So apparently that groundhog jerk saw his shadow. I don’t know how because it’s dark and rainy on the East Coast. 6 more weeks of winter it is. #notshocked
Week 6 Grade: All things considered, I give myself an A.
This week was a step back week in mileage and I think that may have attributed to my complete lack of motivation most mornings. I got all my workouts in, but I had a serious case of the “I DON’T WANNA”s. This week I’ll be working on a makeover for my bad attitude because in just a few more sleeps I will be waking up and running in a palm tree and humidity filled paradise.
Monday, January 26:
Body Pump. Nope. More like let’s watch Body Pump happen while I sadly churn out 30 minutes on the elliptical. This was necessary and in hindsight I’m glad I skipped. I wasn’t there today either, but not because I’m avoiding the squats; I’ve used my ClassPass to take a MEGAbarre class.
The only think I knew about this class beforehand is that it involves a machine that looks as if it could have been used in the medieval times to torture people. I’m happy to report that I made it out alive, but man that was a WORKOUT. Details later. 🙂
Tuesday, January 27: 3 miles. In my iPhone app training log I said it was snowing out, but I can’t remember if that was true or not. This is how much the winter ruins my brain.
Either way, I actually did 4 miles if you count the half I warmed up and cooled down. The three in the middle were 7:35 pace which is as close as I’m getting to my usual Tuesday speed work right now. Intervals are called off until further notice.
Wednesday, January 28: 6 mile pace. It didn’t snow, but it was cold enough to keep me inside. Generally if the temperature is anywhere below 20 I will be at the gym.
This run was nothing to write home about, but the hot yoga I took in the evening was. I hadn’t been to my favorite vinyasa class in awhile and it felt completely amazing AND my hamstring feels better than it has in weeks. Knock on wood.
Thursday, January 29: 3 miles. Treadmill. Again. 8:46 pace. My legs felt like lead. Overall not a good run.
Friday, January 30: Oh boy do I have a story about Friday, January 30. I made the most enormous mistake and I can only blame myself for it.
Friday was a rest day by the way so this is not workout related.
Betty and I were hanging out at home on Friday night. I had just finished eating my dinner and Betty was working on her third dinner because she is apparently going through a growth spurt right now that causes her to eat everything edible in the entire house.
She wanted “another snack” (so like…snack #12 of the evening) and I grabbed one of her yogurts out of the fridge. Come to think of it, I was still kind of hungry myself. So as I opened her yogurt I took two big bites of it, without reading the label and thinking nothing of it.
This is where I’m a dumbass.
For anyone that might be new to my blog, I am allergic to bananas. I joke about it a lot because bananas are always a post-race staple and I can’t have them. It’s like…SOOOO funny.
Well I have managed to avoid well enough that I haven’t had a reaction since 2006 because I am a good label reader. Why the hell I didn’t think to read the label on YOGURT which is something that (especially for children) tends to contain banana is beyond me. All I know is that shortly afterward we were enjoying the movie Tangled and my mouth started to feel really weird.
It didn’t take me long to put two and two together. I went rummaging through the trash for the yogurt container and YEP sure enough. Strawberry banana. By this point my tongue was swelling, the roof of my mouth was tingling something awful, and I started getting really nauseous. I texted my mom, who is an RN, Mr. Salt to let him know what was happening, and Helly because for some reason I knew she would make me feel better. She has quite the colorful history of random allergic reactions.
Speaking of allergic reactions, Betty had just had one to her amoxicillan the other week so we had Benadryl in the house. I took some of that and then Mr. Salt was rushing home with Zyrtec. Based on the level of reaction I’ve had in the past I figured that two bites of yogurt weren’t enough to land me in the hospital, but the level of discomfort I was feeling was definitely greater than it was the last time this happened. (Last time I was at Jamba Juice and I guess they misunderstood what I was saying when I said “absolutely do not put banana in my smoothie.”)
So before I go further into the details of my training week, I’m okay. I just need to make a doctor appointment to get one of those giant epipens. Then I might just beat myself about the head with it for being so stupid and not reading the yogurt label.
Saturday, January 31: Long run: 9 miles. Not surprisingly I was still a little woozy when I woke up. I had already planned on running at the gym because it was freezing and REALLY windy, but after the events of the previous night, the treadmill would have been the smart way to go anyway if I planned on running at all.
This run actually went well although I have no idea what my true pace was. I was using my watch to track it (it said 8:49), but the accelerometer completely kirked out during mile 6 and showed me running an almost 10 minute mile which would have been impossible based on my treadmill setting. Seeing as this cold weather is lasting indefinitely, I think I’ll probably invest in a foot pod just so my data is as accurate as possible. Luckily since this was not a pace run, it didn’t matter so much.
Later on that day I did a lot of walking around downtown with Betty in the Ergo on my back. (aka: strength training + cardio!) She must be only about a pound away from the max weight limit on that thing and I can’t stand the idea of giving it up. I would carry her to college like that if I could.
Sunday, February 1: Cross train day! It had been a looong time since I had gotten to a Bikram class and there is a local studio that I had never tried before participating in Baltimore ClassPass.
Aside from what seemed like an excessive amount of mirrors in the hot room, I liked this class and even more, I really like the laid-back, friendly vibe in the studio itself. It was lacking the cliquey-snobbishness that I’ve encountered in other Bikram studios. I’m excited to be excited about going again!
Also I expected to be riding the struggle bus through the whole time, but muscle memory is an amazing thing. Once I got through the warm up, I felt almost like my old self in there. Just in time for the start of the prAna #TaketheLeap 30 Day Challenge!
Week 6 Total Mileage: 22
And just like that I’m 1/3 of the way through my plan! I am kicking ass and taking names at cross training right now and as soon as I can nix that hamstring pain I hope to do the same with the miles I’m running. As far as nutrition, water intake, and cutting back on the wine is concerned, I’m still doing great in all those areas.
My goals for this week: Get outside twice at least (not counting my long run because that most definitely is happening outside…FLORIDA!). Tuesday and Wednesday morning shouldn’t be too bad around here so I have no excuses. Also get to as many classes as I can before we travel! I have 3 scheduled for the week.
Speaking of the #TaketheLeap Challenge, Today is Day 1!!
I thought I would kick off these 30 days with a pose that I consider to be one of the most beautiful: NATARAJASANA.
One of the reasons I love Dancer Pose is because it can be done so many ways. This is the Mermaid variation and my favorite standing backbend! You would begin this pose the same way that you would regular dancer pose except rather than grasping the foot, you slide it into the crease of your arm. Extend the opposite arm up to the sky and reach back to clasp your hands into a bind. Kick your foot into the crease of your elbow to lift your leg and lean forward to counterbalance. Don’t forget to breathe!
Remember…if something hurts BACK OUT OF IT! Yoga is not supposed to be painful. Always listen to your body and only go as far as it will allow you to.
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How is your training going? Have you done Bikram yoga? Do you like it? Have you ever had an accidental allergic reaction?
I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend!