The melting snow and warmer temps in Boston this week have felt like a turning point – spring is FINALLY arriving! To celebrate, yesterday after work I immediately dumped my gym bag/food tote (yes I need an entire tote bag to transport the amount of food I consume in a workday)/purse on the floor and laced my new Saucony Peregrine trail runners in a spring-fevered frenzy. Time to start the fun process of breaking them in the next 18 days for my trail half! It was still just light out when I hit the streets, and I zoomed through a familiar, mostly flat 4 mile loop just to shake my legs out and get into the groove. Just as I was finishing Level 1, it started to get dark – time for Level 2. I strapped on my headlamp for even greater visibility/to see where I was going (the “I will bottom your car out” potholes and 5 inch-deep puddles are treacherous in the dark) and finished up my run racing up and down three miles of hills. Hill sprints, YAY! It was a really good run – I kicked some ass cranking up those hills, and it felt wonderful to get outside and not have to run in the snow for the first time in almost two months (wooohooooo!!). I made a Purple Power Smoothie for dinner (by this time, it was “late,” about 8 pm, and I still had to pack my lunch/breakfast/shower/pack gym bag/lay out workout clothes for this morning) – check back later on, I’ll be posting the recipe because it was PHENOMENAL. 😀 So my words of advice for today? Go outside. Even if it’s just a quick walk on your lunch break, the fresh air (and sunshine, if you’re lucky) will make you feel all sparkly on the inside (I’m feeling extra vibrant today).
It was really tough getting up this morning when my alarm went off at 5 am, and I literally had to peel myself out of my bed and drag myself to brush my teeth and put on my gym clothes. It took me a few minutes to talk myself into getting up, as I felt like my body was cemented under the duvet (there was a sufficient amount of internal groaning). However, I did it, and once I got to the gym and saw R and A, chatted while warming up and started getting psyched up about our workout, I started to feel like this wasn’t a horrible mistake. I got this. Here is what we did today while most of Boston was still sleeping soundly in their beds:
“We did it!” Workout
Warm up: Jog for 5 minutes
Repeat each round three to four times.
Round One: Leggies
- 10 x Squats with bar*
- 10 x TRX jump squats (or frog jumps)
- Lunges with bar* – down and back on basketball court
Round Two: Upper Body
Do each exercise for 1 minute (~ about the time to complete the ABC plank).
- TRX row (or regular row)
- ABC plank**
- Ball slams with soft medicine ball
- TRX chest press (or push up)
Round Three: Core
Do each exercise for 1 minute.
- Walking Plank, side to side
- Balancing Plank***
Cool Down: Walk until your heart rate slows. Stretch and drink water!! 😀
So just to clarify: you do each round three to four times. Once you’re done with Round One, move on to Round Two! 🙂
*When I say “bar” I mean a weighted aerobic body bar like this one. We used one that was 24 lbs.
**Alphabet Planks: Plank with your forearms parallel to one another on a yoga ball, then write each letter of the alphabet using your arms to move the ball. It sounds easy but it is SO hard (and pretty fun too)!
***Balancing Plank: This was Sarah’s dreamchild. In a plank position, you put each hand and foot on a weighted rubber medicine ball and try to balance. There are some tricks of the trade here that I will post about once I can master it – it’s really tricky, and you may just want to do a regular plank instead. I could stay up for about one second before I rolled off to the side.
It was a fun, tough workout today. We skipped our box jump practice (I was listening to my legs that were feeling those 7 miles I ran last night, and decided not to push my luck) and instead focused on hanging from the bar a few times for 30 seconds intervals. I was surprised that I actually felt a noticeable difference, and I was able to hang with one arm for a few seconds before I had to let go – I am getting there! I feel pretty fantastic, and I’m so glad I’ve made it halfway through the week. And after running outside last night, I am starting to get pumped up for the St. Patty’s 5K this Sunday – maybe I’ll be able to actually PR my 5K time! 😀
Hope you guys have a great Hump Day! Hang in there 😉