breakfast.  What?  Yep, salads for breakfast.  I figured it was worth a try.  I bought some fresh produce, developed an obsession for kale, and started making a humongous salad every morning after I returned from the gym.  I filled my salads with nutritious items, healthy fats, plant proteins and tons of veggies.  Not a wimpy, “diet” salad but real food that would fill me up!  Every day.  Today’s salad below.  Kale, red onion, avocado, yellow pepper, northern beans, tomato, chia seeds, olive oil, balsamic vinegar & sea salt.

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I eat as much of my hearty salad as I want for breakfast and then put the rest in the fridge for lunch.  Guess what.  I’m on week 3 of salads for breakfast.  And I feel good.  Like really good.  I can’t tell you if I’ve lost weight cuz I “Threw Out the Scales” before I started my salad for breakfast regimen.  But I feel good.  And my tummy is happy.  And I’m full.  I’ve replaced most of the cheese quesadillas with healthy carbs like baked sweet potatoes.  Or in a pinch, I eat the Brown Rice Sweet Potato Triscuits.  Smile  Cuz my love of Triscuits goes beyond the scales!  But overall I’m pretty happy right now and feeling way better than I have in about a year.  So I’ll be buying ALL THE PRODUCE and eating lots of greens with a variety of veggies going forward.  I’m not a vegetarian but I’m certainly going to do some more research about food and specifically plant proteins.  And most importantly, I’m going to enjoy feeling good. 

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The point of this post isn’t to start a movement where everyone should eat salads for breakfast but rather to suggest that if you’ve been doing what your doing for a long time and it’s not working  ……. maybe it’s time to try something new.   Be open to change.  If you are tired and run down, what type of food are you using for fuel?  Exercise will always help us feel and look better but the FOOD that goes into our mouth is the main source of our energy and health.   I’m trying to make sure that I’m eating what my body NEEDS rather than what it immediately wants.    As a result, I want less and less of the foods that are “not so good for me”.  I’m still not perfect.  Never will be perfect.  I mean, we have a standing order with the pizza guy for Monday nights but now we get a salad with that pizza too.  Winking smile

If you are struggling, don’t give up.  Cuz that will put you further back than where you are now.  Keep fighting the fight.  Change things up.  Don’t’ forget to Hide the Veggies from the family and yourself in some of your favorite meals.  And please, try to find a way to fall in love with good, clean foods.

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** Eat Your Veggies ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

Go! St Louis Marathon Review …..

The Go! St. Louis Marathon was my first marathon of 2015.  I had previously skipped the Mississippi Blues & First Light (Mobile, AL) marathons in January, plus a February marathon in Texas, all due to a nasty case of Plantar Fasciitis.  So I was looking forward to St Louis and the new course which guaranteed a “flatter, faster” course. 

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I signed up for this event last year on an early bird special.  Before Ferguson.  Before family friends began telling us about the gang issue(s) in St Louis.  Before my PF took control of my life running.  As the event neared, I ended a running hiatus and started the “Oh Shit” marathon training plan.  You probably haven’t heard of that one but it’s the plan that an experienced runner “may” use when they have been forced to take time off and a marathon “sneaks up” on them.  About the time I started this “plan”, other Go! St Louis marathoners were probably getting ready to taper.   The Plan in its 4 week entirety:

  • Week 1 – March 1   – 10 miles
  • Week 2 – March 8   – 12 miles
  • Week 3 – March 15 – 15 miles
  • Week 4 – March 22 – 20 miles

Yep, that was it, then I “tapered”, i.e. ran normal mileage until the April 12th event.  This is obviously a “do as I say, not as I do” moment.  That’s not a real training plan.  Don’t try it unless you want to cry struggle thru your marathon.  I knew that this wasn’t going to be an easy race for me, I was just planning to finish it and knock another state off my list.  And that I did.  Success.

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Expo – Good location in the Chaifetz Arena which was about 1-2 miles away from most of the host hotels.  Easy to get too.  Lots of metered street parking.  A $5 pay lot.  Small, crowded expo but lots of friendly people & volunteers.

Race Day – Brought us cool temps (55 degrees) and overcast skies.  Yes!  Great start location on Market Street down by the Opera House.  Plenty of space and well marked corrals.  The view wasn’t too bad either.  Smile

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Race started on time and weaved thru downtown St Louis before taking us over the first bridge, where we crossed the Mississippi River into East St. Louis, IL.   Short jaunt on the IL side of the river, then back over a different bridge to head back to MO. 

