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Ultimate Booty Workouts - Phase 2 Recap, Results, and Review

I'm really not ready for it to be the last day of March. Excuse me while I have a bit of a freakout...
Seriously, where did the month go?! 
Oh well, it went. I'm just glad Spring is here. This mama needs some sunshine! Anyway, on to my Ultimate Booty Phase 2 discussion:
At first I wasn't sure, but I loved having this many rest days scheduled. I did add in a couple of extra days of cardio in the month, but it was nice to have that flexibility. I also found my not quite up to par post-baby body needed the extra recovery time. Two words: sore muscles.

I really enjoyed this month's workout. Possibly even more than last month...maybe. I loved the new moves, the intensity, and the addition of the HIIT at the end. For me it was sprints on the treadmill.

All in all, my workouts were great. I used my 10 lb weights and am ready to progress to my 15's for most moves. Super excited about that! I haven't seen my 15 lb weights in over a year. Oh yes, and I burned an average …

Return of the Running Bug

You might have been bitten by the running bug if...

You have more running shoes in your closet than regular shoes. You craft your running playlists more carefully than most people craft the seating charts at their wedding.You watch Spirit of the Marathon on Netflix...for the 5 million and third time.You lose hours pinning running gear to Pinterest.You dream about running a 4:25 marathon and immediately upon waking start figuring out how hard you'd have to train to do that.You start having dreams about running. You spend more time on DailyMile than you do on Facebook.You can't stop registering for races. You tweet your friends asking which GPS watch is best (or shoes, or socks, or...). Starting 9k training. What's a good watch to help me track pace, distance, etc?? GPS? #fitfluential#runchat
— Kerri (@KerriOlkjer) March 8, 2014Your instagram feed is filled with people running races before most people are out of bed on the weekends.You're pretty sure you need that cool new p…

Run Motivation #9kOrBust

I had a beautiful baby girl last June. It has been my goal since late summer to get back to 5k shape post-baby. When I ran my marathon I promised myself I'd always be in good enough shape to run a 5k any time I wanted to. Lately I feel like I broke that promise to myself.

Being back to 5k shape was one of the goals that was most important to me, but somehow not one I've worked much towards. I've struggled with making myself and my runs a priority in my family dynamic. I've struggled making time for runs. I've struggled prioritizing runs in my workout schedule. And, honestly, I've struggled believing in myself and my running in this post-baby #4 body.

But I miss it! I find myself craving it. 

Running is not simply exercise or a way to burn calories to me (though that's how it started out years ago). Running is my time to clear all the cobwebs out of my brain. Running is my stress relief. Running is where I plug into my creative side; I get my best ideas out on …

Ultimate Booty Workouts - Phase 1 Recap, Results, and Review

I can't believe I've been doing this program for a month! Wow, the time flew.
I began Ultimate Booty Workouts Phase 1 very gung ho and my plan was to do 3 sets of the Phase 1 workout, 3 times a week, using my 10 lb weights. Then, to do an upper body (my own, not included in this book) workout twice a week and cardio once a week (Oh, and I hoped to throw in some yoga too?!).

Didn't happen. 

I did the first workout, doing 3 sets using my 10 lb weights, and was sooooo sore for two or three days following. What worked for me was to drop down to my 8 lb weights and give myself 2 days of rest between workouts. I tend to think I'm a badass, but my post-partum body doesn't quite agree yet. I also only got the upper body workout in once a week and only did cardio the last 2 weeks (though cardio isn't a requirement for Phase 1).

Best laid plans I guess. However, I'm proud of myself for adjusting to what my body needed and persevering instead of getting frustrated an…