Thank You Legs

This week my body is thanking me, so I’d like to thank it back. It’s thanking me for letting it rest when it needed to and pushing it hard when it wanted more. This week I learned my stamina, strength and will are stronger than I thought. The proof is in my workouts:

Monday: 7 mile run — oops, was only supposed to do 6 miles :-)

Tuesday: Barry’s Boot Camp Legs/Butt/Shoulders — did the floor twice and skipped the running.

Wednesday: 6 mile run including speed intervals — Speed intervals were cut short (0.5mile to 0.25miles) due to the 83 degree and humid weather, but sh*t I still tried and I got my 6 miles done.

Thursday: Rest and (most importantly) PT exercises

Friday: Yoga (when all I wanted to do was sleep)

Saturday: 10.4 mile run…followed by 30mins of at home strength training

Sunday: Soul-Cycle — I tried it and I loved it!

I really never thought I’d be doing 8 workouts in 7 days, 2 of which were trying a new class (new class=scary). The best part is that every workout felt good because I rested when I needed to, strength trained and stretched when it felt right and spread out my runs… Legs, you’re welcome!

I had planned to do my long run on Friday, but due to the dreary, rainy weather and some sore muscles, I decided to take it easy. I’m glad I did because Saturday was the perfect day for a long run — 61 degrees and overcast! The first 7 miles of my long run felt wonderful. Around mile 7.5, though, my knee started “pulling” big time. I wouldn’t say it was painful, more of extremely uncomfortable and scary since this “pulling” has lead to all out run failure for me. As my coach advised me though that as long as it doesn’t HURT, to try and push through it; after all, distance running is about pushing limits and getting out of your comfort zone. So I pushed through. I was really scared and nervous, but by mile 9 the uncomfortable pulling actually subsided! I don’t know if I should be happy about this run or not, but I am. It was my first run back in the double digits since the Brooklyn Half. I spent the rest of the day walking around and eating delicious treats such as…

Pretzel Croissant from City Bakery

Fried eggplant, roasted red peppers and fresh mozzarella sandwich from Defonte’s

By 4pm I was home on my coach and exhausted. My body was thankful for the yummy food, but also a little full. The last thing I wanted to do was workout some more, but I know I need to strength train religiously to be able to run, so I hit the gym. I did a modified version of a Refine Method workout and targeted my butt, hips, abs and triceps. Again, my body thanked me.

The of course I ended the evening with…

Margaritas and Mexican

…and was asleep by 11pm…on a Saturday…and PROUD of it!

This morning (Sunday) I did something I never thought I’d do again after a horrific experience at FlyWheel — spinning One of my good friends had convinced me to give spinning one more shot with her, arguing that Soul-Cycle is much more fun, so I gave in a signed up for the 10:45am class. I was meeting 3 of my good friends there, 2 who had never done Soul-Cycle before either, so I figured even if it was an awful time we’d be commiserating together.

45mins of spinning and an arm workout series later — I was hooked! I love Soul-Cycle! It was nothing like FlyWheel, it was actually fun. The teacher was amazing, Nick P. He was inspiring and motivating throughout the whole class. He even walked around to make sure everyone was positioned correctly and gave a lot of pointers on proper alignment and positioning, which I loved! I think too often people don’t pay enough attention to doing exercises correctly and if you don’t have the right form you’re 1) not getting the most out of your workout and 2) may get injured. My butt was burning and my abs were tight the entire class. The good music and constant moving kept the class interesting/fun. I can honestly say I pushed myself hard and got an excellent workout in this class, all without being yelled out or competing with others around me (uhm FlyWheel). My favorite part was when Nick told the class to close their eyes, focus and push for what you’re going for. The focus of having my eyes closed really helped me to concentrate and dig all the energy that was left inside of me out for one last push. Needless to say, I will be going back to Soul-Cycle again soon.

