Planking real good

I thought I was pretty clever with that title right? ha. Okay only me laughing it’s okay, I laugh at my own jokes all the time. After this weekends Reach the Beach and 20 plus miles of running with an American Flag I realized how much I use my arms and abs/ core when I run. I was up to a 5 min plank this summer, but stooped and am now getting back on the plank wagon.

Tips for holding a plank: 1. Play a favorite song. 2. Keep the stop watch on your phone. 3. Before you look at the time, count to 10. 4. Sing to yourself. 5. Say the ABCs 6. Keep your bum low, and your core tight. 7. Say a Hail Mary. 8. Chat with a friend. 9. Add a few seconds each day.

Tips for holding a plank:
1. Play a favorite song.
2. Keep the stop watch on your phone.
3. Before you look at the time, count to 10.
4. Sing to yourself.
5. Say the ABCs
6. Keep your bum low, and your core tight.
7. Say a Hail Mary.
8. Chat with a friend.
9. Add a few seconds each day.

A great starting point for doing planks is to start with a small amount of time and increase daily. You can do something like a 30 day Plank Challenge, or you can just add time on your own. Below is a sample challenge that is a fantastic way to make sure you work on your core everyday!

30 Day Plank Challenge

30 Day Plank Challenge

Speaking of Planks and fitness you most likely want to look fantastic doing them and when you get workout clothing on sale it’s even better right? CitySports is having a sale on winter/ fall clothing, a perfect motivation to continue your fitness through the colder months. Use the Promo Code Take10 for 10% off.

Your Welcome!

Your Welcome!

Also random but do you have a favorite day of the week? Mine Lately has been Tuesday nights because it’s date night for Little J and I. We typically try and do something new and fun in the City. This week we went to Fenway Park and had Ice Cream for dinner with chocolate milk. It was a perfect night. He’s an adorable date and takes our date nights very seriously, not the collared shirt he picked out. Melts. My. Heart.
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Fenway Park Date Night

Fenway Park Date Night

Want to plank with me?

Do you have special date nights?

Favorite day of the week?

 

 

 

Summer were holding on to you…

Are you guys ready for fall, or holding onto summer a little longer?
I LOVE summer, but also LOVE FALL. I love layering, and sweaters, and APPLE Picking, and Pumpkin Anything ( except Pumpkin Pie, I hate that- weird right?), Love colder morning runs, and hot coffee, I love warm blankets and a good book, I like the pace is slower but in a different way then summer.

A big sign summer is closing for us is Pool Draining Day. Summers were spent for me at the pool, I was a fish as a kid, so I love seeing A and J do the same things and enjoy what my brother and sisters and I loved so much. When we were kids the pool would actual drain, and get lower and lower by the hour, now it just closes for the season still filled with water and covered. But they still have toys ( usually never allowed in the pool) food allowed on the pool deck (also never allowed) a BBQ and tons of games. We love this day, but it also means summer is moving into Fall.

We also had a party after the Pool Draining Party, so it was a wild Sunday for us. The party had an Ice Cream truck, face panting, and beautiful views!
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Needless to say I was TIRED come Monday! I worked my upper body and Abs on
Monday and then did a beautiful, easy 5 miler with my friend on Tuesday morning. It is getting so nice and crisp in the mornings, but now I struggle with what to wear. Any other runners struggle with clothing for the change of seasons?

when in doubt Rock NEON

When in doubt Rock NEON

I also got to see this speaker on Monday night, Dr. Robert Wicks. If you ever have a chance to hear him speak I highly recommend it and you can see his speaking schedule here. If he isn’t coming to an area near you then I highly recommend as well reading on of his many books.
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He was speaking on how we can be more helpful in our loved ones lives, but simply listening and taking a steep back. He spoke on how we need to be there and listen but if we get too wrapped in others dark times it can bring us down and we are no help to others. He also spoke on sharing your joy and love for life with those who need it, don’t push it on the angry or expect everyone to be grateful for you in their lives. He spoke on the friends we need in life, someone who challenges us, someone who cheers for us, someone who makes us laugh at ourselves and someone who inspires us. I have different friends who all add these wonderful elements to my life and am extremely grateful for that. He spoke on the simple action of listening and being there when people need you and how listening is much more important then taking and advice giving sometimes.

Do you like listening to speakers/ lectures?

What is your favorite fall activity?

Do you love/ hate Neon clothing?

What marks the changing of seasons for you?