Monday: First official day of training! woooo! According to the schedule: cross training. On this cold and rainy day i decided it would be a perfect time to break out the 4 pack of DVD’s Cathy gave me for Christmas:
I did the “Get Ripped 1000” (which supposedly is one of the easier ones in the set) and holy guacamole the woman was trying to kill me! Haha! I never thought I could get such a workout from a DVD short of spending $130 on the P90-X series. I aspire to be able to finish this workout without stopping (including her set of 70 push ups) one day. Then perhaps, I’ll work my way up to the next DVD! If anyone is looking for a home workout, this is it. The four pack is around $20, and of course you will need some hand held dumbbells (i used 3lbs, ms. Jari used 10-20, the big dude in the back skipped right over the dumbbells and had a barbell, but I digress) and while you don’t need an aerobics step, I bought one for the extra burn. It’s a lot of plyometrics, core, and weight work and I LOVE it. My muscles are on fire today.
I WISH I could have videotaped Rowen while I was doing this video. Maybe next time I will. He grabbed a piece of train track and a fisher price plastic hammer to use as dumbbells and was doing EVERYTHING I was doing, including push ups. It was hysterical. I need to fashion a little step for him…he kept trying to get on mine and I was afraid I was going to trample him. He was so into the workout, and I about lost it laughing when, during push ups, he said “I just get so tired”. Me too buddy, me too.
Tuesday: Scheduled for speed work. What kind? I have no idea. haha. It’s so early in the 30 weeks that i figured a little bit of sprinting can’t hurt. I got cut from work about 15 minutes after I arrived, thanks to cold weather and an unlucky drawing of the napkins (that’s what we do , haha, i drew the “go”). I had this weird feeling this morning that this would happen to me, so I conveniently packed my running gear. I headed over to the old Air Force base, thinking it would be a little less windy than on Ocean Boulevard, but oddly enough, it was windier. huh.
The track at the AFB is bumpy pavement, and was covered in puddles and geese.
But it’s a 400 m track, and there was no one else there, so that worked for me! I did a half mile warm up and 5 x 200’s (with 200 m rest/walk in between). Let me tell you, that is nothing in the world of speed work but it still kicked my butt! (and oddly enough, i could hear my old track coach hollering at me in my head, hahaha). I wanted to quit just about every second. It was cold and windy, and I am soooo out of shape, my lungs were screaming. But I kept on, because I know the only way it’s going to get better is if I push myself. I followed the 200’s with about 5 sprints up and down the tiniest hill ever, but it’s an incline, and the only one around for miles, so I do what I can.
At that point I felt as though I might fall over, so I slowly jogged back to my car (maybe a quarter mile) stretched, and went home.
2 days down, 208 to go!!
I also wanted to share this great video that my new friend Ross posted to his facebook. I just love it, and I hope you do too…(i can’t figure out how to post youtube vids on here? any ideas?)