Manic Monday – 05/23/16

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Vermont City Marathon Training Week 18
What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 05/16/16: Rest | Rest
As I shared in last week’s Manic Monday post, I was feeling stressed and anxious, so I made it a point to just relax. My friend Emily had shoulder surgery a few weeks ago, so I went to visit her and played with her daughter while her husband made dinner.

Tuesday 05/17/16: 40 Minute Easy Run41 Minutes @ 10:16 Pace
I had a delightful runch with zero foot pain. Yay!

Wednesday 05/18/16: Hot Yoga | Hot Yoga
Still loving it. Before each class, the instructor asks if we have areas we’d like to work on, and I said hips, so we did lots of hip openers and I felt great!

Thursday 05/19/16: 50 Minute Progression RunSh’Bam
You may remember me talking about Sh’Bam before. It’s a cardio dance class sort of like Zumba, and my friend Brad is an instructor. This was a special class to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I was originally going to run at lunch as well, but I had to use my break time to go to the dentist instead.

Friday 05/20/16: Rest/StrengthRest
Ben and I had a nice, relaxing evening at home, and I went to bed early because I knew I had to get up to meet my running group at Athleta in the morning.

Saturday 05/21/16: 40 Minute Easy Run4.75 Miles @ 10:20 Pace
I’m pretty sure the mileage and pace is a bit off, because my Garmin didn’t have a satellite before we started, but I think that’s approximately right. It was a much more easy run than these Athleta runs have been previously, which was nice.

Sunday 05/22/16: 10 Miles10 Miles at 11:01 Pace
Coach Suz instructed me to use 4:1 intervals for this final long run, just to make sure my foot was ok. AND IT WAS! I think the intervals were a little too short for me, because I had a hard time settling into a pace, but it was worth it to have my first pain-free long run in… 3 weeks? 4 weeks? It was just the confidence boost I needed. Especially when I saw this:

Weekly Mileage: 18.75
Total 2016 Mileage: 359.8

And just like that, it’s race week. Holy crap.

My First Sh’Bam Class

I’m not really a group exercise person.  I don’t know, I just prefer to be in my own private world when I’m red-faced, sweaty, and huffing and puffing.  But back when I lived in MA, there were a few classes I would go to on a weekly basis, because a friend would go with me.  If she didn’t go, I usually didn’t.  That being said, I actually loved going to the classes because they pushed me harder than I push on my own, and they got me doing moves and exercises I wouldn’t do on my own.

In an effort to have a more comprehensive, whole-body fitness routine, I’m trying to actually go to some of the many group fitness classes that are included in my monthly gym membership fee.  An easy first choice was Les Mills Sh’Bam, because my friend and Legally Blonde cast-mate, Brad, is an instructor.  This decision was made even easier by the fact that my coworker Freda agreed to check it out with me.  So, last Thursday, we hit up a class.

I knew very little about what to expect.  In my mind, it would be sort of like Zumba, but less emphasis on Latin moves and music.  Here’s an official class description:

Featuring simple but seriously hot dance moves, SH’BAM™ is the perfect way to shape up and let out your inner star – even if you’re dance challenged.

Set to a soundtrack of chart-topping popular hits, dance music that is heard in the hottest nightclubs around the world, familiar classics remixed and modernized Latin beats, SH’BAM™ is the ultimate fun and sociable way to exercise. Each 45-minute SH’BAM™ class is vibrant, unique and varied – and like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new SH’BAM™ release is produced every three months with new music and choreography.

At first I was really, really nervous, and Freda was too, so we stopped by Brad’s office before class.  He was very encouraging and reassuring, and we found out that the class was the first class of a “new release,” so EVERYONE would be learning together.  For those who don’t know, Les Mills classes generally have three-week intervals where the class/moves/music are the same, and then they switch it up, which is known as a new release.  This gives you a chance to really learn the routine and rock out.

