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Fast-Paced Fall with SOS Rehydrate

Fast-Paced Fall with SOS Rehydrate

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Fall 2015 was a combination of being exhilarated, terrified, happy, and overwhelmed . . . and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

Despite the suicidal pace of my life at times, I realized this fall that if you’re afraid of how fast you’re going, you know the journey is a good one.

With that said, I can’t thank my friends, family, teachers, and classmates enough for being a part of this insane journey that is law school, ROTC and my personal life. And on the fitness front, I have SOS Rehydrate to thank for keeping me and my teammates hydrated while training for and competing in two fun, challenging events: the Army Ten-Miler race and my second Army ROTC Ranger Challenge competition.

So here’s a recap of my fast-paced fall. More to come in 2016 about journeys in running, racing, competing, fueling and life as a officer candidate and law student. ๐Ÿ™‚

August

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My 2-mile time in August was 15:50. After a season of training and racing, my time is currently around 14:30, give or take a few seconds based on the day. Stay tuned for more on the simple program I used to shave those 80 or so seconds off my time.

September

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If I remember correctly, it was about 90 degrees with what felt like 100% humidity when I took this photo, hahaha. Long training runs in Florida heat and humidity are awesomely awful. Give me my IV drip of electrolytes stat.

October

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The Army Ten-Miler Race – SO MUCH FUN!!! The energy of the thousands of runners during the race was insane. Racing through our nation’s capital was one of the best moments of my life . . . and I came in 7.5 minutes under my projected finishing time! Here are my stats (out of about 30,000 runners):

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This photo was taken somewhere in of the middle of the 10-mile ruck, which was the final event at the Ranger Challenge competition. Other events for the competition (which started at 3am!!!) included 1,000 ruck lifts & 1,000 sit-ups (total for the team of 9), a triage lane, a rope bridge lane, a shuttle run and a 5-mile relay run. Needless to say, we were TOAST by the end.

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Army-Navy ROTC annual football game! I have no idea why my tongue is out. Maybe I was focusing? I’ve been told I do this when studying intensly. . .

December

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Here’s to 2016 and all of the hope, excitement, challenges and fun it will bring. I wish you and your family the best in the new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

Note: SOS Rehydrate provided meย  with electrolyte packets in return for me writing this post, promoting their products and wearing their gear. However, all opinions are my own. The US Army is not supported by nor does it endorse SOS Rehydrate.

Summer Workout Mix No. 1

Summer Workout Mix No. 1

The amount of time I can spend creating and perfecting a playlist is embarrassing.

Not in school? No more 5 a.m. alarms for physical training and 18-hour days fueled by coffee?

Allow me to approach making a playlist with the same determination and motivation I have after drinking two cups of coffee in the law library (a.k.a. the 90 minutes when I’m jittery and motivated).

Sooo I *might* have tweaked this playlist almost every day in the month of May to make it perfect. If you’re as spastic as I am in terms of music, I think you’ll like the mix of alternative, country, EDM, and pop. It’s good for backyard parties, beach days and road trips in addition to working out.

Summer Workout Mix No. 1 from Hungry Gator Gal

Follow the playlist on Spotify . . .

And follow meย  on Spotify if you’re in need of workout, study, yoga, party or throwback playlists.

P.S. I pay $5 per month as a student to have access to a bazillion songs with zero ads. I have the ability to follow and make as many playlists as my heart desires. It’s TOTALLY worth the money.

Question:

  1. What are some of your favorite songs right now?

 

Related HGG Posts:

Summer Sweat

Summer Workout Jams Playlist from Hungry Gator Gal (spotify playlist included)

Drop the Beat Playlist

Hungry Gator Gal's Drop the Beat Playlist

Yoga Playlist No. 3

Yoga Playlist No. 3 from Hungry Gator Gal (Spotify playlist)

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 3

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 3

If you ask me what it’s like to be an Army officer candidate and a law student at the same time, I’ll give you these responses . . .

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I love that there’s a cup of coffee in that photo because I’m totally guilty of caffeinating while stressed. The goal is to be jittery and motivated enough to conquer a mile-long to-do list while sleep deprived.

Don’t get me wrong. I like school and have come a LONG way in terms of analytical thinking abilities, but sometimes I just want to pull my hair out due to the non-stop mental gymnastics. Logic is so hard (and NOT logical) at times.

And when I’ve reached the point where I’m literally about to go insane, I turn to exercise, including yoga and my favorite practice songs.

So without further adieu, here’s my biggest +Spotifyย yoga playlist to date. It’s a good mix of slow and upbeat songs. It’s perfect for hot yoga, power yoga or a fast-flowing vinyasa. Find the playlist HERE. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. The playlist is TWO images. Make sure to pin both if you’re adding the playlist to a Pinterest board. Also, if you like this playlist, follow me and my other playlists on Spotify and Pinterest.

