I cannot believe that I’m already almost HALFWAY through my marathon training. And…still can’t believe I’ll be running three marathons within the next 4 months.
Last Monday, followed my schedule and did Insanity: Cardio Power & Resistance.
Tuesday I kicked butt and did two workouts in one day…I love when I’m able to accomplish that! I started the morning with Insanity: Core Cardio and then ran 5 miles later on with Ms. Jersey.
Wednesday night I ran with the Irish 31 Running Group for a 5K. Thursday morning I managed to get up early enough to do a quick cycle of arms–planks–burpees. I felt bad for standing up Shaun T…
Friday…rest day! So I made sure to eat well and drink plenty of water because…I actually had a race the following morning!
Saturday morning I participated in One Step Closer to the Cure
; it was a series of races put on by the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation. It was amazing to see how many women were there with SURVIVOR across the back of their shirt. Each race started a bit later then scheduled…but it was very well organized and the route was beautiful along the water of St. Pete.
The first 5K–good. Wanted under 30 minutes but couldn’t make that happen…and my watch showed the course length at 3.19. Next up, 1 mile run…and it was chip timed! I wanted to target for an 8-8:30/minute pace…and that’s what I got (once again, course was longer at 1.06). And lastly…and dreadfully…the 5K with obstacles. The website advertised this 5k to include 8 Crossfit-type courses–I could do that! Not any more difficult than what Shaun T makes me do….but I was wrong. There were not just 8 obstacles…there were 13 obstacles and an even longer course at 3.62 miles.
The lovely obstacles included:
- Walking Lunges — around a big fountain
- Squat Jumps — few yards of these
- Tire Wall — pretended I was a football player
- Flip a HUGE tire, twice — first one I tried I couldn’t budge, but flipped a lighter one!
- Carry a 45 lb. sand bag around a loop — ugh.
- Go under 1 hurdle — jump 5 hurdles — I’m only 5’3″, this wasn’t easy
- Get over three 4 ft walls — once again, this wall was only a foot taller than me!
- Walk across a rounded balance beam — my short stint in gymnastics served me well on this one.
- 2 Box Jumps — I was so afraid I was going to lose skin on my shin with the second box…
- Get across Monkey Bars — these were made with PVC pipe and were not secured, so they spun as soon as you touched one, therefore I fell off immediately — so more squat jumps
- 30 Burpees — NOT FUN. Yes, burpees are an awesome exercise for your core and arms…but not after so many miles and obstacles! They should have made this one of the first obstacles.
- Bear Crawl — easy.
- 8 Foot Wall — thank goodness I could use the side with wooden slats to help get your ass up. However, I got a serious calf cramp half way up and yelped…scaring the volunteer, oops 🙂
But I survived…all those obstacles and the heat! I didn’t finish the race until 11AM and the sun was not forgiving… but I got a medal!
Sunday…another rest day; I deserved it. I wore my bright green CEP compression sleeves — with shorts, and didn’t care.
However, I did have a random impulse buy…meet Blue!
I’ve always liked beta fish and he was a whopping $2.99; still haven’t decided if he’ll stay at home or venture to work with me…
And we’ve made full circle and are back to Monday! The weather was very iffy yesterday so I decided early that I would get time with Shaun T that evening. Went against my training (oops) and did Insane Abs — and so glad I did! I don’t know how I had not done this workout before, but I definitely plan on adding it into my mix on a weekly basis.
And today…had high hopes for it and nothing seemed to match up. Oh well…we all have days like these from time to time, it’s life. So instead, cuddled up with over-sized sweats, a glass of sangria and blogged.
Fingers crossed that tomorrow morning I can get myself out of bed early enough to fit in Fast & Furious.
Now…go sweat some! Tomorrow! 🙂