DECEMBER 2016

Dear Me in 2017: A New Year Resolution Poem

I wrote this New Year Resolution poem in 2012 and I am pretty proud of it so I repurpose it every year. I have a penchant for writing silly poems but usually they are quite bad. I liked the way this one turned out and it seems year after year it still rings true. Let me know what you think.

Dear Me,

I know you are perfect
The way that you are,
But we all can improve some,
Raise the bar.

You’ll eat healthy foods
Dense with nutrition.
You’llmove your butt more,
You’ll be full of ambition.

You’ll run faster and better,
A new PR achieved.
You’ll lift weights and get stronger
Than you ever believed.

You won’t let the internet
Be so disruptive
To your goals and dreams,
You’ll be more productive!

You’ll read more and write more
With less television.
Less time on the net will be
A conscious decision.

Everything in moderation,
Enjoying this life.
The good and the bad
Will balance out nice

Blah Blah Blah,
We have heard it before.
I think we’ll skip this usual
Resolute bore.

Let’s talk about the things
That really matter in life.
Family, great friends, and
Being a wife.

This year you’ll resolve
To be the best version of you.
And not compare yourself
To what others do.

You’ll promise to love yourself
Despite all your flaws.
To strive to love others,
Just because.

You’ll  try to put yourself second
To those in your heart.
Give love freely and openly,
For the most part.

You have so much more
Than you could earn or deserve.
You’ll whine less and praise more,
Without reserve.

Dear Me, these are our plans
For two thousand seventeen.
I pray for the best year
That we’ve ever seen.

And for YOU out there,
Thanks for reading along.
I wish you happiness
And joy all the yearlong.

Happy New Year, friends!

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Coach Lea

I am a NASM personal trainer and RRCA adult distance running coach that specializes in strength training for runners. I offer in-person training in the Shredshed, online training and Fit to Run bootcamps. If you are interested in a more in-depth running or strength training plan, please contact me. Have questions? I'd love to help. 

While I am a certified personal trainer, I am not your personal trainer. Since I don't know your exercise abilities, injury background or medical history, please see your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. This is an opinion blog. No information in this blog is intended to be taken as medical advice or prescription. Please see your doctor and/or registered dietitian for any health concerns.

8 Minute Tabata-Style Core Workout

This is the one of the busiest times of the year. I put together this quick eight minute tabata-style core workout so you can squeeze it in even when you are too busy to exercise. This is also a great core workout to do as part of your warm up before you run or cool down after. 

We follow the Tabata protocol which is 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest for four minutes. You can download a free Tabata timer in the App store or on Google Play that makes it easy to time these workouts. I use a GymBoss timer (<-affiliate link) in the #shredshed and at my bootcamps. It makes it really easy to set the intervals.

8 MINUTE TABATA-STYLE CORE WORKOUT

In circuit one you'll perform 20 seconds of the crunch, rest for 10 seconds, then move on the next exercise. Once you complete the last exercise, the side plank, you will repeat the circuit. Do a right side plank on the first time though, then a left side plank the second time. After four minutes rest for one minute before moving on to circuit two. 

In circuit two you'll start with low plank for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds then move on to the next exercise. Once you complete the last exercise, the bird dog, you will repeat the circuit. When performing the bird dog, do right leg and left arm extended the first time through and then switch to left leg, right arm the second time. 

Give it a try and let me know what you think. Any questions? Let me know in the comments. 

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Coach Lea

I am a NASM personal trainer and RRCA adult distance running coach that specializes in strength training for runners. I offer in-person training in the Shredshed, online training and Fit to Run bootcamps. If you are interested in a more in-depth running or strength training plan, please contact me. Have questions? I'd love to help. 

While I am a certified personal trainer, I am not your personal trainer. Since I don't know your exercise abilities, injury background or medical history, please see your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. This is an opinion blog. No information in this blog is intended to be taken as medical advice or prescription. Please see your doctor and/or registered dietitian for any health concerns.

Top 10 Fan Favorites: 2016 Most Popular Blog Posts

Happy Holidays, friends! I want to thank each one of you for taking time out of your busy lives to follow along with Lea Genders Fitness. This blog is my passion project, my dream and my creative outlet. It means a lot to me that you read the the things that I write and that I can potentially help you with your running and strength training questions. 

To finish out the year (oh boy, did it fly by) I thought I would do a round-up of my most popular content in 2016, in case you missed anything this year. If you came here from Pinterest, you are in good company, a large portion of my traffic this year is from Pinterest. I hope you will stick around, subscribe and let me know what else I can offer you in your running and strength training journey. 

