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This has been a crazy week! I don’t think I have ever been more grateful for a rest day than I was on Sunday. Whew. Let’s break it down.
Sunday – rest
The boys were still camping and the weather was gorgeous. I was flat-out itching to go for a run, but I restrained myself. Tuesday was my planned day, and Tuesday it would be.
I took opportunity of the time to finish the deep clean of the house and get some groceries for the week. It was a most productive day.
(Meanwhile, on the other side of the state….
… everyone was packing up to come home).
That evening, I met up with Tammy to go see The Boss.
It’s not my usual type of movie, but I was happy to see her and we had a great time.
Monday – 45 minutes cycling, 60 minutes body circuit
I was able to sleep in a little bit, but hopped out on my bike before body circuit. It’s turning into a really great routine on Mondays and Fridays, and is a great warm up.
The ride was fine.
And the workout was great with lots of arms. I adore arm days. I really do. I am making an effort to choose and use heavier weights when doing the exercises. No one gets stronger by staying comfortable.
I got some things tidied up and put something together for the boys to have for dinner when they got home. I knew they would be ready to shower and crash when they arrived.
This spring, I was offered a great opportunity to partner with the Jacksonville Sharks as part of their blogger program. Monday night was the team’s home opener and so I invited Papa Bear to join me.
It was my very first arena football game, and it was a really fun, fast-paced night. The game was a little lower-scoring than other games, but we still had a great time.
Tuesday – Couch to 5K Week 4 Day 1
The moment of truth: it was time to get back to running. I was so nervous and scared, but I finally just had to get out there.
The scheduled workout called for a 5:00 brisk walk to warm up, 3:00 jog, 1:30 walk, 5:00 jog, 2:30 walk, 3:00 jog, 1:30 walk, 5:00 jog and 5:00 brisk walk to cool down. It was a little intimidating because I have been using Galloway intervals for so long, and really haven’t run more than 2:00 at a time in quite a while.
Well, I ripped that band aid right off.
I took two quick stretch breaks during both 5:00 intervals, just because my hips were so tight, but I didn’t linger and got right back to it.
I would have to say it went pretty well.
My throat and lungs were less happy than my legs were, and while it’s not comfortable, it could have been a lot worse.
Wednesday – 45 minutes cycling
My riding buddy wasn’t able to join me, and I was grateful that it was a short long-ride week at 45 minutes, rather than one of the two hour ones.
After I got cleaned up, I screwed up my courage and popped into the bike shop near work. I had a really good conversation with the salesperson regarding my needs, my wants and what might be a good fit. I think we might have found something that I really like, but I’m doing a bit more research. It’s been a little daunting to have to sift through reviews and specs, trying to make the right decision. I still have time, though.
Yoga didn’t happen. We got out of karate late, and little man said he wasn’t feeling well. I wanted to make sure he was ok, and by the time we got though his shower and he had some homemade chicken noodle soup, it was too late to think about going. Fortunately, he was fine, but I’m glad I was able to be sure.
Thursday – Couch to 5K Week 4 Day 2
Day 2’s workout was exactly the same as Day 1, and this time, I didn’t allow myself to stop for those stretch breaks. I didn’t really need to (although I wanted to). And therein lies the difference.
I went just a tiny bit farther and a tiny bit faster.
And I got to see one of the beautiful sunrises I’ve been missing.
Friday – 45 minutes cycling, 60 minutes body circuit
They say, in running, that each workout should have a purpose. I decided that maybe cycling follows the same rules, and so I found a beginner speed workout to implement in my 45 minutes. It called for me to warm up for five minutes, then to go all-out for :30, followed by a 2:o0 slower recovery, repeating four times. I found a quiet stretch of road and went for it. When I was finished, I just continued on for the rest of my time.
It definitely mixed things up and kept me a lot more mentally occupied than just plain riding. I absolutely needed that for motivation.
The body circuit class was a rough one. Some of the exercises were a little complicated, and I felt really awkward, but I did manage to conquer the Bosu ball. I have always had a hard time with jumping on and off, but on this day, I just went for. And I didn’t fall, nor did I break anything. Yay!
On Friday, I had a much needed night with some great friends. One of the ladies had set up a Paint Palooza pallet painting party with Heavenly GraphX and we were all able to paint an inspirational sign. The Heavenly GraphX ladies provided all the materials (pallets, paint, stencils, brushes, etc), setup and clean up, and really, all we had to do was select our quotes in advance and show up, ready to create.
I was really thrilled with how mine turned out and I have to find the perfect place to hang it.
Saturday – Couch to 5K Week 4 Day 3
My calves were absurdly tight when I headed out for the last day of Week 4. I promised myself I would reward them with some hard-core rolling later in the day.
It went ok. I was more in my head than anything else. I think it’s time to start bringing out my iPod a little to help keep me from overthinking everything.
Mr PugRunner and I had planned to go kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, but it was chilly, overcast and there was enough of a wind to make it unpleasant. The next best thing was a trip to see The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
It was fun – honestly, what makes The Huntsman movies most worthwhile is wardrobe. Emily Blunt’s and Charlize Theron’s gowns were absolute works of art.
For the rest of the afternoon, we mosied around Target, and had lunch at a little Mexican joint. For the first time, we tried (and loved) Mexican street corn. I can’t wait to try to recreate it on the grill at home.
After a quick nap, it was off to SeaBest Field to see the Sharks take on the Rattlers.
Super fun fact: Sharks defensive back David Hyland is apparently a HUGE pug lover. The tech at our vet’s office filled me on this information, and I think it is the coolest thing. So, obviously, he’s my most favorite player, ever.
So, whoomp. There it is. My new workout routine of six days a week. It’s definitely tiring, but I will get used to it and I think my body is responding decently well. With the exception of the tight calves, I’m not really in any discomfort, which is so encouraging.
I am even starting to cobble together the rough outlines of a salvaged race calendar for the rest of the year. I have to promise myself to take it slow and be patient with myself, but it is good to have goals and I am really happy to have a place to focus my attention.
How was your week in training?
What’s something you have conquered in your fitness journey?