As I’m sure you have heard by now – it’s November. We have only two months left in the year. Hard to believe, huh? At least October went out with a bang! Are you ready to read about a stellar new workout and get an overload of cuteness?
I kicked off my last day of October with a frightfully good workout. Since I knew we had plans for the afternoon ahead, I hauled my booty to the gym to spend some quality time with the treadmill again. But first – a new workout!
BOOTCAMP STYLE CIRCUIT WORKOUT
|wall squat w/ resistance band chest press (like in video but hold a wall squat while pressing the band)||45 seconds|
|reverse lunge w/ resistance band back row||15 reps / leg|
|kettlebell swings||15 reps|
|squat on Bosu ball w/ overhead press & bicep curl||15 reps|
|half burpee with tricep kickbacks (do the first half of a burpee but instead of jumping up, pause and bend over to do a tricep kickback before repeating)||15 reps|
|spiderman plank||15 reps / side|
Complete each move, moving from one to the next in a circuit fashion, with little to no rest in between moves. Rest for 2 minutes, then go through the circuit again. Rest another 2 minutes, then repeat the circuit for a third (and final) time through.
The compound moves in a continuous fashion really had me sweating. I loved the use of the resistance band in this workout too. Always fun to mix things up!
Since I had such a sweat going from the circuit (and a little ole thing called a half marathon this weekend), I kept things light when I hit the treadmill. I didn’t mess around with speed work to entertain myself on the treadmill. I just set the speed at 6.2 and kept on running until I hit four miles.
I’m happy to report that my foot finally feels completely normal again. You may recall the top of my foot feeling sore after a long run a little over a week ago. It would still feel a little tender at times, which had me worried. I looked into it and found numerous suggestions to tie my shoes differently.
I followed this guide on Runner’s World and laced my shoes up in a parallel fashion.
No more pain! Who knew such a simple change could work such wonders? I guess trading in my old shoes for the new pair I had waiting for me helped too.
Most of the rest of the day proceeded normally – laundry, play time with the kids, getting work done during nap times, and so on. Then came the night and the excitement picked up considerably.
You thought I was going to dive right into the cuteness, didn’t you? Well, sorry to burst your bubble but excitement for me meant starting the night with a heaping bowl of chili.
I made Kelly’s recipe for chili (because I know she does a good one) and loved every Frito and cheese topped bite. Some things just need the old-school toppings.
Now that you have waited ever so patiently, time for trick-or-treating…
…and the corresponding explosion of adorable.
This season is easily my favorite time of year because I simply cannot get enough of the many family activities.
You can’t help but have some of the kid excitement rub off on you.
Makenzie had an absolute blast trick-or-treating since this was the first year she fully understood the process. Which also meant Peter and I had to be a little sneakier about nabbing a few pieces from her stash. You know you would do it, too!
Butterfinger, Reeses, and Twix make good race fuel, right?
She obviously has plenty. Today I will be sorting through it all, pulling out a small stockpile of her favorites (Dum Dums) and our favorites (above) for special treats, then donating the rest to Makenzie’s preschool. They are taking donations to send to the troops to have for treats and also to pass out to kids where they are stationed. Isn’t that cool? And friendly to the whole holiday maintenance balance thing. Win win situation for all!
- Favorite: Halloween candy? Costume? Holiday?
- What’s a surprisingly simple fitness tip that has made a big difference before for you?