I started the day feeling a bit underslept and a wee sore. By the time I finished a bowl of yogurt with banana and half a cup of coffee I knew I had to run before it got to hot or give up on the idea all together. As I headed out of the house I told my niece, “see you in 40 minutes”. Her response? “Only 40 minutes?” Sheeessh! Nothing like an 8-year-old to keep your ego in check. Here I was feeling pretty proud of the idea of a 40 minute run! The opposite happened yesterday though, I was telling my 13-year-old sister the ground I had covered in a 35 minute run and she said “wow, that’s far!” She is a soccer player and just starting to go running on her own. She is where I was at when I was about 16 and just starting to run, when a mile was the run, not a warm-up for the run!
Todays run was 40 sweaty minutes of country road. I definitely felt a lot lighter, faster, and stronger than yesterday. So good, in fact, that at about 25 minutes I decided to throw in some sprints. For the following 10 minutes I alternated 30 seconds of sprinting with 1 minute of recovery jog then finished off with a 5 minute cool-down jog. Although I was feeling pretty good it was still a challenging run and I looked like I had got caught in the rain by the end. Never underestimate the power of humidity on a workout! I don’t mind the sweat (except when it drips into my eyes!) but I always feel just a bit slower and I tire more quickly with a lot of humidity.
Back at the homestead I grabbed my 5 pound weights for a quick arm workout. I am just getting back into lifting weights and 5 pounders equal heavy lifting for me at this point. From January 2009-July2010 I only did body weight and band exercises (’cause that’s all I had available).
15 incline push-ups to warm up (hands on a stair takes a lot of weight out of your arms, making it easier 🙂 )
3 sets each of
- bicep curls (different variation each set)
- overhead triceps extensions
- bent over rows
- lateral raises
My cool-down was my yoga routine followed by a cold shower.
This afternoon I hope to freeze some tomatoes from my dad and stepmom’s garden. We don’t even have a house but once we have one, the freezer will be stocked with garden goodies!
Tate and I are making a day trip to Charlottesville tomorrow to househunt. Again. There are 13 places we want to check out! Unfortunately, or maybe not, most of them will probably be ruled out just from a drive by. In any case, wish us luck!