Last Week’s Workouts

This was supposed to be posted yesterday but I let the day get away. I still haven’t gotten back in my blog habit but I’m working on it. 

Monday: Strength Workout which consisted of:

  • 3×5 Back Squats w/ my first set @ 140, set 2 @ 150, and set 3 @ 160 (That was exciting)
  • 3×8 Shoulder Press + Push-up superset (a superset is 2 exercises completed back to back w/ no rest until both moves are done) 
  • 3×8 Bicep Curl + Tricep Dip Superset
  • 1 minute plank 

Tuesday: 3 mile tempo run at 9 minute pace – I was really proud of myself for getting through this workout

Wednesday: I was going to try to make it to a Bodypump class but it ended up being a rest day instead! 

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(Random workout selfie to break up the monotony of this post…take note that my water bottle matches my shorts)

Thursday: I do group training on Thursday evenings. The workout was:

  • 40 bodyweight squats
  • 30 bodyweight lunges (15 each side)
  • 20 calf raises
  • 30 second wall sit
  • 100 jumping jacks
  • 30 second wall sit (again)
  • 15 burpees
  • 1 minute plank
  • 400m run 

You completed all exercises as fast as you could. We did it twice. 

THE REAL KICKER of this workout was our plank contest at the beginning. The winner got a free tub of protein powder so everyone was in it to win it. I was neck and neck with another woman in the class but ended up falling (with force) at 4 minutes 45 seconds. Though I was bummed about losing, (which was great since I used my anger through my workout) I was really proud of myself for holding a plank that long, I didn’t think I could!

Friday: I couldn’t move from the Thursday plank challenge…it hurt to laugh

Saturday: I thought it was a grand idea to bike the 5 miles to the gym. Then I completed a quick strength workout that is super similar to the one from Monday.

Sunday: 2 mile run

Even though there were 2 rest days in there, it was still a really tough week of workouts, especially since I was sore until Monday from that plank! 

And lastly, here’s Max reminding you to stay classy

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I Workout.

Since I’ve been MIA lately, I thought I would do a little update on my workouts.

After the half marathon in March I stopped doing cardio all together (aka aerobic exercise) and completely focused on lifting weights. While this was good for a few weeks, I took way too much time after my half to start any kind of running again.

Going into June, I decided it was officially time for me to find a BALANCE. (I promise I’m working on what that word means)

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So I bought some inspiration, in the form of shoes that are literally highlighter yellow AND WERE ON SALE.

I made a list of weekly goals (in my head…a lot of things go into my head).

On any given week:

  • Strength train twice
  • BODYPUMP once
  • Run  three times

That’s just a blueprint, sometimes I do them more or less. I don’t put too much pressure on myself to do any specific one on any specific day, I just go with how I feel after grossly overanalyzing it in my head;)

This week so far has been a tough strength workout on Monday followed by a tempo run yesterday and maybe BODYPUMP (MAYBE) today.

And before you get bored, can we all agree I need these?

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And with a natural waist…as all pants of any kind should be:)

 

Resurrection of….Whatever This Is.

Remember that time you guys got wayyyy too much information about my life on a fairly regular basis? Welcome back.
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You should be jumping for joy.
If you’re reading this, it means you probably love me (or hate me) more than I deserve. So thanks:)

Here’s what you missed (and by that I mean here’s what I got busy with and never told you about).

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I turned 21!

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I conquered this game.

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I celebrated a whole year of this guy dealing with my crazy unpredictable self.

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I’m home for the summer with the family. I also have an internship!

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Brooke graduated high school!

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Blair and I mastered the hair towel twist.

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I got the girlies addicted to guacamole.

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I got new shoes! (The only shoe addiction I have is with athletic shoes)

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Max is still chillin.

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I’ve been a huge fashion inspiration for the entire family.

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I spent $10 for a martini. It wasn’t even that good.

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This guy and his family visited for the fourth of july.

If you’re still with me (bless you) then you’re caught up! Congratulations and stay tuned:) 

Shamrock Half Marathon Recap (and a prayer)

Well guys, I did it. I ran 13.1 miles for the second time, and I can honestly say it was exponentially more painful this time around (but so so worth it). 

We left for Virginia Beach Saturday morning and went to the expo. I’ve never been to such a huge expo and I was in runner heaven. Free smoothie sample? SURE! Free GU sample? Don’t mind if I do! 

