April ’16 Running Playlist

Happy Weekend, y’all!

Since I’m in the midst of training for the Broad Street Run, I figured that I would share one of my favorite running playlists with you. While nearly everybody requires great music to get them through a workout, I really do when it comes to running. I am not a natural runner by any means, and working my way up to even 10 miles is a challenge. Thus, the better the music, the better I perform. If I have an awesome playlist to look forward to, I’m that much more motivated to get my butt outside and run my little heart out.

If you run roughly a 10-minute mile such as myself, this playlist is perfect for a four-miler. If you’re a Speedy Gonzalez, my apologies. If you give this playlist a try, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! What songs do you recommend that I add to my May running playlist?

Glen Onoko Falls

Today, my staycation with my mama and brother came to a close. I can’t wait to share some of our amazing adventures and delicious eats with you! First up on our list of adventures was this past Thursday, when we headed to Glen Onoko Falls in Jim Thorpe, PA. I can’t believe it took me so long to check this place out! This rather trecherous trail, with an 875 foot elevation gain, is part of Lehigh Gorge State Park. Despite the challenge associated with this trail, the views and the scenery make the trek well worth it, as there are stunning waterfalls everywhere you look. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes and know that you’ll feel like a million bucks once your hike is complete. Check out some of my favorite shots below!

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Full-Body in Forty

For the most part, I have a love-hate relationship with the gym. However, as of late, it’s been more of a hate-hate relationship. I’m a self-proclaimed “class girl,” meaning that A) I hate creating my own workouts, and B) trudging along on the same cardio machine for 45 minutes bores the hell out of me. Whether it’s Pilates, spinning, or the most grueling bootcamp class you can imagine, I’m all in. I love the variety and the fact that my workouts are pre-dertermined by trained professionals. However, being that Studio 1 – the room that houses most classes at my gym – was being renovated over the past week, I had no choice but to do my own thing.

As it turns out, I ended up creating one of the better workouts I’ve had in a while using only cardio equipment and an iPhone app called Sworkit. I absolutely love this app. It allows you to create your own workouts by selecting your target area(s) and how long you’d like your workout to be. A different exercise pops up every 30 seconds, giving you the option to skip over exercises that are, for lack of a better word, lame. (Luckily, these “lame” exercises are few and far between.) I typically use it for core strength and lower body workouts only, as it forces me to switch up my usual routine for my problem areas. Anyway, my beloved new workout went a little something like this:

  • 5 minutes running on the treadmill
  • 5 minutes rowing machine
  • 5 minutes StairMaster
  • 5 minutes core strength training on Sworkit
  • Repeat the above x 1

As the title of this post indicates, following these steps will ensure a full-body workout in just 40 minutes. The best part is that moving from station to station leaves no time for boredom. Also, can we say muscle confusion?

Aside from this workout simply giving me something to do while attending a fitness class was out of the question, it was also an eye-opener on a much grander scale. When I work, it’s for twelve hours, meaning that the earliest class of the day begins when I’m leaving for work and the last class of the day begins before I wrap up my shift. Moral of the story: I can’t attend classes on the days that I work, meaning that I’ve been using my “class girl” excuse to skip the gym all together on work days. While the workout I’ve provided isn’t Earth-shattering by any means, it’s got me excited to go to the gym for a non-class workout, and that says something.