Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TOO COLD! So, I had to get creative!

OK, OK-- I admit it. The sucktastic weather has effected my workouts. Who wants to go for a run outside when the weather looks like this:
I mean... do you see the "feels like"??? -12. NOT HAPPENING. So, my workouts have had to adjust because a long run in that is just NOT HAPPENING when I'm not even training for anything. Simple as that. 

So, I'm adjusting. Today, that means a random rest day. Ideal? No, but it is what it is. Yesterday I had the day off (yay!) so I hit the gym for a 9am Signature Strength class. Saturday and Sunday were gym days, too. Sunday I did 7 miles on the treadmill and 30 EASY minutes on the elliptical. Saturdays are normally my long run days and I didn't want to give up that extra long sweat session just because mother natures being a B. So, I got creative.

Creative and maybe a little insane? 

I got to the gym around 8:45am for a 9am Unleashed class, but decided I didn't want to waste 15 minutes so I got a quick 1.5 miles in. Unleashed KILLED me... just thinking about it makes me shiver. Box jumps, pulls ups (assisted), push ups, more burpees than I can count, jumping jacks, kettle ball swings, clean presses, and more, more, more. I was SPENT, so I walked out as they were cooling down with every intention of going home. Buuut, then I walked by the treadmill and it called to me. I have no idea why. I'm insane. So, I did 4.5 miles on that. And, by then I was in full-blown sweat-addict mode so I stayed for a 60 minute power yoga class (still hate yoga, btw) and then 2 more miles. Insane? Yes. AMAZING? Absolutely.
See that pic of me next to the treadmill times? Yeaaaah-- that's how I felt by the end of my THREE HOUR workout. SPENT. DONE. DEAD. So, I showered at the gym and booked it home with every intention of plopping on the couch and not moving. 

Well, then I got home and the Hubs had an hour left of some crazy long BORING movie he started while I was gone (just how long? He STARTED the movie 5 minutes after I left. It was a FOUR + hour movie. Whhhhhy???? Clearly we have different movie tastes.). I mean-- what choice did I have? Sit and watch him watch a movie? No thanks. So, the Sadster and I took a walk.
It was windy and cold, but actually not too bad. Nice enough that I totally could have and should have gone for a long run, but whatever. I got a killer workout in and it was a nice change of pace.

So, I ended the day with:
50 minute Unleashed Class
60 minute Power Yoga Class
2 mile walk
8 miles on TM

In ONE DAY. Again, crazy? Yup. I CLEARLY don't do this often, but I had a free morning and felt in the zone so I went with it. 

And, when I was done-- I sat my ass on the couch ALL DAY watching One Tree Hill (still obsessed, though this newest season w/o Luke or Peyton is LAME. But, I can't stop. It's a problem, I know.), except when I napped while the Hubs watched the Purdue basketball game (side note: they won! yay!). I haven't NAPPED in forever. I was seriously SO tired. WAY more tired than after a typical long run. I even had the Hubs bring me home fro yo when he had to run to the office that night. Laziness at it's finest. Hey... it's all about balance, remember?


  1. I would say definitely insane but in a good way :) One Tree Hill, I need to finish watching you my friend! Wish my treadmill was upstairs in front of my tv for that!

    1. Agreed!!!

      I use my iPad to watch Netflix Instant when I'm on the treadmill or the elliptical. PERFECT!

  2. Holy moly! That is an insane day of workouts! I wanted to take a nap after reading it. Great job for getting creative AND getting it done!

    1. It was craaaazy, but felt good! Nice change of pace from a typical long run weekend day.