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The second bridge bounced.  Maybe a suspension type bridge of some sort?  Regardless, it was a very odd feeling and some people even shrieked from surprise.  However, as soon as we were over the bridge we were headed down by the St Louis River Front via Laclede’s Landing.  Ah, The Landing.  The place that I heard so much about before our trip.  We even had one friend warn us to just avoid it “at all costs”.  But on foot, in a marathon, it’s all good.  And it was a beautiful area.  Flowering trees, lots of parking and restaurants/bars galore.  Local rumor is that the gangs have taken over this area and I’m pretty sure that’s a true statement.  There were zero spectators in the area.  And there were several  “young men” walking around various streets dressed exactly the same, even though they weren’t visibly together.  So I’m glad I got to see The Landing in a safe environment and I hope that St Louis is able to reclaim The Landing for the residents and tourists because its worth the fight.

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The first half of the race was great and most of the participants called it a day with the half marathon.  Go! St Louis boasted a net downhill for the first half and it was a nice course with lots of historic sites.  I was particularly impressed with the Budweiser campus.  Neat, and clean.  They even had a Clydesdale out for pics!

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Although that first half had a net downhill, there was a continuous grade, either up or down.  I tried to stay relaxed and slow that first half because I knew the lack of mileage hills would eventually take a toll on my body.  And I was right.  A little “niggle” in my right knee because a major pain in my right hip.  Regardless, I kept powering on, past the half, up the inclines on Market Street, up and down ramps and mini bridges, around the endless turnarounds in the middle of roads, thru Forest Park, past the Forest Park mansions (that were spectacular), and eventually back to the finish.  It wasn’t pretty.  But I made it.  I didn’t hate it.  And my foot held up well.  So I’m happy.

Missouri – DONE!  It was a great race.  Well done.  Nice town that’s working on improvement & restoring old buildings and neighborhoods.  Yes, there are hills.  And bridges.  And ramps.  And lots of pinpoint turns around orange cones in the middle of random roads.  But overall, it’s a good race and one where you’ll see the peeps ahead and behind you so definitely a good one if you have friends who are also running!

** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

Charleston, SC ….. I Ran That Town

Hubby and I don’t travel much together.  On the rare occasion when we do travel together, we do so quickly so as not to put to much burden on Grandma TooTall as she is always the one who helps with the kids & dogs in our absence.  Thanks, Mom!  As a result, it’s been years, probably 2 or 3, since we’ve taken a long weekend alone together.

Our long weekend destination this time was Charleston, SC.  Beautiful 13 hour drive (from Ft Wayne, IN).  Historic town.  Lovely people.  Fitness oriented community.  Clean.  Vagrant free.  Best road trip ever. 

I was also able to safely run both days we were in town so I was happy.  On Day 1, I  ran 8 miles.  4 miles out, then back.  This route ran over the Ashley River Bridge, along the Chesterton Bay Marina, and down Battery Row past the amazing historic mansions, toward the fountain & waterfront park. It was “slightly” dark on my way out.

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The sun was coming up on my way back to the hotel.  I grabbed a few more photos, including one of this mansion on Battery Row that caught my eye.

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Interestingly enough, that beautiful pink mansion is for sale.  And it can be yours.  For upwards of seven million or so $$.  If you buy this home, please let me come visit.  I didn’t bother calling for a showing.  Cuz we were short on time and $7,000,000.

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After retuning from my Day 1 run, I proceeded to take hubby on a driving tour of what I saw while running.  Then we spent the remainder of the day walking & touring Charleston.  We walked 10.5 miles and saw so many historic sites, parks, brick & cobblestone roads and just drank in all the beer beauty of this small town.  We even made a quick trip to Folly Beach to see the Atlantic Ocean.

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During Day 1, we saw lots of banners for the Cooper River Bridge Run.  We saw a constant stream of signs, coasters & pint glasses all advertising the run.  Plus the bridge was visible throughout the city and from the riverboats. 

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Knowing how races promote, I knew that the Bridge Run was either coming up or had just passed.  It was over.  March 28, 2015 was the day of the 38th Bridge Run.  We didn’t roll into town until April 1st at 9pm.  But I wasn’t leaving town without running that bridge.  The Cooper River Bridge Run has become iconic with runners in the US.  It’s currently the 3rd largest 10K in the US.  It starts in Mount Pleasant, runs across the bridge, up King Street & then finishes in downtown Charleston on Meeting Street in the heart of the historic district. 

