Um, I've been a little behind this week, lol!
This was a busy week for me, and with the big dinner gala on Tuesday, that meant I couldn't make my 4 pm workout that day. Now the old me would have just said "woohoo, I get to miss one" but not the new me. Oh no. I asked Brad if there was another time that I could make up my workout...and yes, there was - 7:15 am on Tuesday. Geez, I have a hard enough time getting myself to the 8 am workouts...but I took it. So Tuesday morning, after catching up with Will, whom I haven't seen in months (his training schedule changed), I was immediately regretting that decision as the first thing he had us do was run sprints on the long driveway, with 25 squats between each sprint. Yeah...125 squats later, Will said "let's walk it out down the street" and I was thinking how nice he was, letting us work our sore muscles...but after we got about halfway down the street, he had us turn around and do lunges all the way back to the gym. Not so nice, Will!
I was glad that I did the workout, even though it was a little strange not being with my usual people. I was proud of myself for not letting a work event stop me from getting my exercise. I can't emphasize enough how abnormal this is for me - making the extra effort to get my workout in. Sometimes I take a step back and just wonder at who I've become!
So Wednesday's workout included another mile run (!!!) - and I have to say that just a minute into it, I thought I was gonna die. Sweet Linda was running with me and worked to calm me down - said my breathing was "panicky" - well, I would say so, as I was having severe doubts at the idea of how long that mile was and my being able to do it again...I mean, what if that first time was a fluke and I happened to be having an exceptionally athletic day? But, I did it - and actually took a minute off of my last time...finished at 10:56! I have to say that the street sign turn-around came up quicker than I expected - so the mile is getting shorter in my head, haha. I do, however, need to work on my breathing...the whole "in through the nose, out through the mouth" thing is harder than it sounds!
I have to mention that I felt like a total badass in the gym after the run - we were doing the bench press, and I did 3 sets of 25 reps at 55 pounds. I don't know why doing arm weights gives me such an attitude, but it cracks me up. What can I say, I find entertainment in the strangest ways!
With that run, I completed week 2 of Brad's challenge; now onto week 3, where the choices were: No caffeine (What?!? Give up my iced tea? Never!), no "whites" (flour, sugar, potatoes, etc.), no fried food (not an issue for me unless it's our once a month hamburger and fries dinner) and try a new vegetable. I chose the last one, and bought an acorn squash - I've seen several bloggers post recipes and pictures using this cute little vegetable, so I'm going to give it a try this weekend. I'll let you know how it turned out next week.