elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Workout Repeats and Running

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Training for me the past two days have been repeats, which I find a little ironic since Groundhog Day was a week ago. Both yesterday and today I started the day out with a spin class and followed it with swimming 2,000 meters. After a hard run Thursday evening, I was surprised that I was able to push hard Friday morning in spin class. It was one of the most challenging classes I have had. Strengthening my legs for climbing on the bike is my goal this year. Until I get out on the road, this was a very good substitute. Afterward four of us swam a force workout – the main set was 8 x 150 meters pulling and we did the first four on 2:50. It was tough. The last four we extended the interval to 3:00 for just enough recovery to go back out strong.

Lately  I have been running on Saturdays, but tomorrow the weather is expected to be a bit warmer and I desperately want to run outside. This morning I went to a spin class with an instructor I had not had before. I have heard she plays good music, so I wanted to try it out. My friends made sure I knew it was more of a “studio cycle” class. Translation – more aerobic exercise than road simulation riding. Everything I heard was true. Good music and a lot of up and down. Especially riding out of the saddle for extended periods. I followed the class for a while but then decided to ride more of a road cycling routine and enjoy the music. Tomorrow I have a long run and I didn’t want to burn my legs out riding hard out of the saddle. I am glad I tried it, it may not be my first choice in spin class style, but it is very popular. All 60 bikes were taken at least a half hour before class started. Different strokes – or pedals – I guess.

Once again I was back in the pool after my spin class and I finished the force workout I did the day before with 8 x 100 meters pulling and 8 x 50 meters pulling for the main set. To offset all of the pulling, I did 300 meters kicking during the warm up and recovery. My times were good – I was able to make all on 2:00 minute per 100 meter send offs and 1:00 minute for the 50’s. I rewarded myself with a little extra time in the hot tub after.

In two days I swam 4,000 meters and rode 38 miles – all inside. Tomorrow I have my run and I am determined to get outside. Motivation comes to me differently for each sport and at different times. Having done two workouts almost the same two days in a row has not been a problem for me. I enjoyed them and had no problem getting through.  I have shared that finding my push to run long has been my greatest challenge since I ran the marathon. Hopefully tomorrow will change things for me. Sunshine and fresh air will definitely help. But as I have shared, the motivation has to come from within. Thursday’s run reminded me that the challenging tests will make me stronger. My body is strong. And I know my mind is too, I just have to keep reminding myself. Rarely do I write about my workouts scheduled the next day. I prefer to stay true to my theme of seizing the day – focusing on today. I am adding a bit about tomorrow because I want to carry over the experiences from the past few days to encourage me through my run. And knowing I will have to write about it tomorrow can’t hurt. Stay tuned.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

4 thoughts on “Workout Repeats and Running

  1. I’m almost to a point of holding my breath for the warmup. I can’t wait! It was so stinking cold running today, I felt like the running version of Ralphie’s younger brother in A Christmas Story. Surprising how much of a difference heading south a couple of hours would make.

  2. Great workouts and its funny you mention the hot tub after, its such a great reward after a good swim.

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