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When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Cross-Trains

When life doesn’t go according to plan adaptability is essential to long term success.

This week hasn’t shaped up well for allowing me to get the mileage my training plan calls for (and still be everything else I need to be). Life is a juggling act and sometimes you have to be smart enough to drop the less important ball so you are free to catch the important, fragile one.

Anyhow, instead of allowing myself to get frustrated, I decided to push myself on short treadmill runs on my lunch break at work and mix in some cross training anywhere and everywhere possible. Last night, while playing with baby girl before bedtime, I was stretching, doing side planks with leg lifts and bridge with leg lifts. Today, after my lunch break run, every chance I’d get (even if only seconds at a time), I was stretching, doing push-ups, side planks with leg lifts, and lunges.

I haven’t noticed any weird looks. I guess my co-workers have grown used to my own special brand of crazy. That’s good, but better than that is – my legs are wobbly and my soul is satisfied!

How about you? Is your training plan going according to plan? Do you normally cross train? Do you squeeze in workouts at work… While you work?

What’s in your basket?

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As the Polar Vortex blasts across the Nation, plunging temperatures to record-breaking lows, I decided 1.) I am so NOT risking my life to go to work today (last big freeze I did and my truck slid backwards down a hill and into a ravine. Scariest moment of my life.), and 2.) I am too much of a wimp to run in a 15 below zero windchill. I’m from Texas, not Siberia.

So, being that today I’m supposed to be running 4 or 5 miles, and I don’t own a treadmill, I broke out the bike for the first time in…. in…. in…. Well, obviously too long to remember.

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I put in an hour, mostly sans hands – a trick I have yet to master when cycling outside.

Daddy & baby girl (and all the dogs) got a good nap…

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And I realized the basket on my bike seriously needs cleaning out. What’s inside my basket? VFF 5 Fingers, an empty Energy Chews package, 3 Gatorade Prime packets, 1 tennis ball, 1 pair of ear buds, 1 headband, several Christmas? cards from over a year ago, a piece of a notepad??, 2 GU Roctane packets (woohoo, I though I was out of GU!), the sports bra I thought I had lost, 2 pairs of socks I had given up on ever finding, and a retractable dog leash I didn’t even know we had. (The Starbucks cup doesn’t count since I put it in the basket just while cycling.)

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So, tell me… Do you cross train? Do you cycle? What’s in YOUR basket?