Mindless Running

Not sure if I mentioned this before, but this month I started training with a new running Coach! I tried the run club deal, and while I do still plan on running with the Lulu Run Club when it resumes from hiatus, you just don't get the personal attention in a club that you do with a Coach. I told him today that I love having someone else plan all of my workouts for me. It takes the thinking out of it for me.

I just log-on on Sundays to see what my schedule for the week is going to be, and then I get an email every night reminding me what my workout for the next day will be. No more scouring the Internet and books for training schedules, or driving myself mad with wondering if I'm doing too much, or too little. And the best part of it is, that I have a sounding board to talk to, someone to guide me through the training process. Having a personal trainer was the best investment I ever made during my weight loss process, and I know that having a running coach will be the best investment that I make to improve my running.

And I'm loving my workouts! They've been a mix of a little bit of everything! Swimming, kickboxing, lots of core training, strength & conditioning, cardio, running (of course), and now a little bit of Spin!

On Saturday, I went to my first Spin class in well over a year and it was awesome! The music was pumping and I burned a whole lotta calories! I sweat more in Spin than I do in any other workout and it feels soooo good! I may even be tempted to invest in some Spin shoes! :)

My 6 am Monday Kickboxing class was recently dropped in favor of Shadow Boxing, and today was at the first class. I've dabbled in boxing a few times in the past and loved it, so I'm thrilled that this is now being offered. I got to wear my boxing wraps, that I haven't used in a long, long time.

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The class format is intervals of 3 minutes of boxing and 3 minutes high intensity cardio. Think burpees, jump rope (my personal enemy), mountain climbers, jumping jacks, etc. Talk about getting your heart rate from 0-95% in just a few minutes. Its only a 30-minute class, but by the end, we were counting the minutes of when it'd be over.

It feels great to have some variety in my training. Since I started training with my Coach, I have yet to do the same workout two days in a row.

And so far, my running has gotten better too. Tonight I went out for a 3-miler in the rain. It was supposed to be an easy run, but honestly, I don't know how to pace myself. I just run at a pace that feels good, which is usually too fast at the start. And then my heart rate gets really high and I can't bring it down. I just want to go, go go. Half-way through tonight's run, I stopped, then started running again to try to slow down my pace. It didn't work. I finished the 3 miles in 29:32 with a 9:50 min/mi average pace. Not a 5K pace, but definitely faster than I've run in a while. I haven't run a sub 10 min/mile in a long time. I'm a very happy girl!

Tomorrow morning, I go back to Spin, and then, in the evening, I begin my the pursuit of the Olympic dream! Wondering what that is? Come back tomorrow (or Wednesday) to find out!