Trying to show swagger through our sweat. We ran nearly four miles in 94% humidity - whew!
We also had to get a picture at Blue Baker:
What a fun visit - I'm so glad Anne reached out and we got to meet!
Planet Fitness finally came to our town, so Jeff and I joined. We did their 30-minute circuit on our first visit - they have a room with machines and steps, where you work on a red light, green light system and alternate each machine with a step workout. I liked the idea of this because I'm not a huge gym person, but following the plan meant that I'd get a decent workout in without having to think/plan it out, and without the (self-imposed) guilt that I should be doing more.
With the exception of the first machine - the leg press, which has always been my favorite - I went really light on the weights, because I knew that I'd be using different muscles than I do with running, and I didn't want to be too sore. We did the circuit and had fun - we were the only people in that room at the time, so there was much joking going on, plus we were figuring out how everything worked. We also went to the stretching room, where Jeff worked on his back while I did a couple of planks. The next morning, guess what hurt? My legs. Calves, especially. You'd think I don't use them for running with the way they felt!
Who would be my worst enemy? Me, that's who...did I do anything the day after that first workout to ease my muscle soreness? Of course not. In my very weak defense, I was supposed to meet Jenny for our run/walk session, but the weather was not cooperating (in the form of strong thunderstorms). What's that you say? Planet Fitness has treadmills? Not an option - don't you know, if it's rainy, one must hibernate?? Like I said, my own worst enemy.
The grand scheme is to hit Planet Fitness a few times a week, just to add in a little cross-training. This falls into the "doing it because it's good for me" thing - too many running injuries have made me accept the fact that I need to strengthen my body in ways other than just moving in a forward direction.
Today is National Running Day. Julia and I are celebrating it by going for a run, and then going to Starbucks. This is the same Starbucks that we visited a lot last summer, only now it has been revamped and there's a covered patio to hang out in. I guess we were there so often that management took pity on us and made it nicer...I'm sure that's the only reason, right? Anyway, Julia is officially free for the summer, so today also begins our summer of fun workouts, woohoo!