I've run the gamut with my workouts over the last few years, from baby stepping my way into exercise by riding my sweet pink cruiser bike, to doing intense workouts with a small group (tire flipping, anyone?), to running and training for my first half marathon. Now it seems like I'm moving back toward easier workouts, although I don't think that's entirely accurate. More like, I think I'm being kinder to my body while I exercise, if that makes sense. I no longer feel the need to punish my body. I don't have to hurt in order to feel like I did something worthwhile. It's OK to be able to move without wanting to cry the day after a workout. And because of this approach, I'm liking exercise more and more. Why it took me nearly five years to figure out, I don't know.
So, what did I do this week? Same old, same old...only I increased everything a little. I rode the exercise bike twice and bumped it up from 20 minutes to 25 minutes. Eventually I'd like to max out around 45 minutes, but obviously that is a long way off. There's no deadline for me - this is just something I'm doing. So why kill myself getting to 45 minutes, right? I was surprised to find that when I finished my first 25 minute workout and got off the bike, I had jelly legs! Just for a minute, but it showed me how different bike riding is vs. running for my legs.
I'm still doing a plank a day - today I'll hit 1:30. That's getting tough, but I have to say, I'm enjoying how strong my abs are feeling. I'll definitely keep this up after the challenge is over.
And as I mentioned in Monday's post, I ran 8 miles on Saturday. It went GREAT. Finally, we had perfect running weather - it was 37 degrees and clear when we started. No rain, low humidity...ahhhh! We ran doing 2:1 intervals, which continue to work well for me. I just roll with the beeps and don't seem to focus on the miles as much, and before I know it, I'm done. While this won't make me the fastest person to complete a half marathon, I'm getting confident that I will actually finish my next race by running steadily the entire way. I need that, and if running intervals is what it takes to get there, then I'll run intervals.
Jenny and I ran yesterday - we got a nice 2 mile run in (before she went to go workout with Brad, crazy girl). Erica and I will run our 2.6 mile loop tomorrow morning. I love running with my girlfriends. Quite the different conversation with them than I have with Jeff, that's for sure.
We have 9 miles on tap for Saturday and you know what? I'm not even worried.