Day 2 – THE bridge run!  2.5 miles each way.  Not so easy for this flatlander going up but going down was SWEET!  WhoooHoooo!

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You know there is a lot of foot traffic on a bridge when there are directional signs.  Yep.  Lots of foot & bike traffic.  

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The view was beautiful on my first trip over.  The sun was just starting to come up and it was bright enough for me to see and take photos.   However, I wasn’t prepared for how spectacular the view would be on my return trip.  The sun was moving higher in the sky and the visual result was amazing.  This was definitely a moment when I paused to give thanks for my ability and desire to run. This was one of those “priceless” moments.  I’m thankful to be a runner.  I’m thankful to be healthy enough to run “most” days.  I’m thankful that my will and desire to run actually gets me out of bed when I’d sometimes rather sleep a bit longer.

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After the bridge run, I took hubby on a drive to Mt Pleasant so he could experience the bridge too.  Then we spent the rest of the day in Charleston walking another 12.5 miles while sightseeing & touring.  Yeah, my legs & feet were almost tired after 2 days of fun. 

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Lots of old churches. Tons of old graveyards.  So much history between the various wars in the region, the Navel Station, the Charleston Port which is still one of the largest exporters in the US and the pirates drawn to the area thru the waterways.  I’m not going to tell you everything about Charleston but you might want to check it out for yourself.  Nice area.  Rich history.  Worth the trip. 

** Go Run Charleston ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

Throwing The Scales OUT!

As women, we are so often defined by a number.  Weight.  Height.  Number of children.  Miles ran.  Hours in the gym.  Reps.  Life.  Work.  Money.

Enough already.  We are more than a number!

Defined by The Numbers

Last week I had a bit of a breakdown.  I had ordered something from one of my favorite retailers.  It was a special order thing.  We order in October.  It arrives after the new year.  I ordered the same size as last year, even tough I’m not the same size physically as last year.  Well, it arrived and it didn’t fit.  Cut was different.  Sizing was different.  Length was different.  I returned it for a size larger.  New larger size arrived last week and well, it still doesn’t fit.  Too small.  Too short.  Maybe if it were long enough it would work, but not now.

Same story with my entire closet.  I’ve packed on the pounds.  Over 20 to be exact.  Yes, I’ve said it before.  Yes, it’s still true.  Some of it attributed to the move, and the miles, and the length of time it took.  Some probably attributed to my new age group.  Regardless, I’ve been busting my butt and the scales isn’t moving.  And it’s emotionally draining. 

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On average, I’ve been running 35 miles a week.  Strength & CrossFit workouts 2x a week.  Plus a cycling workout or two.  I’m out of time and energy.  Plus the Plantar Fasciitis in my left foot still isn’t great so as I increase mileage, my foot gets worse. 

What to do?  I’m getting rid of the scales and just focusing on being fit, healthy and happy, at whatever size that may be right now.  I’ve put in time and energy and used lots of supplements to spur weight loss and well, very little helps.  No, I’m not perfect with my food but I’m pretty good.  Lots of fruits, veggies, lean proteins.  My downfalls:  busy schedules which leads to pizza or carryout at least 1x a week & my love of Corona Lt (realistically 1-4 per week).  

I personally can’t let the number on the scale determine how I feel about myself.  I’m strong.  I’m healthy.  I might be what some call a “fit fat” but it is what it is and I refuse to apologize.  Good bye, Scales!  Good riddance!  You’ve never helped me feel good about myself.  I’ve been a slave to you for longer than I will admit.  No more.  I’ve purged the majority of negativity from my life and for some stupid reason I let you stay.  No more.

I will run.  And bike.  And swim.  And lift.  And Circuit Train.  And CrossFit.  And probably buy new clothes for summer.  Cuz living with a wardrobe the doesn’t fit makes me feel bad.   Every.Single.Day.

I encourage you to start living your life and stop defining yourself by the numbers.  I know you do it.  Admit it.  Now stop.  With each new era and change in life, our bodies adapt in different ways.  While my girlfriend may not be able to gain a pound no matter how many Twinkies she eats even if she tries.  I personally can gain without much effort.  Apparently that’s my era.  I will embrace it and keep doing what I’m doing WITHOUT stepping on the scales and feeling bad about MY number.   Let’s all focus on being fit and healthy, regardless of how our clothes are “fitting” this amazing body that God gave us.  No more shame.  No more apologies. 

