2000 meters + Ab workouts + 13.1 Giveaway Winner

Last night on my way home I spent some of the time crying. You may not know this about me, but I cry about a lot of things. Commercials, pretty much every movie, tv shows, the nice things that people take the time to do for me, a sweet card, yea, so pretty much everything. It’s weird because before my mom died, I never remember crying much. Since she died, it seems like I’m making up for all the lost time crying. I’ve accepted the fact that I’m a crier now though, so it’s okay. Sometimes the holidays are just a hard time, and though they can make me incredibly happy and remind me of all the blessings I have and how lucky I am to be alive, I still miss memories of my family and especially miss my mom. I can remember her in the kitchen Christmas morning baking tons of goodies for the rest of the day, I remember the traditions we used to all share and those memories make me incredibly happy and also at the same time sad. I never feel sorry for myself, nor do I want people to feel sorry for me, I was lucky enough to make those memories with her, but sometimes the holidays can sting a little bit. Sometimes you just need a good cry and last night was one of those times.

Then I talked to my swimming coach about the workout I was suppose to do the next morning. I had just gotten home and he could tell I was crying on the phone and asked me why I was crying. A few sniffles, some convincing words, me arguing about the temperature outside and him telling me to ‘man up and get in the damn pool.’ I decided that a night swim would be beneficial to me, especially since I realized that the pool I was going to use over Christmas break is closed, so I would have to go with him to get into the gym he uses to use the pool.

I swam and swam and I really enjoyed it. I worked really hard at my breathing and the lifeguard and my swimming coach told me some tips that were very helpful. He told me at the end of my 2000 meter swim that I was looking much, much better and that he was proud of me. Those words mean a lot to me. I really actually felt a lot better on this swim, not like a dolphin with a broken fin. Though I do seem to have some inflammation and bruising in my knee, which I am going to ice and hope that it heals itself and it’s just a small problem.

So I swam last night, and I swam 2000 meters on accident. I was only suppose to do 1000 but I’m not the best at math and added everything up wrong. I have no idea how long it took me, but it felt great. So now, since I already hit 2000 meters, I’m going to have to adjust the swimming on my training plan too. See I even have proof I was in the pool!

Along with my hardcore training plan that I posted yesterday, I have come to the realization that, gasp, I don’t ever work out my core. As in the most workout it gets is reaching for the remote for the TV. Crunch, feel that abs, I’m reaching, Crunch, and ahhhh lean back and watch TV. Well this isn’t sufficient with this hardcore training plan. I need to up my game if we are going to be going all out for this race.

Also, breaking announcement. I haven’t eaten fast food in 12 days. If you know me, that is pretty much monumental.

Anyways, back to the ab work out. So basically I got hooked up from a friend with a sweet Ab Roller. Now, you may think, oh how hard can the ab roller be? Ab roller = Death. I know IĀ  have a weak core, but seriously, I sweat much more doing 3 sets of 10 ab rollers than running ten miles. So I use the ab roller as one aspect of my ab workout. I try to do 3-6 sets of ten and will increase those numbers hopefully with time. I also do planks, which look like this,

I do sets of those for about a minute each. Did I mention I have a weak core? I am hoping to up the time on each of those, but those also hurt my lower back unfortunately and in our house we have all wooden floors so it’s not my favorite thing to do. So ab roller, planks and then we have crunches. These are also not fun, but if you don’t feel the burn, they probably aren’t working. I do crunches where I crunch my legs up at the same time as I crunch my abs. The key to any ab workout is ENGAGING THE CORE. That sounds funny, but it’s true. Make sure you are tightening your abs the entire time you are doing an ab workout. The important part is not using your back or neck to lift your head but to use your abs to lift yourself, no matter what ab workout your doing. Tighten, tighten, tighten! Just think, tight like a tiger!

I with this hardcore training plan I’m going to try to do a core workout at least 4 times a week. I think that will be beneficial to me and that will be ‘enough’ to make my core feel stronger.

Now finally, I have the giveaway winner for the 13.1! I hope you are ready to run a half marathon on January 10th, 2010 because you won a free entry Madison! Email me at [email protected] and I will set you up with the code. :)

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve already? Where does the time go!

xoxo

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24 Responses to 2000 meters + Ab workouts + 13.1 Giveaway Winner

  1. Jamie says:

    YAY Christmas eve is my fave holiday… besides 4th of July! LOL! I am a freak.
    Awww it’s ok to have a good CRY sometimes. It releases stress and can really make you feel better. It’s also good that you are grateful for the memories you were given a chance to make and its ok to be sad and miss your mama sometimes too =)
    Did I mention (since we are sisters and all) I am a hot crying mess all the time. LOL I am super emotional. You should have seen me wantching the Kendra “Here Comes Baby” special. I was balling like a 2 year old. My husband was like “Whats wrong w/ you?” LOL I am not even kidding. BALLING! I had to get TP to wipe my tears!

  2. jeff says:

    FAIL!

    FAIL!

    FAIL!

    where the heck is your pink swim cap? ugh. manica danica, we’re so disappointed*!

    *not really. awesomesauce job on the 2000m!

  3. I used to be a swimmer and I miss it so much! I wish there was a good pool around me so that I could get back into it! When I was in law school I used to do laps at school and it killed me! Its an amazing workout!

    For now I will have to stick to running, yoga and spinning :) (and I totally agree with the core workouts, they are killer!)

  4. Kelly says:

    We are the same person, except the whole swimming thing. I thought I was going to break down in tears at any moment yesterday.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  5. kristen says:

    What the heck?! I take a break for a month and you’ve become a full fledged swimmer?! WooHoo. That’s awesome girl. Already up to 2000 at that. That’s awesome. Swimming is the best for runners. Keep it up.

    p.s. I’m a cry baby too.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Good luck with your plan! i read an article that stated runners who did core strengthening with their training (as opposed to nothing)shaved significant seconds off their times because you are less likely to over rotate your pelvis, which cuts time per step. So work those abs girl!!

