Crowned Warrior a.k.a. The best day ever

I really have never had more fun. Yesterday was such a great day. A beautiful drive through the Catskills with the kids, a beautiful, sunny day for a dash after way too much rain. And, I came down feeling very confident that I could (and will!) do it again and also thinking I should do 5Ks more often because they are WAY easier than that!

The uphill climb was brutal, we basically climbed the mountain. There is no way you an really run in the beginning and keep running unless you have the lungs of Zeus. Then you kind of make your way zig zag across- sometimes up, sometimes down- and sometimes so steep of a decline that running seems way to dangerous—an ankle breaking kind of decline. At one point, I actually found myself galloping.

There were several climbing obstacles that I didn’t love. I have a fear of heights when I go down something, not as much while I go up– so I would climb up one side and get completely freaked out about changing my footing and climbing down the other. That was the ONLY time I wussed out. I mean, one time the ladder was soaked and wet!

The people along the way are fun– teams encouraging one another, yelling and cheering. Spiderman passed me at one point. That was pretty awesome.

We slid down homemade water slides, walked through mud pits, crawled under barbed wire and hopped over burning coal. At one point I slid down this slope made of wood (the guy said “don’t put your hands behind you, don’t lean back.”) Okay, so this guy doesnt know that if you do that– you just keep going. On the rocks. With shorts on that had slid up. Ouch.

Can’t wait till next year!








Move Your Butt Sunday: Warrior Countdown


Three weeks from today I will be a Warrior! I have been plugging along but most definitely need to bring it up a notch or two in the coming weeks.

Today, I did this workout from Peanut Butter Fingers. I did the arm one with dumbells. I plan to do my Pilates video tonight and get back to my two mile cardio jog tomorrow. I also want to find a way to incorporate this workout, I just found the One Fit Foodie blog and kind of love it.

On Friday, I mixed it up a little with a hike. It was the first official time I used the hiking baby backpack and I loved it. Threw me off balance a little in some of the slippery rocks and muddy parts you have to hop over, but probably served as a little shoulder and leg workout too.

Parker and my teenage niece Molly were great little hikers. We never found the waterfall we were looking for, but man, we had fun!

As far as my at-home workouts, I have found that I really like working with the eight pound weights and am definitely seeing a difference. I feel a lot stronger and they don’t feel as hard as they did the first time I tried them! Are ten pounders next?

Stay tuned!



Move Your Butt Saturday: The Warrior Training Program

So far, my training has been a little bit inconsistent. Mainly because I have had family here visiting and we have been busy vacation-ing. But, I am moving my butt more than usual and have been feeling really good. I have figured out great workout helpers right here at my summer camp.

  • Three steps that are great for step ups
  • Hilly driveway great to push the kids up and down
  • Great, strong Adirondack chairs to do chair dips on
  • A long hilly road for my stroller power walk/runs
  • A beam in the middle of the room for wall sits

I have also devoted myself to the cause in making the following purchases:

  • 8 pound weights
  • Pilates resistance band
  • 2 pairs of new workout shorts (They are motivating, I promise!)

Holy crap, I did my first Pilates workout video the other day and was completely dying. My Mom got to watch me do it and she was impressed with my flexibility. I was impressed with my ability to not use profanity while swinging my leg all around. I think I am in decent shape but apparently my core needs some help. I am going to do some more today in addition to this ab workout from one of my favorite food and workout blogs.

So, I’m feeling pretty confident with a little less than a month left of training. Losing my last 10 lbs of baby weight would be nice in the process!

Hopefully, I will be warrior worthy. I feel better than I ever have and have started to feel lazy when I go a day without working out. Anyone who knows me knows this is definitely a first. Please hold your giggles until you click off this post, friends:)