The weeks have been flying by lately, and once again I find myself behind on writing my weekly training journal! Part of the reason I’ve been struggling to get these done lately is that back in February I joined the Health Central team as a monthly contributor! Since then I’ve been writing two posts a month, and you can catch up on all of my articles here. This is an awesome opportunity to reach a much larger audience than I usually do, but it’s left me struggling to create additional content for this blog.
After traveling for work week six and for the Foundation week seven, I’m behind on these training journals and pretty much every other aspect of my life. Even my Orencia infusion was delayed a week which is never a good thing. It’s been a bit of a tough stretch lately, but I’m really hoping that with spring will come new beginnings.
I finally got that gym membership! It didn’t happen Monday as planned, but I finally made it there on Friday and kicked off a four-week circuit training plan and did some hill training on the elliptical. I haven’t been to a gym (outside of hotel gyms while traveling) since back when I lived in the North End and there was still a Planet Fitness in Government Center – maybe six or seven years now? All of the training that I’ve done in the last year and a half has been at home, running or at yoga. But after last August’s Spartan race, I know that I’m going to need to push myself a lot harder in order to be better prepared for my first Spartan of the season on June 4th. To the extent that I even thought about going to Home Depot and buying a bucket and a fifty-pound bag of gravel to fill it to carry up and down my street… Spartans are not normal people.
I might have gone a little overboard last week, but let’s just say I killed it. Five workouts including two hot yoga classes, upper body + core, kettlebells and a two-hour yoga workshop! So much yoga! As I mentioned in last week’s recap, I was feeling pretty humbled and disappointed with my practice on Sunday. Stuff like that used to send me spiraling, but instead, I went home and signed up for a super challenging class on Friday… Then one on Wednesday… And then the workshop on Sunday to round out the week. I’m still humbled by the areas in which I can improve, but more than anything I feel inspired to get back to a regular yoga practice to help me balance out my other training goals.
When my friend, Jen forwarded me an email for a free barre class, I debated over wanting to go. I’ve heard about barre for a while, and I’ve only avoided it to this point because I hate obsessive fitness trends. I’m also a savage who prefers her kettlebells – that’s just how I roll. I eventually said “yes” if for no other reason than Jen is always down to run races with me, and so I didn’t want to leave her hanging.