May the Fourth be with you: force of working out

If you’re a nerd like me.. You know that according to Newton’s second law, force equals mass times acceleration. What does this have to do with exercise? Everything! Think about that bicep curl. How much can you curl? 20 pounds? 40 pounds? That’s the mass. Then how fast are you curling the dumbbell? The faster…

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If you’re a nerd like me..

You know that according to Newton’s second law, force equals mass times acceleration. What does this have to do with exercise? Everything! Think about that bicep curl. How much can you curl? 20 pounds? 40 pounds? That’s the mass. Then how fast are you curling the dumbbell? The faster you curl, the more force you need to apply. But why does this matter? Who cares how much force you use when working out? Our muscles do!

May the Force be with you

While we may not be able to move objects with our minds (yet), we can definitely lift some pretty heavy objects as long as we’re smart about it. What do I mean by this? I mean by training to lift heavier. It may seem straight-forward but it actually takes work to be able to lift heavier. You can’t just grab the heaviest weight to start. It’s best to start light then over time add weight. But just adding weight over time isn’t enough since doing the same exercises over and over will no longer cause micro-tears to the muscle. Instead, our muscles adapt and get used to doing the same exercises. So a change is needed!

A change in you, I sense

Much like training to fight, you must learn different fighting techniques. If you only know one attack, you will be easily overcome and likely will lose every time. Every so often it’s smart to change up your workout routine. Depending on your goals is how you determine in which ways you change your routine. For me, most of my goals revolve around running. Both further and faster since I can’t just decide on one. Also, I want to look and feel like a superhero. With these goals in mind, most of my workouts are centered on helping me improve my running speed, endurance, and building muscle for strength and aesthetics.

What are your fitness goals? How do you change up your routine?

If you need help with workout planning and/or ideas on how to change it up, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

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The Last Jedi: Star Wars (Spoiler Alert!)

Have you seen Star Wars yet? If not, let me warn you now that this post will have spoilers. Click here if you don’t want to know what happens in The Last Jedi which came out last Friday December 15th. Today we’re going to dive deep into the Star Wars universe. May the force be with you. Luke…

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Have you seen Star Wars yet?

the last jediIf not, let me warn you now that this post will have spoilers. Click here if you don’t want to know what happens in The Last Jedi which came out last Friday December 15th. Today we’re going to dive deep into the Star Wars universe. May the force be with you.

Luke Skywalker and his personal island

As you’ll remember from the end of The Force Awakens, Rey finds Luke on his own secluded planet all alone and a little cranky. Well, we don’t know he’s cranky until The Last Jedi when he refuses to teach Rey anything. That is until she wears him down by following him around as he fishes and drinks very strange-looking milk from some new Star Wars creature.

Emo kid

Ben Solo/Kylo Ren makes his return to the big screen with even more of an emo look and feel. This time, we learn more on how he turned to the dark side. But wait, there’s a twist! Is there hope that he could turn back to the light side? Could Rey change his mind? Or is he just a slave to Snoke?

The Resistance

This is the last time we’ll see General Leia Organa on the big screen, but did she nail her role or what! Despite her forces decreasing, she never gave up hope or humor. Man how I miss Carrie Fisher. Anyone else tear up a little and let out a sigh when they saw her in this movie?

Finn and the love triangle

As Rey is out of sight, out of mind, Finn finds himself mingling with another female character, Rose Tico. She’s a maintenance worker for the resistance and finds herself having a crush on Finn. She saves his life and kisses him before passing out. All the while, I’m wondering how he’s gonna explain that one to Rey.

Cute and classic robots!

Not only do we get to see a lot of BB-8 screen-time, we also get a little bit of R2-D2 reuniting with Luke Skywalker action! BB-8 is awesome in this movie, helping out Poe and even shows off a sense of humor and personality.

Overall, I loved the movie. I think Disney did a great job with this installment, adding in great humor and interesting character development. It made me wanting to watch the next movie in the series (likely due out late 2019).

What did you think of The Last Jedi?

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Do or do not

There is no try… I spent this past weekend at Disney World where I ran the Star Wars Dark Side half marathon. And it was amazing! It was my second half marathon, but I’ve ran several races over the past 3-4 years. This one was definitely one of my favorite. The course took us through…

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There is no try…

I spent this past weekend at Disney World where I ran the Star Wars Dark Side half marathon. And it was amazing! It was my second half marathon, but I’ve ran several races over the past 3-4 years. This one was definitely one of my favorite. The course took us through Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, the Disney boardwalk, and Epcot. What an amazing experience!

 

Sarah and I dressed up as BB8 and R2D2. There were a good amount of people dressed up, but not as many as I thought. Quite a few people didn’t dress up and just ran in running clothes, like a normal person. I wonder if they forgot they were running a Star Wars race? Or wanted to be lame maybe?

The medal we received is amazing. I’m in absolute love with it. It makes me want to run more Disney races to collect more awesome Disney medals. 🙂

The only cons of the race: some of the course was very tight making it hard to run around the walkers and the majority of the course was between parks which wasn’t as exciting as going through the parks. If possible, I would rather run through two or three parks more and less outside of the parks. But everything else was amazing: Star Wars characters and music throughout the course made the run enjoyable. And after about 3-4 miles, I found my pace and basically ran the rest of the race easily. Easily is a relative term here. Sarah and I only walked through the water stations as we drank water. Lots of water since it was humid and pretty hot, especially the last 2-3 miles. Thankfully we started very early (6am) so the temperature stayed mild for the majority of the run. It was a mostly cloudy day, and a little gray.

Our official time was 2 hours 56 minutes, which isn’t bad. This does make me want to try and increase my pace a little bit as I train for the Chicago Marathon in hopes that I finish under 6 hours. Or 5.5 hours… or 5 hours. I don’t want to push myself too hard, but I also don’t want to run for 6 hours lol. #goals 🙂

What inspires you? Any ideas on how to work towards a certain pace for a marathon? Asking for a friend…

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