i went back and forth and back and forth about joining round 4 of tina's best body bootcamp. first and foremost let me say that i was NOT apprehensive because i didn't think it would be worth it. i saw big changes in my fitness level from round three (my ability to complete jumping lunges with no problem after falling all over the place when i used to attempt them was all the proof i needed), so signing up should have been a no-brainer. however, i'm also starting off my year with several races. i'm planning on running the rock n' roll half marathon on march 16th (cough...birthday...cough...sarah...), the nike women's half marathon on april 28th and potentially the cherry blossom ten-miler if i can get a hookup from alex. if i can't get that hookup i might just jump the corral gates and get up in that race anyway because i love running with alex. regardless, i've got some big running plans in the works for the first half of the year.
i have always used hal higdon's plans for marathon/half training and i spent a couple of hours or so planning out all of my training through april so i'm all set in terms of my weekly runs/long runs as well as some speedwork that i want to try out to shake up my training since i've never done it before. i'm incorporating tempo runs and 400 m repeats into my wednesday workouts and i've been liking them a lot so far. in my old life i would have been totally fine with my workouts being almost totally cardio-centric with MAYBE one strength workout a week, but that's not where i'm at right now with my fitness. i was obsessed with how i felt after the bootcamp workouts during the first round. however, i find it more difficult to get motivated to do strength workouts than cardio. it's so easy for me to go out there and pound out some miles (inside definitely, outside not always) but when it comes to the weight room i need a little push. so i decided...
i signed up for round four! it starts on monday and as soon as i got the first emails from tina about it i was so psyched that i knew i'd made the right decision. when i sat down and tried to decide how to fit it in with my current training plan, i actually didn't have as much trouble as i thought i would. in hal's (we're on a first name basis obviously, considering i drink from his water fountain on the reg) intermediate plan he puts two days of strength on the calendar so my plan for now is to use those days for workouts a and b from bootcamp and then forgo the cardio plans from bootcamp and instead do my training planned runs in their place. as far as fitting in workout c (there are three strength workouts a week in bootcamp plans), i am not sure if i'm going to do them. i'll probably try to fit them on my plans as tentative but for the most part, i don't see myself actually getting them done. i think it would be a little too much and the last thing i want to do is risk injury considering all my running plans.
that's where i'm at right now - a little apprehensive about how it will work but overall completely excited about the next few months. i'm completely type a and so motivating myself to workout is easiest when i have a plan. now i have two plans! could i be more psyched? probably not. anyway, here's my plan for this week...
sunday - 3 mile run with my brother in miami (weeeeeeee!!!)
monday - workout a / walking intervals
tuesday - 3.5 mile run
wednesday - 6 x 400 @ 5k pace / workout b
thursday - 3 mile run
friday - workout c OR rest (probably rest)
saturday - 6 mile run
sunday - rest!
okay, so that looks pretty intense for me. obviously mileage wise it's not high for a lot of people, but for me it's not necessarily about mileage but about using my legs that often. i'm thinking that this week for sure i won't be doing workout c on friday. i will usually rest on sundays since i'm planning on doing my long runs on saturdays, but i really can't pass up the chance to run with my brother in miami. i'm going to take it easy with him and just have fun, so it might turn out to be more of a walk/run. either way - i think i can tackle the week but i don't like having that many days without rest on the weekly calendar so like i said, workout c probably isn't in the cards this week and i'll be spending friday evening laying on my couch instead.
as for goals...
1. drink 5 liters of water a day. this shouldn't be that hard for me considering i usually house water like a boss, but for some reason i have been feeling crazy dehydrated lately and i have noticed that i just haven't been as good about drinking as much water as i usually do. so i'm making it a goal! hold myself accountable and chug that h2o.
2. relax in miami. i had such a great time over christmas break because i was able to relax about food instead of thinking so damn much about it, which is something i've really struggled with this past year. i want to keep that up in miami since i'll be eating out for most of my meals and typically that can be something that isn't always the easiest for me, but i don't want that to get in the way of having a good time with my dad and brothers. so i don't know how to tabulate that exactly, especially since it's not the whole week, but i guess i'll just give myself a check mark for every day i don't feel nervous about eating. seems stupid i know but for me it's a big deal.
here we go! anyone else have really ambitious plans for this week?