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Sunday is probably my least favorite day of the week because right now it is a running rest day due to marathon training. It is usually my least active day of the week and I just feel blah! So today I decided to get back to doing some core work. After some breakfast and a walk with the dog, I hit up Les Mills Pump for some Hard Core Abs.
DSCN0380 This is a great workout in only 15 minutes and it works, if you do it! That’s the key right there! It is amazing the amount of energy a quick 15 minute workout can give you.

I had been doing really well with core work, but recently started slacking with it and I can definitely tell a difference in my running. Most people don’t realize or think about it, but core work is really important and beneficial to runners. One of the main reasons why is because a strong core improves running performance and reduces the risk for injury. For some more information on core work for runners and some core exercises check out this article from Runner’s World.

I love the whole Les Mills Pump workout and have completed the program once. I saw some great results and can’t wait to start incorporating it back into my routine, after the marathon.

So besides my Hard Core Abs workout and my walks with the dog, it was a pretty relaxing day. I did get to Skype with my mom this afternoon, which was awesome. Skype is great when you are 4500 miles away from family and friends.

What did I do with the rest of my day? I read some blogs, watched Thursday night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, surfed around on Facebook, made dinner, and starting reading another running book.

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I am not very far into it yet, but I am interested in reading more about his 6-step plan. So far my favorite point that Matt Fitzgerald has made is…

The purpose of weight management for the endurance athlete is better performance. The bathroom scale alone cannot determine whether a particular dietary habit or training pattern is effective. The stopwatch is the final arbiter (5).

I believe this is important because we tend to focus on the number on the scale, instead of how much better we feel and perform. You can weigh the same and still perform at a different level. It depends on what that weight is on your body. Fat versus muscle.

I can’t wait to read some more of this book and put it into practice. I will post my thoughts as I continue to read Racing Weight.

Has anyone else done Les Mills Pump? Thoughts? Results?

Has anyone read Racing Weight (2nd Edition)? 

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for reading!

~Brooke & Rob