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I’ve Got the Boot Camp Blues

15 Jan

Yesterday morning I woke up and went to the gym, I hit up my favorite cardio fusion class like normal. It was a good class, lots of cardio and strength intervals.

After work, Zach had to do some travelling for work, so I was on my own in the evening. Turns out, it’s boring sitting around the house by yourself. So, I decided to hit up the 7:30 Boot Camp Class at my gym.

Whew.

I’ve been to the Boot Camp class that is taught by these two trainers at my gym, and I knew it was no joke. I was dreading it the whole time I walked to the gym, and the whole time I sat there listening to the regulars talk about how we were doing “22’s” and how sore they were after doing them last time. I had no idea what they were talking about, and I was nervous.

After a ten-minute warm up on the track, I was quickly assimilated into the world of “22’s”. Basically, we were split up into three groups. On the whistle, we had to sprint the length of the gym 4 times (up and back twice), shooting for 22 seconds. After you were done, you waited for the other two groups to go (basically, a 44 second rest) and then went again. Ten times. The first few times, it’s fun. After that you’re dying to stop, but I didn’t! By the tenth time, I barely made it to half court on the last length before he called 22 seconds. If you have an empty gym and you’re looking for a good workout, try it!

After that, there were some kettlebell drills and seal walks across the gym. I took off early because the weather was getting bad and I wanted to be home when Zach got there.

I’ll tell you what, I might be doing intense workouts later in the evening more often. That workout knocked me out! I was pretty sleepy by the time Zach got home, but I forced myself to stay up and chat with him for a while, but by the time I climbed into bed, I was out like a light. I even skipped the early morning gym this morning, because I just wanted to sleep some more. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to go for a run later this evening.

In food news, here is a picture of my new favorite breakfast. A sausage, egg and edamame scramble with a little cheese and sriracha. Looks small, but it packs a protein punch that keeps me satisfied for quite some time. I love breakfast scrambles. I just cook up whatever veggies and/or meat I want, beat an egg on the side, then pour it in when the veggies/meat are almost cooked. Oh yum!

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I hate blog posts with no pictures, don’t you?

Question of the Day:
What was the toughest workout you’ve had recently? 

 

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On Rest and Recovery Before a Big Race

2 Nov

Happy Friday!

I’m so excited about this weekend. The weather is supposed to be nice, I have a girl’s night planned (Dance Central 3 on Kinect will be involved — YES!), and Zach and I will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary! Woo hoo!

I have been crazy tired this week, and feeling just a little under the weather. After not getting a good night’s rest on Tuesday night, I was completely wiped out on Wednesday night. I ended up in bed at 8:30 pm! I woke up at 2:30 in the morning (that’s what I get), read for a little bit, and surprisingly enough fell back asleep until 8:00 AM, making me late for work! I guess I needed it! Then again last night, I was in bed by 9:30 PM. I was up and ready to go to the gym this morning, though, so I think I got the rest I needed.

At the gym, I took the morning yoga class, followed by a shortened version of Clare’s Tabata Sprints workout.

I took my sprint speed up a bit this time, and boy was I feeling it. I was dripping with sweat!

On my way home, I sneakily took a photo for Grow Soul Beautiful‘s Yoga A Day challenge (a day late!):

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Boy, did yoga feel good this morning! I got really deep into some stretches that I felt like I needed, and when I hopped on the treadmill, I had zero sciatica pain! Woo hoo! I’m feeling really hopeful for a pain-free half marathon a week from Sunday (!!!).

This week has been good for workouts. I’ve done something every day. Since I slept in yesterday, and trick or treat was at 6:00 PM (don’t ask why my town doesn’t do trick or treat on Halloween, because I have no clue), I didn’t have much time to squeeze something in. I did 20 minutes of Pilates, though, and I’m feeling it in my core this morning! On the running front, I’ve done a lot of short distance speed work. I’m setting myself up for a low-to-no running week next week. I can’t promise I won’t go for a little jog if the weather is nice, but I’m planning to stick to lots of stretching and maybe a little pilates to rest/stretch up for the half marathon. I’m still a little nervous, but this morning, while I was sprinting on the treadmill, I realized that fitness-wise, I’m good. I know I can run 13 miles if I need to, and I will. I don’t know if I’ll do it in under 2 hours, but I know I have the capability to do so.

