OMG. This past Saturday I had the brainy idea to run a 10k trail run up in the Goergia Mountains. Coach Steve warned me since I’ve been out of the cardio game for 5 weeks and basically work my legs to complete exhaustion with heavy weights nearly every day, the run would be challenging. I dismissed him – come on, I’m a runner!! Let’s just say I managed to text my girlfriend mid-race to let her know they should go ahead and grab breakfast, because I would be out there for awhile!! Running is usually like therapy for me, but this run was painful. Each and every hill felt like needles digging into my calves – but I tried my best to stay positive, focus on the beautiful scenery and the amazing friend and tall, dark and handsome company I had waiting at the finish line. Regarding training, Coach Steve bumped my cardio up to 15 minutes of stairs (no holding on!) 4x per week. Usually I can squeeze it in, sometimes I have to come back to the gym at night – either way, the extra 5 minutes hasn’t been anything I can’t manage. I still don’t know what’s longer – a stair mill minute or a microwave minute! I’ve also been picking up extra barre classes this week as one instructor moved, another is getting married and another is traveling. Sometimes teaching feels like a bit of extra wear and tear on the body, but our amazing clients always put a smile on my face and make it worthwhile! At the request of folks asking to see some progress pictures, here’s one – sans flexing. I’m finally getting some upper body definition and thankfully the waist continues to lean out (not bad considering I’m still bulking!).
|Look Ma, no workout clothes!!!|
I’d say minus the poor performance at my race, I’ve felt great this past week. I had a fun-filled weekend, including our One Year Pink Barre Anniversary Party and had the chance to hang with these gorgeous ladies. The week/weekend was jam packed with some really special company and I loved every minute of it. It’s amazing how I’m settling in to this routine and focusing on the positive aspects of my life at the moment – training and diet are important, but a secondary focus. Afterall, I want to be “Jenn”, not “Jenn the Bikini Competitor in Training.”