Day 136: Running and pumping to start the week
Good morning 🙂
Yesterday was Monday and we all know what Monday holds…Sunshine and optimism about the new and exciting challenges the week will bring. Ok that might just be me, but that is what yesterday felt like…Mondays are so different from Tuesdays!
Because of the optimism and the sunshine, I was quite looking forward to going out for my run at lunchtime, it really was lovely and sunny, cold but crisp…all in all it looked like a pretty nice running day.
It turned out to be not a bad run…not amazing but average. I started out well and in my second km things were looking good, I was trying out a new interval set up because I have been pretty much ignoring intervals recently and running and walking when I wanted, so this time I decided to attempt to stick to my intervals in an attempt to build my running times back up and have less walk times, this was working pretty well until the 3rd km when I started to get a really tight right calf. It was pulling on my arch too so making running uncomfortable, but not terrible, so I kept on going, just added in a couple extra walks if I needed it 🙂 so my over all time and pace was average. But it was a lovely day to be outside and every single run I do increases me fitness, because I always raise me heart rate and breathe hard. My goal is, after all, to get fitter so this all helps 🙂
I decided while I was doing this that I need to work out my focus for my running, and look into how to improve again. I have more or less plateaued with my runs, and landed somewhere around mediocre. I am never going to be a fast or very long distance runner, but I would like to get better at the ones I am doing. I am thinking of adding in either shorter faster runs, or some with sprint(ish) intervals. I will keep you posted.
Body Pump on Monday evening was excellent! My optimism and enthusiasm had carried on and for once I arrived raring to go and quite bouncy (I normally rely on becoming enthusiastic as we get going). Today was so good that I wrote a Haiku based facebook status about it 🙂
Awesome body pump
But not for lunges
Ok…I said I had enthusiasm and it was an excellent class…but I still don’t like the lunge track! no one does!!
It was a good class though…I stuck with my upped weights from last week, and a really odd thing happened…for the first 1/4 of the tracks (nearly all of them) I felt like I was not using any weights at all! I was surprised. Even by the end, I am not finding the weights too heavy, I am just finding my muscles tired…I guess that is the difference between lots of reps at lighter weights compared with few reps at heavier weights. I believe it all makes for a balanced training program.
I may be wrong, there is an outside chance I would benefit from a slightly more focused approach to this training business…but I need to decide what the focus should be before I can do anything about that 🙂
Anyway, lovely sunny Monday with an excellent mediocre run (yes that is possible) and an awesome pump class all means that:
Day 136 is complete 😀