Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Walking the Plank
Yesterday was an off day for running, but part of the Coach Shawn plan is to incorporate weight training. I did the full workout at home in my apt and did not use weights. This was my first time running through this program, so I think it took me longer than normal. It was actually tougher than I had anticipated, which is great. I really need to work on my core, as the planks are tough. Also tough are the pushups - I had to compensate by dropping my knees for 2 sets. I kept my HRM on the whole session (just to see) and my avg HR was 137. I kept pretty sweaty the whole time, mostly due to the lack of breaks between sets. I did not use any weights for anything and there are a couple of moves I'm not sure that I did right (some of the different plane lunges and the stability balancing act). I am not feeling too sore (the day after), so we'll see if it kicks in tomorrow. All in all, I think this is a good workout and going to help me improve holistically.
Right after I finished this workout I ran down to the gym to go to yoga. This was by far the best class I've had at 24 hour fitness (instructor Claudia). We went through a lot of stuff and moved from one to the next pretty briskly. My legs were a little sore for all of the warrior and chair poses, but I managed. I really like the pigeon because of the deep stretch I get. I don't think the 24 hour classes really do much to help students focus on form, but hopefully I know enough from previous instruction that I'm keeping up with the right form. With the poses that I've never done before I basically follow what everyone else is doing and make sure I get a good stretch w/o tweaking anything or going too far.
The plan for today is a fartlek workout; I think I'm going to do this on the track, which is a mile away so perfect for warm up and cool down. I'm doing a one mile warm up, drills, then 15 minutes of 2 min/Zone 4-5 HR and 1 min Zone 1-2 HR, the a one mile cool down.
I can't believe I am in week 2 already and have much farther to go. I want to stay as excited as I am now about all of this. I am going to try to keep motivated by doing what I've been doing - setting weekly goals, sticking with the plans and updating this and the Flotrack page. I have visitors coming for a lot of November so am going to have to really focus on making sure I get in my runs while they're here. It is so easy to slack when you're hanging out w/people on vacation.