Weekly Recap: BBBC Week 8

Yes, its a sad day/week for me. Best Body Boot Camp is officially over. It’s been a journey that I undertook on a whim knowing that I needed strength training to have any hope of achieving my half marathon goals. At the end of this journey, I can look back and see where progress was starting to be made [like the first time I wasn’t completely dead after one of Tina’s workouts or when I completed all the suggested reps faster than I ever expected] and learning what the heck super sets and tri sets actually were.

Thanks Tina for setting me straight!

Ok, now I’ve got the hang of these. And they ROCK!

Unfortunately, this had to be the week that I end up fighting off sinusitis. I woke up Tuesday morning feeling absolutely miserable and knew that it was going to take rest, meds, and lots of water to get back to normal.


Monday: (AM) BodyPump + (PM) HOT! Yoga + 3.2 mile walk

Yes, I officially know what the craze is ALL about now! The absolute highlight was another girl in the class saying you could easily increase your weight 2-3x…thanks Tina! Hot yoga was just that…incredibly HOT!

Tuesday [aka my the morning where sinusitis tried to bring me down]: Walks with the pup

Wednesday: Walks with the pup + walk to lunch

Pure Pizza’s Margarita Pie – Not my pizza as I was feeling miserable, but I ate the same thing and it was delicious!

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Walks with the pup + walks to lunch & dinner

Yes, we ventured back to Pure for one last meal with my bro before he left town.

Saturday: More pup walks

Definitely proved this week that this is correct: Dog Owners are More Active! Read the article here.

Sunday: Rest

Total Weekly Miles: 9.52 miles

After such a low volume workout week, I am so ready to get back in the gym, wrap up my 8th week of BBBC, and pound the pavement [or rock out on the treadmill since I’m not 100% recovered] this week!


Weekly Recap: BBBC Week 7

Oh, the week after you return from vacation leaves your body in all sorts of weirdness…odd schedules, late bedtimes, bad eating habits. We all love and savor vacation, but the week after is always trying. We need to fix our schedules so we can be rested and ready for the week ahead, eat nutritious food to have energy, and get back on track with our workouts. It took me a few days before I was ready for weight training again, but once I refocused there, I was a much happier person!


How’d I gain my happiness [and sanity] back? Here’s a breakdown:


Monday: 2.8 mile walk to and from dinner

Tuesday: 2.41 mile run (27:29) before dinner and 1.86 mile walk after dinner

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I arrived home with some serious energy after work so I took Sizz on a run. Once Sizzle had her nap while we ate dinner, she was ready to go again! So, off we went.

Wednesday: 3.08 mile run (33:41) with NoDa Brewing Run Club

It still makes me smile to think many people doubted that Sizzle ran with me. They were all surprised when I shared that she runs up to 5 miles with me. We only did the 3 mile route, but both of us could have kept going!

Thursday: BBBC A + Yoga at Midtown Park

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Once again, I was ready to work out when I arrived home and BBBC was calling my name. Then it was off to yoga. I loved the experience having the city skyline in the background and outdoor yoga was awesome! Thanks Chandra from Yoga One

Friday: BBBC B

Best move EVER: The Breakdancer! image

Saturday: 7.12 mile run (1:28:27)

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Second long run in my half marathon training plan. Mental note: must update!

Sunday: 1 mile walk

Easy evening walk with the pup.

Total Weekly Miles:  18.27 miles

By looking back at this week it doesn’t seem that I was too far off from being active daily, but seeing that I didn’t start BBBC until Thursday makes me realize that I lacked some motivation and went with the ‘easy’ workouts [which are always running and walking] for me. Part of my drive for running/walking comes from my pup – I always know she’s game to get outside and exercise! Next week is Week 8 of Best Body Boot Camp…I can’t believe how fast this program has flown. The workouts always leave me sweating by the end, so no complaints that you aren’t getting enough out of them!

