Thursday, August 30, 2012

Bosu Challenge

I went to Bosu Challenge last night, and wow, it totally kicked my butt!! The instructor jumps right into 10 minutes worth of non-stop abs. It's pretty intense and since so much of the bosu work challenges the core already, its no wonder that my abs are sore.

We did a lot of movements that required leaning over (things like tricep kickbacks, reverse flies, and bosu lifts). I don't know why but these moves really bothered my lower back.  It's kind of a shame because I had to pause from some of these moves, even though the muscle it was supposed to target wasn't fatigued. I think my form is pretty solid, so I wonder if it's a sign of a weak core?

While I loved this class because it was HARD, I don't think I like it as much as Body Pump. The instructor was great because he walked around the room the whole time so you felt like you couldn't quit or slack on the moves. The downside to this is often he'd yell out a move and it would take a minute for the class to figure out what movement he was talking about. While most classes include a warm-up and a cool down, this instructor kept us moving and working the entire hour, so you have to include time to do the warm-up and cool down on your own. The kicker for me was that I felt like I was watching the clock throughout the class. 

Not my favorite, but definitely a great class to make you work!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Little Pro and a Little Con

It's been awhile since I've done pro,con,con,pro, so you get a little dose this AM.

Pro: The weather cleared up yesterday so I was able to get out and run!

Con: I started off feeling pretty good on the run. It was a beautiful evening, and it was my first run since DC. Sadly, as I kept going I just felt sluggish. I also went out without any sort of plan, and this is kinda killer for me. I only did 3 miles when I should have done more.

Con: On the run, I saw the most gorgeous view of the sunset. It was peaking through the trees and reflecting in the river. I left my phone at home during the run though, sooooo the con is that I don't have a picture to show you.

Pro: I could pick the really amazing peach I just ate, or the fact that I will see my family this weekend, but instead, my final pro will be that tonight I'm going to a Bosu Challenge class at the gym. The instructor is awesome, so the class usually fills up before I can snag a spot. This week I'm in, and I'm oddly excited for some sore muscles tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Best Laid Plans...

It's a rainy Tuesday here. Doesn't this just make you want to curl up in bed with a good book? Is that just me?

I woke up with every intention of going for a run this morning, but then I saw the weather and happily snoozed for another hour. So fingers crossed the weather clears up a bit before this afternoon or that I feel motivated to run in the rain. I actually don't think running in the rain is all that bad, but it makes me want nothing more than a hot shower and some quality time with my couch. So I find that it's not the best pre-work option.

Speaking of failed plans, my mother-in-law and I had been wanting to check out the new Make Meaning store at Legacy Place. The store offers all sorts of crafty activities like jewelry making, cake decorating, and pottery painting. Sunday was finally a day that worked for both of us, so we made the trek to Dedham to check it out.

With 7 different kinds of activities, there was certainly a lot to look at! It was fun to look at the examples and the different craft options. I was first discouraged by how some of the crafts couldn't be picked up until 4 days later (like pottery and glass items that needed to be fired). Then I saw the prices, which were a little on the steep side. Plus most of the fun add-ons were several dollars, then I found out there is a sitting fee for non-members. You add that up and you're looking at some very expensive items.

We left Make Meaning and ended up just walking around Legacy Place and grabbing some iced teas. It was a beautiful day, so it was fun to explore. Still disappointing that our big adventure didn't quite pan out.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Kindle for the Win

For the record, I love my Kindle. I love that it's so portable and light. It makes it perfect for reading on the T or traveling. I also love how as soon as I finish a book, I can instantly start reading another.

I discovered yet another reason to love my Kindle last night. I got the gym about a half hour before Body Pump, so I hit up the elliptical for some cardio. I am in the middle of an interesting book, so I brought it along in the hopes I could read while working out.

I've never been really good at reading while on any sort of machine. I'm usually bopping around too much to really focus, but I keep seeing other women pull it off. I honestly just felt like zoning out on the machine with a good book, so I decided to give it another shot.

Sure enough I got on and couldn't focus, just when I thought it was a lost cause I remembered that you can adjust the font size on the kindle. After a one that was too big and one that was too small, I found just the right font. I was able to read a chapter before Body Pump, while getting in a good sweat. Win!

Do you read while working out?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wedding on the Run

I can't believe it's been almost two weeks since I last posted!

One week ago, I was in DC celebrating the wedding of a fabulous couple. I got to see a bunch of my dearest friends and had a total blast! I really can't say enough good things about the wedding.

We had a Thursday morning flight, and I had hopes of getting in a workout before heading to the airport. I had no such luck there. (I am really not a morning person)

The next morning I woke up around 9am, and headed out for a run. We were staying by the Capitol, and I knew I would kick myself if I didn't take advantage in exploring the area. I really get lost very easily, so I figured I'd just go up and down the Mall. Of course, it took me about a mile of running around aimlessly before I discovered exactly where the Mall was. Ooops! As soon as I found it, I ran up and around the Washington Monument, and then headed back to the hotel for a total of 4.5 miles.

