Weekly Workout Roundup

This was a crazy busy weekend! My aunt and uncle from Minnesota came a visited Friday and Saturday and then Saturday my niece and nephews came over.  It was totally fun chaos in our house Saturday.  Sorry no pictures, I try to respect people’s privacy and not broadcast everything to the world.  I was so sad when everybody left Saturday evening, and now I feel family-less again. Boo.

Since everyone was at my house Saturday, I shifted my long run to Sunday.  Let’s just say that it went pretty terribly.  Like painfully terrible.  I woke up Sunday with the intent to get 18 miles knocked out before church but I knew pretty quickly that that was not going to happen.  It 98% humidity and I was seriously struggling; by mile 5 I felt like I had already ran 10 miles. Then the pain started to kick in.

Between the kettlebell workouts and running around with my niece and nephews (think piggy back rides up and down the stairs) my upped and lower body muscles were horribly fatigued.  The cherry on the top was having excruciating foot pain.  I ordered new shoes last week and they came in Saturday but I didn’t have time to check them out.  People, DON’T RUN IN OLD SHOES! This includes me.  Duh, Gina.  I ran the 18 miles 3 weeks ago and felt amazing.  Oh well, bad runs make the good ones that much better, right?

So I came home, showered and grabbed my “better then sex kit” which consists of Pro Compression socks, my foam roller and the newest addition, Perform Pain Relief kit.  I joked about throwing a bottle of wine in the kit for good measure.  After a few hours, I started to feel better.


My “Better Then Sex Kit”

For the rest of today’s post I wanted to give a workout recap. One of these days I’m actually going to start consistently posting my weekly workouts and goals.  Every week I plan on it and then something comes up or I decide I want to talk about something else.   I’m linking up with Kat from Sneakers and Fingerpaints for the weekly workout roundup.


Here are last weeks workouts:

  • Monday – Easy paced 4 mile run.
  • Tuesday – Speedwork; 6 mile run with 4 Yassos at a 7:53 pace.
  • Wednesday – My first Kettlebell workout!
  • Thursday – 5 mile run with 3 miles at marathon pace; worked shoulders at the gym.
  • Friday – Kettebell workout.
  • Saturday – Rest
  • Sunday – 18 mile long run followed with lots of icing and stretching.

Well, there you have it.  A total of 33 miles and 3 strength workouts.  Did you notice anything missing?  How about any stretching (yoga) or cycling?  I’m asking for an injury by ignoring those two crucial things.  (What’s ironic is that I wrote those last few sentences before the terrible 18 mile run.)

My goals for this week:

  • Get all my training runs in.
  • Two kettlebell workouts
  • One strength training session at the gym
  • One cycling session to keep the legs loose.
  • Two yoga sessions; specifically seated hip openers to help with my tight lower body.

Also, I’ve decided to start the 100 pushup challenge again.  I have exactly 6 weeks of training left (EEK!) until the Rock-n-Roll Marathon and the 100 pushup challenge is 6 weeks long…..Perfect!

Question:  How do you track your workouts?

Kettle Whaaaat?

For those of you that follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you may have seen noticed this picture I posted on Friday.

Say hello to my little friend.

Say hello to my little friend.

Let me introduce you to Big Blue, my newest tool to help me reach my core / upper body strength goal.  Yep, I named my kettlebell.   Thanks to my friend Stacey, I’m now the proud owner of a 15lb piece of pain inducing, muscle making cast iron free weight.  Yippee!!

After owning up to my 100 Push Challenge flop I wasn’t ready to give up on my goal of increasing up core and upper body strength.  Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

Don’t ask why I just randomly quoted Dirty Dancing.  It seemed appropriate to me.  But I digress…

I remember the first time I heard someone talking about doing a kettlebell workout, it was about two years ago and all I could picture was a huge cow bell.  For the life of me I couldn’t figure out why anyone would want to swing a cow bell around as a workout.  Oh, Gina.  *sigh*

Yeah, I'm not ashamed to say this is what came to mind when I first learned about kettlebells.

Yeah, I’m not ashamed to say this is what came to mind when I first learned about kettlebells. Whoops….

Fast forward to me getting back into shape and the light bulb comes on… Oh, you mean it’s not actually a cow bell?  And it’s not just for upper body strength?  Cool!  I’ve actually been wanting one of these torture devices for about a year now but every time I thought about buying one I needed new shoes, or I registered for a race, or bought workout clothes, err, you get the point. So when Stacey offered to give me her’s I jumped at the opportunity.  SAHWEET!!  I love freeeeee.

I took my new prize home and immediately started googling.  I’m a dork and like to know the history behind things, how they work, why they work, etc… so I did some research on kettlebells.  Turns out they’re not new at all, just to me.  They were developed in Russia in the 1700s and were used as part of their army training programs well into the 20th century.  Cool right?


Russian stamp featuring a kettlebell.
Source: Wikipedia

And kettlebells aren’t just for building upper body / core strength.  They’re actually a really great total body workout tool.  I quickly found out that it’s one of the most versatile pieces of equipment you can have at home.  The versatility should make my hubby the minimalist happy because it means less equipment he has to try to find a space for.

After checking out the history  and benefits, I naturally wanted to give it a try.  I turned to the best free video resource out there….Youtube….and found a workout video that looked doable.  It was only 12 minutes long and had you do a 3 sets of shoulder presses, kettlebell swings, bicep curls, and clean and presses.  Sounds easy right?


The first 120 seconds went well.  I’m like this is cool, challenging, but cool.  I finished the first set.  During the 2nd set I started to feel the burn and by the time I finished the 2nd set, my body was full on, OMGeeee, what the heck are you doing to me?! I didn’t do the third set but I was really happy with my workout. Plus it gives me something to work towards.  If you’re curious to check out the video I used, here is the link.

And then, because I’m a total glutton for punishment, I did 6 miles of speed work immediately after my kettlebell workout.  Hello Yassos!  My goal is to run a sub 2 at my next 1/2 in February (2 weeks before the Rock-n-Roll marathon) so I need to start focusing more on speed.  All-in-all, I’m really excited about incorporating the kettlebell into my routine.  I plan to do it twice a week along with using the weight machines at the gym once a week.  After the beating I gave it last night, my body hates me today, but doggoneit I’m making good on my upper body strength goals!

Question:  Have you ever done a kettlebell workout? What’s your favorite way to strength train?