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Week 1 TM Training + Polar FT4

Before I delve into the things that relate to the title of this post, I just want to say that my birthday weekend was pretty much awesome.  I had a “me day” on Friday where I did a lot of leisurely things (i.e. lots of reading!).  On Friday night, we went to a wine tasting with Robin and Andy where I learned about Cabernet Sauvignon (more on that in a later post).  Saturday morning was spent tidying up, the afternoon was spent at the mall, and the evening was spent at a music festival.  Sunday was pretty standard with a grocery store trip, food prep, and the Bachelor wedding (not a huge fan of the show itself but wanted to watch this…don’t ask!).  All in all, a great way to ring in 30!

Ok, so on to week 1 of Tough Mudder training. 

SUNDAY: REST – CHECK
MONDAY: Upper body + core; 20 minutes light cardio (elliptical) – CHECK
TUESDAY: 3.5 mile run – CHECK
WEDNESDAY: Lower body + core; 20 minutes light cardio (elliptical) – CHECK
THURSDAY: REST – CHECK
FRIDAY: Full body circuit; 2 mile run – CHECK and the run was probably a little over 2 miles
SATURDAY: 4.5 mile run – CHECK but this turned into a 4 mile treadmill run due to poor planning on my part

Thoughts: I am loving the BBB strength workouts.  I love the focus of this first phase and the emphasis on the core.  My runs were good, but at this point, it’s hard to imagine having to do more mileage.  And finally, I need to step it up with my stretching…BIG TIME.  I experienced a lot of soreness that I know could’ve been eased with some solid post-workout stretches.  Oops!

This week’s workouts look similar to the above.  The only difference will be that I add a few extra reps to the strength stuff. 

And now on to the second part of this post – a review of the Polar FT4

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As I previously mentioned, this was a birthday present from my parents.  Originally, I thought I wanted a Fitbit Force but changed my mind after reading a few reviews and thinking about what I really wanted – a heart rate monitor and nothing more.  I may look into the Force a little later after all the kinks have been worked out.  I’m not much of an early adopter anyways!

Once I nailed down what technology I wanted, I did a little bit of research and narrowed down the list to the Polar FT4 and the Polar FT7.  After consulting with Vishnu, I decided to go with the FT4.  It basically came down whether or not I wanted to know if I was working out in the fat burning zone.  Since I didn’t know what I would do with the information, I decided I didn’t need that feature.  Simple as that!

When my watch came in, I scanned the instructions on how to program it and got to work.  After entering all the necessary information (weight, height, date, time, etc.), I was good to go.  Easy peasy!  And let’s be honest, if I can do it, you can do it. 

In the case of any good HRM, you want to pick one that comes with a chest strap (or so I read).  Not something I was super excited about but decided to deal with it.  Turns out you don’t really have to deal with it because you can’t feel it and it’s actually comfortable.  The only thing I would say is that for people who are really small, the strap may be a bit to big since there’s only so much adjusting you can do.  I have mine set to the very edge of the sensor area and it fits perfectly.  If you’re super narrow around that part of your body, you may have issues.

The strap and the watch itself are the two major components.  There is also a little clip on heart rate sensor that attaches to the strap. But again, you can’t even tell it’s there.

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As far as my personal experience using this device is concerned, I absolutely love it.  In fact, I wore it for all the workouts mentioned above, including the strength training.  I love how at any given time I know my heart rate and whether or not I should push myself a little bit more.  And at the end of my workout, I know how many calories I’ve burned along with the duration of my workout. 

The only con for me is that the watch, while very comfortable, is a kind of ugly.  Haha!  But then again, I wasn’t really going for a fashion statement. 

I should also say that if you the type of person that gets obsessed with numbers, especially calorie burn, this may not be for you.  The geek in me likes to think about the effort I put into a workout and what the outcome is, but that’s about it at this point in my life.  It’s also kind of fun to guess the number and see how far off I am. 

If you have any other questions, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email.

What workouts do you have planned for the week?
Do you own a HRM?  Thoughts? 

Jumping on the (Crazy) tOUGH mUDDER tRAIN

If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you saw this…

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Yep.  I am participating in the South Florida Tough Mudder event. 

Tough Mudder is an endurance event where participants attempt (and hopefully complete!) military style obstacles over the course of 10-12 miles. 

Now, I should mention that no real thought went into signing up.  Let me explain…

While we were on our way to the Pretty Muddy event back in December, Andy mentioned putting a team together for the Tough Mudder.  I laughed and said, “No way am I doing that.”  We talked about it some more, got to the event, and forgot all about it (or so I thought).

Fast forward to this past Wednesday.  We got a text from Andy saying that he and Robin signed up for the Tough Mudder, and if we wanted to take advantage of the special pricing, we needed to register that very night.  After looking at the date again, Vishnu was out (he has a bachelor party to go to).  I, on the other hand, was thinking I would go as a spectator and cheer on R&A.  I texted back saying just that. 

