Guess What? HILL Day!
A little update on getting my butt [and other parts] back in shape. My running partner and I have decided that the runs need to varied a little. And with that, I upgraded my Runtastic app to Pro so I could get the full effects of a British lady letting me know when I’ve reached milestones on our run.
So just to start off, this is by far my favorite commercial at the moment [I'm not really a TV watcher, and if you haven't seen it, click the graphic ... comeoncomeoncomeon... click it!]
So – I have a month of adventures coming up in October [more on that later] so training up my run is important. And Monday was awesome. Maybe its the shift in weather, the temperature has been cooling off in the morning and the humidity has finally broke. I started the app and we began to run. Legs felt good, breathing was easy… and of course having my running partner to chat at kept me distracted. ;) We like to quiz each other on our studies as we run. Monday though I think we were both in challenge mode to keep pushing each other. Coming in under 10 minutes on the first mile we picked it up, but part of our track is sandy! So you could feel it pulling your feet as you ran. Whenever I got tired “J” pushed me on, whenever I felt him lag back? I pushed us forward. It was a good morning to run.
After sprinting in the final push on the track, I went into the gym and put some weights on the bar and did my bicep / back routine. I hate to say I have lost some of the strength I had gained while deployed. My pull ups have definitely taken a hit. I can only look in the mirror and acknowledge that while I have lost some strength, I haven’t lost it ALL. I refuse to go back to my old mind set that 1 step backwards means to throw in the towel. Pull on your big girl panties and dig down deep again.
I am loving my run! So how do I do both? Enjoy my run time and get my lift on while getting my studies on? I’m still working on that. I keep thinking life will give me a normal “routine” … my “routine” is there is none. Any tips?
So Wednesday being “HUMP DAY” I decided I was going to do the hills this morning, but my running buddy got pulled for another duty this morning so instead of going to the other side of base, I plugged in an old favorite and did intervals on the treadmill. WhatWHAT!? I also continued after and did chest and triceps on the weights. I’m working on getting an actual workout journal together to track my progress. Looking for something I can carry with me in the gym so a 5×7 max size. Might end up making one so that I can incorporate the fact that I LIKE variety.
1. Warm up: 5.0 MPH 2.0% incline – she really makes you focus on your breathing and how you feel. 5:59
2. Stage 1. Hold your speed, do 5 hard pushes, 1st minute you stay 4.0% incline same speed. 1 minute moderate @4.0% incline, 1 minute hard @8.0% incline. That’s the change – your incline, and whoa!
3. Stage 2. (Recovery) 1.0% Incline go into active recovery. 2 Minutes just bring it down easy get your breath back.
4. Stage 3. Home base for 3 minutes, then you go up in speed for 3 Minutes HARD intensity, and increase your speed one more time for 1 minute all out as hard as you can go! Do this 2X’s. She really gives you great instruction on what those intensity levels can be. And knowing that you have this time limit, you push yourself listening for the bell and its amazing how quickly it goes as you are focused on achieving the goal!
Some links that I’ve been reading that are keeping my motivation up:
So what’s going on in October? Until tomorrow…