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Monday, July 23, 2012

The One With My New Favorite Workout And Gym Class Obsessions


If anyone asks me what I did this weekend I will say that I worked out (a lot) and I read, and dog sat. Both my mom and Alex were out of town so I was left to my own vices for the weekend and at first I was a little sad at the thought that I would be alone with 4 dogs and checking on 2 cats but then it actually turned out to be a really nice weekend that I needed.

I spent Friday afternoon checking on Alex’s cats and attempting to flood his new apartment with the washing machine. I did not actually flood the apartment but I did not have a good experience with his washing machine. From there I went home, took care of all the dogs and decided to try a new speed workout that I had found and added to my running schedule.

Workout #1:                                                                                     
10-20 min warm up
1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400, 200 (all with 200m rest)    
10 min cool down

Here’s how I did it:
12 min/1 mile warm up
1000 m @ 10:00
800 m @ 9:31
600 m @ 8:57
400 m @ 8:31
200 m @ 8:13
1000 m @ 10:00
Half mile cool down at 11:30
Over all I went 4.5 miles in 49 minutes (10:53 average)

I loved this workout, absolutely loved it! I seemed to go by really quickly because you were constantly changing your pace and for how long, but you still covered a lot of ground! I was impressed with how quickly I could go and I really want to see if I can make those times even faster. I may have to incorporate this workout at other times, even when it’s not on the schedule.

Saturday morning I had to babysit and then stopped by Alex’s to make sure the washer was still in tact and that his apartment hadn’t flooded overnight. Then I went to the gym to get in an hour of elliptical and then had to head home to shower. That night we had a going away dinner for one of my friends, who is moving to Florida. I’m sad to see her go, but excited for her in this new chapter of life!

Sunday we a me day; I skipped church and decided to workout for 3 hours instead. I got up and hopped on the treadmill to bust out 6 miles in a little over an hour. Then my plan was to go to spin class at the gym but by the time I got there it was already full. I was so bummed. And since I was staying for yoga class that started after spin class I couldn’t really leave, so I just hopped on the bike for 50 minutes. I was really wishing I had brought my book with me though. Yoga was wonderful and exactly what I needed! Lots of deep stretching and good balance poses, I really like this teacher. I spent the rest of the day relaxing, reading my book and doing some grocery shopping for the week.

Here are this week’s workouts:

Week 4 (July24-29)
4 miles
Elliptical
Off
Hills
3 easy
Off
7 miles + spin class
Off
elliptical
14 + miles

The past two weeks have been really good for me workout wise, I have had great running weeks and have had lots of good workouts. I have also, as of late become obsessed with the training classes that they offer at 24Hour Fitness. Spin class is my absolute favorite and BodyPump is becoming a close second. I also really like going to yoga when I can find the time. Honestly the hardest part is finding the right times for the different classes; sometimes it’s like working a puzzle to fit them around my schedule. Spin classes unfortunately are usually too early for me to get to in the evenings. There is one on Saturday mornings that I do like to try to make if I can. I have found 3 different gyms that I frequent in the area that all have classes I like at various times. I really like the classes because it’s a very easy way to get in a full hour’s workout, but most of the time you are so distracted by what is going on that you don’t realize you’ve been in there for an hour! It’s also nice to have someone else pushing you and telling you what to do instead of always going at it alone. 

I hope you all had a good weekend and that your week is off to a good start!

1 comment:

Erin said...

Keep up the good work! Love the speed session you added in this week - those will really pay off :)