Another thing I've added to my workouts are planks - my friend Wendy is hosting a Planks-A-Lot challenge for January, and I figured this would be good for me. Monday was the first day and she had a 15 second plank on the schedule...easy-peasy, right? I've held planks for much longer than that! But as I discovered, it's been a while since I've done them, and my abs let me know they weren't in tip-top shape. Glad she suggested doing this - I definitely need them! Here's the cute schedule she and her daughter put together:
I added my running and biking schedule to it, just to keep me organized.
As for running, it's going well. Last Thursday Erica and I increased our distance by a little over half a mile, to run 2.6 miles. We started at 5:50 am and it was literally freezing. As much as I complain about running in the heat, I have to say, it's hard to get out there in that kind of cold weather, and takes a while to get warmed up once we start running. There seems to not be a lot of happy mediums when it comes to getting some decent running weather in Texas...sigh.
On Saturday, we ran 5 miles with quite a few people from our running club - we met at our local running store, as the owners had offered to do a training program for the upcoming Armadillo Dash half marathon, which is two months away. We weren't sure what to expect and I was a little concerned that a bunch of young, speedy runners would be there and I'd be the doddering old person lumbering after them - seriously, in this college town, it's a real possibility - but it turns out there was a nice assortment of runners and it was a good run. Well, until the last half mile, when it started raining. It was already cold; add the rain and brrr! Glad I packed dry clothes to change into afterward! Anyway, we ran doing 2:1 intervals and I felt great...so good, in fact, that I willingly changed my schedule because of forecasted heavy thunderstorms, and got up super early on Monday to run - who am I, making sure I get my runs in?!?
This coming Saturday we have 7 miles on the schedule, and I'm looking forward to it; at this point, the intervals seem to be working with both the physical and mental aspect of the long run, and I'll take it.
P.S. In case you missed it, I have another book giveaway going on - this one is about doing what you love to do for exercise...you know I can get behind that! Click here to enter...winner will be announced on Friday.