Friday Free-For-All – 01/23/15


I get to take my first spin class this weekend, for free!  One of the women in the Legally Blonde cast owns Rev Indoor Cycling studio, and she is hosting a free 45 minutes class for anyone in the show from 11:45-12:15 tomorrow.  I’ve never taken a spin class before, and I’m really excited.  I talked a bit in Tuesday’s post about trying to incorporate more cross-training and classes into my comprehensive fitness/wellness plan, so I’ll be interested to see how spin goes.  I’ve heard it’s pretty intense.  I doubt I’ll end up getting a membership to Rev though, because my gym offers spin classes that are included in my monthly membership fee, and I’m too cheap to pay for yet another membership.  And speaking of Legally Blonde…

Every muscle in my body hurts.  We started choreography for the “Whipped Into Shape” number.  For those of you who don’t know, it’s ALL jump rope.  And not just regular up and down, but swinging, whipping, crossing, double-undering and more.  I made the brilliant decision to run three miles prior to rehearsal on Monday night, where I then jumped rope for almost 3 straight hours.  On a concrete floor.  Ouch.  And I get to do it again tonight.  The good news is, I expect to be a hardbody by the time this show is over, especially if I keep up with running and group fitness classes outside of rehearsals.  You can get a peek at sort of what we’re doing in the video below.

I had another ocular migraine yesterday.  The timing is kind of eerie, because I had my first one EXACTLY two weeks prior.  I’m going to start tracking them so if they increase in frequency or become sort of regular I can go to my doctor and try to figure out what’s causing them and how to prevent them.

Ben is done student teaching, yaaaay!  Now all he has to do is complete his portfolio and he’ll have his teaching license by the end of March.  This is exciting on so many levels, not the least of which is that he will soon be able to start applying for jobs, and once he gets a job, we can start thinking about moving out on our own again.  It’s not that I don’t love my in-laws or enjoy living with them, but I miss my Kitchen-Aid mixer, dammit!

Manic Monday – 01/12/15

Photo Dec 30, 12 48 14 PM

First of all, I need to give a big, congratulatory shout-out to my accountabilibuddies Kellie and Nicole, who completed the Goofy Challenge and the Dopey challenge, respectively, this weekend in WDW.  This was Kellie’s first-ever marathon, and I am SO insanely proud of both of them.  Completing 39.3 or 48.6 miles in just a few days is nothing to scoff at.  Congratulations to Kellie and Nicole, and anyone else who kicked butt in a runDisney event this weekend!

And now down to business!  For the first time in forever, I had a VERY good training week.  My foot is feeling great, and I’m exercising more regularly and eating better than I have in months.  The enforced structure of rehearsals 4 times a week is really helping me develop a routine and stick with it.

Monday 01/05/15:  Ran two slow and easy treadmill miles, then did 20 minutes/5 miles on the bike, and finished up with lots of stretching.  And then about 5 minutes of jump roping at rehearsal too!  There’s a jump roping number in the show, so we’re getting in shape.

Tuesday 01/06/15:  Rest

Wednesday 01/07/15:  1/4 mile warm up, then ran to 3 miles, and a short walking cool down.  I had intended to do some leg strengthening exercises, but I was really pooped after the run, so I just focused on stretching out really well.  At rehearsal, we did a bunch of jump roping too, so I made sure to roll my legs out when I got home.

Thursday 01/08/15:  Unscheduled rest day.  I had intended to try out a Les Mills Sh’Bam class, but I ended up with an ocular migraine and an emergency ophthalmologist appointment instead.

Friday 01/09/15:  Unscheduled rest day.  After a long week, I just didn’t feel like going to the gym.  At least at rehearsal we did a great dynamic warm up, and a few minutes of jump roping.

Saturday 01/10/15:  Rest day.  Lazy, lazy day.  We met some friends for lunch, and then I went to a party.  The good news is, even though it was a really lazy day, it was a pretty good food day, so I felt like I achieved a bit of balance.

Sunday 01/11/15:  I skipped pre-rehearsal yoga in favor of being productive around the house, but we did the customary dynamic warm up and jump roping at rehearsal, which was a nice little blast of cardio.  I also did some leg and core strength exercises at home after rehearsal, including but not limited to planks, bridges and squats.

This is the most active week I’ve had since before my foot injury, so I really have no complaints.  I’d like to run at least 3 times this week, and actually try Sh’Bam on Thursday, but we’ll see.  I’m still technically in recovery mode, and I don’t want to do too much too soon.

How many runs/miles did you manage this week?

What’s your favorite at-home strength exercise or routine?

Friday Free-For-All – 01/09/2015


Woohoo!  The first Friday Free-For-All post of 2015!  It’s been a big week around here.  Let’s see what’s up.

Rehearsals for Legally Blonde started.  And they’re AWESOME!  So far, we’re only doing music, but for someone like me, who went to school for theater and grew up singing, there’s just something so exciting and magical about singing and performing with a large group.  Plus, the people are really fun.  Woo!

I got my very first GPS watch!  Ben got me the Garmin FR 220 for a wedding/Christmas gift, and it finally arrived!  I’m totally in love, and can’t wait to take it for an outdoor run.  I’ve used it for one treadmill run (internal accelerometer approximately measures distance), and it seems to be about a quarter of a mile off from the treadmill calibration, but I’m not worried about it.

I got a bonus at work.  This bonus is much-needed and much-appreciated, and means that I can actually afford to do the runDisney Wine and Dine half marathon in November.  Yaaaaay!  I can’t wait to finally meet my accountabilibuddies in person and run through the happiest place on earth with them 😀

It’s been f$(%ing freezing!  As I drove home from rehearsal on Wednesday night, the temp was -10, and that’s without windchill!  I actually saw a guy out running on Thursday morning and wondered what was wrong with his brain that he thought that was a good idea.  I mean, I get that most people prefer running outside to running on the treadmill, but seriously?  Yikes.

I was diagnosed with ocular migraines.  Yep, that’s really a thing.  I had a couple of very scary episodes of blurry vision on Thursday morning and made an emergency appointment with an ophthalmologist.  Turns out, some people have migraines without actually getting a headache; it just manifests as a weird, vibrating blind spot, and usually dissipates after 10 or 15 minutes.  I’m very relieved, because I was honestly worried I might have cancer or be going blind.  I’m a hypochondriac at the best of times, but when something like this happens, I’m on high alert.  While I’m grateful that it’s nothing super serious, it’s a little scary that I could go temporarily partially blind at any time.

Have you ever heard of ocular migraines? Ever had one?

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?