It’s time for a new goal!

I’m not sure if the iron supplements have started working or not but I’ve been running and going to the gym again! I ran twice last week, and have managed to go to the gym every evening this week for either Body Pump, Body Combat, or Body Flow (and sometimes two in one night).

 It’s still a struggle to wake up in the morning, and more often than not I’m losing that battle, so it’s been a lot of evening runs and gym visits. I miss my morning workouts, and getting home earlier than 7:30 or 8 pm, but I’m optimistic I’ll be able to get back to it once everything with my iron deficiency evens out.

Anyways I’ve been so focused on getting back into some sort of routine that I haven’t had the chance to write any posts. However, I am excited that I’ve started to find my motivation that I decided it was time to celebrate, by signing up for the Baltimore Half Marathon.

And I am so excited!! And nervous, and intimidated, but mostly excited. It’s hard to believe that a little over two years ago completing the 3.1 miles required for the Baltimore Women’s Classic was such a challenge and now I’m thinking about adding 10 miles to that distance.

 CRAZY!

Also I can't believe how tired I looked!
Also I can’t believe how tired I looked!

 Last year after completing the third leg of the relay (which I didn’t realize until race week was the hardest leg, lucky me!) and not feeling like I was going to die, I knew it was time to start pushing myself and go for the half next year. The original plan was to run the Zooma half marathon, but grad classes got in the way and so plans had to be adjusted.

So October it is! This race is going to bring about a lot of firsts for me. I’ve never used any sort of training plan for any races, but I know I’m going to need to for this. I’ll be working on what that looks like in the next week or so, including cross training. Which is another first for me. I’m loving the Les Mills classes I’m taking at the gym and fully plan to incorporate in my half marathon training as I go along. I’ve always wanted to focus on cross training more, and I’ve improved over the last few months, but I want to make it important part of my half marathon training.

Moral of the story? I can’t wait for October!

 Do you have any races that you’re looking forward to?

Body Pumpin’!

I went to my first Body Pump class at my new gym this week and I’m going to my second tonight! If you couldn’t already tell, I loved it!

To say I was a little nervous to go back after so many years, was an understatement. Still after a minor snafu in my original plans to go on Saturday morning, I swallowed my nerves, and got my butt to the gym on Monday evening after work.

Despite having done Body Pump for a while I was a little rusty on what equipment I needed to pick up at the beginning of class. I had also convinced myself that it would have probably changed so much that what I remembered would be completely inaccurate (rational thoughts for the win!). Luckily while waiting in line before class I was in front of a very nice lady who immediately took me under her wing. In addition to making sure I got all the right equipment, she also let me know all the classes she enjoys taking and which instructors are her favorite. I now have a list of other classes I want to fit into my already busy schedule! With running, body pump, and adding my grad school classes soon, we’ll see how that goes.

Well, surprise, surprise!  Body pump hasn’t changed much from when I last went. I grabbed a bar with weights, some free weights, a mat, risers and a step. When I last took the class I had worked my way up to being able to do the routines with a max of 15 pounds on each side of the bar. I knew, however, that was not going to be realistic for my first time back in a long time, and I remembered how hard the class can be even if you have very light weights on. I stuck with five pounds on each side for the entire class.

I am so glad I did! Even with the five pounders it was tough, I’m still sore two days later! For those who don’t know body pump is a group fitness class that uses light to moderate weights with lots of repetitions. Each workout is about an hour long and is set to a playlist of music. Each track focuses on either the warm up, cool down or a specific body part.

Like I said at the beginning I loved the class, and this is definitely going to help with my cross training. Now I just need to incorporate some sort of Pilates or yoga into my schedule and I’ll be set!

I Joined a Gym!

It’s been years since I joined a gym that I have to pay for so it’s a big deal for me that I took this step, plus it’s also exciting that I’m finally able to justify the cost of a gym!

I was thinking about my goals for 2015 and how strength training/cross training is a big one for me. I know there are lots of things I could do at home and the gym at my work/school has equipment I could use so it’s not like I lack options for strength training.

Let’s be honest though, I’ve said it before strength training bores me! The thought of going to the gym and doing an hour of strength training sounds mind numbing and boring. I have tried listening to music or podcasts while doing it, but inevitably my headphone cord gets wrapped up in the equipment and there’s probably a very real risk of me choking myself (I’m pretty sure I’m the only person with that problem…).

I have tried switching up my routine so I’m not doing the same thing, but to me doing a different version of the same thing every time is just a different brand of boring.

I have tried doing home workouts and which produce great results for some people! However, when I try I end up not putting in 100% and ultimately choose food, tv, reading, sleep, over squeezing in a quick workout. I need to get out of the house in order to feel motivated!

I even got a personal trainer for a stint a couple years ago. The trainer did motivate me to start running regularly and keep it up after I stopped seeing him. However, I was not motivated to continue to strength train. Once the personal training ended so did the strength training.

Despite all this I know, especially for accident prone me, strength training is an important aspect to any fitness routine. So when trying to think of ways to keep me motivated in that department I remembered when I was a paying member of a gym years ago, my gym offered group fitness classes including body pump, which I loved!

Even when I got lazy with my gym schedule, which at the time happened very easily, I still made sure that I made it to body pump every week. I loved how fun the classes were and how I felt after the class, plus I got strong as a result of the class.

Well I found a gym that offers body pump, as well as a number of other classes, at a price that I can totally afford! I was excited and jumped at the chance. As a plus there is a gym near my boyfriend’s new house so I can go when I’m at his house as well.

I’m hoping to go to my first body pump class in three years tomorrow morning! Hopefully I love it as much as I did before, and this motivates another positive change in 2015!