Well, I had a lovely day at work yesterday. I mean, it was a long day, and I had a lot of work to get done. But I accomplished a lot of things that were on my list for the day and got a lot of other work done.
I have been designing a spreadsheet to track all of my workouts, combining the different goals that I have set myself for the year. I am obviously making things subject to change, due to the pregnancy, etc, but I am trying to make myself proud of the different things that I am accomplishing and seeing that I am achieiving things, even though I am not training for any competitions, etc, right this moment. I have been struggling with that a little bit for sure, so I am trying to have a bit more #proof that I am accomplishing things. Its tough, and I am really trying hard to be able to show what I have done.
When I got home from work last night, I was feeling a little bit overwhelmed. I made myself a bargain this morning. I was not going to question my stress. I know that exercise helps relieve my stress, and usually when I am stressed, part of it is high energy. So I decided that I will do something - whether it is going for a walk, running, lifting, doing an exercise DVD, whatever, when I feel stressed. So I pulled out this little KB circuit that I found online yesterday!
I just need to be aware of boundaries, etc, in order to make sure that I am not pushing myself too hard with the baby. So if I have a tough workout in the morning, and I need another workout because of stress, it needs to be an easy workout - walking, etc... You know? Today was a tough morning workout, and this was a tough workout as well, but today I am feeling really good. And that is why I didn't RUN again, even though I wanted to!
This morning was another run day though, and another day when I got to hang out in my basement with my treadmill. It is amazing to me how much more I am enjoying that thing now that it is easily accessible to me. I flipped on Chopped (recorded on the DVR, a good one to watch when you want around an hour of running) and got going.
I decided early into my warm up that I was going to do fartleks, with my pickups at an 8:34 pace. All pick-ups were done at this pace.
Warm up: 10 minutes
1 minute on, 1 minute off
2 minutes on, 2 minutes off
3 minutes on, 3 minutes off
4 minutes on, 4 minutes off,
3 minutes on, 3 minutes off,
2 minutes on, 2 minutes off,
2 minutes on, 2 minutes off (yes, again),
1 minute on, 1 minute off
6 miles completed in 54:22, which I was extremely pleased with. It was a great run. I got off the treadmill and spent a little bit of time stretching, especially those annoying hamstrings of mine. And then I took to the pole in the basement for a little recovery (yes, that sounds weird. No it was not weird.)
What was your workout today?