Well this one is a little late considering that I’m almost entirely through week 8 by now, but it’s worth reliving because for once I successfully trained for a race while on vacation without completely destroying my legs in the process like I did this time last year.
Week 7 Grade: A+++
I’m going to have to refer to my handy training journal for this recap because I can barely remember what I did yesterday. Travel and travel-related wine, margaritas, and binge eating fries my brain.
Monday, February 2: Thanks to ClassPass Baltimore (with which my obsession is still going strong) I visited my first MEGAbarre class. It is exactly as intense as it sounds. The class is a fusion of Pilates, cardio and weight training that occurs on this dangerous looking apparatus:
There are all sorts of springs and stuff up in that thing that allows you to switch up the resistance. Anyway, for the first five minutes or so of class I didn’t feel very challenged, but then a short time later I began to doubt whether or not I’d be able to climb a flight of stairs later on. It was a good workout. I can’t say that I would ever do it again without ClassPass because a drop in is something like a million dollars, but I’m glad I got a chance to try it.
Tuesday, February 3: 4 miles on the treadmill (7:54) and the first run in my very pink new Boost 2.
I like these shoes. The in the evening ClassPass sruck again!
This time at my first and quite possibly my last pole fitness class. I’ll do more of a recap of this fiasco later, but I’m not even kidding when I say that it was probably the hardest workout I’ve ever done in my life. I felt like such an uncoordinated goon in a room full of ladies in cute little shorts who had obviously been doing this for awhile. The next day I was barely able to lift my arms past shoulder height. Good experience, but I won’t be quitting my day job.
Wednesday, February 4: 7 mile pace run that once again wasn’t a pace run (8:05). It was cold and I wanted to get it over with, but it did feel good to get out there after spending so much time on the treadmill lately. In the evening I went to hot vinyasa class (CLASSPASS!) with one of my favorite teachers who I will be interviewing for my series next week. As usual it felt awesome.
Thursday, February 5: 4 miles easy on the treadmill (8:30). All the double workouts from the past couple days had my body feeling a little bit like I had been hit by a truck…
Friday, February 6: …so of course I needed to add insult to injury and go to barre class at 6am. Because Saturday was a travel day and I was moving my long run to Sunday, I switched my cross train day to Friday. I expected this class to be awful, but it was actually fun and a great way to wake up.
You know what else was fun and great? Coming home to a package on my doorstep containing these:
MORE VIOLENTLY PINK SHOES! These are my new Under Armour Speedform Gemini and I still have no idea who sent them to me or why. I do know that they fit perfectly and feel fantastic on my feet. I had already packed two pairs of running shoes in my carry on, but would end up wearing the Gemini for most of the weekend – including breaking them in on my long run – and am considering them for New Jersey.
Saturday, February 7: Rest day if you can call it that. I wear a fitness tracker and logged nearly 20K steps on Saturday between running around airports and then running around Disney World. Most fun rest day of all time.
Sunday, February 8: Long run. The 14 miler that I have been looking forward to for months and it did not disappoint.
When I started out the temperature was a glorious 55 degrees and ended up around 70 by the time I finished. Although I was basically running loops around the resort that were a little more than a mile apiece there was so much to look at that I never got bored. Up there you can see a couple of the friends I made along the way!
After I finished up, I took a quick dip in the pool with Betty and then we headed off to Epcot where much more walking ensued. I think I ended up with something like 45K steps for that day.
Week 7 Total Mileage: 29
I’m not going to lie…I ate like a total garbage truck while on vacation so now that I’m home I’m working on reigning it all back in. Despite that and some sore legs, week 7 rocked! Especially in the cross training department. I’m totally asking for a ClassPass renewal for my birthday.
Do you train while on vacation? How do you stay motivated to keep up with your workouts?
Sarah wrote a great post about this the other day that you can check out here!
Also today I have a WINNER for the race entries into THE COLOR RUN! Congratulations to:
RACHEL LYNN BROWNING!!!
YAY RACHEL!! YOU WON!!!! (It was your Twitter follow that made it happen!) I will be sending you an email shortly to collect all your details and get your comped entries ordered up.
Major thanks to all of you who entered and if you still want to register for The Color Run for a discount, you can do so by dropping in the code MLC583990 at check out for $5 off. if you are running in Baltimore (WITH ME!) you can use the code Baltimore2!
I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! (Hooray for short weeks at work!)