Pool Running and My Fitness Pal

Good morning – Happy Monday!

My weekend:


Saturday morning started out fairly normal – we walked around the Halloween store with my dad trying on costumes. Normal for us anyway.

Halloween is a big holiday in my family so be prepared to see lots of Halloween related posts in October. It’s always so much fun – we do Halloween games, have a Halloween food and pumpkin carving night, come up with creative Halloween costumes and keep them secret until the Halloween party at the end of the month.

I think I even have my Halloween costume figured out – I just might have to lose a pound or two :)

Pool Running

Saturday afternoon I went to the Deep Water Pool Run/Conditioning class at my gym. It’s held in the 12 feet section on the pool and we wear water belts to help us float.

I have mixed feeling on the pool running class, and I think I prefer my workouts on land. First, there wasn’t a lot of just running like I was hoping. We did a bunch of stuff – running, bicycle riding, skiing, straight leg kicks, etc. A lot of the moves just felt awkward to me in the water and I didn’t feel like I was doing some of them right.

Second, I was freezing in the water. The water wasn’t super cold but I just couldn’t seem to get warm. Then, halfway through the class I started to get nauseous. I’m not sure if it was being in the water or if I just felt sick, but I didn’t feel good. Then, I got a terrible foot cramp and had to take a break to stretch it on the wall.

I was pretty much a mess the whole class and was glad when it was over. The class wasn’t bad and the instructor was good, I just don’t think I enjoyed it. I was looking more for just pool running so that I could still run without having hip pain.

Saturday night, we took the kids to Claim Jumper for dinner. This was only our second time there and I thought it was really good.

I had the fish tacos, and they were delicious but they had a little too much cabbage on them. I had to take a lot of it off. Danny had meatloaf and I think I ate half of his biscuit because it was so good.


Sunday morning I stopped at Dunkin Donuts for a white chocolate pumpkin coffee. So good.

We spent the afternoon at my dad’s house watching the Bears game.

Today’s Workout

  • Practiced squat track for BodyPump – approx. 15 minutes
  • Treadmill – 2.05 miles (4:2 ratio) – 27 minutes
  • Stretching, bridges, foam rolling – approx. 20 minutes

I ran again today! I am still trying to take it slow, but I went about 6 minutes longer today. I am still walking for two minutes and running for four minutes. I finished with a minute of slow walking.

I made sure to stretch and foam roll after.

So, I finally jumped on the bandwagon and downloaded the My Fitness Pal app. I’ve only had it for 12 hours and I already love it!

I used to measure all my food and count my calories in a notebook. You can read more about my weight loss story here. I lost weight and stopped counting calories although I was a lot more aware and mindful of what I ate.

I probably gained a few pounds back which I am trying to lose, so I got the My Fitness Pal app. It is so easy and fast to use. All you have to do is use your phone to scan the barcode of your food, and it pulls all the numbers up for you. It’s awesome.

It was easy for breakfast – I just scanned my cereal, milk, coffee, and creamer bar code and I was done. I’m sure it’ll be a little harder f I make a salad and have to figure each ingredient but it’s still faster than writing it out. And you can enter all your exercise in as well. We’ll see how it goes!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Ever take a pool/water class?
  • Do you My Fitness Pal or a similar app?


Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Fun, Halloween, Running, Working Out

8 Responses to Pool Running and My Fitness Pal

  1. I like to see the % of nutrients on My Fitness Pal—and I like that it syncs with Runkeeper app to add those running calories in too

  2. I used to use those calorie counting apps but I am currently anti counting calories so I am not using them now. I have never taken a water class. Sorry you didn’t like it as much as you had hoped but good job trying it out!

  3. I finally got back out running…well I kinda had to since I had a 10k race yesterday…and it felt great!

  4. Teresa @ www.fitinwoodbine.com

    So bummed to hear about your pool class! I was really hoping that it would have helped with your hip. I did an 11 mile run Saturday and was worried about my back. My back was fine Sunday morning but my ankles were SO SORE! Wahhhh always something. My eating has been outta control lately. I do have have that app but I need to use it!!!

  5. Melissa

    Well, you know what I did this weekend ;) bodypump training! It was really hard – that pump challenge – holy moly!! I took today off and just walked the baby around outside for awhile. I use my fitness pal – I love it!

  6. I’ve heard pool running is a killer workout if done right! I’ve never done it though.

  7. Losinglindy

    my hip recently started hurting, I am sorry you have been living with this

    I haven’t uploaded myfitnesspal yet, let me know what you thing

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