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Thursday, August 11, 2011

The One Where I'm Certain

Tonight I did my first ever brick workout – I did an hour-long spin class and then immediately (really like 7 minutes) later I went and ran 2 miles. I know what you are thinking: Don’t I have a half marathon on Sunday in this record setting heat? And you decide 3 days before that that you want to accomplish your first brick workout ever? Hey I never said I was smart!

Let me tell you, if you ever wondered why it is called a brick workout I can say with absolute certainty that I know EXACTLY why it is call a Brick Workout.

I started at the gym with a spin class. I did allow myself to push some and increased and decreased the intensity the same as everyone else, however, I knew I was going to be running afterwards so I made sure I only pushed myself to about 80% max and not 100% (see I can be somewhat smart!). The instructor was not great, so I felt I was able to really work at my own pace and I felt great when I was done. I am fairly certain though that my right quad hates me!!!

Class was over and I quickly laced up my shoes, drank some water and threw my stuff in the car and off I went. I knew from the start I was only doing 2 miles, so I knew I was going to push myself somewhat to maintain under a 12 min/mile pace.

The first 20 steps felt amazing and I instantly told myself I love this. Step 21 and I wanted to die!!! My legs felt like complete trash. It was the weirdest feeling I have ever experienced in training. It wasn’t bad, just very different. Aside from my legs being completely trashed I felt good all through mile 1, I was also going downhill most of the way (another smart moment in my life – unfortunately I had no choice in this matter).

I hit the 1 mile mark at 11:08 pace – awesome! I knew mile 2 would be much slower, but I was ok with that, I was going uphill after all and this was my first brick. Plus let’s face it, I’m horrible at having negative splits, like I think it’s only happened twice ever in my life (note to self – work on negative splits!).  At the 1.4 mile mark I was on a HUGE incline and so I walked for 1 minute and then stretched my calves for 30 seconds, then I was off again. I felt strong after that little stretch break and even though I was tired and my legs were dying I just talked myself thru the last half mile.

I finished mile 2 in 11:50 for an overall average of 11:48! Score!!! I am fairly certain that during this workout I died and went to a parallel universe, which resembles Hell! I am also fairly certain that I have a newfound respect for all triathletes, complete respect for sure!!! And I’m also fairly certain that I absolutely loved that workout and I will be doing it again, like next week.

I don’t know about anyone else but it’s invigorating to find new ways to push yourself and make yourself stronger. Our bodies are amazing and they can accomplish amazing things. I’m always amazed when I think that a year ago I would have killed over just running a mile. And today I’m fit and having fun.

Have you pushed yourself to do something new in your workouts lately? I want to know!!!

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