First things first – the workouts!
Ran 10ish km with the Running Room yesterday. I definitely overdressed – I thought that -5 degree (Celsius, mind you) was going to feel colder than it was, but I ended up sweating through my hat and my sweatshirt.
We definitely didn’t do an LSD pace, it was a lot faster than that, but the route was lovely – all through wooded paths with minimal road running. A nice change of pace.
A week and a half ago or so I hurt some area on my right leg – it’s not my hamstring, it’s not my glute, but somewhere in between. It only hurts when I raise my leg, so it’s some how involved in this lifting motion. Anyway it was definitely aggravated by the run yesterday, and the 2 GIGANTIC hills at the end of the run didn’t help either. Epsom salt bath and lounging on the couch with old Office episodes definitely did help.
So many bruises
I was a bit stiff this morning, but this evening was a lot better. I made it to Crossfit tonight for an absolutely BRUTAL workout:
5 Rounds for time of:
10 ring dips
10 pull ups
10 power cleans (65#)
All of this after finding our one rep max for split jerks.
Here is a link to a youtube video demonstrating split jerks – for some reason I can’t link to it?
I heart split jerks. Needless to say my arms are dying right now. Not looking forward to how they feel tomorrow morning. And I finally got my first Crossfit blister. Far from sexy:
Blisters are hot. That's what I tell myself at least.
2012 Health and Fitness Goals
Well since everyone else seems to be doing it, I might as well jump on the bandwagon, too.
1. First half marathon – Chilly Half Marathon, March 4. I have lofty time goals for this one, mostly finishing around 2:10, but I also have the more realistic goal of finishing. Anything faster than 2:30 will be a dream for me. A lot of the time goal will be based on what the weather decides to do that day.
2. 10km trail race – April 22. I have always wanted to do a trail race and this one isn’t too far away from home, and 10km will be a nice distance to try it at. I haven’t fully committed to this one yet, but will probably sign up for it before the year is out.
3. Second half marathon – Goodlife Half Marathon, May 6 (I think that’s the date). Already signed up for this one – it has a fast, downhill reputation, and I’m interested to see how different it is from the Chilly Half.
4. Warrior Dash – Haven’t signed up for it yet (I believe it is July 21?) but the gym is putting a team together and I think it would be an awesome challenge.
Now onto the non-race goals: I really, really want to gain more muscle and lose some fat. I know it’s vain but I seriously want some visible abs, and I know abs are “built in the kitchen” so I need to start dialing in my nutrition. I will be meeting with a sports nutritionist in the new year as well as following the Whole Living Detox program for 28 days starting January 2. It is basically a less strict variation of the elimination diet I did previously but I know it will help jump start my clean eating.
I also want to start going to yoga once a week (or at the very least twice a month), and I’d really like to get back to a spin class every now and then. I miss it! I’m jealous of all of you who live in bigger cities and have all the fancy spin studios.
I have the next 2 weeks to fully flesh out all these ideas and put my plans into motion. I’m not usually one for resolutions, and I’m not saying that these are going to be “resolutions” but a new year is always a good time for a new start, right?
So what are your goals for 2012? Any new races? New PRs? New sport to try?