Because I know I have the fitness, and I know I have the capability, this week I’m going to focus on having the mental strength to run 13 miles. I’m also going to focus on getting enough rest, and fueling my body properly (I’ve been struggling with this lately). Wish me luck!

Question of the Day:
How do you prepare for a big race? 

Monkey See, Monkey Do

25 Oct

In case you couldn’t guess, I love reading health and fitness blogs. I get a lot of my best ideas from fitness blogs, and this morning I managed to copycat several ideas from various blogs.

But first, let me tell you about my new outfit:

Cute, huh? Another things you may have guessed about me is that I’m frugal. As much as everyone in the world loves Lululemon, I would never drop $98 on a pair of pants. The outfit above, including the sports bra, cost less than a sports bra from Lulu. The entire outfit is from Old Navy. Have you ever tried their workout gear? My very favorite running capris are from Old Navy. I’ve had them for 3 years and they just now got a tiny hole in the knee, so I thought it was time for a new pair. I really like these, and my favorite part is that they aren’t black. I have a tendency to gravitate to black workout gear, and it tends to look a little goth.

This morning, I wanted to try this Tabata sprints workout from Clare at Fitting It All In:

Thanks Clare!

Holy cow! I tend to have a slower overall pace on the treadmill, mainly because I get bored of running and take it down to a walk more often than I should, but this morning I ended up covering 2.75 miles in the 24 minutes, and I was dripping with sweat by the end:

Jennifer Garner = awesome

(I’m a lot slower than Clare, obviously. I set the recovery pace at 6.0, and the Tabata sprints at 8.0) Alias made the time fly by. The treadmill said I burned _____ calories, and while I know I shouldn’t take that as fact, I do know that usually it takes 3+ miles to have the treadmill say that, so I know I got a good burn in.

After I got back from the gym, I remembered that I wanted to set a base plank time to participate in Tina, at Carrots ‘n Cake‘s 4-week Plank Challenge. One thing I know about myself is that I hate traditional “Abs” exercises, and typically half-ass them or just skip them altogether. Weak abs could be the root of my low-back/sciatica issues, so I know that I need to work on that. One strategy is to do more Pilates, and the other is to work on my core more often in general. We all know that planks are the best core-strengtheners, so this seems like the perfect challenge for me.

The plan for the 4-week challenge is this:

  • Monday: Time Trail (I know, it’s Thursday. I’m slow.)
  • Wednesday: Plank/Core workout (Tina is posting one each week)
  • Friday: Time Trial (try to beat Monday’s time!)

Basically, I’m starting a week behind Tina, but that’s ok. Today I set a base time for myself, an embarrassing 1:27. Tina’s goal for the 4-week challenge is to double her time, so I’m going to set the same goal. Goal: Hold a 3 minute plank by Monday, November 26th. Doable? Yep!

It took forever for me to get this photo, and I think I got an extra plank workout in because of all the photo taking:

Forgetting the self-timer, wrong angle, yelling at a cat….

After my run and plank, I did about 15 minutes of yoga. Not the longest ever, but I got my stretches in.

I drank this Protein Shot after my workout. As you may know, ingesting 10-20 grams of protein after a workout helps your muscles repair and recover, helping you build muscle faster. Since I don’t eat breakfast until I get to work (about an hour after my workout), I’ve been looking for ways to get a protein boost right after my workout. As far as this protein shot goes, it has 120 calories, and the only ingredients are protein isolates, pure cane sugar and filtered water. It tastes awful, but it did quell my hunger until breakfast.

Speaking of breakfast, I again took a page out of Tina’s book blog. I made her “Sweet Breakfast Scramble”— sorry for the lack of photo, but it wasn’t that interesting. I’ve made something similar to this called “Oatmeal without the Oats” I made mine using 2 whole eggs instead of one whole, 2 whites, because I didn’t have a carton of whites and I hate wasting half the egg, and I also used pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice instead of the squash and cinnamon, because everything I eat between now and December 1 has to taste like Pumpkin Pie. This was good and really filling. I only ate half of it before putting it away and saving half for later in the morning.

Question of the Day:
Where do you get your ideas for workouts/recipes? From blogs, books or do you make them all up yourself?