- Going back to my old trainer, Brad. I did enjoy the small group workouts, and my body definitely looked fitter when I was doing them. However, I would have to commit to a 12 week plan, and more importantly, PAY for it. He wasn't cheap, and his prices, like everything else in life, have increased. I'm not working, and really can't justify that expense. Plus, there are things I'm not willing to do anymore (basically any jumping move) because I don't want to make my not-quite-healed ankle any worse, and that would mean modified workouts...which he would do, but still. Mostly it's the high cost that is stopping me.
- The pool. I either need to get back to the gym and start swimming again, or else let that membership lapse...no need to be paying for something I'm not using. While I don't think I get a great workout with swimming (mostly because of what I put into it), I did see changes when I was swimming five days a week. Now that I'm running, I wouldn't swim that often, but a couple of days used as cross-training would do me some good.
- Yoga. I really enjoyed my outdoor yoga classes last summer/fall. They haven't started up again - I wish they would, as I'd be be back there in a heartbeat. I know that they would not only be good for me with muscle strengthening, but also might help me with controlling my breathing, and I could apply that to my running. I could look for another yoga class, but that is really stepping outside of my comfort zone - it was hard enough to go to this one.
- Running. Well obviously, I'm going to keep this up! My plan is to run between 2.5 - 3 miles on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then do a 5 mile long run every Saturday. I like that distance for a "standard" long run - it should take about an hour, and I won't be too sore afterward. And then, when running club starts back up, I'll have a decent base to being training again. Training for what, you ask? Well, I'm going to try for another half marathon, but I'll continue to reevaluate and see how everything feels along the way...while I'd like to do few more, I don't want to do so at the cost of another dumb injury where I can't run at all.
Speaking of running, I felt so good after Saturday's 5K that I willingly woke up early on Monday morning to run with Jeff. Crazy, right?!? We did his standard neighborhood/store parking lots loop, which was 2.6 miles. Here's proof:
Sweaty and red-faced...perfect way to start off the morning!
Close up of Ricky Bobby showing the distance...and a bonus picture of Paco showing what he really thinks about all this running business!
Jenny and I ran yesterday, so I've got 5 miles under my belt already - have I mentioned how happy I am to be running again? It's nice to be back!