nashville 2012: week 3

The end of this week marks the end of the first quarter of my training plan! After my not-so-fun 6 miler last week, my calves were a bit sore. Obviously when I’m mentally struggling through a run, my form must change and thus impact my next run or two… Or maybe it was just the super challenging but awesome Yoga Body Bootcamp™ this week?! Here were my workouts last week.

Sunday: Yoga Body Bootcamp™
Monday: 3.5m run + ~.5m walk and Cardio/Strength Workout
Tuesday: Insanity Cardio Power & Resistance
Wednesday: 3.5m run and a Medicine Ball Circuit Workout
Thursday: Power Vinyasa Podcast Party!
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 6m run

The routine at Yoga Body Bootcamp™ this week kicked my butt! I am so addicted to this class now I look forward to it every week and am never disappointed. I always leave the class so incredibly detoxed and relaxes – it’s a fabulous way to start a Sunday!

I chickened out on my weekly runs this week. My training plan had said 3.5m run + 1m walk, but it was too cold that I didn’t end up walking the full mile at the end – plus I hadn’t mentally realized that running a 1/2 mile extra would take more time in the morning and my bed has been too cosy so getting myself up to leave was a challenge in and of itself ;).

Insanity was good – I’m still enjoying the change of pace it provides and am super stoked for Insanity Asylum! I’m glad sister is more obsessed with Insanity than I am so when I told her about this she instantly bought it… even if it won’t be used seriously for a few more months haha.

One thing I changed up this week was adding more strength training exercises in the mix. I am really bad at sticking with any sort of strength training routine and it often ends up falling to the wayside… but that all changes now as I have signed up for Tina Reale’s Best Body Bootcamp! I’ve obviously got a thing for bootcamps lately :).

The bootcamp starts on March 5th (last day to sign up is March 4th) and it sounds like it’ll be amazing. The cost is only $25… half the price of a gym membership for a month and it’s 8 full weeks of workouts! The cardio is only suggested, so I will be mostly doing it for the strength workouts and keep up with the running. I’m very excited to get the workouts this week, not to mention all of the giveaways she’s offering over the course of the bootcamp! (I’m secretly hoping I win Physique 57, Love Grown Foods granola or the Sparkly Soul Headbands… but I’m not picky 😉 ).

I usually don’t write about my Thursday night yoga classes, but we did something different this week that was great! The regular teacher wasn’t there, and the sub (and teacher of Yoga Body Bootcamp) was sick so she asked if we would be interested in doing a little podcast party instead of her teaching the class. None of us minded one bit, so we did an 80 minute Live Love Teach Podcast and it was a really nice change of pace. It was taught by three different master teachers who run the Live Love Teach yoga teaching program. I’m not a fan of yoga DVDs because I find them too staged and slow moving… definitely not the same with podcasts! It was recorded at a real yoga class and you can definitely tell the difference! My favorite part was the 5+ minute frog… it hurt so much I wanted to cry by the end of it, but my hips haven’t felt so good in ages!

Now finally on to the long run! Yikes, I’m long winded with my other workouts today ;). My second six miler was SO MUCH BETTER than last week! I think my conscious effort of being positive about this run made me enjoy it rather than wishing for it to be over. My new kicks might have had something to do with it too?! I got to wear these on Wednesday + Saturday and am in love. Zero muscle aches from changing shoes and zero blisters – always a good sign!

nashville 2012: week 2

A little late on my recap from last week – I was way too busy being lazy and unproductive this weekend to write anything, or spend any time in the kitchen haha. My week at work was very busy, so it was definitely nice to have some down time to finally relax! Anyways, here are my workouts from last week:

Sunday: Yoga Body Bootcamp™
Monday: 5k run + 1m walk
Tuesday: Insanity Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
Wednesday: 5k run + 1m walk
Thursday: Power Vinyasa
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 6m run

Pretty similar to last week and still right on track with the training plan! The only thing that wasn’t similar to last week was how difficult my 6 mile run was – it was not a fun time. I set out for a surprisingly warm February run, quickly shedding my gloves and earmuffs and wishing I had a t-shirt on underneath so I could shed a layer! The run was both mentally and physically exhausting for me and I’m not exactly sure why. Yes, it is the longest distance I’ve run since the Disney 1/2 Marathon, but I’ve also run this distance many many times in the past – even several 10k races that are technically .2 miles longer.

I knew it wasn’t going to be the best run right away, my legs felt heavy, my stomach felt off and I was already getting sweaty. And at that point there was still 5.9 miles to go! I thought about doing two loops just in case my stomach ended up feeling really bad, so I went toward my normal week day route even though I’m not a huge fan of that for longer/daylight runs. I ended up feeling fine stomach-wise, but my legs still felt tight and I obviously kept getting warmer and warmer. I ran around the first block and decided to just go out 3 miles and come back to eliminate the multiple loops I was originally planning. I think it was definitely a good choice to just go out and back, because it would have been way too easy to just head back home after the first loop!

I ended up taking numerous walking breaks and finished the run averaging exactly 11 minute miles. The course I ended up taking left me with a mile walk back at the end which was a very welcomed cool-down. I definitely wish this run would have gone better, but I do have many more weeks to go before running 13.1, and hopefully gain the confidence I need that apparently left me so quickly! I have another 6 mile run next Saturday – so here’s to hoping that one is less mentally and physically exhausting!

One productive thing I did this weekend was finally buy new running shoes! I’ve been debating what kind I wanted to buy. I haven’t liked my current ones so I knew I wanted something different. I ended up deciding on the Rykä Aspire. They appear to be a good medium between supportive and barefoot, so I’m hoping there’s enough cushion to avoid tendonitis again, but not too much to overcorrect my natural stride. Plus, I love the colors :). I got them from Zappos which is extremely nice because if I end up not liking them, it’s free return shipping! The standard shipping is 5 business days – I ordered them last night and already got a shipping confirmation – and it says they actually shipped with two day shipping?! So excited to try them out!