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** Go forth and be happy, free of the numbers ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

2015 Sunburst Races WINNER & Discount Code!!

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We now have a winner for a FREE entry into one of the 2015 Sunburst Races!   The free entry is good for the half or full marathon.  I am running the full so I’m hoping you pick that too!!

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The winner was selected via a random number generator.  Entry #1 was the first person who commented and entries were counted on a first come first served basis.  Just that easy!  So who won?!?

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#40 – You’re the winner!  Lisa!  And I know a lot of Lisa’s so please contact me if you are the winner.  Here is the comment and I will match it up with the recorded email address so don’t cheat, even if you are a really great friend of mine, cuz I won’t let you claim someone else’s free entry! 

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Lisa – Please email me at amanda@tootallfritz.com to claim your free entry to the Sunburst Races!

As for the rest of you, I hope to see you in South Bend on June 6th!  Go HERE to register now before you lose your nerve so that you have something solid to focus on since the snow may finally be melting.  Use Discount Code:  Sunburst2015 for $5 off at checkout!  That code works for every event.  Now go register and let me know to look for you on race day!

** Run South Bend ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

Winter Blues ….

There is only one heartbeat in this house who still has any love for the cold, snow and winter in general.  And she has 4 legs. 

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I need to channel Miss Meadow’s love of the outdoors, embrace the cold knowing that it has to leave eventually and go outside and run.  I promised myself that I’d run outside this weekend and I’m already trying to figure out how to avoid it.  Normally, I’m all about the winter running.  NOT.THIS.YEAR.  I’ve turned into a total wimp.  A very soft & squishy wimp who hasn’t been running much at all.  I should be ashamed but the bottom line is that my foot needed a break anyhow.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  Smile

But I’m going OUTSIDE to run this weekend.  I promise.  I need to get out of the house.  I need to run.  I need to get reacquainted with the winter weather because it feels like it will never leave.  So who’s going with me?

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Beware, if you live within a 50 mile radius of Auburn, IN then I may beg hit you up to go running with me.

As a reminder to myself, I’m going back and read a couple of my previous post about running in the winter.  It’s like research as I try to gain courage to suit up to go outdoors.  Here are a few links if you feel like YOU might also need some courage to get out the door.

Okay, I think I’m ready.  I’m going to try to run outside BOTH days this weekend.  Yep, Saturday & Sunday.  That’s the plan.  I’ll layer up and make it happen! 

If you need MORE motivation, sign up for a race.  I currently have a giveaway going for the Sunburst Races Marathon & Half HERE.  I still have a 30% off discount code for the Marion Rotary Marathon For Shoes, code is:  MARION201515.  AND I have a 10% off discount code for any Spartan Race in the country, code is:  SPARTANBLOGGER. 

** I’m Going to Kick the Winter Blues ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

Sunburst Races Marathon (or Half) Giveaway – 2015

It’s that time again, let’s start thinking about the spring and early summer marathon calendar!  I know that most of us have been in a major rut with this nasty weather but that’s about to end.  What better way to motivate yourself and refocus but to sign up for a race?  How about one of my favorites, the Sunburst Races Marathon & Half?  I just signed up for the marathon and hope to see a lot of friendly faces out on course with me. 

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The Sunburst Marathon & Half is on June 6, 2015.  That is 99 days away.  Plenty of time to train and be ready to RUN South Bend!  The event offers a variety of races over the weekend and pulls a great crowd to downtown South Bend.  It’s a fun atmosphere and there are events for the entire family.  The race starts in the downtown area, weaves thru town, along the river walk, and thru some nice neighborhoods where the residents come out in force with food, water, sprinklers, music and create a supportive environment for all runners.  This is definitely a race where the community is behind the event!   And the river walk is breathtaking!

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The races finishes on the beautiful Notre Dame campus where there is a big after party with lots of food and fun so that you can await the finish of friends and family.  Check out the Sunburst Races Marathon & Half website and figure out which event you want to run for 2015!

Sunburst had generously offered to giveaway ONE free entry to the Sunburst Races.  The entry is to the race of your choosing! Join me in South Bend on June 6th and see why so many people love this race!  Giveaway starts right now and will run until Thursday, March 5th at 9am when I will draw the winner via a Random Number Generator.