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Images by Brianna Kolota

P.S. I pay $5 per month as a student to have access to a bazillion songs with zero ads. I have the ability to follow and make as many playlists as my heart desires. It’s TOTALLY worth the money. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lately + 5×5 Circuit Workout

Lately + 5×5 Circuit Workout

Words can’t even begin to describe everything that’s happened since I last stopped in. A lot of good stuff. Some bad stuff. But that’s life, right?

The good . . . competing in the Army ROTC 6th Brigade Ranger Challenge competition!

Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Competition on Hungry Gator Gal

Photo by Taryn Boyer

Ruck running 30 miles in two days with added challenges along the way is, without a doubt, the most grueling thing I’ve ever done.

I’m SO grateful to have had the opportunity to compete as the only female from the University of Florida. My body literally ached from head to toe, and there were times when my mind told me to give up, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat if that meant I would work with eight of the kindest, strongest, most motivating guys around again.

Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Competition on Hungry Gator Gal

Photo by Brianna Kolota

I don’t remember running miles in the rain with gear in full combat uniform or the blisters on my feet. When I look at this patch, which I’ll wear on my uniform for the remainder of my ROTC career, I remember the laughs, the motivation, and the teamwork.

Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Competition on Hungry Gator Gal

Photo by Brianna Kolota

So what went wrong after the competition? Unfortunately, I walked, actually more like hobbled, away with a bum knee in addition to a cool patch and a t-shirt. The injury sidelined me from all high-intensity exercise for nearly all of February.

Boo injuries. ๐Ÿ™

Despite the setback, it was almost a good thing I was injured. I focused on spending time with family and friends, recovering from two back-to-back colds and catching up with schoolwork. In addition, I learned a few valuable lessons that anyone who’s serious about exercise should pay attention to.

  1. Stretch or die.
  2. Don’t ramp up your routine too much, too hard and too fast.
  3. Embrace rest.

More to come about these topics in a separate post. For now, check out this AWESOME circuit I created on the fly while at home on spring break. It’s very back-to-the-basics and hits every major muscle group, if you perform the exercises correctly.

Check out the tutorials below this image if you’re unsure about how to do a particular exercise. As always, move as quickly as you can between exercises but rest as needed. I rested for 10 seconds between exercises and 1 minute between circuits.

5x5 Circuit Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

Exercise tutorials:

Did I mention the workout can be completed at home and requires only one piece of equipment? Gotta love a good garage workout with the pull-up bar.

P.S. The +Spotify “House Workout” playlist is killer. Give it a listen while you try this workout.

Until next time,
Brianna ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Questions:

  1. What are your favorite at-home workouts? Links are always welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. Do you own an at-home pull-up bar?

 

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150-Rep Lower Body Challenge

150-Rep Lower Body Challenge from Hungry Gator Gal

Upper Bodyย + Abs Circuit Workout

Upper Body + Abs Circuit Workout from hungrygatorgal.com

Holiday Circuit Workouts

“Go Time” Playlist (Spotify Playlist)

“Go Time” Playlist (Spotify Playlist)

Do you have a big test today? Presentation at work? Intense workout?

If you’re like me, “go time” means taking your doubts and fears and channeling them into a ball of positive energy so you can kill it. That’s what this playlist is: a motivational anthem comprised of my favorite “pump up” tracks.
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I listened to this playlist nonstop during my first two-week exam period in law school. It was the soundtrack of my life. I blared it through the speakers in the car while driving to an exam. I drowned out my frustration by listening to the tracks while sprinting on the track. I listened while lifting some heavy stuff.

Seriously though. I felt like Michael Phelps before an Olympic event while listening to this playlist: ready to rise to the occasion. I hope it does the same for you.

"Go Time" Playlist from Hungry Gator Gal

Spotify playlist (scroll using the right-hand sidebar to see all 19 tracks):

P.S. I pay $5 per month as a student to have access to a bazillion songs with zero ads. I have the ability to follow and make as many playlists as my heart desires. It’s TOTALLY worth the money.

Let me know what you think if you listen to the playlist. I LOVE hearing from readers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Questions:

  1. How do you pump yourself up?
  2. What are your favorite motivational songs?

 

More HGG Playlists:

Fall 2014 Workout Jams

Fall 2014 Workout Jams from Hungry Gator Gal

August Workout Jams (Spotify Playlist Included)

August Workout Jams from Hungry Gator Gal (An @spotify playlist)

Pumping Iron Playlist

Pumping Iron Playlist from Hungry Gator Gal (an @spotify playlist)