Weekly Rundown December 8th through December 14th

Christmas came early to the Hansen household this year and it included a new Wii and Wii Fit. When the Wii Fit came out I was definitely a skeptic and a critic. How could a little white board possibly provide you with a good workout? But after trying it out at my parents house I am a convert. I really like all the yoga poses for a quick but effective stretch and balance workout. The strength exercises are great and I like that it tracks your balance and weight distribution during these exercises. And the balance and aerobic exercises are fun, get a bit of calorie burn while you "play" type games. At first I thought the running exercise was lame but then I realized I could use it as a tool to train barefoot and I am now using that to train my feet rather than as an aerobic exercise. So Solar you can call me lame, but I am having fun with my new toy and I really do think I will see fitness benefits from it. So since this gift was awful pricey I am doing my best to get up early every morning and do a yoga and strength routine for 10-30 minutes. And then if I have time in the evenings I have added in the balance and aerobic exercises. I am specifically hoping to get benefits from this for my calfs, feet, hips, abs, and upper body. We'll see! As an added benefit it seems the motivation to get this workout in has helped me to drag my butt out of bed earlier in the morning.

Monday- Rest
Wednesday- 7.25 miles at lunch with Daisy, felt good, peppy
Thursday-7.5 miles at lunch with Daisy, another great run that felt peppy
Friday-8 miles at lunch solo, windy and cold but held sub 8s
Saturday-8 miles easy in the morning with the SERC group at South Chagrin, snowy trails
Sunday-12 miles with SERC, 7:40 pace

42 miles for the week

Saturday was candy making day (photos to come later). I was beat by the end of it but still managed to get to the Sunday run (albeit a few minutes late) and had a really great workout running around 7:40 pace comfortably. I'm aiming to hit 40+ miles for the next few weeks until starting an official training program for Boston.


Joann said...

We just got a Wii for Christmas too!!! Setting it up right now, can't wait to try it out!

Izzy said...

Just found your blog -- great motivation for me as I'm training for a marathon in April.


duchossois said...

I remain a skeptic of the Wii Fit as a tool for serious fitness, but if you say so, I have to accept it. Let me know how you feel about it in 6 months.

DaisyDuc said...

I think the peppy feeling was the change of scenery, even if it wasn't the most scenic!

E-Speed said...

Frank I don't think it is for everyone. But personally I hate hitting the gym and I am a slacker when it comes to getting in the strength training. So I think for me I will actually see results (doing a little on this is going to be more than the nothing I was doing before!). Particularly it will keep me consistent about doing abs and arms everyday. But I am hoping to see some calf/ankle benefits with the yoga since that is a weak area for me too.

solarsquirrel said...

Now wait a minute - I never said it was 'lame' - I simply said that it wasn't REAL exercise. As long as you're having fun, who cares! Exactly why I said snowball fighting was a workout!

Rae said...

We have the Fit too, and it is fun! I can't see it helping me lose a ton of weight, but it's just one more way to keep moving and burn some calories!

Merry Christmas!

Steve Stenzel said...

Wii Fit looks like FUN!!

Merry Christmas!!