Since I had no choice but to drop down to the Pittsburgh Half Marathon, my training has been cut in half - shorter runs 3 to 4 days per week. It’s been an emotional battle, but instead of sulking and throwing pity parties, I’ve decided to use my extra time to focus on something positive until I’m safely able to run longer distances again. I made the decision to start the P90X program this past Sunday. I’m very excited to see my progress and transformation as I build my body’s overall strength.
I need this challenge. I need something to keep me from conjuring up negative thoughts. And this is the perfect opportunity for me to connect with the areas of my body that have been ignored for quite some time.
I’ve already finished the first week and let me tell you…so far, I love it. It’s not a walk in the park by all means. And I surely didn’t expect it to be. Except for the weekend, I’ll be waking up at 4 A.M. every single day to complete a P90X session before work.
My favorite workout so far has been Plyometrics, which translates into “jump training”. There were hundreds of airborne moves, squats, lunges, and more that had me soaked in sweat by the end. My heart rate increased all the way up to 167 beats per minute. Keep in mind that my resting heart rate is in the low 60s. This workout requires a ton of cardiovascular fitness, which is right up my alley, so I certainly got the job done.
The hardest workout so far has been Chest & Back. Why? Two reasons. Pushups and pullups. At the moment, I can’t do a single pullup, so I’ve been supplementing with a resistance band as suggested in the P90X program. As for the pushups, I’ve been doing a modified version on my knees, but I sill give it everything I’ve got on any particular day.
As a matter of fact, any move that involves arm strength is my current weakness. I think that I will see the most progress with my upper body strength/muscle definition since I currently have wet noodles for arms.
I also find Yoga pretty challenging because I’m not very flexible. And I’ve already talked about my sweet coordination skills, so the balance poses left me looking like a Weeble Wobble. One of the balance poses was crane, which is very advanced for me.
Instead of the risk of bouncing my head off the floor, I decided to stay in child’s pose until they moved on from crane. One of my goals is to be able to steadily hold crane by the end of the 90 days.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are highly intense days for me. Both days, I’ll complete my scheduled P90X session in the wee hours of the morning, go to work for 8+ hours, then come home and go for my planned training run. Tuesday’s run was without a doubt…noteworthy: The temperature outside wasn’t too bad, but it was raining, and the wind started picking up. I’m usually a huge fan of running in the rain, but around the halfway point, the rain turned into hail. Being pelted in the face with ice balls doesn’t feel all too well. Then, I endured 5 drive-by tidal waves. Car after car drove past me, and another wave of water covered me from the waist down. Thanks guys. But you know what? I still ran happy. I enjoyed this run, despite the elements, and it’s a run that I won’t soon forget.
On Thursday morning, I did Legs & Back + Ab Ripper, and then I ran 6.2 miles after work. This run was uneventful, but here’s my recap: My breathing has been so choppy lately, which has been affecting my pace a bunch. I’m still getting over a lingering cold, so anytime I’m outdoors, the cold air aggravates my asthmatic symptoms, and I become highly congestive. I did feel good otherwise. It’s going to take a ton of work in order to get my pace back to where it once was. I know that I have to remain diligent and patient at this time. But I did it once, and I can certainly do it again.
Oh and I was totally flabbergasted with my finishing time.
Seriously? 1:01:01?! I could never pull that off again!
Friday, I released a ton of pent up tension and anger with P90X Kenpo. It involved a multitude of punching and kicking moves with a few brief cardio intervals (high knees, jump rope, jumping jacks, and X jumps). It went by extremely quick because I was having so much fun! Here’s a very tragic picture of me amidst X jumping…
Total derp face. I clearly need to work on this move. I’m sporting Dorothy Beal’s (aka Mile-Posts) I RUN THIS BODY shirt. It’s one of my favorite shirts ever! Those bins in the corner are jam packed with running and general workout gear. And there’s my wall of motivation in all its glory.
This morning, 7 miles was on the agenda. As for P90X, today is a “rest or stretch” day. Here’s my recap: There’s nothing quite like a solid run to revamp my confidence. The snow and wind didn’t keep me from running happy, and I was more than thrilled to finally run with the group! It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been able to attend a group run because I’ve been paying close attention to my bum knee - it’s been finicky. I volunteered to be the pacer for the 7 mile, 10:00 minute group. The 16 milers and 7 milers ran the first 4 miles together, and then we split off in opposite directions after the Birmingham Bridge (evil, evil hill). Upon that, I was the only pacer in my group. My group did fantastic! There were several slick areas, but we all managed to kick it up a notch for the last couple of miles, even with the challenging stretch across the 16th Street Bridge. We finished RUNNER OF STEEL strong! I’m super duper proud of every single one of them! Some of my runners completed their longest run to date this morning! Woo-hoo! We high-fived each other after finishing! I loved the enthusiasm! And being told “thank you" after bringing them ‘home,’ gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. You don’t need to thank me. You guys did the work too. :)
Mile 1: 9:59
Mile 2: 9:55
Mile 3: 9:51
Mile 4: 9:51
Mile 5: 9:47
Mile 6: 9:35
Mile 7: 9:27
New coaching gear!
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- earlymorningriser said: I started doing a yoga class once a week and not only do I really think it’s helped my running, it’s also AMAZING how challenging yoga can be!
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