Top 10 Popular Blog Posts in 2016

10 FAST ABS: FIVE MINUTE CORE WORKOUT FOR RUNNERS

and the most popular post of 2016...

1. RUNNERS ARE GROSS: 7 THINGS WE DON'T TELL YOU

Here's to a strong and fast 2017! If you are wondering how my year went on a personal level, I did a 2016 Year-in-Review post over on my Running with Ollie Blog.

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Coach Lea

I am a NASM personal trainer and RRCA adult distance running coach that specializes in strength training for runners. I offer in-person training in the Shredshed, online training and Fit to Run bootcamps. If you are interested in a more in-depth running or strength training plan, please contact me. Have questions? I'd love to help. 

While I am a certified personal trainer, I am not your personal trainer. Since I don't know your exercise abilities, injury background or medical history, please see your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. This is an opinion blog. No information in this blog is intended to be taken as medical advice or prescription. Please see your doctor and/or registered dietitian for any health concerns.

 

 

5 Ways Your Fitness Tracker Can Sabotage Results

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I love my FitBit. In fact, I am a little obsessed with it. I made a commitment to myself this year to walk or run 10k steps every single day. It's one of my non-negotiable bare-minimum goals for each day. A FitBit can be a great motivator to move but it is easy to make mistakes that can take you farther away from your fitness goals, rather than closer. Your FitBit is supposed to make you healthier, not crazier, Right? 

5 WAYS YOUR FITNESS TRACKER CAN SABOTAGE YOUR RESULTS

FITBIT: WHAT NOT TO DO

LIVE AND DIE BY CALORIES BURNED

The number of calories burned during an activity can vary drastically from person to person. There are a lot of factors that go into it that simply can't be captured 100% accurately on your FitBit. You should consider the calorie burned on your FitBit as a general guide, not as an exact science. It is safe to assume the calorie burned on your FitBit is over-estimated. If you eat to the calories that your FitBit says you burned, you may end up overeating for your activity level.

ONLY FOCUS ON STEPS

Steps are great. They are a way to track how much you are moving, which is important, but there are plenty of important facets of fitness that don't require steps. Lifting weights, stretching, practicing Yoga and foam rolling are all beneficial fitness activities that won't rack up many steps. If you neglect certain fitness activities simply because they won't increase your step count, then your FitBit may be holding you back.

GET TOO COMPETITIVE

Yeah, I like to win too. But if you stay up an extra hour to walk on the treadmill to beat some guy you never met named Jose in your FitBit challenge, you may be taking this competition thing too far. (Resemblance to actual events in my life are purely coincidental. Or not.) Yes, the challenges can help motivate you to move a little more, but they should not take over your life. Damn you Jose (shakes fist in the air at person I never met). 

LOSE COMMON SENSE

I was very proud of myself. In 2016 I took 10K steps every single day from January through October. Then one day I was lifting a bin of medicine balls out of the my truck after boot camp and I hurt my old lady back. I was sort of devastated. I could barely move, let alone walk 10k steps. After 10 months I had to let my 10K a day streak go. I knew it was more important to let my back heal than try to fight through five miles of stepping. I was out of the game for three or four days, but when my back healed I jumped back on my streak. Now I just say that I walked 10K steps every day that I was physically able. If you are concerned about meeting your step goal when you are injured or sick then you may be taking it too far. 

FOCUS ON THE NEGATIVE

The FitBit can provide valuable feedback, but what is important is how you use that feedback. Will you use it to motivate yourself, to make new goals and to push yourself further? Or will you use that feedback to feel bad about yourself? My friend left her FitBit on the charger at work over the weekend and joked "How am I supposed to feel bad about how few steps I am getting in compared to my friends and see how poorly I sleep without my FitBit." She was joking, but she makes a good point. If you use the feedback from your FitBit to compare yourself to others or feel bad about yourself then your FitBit may be doing more harm than good. Sometimes the healthiest thing to do is walk away from all the technology for awhile. 

Sometimes my 10K steps come easy. Some days they are hard-earned. I am the first to admit that I have spent many late evenings walking circles in my backyard or around my house because I was several hundred steps short of my goal. Walking in circles may sound crazy, but I try to balance my FitBit goal of 10K steps a day with my other fitness goals and my lifestyle. 10K steps a day is a fantastic goal to pursue but it is certainly not the most important thing in my day.  

Do you have a FitBit or other activity tracker? Are we FitBit friends? Find my email here and add me as a friend if you want to connect on FitBit.

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Coach Lea

I am a NASM personal trainer and RRCA adult distance running coach that specializes in strength training for runners. I offer in-person training in the Shredshed, online training and Fit to Run bootcamps. If you are interested in a more in-depth running or strength training plan, please contact me. Have questions? I'd love to help. 

