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My 5K Training: Day Seven

What's For Breakfast?

I don't know about you, but I like one meal a day I don't have to think to hard about. That's breakfast. In our house, my husband and I work out 5:30-6:30 if possible.  The alarm goes off at 5, then we have some time to get our barrings, drink some water, move a bit, and get to it.  Then 6:30-7 is rush time to wash and dry before the kids are up and begging for breakfast and atten

Goodies for Easter Baskets

My 5K Training: Day Six 

My 5K Training: Day Five Thursday, March 31, 2011 Below is my Day 5 5k Training Run, with notes only that differ from Day One. 47 F, Too hot: Gloves, jacket, sweat pants Weight: 117.5 lbs 3.08 Mile Steady Pace Run Levoxyl, 10 Smiths Animal crackers, 4 oz water, Warm up 6:46-7:18: 3.08 Miles, 32:53 minutes    Up/Down .5 mile, .7 mile soccer field x3, Down/Up .5 mile 7:25: Walking Cooldown 7:30: Water Notes to Self

My 5K Training: Day 4 

10 Life-Changing Lessons from UNM Dance As I work through the last two days of raising funds for UNM Friends of Dance with our Zumba Cardio Party, I’ve been remembering special words from the staff at UNM (University of New Mexico) that contributed deeply to my life from 1998-2002. In paying tribute to some of my many professors, here are a few of my life-changing favorites: Bill Evans, Professor of Movement Analysis: “Teach what you want to learn.” He taught the value of diversity and listening to others, and that every student will give you more than you can share.

Inside Zumba: How to Join the Party! Why should you try Zumba? "It's not like a workout," explained Diane Walterstiel, 55, of Alpharetta. "Before I come, I'm tense, but when I leave, I could kiss the world." The Zumba organization believes you should find joy in your classes as you move freely and confidently in your own body, whatever size, shape or age you might be. There are no comparisons to be made and no class levels to achieve, other than your own personal fitness goals. And that is why we are inspired to share Zumba! So here are some tips and inside knowledge on Zumba

My 5K Training: Day Three

Sunday, March 27, 2011: Below is my Day 3 5k Training Run, with notes only that differ from Day One. 46 F, Brooks shoes with inserts, Sweatshirt Sore spots: dorsal flexors (top of foot) and R hip, Ab Cramp at 1 ½ miles 6500 Steps Total: 6:30: Warm Up 6:35-6:55: 1.6 miles 6 1/4 mile hills (down up, up down, down up) 6:55-7:12: 1.6 miles 6 1/4 mile hills (down up, up down, down up) 7:12-7:19: Cool down Notes to Self: Get new ear buds for my MP3! Double tied laces are awesome. I ran 3.2 miles in 37 minutes: 11.5 minute miles.

Mini-Workout: April Fool's Day!

Here are some silly fitness gags and games to kick your April off on a high note! Be warned: Those around you require a sense of humor“ Creative Travel: Tip-toe like a ballerina, skip and gallop like a cowboy, move in slow motion, or shrink down and move as if the ceiling is low. Play this with your kids while you run errands or when walking to and from offices at work.
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