So, I thought it might be cool to keep track of my workouts on this here blog. It’s a type of post that I enjoy reading on other’s blog and I think it will help for future training, either as a what to do, or what not to do guide for myself, depending on how this upcoming half marathon actually goes. I last talked about some of my fitness goals here, but since then I went and signed up for another half marathon. The half is in March, so I’m working on training for that as well as maintaining what small semblance of muscle that I have managed to acquire.
Went to the gym on my way home from work and ran on the treadmill. Usually I HATE running on the treadmill, but there aren’t a whole lot of options in the winter considering it’s dark when I leave work and dark when I get home :/. 5 min @4.0 (warm-up), 35 min @5.6 (10:43 min/mile), 5 min @4.0 (cool down).
As part of my resolution to do more Wilmington stuff, and get to the know the area that I live a little better, I forced myself to try a new yoga class. I originally thought I would try the 9:45 am Basic flow at Wilmington Yoga Center, but when I woke up at 9:15, I scratched that plan and went to the 2:00 pm class instead. Little did I know that it’s a fundraising week for the studio and they had all kinds of specials and new student deals going on! Class was awesome, pretty basic, but I felt like I got a great stretch and learned some new pointers on form in certain poses. Afterwards, I went downstairs to the Tidal Creek Co-op (look at me, trying TWO new things) to pick up a Kombucha and a few other neat things that I can’t get from the regular grocery store.
I originally intended to do my long run on Sunday, but it rained alllll morning until like 2 pm. I totally lost motivation to run outside (even after the rain stopped, there was still lots of puddles and mud and I am a dainty, picky princess) and did 60 min on the elliptical instead. I have a few extra weeks built into my training plan, so it’s not a major deal to miss one of my long runs, but I still wish I could have gotten that run in.
I’ve been trying to do two days/week of strength training, and I’ve been using Lauren Gleisberg’s Beauty and Booty eBook for workout ideas. Tonight I decided to do an Upper Body Volume workout. I find it hard to jump right into strength training, so I usually do a 15 min warm-up on the elliptical on strength days. I definitely prefer working upper body over lower, I hate squats and lunges with the fire of a thousand suns.
Treadmill/Gym time. Today I did a tempo run, 5 min @4.0, 10 min @5.6, 15 min @6.0, 10 firstname.lastname@example.org, 5 min @4.0. I’m thinking that I need to push my tempo pace a little harder. I’ve gotten into a habit of just punching in the same numbers all the time, but after this workout I didn’t feel like I pushed myself or that the pace was “comfortably hard” as a tempo should be. Lesson Learned, next time go a little faster.
Strength day again! Today was a Lower Body volume workout. I chose an option that incorporated a little plyometrics and I rememebered how much I hate them. I guess I wanted to loathe a lower body workout more than my usual amount. I do these workouts in my living room, and we have these big windows on either side of our door that anyone walking by could see in (too lazy to hang something/don’t know what kind of curtains would look good there). I like to think that someone sees me huffing and puffing and uncoordinatedly jumping around and gets a nice laugh out of it.
Today’s plan is more treadmill running (damn you winter), probably just keeping a steady pace and getting 3.5 miles done. Tomorrow is a rest day! I usually take Fridays off, but last week we went out to dinner Thursday night, hence the makeup workout on Friday.
What is your current fitness goal? What is your favorite body part to workout?