While I am a certified personal trainer, I am not your personal trainer. Since I don't know your exercise abilities, injury background or medical history, please see your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. This is an opinion blog. No information in this blog is intended to be taken as medical advice or prescription. Please see your doctor and/or registered dietitian for any health concerns.

 

 

 

 

 

12 Week Half Marathon Training Plan and PDF Download

Hello, friends. I am excited to tell you that I just registered for the Dallas Rock 'n' Roll half marathon in March. If you want to run it with me, I have a discount code (code:LEAGENDERS) from the rock 'n' roll marathon series because I am a 2016 rock 'n' blogger. This code worked for all 2016 races and works for some of the early 2017 races, including Dallas. 

Would you like to train with me? For Workout Wednesday I am thrilled to share my personal 12 week half marathon training plan. 

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I haven't been running long distances much this fall/winter so it is time to start training for my half marathon at the end of March 2017. Following a training plan is a great way to stay motivated to exercise well into the new year. 

I starting building a training plan to get myself back up to 13.1 miles. I am happy to share it with you but as always, there are a few caveats. First of all, I am a certified running coach, but I am not your running coach. Since I don't know your exercise abilities, injury background or medical history, please see your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. This program is intended for an advanced beginner or intermediate runner. You should be able to run at a conversational pace (meaning you can hold a full conversation without gasping for breath while running at a slow pace) before starting this program. 

Because I am who I am (the strength training for runners coach), this half marathon training plan may not look like your typical plan. My plan includes strength training days because I think they are really important. While running will be my priority, I will still find a day or two each week for strength training. A full body strength training day and a core day once a week should be sufficient. 

THIS 12 WEEK HALF MARATHON TRAINING PLAN IS BROKEN INTO FOUR PHASES

BASE BUILDING PHASE

Even though I am an experienced runner, it is still a good idea to start any plan with a base building period. Since I haven't been running a lot lately, I gave myself four weeks to build a base. Depending on your current fitness level, you could shorten this phase. All runs in this phase should be done at conversational pace. We will slowly start to build our long run in this phase.

STRENGTH PHASE

When I talk about strength in this context, I am a referring to running strength. We will start to incorporate hills and tempo runs into our workouts. 

SPEED PHASE

The speed phase for half marathon training includes running intervals. I generally recommend no less than 1/2 mile intervals for half marathon speed work. We don't spend a lot of time doing shorter intervals for half marathon training. 

TAPER PHASE

This is when we will back off the milage and long runs to taper in order to prepare for race day.

You may notice that that there are rest days, easy run days and/or core days immediately following high intensity days. We always want to allow low intensity days like core work and conversational pace milage after high intensity days to allow our bodies to properly recover. Remember that our bodies adapt, get stronger and faster during rest, not during the workout. Allowing the proper recovery is an essential part of this half marathon training plan.

I included a PDF printable download at the end of the post so that you can print out the half marathon training plan and fill in your actual mileage each week. Running plans should always be dynamic, meaning that you should be willing to change and adjust as needed along the way. If I was your running coach, we would review your log at the end of the week and based on how you felt and performed, we would make adjustments if necessary. It is important when following a plan from the internet that you don't look at it as a rigid all-or-nothing plan. 

The perfect plan is one that fits into your lifestyle. If you feel you need an extra rest day after a long run, then take it. If you have to swap a running day and a strength training day because you can only get to the gym on certain days, then swap them. If you need to do your long run on Saturday instead of on Sunday, then do it. As a coach, I wouldn't expect you to complete the plan exactly as written for 12 weeks. Life happens, things change. This is not an excuse to blow-off the plan, but rather permission to make appropriate changes as needed. The most important part of the plan is to build the long runs and weekly mileage slowly over time. 

I caution you not skip any rest days or add more mileage to the plan unless you are an experienced runner who has completed many half marathons. The mileage build-up is strategic. Doing too much too soon is one of the biggest mistakes runners make. 

Are you ready to start training? I invite you to download my 12 week half marathon training plan printable PDF so you can log your progress along the way.

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Coach Lea

I am a NASM personal trainer and RRCA adult distance running coach that specializes in strength training for runners. I offer in-person training in the Shredshed, online training and Fit to Run bootcamps. If you are interested in a more in-depth running or strength training plan, please contact me. Have questions? I'd love to help. 

While I am a certified personal trainer, I am not your personal trainer. Since I don't know your exercise abilities, injury background or medical history, please see your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. This is an opinion blog. No information in this blog is intended to be taken as medical advice or prescription. Please see your doctor and/or registered dietitian for any health concerns.