Happy Friday, everyone! What a great week this has been. When we last left off it was the day after I had just done 13.1 miles in our national park. What a day that was. I woke up Tuesday morning knowing it was strength/ab day which I was pretty dang excited about since I figured my legs would have been sore from the day before. I was wrong and I actually felt completely fine so I decided to walk 2 miles at the gym before doing ab work and a kickboxing class. Later that night Momma and I headed back to the gym for a Biggest Winner team training session. We got in a mile before the workout and also got to meet with the dietician. I was so happy that Momma got to get some great advice from her and that the dietician took what my Momma was already eating and found ways to make it healthier. Tweaking your food choices just a little bit as opposed to following a strict meal plan and cutting out all bad food is just more sustainable in the long run. I’m the poster child of that.
Although I basically just take pictures and provide support at team training nights it is so great to see the crazy amount of work the team puts in. They really go all out and work hard. This week they did an insane circuit workout that included wall sits, rope slaps, planks, TRX system, kettlebell swings, and barbell raises. They also did a treadmill workout where they had to make the treadmill move and keep a decent pace without it actually being turned on. Talk about crazy! The gym was filled with inspiration and I think everyone that walked by and saw them got a little bit more motivated. Great job to my team!
Wednesday I took my Praxis exam which is the exam teachers have to take to become certified. It was terribly hard in my opinion and I left the test center feeling defeated and a little shaken up. My first instinct was to go to Taco Bell and eat my feelings and just not do my treadmill workout. But I’m better than that. My body needs exercise more than it needs to binge so I drove to the gym and did a hill workout. Wednesdays are usually sprints but given my mental state I decided to just do hills and move sprints to the next day. I was able to get in four miles of my usual increasing .5% every 30 seconds with a max of 15% incline then walking it back down using the same process. I did two rounds of this at 3.8 mph on treadmill. Reflecting back I am very proud of myself for mentally walking myself through the food situation. It would have been so easy to have a binge episode but I really talked myself out of it which is something I never would have done this time last year. Progress, people.
Yesterday I went to the gym early for my sprint workout. I did a mile warm up walk around the indoor track then hopped on my second favorite treadmill. I did .1 mile walking at a 3.5 and then would do a .25 sprint starting at 6.8 and increasing .1 every sprint for a max at 7.7. To be honest, I really struggled with the 7.6 and 7.7 and even had to hop off and bring it back down to a walk before I even hit a quarter of a mile. My last set was a 6.8, 8.5, and 6.2 On the 8.5 it felt insanely strong. The time seemed to go by so slowly but I made my legs run a 7:03 pace which is freaking amazing!! I’m so thankful for this training cycle and how it is forcing me to do things that scare me senseless but challenge me and make me capable of it. After sprints I did BodyPump and boy were my legs on fire during class.
After my early afternoon class I went home and then Momma and I turned right back around and headed to Knoxville yet again. She wanted to do a timed mile before Body Combat which I agreed to. Two months ago Momma did her timed mile in 15:50 going all out. Then earlier this month she shuffled/ran an entire mile for the first time ever and finished it in 13:23. And last night she ran pretty hard and took a few walk breaks and finished in 12:11. Yes, my mother did her mile in 12:11. So ridiculously proud of her! Now I have full faith she will be doing a 5k in under 40 minutes in the very near future. I sure am a proud daughter. Go Momma! After her mile we headed to Combat for the new release which we both really enjoyed. It was easy to follow and gave us a great workout.
Following Combat, we met the Biggest Winner team for a private spin class with Joe Mitchell who was on season 12 of The Biggest Loser. It was so nice to have the class be just team people and I think it made everyone a little more comfortable. For some, it was their first class and they ROCKED IT OUT!! We even sang along to many of the songs. Great job, team! It was the perfect way to end the night.
Today I am taking it very easy and getting in my rest day. My legs are sore and that is a good thing since I’ve gone all out all week. I’m pleased with my efforts this week and looking forward to two more weeks before I race a 10k and shoot for a PR with my friend Brittney. Fun times ahead. Happy Friday and hope you enjoy your weekend.
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