Weekly Recap: BBBC Week 5

We’ve passed the halfway point, and now we are on the downward trend towards the completion of Best Body Boot Camp. Where has the time gone!?! Earlier this week, we were tasked with completing the Fitness Test once again to track our progress…here’s my improvements:

Improvements BBBC

My biggest improvement [which was my primary focus] was in my 1 mile time; I dropped a whole 5 minutes of my time. Just goes to prove how quickly you can bounce back to your old self [and IMPROVE] when you haven’t been running consistently and the added positive impact of weight training! Even if I don’t improve in this area between now and the end of boot camp, I will be one happy person without a doubt. Now, on to how I’ve made the changes happen [at least for this week]:


Monday: (AM) BBBC Workout A + (PM) Pilates class

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Hooray for two-a-days!

Tuesday: 3.33 miles (40:47) in 97% humidity

I skipped my Tuesday am spin class to exercise the pup. Can’t say either of us were too thrilled.

Wednesday: (AM) BBBC Workout B + Core + (PM) Walking to/from Hot yoga (3 miles) + Hot yoga

Skipped the core circuit on Tuesday [I was DONE when I got home], but conquered it ALL today!

Thursday: 4.26 mile run (53:28)

Another hot, humid run = story of my life. Heat wave with high humidity…please GO AWAY

Friday: 1.5 mile walk

After a later night than I would have liked, I scrapped Workout C + Core for Saturday. I was still able to get in some walking time when we ventured out to Food Truck Fridays in Southend!

Saturday: BBBC Workout C + Core Circuit + 1.32 mile walk with Sizz (20:24)

I passed all those runners out there [rather they passed me] completing their long runs for the week and I was SO jealous, but I had to get back to pack for the BEACH!

Sunday: 5.8 mile cycle after the ferry ride

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Yes, this is the first of my cycling for the summer [and on Ocracoke!] and long overdue!

Total Weekly Miles: 13.4 miles on my feet [19.21 with the cycling!]

Yes, I have struggled this week with the high humidity and crazy temps – 80 degrees at 8:45am = No Thank You! But, I’m still happy I was able to get out there and accomplish a few challenges. During my runs, I am constantly convincing reminding myself that running in these conditions will not only make me a stronger runner, but I *might* see my pace pick up when the weather cools down into fall. I have some crazy, half-brained goals in my head for my upcoming half marathons…so I just have to wait and see how my training progresses between now and race day! Next week, workouts from Ocracoke!

P.S. Let’s not forget the short, but sweet celebration of Sizzle girl! We celebrated her 7th birthday on Monday, July 15th with a Peanut Butter flavored Frosty Paws🙂

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Weekly Recap: BBBC Week 4

And the weeks just keep FLYING by! I just completed Week 4 of BBBC ( personal victory – yes, I’m finally holding myself to a program!) and am continuously thrilled that I took the challenge and signed up for Best Body Boot Camp.


Let’s get to it, accomplishments of the week!


Monday:Pilates @ Flex+Fit + BBBC Strength A

First ever Pilates class and I am a fan! Loved stretching out before tackling Workout A this week!

Tuesday: (AM) SPIN 50 @ Flex+Fit + (PM) 1.47 mile walk to/from dinner @ Brixx

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Love my early morning spin classes; hate to think these will fall away when my half training picks up.

Wednesday: (AM) 2.15 mile walk with Sizzle + (PM) HOT! Yoga @ Flex+Fit + 3.15 mile walk to/from Yoga

And another first for the week, I took a HOT! Yoga class with Jane. Although I doubted that I would enjoy it, I went with an open mind and LOVED it! Plus, you’ve got to love being able to walk to/from the studio.

Thursday: 5 mile run (49:31) + .15 cool down (1:42)

2013-07-11 07.33.03 Average pace: 9:54 for the first 5 miles, including waiting for lights to change (the price you pay to run in uptown!)

Friday: BBBC Strength B + .97 mile walk with Sizzle + wake surfing

Short walk, but I had to run to the office!

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 2.95 mile run (35:46) + 2.35 mile walk (45:00)

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This was my first real run in the rain. The sky was looming, humidity was high, but Sizzle and I took off anyways (way too late in the day at 6pm, too).

Total Weekly Miles: 18.2

Time to jump into Week 5 and get MOVING!