I Skipped Boot Camp. Please Don’t Tell.

I know what you’re thinking. Actually no I don’t, but please don’t be thinking that I’m a terrible slacker!

I had full intentions of going to class this morning and just taking it easy, but somewhere around 1:45 am when I was STILL awake and coughing and congested and felt a little bit like an elephant was sitting on my chest, I decided that I should probably take a pass on the 7:45 am class and give myself one more day to sleep in and hopefully kick this cold to the curb. I realized that this is the first time in about three years that I’ve had a cold and I don’t much like it! I’m feeling 250% better than I was the other day and I definitely think it’s on its way out. I must say, in retrospect, those few extra hours of sleep this morning were definitely worth the sacrifice of pretending to be Rocky for a morning.

I also must give some well-deserved credit to NyQuil. I hate taking cold medicine– or any medicine really, but the past few nights, I haven’t been able to sleep so well so I finally caved and took a NyQuil before bed and I must say, I have never felt quite so rested as I have the past few nights. It is a magical, magical little capsule and I’m so glad because let me tell you, the past few ridiculously busy days of work would have been absolutely dreadful following a terrible night’s sleep!

My boot camp snow day this morning means that I have missed out on four whole days worth of exercising! I really do not enjoy that fact, but tomorrow I will be jumping right back into the saddle. I  have even planned out exactly what I will do upon my big return. I found two excellent full-body circuit workouts that I plan to complete. I am also SO psyched because the gym has expanded their Les Mills schedule and there is now a BodyPump class on Mondays! That means that I should be able to hit up my first ever barbell class this week on my day off! Hooray!

Now for something unrelated to my cold. I am hoping that someone can help me out with my workout wear conundrum.

First of all, I must say that I LOVE running gear (it’s actually probably about 50% of the reason that I love running. Just kidding. But really.) I love tank tops and running sneakers and running shorts.

These are my favorite ever:

They are Under Armour’s Great Escape Shorts. And they’re fantastic. They’re breathable and come in a zillion wonderful color combinations and the waistband means business. They stay put which is fantastic. I can’t recommend these enough for running and other cardio workouts. They are wonderful and I love them.

But here comes the problem. As you have probably noticed, my workouts have shifted from lots and lots of running to more classes and strength-based things and my favorite staple shorts just aren’t cutting it anymore! They’re not quite long enough for things such as the ridiculous moves in boot camp or my new favorite conditioning class that involve a lot of squatting and lunging… Additionally, as fall is upon us, I have to find some more seasonally-appropriate gear and I just don’t know where to start!

I would love to hear about your favorite workout gear so please, do share!

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Mission Accomplished & CrossFit Training

Holy. Boot Camp.

I’m sure that most of you know that I have been complaining for weeks about never being sore anymore following  a workout. Even when I think I gave it 110% and tried something new and difficult, I never, ever seemed to hurt anymore! Granted, I don’t love being sore, but I love feeling like I did something good for myself and then of course there’s that whole no pain no gain thing, right?

Well, I don’t think you’ll be seeing any posts like that again until I’m at about ninety years old because today, just one day after day one of Boot Camp, I am so unbelievably sore I can barely move. I suppose this is a case of “careful what you wish for,” eh?

The class was actually a lot of fun (at the time). There was quite a wide range of ages and was definitely enough of a challenge to keep me on my toes. Even starting at 7:45 wasn’t too terrible. The class combined both cardio and strength exercises and incorporated a bunch of different training techniques in circuit-style. I think what ultimately killed me was the final 10-minute blip of ground-to-clouds with dumbbells that had burpees mixed in. Ten minutes of constant lifting broken up with nothing but The World’s Worst Cardio Move Ever: Burpees. Ouch! I could tell by about halfway through yesterday when my legs were already starting to feel like rubber that today would be painful.

Interestingly, come to find out, that last killer move was actually an adapted CrossFit move (did anyone know that ESPN & Reebok have “CrossFit Games“?? I never, ever, ever, ever watch ESPN. Ever. But ironically, today I somehow stumbled across the CrossFit Games which featured a bunch of crazy ripped people doing ridiculous things involving scary fitness contraptions.) I have heard of CrossFit in passing, but I’ve never really looked into what it was until today. Evidently it’s the system that many police academies and also divisions of the marines base their trainings on. It involves weights, cardio and lots and lots of intervals.

