FITNESS FRIDAY! (7.3.15)
Happy Fourth of July!
Yay for Today’s Work Holiday!
6/27/15 (Saturday): Dragged my slightly unwilling, but fabulous, father on a 45 mile bike ride. It was INCREDIBLY windy and slightly rainy, which I am not a fan of, but I think it’s important to practice in all types of conditions. Who knows what the weather will be like on race day? I wanted to get in a 50+ mile ride, so I headed to the gym when we were finished and did another 20 minute indoor cycle, followed by a 20 minute run. I was feeling really strong and energized after my nearly 4 hour workout, which was such an amazing feeling.
6/28/15 (Sunday): My Sunday was spent with lots of QT with loved ones. My gentle workout consisted of a 68 minute interval run with my sister. We ran to a local school, and ran up and down the bleachers and around the track. I’m trying to convince her and my dad to do the half marathon that is part of the Columbus marathon in the fall, while I do the full. Running has had such a profound positive effect on my life, I hope it does the same for others I love. I understand and respect running isn’t fun for everyone though, and I think it is much more important to figure out what type of workout you enjoy than trying to force yourself on runs you hate.
6/29/15 (Monday): I don’t really know why, but I decided to take the day off. My body wasn’t tired, but I felt like sleeping in. I took a short walk before work, meeting up with one of my oldest friends for part of it while she was out for a run, and did some yoga when I got home. I went to an Ashtanga half primary series yoga class after work, which I have never taken before. It was different, in a good way. I am so looking forward to diving into yoga teacher training and further exploring my practice.
6/30/15 (Tuesday): Decided to do my long run for the week in the morning. 12.4 miles, and obviously loved it! I listened to a really interesting NPR TED Radio Hour Podcast about time and how we experience time. One of the talks discussed the “new age” movement of being present (which I’m really into to), but how the present doesn’t actually exist, and it is an illusion of the mind. As soon as you recognize it’s the present, it is technically already in the past. I don’t know how much I liked the idea the speaker was highlighting, but I appreciated the different perspective. Went on an open water swim after work -1.3 miles. It’s been pretty rainy, but I still enjoy the calmness of lake while I swim. Tuesday was the 19th consecutive day of rain in central Ohio.
7/1/15 (Wednesday): My gym finally opened back up after renovation! 1.5 hour indoor bike ride before work, worked on sprints (intervals) and hills. Open water swim after work – 1.3 miles again. Focused on my speed and fluidity of breathing.
7/2/15 (Thursday): I got outside for a short morning run to get my blood moving before starting my day – ran stairs at a school and did some interval sprinting. Went to Cirque du Soleil in the evening with my family – which I always love watching! The strength and flexibility of the performers is so incredible.
7/3/15 (Friday): No work today! Went on a morning run with my favorite running buddy, Jen! I can’t wait to start training with someone again. I plan on starting my marathon training a few weeks after my half Ironman. Taking the rest of the day to relax and enjoy the holiday with loved ones! Getting closer and closer to my Race Day and trying to not over train, but maintain my level of endurance and power.
I leave you with this video I found earlier this week. It’s kind of long, but worth it (in my opinion)! It perfectly exemplifies why I do races and that extraordinary feeling of crossing a finish line after having dedicated your time and efforts to training for a race. Hope you find it as inspiring as I do! It (almost) makes me want to try for a full Ironman…but let’s first make sure I’m not the one crawling through the finish of this half distance…
I hope everyone has an exciting holiday weekend ahead. Don’t forget to enjoy our glorious freedom, including with your meals! Don’t constrain yourself from eating what you want, and don’t feel bad about it! As always, listen to your body (try not to overindulge to the point you feel guilt), and don’t forget to incorporate your plants. 🙂