06-03-2013

Motivational Monday!

I can’t believe it is already June! I hope summer doesn’t fly by but I have a feeling it will…

Here is a quote I found and it instantly resonated with me:

Whatever your dreams are (traveling, starting a business, getting fit, trying out Crossfit…aka ANYTHING!) go after them! It is an adventure and that is what makes life exciting. Sure, sometimes it can be scary to try something new (like I always get nervous trying new classes like spin or BodyPump) but after you dive in, you feel great and accomplished…and are one step closer to your goal, whatever that may be!

Have you tried a new class or endeavor recently? What was it??

 

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05-03-2013

BodyPump & A Track Workout

Yesterday, I decided to try my first BodyPump class. I actually meant to last week but stuff came up so I couldn’t make it to the class. I was inspired by Cori from Olive to Run because she is always posting Instagram pics of her BodyPump class. I knew it was a total body workout, so I figured I’d try it out with my mom.

Well, let me just say, my muscles are sooooore today! Especially my arms. I took it easy on the deadlift portions because my hamstrings were STILL sore (from Monday…??). But the upper body portion of the class left my arms shaking and feeling like noodles.

The class is 60 minutes and is broken up into each major muscle group. We started with squats, then moved into chest, back, triceps, biceps, lunges, shoulders and abs. I rarely do chest exercises anymore so that set killed me. Once we got to triceps, I couldn’t even do dips!

Overall, I really enjoyed this class! It’s high reps, so it focuses more on muscle endurance, which is a great thing for long distance runners! I plan on taking this once a week if possible, but also supplementing with my own strength training, which is usually more weight but less reps. It was definitely fun trying something new!

Track Workout

I have to work this afternoon/evening at the Rutgers Color Run, doing some picture taking and live-tweeting. I’m excited to see how this run turns out, it’s the first of it’s kind at RU but the students are really excited for it, so it should be a great day.

Anyway, since I have to work, I had to do my track workout in the morning. You all know I am not a morning person…but today’s run actually wasn’t bad at all. I woke up, got dressed, ate a banana and drove to the track.

My coach had 10×400 meters on the to-do list for today. He wanted me to run them at 9:00 pace, which is 2:15 per lap. I was aiming for this but also like going by effort when I’m running, so if I go faster (but it feels fine) I’m ok with it. Well, I ended up running them in about 2:08! Which means I was running them in sub 9:00 pace. My half marathon goal pace is 9:10-9:30…so I’m hoping all of these great workouts I’m having are a good sign!

It was 60 degrees out with not a cloud in the sky…beautiful. Here’s a picture I posted on my Instagram:

Not gonna lie…it feels good to be done with my run for the day. But that still probably won’t turn me into a morning runner ;)

Have you tried a new workout or class recently like I did? Tell me in the comments! TGIF!

 

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