I LOVE my bootcamps, barre, and other fitness classes. They are so different from cycling and running outside–I get a different adrenaline rush from them. Not going to lie…I just feel badass after the classes and they are just plain fun.
However, last week I made an effort to remind myself that cycling and running are important for me. Cycling is important because I have 192 miles to ride in August for the Pan-Mass Challenge. And running is part of a personal challenge I need to tackle. I want to prove to myself that I can run distance again. I realize that sometimes after injuries you can’t, but I think I can–I just need to actually put the time and effort into making sure my body is ready.
I said how I was going to cut back on classes and prioritize running in my last post “I am going to take fewer classes” but I didn’t stick to my guns. I took just as many classes as I usually do! I had “running” on my workout schedule but always decided not to and quickly deleted it from my calendar.
Now that I’m re-focused on my running and cycling goals, I am hoping to try to run 4 times a week. However, I still find it SO difficult to not sign up for classes. There are just too many that I want to try! I actually feel a bit anxious if I don’t have a class scheduled because going consistently to classes has been a habit of mine for so long now!
But I’m for real going to get back to running. This past week I cancelled classes so that I could get a run or bike ride in. I realized how sore my body was if I wasn’t careful in my planning of workouts and trying to do too many doubles. I didn’t get the most out of my them because my muscles weren’t fully recovered.
I also need to try to incorporate more mobility exercises and yoga into my life as well as making sure I’m fueling properly. I was feeling tired and drained during workouts the past couple of weeks so I started to track my food in MyFitnessPal again. I often have trouble sticking with logging food because I find it tedious but want to try to stick with it for a month to see what a typical month is for me.
I also had a crazy thought…could I have my revenge on the Pumpkin Half Ironman this year? I completed it a few years ago but just barely. I wanted to quit before I even got halfway through the ride. I just had too much going on in life and was spread too thin so I didn’t train as well as I should have. But this year I am trying to work my way to a half marathon again and will be fully trained for the bike ride. After doing 192 miles over 2 days–a 56 mile ride will be easy as pie! It probably won’t happen, but the thought hasn’t completely left my mind yet!
Questions for you
Do you log your food/exercise? How do you stay consistent?
What is your favorite fitness class and why?
Do you ever get crazy race goals in your head?