Guys, all I can say is, this class was FUN!  Everybody was just moving as well as they could, learning the moves as well as they could, and doing their own thing.  I wasn’t worried about what I looked like or if I was doing the dance moves right or anything because it was such a fun atmosphere.  Brad kept yelling things like, “Come on, this is a girl power song, show me your fierce face!” or “Britney’s in there somewhere, I know she is, let her out!”  And since it was a new release, even Brad didn’t know all the moves perfectly, so I didn’t feel awkward if I couldn’t get them.  He gave plenty of modifications if you didn’t feel comfortable doing things like turning or jumping, so everyone could feel safe.

I’m planning to catch the 10:30 am Sunday class each week before rehearsal, since it fits perfectly into my schedule, and is a fun way to do some non-running cardio.  Because honestly, I can only take so much elliptical and recumbent biking.

Have you ever tried a Sh’Bam class?

What’s your favorite form of non-running cardio exercise?

Manic Monday – 01/05/15

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Haha!  The triumphant return of Manic Monday!  Or, I don’t know, not so triumphant I guess, because I didn’t really do much in the way of running or training.  But I’m trying to get back on a normal blogging schedule, so here goes.

Monday 12/29/14:
I intended to do “runch,” but it was really cold and windy all week, so I chickened out.

Tuesday 12/30/14:
See above.

Wednesday 12/31/14:
I didn’t take a lunch break because I wanted to get out early.  Ben and I drove to New Jersey after I got out of work at 3:30–6 straight hours in the car.  Ouch.  I probably should have tried to squeeze in a run earlier in the week because sitting in a car that long was no fun.  Once we got to Mandy and Vinny’s, we had a pretty low-key celebration, but stayed up way too late.

Thursday 01/01/15:
I had intended to get up and do a New Year’s day run, but I drank a little too much the night before, and this ended up being a very lazy day.  I did, however, do a few squats, just so I wasn’t a total bum.

Friday 01/02/15:
We actually got our butts out of the house for a while and went on a nice walk/run in the dog park with Lily the beagle.  I climbed some trees too, and it felt great to get out and be active, even though it was very cold.  That night, we met some friends of our friends, and played Cards Against Humanity and drank sangria until 2:30 am!

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Saturday 01/03/15:
We slept in late late late, and I was feeling very off due to all the late nights, drinking, and junk food.  We attempted a shopping trip, but nobody was really into it, and we ended up coming home, ordering Indian takeout, and watching The Newsroom until midnight.  Such a good show!!!

Sunday 01/04/15:
We got up at 6 and were on the road by 7 to beat the holiday traffic home.  Even so, it took significantly longer than the trip down.  Ben and I took turns driving and napping, so we were able to catch up a bit on sleep.  When we got home, I did a bunch of meal prep stuff for the week, and then we went to bed early.

I am definitely feeling the effects of a few weeks of excess.  I’m exhausted and cranky, and my digestive system is all ahoo.  This week is all about getting back into a routine.  Rehearsals for Legally Blonde start tonight, so I need to be really focused about meal prep, workouts, and getting to bed on time.  Rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday, Friday nights, and Sunday afternoons.  On M-W-F, I won’t have time to go home between work and rehearsal.  From here on out, I’ll be leaving the house at 7 am on M-W-F, and sometimes not getting home until past 10 pm, so time-management and planning ahead will be key.

Plan for the Week:

  • Monday:  2 easy treadmill miles, 15 min. on the recumbent bike, stretch; likely a physical warm-up at rehearsal
  • Tuesday:  Rest
  • Wednesday:  3 easy treadmill miles, leg strength, stretch; likely a physical warm-up at rehearsal
  • Thursday:  Les Mills Sh’Bam? (My friend from high school who is also in Legally Blonde is an instructor and has been pestering me to go)
  • Friday:  3 easy treadmill miles, abs, stretch; likely a physical warm-up at rehearsal
  • Saturday:  Rest
  • Sunday:  Possibly yoga before rehearsal

Are you feeling off track after the holidays too?  

How are you planning to start the year strong?