I never worked out twice in one day, the whole concept was incredibly foreign to me. I mean, I already set aside an hour or so of my day to get what I need to get done… why would I do it again? Besides, if I’m giving it my all the first time around it really isn’t necessary to work out again, right? Well that all changed today — two workouts, one day.
I woke up and went to an indoor rowing class, which is just half an hour. The last time I went to this class I thought, “Just a half an hour? Piece of cake!” but honestly, it’s easily one of, if not the hardest workout I’ve done in the span of 30 minutes. I don’t have upper body strength (I’m getting there though!) and the amount of effort you have to use for your arms always surprises me no matter how many times I’ve used the machines. Just as I think my arms are the only thing getting a workout, my glutes are on fire, the class is over, and I’m trying to walk back to my apartment without my legs giving out on me.
Last week I did a spinning class in the morning and ended up falling asleep on the couch without stretching enough. Needless to say, I didn’t do my two-a-day last weekend. Today I wasn’t going to let that happen, especially not after a semi-icky workout yesterday.
I went running about two and a half hours after the class, just an easy 5K. No warm-up or stretching (except for what was after the class); I just wanted to get out there and go for it. My muscles already felt exhausted from head to toe, but I reminded myself that’s the point of these double workouts. I need to learn how to push through for the stage race in November. Besides, it’s the 14th of October in Buffalo and it was over 70 degrees outside today. You just don’t pass that opportunity up.
Though my legs were tired and my biceps burned (now I understand why core and upper body strength does apply to runners!), I cruised along at what felt like a comfortable pace. It was a lot faster than what my training plans call for my easy pace to be, but I simply don’t know how to run that slow. I can’t make myself run 10:00 minute miles and if the terrain is relatively flat, it’s difficult to even manage 9:00 minutes for easy runs. I finished in 26:30 (average 8:34 minutes per mile), with my fastest split being the second mile at 8:20.
It’s a weird feeling now, though. My muscles are tired (particularly my abs and every muscle in my upper arm), but at the same time I think I could go out and do another three miles in the same amount of time. I think that’s a good sign, but I’ve got a long way to go before I can manage 3 trail miles, followed by 5.5 trail miles in the same day. That race is calling for a nice ice bath!