Friday Family Fun and Body Types

I did it. I got in my extra little run last night for a total of 12.2 yesterday. 40 + a tad, miles for the week.  one day to go.
Today – scheduled rest day. while I FULLY respect and understand the importance of rest days, I knew today was not a good day to take a complete rest day. I just knew I needed a little sweat. a little hard work. a little heart rate soaring action. I would consider it more of an active rest/strength training/keep the peace kind of workout
25 min strength circuit/15 minute stair master.  during nap and girls at gymnastics camp for 3 hours time. wonderful time of day. 

I usually have to make my strength workout interesting to make it effective, to make it last more than 5 minutes and to keep it exciting. I did one circuit, then hopped on the stairmaster for a high intensity cardio blast. I did it three times and ended with strength. short and sweet and not running. I do consider cross training an appropriate rest day activity. My rest days are to give my running legs a break. and if I am motivated to do more than complete rest, than I take advantage of that. I had to make a deal with myself today. I desperately needed to get some cleaning done, but I also desperately wanted to hit the weights. This leaves me slightly incapable of concentrating on doing anything. I said Katie, clean for one hour solid and then you may work your little booty after. self, it’s a deal.  and everything got done. 
One thing that had to get done was this pile of laundry. 
frightening amount of laundry

Turns out if you leave it there long enough…it won’t go anywhere.  it will still be there. no one will take care of it. but me. some people say I workout too much. I say I fold too much. it’s excessive. and I think it’s unhealthy. I’m going to try to get the doc to right me a prescription for a housekeeper.  or just a laundry do-er.  I’m sure there are people out there who enjoy it. 
We also had to venture to target. oh lovely target. this is why I need my active rest day.  because of target trips.  with three monkeys in tow.  I had a long list of not exciting things to get. and we had to abandon ship shortly after we arrived. because some one was having a rough morning. no, not the two year old cranker, not even the four year old know it all. why yes, it was my passionately emotional 5 year old that couldn’t get her act together. we had to exit before started throwing a tantrum at her. somehow I managed to get a couple things for myself before the meltdown happened. here’s one I wore for the workout. 
Camouflage sports bra. it’s amazing. It totally hides my voluptuous chesticles. you can barely see them overflowing. they almost look non existent.  wow. 
score for mommy. not so much for the kidlings. or the list of things I needed. I tired to salvage the lovely summer Friday morning and suggested we harrass the library. because its a very smart thing to take three cranky kids into a very quiet establishment. taking chances everyday.  we survived and got a huge stack of books. I even let them get a couple movies. they’ve never seen lady and the tramp or lion king. I put one on in the car for them on the way home. they liked. 
Luke is about to jailbreak and Anna got hungry for some paper. all in all, a successful trip. aside from the target tantrum.
We took a family trip back to target this evening and made a night out if it. we hit up Red Robin for dinner.  Endless baskets of steak fries, does it get better?  love that place. great to bring kids to for a family fun night. I think Luke was an infant the last time we came here. that also may have been the last time we went out to dinner as a family. Luke doesn’t like to sit still. and I dont think tranquilizers are an appropriate remedy for that. 
I got this Avo-Cobb-O salad. so so clever. 
 avocados and olives, can’t get enough of these healthy fats. except that Luke devoured my olives and the girls polished off the avocados. I took off most of the bacon and cheese. boring. good in theory.  thank God for the steak fries. This is how often we go out to eat: we got up to leave and Alexandra looks at me panicked and said don’t we have to take care of this mess?!? Who is going to pick up??? Oh my child. we need to get you out more. 
I’m a big Jackie Warner fan. I read her book, This is why you’re fat…, and loved it and even did a little giveaway with it. I just got her new book, 10 pounds in 10 days, and I’m learning some interesting things. I get her books, not for the weight loss, but for her knowledge of the human body and nutrition and how simply she puts it. very basic, easy to understand.  I also love her workouts. I have one of her DVDs, and while it’s not the speed of Jillian, I want to make you gurgle your heart in your throat kind of talk, her workouts are very effective.  I found this one particular page interesting and wanted to share it with you. 
There are essentially three different body types:

Ectomorphs tend to be scrawny and have a harder time putting on muscle. a slight build, smaller bone structure. 
Endomorphs gain fat easily, have a hard time losing fat and are a little softer
Mesomorphs are athletic build, large bone structure.  They have an easier time gaining and losing weight. 
She is saying we are all born with a genetic makeup that puts us in one of these categories, more or less. and that instead of trying to be one of these things that we may not be, it’s better to put the effort into being the best body type that you are. you can’t change bone structure but you can change muscle and you can help do that by what you eat. To further that, be the best you that you can be. in everything. I try to be the best mom that I can be. but I can easily look at other moms and think I should be like that or I should do that kind of activity with my kids or I should be more organized. absolutley. be inspired by other people. be better. but be better at being you and what you are good at, not what someone else is good at. know your strengths. know your weaknesses. work on your weaknesses and embrace your strengths and be you.

