How To Plank For 5 Minutes Without Losing Your Mind

I learned the hard way that a strong core is key to avoiding all sorts of running injuries, and I learned in physical therapy that planking is one of the best ways to build and maintain a strong core. But the problem with planking is that the stronger you get, the longer you have to hold your planks to keep challenging your muscles and get stronger. But how do you do that without losing your mind? 

How To Plank for 5 Minutes
My mental endurance maxes out at about 2:00 minutes, so I switch things up to do 5 minutes of planking without losing my mind. 
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Five Things That Could Have Ruined My Vacation

When I was in the throes of wedding stress many decades ago, someone told me that anything that goes wrong will just make for better stories down the road. I’m not sure how receptive I was to that perspective at the time, but now it’s an outlook I try to apply to big events–especially when I’m stressed over details and logistics. It served me well on our vacation, because several things went wrong that could have ruined my vacation, although luckily they didn’t. 

5 Things That Could Have Ruined My Vacation

I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness!

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Listening To Church Bells In Bremen

The market square in Bremen really is a central part of the town. It’s surrounded by several churches, lined with a few cafes, near the building that has one of the city’s two public restrooms (although using it will cost you 0.5 â‚¬), and, yes, the site of the city’s Starbucks. So, needless to say we spent a lot of time walking around and through the market square.  

Bremen Market Square

When my husband wanted to poke around the big department store, I decided that I would rather go to Starbucks people watch in Market Square. I got more of a treat than I had bargained for when the noon church bells started ringing.

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Put Your Mettle To The Pedals

This summer I’ve been focusing on cycling to prepare for the Farm to Fork Fondo in hilly Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I’ve even swapped my weekend long runs for a second day on my bike. The Conte’s Bike shop ride taught me that I have to keep my head in the game to make it up those hills, but this week I realized how important my attitude is during my weekly indoor cycling classes. 

Put Your Mettle To The Pedals
When I encourage people to try indoor cycling, I remind them that the intensity of the class is up to them. No one else knows how hard the resistance is or how hard you are pedaling. (Even at places like CycleBar that display your numbers on a screen let you opt out and keep your data to yourself.) But that means it’s also up to you to challenge yourself and push yourself beyond what you feel comfortable doing, so you can get stronger. Continue reading

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Highlights Of My European Vacation In Brussels And Bremen

If you saw my Weekly Wrap post, you know that last week I was on vacation in Europe. If you’ve known me for a while, you know I am horrible at planning vacations, so when my son had an opportunity to study abroad this summer, one of my first thoughts was that it would make vacation planning easy! I even let him plan our itinerary, which is how we ended up spending the weekend in Brussels before we headed to Bremen where he is studying.

Brussels Grand Place At Night

Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium

I could go on and on about my European vacation, but I’ll try to focus on five things  for the Friday Five  link up hosted at Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness.

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