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My Beach Week Workouts With a Pretty Deep Intro

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Quite a few years ago I wrote a post called Pondering What People Told Me.

It was all about my own self-definition and how I let interactions throughout my childhood mold who I thought I was and what I was capable of doing.

I always thought (and like to think) I’m the kind of person who doesn’t care what other people think of me, but the truth is I do.

We all do.

Some of us are just better at moving past it than others.

Anyway, this is a pretty deep introduction to a post in which all I really wanted to do is share my beach week workout ideas. The reason I’m even taking this direction is because The Husband was like:

“No, you didn’t. You didn’t list out workouts for the beach, did you?” 

And I was like,

“YUP! I did AND I’m excited about it.”

I really am, too!

As someone who used to identify as inactive and nonathletic, I have an irrational fear  people will look at me the way I used to look at active people — like they are CRAZY — and well, I’m sure they do.

Actually I know they do because I used to and The Husband does!

But today I had the confidence to tell him to shut up and let me do my thing.

Please note, he wasn’t mean or unsupportive in a way that was hurtful. He just has ZERO interest in this part of my life (working out) and it blows his mind I’ve come this far. And it should — it blows my mind!

All that just to share this with you…


6-mile run as per my marathon training


Double Unders — I’m going to bring my jump rope!


Run ~3 miles


3 Rounds for Time
Run 400m
25 Push-ups
25 Sit-ups
25 Air Squats


Run ~3 miles


10 Rounds
10 walking lunges (each leg)
10 dips

Doesn’t that look like fun?

Oh! And last year I found a beach yoga class. Afterwards is when I snapped the photo above. I’m hoping I can make it again if they are having it. It was super fun, too!

I’m SO looking forward to a change of pace and being active at the beach this year. It’s who I am now, and yes, that does blow my mind considering 10-15 years ago I stayed away from the sand and surf (only one of my favorite places on earth!) because I was so terrified how I looked in a bathing suit.

OK, got to go. Book writing is going well AND I saw potential cover ideas today. TOTALLY blew my mind!


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There are 6 comments so far.

    Christina Savage

    July 11, 2014

    I needed this reminder that I can go on vacation and not say “im on vacation screw it” which is exactly what I was thinking for our beach trip next week!


    July 11, 2014

    Staying active on vacation always feels so good– so much better to keep up with the workouts in a fun new setting than to get home feeling like a total bum after a week of doing nothing, IMO. Have fun!


    July 11, 2014

    My husband has zero interest in my work-outs. He is very supportive and understands how important they are to me, but he doesn’t want to hear me talk about it. This summer he has joined me in hitting the bike trail with me a few times a week. I think he is beginning to understand the importance of keeping moving. He is a construction worker, so he always get in a “workout” which might explain why he doesn’t get me & my desire to exercise at least 5 days a week.


    July 11, 2014

    When we go on vacation, I, too, try and find ways to be active. There are usually free yoga, or other classes I like to try. Hubby find it funny (since he’s naturally thin) that I do these, but now he comes to expect them.

    Martha Glantz

    July 11, 2014

    Amazing isn’t it? we’re at our lake house this week and I can’t wait to get out and walk. with my ipod shuffle I’m rocking and rolling for a long fast walk. Some days get out on the bike. It’s not exercise….it’s FUN!


    July 12, 2014

    Just wanted to comment on your “deep intro.” to this post. I clicked on your link to Pondering What People Told me, read it, and really thought about it. I started reading your blog a few years ago when I was looking for inspiration while training for my first Half Marathon. I continue to read for your brave forays into the humans psyche. Thank you for that! Good luck with your book writing.