After class we went across the street to grab coffee and chat. I have to say, nothing beats a Sunday morning sweat session with friends :-)

So legs, thank you for getting me through this week. And body, thank you for teaching me some important lessons:

  • Try new things, new workouts, training new times of the day — You may be surprised and find something you love, either way, you’ll learn more about yourself and your body
  • When I stop worrying about sleep, it happens naturally. I’ve been naturally waking up at 6am and feeling fantastic, but I haven’t put pressure of myself to go to bed early. After a few days it just started to come naturally!
  • My body doesn’t need as much rest as I thought…I’m young, I’m active, I have energy!
  • The 3 S’s: Strength train, Strength train, Strength train
  • I am stronger than I think — when people tell me a workout is “really hard,” I need to remember that I am also very strong.

I have had a wonderful week and I feel fantastic, so I feel it’s time for a little announcement…

I’ve put off “announcing” this due to fear of failing, but it’s time to make it official. I am running the 2012 NYCM! I signed up back in May through the Team for Kids and have been training since July 1st. Team for Kids is awesome and provides free coaches. I lucked out and got paired with an amazing coach, who is passionate about running and motivating. In June I kind of freaked out and asked if I could defer my entry to 2013. Team for Kids told me I could, but recommended that I speak to a coach first. That’s when I was paired with Coach Brian who has worked with me and talked me/motivated me through my recovery. I’m still recovering, but I’d like to consider it “recovering strong.” I had 2 goals for 2012:

1. Quit my Job — DONE

2. Run a marathon

Looks like I only have one goal to go and my eye is set on it…

QUESTIONS: What is your body thanking you for this week? What will you do next week to make your body happy? 

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13 Responses to Thank You Legs

  1. Beth @RxBethOnTheRun says:

    This post just brought a HUGE smile to my face. I’m so proud of you and so happy that you have come so far! You ARE so much stronger than you know. The official announcement about NYCM made my day! I know YOU CAN DO IT!!!!! I’ll be cheering you on the entire way!

  2. Running Bun says:

    Great workouts!! I want to try a Refine and a Soul Cycle class with you! I have never done either.
    AND HELLO NYC Marathon!!!! AMAZING! So excited for you :) and so excited so many of us are running it. We will have a great sumer training and preparing!

  3. 1st time commenting but i LOVE your blog and follow your tweets! This post was amazing because it’s very hard for those of us who are active to give our bodies rest and be okay with that rest. This week I took 4 full rest days after feeling constantly run down and am now feeling motivated to get back into my workouts! I’m also a NYer and super jeal youre running the marathon! I still have to run a 1/2 first to find out if i can handle a full, but when I do it will be NYC for sure!! :-)

    • Thank you for reading my blog and thank you for commenting!

      Taking rest days are definitely hard, but totally needed sometimes! I always plan rest days and then end up changing them around based on how I feel.

      What 1/2 are you training for?? My first half was so much fun, you’re going to love it! If you ever want some company on a run, I’m always up for meeting new running buddies, just email or tweet me! :-)

      Glad you’re feeling more motivated this week, hope you have a fabulous week!

  4. Defonte’s is my favorite! We have to go on a long run together soon… and refuel with the world’s biggest sandwich ever. :)

    • Yes please! When do you normally do your long runs? This week I’m probably doing sunday and saturday next weekend. Either of those align?

      I have to admit the mounds of fried eggplant made me a little sick, even if it did taste SOOO good going down… may need to stick with a straight mozzarella, tomato and basil sandwich next time.

      • I prefer the Defonte’s turkey sandwich, which only includes a single layer of the eggplant for crunch. If you eat meat, it’s a winner!

        I usually do 6 to 8 miles most Wednesdays and long runs on Saturdays — 6 a.m.ish and usually in Central Park. I think our timing is going to be tough (I’m in SanFran this weekend and Rhode Island the weekend after!), but we’ll make it work at least once before my October marathon! Or maybe we’ll just meet up for some after-work Soul Cycle :)

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