Awesome motivation :) And I FINALLY RAN TODAY!!! Foot is not 100%, but it was tolerable. Easy out, hard back 3 miles on rolling hills followed by a 10 minute/5 mile ride on the upright stationary bike, quick strength session, Nike Training Club 15min Ab Burner workout, and p90x Ab Ripper X. Now 50 pushups + stretching.
Yesterday & Today :(
Foot is still fucked :( It feels a little better today so YAY. But ughhhh. Because it was hurting less when I put all the weight on my tip toes and I was going out to dinner for girls’ night anyway, I just wore some super high heels around the house all day yesterday and that helped A LOT because it was basically the only way to rest it/avoid putting pressure on it. But I’m going absolutely CRAZY not running. I kind of had an epiphany though. If this is day THREE without running and I’m THIS MISERABLE, it’s kind of a good thing because it shows me that running and this whole lifestyle has become a part of me, and that it’s not something I’m going to give up on anytime soon :) I’m freaking out about all my progress going to waste, but hopefully the foot heals asap before that happens :/
Yesterday: 20 min reclining stationary bike, strength, my “Awesome Abs 2.0” routine + some extra ab work, 50 pushups, tricep dips, inner thigh workout
Today: 20 min upright stationary bike, 2k on the rowing machine (10:48 HAHAHAHA), strength, squats & lunges, 8 min abs level 1. To Do: abs, abs, 50 pushups, abs, stretch
Adventure Race Report!
This morning I successfully completed my first “adventure race.” 2 mile run, 10.5 mile bike, 5 mile kayak. The run was incredible. I really pushed it, felt so strong that I sprinted the last quarter mile, and came in at the front of the pack. Unfortunately there were no splits, but a girl i came in about 40 seconds behind runs xc and had her name on the back of her shirt so I can stalk and get a rough estimate ;) The biking was horrible and incredible at the same time. When I got to the race I began to freeaaaakk out because it was full of hard.core. cyclists. As in, all the guys shaved their legs. Yummmm. Anyway, I’m just glad I survived! At the .4 mile mark, the chain fell off my bike (which is actually not mine, but my mom’s, a Comfort Bike with tires in desperate need of air). Luckily a 20something guy was stopped 100 yards ahead of me trying to adjust his helmet so I took care of his helmet while he fixed my bike. Yay teamwork! Unfortunately the chain fell off TWICE MORE during the race, but by then I was a pro and fixed it all on my own :) THE HILLS. SUCKED. On three of them even the best bikers got off their bikes and pushed them up the hill because they were literally just too steep to keep pedaling up. Doing this hurt my calves a LOT, but was still much more doable than actually trying to bike up the hills. I still can’t believe I actually did it. Even the skinny, spandexed, silky-legged guys were talking about the hills before and after the race, and how tough of a course it was, so I feel really strong for being able to finish, albeit slowwwwlyyy. The race was on rural country roads and BEAUTIFUL, passing a lot of farms and creeks, and made me really want to start cycling more—feeling the wind on the (rare) downhills and flying past all of these breathtakingly beautiful scenes made me want to get better at biking so I can hop on and just ride for miles <3 When the biking was finally over there was a quick obstacle course (jumping jacks, hopping through hoops one-legged, walking the plank, agility ladders) and then it was into the river for kayaking. Kayaking hurt my hands and arms and I’m pretty sure I bruised all my fingers whacking them against the boat, but it wasn’t horrible, although the last 2.5 miles seemed a lotttt longer than the first 2.5. Anyway I passed four boats and then sprinted from the shore to the finish :) Beautiful day, beautiful race, and a great experience. Absolute highlight though, other than my potentially awesome 2 mile time, was actually getting passed by people on the bike portion. Number 1, runners/bikers are so freaking NICE and encouraging and it’s awesome. Number 2, it was great seeing people who might not look that fit or in shape or like they go out and bike/run all the time completely kick my ass. All the more motivation to keep working to be strong and fit and not just to “look” like a runner or a biker. Not that I’d mind looking hot in the spandex BUT I want more than that! I want to win races in that spandex too!
Race this Saturday: 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, 5 mile kayak. Excited and terrified but most of all just looking forward to an awesome race shirt!