|The Track Club group ready for Saturday's long run. We were all freezing in the wind, and shouting, "JUST TAKE THE PICTURE ALREADY!!!" I'm front row/all black/long legs ;)|
If I were honest/reductive about my week of workouts, it would look like this.
Monday - normal
Tuesday - pick up keys and start moving into our new place
Wednesday - oh hey, really a lot of moving including very heavy stuff and pain
Thursday - you guessed it, still moving
Friday - moving moving moving!
Saturday - hours and hours in isolation at the empty and abandoned old place, trying to clean
Sunday - Easter, a HUGE day for my husband's work, and more moving!
You get the idea. We are completely done as of this morning. Just a load of stuff (mainly kids' toys) to donate, and one road bike to pick up and ride across town. MOVING SUCKS. So, the workouts this past week were a little hit-and-miss.
|Out with the old.|
|And in with the new.|
I did run about 20 miles, did a few quality weights workouts, and accidentally (ha) took a Thai kickboxing class. I had three rest days, which is huge. I didn't make it to yoga, and I am really feeling its absence in my body. Soon! And I'm already planning a formal update to this post on my body composition and active metabolic testing from last year, but I did have some of this stuff updated. Since the last test, I have gained five pounds and taken my body fat percentage from 18.4% down to 17.0%. I am unbelievably pleased with this progress, because I know how tough it is for women to put on muscle weight. Especially women of...a certain age *ahem*.
|But my arms look SO weird to me! I can't stop flexing, even if I'm in pajamas. That's actually, like...an actual, solid bicep.|
Okay, time for the workouts!
Monday - 3.6 @ 8:13 on the treadmill. This was a half hour, all I had time for. I also did 40 minutes of weight lifting. I'm starting the Strong Lifts 5x5 program, and the day's workout included squats (65#), bench press (55#), and barbell rows (45#).
Tuesday - Rest (well, moving)
|I did get this part taken care of, which was major. I cook our dinner every night, and try to make something balanced, interesting, creative, and beautiful each time. I'm particular about my fridge.|
|And check out this view from our new balcony! The dog and I have been enjoying it during the wee morning hours while I drink my coffee.|
Wednesday - 2.3 @ 9:13 on the treadmill. I was waiting for my lifting partner Katherine to get to the gym, and I was actually drinking a hot cup of coffee on the treadmill. I like to live dangerously. When she showed up, we did 90 minutes of upper body weight training that included these exercises:
Unilateral Dumbbell Row
Assisted Pull Ups
Lat Pull Downs
TRX Mountain Climbers
Abs circuit with a medicine ball
All this took place before sunrise, because I needed the day free for...you guessed it...MOVING.
|I did take a picture of my gym in the early morning light, because it just looked so illuminated and inviting and, okay I'm a dork.|
Thursday - 70 minutes of Thai kickboxing! With the bulk of the hard work for our move done, my husband and I decided to go to the gym mainly to relax and get cleaned up. He wanted to do a shakeout run on the treadmill, and I sort of aimlessly wandered around people watching. I walked into a studio where a class was just starting, and decided to check it out. I like to keep my body confused, haha. The workout was intense...great cardio and some really precise resistance work. I felt it the next day.
Friday - Rest
Saturday - Track Club Long Run Social! I signed up for the 14-mile route, but missed a turn and finished with 13 instead. I ran a 9:46 pace, and the route was incredibly hilly, with great views and some really long, tough climbs. I am continuing to do long runs based on heart rate, and it is working very well. I don't feel exhausted or sore after and I can actually be a functioning adult.
|See? Average heart rate 140! As the pros say, EZ-PZ.|
Sunday - Rest
So, that's it! Everyone have a great week, and I hope you are getting some of the same lovely spring weather we are having here.