July 23, 2014
by shalama jackson

Hill Repeats Wednesday

hill repeatsDo you ever have those mornings when the alarm clock goes off and you just wish you didn’t have to get out of the bed to go workout? Well, that was definitely me this morning. I did not want to meet the ladies for hill repeats even though I lead the Wednesday morning session.

The alarm clock started going off at 4:26 a.m. and then every 9 minutes until I finally got out of the bed at 4:44 a.m. We meet at 5 a.m., so it doesn’t give me much time to spare. Although I have two things working in my favor: 1. On Tuesday nights, I pretty much sleep in my workout clothes so it’s easy when I have to drag myself out of bed and 2. the meetup spot is about 5 minutes from my house.

This morning we did 5 double hills. We run from the base of the hill up to the first light you can see in the pic above, jog or walk back down and then all the way up the hill to the street light that is barely visible in this pic. That is what I call a set of one. Yes, we are up to five of them as of this week. The humidity doesn’t help, but we get it done.

All in all, we got them with a 1 mile warm up and then a 1/2 mile cool down.

I know this will pay off, but when that alarm clock goes off that is not what I am thinking. I’m glad I have a group of ladies to meet in the morning because if I didn’t, I am not sure I would be getting up.

What activities/workouts do you add into your routine to switch it up?

July 22, 2014
by shalama jackson
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aqua runningI love being an active person. I love that my little man is also active. I love being in the gym. I love many things that gets your heart rate bumpin’ and legs movin’. I would say that I am a land-based exerciser love.

But with that being said, I decided to join the ladies of Black Girls RUN! Columbia for a little aqua running. I had been wanting to try it for some time, but never seemed to manage to jump in the pool at the gym. I would rather just lift weights.

I jumped in the pool with the ladies, but felt like a fish out of water. I thought if a horse can do it.

Aqua running – what is it? Aqua running (Water running) as the name suggest is running/jogging in the water. You pretty much run as you would run on the road/treadmill the only difference is that you have more resistance (water) and you have to push harder but without putting much pressure on your joints, bones.

aqua runningAs I got into the pool, I was a little unsure of how it would go. Don’t let the smile fool you. The instructor explained the technique and then we were off. I grabbed a noodle because he said I would have more control than using one of the belts. My technique, however, was not the greatest. I kept tilting forward as opposed to being a little more upright, which would allow me to get my legs at just the right angle to “run.”

The instructor had jokes, but, I did it bent forward and every once in a while I would straighten up to allow me to “run” properly. It alsmost seemed like I was in a race to nowhere. At first, I was pushing my legs in a circular motion (more like oblong), rather than just pumping up and down. I did a blah attempt at pushing my feet backwards just as you do when pushing off the ground. My heart was already pumping vigorously and I was a bit nervous, so I didn’t get the full hang of it.

In class today, we did a number of exercises including leg cycles, high knees and scissor kicks. I decided those three things were enough for me and I bowed out as the class proceeded on.

I hope with a little more practice, I will get the hang of it and get my form correct.

Aqua running is no joke. It seemed harder than running. I guess if I was more confident and stuck with it than I would be better. It might learn to love it and improve my upcoming half marathon season.

What are your favorite ways to exercise?

July 21, 2014
by shalama jackson

Happy Birthday to him

dadHappy Birthday! Today would have been my father’s 64th birthday. I have lots of great memories. My love of the beach and sun is directly related to his love of the beach and sun. As a family, we spent many days along the Jersey shore. I wouldn’t change that for anything.

And while I treasure those memories, I am still struggling with his death. It’s still very raw.

Today is not a day to be completely sad because he will forever be a part of my life. And I will celebrate his life by living mine.