Helllooo!!! Remember me? I’m still here… been plugging along and finally back to running! You can see my updates on my Instagram!
I need to do a ‘catch up’ post of what I’ve been doing because its really important in general for my health and wellness and I want to share it with you mostly for your learning!!
For now though – I finally went to the local running store and got NEW shoes and a new pair of socks!
These are the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and Balega hidden comfort socks. I love these socks – they are made in South Africa and super soft! I usually get a neutral shoe, but the guy at the store was noticing a little pronation in my right foot so we went the safe route. Bonus is that local running stores have a 30 day satisfaction guarantee! I love getting personalized shoe fitting!!
So what is the plan? Well the plan is to RUN. ha. My current goals are:
- Sprints 1x per week. anywhere from 6-10 30 second sprints.
- long sprints/mini tempo. 400-800 tempo intervals for now.
- Working up to a 5k. nothing strenuous but run/walk build up.
I have been doing some sprints off an on the last few months but am going to start tracking my progress. I would love to do a couple 5ks this summer, so we will see if I can slowly build up to that. I don’t really have bigger goals than that at the moment. I want to see how it goes getting back to running and how my body feels. its been about 3 years since I have run consistently so I want to take it slow! Plus I’m a few pounds heavier than I was a few years ago! My goal isn’t to compete right now. It is just to have run being back to running and getting my endurance built back up and helping myself get healthier!
Have you returned to running after a hiatus?
Holidays stress me out. I’m not a huge person into lots of gifts, but I think something little is fun. Last year for Easter the grandparents sent along a few items for the kids, but I really wanted some fun baskets to put stuff in and for them to use in the future for egg hunts and all.
When I talked to my mom about baskets she mentioned seeing some and I looked all over Etsy, but by the time I looked everything was pretty much sold out! 🙁 Soooo Off to Pinterest (follow me here!) I found this super cute post where she made some adorable baskets! The original tutorial is here.
I went and bought the fabric and stabilizer at Joann Fabrics but didn’t end up cutting everything out until Saturday Afternoon nap(ahem the day before Easter)!! Then I sewed the two baskets after getting the kids in bed Saturday Night. I would say for the two baskets it probably took me about 3 hours total. For the first time doing anything round and making this, I think it wasn’t bad! Here is the finished product:
And the baskets with stuff in them:
What was included in the Easter baskets? For Teddy: I had Aden + Anais blanket and lovies, My mom sent some clothes and fun book. For Hannah: I got an Aden + Anais blanket, an Applecheeks Swim Diaper, & my mom sent bubbles, a dress, outfit, a bath toy, and a little purse. My mother-in-law sent a book, stuffed bunny, some hopping wind up toys and play eggs and 2 other baskets.
The baskets were a total success. Hannah took her Easter basket with her everywhere Sunday! It was the perfect size for her small church egg hunt! She knew to get the eggs in her basket without me showing her!!
I’m so excited this year to have both kids enjoy their Easter baskets!! It was a fun and simple project. The ONLY change I would make would be to extend all the measurements by 1/2″ so there is more seam allowance. I’m not good at 1/4″ seams and it was pretty hard to put the bottoms in with that small seam!
Have you made your kids Easter baskets or other holiday items? Let me know in the comments!
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This is one of the hardest weeks of the year! We often don’t have much time for working out but you need to MAKE the time then make the most of what time you do have! Here is a fabulous leg burn workout I did this week to keep my calorie burn going all day!
This workout consists of 2 simple super sets. I recommend 3 sets of each superset with 10-12 reps per exercise! The first set is Bench step ups (10 per leg) and then regular squats. Try to sit down parallel and squeeze. The second set is split squats (10 per leg) and then deadlifts. Use heavy weights but do NOT sacrifice your form! If you aren’t sure of the proper form look it up and ask someone! If done properly – you will definitely feel this workout the next day! After weights, I love to get some HIIT cardio in for an extra burn. Today I chose sprints. Up to you try for 30-60 second sprint with double that time rest. I always warm up and then start slow with your sprints. Every sprint I try to increase my sprint speed.
Sprints are one of my favorite HIIT workouts because it is a full body workout. It works your legs, your core and upper body! You don’t need to do sprints every day for them to be effective. Sprints will make your legs burn for a couple days! I like doing sprints once a week!
Hope you have a great holiday week! Remember moderation is KEY. But enjoy the pie! 🙂
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