To be eligible for the giveaway, you MUST comment below.  You can earn a second entry to the giveaway by liking the Sunburst Races Facebook page HERE, just let me know in the comments section so I can credit you with an extra entry.   Good luck!!

Not required for this giveaway but please feel free to follow along via Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for everything TooTallFritz!

** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

Yurbuds Leap Wireless Earphones for Women–Product Review

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I’ve had the Leap Wireless for Women earphones since Christmas.  They are an amazing product from Yurbuds.  I’ve worn them a lot.  Like more than a lot.  For the first time ever, I’m free of the dreaded “cord”.  I enjoy listening to music during workouts but have always had a big issue being tethered to my music source.  This has resulted in my NOT using music on the majority of my workouts.  All that has changed.

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Since my Plantar Fasciitis has been so bad this winter, I’ve done more and more workouts inside.  In fact, I’ve ran a “few” miles on the indoor track at the YMCA of DeKalb.  I can’t chance being outside and slipping or falling on the endless sheets of black ice that we’ve had so far this winter.  So I’m inside, running around a track that requires 9 laps for each mile.  I don’t necessarily mind the circles knowing that I have a safe environment for running but what I do mind is being strangled by my earphone cord.  All of my running clothes have one pocket, always in the pants.  It’s a zipper pocket on my waistband located in the small of my back.  I would zip my phone into that pocket and try to deal with my earphone cord being wrapped around my body.  It was driving me CRAZY.  So I tried to plug my earphones in from behind so that my cord was down my back.  Yeah, that didn’t work.  THEN I tried running with my phone in my hand like I see so many amazingly coordinated women do and I about lost my phone down on the basketball courts because I was sweaty and my butterfingers couldn’t hold onto it! 

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Now I’m running, lifting, riding on the trainer, and swinging my kettle bell to the sky & back all while jamming to my favorite tunes.  The Yurbuds Leap Wireless earphones have helped me get my grove back and start to tackle workouts that I haven’t attempted in a long time.  I’m back to CrossFit workouts.  And I’m lifting real weights.  In the gym.  With the boys.  All while pretending I’m the only one around by focusing on my music and my workout NOT the cord and definitely not the sweaty boys that spend more time looking at their phones than they do lifting those giant weights!  I even managed a workout at home this morning since it was too icy to go out!

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After a quick WOD this morning, I jumped on the trainer to ride.  I normally ride while watching Michael’s favorite children’s programming (Barney the Dinosaur or Paw Patrol) but today I was in my own little world with my Leap Wireless for Women earphones.  Yay!  I’ve never been able to have music while I ride for lack of a place to put my phone to stream the music!  Problem solved!

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Okay, I love them, right?  Now for some of the more technical details, regarding the Leap Wireless for Women earphones:

  • Ergonomically designed for comfort
  • Twistlock Technology
  • Smaller in ear design/fit for women with multiple size ear pieces
  • 6 hour battery life
  • Easy Bluetooth connectivity
  • Ability to change songs, adjust volume or answer phone calls with the touch of a button
  • I also like that while the sound quality is good, my Yurbuds (wired or wireless) NEVER drown out the sound around me.  I like to hear my music but I need to be aware of my surroundings.  I don’t know if this is a plus or minus for others but it’s the primary reason why I don’t use some of the high quality earphones in my collection.  Really big deal for me.

The cost of the Leap Wireless for Women earphones is $99.99.  You can buy them a number of places or just grab yours from Yurbuds dot com.  I hope they are a game changer for you as much as they have been for me.  They have given me the confidence to focus on me and MY workout.  For that I’m grateful.  I hope they serve up some magic for you as well.  Smile

** Untether From YOUR Earphone Wire! ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

Getting Back to CrossFit and Making It Happen for 2015

I took about 9 months off strength and CrossFit workouts.  Some women could have had a baby in that time, me, I just couldn’t manage to fit it into my schedule.  Initially when hubby moved to Indiana ahead of the family, I tried to do CrossFit at home.  I called them my “home grown” CrossFit workouts.  I had a 36# Kettle Bell and a few other pieces of strength equipment. I tried to make it work.  But let me say, with kids and dogs to trip over, moving thru one of these home grown workouts was difficult at best.  Plus I was either making the workouts too easy or too hard.  It was a giant flop.  Fast Forward 9 months and I’m trying to get myself back together.  I’m focusing on strength once again.  I’m knocking off the weight I gained last year due to stress and the move.  I’m eating right.  I’m drinking water.  I’m trying to avoiding alcohol.  As they say, muscles are made in the kitchen, not the gym.  But we all know they go hand in hand.

