Anyway, I'm having a cup of coffee out of my favorite autumn leaves mug and reflecting on the last week in the life with regards to my training. It's a lazy Labor Day weekend around here - the weather is kind of icky and we really have no plans to go anywhere and do anything special. We might head down to Ribfest or have a little cookout, but that's all.
Tuesday: I ran a little over my 4.5 planned miles, but not much. The weather was back to hot and humid again, which... just yuck. Sometimes that can make me feel like total crap through a run. This one wasn't too bad, but it wasn't all woohoo wonderful, either. After the run I got the kids out to school and then did Upper Focus. I used my heavy weights through the whole workout again and it felt great. My arms were like jello at the end. I love that.
Wednesday: When I woke up it was raining, hot (74 degrees), humid, and the schedule called for speedwork. Nope, I was not having that. So, after hitting the snooze button once (bad me), I got up and did Speed 2.0. That was the kick in the rear I needed to go have an awesome day. Once the kids were safely in school, I headed to the gym and got my speedwork done on the treadmill. I know it's not the best thing, and that it is kind of cheating to do, but I didn't want to sprint in the rain and chance doing something stupid. I'm blonde and clumsy and would rather watch the rain outside as I do the hamster on a wheel thing. BUT - I got in about a mile warmup, all 9 of my 400s, and a cooldown. 5.27 miles in all and I felt wonderful. Probably the easiest speedwork day I've ever had.
Thursday: Another sticky humid run. My legs felt a bit tight, especially at the start. I chalked it up to the 400s the day before. By the end of the run I felt pretty good. Post run I did Rip'T Circuit, which I felt really strong during. I really think I'm enjoying not wussing out and using the heavier weights even if I have to focus harder to get through the workout. I'm burning more calories and feeling better in general. I headed to the gym and did my full routine there as well. I did up some weight here too. I was a little leery of doing that a couple of days before a race (fearing DOMS), but I didn't have much of an issue with it at all, so I must have made the right call. It was a successful Beast Mode Day!! :)
Friday: I started off with Dynamic Core, which was great. For some reason, my HRM said I burned less calories this time around, so I'll make a conscious effort to push myself a bit more next time. Granted, I was going easy on any jumping movements since I knew I had a 5K the next morning. Usually, I would take the day off before a race, so I was nervous sticking with the T25 plan, but I did it anyway. After Dynamic Core, I did Core Speed (which I explained in detail in Monday's post). Core Speed is crazy!! It's on another level, but follows the same format as Speed 2.0. The moves are more difficult and much quicker and boy does Shaun love his burpees (and one armed burpees at that!!). I liked the workout, though not as much as 2.0, but enough that I will continue with my plan of finishing Beta phase with it. I fully admit to modifying a lot of the burpees with Tania - again, because I didn't want to do something stupid and mess myself up before my Saturday race. Next time I'll go all out and see what happens, but I burned 207 calories in the 25 minutes of this workout using the modifications for the burpees.
Friday evening we went and hung around Ribfest and all the happenings on the North Shore a bit.