Hope you all had a marvelous weekend! I’m linking up with Katie today to get the week started right. I had a happy sweat filled weekend. Those are always the best, no?
Saturday was the kick off of Laura’s 5 by the 5th Virtual Race Series for the next few months. I’m slowly easing up my mileage and coincidentally just got back up to running 3 miles last week. Perfect timing! My plan for this series is to just try to improve my time with each month. Last Spring when I did the series, I did every “race” on the treadmill. This time, I’m going outside.
I knew going into the run that I wanted to run harder than I have been. Kind of “let’s see what we can do with no speed work (or running till a few weeks ago) since November” type of thing. Thankfully the weather was simply tropical (mid 30s woohoo!).
I did a mile walk on my treadmill as a warm up before heading out the door.
Mile 1: I felt good, comfortable. 8:11
Mile 2: I concentrated on cadence (shorten strides, aim for 180 spm). 8:00
Mile 3: I was breathing harder and feeling a little tired. Getting close to the “I might puke” stage. 7:26
Mile 0.1: Almost there…dang ice on the sidewalk is slowing me down! 7:53
I’m quite happy with that time with all things considered. My foot felt good. I felt really good just to be running.
I said I wasn’t going to sign up for any races till my foot felt 100% better and my mileage was up more. Well….I lied. I couldn’t miss out on one of my favorite races in May – Wallis Sands Half Marathon. (BTW – I just saw that I’m on one of the rotating pics on their site!). I saw that it was 80% full last week so I knew I couldn’t wait. I’m in! It’s going to be a good time with tons of my friends doing it as well. I can’t wait to start training for it. I really, really miss long runs and my running friends.
Sunday brought another sweatfest that made me feel like my old self. I tried out a new spinning boutique studio, Cycle Fierce.
When I gave up my gym membership, 3 1/2 years ago, spinning was one of the things I’ve missed the most. Lately I’ve been thinking of joining a gym just to get the classes again. So I was thrilled when Cycle Fierce opened. Sunday was an awesome theme ride full of music from bands with a connection to Seattle and a pseudo Cycle Cross event. For me, the music totally makes the class. FYI Heart’s, Barracuda, is an awesome hill climbing song. The instructor did a fantastic job of visually guiding us through each lap. The tempo of the music was perfect for each sprint, hill climb or time trial. I was a sweaty happy lady at the end.
What can I say, I love a good workout!
Don’t forget, today is day 1 of the #MNBChallenge. Join in and you could win big!
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How was your weekend?
Spinning – Love or dislike?