Last night was day #2 of the 31 day “Squat Challenge”…..
The muscles used in a squat are: gluteals (both max and medius), quadriceps, hamstrings, spinal erectors and core muscles such as abs, obliques etc. I am primarily targeting the gluteals. I need a butt to hold up my running pants since my surgery! 🙂
Squats and planks may very well be the most effective exercises a person can do if done properly.
This morning, I could hardly squat on the potty! Tonight, I might have to get out my “Go GIrl”
I’m a runner and I do have strong legs. I really noticed those strong quads after I had my surgery. I was told that sitting on the toilet would be the hardest thing with the lower body lift and the cut all around my lower body. So that’s why I bought a “Go Girl”. But even the day of my surgery, I was able to squat (with power from the quads) with no issue so I never used the “Go Girl” after my surgery. My legs were strong enough to hold my weight for the squat!
I do plan on using it for future events such as outdoors when camping, hiking or trail running to keep from squatting over poison ivy or a snake!
I am about to make the big decision to sign up for my first marathon. I ran 2 half marathons last year so that should count, right? 🙂
I am considering 2 options. One is the Chicago Marathon – Oct 12 and the other is Rock ‘n Roll Marathon – St. Louis – Oct 19.
I have been told that Chicago is the flattest and fastest. I ran the half in the St. Louis Rock ‘n Roll last year and it was a killer with many long inclines. St. Louis Rock n Roll is cheaper than Chicago. Chicago is $180 and St. Louis $90. St. Louis is my home so I can get a good rest in my own bed and I’d have to stay in a hotel in Chicago. Chicago registration starts today and it fills up fast so I need to make a decision.
I will never be a truly satisfied runner unless I complete a marathon and at my age, time is running out. I am still healthy and in good shape but I don’t fool myself, with each year ticking away…chances are less and less that I’d be able to. I’m afraid if not this year, never. 😦
The thought of registering gives me butterflies. I have researched training plans this morning (instead of working HA!) Runkeeper, Coolrunning, Higdon and Galloway are good plans. I’m sure there are many others that I will check out in the cominng days.
Tonight will be a quick run and day 3 of Squats!
I am doing well again on my eating. I’m eating healthy (except for fried potatoes last night). No sugar, candy, cookies…you know, the good stuff. I’m not eating after 6 which cuts down tremendously on my calories and I like that hungry feeling when I go to bed and an even flatter stomach in the morning.