Thinking Out Loud: Signs of Spring

It’s Thursday!  Somehow this week has gone more quickly than I anticipated (since the first week back from any break seems to drag on forever!)  Thanks to Amanda over at Running with Spoons….

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(1) Did you know yesterday was an unofficial holiday?  You won’t find it on any calendar and you can’t prepare for it because it’s never on the same date from year to year … but I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to celebrate “First Iced Coffee of Spring” yesterday!  The first time each spring I finish a run and realize it’s warm enough for iced coffee rather than hot coffee is a happy, happy day!  I shared the good news with our friends on Instagram {@javaandsole} yesterday …

(2…) Speaking of our dark-thirty run, it turns out it was a really good thing we got rained out Tuesday morning!  {Warning: Tanget Ahead!} We have been training for our spring races using the Galloway method by running 4 minutes and walking 1 minute.  A few of the other ladies in our running group have or are also using this training method with great results.  It is fantastic for a number of reasons – if you are just getting started or slowly returning from injury, it allows for timed “breaks” during the walking portion.  It also allows you to run/walk much further distances than might be possible by running alone.  {And … we’re back!}

Galloway

(…3) So yesterday we woke to no rain, so it was time for a run.  Geri and Annette knocked out 7 miles with no problem, and Jennifer finished her 5 with ease.  I, on the other hand, was a hot mess of humidity and sinus congestion during my 5 miles.  Knowing that now, there is almost no way I could have finished 8 miles on Tuesday.  Remember that iced coffee I was so excited about?  It comes with a price.  And yesterday that price was 100% humidity.  My body has never handled the humidity well, and it certainly doesn’t transition well!  I know running outside much more often as it gets warmer will greatly ease that transition, but suffice it to say yesterday was rough for me, even with the walking breaks.

(4) New Shoes!!  Okay, so these lovelies pictured are actually Summer’s.  A few weeks ago we were fortunate enough to attend the Brooks and Moving Comfort Test Run at our local specialty running shop and learned a lot about shoes (and sports bras!)

Read Part 1 and Part 2 here if you haven’t already!

Summer switched back to her (our) beloved Brooks PureFlow and upgraded to the new 4.  Ahhhh :)

(5) At-Home Workouts: On Friday I posted a Push-Up Challenge  that I am trying again as well as this great 15 minute cardio circuit created exclusively for us by Shae Simpson Fitness.  Both workouts are great complements to running.  Shae’s workout specifically focuses on hip and core strength, which is a key cross-training component for runners’ injury prevention.

Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Mountain Climbers  x 30 seconds

Air Squats x 30 seconds

Kettlebell* Swings x 30 seconds

Medicine Ball* Jumping Jacks x 30 seconds

~ Complete this circuit 3-4 times resting 90 seconds between each full circuit ~

*No kettlebell or medicine ball?  Use hand weights instead or get resourceful with what you have at home.   An empty milk jug or plastic food jars (with secure, screw-on lids) can be refilled with water or sand to  make weights in a pinch.

I have another fantastic at-home workout from Shae to share with you on Monday!  You can also follow Shae Simpson Fitness on Facebook for more great workout ideas!

What is your favorite sign that spring has officially arrived?  Iced Coffee!  Favorite at-home workouts?   I wouldn’t call them my “favorite” but Shae’s workout and the push up challenge are both kicking my butt right now!

6 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud: Signs of Spring

  1. Summer says:

    Did you see my iced coffee reference on your FB page a few days ago? Girl you know Im giddy to be in that club! ahh iced coffe…cheers! Oh and cheers to those beloved, never-cheated-on-again Pure Flows!!!

    1. Java & Sole says:

      If there are two things that could describe us in a nutshell, it might be “iced coffee” and “PureFlows” :) lol! It’s totally normal to create mini-holidays around our post-run refreshment right?

  2. Liz says:

    Awwwww….so much fun! You are super lady :) I love all of these. I think the weather transitions, especially with allergies and sinus/weather issues make those runs a lot harder. Love it all!

    1. Java & Sole says:

      Um, I’m pretty sure if you’re looking for a Super Lady, you need to look no further than your own mirror. And don’t be shy, I’ve seen you in action :) The weather transitions are tough – but I LOVE not bundling up to my nose hairs every morning!

  3. The first day you can have an iced coffee is always something to celebrate. But I think my absolute favourite sign of spring is when I can -finally- open the windows during the day and hear the birds sing. Always puts a smile on my face :D

    1. Java & Sole says:

      Yes! I love that too – sometimes the birds here in Indiana get confused it’s it been above freezing for several days in a row in, say, February and they start waking up to sing to us during our early morning runs. We laugh because a day or two later it will be snowing again and they’ll wish they had stayed south, but it is the VERY first sign for us that spring is at least around the corner! Being able to open the windows at home last week was such a wonderful blessing to enjoy during the last few days of our kids’ spring break!

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