Happy Monday! Didn’t I just do one of these? I feel like all of a sudden time is flying. These 18 weeks are going to be up before I know it.
At the beginning of week 8 I was still in beautiful, warm (by comparison) Florida. For that reason alone it deserves a good grade.
Week 8 Grade: A+++
But really the rest of it was great too:
Monday, February 9: Hal always has Mondays set as a rest day, but then I always end up cross training in some way instead. The resort didn’t have a gym, but it didn’t matter because the sheer amount of walking + lifting and carrying an adorable, nearly-40-pound ball of energy and attitude from place to place was one tough workout. We went to Hollywood Studios on this day and then back to Magic Kingdom. 17000+ steps and I wasn’t even trying to exercise.
Tuesday, February 10: 4 miles. My legs still felt off from the 14 miler on Sunday (the trail around the resort was concrete so a little rough for long distances), but it was still a great run. How could it not be, right?
And oh look at that…I’m in SHORTS. This winter can seriously kiss my butt.
We had breakfast at Chef Mickey’s that morning so this run was followed up by a little yoga sesh with Donald Duck:
(Way too much fun with this prAna #TaketheLeap Challenge.)
This was our last park day and we spent it at Magic Kingdom again. As much as I do like Epcot and Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom was by far the best place for Betty. Too bad it’s the one place they don’t serve wine because I probably could have used it the most there. (That line to meet Elsa and Anna was INSANE.)
Wednesday, February 11: 7 miles at marathon pace although I didn’t mean for it to be a pace run. This was also our travel day and we were leaving pretty early in the morning so I planned on doing this run when I got back. Then my mom surprised me by suggesting that I go out and get this last run in in the warmth before we headed home. She’s awesome, right?
We arrived back to cold, horrible Baltimore at around 2pm and that night I went to an hour of yoga. It felt great after all those miles of running and walking from the past several days.
Thursday, February 12: 4 miles and I wasn’t even about to go outside for it. I ended up doing 8×400 intervals on the treadmill which is something I haven’t done in awhile, but it felt pretty good. (Overall 7:33 pace with the recovery.) I also warmed up and cooled down for a half mile apiece so I actually did 5 miles on this day.
Friday the 13th: It was not an unlucky day. Usually on Fridays I rest, but instead thanks to ClassPass Baltimore I was back in the barre studio at 6am. I’m beginning to really enjoy those early morning Friday classes!
Valentine’s Day: THE MOST UNLOVABLE LONG RUN EVER. 15 miles. Single digit wind chills. Frozen face, fingers, and a nose bleed at mile 12. It was an epic struggle and my confidence really took a hit.
I’m trying to focus on the (very few) positives of this run…I felt pretty good until around mile 7 and my last mile was strong. The rest of it was a trainwreck, BUT I got it done and I’m ready to move on from it.
Sunday, February 15: Oh hey it’s -20 degrees out with 50MPH winds. What better place to be than Bikram yoga? It was an extra pleasant surprise when I arrived and Karen was subbing! You guys know how much I love Karen. Obviously this class was fantastic.
Week 8 Total Mileage: 31
With the exception of Valentine’s Day (which is okay because it was Valentine’s Day and I ran 15 miles that morning) I have gotten my food and drink consumption under control since vacation and am feeling a lot less gross and bloated. As I mentioned up with the Donald pic, I’m also still going strong with the 30 Day Yoga Challenge!
Today marks the halfway point and this yoga every day thing is really working for me. I suspect it will probably continue long after this month is up (although I won’t be filling up my Instagram with it anymore, which I’m sure many people will appreciate.)
On to week 9! This week I will be attending my very first mat Pilates class…hopefully. It’s tomorrow and we have another snowstorm in the works for tonight. Is it spring yet?
Do you take Pilates? Any advice for me? What’s the weather like where you are right now?