Jump Into Spring Fitness Challenge

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Jump Into Spring 30 Day Fitness Challenge

Time Line: 30-Day Challenge Begins April 7, 2014 (sign-up deadline 3/31/14)

General Commitment Requirements:

  1. Go to www.beachbodycoach.com/SARAHGLOSES and add me as your free coach by signing up for the free membership (THIS IS MANDATORY).
  2. If you do not yet own a Beachbody Program, please use the above link to go through to my shop and purchase a program for the challenge OR ask me for assistance.  Ideally, you should consider purchasing the challenge pack associated with the program of interest (you will receive a month supply Shakeology with your program to aid in your journey).
  3. You must be committed to following the scheduled Beachbody workouts throughout the course of the challenge (there will be a reminder calendar posted). You must also be committed to following the nutrition plan associated with your program (or another comparable nutrition plan). It will help to track your foods using MyFitnessPal.
  4. Follow Sarah Griff-Fit on Facebook AND on Instagram (sarah_griff_fit) and add me as your friend. Once added ask me how to join our private FB group.
  5. Please take a moment to fill out the form at the bottom of the page on my website (this will help me assess your goals and current level of fitness).
  6. Before/During/After Photos and Stats: You will be required to share your progress photos throughout the course of the challenge. If you are hesitant of sharing this through IG or FB that is ok—you can email them to me directly. **Note: sharing through these outlets is a way to keep you accountable and keep you motivated—I can assist with anonymous sharing as well.  Before photos must be received by the 7th.
  7. Group participation *there will be a star point system for participation: You should participate in the FB group by sharing details of your daily workouts and weekly progress. You can also share recipes, meals, and your struggles and wins.

(If you are posting to IG please hashtag your daily photos with #sarah_griff_fit #jumpintospringchallenge) **Stars will be awarded for each post, bonus stars will be awarded with daily challenges—for full details on the start point system please review the files tab in our FB group.

  1. Weekly Challenge Assignments: Each week I will post an assignment for you to complete. It could be anything from drinking more water to finding a workout buddy within the group. Be sure to check pinned posts for details.

FAQ’s:

  1. What if I can’t afford the challenge pack for the program I am interested in?
    1. There are many other affordable Beachbody programs available (as low as $40) and you will be allowed to join this challenge with the purchase of ANY program (so long as you fully commit to following it each day).
  2. Do I need to use aBeachbody Program to commit to the challenge?
    1. For this challenge, yes, you will need to follow a specific program. If you choose not to follow the program you must sign-up for a month supply of Shakeology while maintaining an active lifestyle.
  3. What will my workout program be if I chose not to do aBeachbody program (option only available toShakeology users).
    1. This is fully up to you!! You just need to commit to putting in a 30-60 minute workout every day where a workout is required (and drink your Shakeology).
  4. WhatBeachbody Program is right for me?
    1. If you have questions regarding which program to choose please contact me directly and we will work on finding something that is suitable to your goals and current fitness level.
  5. Is there a way I can save on theBeachbody Programs?Shakeology?
    1. YES! When you purchase a challenge pack you can have your coaching fee waived. Coaches receive a 25% off discount on future purchases of all programs and Shakeology.
    2. If you purchase the Les Mills Combat challenge pack before the end of March you can buy it at the promo price of $140 (includes shakeology). We also have Les Mills Pump $180 and the Ultimate Reset $245 on promo until the end of March.

Prizes:

  1. The top 3 participants (based on over all results and level of participation) will receive gifts that are TBD.
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Running With Your Heart

Let me tell you a little (well not so little) secret about how I pace myself during my longer runs.

I listen to my heart.

man-running-heart-rate-beatPhoto courtesy of iStockphoto, Eraxion

Marathon training taught me a valuable lesson on how listening to your body plays an important role on your overall health and performance.

As a competitive athlete, I was always trained to go at a “balls to the walls”, all out, heart pounding intensity.  For me this doesn’t mesh well with long distance running.  I learned this on my first 15 mile run.

I was running much slower than my normal pace due to the crazy October heat (yeah it was 86 and humid in October last fall) and still felt like I was dying.  For the life of me I couldn’t figure out what was going on.  That wasn’t until I looked down at my HR monitor and it read 195!  I was at my max HR and moving so slow (15 min mile + slow), it didn’t make sense.  I was only 6 miles in and I was ready to cry out of frustration.  I ended up switching to run/walk intervals for the remainder of the run.  I wasn’t happy about it, but I wanted and needed to get my HR back down under 170 BPM to save myself from overheating. 
It was the first time that I really listened to my heart and learned the importance of doing so.  Had I kept pushing myself to reach a certain pace, I could have found myself collapsing due to heat stroke.  I know HR training isn’t for everyone, but for me it really does help. It tells me when I need to slow down (something that can be a struggle for me) and lets me know when I have more energy to speed up.

I know, it’s not a perfect science.  Our bodies can act differently under varied circumstances and small things (lack of sleep, caffeine, weather) can account for an increased HR during training.  Regardless, for me I feel like it’s a useful tool and I think I will work on putting more focus into it over the next couple of months.

I found this useful chart (based on my Max HR and resting HR) and do find that it correlates  with how I perform on my longer runs.  If you’re interested in learning what ranges work for you hop on over to Running For Fitness to create your own guide.

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I’m really excited to see how my running will change once I reincorporate HR training into my routine.  I am eager to see what my sprints look like and look forward to reaching new running goals as the weather warms up.

How do you train?  Do you listen to your body (or heart) and let it guide you?  Do you push yourself to meet a certain pace?  Do you shoot for distance or time?

Interested in learning more about heart rate training?  Visit Competitor for, “Running 101:  Training With A Heart Rate Monitor”, or “Get In The Zone: The Pros Of Heart-Rate Training For Runners”

Get In The Zone: The Pros Of Heart-Rate Training For Runners
Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2014/02/training/get-in-the-zone_66832#P5xFMLz0pCOcGrZf.9
Get In The Zone: The Pros Of Heart-Rate Training For Runners
Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2014/02/training/get-in-the-zone_66832#P5xFMLz0pCOcGrZf.99

Sickness and the Bitter Cold

I’ve been MIA on here for the past month and that’s mostly because my running has slacked.  I logged a meager 13.1 miles last month.  I was a tad burnt out with running post marathon, but I definitely didn’t imagine myself taking such a long break.  It was not my intention AT ALL.

Post Disney I did get back out there right away and tried my best to stay on track, but then I got sick.  I had a horrible upper respiratory infection and didn’t do much of anything physical for a week.  It worked out fairly well because it was ridiculously cold out here and no one wants to run in that.

After a week of feeling miserable I was on the upswing.  I took a few extra days to feel well and then decided to give it a go.  The weather had warmed a touch and the sun was shining.  It was a great day to put in an easy 3 miler. I felt like I was ready to get back on track with my 3-4 runs per week.  NOPE. My body had other things in mind.

I woke up the next day feeling quite miserable and just like that I was sick again.  This time I didn’t do any running or major cardio for a full week and a half.  By the time I felt fully recovered it felt like a month had passed.  Back to back sicknesses are the worst!

I’m finally back on track though!  I’ve only put in 7.7 miles so far this month, but the numbers will start to climb before the week is up.  I’m even contemplating braving another half marathon on April 6th.  It might be a little bit much, but I think I still have enough of my training endurance left from the marathon so I think I should be able to handle it.  It won’t be a PR race or anything, but it’ll be something to help get me back into the spirit of running.  I do also have the option of a 10K if I find the task too extreme.  I’ll see how I feel in a few weeks.