Cross-training

Oh! Happy Days! Spring Training

It is so wonderful to get back in the trails. They are drying up nicely.

Running the mountain bike trails at Ravenshoe.

Running the mountain bike trails at Ravenshoe.

We are determined this year to be in good shape for the season so we are incorporating a little body weight training into our runs. Strong legs and gluts are important to running but we don’t want to discount upper body strength that will make our running more efficient. A strong upper body will power us through tough workouts and races while helping us maintain good form as we train to boost our endurance. Sounds like a plan, right?

You can read more about upper body strength and see some easy exercises on the Women’s Running website.

 

In the next week we are off to Storm the Trent! We really need to get on our bikes now!

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#100happydays Day 85 Friday is Yoga Day

#100happydays   Friday is Yoga Day

Fridays are going to be yoga day for the Blister Sisters during August. We are getting limber for the “Big Event”. There is one thing we really need to do more of is stretching and yoga is the perfect solution for us. Between the poses and the breathing we really need the benefits of yoga.

There are many types of yoga and I can’t really say that we do any particular one. We do enjoy a slower pace yoga where we can really hold the pose. (I found this great little image here.)

Yoga for Runners

Yoga for Runners

Runners and yoga just go together as explained in the Yoga Journal’s article by Baron Baptiste and Kathleen Finn Mendola.

“During the course of an average mile run, your foot will strike the ground 1,000 times. The force of impact on each foot is about three to four times your weight. It’s not surprising, then, to hear runners complain of bad backs and knees, tight hamstrings, and sore feet.

The pain most runners feel is not from the running in and of itself, but from imbalances that running causes and exacerbates. If you bring your body into balance through the practice of yoga, you can run long and hard for years to come. Although yoga and running lie on opposite ends of the exercise spectrum, the two need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, running and yoga make a good marriage of strength and flexibility.”

There are other good articles on line about yoga and running and don’t forget Pinterest. The best thing is to find a yoga studio that is geared for athletes.

One day I’ll post picture of us doing yoga, but we have to get a lot better at it before I do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#100happydays Day 63 Riding to work!

#100happydays Day 63  Riding to work!

Glenis and I are fortunate that we can ride our bikes to work. She is lucky because she has a great ride down the trail into town and hops off it right behind the store.

This is NOT Glenis's trail ride into work,

This is NOT Glenis’s trail ride into work, (but I know she is up to the challenge!)

My trip is a little shorter, down quiet streets in town but it still makes going to work a little more enjoyable.

Staying off the trail means i don't usually look like this when I get to work.

Staying off the trail means i don’t usually look like this when I get to work.

I rode this trusty steed to work today.

I rode this trusty steed to work today.

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#100happydays Day 43 Cross Training with Tennis Doubles

#100happydays Day 43 Cross Training Tennis Doubles

6:30 in the morning on a Friday before the “long” Canada Day weekend. There could be no better day to call our husbands out of bed to cross-train with us on the tennis court!

Of course none of us know how to play tennis other than that you use a racket to hit a yellow ball over the net somewhere in the vicinity of your opponent. We have a dozen tennis balls and about half of them bounce, we also only have tree tennis rackets, but we do have one squash racket that seemed to do the trick.

All of us have either sore shoulder or knees. I’m sure we were quite a sight, hobbling around the court and grimacing in pain after the occasional wrenching swing. It’s a good thing that most of the neighbors around the court were still asleep. All except the tennis instructor who showed up with a student. Our balls were flying everywhere but he polity hit them back to us and let us know that his balls had green dots on them so they couldn’t be confused with ours (despite that ours didn’t bounce). Somehow they managed to keep their 50 or so balls with the green dots in their court, ours just had minds of their own and traveled everywhere.

After swing and missing, chasing balls for an hour and laughing a lot, it was back to the house for coffee and ice packs. Thanks guys, for coming out to play.

#100happydays Day 43 Couples Tennis

A great start to Day 43 and the holiday weekend!

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#100happydays Day 20 – Tennis?

#100happydays Day 20 – Tennis? There is a tennis court in the park we run by that is always empty at 6:30 in the morning.  It’s a perfect time to go, no one is there! I guess people just aren’t in to tennis that early.

#100happydays Day 20 Tennis in the morning.

#100happydays Day 20 Tennis in the morning.

We kind of thought we were!

We had a hoot playing, or trying to play this morning. Glenis dug out some rackets and balls and there we were ready to be the next Venus and Serena Williams (sisters of course) – minus the skills and youth. We did a lot of sprinting, panting and laughing.  Great cross training. Happy day.

Always the girl! Always happy!

Always the girl! Always happy!

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#100happydays Day 14 – Love the morning workout

#100happydays Day 14  Almost every morning we get together for a work out. I say almost because sometimes we let life get in the way. But not this morning! We had a great plyo workout to Tony Horton’s P90X. You can do anything for 30 seconds. Love those workout! The best part they really do work! Happy Day!

Check out Glenis’s Warrior Dash tee shirt!

#100happydays Day 14 P90X Plyo workout done!

#100happydays Day 14 P90X Plyo workout done!

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