Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday Workout Update - Suddenlink Sucks Edition

Argh, what a frustrating morning! My internet has been out since late last night, and after several phone calls to Suddenlink (ptooey) where they were telling me it was my equipment failure AND that I needed to pay for a service call, it's finally back on...oh, and guess what? It was their problem. Jerks! (as my cousin Jill would say).

Onto the WWU!

Monday: I was still pretty sore from all the running I did on Saturday. Managed to get through everything, including a one mile run on the treadmill for time...we do this every so often to see how we are improving. I think I improved my previous time - this one was 11:13 - but not by much. What can I legs were tired! After the workout, I went to our local sporting goods store and bought my new best friend - a GoFit foam roller. Best $20 I've spent in a long time! For some reason, my left hamstring is really bothering'd think I ran in a circle or something on Saturday, but that wasn't the case. Anyway, the foam roller is helping - just wish I'd started using it right after the race!

Tuesday: I went for a run in the morning. I guess I am a social exerciser, because I much prefer running (or working out) with someone. As it was, Jenny was swamped, so I went alone. My knees were hurting, so I ran a mile, then walked for two minutes, then ran a half mile, walked for another two minutes, then ran the rest of the way to 3.2 miles...with a sprint up a slight hill at the end! I am trying to work on finishing strong so I can kick it toward the finish line - I felt pretty good about that sprint!

Wednesday: Ever have one of those mornings where you wake up and think "I hope we work on our arms today"? No? Just me??? Well, I was in the mood for some arm work, and Brad did not disappoint - we had a great gym workout and I felt really strong when we were done! Then onto Linda and cardio, where we did her patented "Kill and Drill" - 90 seconds of all out killing it on a machine, followed by 90 seconds of easy; repeat each for a total of four times. I was on the stepper first, and surprised myself by making it through each very intense 90 second set - and we all know that the stepper is not my favorite! Linda had us concentrate on what we wanted to change with that exercise, so I kept looking at my thighs as I was working the stepper and it did seem to make the time go by pretty quick.

After that, Jenny and I did the Kill and Drill on the spinner bikes - and that was fun! Side-by-side we raced for 90 seconds, then pedaled easily, then stood up and plowed through "mud" (where the tension on the bike is really tight); more racing and mud and then we were through. I really enjoyed that workout and afterward, while my legs felt like limp noodles, I felt like I did something good for my body!

Hmmm, I just realized that this is the second Wednesday in a row where I've had a great workout and felt energized afterward...which makes me believe that having a day in between these workouts is a good thing. Yay for change, and finally recognizing when to make one!

Thank you for all of the sweet and supportive comments on my Dansby's Duo recap post - the more time that goes by, the better I feel about my performance in that race. That said, I am looking forward to a less intense run on Sunday, when I will participate in the Dow Live Earth 6K in Houston - let's hear it for the fun runners!


  1. Ahhhhhhhh that's a pity: we have that run in Amsterdam on Sunday but I found out too late and already subscribed to another run. Otherwise we would have been running the same run. That would be awesome, wouldn't it?

    I think you've made the right decision by stopping on Tuesday afternoon as your workouts on Wednesday have been improved.

    I'm excited, I have a new goal. I'm not going to tell you ... you'll have to visit my blog for it :)

  2. Bodies need rest too, which is hard to understand once you become an athlete. Besides, all you did before was rest, right? Listening to your body is better than any schedule anyone gives you! Internet outages suck.

  3. Good luck on your 6K! What distances will they think of next?!?

  4. I've never even heard of a 6k race!

    I hope the foam roller helps ease your pain. This is the second blog post today that mentioned one. I think it's a sign that I definitely bite the bullet and buy one. I've been wanting to for a while for my hip pain.

    Good luck at the race next week!

  5. fun runs are the best! You are going to do great!

  6. Fun runs are just that - fun! Yay! Rest days are good, and should be a part of any good fitness program.

    I am so getting a foam roller now.

  7. I've had a few days like that too--wanting to work one part of my body more than another. What great workout reports, and so great to hear you enjoying yourself.

  8. mmmmm.... go fit rollers = my best friend.

  9. Wow, another race! Impressive my friend, impressive!

  10. Your workout routines rock! I get tired just reading about them. Good luck on your 6K! I'm sure you rock it!

  11. Rest Days Rock...

    I so need that on a tshirt.

  12. Hi Shelley! We had one secretary out today, so I was working for five people today - just waiting for Tony and Hannah to pick me up to go out to dinner! :D

    I miss my spin class - I may need to see if there one close to my house!

    Happy Hump Day Chica!

  13. I prefer working my arms to my legs.

    Great job on all of the workouts! You are pretty darm amazing, lady.

    I LOVE my foam roller. I have the same one. Is it red? We have become very close this year. ;-) Chuck even uses it for his back.
    One of my favorite videos of all the fun things you can do with a foam roller:

  14. I used to put foam rollers into my hair when I was a little girl! Bubble-gum pink. Thanks for the memory!

    All that working out and running; you are amazing!

  15.'re just burning up those 5k races girl!!! Kinda' like a REAL, LIVE RUNNER!!!! :)

  16. Hi Shelley,

    I am Tina from Suddenlink - I read your post regarding your internet issue. I am sorry that you were given incorrect advice on how to resolve your issue - but very glad that your internet service is up and running again. If you have any further issues, please feel free to contact me at tina-AT-suddenlink-DOT-com. Thanks!

  17. Wow! Go Tina.
    I have to say I felt so honored to get a mention, even if it was how I would make disparaging remarks about people who deserved it. You are looking terriffic. I miss you!


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