Manic Monday – 04/27/15

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Monday 04/20/15:  3 mile runch. The rain cleared up long enough for me to squeak in 3 miles–rain drops started falling right as I ran up to my building!  I also did Body Pump after work. It was my first class in a while, and it felt AWESOME. My work/gym buddy Freda was there, as well as another of our theatre friends, Kim, and a girl we’ve become friendly with through classes at the gym, so it was a fun atmosphere.

Tuesday 04/21/15:  Rest Day. It was rainy and windy, and I was tired and sore from the double workout on Monday, so I just did some light stretching and rolling after dinner.

Wednesday 04/22/15: REVtheme ride: Bollywood. This was my second spin class at REV, and I loved it just as much as the first time. My friend Chris taught the class, and a bunch of our other theatre friends were there. It was awesome! The Bollywood music was super fun, and I worked HARD the whole hour. This was an amazing way to start my Wednesday. I also did more rolling in the evening because my legs were still really sore from Pump plus spin.

Thursday 04/23/15:  Rest Day. Another chilly, cloudy day (I woke up to snow. On April 23. WTF), so I just didn’t feel like running or walking. 

Friday 04/24/15:  Rest Day. I had intended to runch, but my Friday lunch buddy Emily called me up at the last minute to meet. We haven’t had lunch in weeks, so it was nice to see her. (Also, woke up to more snow–almost 3 inches. Seriously?!?)

Saturday 04/25/15:  Rest Day. We had some friends over on Friday night and I had one drink too many, so Saturday morning I just wasn’t up to a run. But at the Legally Blonde cast party in the evening, I did lots of dancing, so it wasn’t a completely sedentary day.

Sunday 04/26/15:  Rest Day. I really did intend to run, but it was significantly colder than it’s been lately, and I didn’t pack any cold weather running clothes. I know it’s a lame excuse, but whatever. 

We’re still house-sitting until tomorrow, but after that, things should be “normal” again. Honestly I don’t even know what that means anymore after the craziness of the last few months. But I’m hoping this means I’ll be able to get back to the workout schedule I laid out in my Back on Track post. Here’s what I want to do this week:

  • Monday:  Body Pump
  • Tuesday: 3 mile runch
  • Wednesday:  Walk or short runch and Body Pump
  • Thursday: 3 mile runch and CXWORX
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: GMAA Pump it Up 5 Miler
  • Sunday: Rest

Did you get any snow this week?

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Legally Blonde Takes Over REV

This post may not be super beneficial for those of you who don’t live in the greater Burlington, Vermont area, but I need to write about my experience at REV anyway.  Feel free to skip this one, especially if you’ve done spinning before.

I had never done a spin class, ever, and I generally don’t like the stationary bike.  I find it SUPER boring, and I’d pretty much rather be doing anything else.  But I figured, with the combination of good music, variations in movement, and somebody telling me what to do when, it would probably work out well.

On Saturday, a good chunk of the Legally Blonde cast was treated to a free class at REV Indoor, because Sarah, the owner, plays our Brooke Wyndham.  The building is very cool–high ceilings, exposed brick, and nice wood floors.  There’s only a single spin studio, but it’s large, with lots of windows and natural light.  We were each properly fitted to our bikes by an instructor, and I was very happy that special clip-in shoes are not necessary; the pedals have cages, so you can wear your own sneakers.

I have nothing to compare this class to, but HOLY CRAP.  I can honestly say that I’ve never worked so hard in a group fitness class in my entire life.  The class was co-taught by Sarah and two other instructors, each of whom are also in the Legally Blonde cast.  They each had very different styles, but I liked them all equally, and found myself really wanting to work hard and do well, so I guess they were pretty motivational.  It was also ridiculously fun because everyone knew everyone, so we could shout encouragement or curses and not feel weird.

The thing I liked most about the class is that you can really work as hard as you want, or take it easy when you need to.  They’ll give you suggestions for increasing or decreasing your resistance at various points, but ultimately, the level of resistance is totally up to you, which is especially great for a noob like me.  There were actually a few minutes towards the end where I was working so hard I started to feel nauseated, so I backed way off on the resistance, and was able to keep going and finish the class sans pukeage.

So yeah, long story short, I loved it.  This was hands down the best workout I’ve had in a long time.  Unfortunately, the pricing isn’t so great for me.  A drop-in class is $16, or you can get various class punch cards that offer a small discount.  I’m torn, because I’d like to catch at least one class a week, but I’m not sure it’s in my budget right now.  My gym does offer spin classes, but I like the idea of taking classes with instructors I know at REV.  We’ll see how things shake out.  I guess I should try a class at the gym before making a decision.  I’m sure the fact that the class was full of my friends probably made it better, and if I went to a regular class at REV, it might not be the same experience.

REV

Don’t let the smiles fool you; we’re exhausted.

Have you ever tried a spin/cycling class? Love it or hate it?

Have you ever worked out so hard you threw up?

Manic Monday – 01/26/15

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This was a killer week.  Between running, fitness classes, and intense jump roping/dancing rehearsals, I logged 6 workouts this week.

Monday 01/19/15:  3 easy treadmill miles; 3ish hours of jumping rope at rehearsal.  This was a TERRIBLE idea.  Cue death by exhaustion.

Tuesday 01/20/15:  Well-earned REST DAY!  Did some stretching and rolling to relax my sore muscles.

Wednesday 01/21/15:  Unscheduled rest day.  I was too tired and sore from Monday to attempt anything other than some very ginger walking around the office.  Stairs were not my friends.

Thursday 01/22/15:  10 minutes of incline walking on the treadmill to warm up; Les Mills CXWORX class (stay tuned for a post about this!).  Sneak peek:  OUCH!

Friday 01/23/15:  Still too tired and sore to run.  2ish hours of jumping rope at rehearsal. Cue death by exhaustion Part 2.

Saturday 01/24/15:  45 minute spin class (stay tuned for a post about this!).  Sneak peek:  I’ve never worked so hard in my life.

Sunday 01/25/15:  2ish hours of dancing at rehearsal.  Cue death by exhaustion Part 3.

I’m mostly joking about the death by exhaustion thing, but not totally.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a week with this many workouts.  While it was good to try new things and I feel really accomplished, I know this is not a sustainable pace.  First of all, I was too tired and sore to run at all after Monday’s back-to-back.  My body needs more recovery time.  Secondly, I mentally need more couch+Netflix time.

The focus for this week will be dialing it back a bit and finding balance between getting adequate rest and doing ALLTHEWORKOUTS!  My shins are VERY tender after all of the high impact jumping rope last week, so I plan to take it easy and not even attempt a run until at least Wednesday.

Have you ever done back-to-back workouts?  How did that go?

Do you take it easy after a tough week of training?

Friday Free-For-All – 01/23/15

Friday

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!