Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What Goes Up Must Come Down

Last night's run as was crappy as Saturday's was awesome.

But it's ok. Really. I just ran 16 miles on Saturday. I can't expect my body to bounce back by Monday in order to have an awesome speed workout. Plus, I went to do it at like 8:30pm... I never run that later. And, while this may be TMI, trying to do a speed workout 20 minutes after starting your period isn't ideal.

So I only eeked out 3x800m and 1x1200m. I don't care for only seeing 3.0 miles when I hop off the treadmill, but I knew it was right to cut it a little short. I don't want to wear my body out. I need to scale back a bit this week. I've decided to make my long run 10 this Saturday and then do the 18-miler next Saturday. I really want to make sure that as I increase mileage and do my mid-week workouts that I also allow lighter workouts in between the big ones. I feel good about this decision.

I also started the 100 Push-up Challenge. I like that it didn't take very long, and I also like it that I can feel it in my armpits today. That means it's working! I took some before pictures, so I'll be curious to compare in 6 weeks to after pictures to see how being able to build up to 100 push-ups affects my upepr body. Now if I could just get seriosu about my abs... they could use some serious tonage! I'll be off to try the pilates class tonight. I've never been, but I've done other classes by the same teacher so I'm betting I'll enjoy it. I also think it'll be a good workout for my poor little core who could use some help. I know that building it up over the next month or two will really help my marathon time in December!

Has anyone read The Abs Diet for Women? I'm thinking about checking it out, but I wondered what other readers have thought. Let me know if you have read it! For any of my males readers, if you've read the men's version (that I believe came out first), I welcome your opinion, too, since the books are similar.

I think I'm feeling really excited about fitness right now even though my run last night wasn't the best and my hips are feeling tight again today (and I wish I could figure out how to get the yoga DVD I have to open on my computer... a plug-in is missing, and I can't figure out which one!).

I picked up the new fitness schedule at the gym last night, and they are offering a bunch of new classes to target your core, or to work on your upper body, or to focus strictly on cardio. I want to try to spend some more time getting to these kinds of classes on days I'm not running now that summer is over and I have more time on my hands. I'm definitely getting the upper body with the push-up challenge, but I figure if I can do something core-related once a week then I'll be in good shape with keeping my entire body toned up.

I really want to get to yoga every Thursday night, too, but it's going to be tough since Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy premier this week. I'm not ashamed to admit that I am addicted to both shows.

Wishing you all happy workouts!

PS - I've got fitness on the brain. I promise I'll start including more about other things, soon. But I'm glad some of you liked the PostSecret I posted yesterday! Thanks for your comments!


Eric said...

hey don't worry about the work out mine this mourning was really bad too. I was suppose to do 3 miles at 7:30 pace and I only did 2 at 7:40 and I was done. I felt really tired. So keep up the good work. We will have better days. Happy Tuesday

J said...

haha I love your attitude about fitness, it is great! I haven't read that book - but it might be interesting to see what it is all about.

I have always wanted to join a gym and go to the fitness classes. And Ive always wanted to join a running club.

The Bona Fide Preppy Bride said...

I would be happy to run 16 miles in a week, let alone ONE RUN! I am also doing the 100 pushup challenge and I'm on week 2! It is amazing how much easier it is after doing it for a few days!

*aron* said...

yes those runs definitely like to pop in... you have a great attitude and plans around them though :)

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Well, I am glad to hear that I am not the only person who has bad workout days! Keep up the good work and I will keep you in my prayers!!

legallyheidi.com said...

i had a horrible run yesterday - the weather was nice but the sun was kind of hot so i think that slowed me down :/ i need to start my 100 push up challenge, adam wants to try it with me - we'll see how it goes though :)

go you for being more into fitness, i'll have to check out that book - i'm kind of a nerd when it comes to those things :)

E said...

Read the book and then let me know what it says. I need a good ab workout. My tone class gets the upper abs okay, but the lower abs need some attention.

Laura said...

I read the regular Abs Diet and liked it... but never followed it. So I can't really say if it works or not.