  7. Madison says:

    I am so happy to be the winner of that race entry. Thank you again!

    On other note, it looks like you are training for a tri…are you? If you are, I am so jealous! I am also in admiration of you for the swimming thing. It is the swimming thing that is preventing me from doing the tri thing. I might toughen up in the Spring and maybe doing some swimming but I hate the cold. But in the mean time, I will just be on the sideline cheering you on and getting inspired.

  8. lacey says:

    you always take such good pics!!! love that one of you in the pool! :) congratson a great workout and trueeee that about engaging the core. i gotta get an ab roller! and i love planks! seriously holding for a minute is a great workout!

  9. Kirbey says:

    This is going to sound cheesy but sometimes you just need to cry to feel better about everything. I know that’s how I am. I hope you have a great Christmas, and I am sure your mom is looking down on you and all of your running accomplishments.

  10. Sydney Hunter says:

    I love that you are so honest and open with your feelings. I wish more people in the world were like that. You are an inspiration, not only for you running accomplishments, but because of your positive and insightful attitude.

    ps: I also have the same issue with working the core. At a time I figured any abs or core exercises would never get me the six-pack I dream about but now I just like to think it will make me a better runner…so, it makes it easier to work those areas. I know you are a big i-Phone fan…download the Ab Shape magazine app…seriously, I take it to the gym with me and do the workouts and def feel it!

  11. rioruns says:

    Wow- you’re really doing well with the swimming. It’s hard for me to do mental math while exercising, so I don’t know how I’d keep track of laps in a pool. You go girl!

  12. Stuart says:

    Great job on the 2000! I can really appreciate how far that is!

    I have a 13.1 giveaway to post up so if you have anyone disappointed send them my way…and I’d love a plug for the Best Blog vote!

  13. Laura says:

    If your elbows and wrists get sore from doing planks on the hardwood floor try folding a towel in half and put it under your arms. It sure does help my bony arms! (If you ever do exercises laying on your stomach that cause your hips to press in to the floor, the folded up towel works great under hips as well.)

  14. sarah says:

    I do planks all the time and let me tell you.. they…don’t…get …any…easier..with..time! YOU ROCK!

  15. Glenn Jones says:

    Twelve days without fast food? I need to sell my Taco Bell stock before they report profit/loss…..

    Way to go in the pool. Believe it or not, I used to be a Red Cross certified lifeguard. The only problem is I hated swimming! Still do! You won’t catch me in a pool any time soon.

  16. Melanie says:

    I SO need to work on my core, too. I’m going to have to get serious about it in my next training cycle. Way to go on the swimming!

  17. Danica,
    You are such a true human being (I am not native in English, but this is meant to be a compliment :-)), I really enjoy reading your blog. As snow is falling, I too miss my parents. They passed away over 30 years ago. I am 53 yrs old now, the feeling changes but stays. And perhaps I enjoy the happiness I now have with my wife and two children more because I know it’s all temporal, who knows. It’s a wonderful life!

    As regards core training, my choice is to supplement running with a lot of indoor rowing. Especially the day after a long run (3 hrs or so) it’s good to have a non-impact alternative to running that is just as good for endurance but also strengthens the core!

    Good luck in 2010, I am sure you will have succes and above all lots of fun!

  18. diana says:

    2000 meters already. You are a natural. Glad you are enjoying the pool. It is such a great workout!

  19. Danica – just wanted to leave you a quick note thanking you for everything this year and for providing inspiration when I need it most – you are the best.

    Ah, the core …. actually blogged about that a few weeks back, it makes a tremendous difference in the body’s ability to hold form when we get tired in the later portions of the run and takes a lot of pressure off of legs, hips, back etc. – stick with it – it sucks, but makes a huge difference.

    Can’t wait to read more about your swim training – seems like I’m always 6 months behind you!

    Take care and have a wonderful holiday.

    Joe

  20. 2000 meters?! Holy crap!! That’s awesome. Swimming is so tough for me. I have to intense fear of drowning and while I can swim, there’s something about putting my head under water when I’m starting to get out of breath that freaks me out.

  21. Nicole says:

    i cry alot too. i find myself crying alot w/some of your posts. you write things very thoughtful danica and i’m so happy to have met you. your an amazing person and i wish i could see you more often. i hope you have a merry christmas! great job with the swimming! i’m proud of you! no fast food for 12 days? um thats amazing! i wanna do that!

  22. Es says:

    Merry Christmas! =)

  23. jmo says:

    Ahhhh careful doing the ab roller on wood floors!! The house I rented when I was in college had wood floors and I once fell using the ab roller and split my chin. Hope you have an area rug or something to use the ab roller on.

  24. Brandon says:

    I love planks! Wish i would have discovered them back in college when I was actually working out on a regular basis…

    Well, emotional is something people wouldn’t describe me as either, that is until my cousin died in a car crash this summer. I’d sit through a really sad movie where everyone else would tear up or Kelly would be bawling and I would be totally unaffected. NOW, whenever something emotional comes on I get all choked up and whatnot. I’ve never experienced these sorts of reactions to things. It’s like our family’s loss just opened the flood gates, so I completely understand what you mean about the crying thing. Great post and as others have said, thanks for keeping us entertained this year. I’m proud of you for trying new things even if I don’t agree with the biking thing. And props for your swimming coach/lifeguard for the tough love. Sometimes us “coach” types have to kick you girls in the butt. Ok, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! and keep up the good posts if you have time.

    Brandon

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