Two miles at 5:45 am - and pretty quick miles at that - 11:28 and 11:21! This is what happens when you wake up at 4:00 am and can't go back to sleep...might as well try running before the crack of dawn!
And now, back to our regularly scheduled update...
Sunday: I went for an easy two mile run - the weather was actually pretty nice - only 78 degrees! Of course, this was at 6:30 am, but still - I'll take it. I know my mileage has dropped quite a bit lately, but I will be ramping it back up beginning on Saturday, which is when I will start my half marathon training. More on that later.
Monday: Ugh. Deck of cards workout in cardio...that lasted for 45 minutes. Deck of cards is where each suit is assigned an exercise, like hearts = burpees, spades = mountain climbers, clubs = push ups and diamonds = jump squats. So if you pull a 10 of hearts, you do 10 burpees. It's a fast moving, killer workout that seemed to go on forever. Eventually we talked Cameron (who was filling in for Brad and Linda - they were both busy getting their kids to class for the first day of school) into letting us move on to the machines. He gave me boxing gloves and had me practice my rhythm with my punches, since I had just informed him that I had no sense of rhythm. Guess he likes a challenge...it was fun and I like punching the bag, but fifteen minutes of that left my arms like limp noodles.
Tuesday: Life is getting back to normal - Jenny and I ran together once again!!! We are starting to kick up our half marathon training...November 20th will be here before we know it. We ran for two miles and then spent about a third of a mile doing sprints from light post to light post. Dang, those sprints really take it out of you! But it felt good to get out there...and beginning next week, we are going to run together twice a week. I'm excited to see our progression!
Wednesday: Filthy Fifty "lite" in the gym (Brad thinks it's a light workout when we don't have burpees, haha). Somehow the only time recorded was Jenny's from almost a year ago - don't know what happened to mine...probably it was so bad that Brad took pity on me and didn't write it down. So, Jenny improved her time by nearly 10 minutes - go Jenny! Ashley improved on Jenny's time by five or six minutes. Me? I improved on her time by a minute...lol. Then for our cardio (which believe me, I had already gotten my heart rate up during the gym time), Linda had us outside doing a circuit of box jumps (step ups for me, as it was the 18" box), jump rope (which I am happy to report that I did really well, finally!), tricep dips, push ups, kettlebell swings and tire flips. I will tell you that when I drove up and saw the tire and the box jump outside, I very nearly put my car in reverse and drove away! I just was not wanting to work that hard today. So you may understand what I'm about to write...
Galveston Seawall Half Marathon training update: Beginning next week, I'm going to change things up quite a bit with my exercise. I need to get serious about my half marathon training. I've joined a running club and I am really excited about that. We will meet on Saturday mornings for a long run, and have a schedule to follow for shorter runs during the week. This coming Saturday is our first meeting - apparently we will run three miles to determine our pace groups. I can't tell you how happy I am to have this opportunity to run with people - I always do better when I run with someone, proving that for me, running is as much of a mental process as it is physical.
And after a lot of thought, discussion, emails (several of you have given me your advice and I really appreciate it), I'm going to stop going to my workout group for a while. There are several reasons:
- I need to put my energy toward running right now;
- Working out as hard as we do leaves me with very little reserves left for doing anything else, such as running;
- Although I've loved my trainers, my group and how my body has changed, I'm a little burnt out. It's been nearly two years of really intense workouts and I'm ready for a break.