Much, much better update this week!
Monday: When I woke up and saw how nice of a day it was, I told Jeff "watch, Linda will have us doing the jump rope outside today" and sure enough, we did - do I know my girl or what?!? Jump rope, mountain climbers and something else that I can't remember (I really should take notes!) - all done outside. It was pretty humid and warm at 8:00 am, but I survived it because...are you ready for this...I wore shorts! And nobody fainted at the sight of my jiggly legs! Amazing how much of a difference that made - glad I finally was able to break that barrier. We did some weight circuits in the gym - among them, deadlifts and thrusters, which are really hard! Also did "hug a tree" with the cable/weight machine - I'm sure both the exercise and the machine have a real name but I can't think of either at the moment. I like doing the "hug a tree" because it feels good to do AND it reminds me to appreciate nature, lol!
Tuesday: Went for a run in my neighborhood all by myself (cue sad lonely music). It sure took a while to psych myself up to do it. At 9:15 am it was 78% humidity but only 70 degrees, so I didn't think it would feel that bad. I was wrong. Sweating beyond any reasonable means. Wonder if I should run with a towel to keep wiping my face down? Side note: finally remembered to take my cell phone with me (safety issue) - put it in the pocket of my gray shorts and never noticed it, so that was good. Side note #2: Gray shorts show butt crack sweat. What was I thinking, buying that color? Oh yeah, that it would look good with my pink shirts. I am such a fashion maven! Distance: Mentally a 10K (was thinking ahead to the duathlon); actually 2 miles.
Wednesday: We did an old-fashioned kind of workout in the gym, with donkey kicks and other things that reminded me of Jazzercise, circa 1992. Concentrated on certain muscle groups - looked easier than it was. But it didn't kill me, and for that I'm grateful, as I have the duathlon this Saturday and already am a little concerned (read: freaking out) about doing two 5K's.
In cardio one person was on the rower, and they had to keep the RPMs at 850 or above until they reached 80 calories, while the rest of us were on machines. Brad got a new spinner bike, which I tried out - it's really nice! Ashley ended up on it while I rode the older one...it was kind of like we were in a race to nowhere, riding side-by-side. Kathleen was on the treadmill and Jenny got the rower (lucky her!). Any time the rower dropped below 850 RPMs, we all had to get off our machines and do 20 squats and 20 push ups. Let me just say that it is really hard to keep that thing going at a certain RPM - I am all over the place with it when I row. Anyway, there were a couple of times when it dropped, but I didn't mind, because doing the squats and push ups gave me a little break from the bike! Later we switched machines for another round, and luckily I never had to do the rower for that game. I will say that someone (and I'm not naming names but it wasn't me) got to sign Brad's famous "puke stick" - if you throw up during a workout, there is a special PVC pipe that will be waiting for your signature. Apparently too much sugar, after a person has been eating really clean, doesn't sit right anymore.
So why is this the WWU - Ahhh Edition? Because I didn't die during this morning's workout. Why? Well, because I didn't go to my Tuesday afternoon workout. Why? (Geez, it's like having a two-year-old around here!) Because my knees were sore, and my calves were sore, and I didn't want to wear my body out too much since I have that duathlon on Saturday. So I chose to stay home, and you know what? I'm glad I did. I had one of the best Wednesday workouts ever, and while I know that it wasn't a killer (read: 20 minutes of burpees) workout, it was hard - but I wasn't worn out before I even started it. So I'm happy with my decision to end the Tuesday workouts. And hey, it's not like I didn't do anything on Tuesday - I did go for a run!
My plan for the rest of the week is REST. I'm not sure why my legs are so sore - too much running? I ran last Tuesday, Friday, Sunday and Tuesday. Maybe that's more than my legs can take - it was quite an increase in miles. I'm just going to do some stretching over the next couple of days, take some Motrin, and wish I had one of these or these. Or a masseuse.
Finally, here's a picture of my running inspiration board - pictures of me, my running buddies, the ad for an upcoming race...all kinds of things that remind me of how much fun I have running - something that I never thought I would be doing!