Have you heard about these body types before?

What body type do you think you are?  


I’m pretty sure I’m officially starting my marathon training this coming week. oh boy. Entering a new phase. I’m very excited to be training for something. we’ll talk more about this next week. I haven’t a clue as to what my plan is. yet. NYC Marathon, here I come. let’s get speedy. and strong. and relaxed as a runner. stress free training will commence this weekend.


About msfitrunner

I am a 29 year old stay at home, hardworking mom to my three little loves! My oldest little darling is 5, little sis is 4 and baby brother is almost 2. I have been married to my Mr. Wonderful for almost 7 years (ahhh!). My faith and my family is my rock, and I have a newfound LOVE for running. Maybe it's more of a necessity at this point - to maintain household peace and my own sanity, but whatever it is, it's working for me and I'm loving the racing. The vegan world has been calling my name, so I am testing out those waters as well! That's a tough one with three little picky eaters at home, but I am having fun coming up with new recipes and trying out new things. Follow along as I chronicle this crazy running life, and ALL the craziness that goes with it!

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  1. Mesomorph. EASILY. I can look at weights and get muscular. And I can look at food and get fat! But I can also have a salad for lunch and shed it all. I’m not sure if the ease of weight gain and loss is the mesomophism or the thyroid disease though!

  2. I’m a mesomorph. When I eat right and weightlift, I drop weight and gain muscle pretty quickly… the operative word being “WHEN”. Since I don’t always eat super clean, I still have a lot more muscle than other girls, but with some extra insulation 😉
    Yay! I’m excited for your marathon training to begin!

  3. I can’t even imagine what your marathon training is. You already workout & run like a banchee. I have no idea what body type I am. lol. I love me some Jackie Warner. I have several of her DVD’s. They fly by – love that. I just wanted to share this quote that I thought was so fitting for your post ‘The only person you need to be better than was the person you were yesterday.’ I don’t know who said it, but I love it. Have a great day!

  4. I am an endomorph – the put-weight-easily-kinda soft kinda girl. 🙂
    I haven’t commented much on your blog but I want to let you know that I love it. Thanks for keeping it real – the tantrums that you throw, eating french fries, having a pile of laundry and not really wanting to do it, and treadmill being buried by just stuff …. I will have my first baby in November and I am going to keep reading you for inspiration. I probably can’t run as fast as you, but I believe I can get back into my comfortable pre-preg 11:00 min/mile.

  5. I’m actually an ecto-mesomorph body type, I have a small frame but can gain weight and muscle pretty easily. I actually just learned about these body types through my genotyping that I did with my new diet. Pretty interesting stuff 🙂
    Yay for training to commence!! That’s awesome your running the NYC Marathon, look forward to reading about your training.:)

  6. That little excerpt was really interesting; I hadn’t heard of those terms before. I think I would probably be an ectomorph. I have quite a small frame and really struggle to put muscle on.
    Did I read that right, a two year old likes olives? My goodness, it took me two decades to finally like them. With the girls loving avocados, you must have taught your kids well!

  7. I’m going with 3/4 Ecto and 1/4 Endo. It is difficult for me to build muscle and I’m small but I don’t have long limbs…and I feel like I’m soft (albeit, I’m my harshest critic) but I’m not an apple. So I guess I’m an “Ecdo.” 🙂

  8. Interesting about the 3 body types, I’d have to probably say I’m a mix of two. I’m small and I’ve always been thin, but my weight also hasn’t really changed in many many years so I’m hoping that’s because I don’t gain weight that easily haha

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  11. I think I am an Ecto/Meso combo. I am slight build/small boned, but athletic and can gain muscle pretty easily. When I was training for marathons I had trouble keeping weight on. Now that I am 50 I am morphing, but not sure into what! I really enjoy your blog. Your life is mine several years ago and I laugh reading the stories of your children…saying, “wow, that sounds familiar”. I have 3 daughters who are now 21, 19 and 16. I ran many marathons, but they had to be in Disney to make it a family affair. Keep up the good work!


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