It’s really hard for me to figure out things to blog about when I’m not running.  Just saying.   And I am missing running a lot, especially with all the sunshine lately.

Still plugging a long at strengthening my butt and hamstrings to be able to do a pistol squat by working those narrow squats everyday.   Also working at trying to keep my shoulders packed.  The combination of the two has resulted in my being able to get a stronger, more confident dead lift and a stronger, more confident power clean.

More importantly, continuing to work on activating and engaging my butt and hamstrings has made life easier in other ways.  I am finding I am able to walk down fairly steep hills now without having to ‘duck-foot’ due to my knee bothering me; my knee doesn’t hurt because I’m supported from my posterior chain.  Stairs are no longer a problem even if I’m carrying a tantrumming three year old.  And the little bits I’ve been able to run (we run at least 400 m everyday at CrossFit and I confess, I snuck a short trail run in there last week) have been painless other than some mild calf tightness which, who cares because I was able to just walk it off and it didn’t come back.

It’s funny because I always thought of working on your glutes as being a vanity/aesthetics thing and I never really cared about how my butt looked.  Now, I kind of facepalm over it because I probably would have saved myself from a few injuries if I had put some booty time in at the gym.  Lesson learned, I guess.

MT has also been crossfitting along with me.  He’s started to run the 400 m in the warm-up everyday with me.  He does wall squats and sit-ups (and occasionally his version of push-ups which is more like a flopping plank but whatevs).  He’s even started dead lifting a little bit with kettlebells (although I don’t let him do it too often) and managed to lift almost bodyweight at 26 lb (I have a skinny and very active kiddo).

He, however, has not had to work on narrow squats to be able to do this.  His body just knows how naturally, of which I am admittedly a little jealous.  I mean seriously, look at this kid squatting while eating his breakfast.

Wow, I seriously need to cut that kid’s hair.

Do you work out with your kids?  What can their bodies do that just amazes you?  And who is racing soon who can give me some ‘running porn’ so I can live vicariously through you???

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Pistol Squats!

by BusyMama on July 24, 2014

I really want to be able to do one but I don’t have that strength or flexibility… at this point in time.   I’ve managed them before *sort of* using a ring as an assist – hold on to the ring (for dear life) and lower yourself into a full pistol, come up.  But I felt like I was relying completely on that ring which really didn’t feel like it would let my body learn how to do them on its own.   It’s always been something I’ve wanted to be able to do just because well, it looks pretty awesome.  Also, it would mean that I have more of a strength balance between my quads and hamstrings/glutes.  Which makes me feel like at that point, I would feel safe to try running again.

Anyway, I decided today finally to look up instructions on how to progress to be able to do a pistol squat and I found some great ones that came with a video

pic from article @ breakingmuscle.com

… and got really, really, REALLY excited!!! Because this actually seems doable.  So, I decided to test myself on the steps to see how far I am at this time and have realized that I’m stuck at the narrow squat.

This is as close as I can get my feet together before squatting down causes me to fall on my ass.  And no judging my epic lipstick pajamas.

Here is my game plan.  I’m going to keep practicing my narrow squats everyday for the next week, trying to get my feet closer together.  When they’re practically touching, I’ll progress to the next step.

This blog post begins my accountability.  I’ve really been needing a goal!!!!

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Hmmmmm. Yeah This Title Sucks.

July 20, 2014

Because I’d way rather just write than sit around thinking about what I want to write about. So I’m not doing a half Ironman… this year… because honestly, I am not totally sure I want to and also, I’ve come to accept that my body just can’t handle the run at this point and the [...]

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Kick Out Domestic Violence – KICKBALL!

June 25, 2014

Last Sunday, I went and did something I haven’t done in a very long time: I played kickball! A friend of a friend put together a fundraiser called Kick Out Domestic Violence, a kickball tournament to raise funds for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.   This is a cause that means a lot [...]

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My First Legit Triathlon

June 16, 2014

The weekend before this last weekend was my very first real outdoor triathlon, the Issaquah Triathlon.  It was a sprint distance with a 1/4 mile swim instead of 1/2 mile (THANK GOD).  And to be honest, I did not train for it.  My bad knee had been sort of out of whack since making a [...]

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Whoops! I have a Blog!

May 19, 2014

All right.  I am back.  I have my goals mapped out and one of them is to return to consistent blogging which I am keeping myself accountable to right now! The last few months have been filled with friend and family drama and I have been very overwhelmed.  So much so that I have noticed [...]

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I’m a Douchebag: Multi-Use Trails from a Cyclist’s Perspective

April 7, 2014

For someone who will always identify first (athletically) as a runner, spending time learning the nuances of an endurance bike and all the things that go along with the sport that is cycling is a REAL TRIP.  Show of hands – how many of you have had a cyclist speed by them whilst out walking [...]

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Entering Month 3 of Half Ironman Training

March 31, 2014

Granted, I have 4 1/2 months left before Lake Stevens but I can tell you right now that my weakest leg of the three is going to be cycling.  I am getting better as I log more and more miles in the saddle but I have to tell you; I had no idea how mental [...]

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Rainman Seattle Indoor Triathlon Recap

March 28, 2014

Oh look at that.  I’m finally getting it together and updating my blog.  And in fact, I’ve also reemployed my old daily to-do list system so that I can be a consistent blogger again!  Yay!!! This last weekend was the weekend of Rainman, an indoor triathlon series hosted by TriFreaks.  Before this, I had never [...]

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Lake Sammamish Half Marathon Recap, Cycling and Hangovers

March 10, 2014

I haven’t ran a race in a long time but the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon took place on my birthday and the course used one of my favorite local running trails and well, it was my birthday and that’s what I wanted to do.  So I registered and ran it.  Even though I didn’t really [...]

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