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(fun fact of the day: Lindsay and I were actually wearing the same shirt/leggings on accident when we drove down but she decided to change so we didn’t look weird) 

I got to meet the LIVESTRONG Team at the expo and they were all so nice! It got me really excited for the race! After a big dinner at the infamous Captain George’s (if you’re in my family you get why that’s big deal) we headed back to the hotel to chill. 

I laid out my ribbons for each of the people I was running for: Image

I made them into bushels to wear during the race. Image

This was my point of peace for the day. The afternoon had been a lot of panicking/calming myself down. Putting the names together to wear finally gave me a minute to reflect on the real reason I was running, for these amazing people. 

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Even though it was a shamrock race, I decided to rep the yellow and black:) 

We woke up around 4:45 to get ready. I can’t say I was really sleeping though. It’s like the night before christmas. I made oatmeal (if you’ve been following my blog you know oatmeal before a race is necessary for me) in a to-go coffee cup and made myself eat it. Even though I wasn’t even remotely hungry I knew my body needed it. 

I wish I had taken a few pictures before the race but to be honest I was completely wired and a nervous wreck! Lindsay and I were twins again since we both got the exact same throwaway sweatshirt at Wal-Mart (Throwaway sweatshirt definition: a cheap sweatshirt one buys before a race knowing they are going to throw it off right before or right after the start of the race and never see it again). A great thing about the shamrock half marathon was that they donated all of the clothes they found after the race to local homeless shelters! 

Heres a random picture to break up the words! 

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Finally I was off. The start was super smooth. Some races are hard at the beginning because you are constantly weaving in and out of people, but I didn’t feel squished once! 

I started out feeling pretty good, but I knew I needed to hold back. My first 5 miles were at 9:22 pace. I decided after that point that I needed to slow it down a little bit so that I could finish strong so I (tried to) held back. 

At mile 6 they gave us a GU packet (Definition of GU packet: concentrated sugar/electrolyte gel that is easy to consume during a race). The thing about GU is that you need water with it. Well the water cup I got didn’t have enough water in it (half a sip). You need water with the GU because your stomach can get overwhelmed with all of the sugar you are putting in it. Sure enough at mile 7 my stomach started to cramp and the next water station was 2 miles away,  I managed to keep my pace for a little while longer. 

By mile 10 I was  hurting but according to my watch I was at 1:35. This put me on pace to finish around 2:05 so I was pretty stoked. I decided to try and push to the end. 

Mile 11 kicked my butt. I got nauseas and my stomach was still cramped. I decided to walk through the next water station and start back up again. I knew I could push to the end but those last two miles were long ones. 

When I got to the boardwalk I started looking for my Dad. I could see the finish line and I knew he would be close. 

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I saw him before he saw me and started waving my arms wildly. As soon as he saw me he started running to the finish line with me on the spectator side! He was yelling “Go Blake Go,” and waving his arms. I don’t think he realizes how much I was struggling and how much I needed that push to the end. I’m so glad he was there for me. Crossing the finish line was such a blur. By the time I realized I was finished I was a bucket of emotions. I got my medal and started tearing up (lame? probably) It was  a mixture of relief, pain, joy, pride, and happiness. 

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Here I am right after I finished, tears in my eyes and medal around my neck! My time was 2:08:58, 6 minutes faster than my first half marathon! I am thrilled! Especially since the last few miles were such a battle. 

Lindsay finished her (VERY FIRST) race in 2:26!! I’m so glad we got to do this together. 

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And an “eat whatever I want to eat” lunch: (cheeseburger w/ bacon + pulled pork without the bun and sweet potato fries)Image

 

One last thing: 

A young woman by the name of Cameron Gallagher passed away yesterday after finishing her half marathon. I hope you will all join me in sending prayers to her family and friends during this awful time. I know that runners are a tight knit community of support and love, and I hope that her family knows that we are all thinking and praying for them. 

I (WE) Did It!!

I have officially reached my fundraising goal for the Anthem Half Marathon in Virginia Beach this Sunday! I have raised $1030 for this amazing cause. 

I am so so excited!

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I truly wish I could give each and every one of you a big hug! When I started this journey I didn’t know if it was going to be possible to reach my fundraising goal. You all have been so supportive and it seems every time my motivation dips a little, I have a new donation and another reason to get my butt out the door. 

