Sunday, September 9, 2007

Hard & Fast

There are two Y's in this town, and I usually attend the one that is the furthest away, downtown, only because it has the pools and awesome spin instructor. But, this morning I tried something new. The other Y, that I haven't been to yet, is just a short jaunt away from my apartment. So, with that in mind I wanted to run to the gym, lift a bit, and then run home.

After waking at 7am to a beautiful, sunny, September morning, I made myself a couple egg whites and peice of toast with peanut butter. An hour later I was out the door and hitting the pavement. It has been over 2 weeks since my last run. Despite the temp of 38 degrees and being able to see my breath, the run to the gym felt wonderful. My legs felt strong and the cool temperature felt good on my recovering lungs.

Once I got to the gym, I attempted to learn how to use some of the weight machines. I wanted to focus on my arms today. After spending a good amount of time on the machines leaving my arms feeling fatigued, I wanted to try something new. I was reading my new Runner's World magazine last night and there was an article in there about building leg strength. To sum it up, you hit the hills, hard and fast. So, I hopped on the thrillmill, warmed up with a half mile run, sprinted 10 seconds at a 7.0 incline (as the article stated), jogged for 2 minutes, did it again, and then followed that with a nice cooldown. Supposedly it's the best way... you avoid reaching lactate threshold and becoming fatigued. It also has the same demands on the muscles as weight training -- glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

Afterwards I grabbed a medicine ball and did some ab/arm workouts on the mat. Nothing too exciting, but was necessary! I do feel as if my core is stronger and I give thanks to spinning and pilates for that. On my run home I took it nice and slow, and ran the entire way. It was still pretty cool outside, but the sun was starting to warm up.

This Y that is close to home is going to come in real handy when I want an early morning run (since it opens at 5am). Especially when it starts to get too cold for running outdoors.... which I have a feeling will be here before any of us are ready for it. Yuck.

Today's workout:
3.62 mile run
upper body weights
medicine ball/abs

12 comments:

CollegeGirl said...

Good job! Sounds like a great way to start the day :)

But brrrrrr.... those are cold temps!

J~mom said...

What 38 degrees? Are you kidding me?

Great job getting your workout in so early and in that FREEZING weather. ;>)

runnergirl said...

I'm just tuning back in after too long of a hiatus! I can't believe it is that cold there already! Wow!

Neese said...

oh my goodness I didn't realize it was so cold up there already! Nice plan you had running there, working out, running back! I really need to try that hill work...its just so hard lol. nice job!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Good job! I only do strength work once a week and on those days I DRIVE. Talk about lazy. LOL. You rocked it by running to and from the gym. And you ran at the gym. And did the weights and stuff. Way to get it done!

Marcy said...

Wow 38 degrees?!? That's pretty chilly!

I need to focus more on my arms too *sigh*

Anne said...

I envy your access to the Y gym -- but not the 38-degree temps. Not yet, at least.

Firefly's Running said...

Nice job!

Badgergirl said...

38 degrees? That's a bit chilly. Nice job on the run to and from the Y though!

Wes said...

Having a couple of options is a good thing :-) Nice job on the run. I can't imagine running on the treadmill at a 7 incline. Stay warm :-) Send some cooler weather my way!!

scott keeps running said...

the only thing that's gotten this texas boy through washington winters is being able to see my breath. that's so cool, isn't it? the only truly awesome thing about winter. yes, i try to use anything to get me through the winter...it's getting so close already...

i just signed up with a new gym within walking distance from my house. very convenient.

kelsalynn said...

Wow! What a great workout! You covered everything! About 4 years ago, my hubby was offered a position at NDSU and he turned it out but only after us really considering it. Looking at your temps already, I'm so glad we made the decision we did! LOL!
Kelsalynn