Granted, I do not plan to ever *actually* follow the CrossFit plan. It would probably kill me and also sounds pretty risky (although they do note that adapting the weights and reps makes the plan adaptable for everyone– even elderly participants), it did get me thinking about finding some sort of strength-training-ish program that I can actually follow along with that has scheduled workouts for each day. P90x is essentially that, but I wasn’t crazy about that system. As we all know, I also hate working out at home, so videos aren’t my first choice. But now I’m on the hunt! Ultimately, I’ll probably end up throwing my own plan together with different pieces from all of these programs, but hopefully my search will lead me to some good stuff. I just discovered the Eat, Spin, Run, Repeat blog today and there are some really great workouts there. A lot of them sound very challenging, but are also entirely do-able and not too complicated at all which is a definite plus.  I’ve definitely decided that I want to spend the fall doing mostly strength and total-body workouts instead of strictly running. My plan is to begin training for a half-marathon in early 2013, so that gives me a few months of wiggle room. I’ll definitely have to keep a few running days in the schedule so I don’t lose the base I built up with the 5k training!

So overall, I definitely enjoyed Boot Camp, but that’s only once a week. I must say, it is entirely possible that it will take an entire week for me to re-gain normal functioning in my legs and back again from this week, but once I’m able to walk again, I’ll be excited to test out some new routines.

In other news, I’ve also picked right back up on the healthy eating. Although today I made a batch of my favorite wheat and peanut butter bites, but ate about 4 too many of those. 😛

Apologies for the lack of a post last night! We had company from out of town mixed in with a special town event for work and the night got away from me very quickly!

Until tomorrow…

Pretend it’s Yesterday…

(This is the post that was supposed to happen yesterday. Thanks internet 😉 )

Written 8/31.

HOLY ANNOYED.

For those of you who didn’t catch last night’s 11:30 pm post (which I ultimately created on my IPHONE after HOURS of struggling with this ridiculous internet/router/wi-fi/Ethernet/electronic voo-doo situation.) Of course the NIGHT BEFORE THE 5k my internet would decide to crap out! Nonsense. I tried everything you could imagine! Unplugging things, re-wiring things, re-starting things… nothing worked. Grrrrrr.

Anyway, the show must go on! So I’m writing this gem as a Word document and I’ll just upload it tomorrow! There’s LOTS of business to cover today!

First thing’s first. Tomorrow happens to be one of my very best friend’s 23rd birthday!

Happy birthday Chloe!!

I can’t BELIEVE my friends are starting to turn 23! It seems like yesterday we couldn’t believe we were turning 16 and could finally learn how to drive. It’s so crazy how time flies!

In other news, I have finally returned from my adventure (part 2!) One of the first things that I did when I got back this afternoon was turning in my Boot Camp registration! That’s right friends, starting next week, I’ll be taking a Boot Camp fitness class once a week! Very, very early in the morning. I’m so psyched! All I can think about is that scene from Bridesmaids where Annie and Lillian are crashing that terrifying boot camp that suddenly turns into interpretive dancing in the park. Gosh I love that movie. (Probably shouldn’t admit that…)

Anyway, here I am. Happy as clam with my registration form! I’m ready to pump the iron!

And now, for the big deal.

Tonight I swung by the packet pickup for the BIG DAY. 5k DAY!

I got a t-shirt, some nifty sunglasses and (drum roll pleeeeeeeeaseeeeee) my FIRST EVER RACE BIB! The whole thing was actually quite anticlimactic, but that didn’t stop me from taking a couple of quick pics in the parking lot anyway 😉

Got my number!

I am so nervously excited I don’t know what to do with myself! Interestingly, it’s actually a very similar feeling to how I always felt the night before school started. It’s an anxious anticipation coupled with the compulsive need to get things ready! I’ve been collecting safety pins (somehow, I actually managed to find four. Yay for being able to attach my bib to my shirt!), setting out my outfit and planning what I’ll have for breakfast in the morning. It’s quite possible that I have actually managed to re-create that back-to-school excitement that I’ve so been missing!

As I briefly mentioned, I’m going to be running the race with two of my former roommates, so the plan for tomorrow morning is to head out bright and early to pick up Katie and fuel ourselves with my favorite thing ever: a cup of coffee. Then we’ll set out to find Josh! I fully anticipate the need for backup in actually dragging sir Joshua to the race. A lot of backup. Likely in the form of a crane that will be used to pry him from his bed and deposit him in my car!

I did find my way to the gym tonight and completed an easy run for about 15 minutes just to remind my body of what runningIS after several days without it! It was actually quite a struggle, but what are we gonna do? The time has come! No looking back!

Naturally, I’ll be back tomorrow! (Errr…later, at this point I suppose.) With pictures and stories and things like that. Still can’t believe how quickly September has crept up on me!