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My friends (and husband) can be convincing.  I signed up about 10 minutes later.

The only thing keeping me from freaking out is that it’s still 3 months (ish) away.  This means I still have time to train and get TOUGH! 

So here’s what I’m thinking in terms of training…

I have Best Body Bootcamp for the next eight weeks, which is perfect because it will help tremendously in the muscle department.  And this time around, I plan on increasing the weights I use a little at a time to build my strength up slowly.  Tina’s workouts incorporate all kinds of training techniques and muscle groups, so I know I’ll be as well prepared as possible.

There’s also a little running involved (!), so I have to build up my mileage.  Since the day of running will be broken up by the obstacles, I want to get to a point where I can run 7-8 miles and feel good.  Feeling good is key since this isn’t for time!

Here’s what this week’s workouts look like:

SUNDAY: REST
MONDAY: Upper body + core; 20 minutes light cardio (elliptical)
TUESDAY: 3.5 mile run
WEDNESDAY: Lower body + core; 20 minutes light cardio (elliptical)
THURSDAY: REST
FRIDAY: Full body circuit; 2 mile run
SATURDAY: 4.5 mile run

My three main goals going into this thing are to feel confident, to avoid injury, and to have fun!

I plan on blogging about my journey on a weekly basis (ish).  Since Wednesday, I’ve had a lot of thoughts about facing fears, being more adventurous, etc.  I’ll be sharing more on all of that as well!

Let’s hope I’m this enthusiastic in three months.  Ha!

Happy Monday!

Have you done the Tough Mudder?  Any tips?  What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? I would have to say sky diving.  I did it with one of my best friends.  No one expected it from us.  And it was AWESOME!

Pretty Muddy 2013 + Other Weekend Happenings

My first Pretty Muddy event was a fun success!  We didn’t intend to set any records, but Robin and I finished the 5k race, including obstacles and wait time, in under 30 minutes (I think it was 25/26 minutes).  We were also the first finishers in our wave! 

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Quite the dynamic duo!

Not quite sure how I managed to do so well considering I was in travel mode for 17 hours yesterday, got home at 11:00 pm, went to bed at midnight, and woke up at 6:30 am.  I think it was the clubby music at the event that kept me going! 

Anyways, Robin, Andy, Vishnu, and I drove to the race together.  The boys kept telling us to get super muddy because that’s the only way to do a race like this.  Riiiight!  Our conversation quickly turned into a discussion about how we can all participate in an adventure run together.  Dun, dun, dun…enter the Tough Mudder.  I’m not sure if we’re definitely going to do it but I was told that if one person signs up we all have to sign up.  I’m scared!

We got to the event 45 minutes before our start time, which meant that we had ample time to pick up our race numbers, go to the restroom, and people watch for a little bit.  And people were dressed to impress – lots of tutus and Santa hats!  We even saw a group of women dressed as Mud Virgins!  As I mentioned in my last post, Robin and I were Pink Panthers.  I guess our idea didn’t come across the way we wanted but it was still fun to wear matching outfits!  Next year we’re going to be more creative and go all out!

The run itself was tons of fun.  There were about seven obstacles in total, and while some were more challenging than others, all of them were doable.  Lots of climbing and trudging through mud!

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My favorite was the big slide with a mud pit at the bottom!  But nothing beat the mud pit at the finish line.  And our husbands were there to catch the big finale!  Here is the progression of pictures that captures the muddy action.

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For those of you who will one day participate in an event like this, listen up.  Make sure you go with the butt in the air strategy when making your way through the mud pits (like Robin).  Do not get on all fours (like me).  Trust me – this one thing makes a huge difference. 

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The event was designed around the organization’s mission of women having fun with fitness and was also incredibly organized.  All in all, Robin and I had an absolute blast and can’t wait to participate again next year! 

If there’s a Pretty Muddy event coming to your city in 2014, I highly recommend you get a group of your girlfriends together and participate.  You won’t regret it!

After the race, I came home and showered for what felt like half a day!  Ha! 

Later in the evening I headed down to my friend Shelly’s place for a small holiday party that included a cookie exchange element.  It was so nice to meet her friends and get to know more people in the area.  I made Brittany’s Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies, and they were a huge hit!  People could not believe they were vegan and somewhat healthy. 

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In other news, my cousin Jash is married!  My sister was texting me pictures during the ceremony, so I felt like I was there…well, almost.  So happy for Jash and his new beautiful wife!

This was actually a very eventful weekend for my dad’s side of the family.  I got a text early this morning that my other cousin and his wife had their baby boy…little Aiden!  He’s soooo cute, and I can’t wait to meet him!

Well, that’s all I have.  Have a great Monday!