I have always been a fan of reading Q&A sessions that other bloggers have posted. I love the glimpse inside of other people’s lives that they provide and the helpful tips and tricks you can get from their answers.
Since we are in the final stretch of winter and are ALL looking for a little exercise motivation right now I thought it would be fun to do a little Blogger Q&A centered around exercise. Hopefully you will learn something new from one of these bloggers and get motivation to go out and run, lift weights or do an exercise DVD.
Amanda: I usually run 3 days/week, or every other day. Twice during the week and once on the weekends. I trained for 2 full marathons this way and had no injuries. I feel like this is the best for my body and my schedule so running doesn’t take over my life!
Erin: Right now I’m training for a half-marathon, so I’ve had to stay pretty disciplined. Usually 3 runs, 1-2 speed training days and 1-2 days of hitting some weights. When I’m not training for a race, I tend to lift weights 2-3 times a week and run twice a week.
Sarah: (When I am not injured…) approximately 3 days a week. 3-5 miles during the week and 5-10 on the weekend.
Question 2: What running/exercise gear (shoes, watches, etc.) can you not live without?
Amanda: Obviously, I can’t live without shoes, but I’m in-between brands, so I can’t recommend anything in particular. Two things that are on my list of must-have running gear: my Moving Comfort sports bra and Bondi Band headband.
Erin: I’m a huge Nike fan, even though most “real runners” say that Nikes aren’t good for racing. I can’t help it- my shoes are Nike and I love my Garmin Forerunner watch!
Sarah: My Brooks shoes, cute, tight fitting running pants, music, FlipBelt, Garmin watch
Question 3: Describe how you fuel your body before, during and after your runs/workouts.
Amanda: I try to stick to the rule of eating something within 15-30 minutes after a workout. Even if it’s just a piece of bread with peanut butter on it, I want to get some protein quick. During workouts, I really don’t fuel much. I try to drink water every few miles, but otherwise unless I’m doing a really long run I don’t eat anything. I can’t eat too close to a run or I have serious stomach issues.
Sarah: Before I make sure that I eat a bar, usually a Clif bar and after a banana or bar and lots of water.
Question 4: How do you stay motivated in the winter to continue running/exercising?
Amanda: Mostly I just think about how much it will suck once winter is over and I haven’t been running at all. That and I guilt myself into running so I can eat some ice cream after without feeling bad. … But I don’t really recommend that as the best method for motivation!
Erin: It’s tough! I’m very guilty of eating more junk in the winter months, so I try to remind myself that I need to keep up the intensity in my workouts if I want to actually be happy about putting those shorts on come Spring!
Sarah: I make sure I have cute clothes and warm gear!
Question 5: What type of cross training exercises are you favorite?
Amanda: To be completely honest, I am not great about cross-training. I like working on my core and upper body by doing pull-ups and push ups.
Erin: I love Zumba! It’s a great way to get your heart rate up and work some different muscle groups!
Sarah: Bootcamp, strength training, lifting
Thanks so much ladies for sharing some of your exercise tips and tricks! I find it so fascinating to read how others stay motivated. I also love reading about how other people cross train and get a good workout in when they aren’t running! Be sure to check out Amanda at The Lady Okie, Erin at Love, Fun and Football and Sarah at Total Basset Case to keep up with their workouts and daily life adventures!
You can check out some of my winter weather exercise tips here. What are some ways you stay motivated to exercise in the winter?