Last week I ran 12 miles and walked 4 miles for a total of 16 miles on my legs...and I felt pretty good, too. I think getting a warm-up walk in before most of my runs has helped immensely. Additionally, the strengthening I'm doing at Planet Fitness seems to be helping as well. Cross training, who knew?? Haha, that's a joke, as I knew...I just wasn't very good at actually following through with it.
I encouraged Julia to join PF, and she did, so between going with her and Jeff, I'm getting some good workouts in. One morning we drove to our Starbucks, parked the car, and walked to PF - it was about 3/4 of a mile. Not bad, but we were on a busy road and the traffic was unpleasant. So after our workout, we took a different route back, which was a lot nicer but twice the distance. My feet were a little sore, which I think was mostly due to my wearing older running shoes (thinking they would be fine for a workout at PF - they were - but didn't consider doing that much walking in them). Here's our view as we started our walk from Starbucks:
Lots of vehicles blasting by us as we walked...meh.
And here's Julia getting us set up at our table, in the nice patio that Starbucks built for us:
Nice spot to rehydrate, relax, and eat breakfast after a good workout!
One thing that I do for all my workouts, be it running, the gym, or swimming, is to have a bag packed and ready with everything I need for that specific routine. I've had a running bag, and I have a huge pool bag (even though I don't swim for exercise anymore), but I needed a gym-specific bag, so I treated myself to one:
Can you sense a color theme here? I also bought a new water bottle, plus a long-sleeved running top (that I won't need for six months) that was on clearance.
I've stocked the gym bag with a combo lock for the free lockers there (and wrote the combo number on several pairs of my shoes...smart thinking, right?), earbuds for if/when I use the treadmill or other equipment where TV watching is helpful, a tube of NUUN, lip balm, face wipes, extra pony tail holders and headbands and all sorts of things. This is just another way that I set myself up for success with exercising - no last-minute running around trying to find what I need before I go workout - it's all right there.
What I did last week:
Sunday - PF with Jeff
Monday - Nada (birthday)
Tuesday - Ran 2 miles with Jeff
Wednesday - Ran 2 miles and walked 1 mile with Julia (National Running Day)
Thursday - Ran 2.5 miles with Cary, PF with Julia
Friday - Walked 2.25 miles total, PF with Julia
Saturday - Ran 5.1 miles with Julia and Amy, walked 1 mile warm up with Jeff
I'm in the groove and it feels good!