Themes for the Week

Happy Monday, Fancy Oatmeal Readers!

I am writing this post from the comfort of my living room, enjoying the solitude that comes before the refocused storm that I am about to impose on myself.  I have two Healthy-Me goals for this week:

1.  Break in my new running gear.

Can you guess what I bought at Dick’s Sporting Goods yesterday?  I’ll give you a hint:

After seeing many different fuel belts from last week’s Dexter-Ann Arbor half, and getting the opinions from bloggery friends, I decided that I did NOT want a belt that would hold water bottles, and went with a simple “Fanny Pack” style.

Clearly.NOT.

Technically, this is a Nathan’s “5k” Runner’s Pak from Dick’s Sporting Goods, but I’ve already dubbed it the Nathan’s Half Heftin’ Pak.   It has two pockets that allow storage for my cell phone, Gu Chomps, and ID.

The accessory that I learned I would need while half-marathoning is a more user-friendly water bottle.

It’s another Nathan’s product; more specifically the Quickdraw Plus Water Pack, again bought at Dick’s Sporting Goods.  While running last week Sunday, I made the mistake of not having anything to store my iPhone, so I had to carry it the entire 13.1 miles.  While this wasn’t an issue and I didn’t get fussy about having one hand tied up, I know that I would much rather have had water that accessible.  With the Quickdraw Plus, the bottle and handle contour to my hand in such a way that won’t be distracting or cumbersome.

I have yet to try an actual run with either of these tools, so I’ll give you a full report after today’s run.

2. Amp up my strength training

It’s been one week and a day since my first half, and I must admit that I took a much more relaxed approach to my workouts this week in the name of sanity and recovery.  Now that I feel like all the kinks have been worked out, it’s time to refocus myself.  I’ve always struggled with strength training when it is just me and a couple of hand weights.  After unpacking my fitness DVD collecting that was shipped to Michigan from Alaska, I am going to put them back to good use.

And this is just the lady to do it:

Goal: Workout with Jackie everyday.  The reason why I like this DVD is that it’s broken down into three sets of circuits: Upper Body, Lower Body, and Abs.  The last time I had this DVD in my weekly routine, I was using 8 lbs. weights; I’m up to 12 now, so yea…that’s pretty awesome.

3 thoughts on “Themes for the Week

  1. The Ultimate Warrior…What a way to start the week! Wrestling nostalgia takes me back to my childhood years jumping off the top bunk onto my little brother. Thank you for bringing back some really enjoyable memories!!!

  2. Love the new gear!! Might have to check it out at a store near me. Oh, wait-I live 45 miles from the closest sporting goods store!

    I absolutely detest with all my might strength training-and yet I KNOW I need to do it! Maybe one day I’ll get motivated! :)

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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