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So muscles are made in the kitchen, not the gym.  And we can’t “outrun” a bad diet, right?  Right! But for those of us who have been “on the run” for a long time, running just isn’t enough.  The body settles into a holding pattern and running becomes normal.  What to do?  Something different!  Use different muscle groups, add in speed workouts to your routine, spin, swim, CrossFit or circuit train.  We can’t do the same thing we’ve always done and expect different results than what we’ve previously recorded.  You want to change something?  You want to run faster?  You want your pants to fit better?  What are you going to change to make it happen?

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So basically 2014 was a year that I just “let things happen”.  And I didn’t like the results.  Yes, I had a stellar year and ran a lot of races but I gained 23 lbs, if I’m being totally honest, and well, what the hell is left now but honesty?  So in 2015 I’m going to make things happen, not LET them happen.  I encourage you to join me in this journey.  Know that things don’t happen immediately but start thinking about what you want, no what you NEED to change.  Now make an action plan and follow thru with it.  Make it happen. 

For me, I have to get my foot and body in a healthy spot.  I’m working on that and have a plan of action and for the first time in a very long time, I actually confident that I’m going to be healthy sooner rather than later.  Secondly, I’m going all Food Nazi, and yes, I can say Nazi cuz I’m like 100% German.  I’m currently doing the  AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge and I’m KILLING IT.  Third, I’m moving back to high intensity workouts like CrossFit.  However, this time, I don’t have a “box” and a CrossFit coach (miss you Jared!) but a normal gym where I’m making it happen each and every day. 

My high intensity CrossFit workouts for the week occurred at the YMCA of DeKalb.  Normal gym, right?  Let’s look at what I did.  

1)  5 Rounds: 15 – Knees to Chest (or abs if you are me!); 15 – Squats w/ weight bar only (33#s); 30 – Double Arm Battalion Rope Waves; 15 – KB Swings (20#s); 15 – Bicep Pulls (each arm – 17.5 #s).  Time – 25 minutes

2)  5 rounds: 15 Knees to Chest; 8 thrusters – 33# bar only; 20 – side to sides w/ 12# ball; 15 – 20# KB Swings; 30 Double Arm Battalion Ropes Waves.  Time:  24:44

3)  5 Rounds: 20 – Medicine Ball (12#s) Bounces off angled trampoline; 20 – Ab Baskets (12# ball); 20 – Side to Sides (12# ball); 10 – Hand Release Push-Ups; 15 – Squats w/ 25# Kettle Bell; 30 – Double Arm Battalion Rope Waves.  Time:  24:55

I will say that the Y purchased a Synrgy 360 and this piece of equipment has been integral in my workouts.  If you have one at your gym, don’t be scared, try it out.  It’s fun and very useful!!

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Synergy 360_1  Synergy 360_2 

Get after it and try something new.  Get that metabolism blazing and confuse those muscles.  Move it and Make It Happen!

** Make It Happen ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

Winner–Reebok Spartan Race & Discount Code

It’s Friday!  What’s better than getting ready for all those awesome weekend workouts?  Winning a FREE race entry to any Spartan Race of your choosing!  Let’s give these winter workouts  a purpose and sign up for something fun & challenging!

Conquer Your Obstacles

Without further ado, the random number generator selected #3. 

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#3 is Joe Beier!  Congrats Joe!  Email me at amanda@tootallfritz.com to get your free race entry!

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I know a lot of new people came forward for this giveaway.  I do quite a few fun things that result in distributing free fitness items and race entries.  I’d love for you to win something, so please follow along on a regular basis by clicking the “follow” button or by adding your email address to the box on the right side of the screen.  You can follow via Facebook HERE, Twitter HERE, or Instagram HERE.   It will be worth it; I promise!

You may not have won the free entry but I’m sure you are ready to take the plunge, commit and register for a Spartan Race now, right?  We have a 10% off code which is good for any Spartan Race in the country.  Go HERE to pick your race and use the code:  SPARTANBLOGGER to get 10% off the event of your choosing!  

Have a great weekend!  Come back on Monday for the workout shout on my Facebook page HERE and let me know how you totally KILLED your workouts! 

** I’m Rooting For YOU!  AROO!! ** Amanda – TooTallFritz