The best part was that I essentially got to repeat this the next day. The bride and groom decided to do a big fun run the morning of the wedding. The entire wedding party took a photo by the Capitol in our special fun run shirts. The runners then went on their way while the rest went back to the hotel. Again it was so much fun seeing DC and running among so many iconic structures.

As someone who ran on her own wedding day, I highly endorse it! It's a great way to burn off some nervous energy, gives you all sorts of endorphins, and provides a calm before the storm. A friend asked if this was some new wedding trend. As far as I know not too many brides hit the pavement on the day of her wedding, but maybe more should!

I'm going to confess that this run was my last serious workout (unless you count dancing the night away at the wedding). We went to the Patriots game Monday night, which made for a late evening. I was exhausted Tuesday and Wednesday, and finally plan to hit the gym tonight! I've been feeling so sluggish that I'm hoping a little Body Pump will be just what the doctor ordered!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Chasing Usain Bolt

People have Olympic fever! I haven't quite caught it though. I kind of fail and forget it's on. Like last night, I watched Project Runway rather than track and field. Ooops!

I did see Usain Bolt dash his way to gold in the 100 meters the other night. So did my co-worker. This prompted my co-worker to inquire how fast I could do the 100 meter race. As a distance runner with no track experience, I had no clue. He was in awe over the fact that where as in many events, the skill level between the Olympians and the average man is a world of difference, but in the 100m it's only a matter of seconds. 10 seconds could be the threshold of average and legend.

Inspired by Bolt, my co-worker declared that Friday he and I would run 100 meters. So this morning before work, we headed to the Esplanade. I mapped out 100m with my Garmin, and we timed one another.

I'm sure it was entertaining for all the bikers, walkers, and joggers who saw us in our mock event. Some dude even told me "good job." Oddly enough, I wasn't embarrassed. Maybe because once people have seen you after running 20 miles, you don't care if they see you looking much more refreshed at 100m?

Anyway, I came in at a little over 20 seconds. Not fast by any means, but I don't think it's terrible. (Though honestly I have no idea) I think I could go faster, so I want a rematch in a few weeks. Can't keep this time up on the board.

"The board?" you say. Why yes, remember the wedding board? As the weddings are over, clearly the natural thing to do is to replace it with 100m sprint times.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cloud 9!

Whooooo! One of my best friends is engaged to the love of her life! 

The happy couple at my wedding
Here's a little secret: I think I'm more excited over my friend's engagement than I was for my own. I think it's because it took me awhile to full grasp that I was engaged. I had the ring on my finger, but I just couldn't believe it was mine. Also, I knew there was a marathon of work ahead in planning my wedding. Anyway, I know they have a lifetime of happiness ahead, and who doesn't want that for their best friend?

Before meeting up to celebrate with the bride-to-be, I hit up the gym to do a treadmill workout. I did 5 minutes of warm-up, then did 8mph for 3 minutes, walked for 1 minute, did 8.5 for 2 minutes, walked 1 minute, did 9 for 1 minute, walked, and did 10mph for 30 seconds and walked for 1 a minute and a half, then I did it in reverse ending with 3 minutes of 8mph and a 5 minute cool down. It was a quick but sweaty workout.

Body Pump is on the agenda for tonight, so I'm looking forward to another sweaty workout!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Half Marathon Clinic

Last night Jane and I went to the B.A.A.'s first training clinic for their fall half marathon.

It was pretty much the same as their 10K clinic that I attended in the spring. They had a training plan available, Bill Rodgers spoke, and then there was some Q&A. There was definitely a shift in focus from just running a race to running distance race. I'm glad I went, but I don't think I really took anything away from the night.

After, my attempt at winging training for the Run to Remember totally failed me, I want to go in more prepared for the B.A.A.'s race. I was hoping to get a good training plan last night, because the ones they developed for the 10k were pretty good. The ones for the half? Not so much...

They have a good first-timer half marathon plan that's really basic, then it jumps to intermediate and advanced. I consider myself intermediate at this point, but man that plan is hard!! I think it skewed much more toward advanced than my skill level.

This got me and Jane talking in general how there doesn't seem to be any really good training plans out there for once you've completed your half marathon. There often is a jump from beginner to advanced which leaves mid-level runners like us a bit clueless.

Have you had any luck with half marathon training plans?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Gym Buddies


My muscles are sore from a great Body Pump class last night. Recently, I hadn't really been challenging myself with weight, so last night, I stepped it up on most of the tracks. I'm so glad that I did! Makes me feel like I've gotten the most out of my workout!

The most exciting part of the class was that I ran into a friend who was signed-up for the same class! Not only was it fun to chat with someone while waiting for the class to start, but we helped each other by grabbing equipment. I'd forgotten how great it is to have a gym buddy!

I almost missed seeing my friend though. I totally have blinders on at the gym, and didn't notice her when I went to fill up my water bottle or when I was standing almost across from her waiting for the class to start! Whoops!

Are you aware of your surroundings at the gym or are you oblivious like me?