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This picture is after one of the runs I just wasn’t feeling. I had a test that morning and I just wanted to take a nap. After (slowly) getting ready I just sucked it up and got started. I did 3 miles in 26:25, not far off of my 5k pace! It turned out to be a great run and I honestly can’t say I would have even gone if it wasn’t for all of the incredible people I am running for. 

I don’t know what this weekend is going to bring but I know that no matter how fast I run on Sunday morning, I will finish for so many amazing people that you have shared with me. I am so grateful to all of you for giving me an amazing reason to run not only with my legs, but with my heart. :) 

P.S. You can sign up to follow my run through this link:  http://www.shamrockmarathon.com/race-info/runner-tracking/

You can search my first and last name or my bib number: 9237! 

Spring Break in 3…2….

So close. 

I’m one exam, a project, and a few assignments away from spring break. I can’t wait to be with these guys again: 

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Plus a new bonus family member (stay tuned) 

I ran a 5k on Sunday and I was super excited because I really wanted to PR. No such luck. I felt awful halfway through the first mile and ended up crashing and burning at the end. The good news is I got to my PR..as in I went EXACTLY my PR time. 26:45. That’s good news because if I can run that time on an empty tank I’m getting faster (right? right?)

I think I’m running on empty for a few reasons:

  1. School has been a lot more taxing lately, which means more hours studying (and for me, more hours STRESSING)
  2. I have been working more in the early mornings (personal training and instructing classes) so I’m getting less sleep. 
  3. I’ve really been working my butt off in the gym and taking less rest days. 

This week I’m cutting back and next week (the week leading up to the race) I am REALLY cutting back. 

To be completely honest I’m a little discouraged after that 5k on Sunday. I was really looking forward to a great time. I know that half marathons are VERY mental. So daily affirmations via Jessica are in store more often now: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR3rK0kZFkg (click on this! It will be the best 30 seconds you’ve spent all day) 

Plus once I’m rested, I know I can get my head in the game. I also know I will be much more motivated on race day because I am running for some pretty amazing people thanks to the LIVESTRONG Foundation and your generous and selfless donations.

Keep up with my fundraiser page by searching my name here: http://www.livestrong.org/events/#participant-listing

It’s time for another thank you to each and every one of you for keeping up with this blog and for supporting this cause. I know that it is going to help people that really need it and I couldn’t be more grateful to you all! 

Have a blessed Tuesday! 

Last Week in Review and a Fundraising Update

First off, fundraising. I am officially at $805! I cannot believe I am getting so much support from all of you. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for donating to this cause. I have quite a few people I am dedicating miles to in 17 DAYS (OMG), so everything is coming together.

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Almost at my goal! Keep up with me at my fundraising page!

http://www.livestrong.org/events/#participant-listing — Just search my name! (Blake Cash)

This fundraiser has made me want to train harder than I ever would have been able to on my own, so again, thank you. Thank you for making me a better and stronger person as well as donating to an amazing cause. 

Last week in training: 

Monday: Back/Biceps (lifting) + 20 minutes HIIT on the stairclimber

Tuesday: 3 miles run in 27:25!

Wednesday: Leg Day! (Lots of squats)

Thursday: 11 mile long run in 1:49:25

I had a super cute outfit for it:

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I wish the picture was better, but this is literally a highlighter yellow jacket, hot pink shorts, bright blue shoes, and my running belt. I was styling. It felt great because it was outside (finally) with rolling hills. So no treadmill! No being bored to death for over an hour! Phew.

Friday: I wish I could have rested after my long run but I had to teach a BODYPUMP class, which felt great afterwards and AWFUL during.

Saturday: Triceps/Shoulders/Chest (lifting) and then I taught another BODYPUMP class later that evening.

Sunday: A few 50s in the pool for a philanthropy event at school, but rest other than that:)

As you can tell from the schedule above I have been lifting a lot. I really think it has been helping me stay injury free while running and also making me stronger and faster. I have been taking progress photos so I’m counting on all of you to hold me accountable:)

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Feel free to make fun of my face.

Also this is sort of funny:

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I checked my steps at dinner and this was the number. I immediately got up and walked around the restaurant to get to my 10,000 step goal. Too bad it didn’t take into account my BODYPUMP from that day….and that’s all folks.

Have a great start to your week!