After I wrote my last post, New Year’s Eve happened and then I was sick for about a week or so. I’d think I was getting better and get my butt to a spinning class, just to get extremely light headed after ten minutes and try to finish the workout without killing myself (or passing out right off my bike). Since I had to take the time off, I’ve been going to BikeorBar about three times a week just to use up all the classes I purchased before they expire.
I had a fabulous rowing class on Saturday morning for an hour that included a crazy amount of ab exercises. I also had an amazing HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout at the end of last week which made me feel like I was going to vomit after about 10 minutes on the bike and continued until the end of the circuits. I think we can easily say these were the best two workouts of the new year!
I haven’t run yet, but I did order some Yaktrax. I haven’t even had a chance to try them out because the day they came in was the start of a warm-front here in Buffalo. All the snow melted and it was nearly over 40 degrees for about 4 days straight with the highest being 65 on Sunday. I also bought a heart rate monitor today! I can’t wait for it to be delivered, but at least now I’ll be able to track it on my Garmin during my classes and while running.
And lastly, aside from my cross-training that I’ve been doing the past few weeks, I just bought a season pass for Thursday nights to Holiday Valley! My first venture in about four years was last Thursday and I still have the bruises to prove it. I thought I’d pick up where I left off the last time I was snowboarding, but I have to relearn how to go from my toe edge to my heel edge when I’m turning. I think I’ll get it this Thursday after a couple more runs down the bunny hill. I think Thursdays will be my new “day off” once I start running — a little bit of exercise, but something relatively lower impact (at least the way I do it).
Sunday begins my official running portion of the half marathon training. My goal over the next four days is to compile my training plan, including 2-3 days of cross training with one day including both cross training and running. I had every intention to start the plan tonight, but after my HIIT CrosSpin class and doing laundry, I’m beyond exhausted! Hopefully just making the plan will be motivation enough, but when that fails (because let’s face it — everyone’s motivation runs out at some point in their training), I have my Runners World calendar to keep me going… including the Buffalo Half Marathon printed right on the page for me to stare at.