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Parking Lot Boot Camp

by Meghann on September 23, 2008

Since my 15k is on Saturday I decided to hold off on too many long runs this week. I want to be extra pumped and motivated on race day with that itchy feeling I get when I haven’t been running. So, this morning’s exercise routine was a little mix up of random things I threw together in my head.


I began with a short 15 minute run around my apartment complex. After the run I decided to hit my parking lot for what Caitlin likes to refer to as a ‘Parking Lot Boot Camp’ workout. (At least I think that’s what she referred to it as, I was too lazy to find the post)


My version of it:


  • 10 complete suicides (about 8 parking spots long)
  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 30 jump ropes
  • 30 high knees
  • 30 butt kicks

I repeated this routine 3 times. Abbie stood watch the whole time, protecting me in the dimly lit parking lot. She even tried to run the suicides with me!


Once back in the apartment I was determined to do the ab work I missed yesterday.


  • 4 sets of side plank crunches, 6 reps each
  • 50 crunches
  • 50 bicycles
  • 50 leg kick thingys
  • 25 crunches
  • 25 reverse crunches
  • 50 bicycles
  • I held a plank position for 30 seconds x2


I never really have any clear cut ab plan. While I’m laying on the floor I just kind of do what ever ab exercise comes to my head at the time. I really need to get a specific routine that will target different areas of my abs, does anyone have any good suggestions?


Breakfast this morning was yet again another experiment; can you tell I like to experiment each morning with my breakfast? I had a leftover can of crushed pineapple from Sunday’s cupcakes so I decided to incorporate that in my cereal. I figured since the puréed peach had worked so well, that maybe the crushed pineapple would have the same effect.



I combined ½ cup of Kashi Go Lean Crunch with 2/3 cup of Kashi Heart to Heart and topped it with a few spoonfuls of crushed pineapple and a handful of red grapes.  



It was a pretty good tropical creation. My only complaint was that I did not even attempt to drain the pineapple. The top of the bowl was nice and crunchy, but at the end the pineapple juice made the cereal a little soggy. I will recreate this in the future and just make sure to drain the pineapple before plopping it on the cereal. 


Ok, time to get back to work.

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