So yesterday was another "take it easy on the ole IT band/quad" day. I managed to drag my rear end into the gym at 5 am, and worked hard to get some solid cardio in, even though running was out. Running is out by CHOICE right now (I am trying to remind myself of that, so I can get back at it soon). I decided to hop on a spin bike to start my cardio.
This is something that I had not noticed very often at my gym. We have a few spin bikes outside of the spin classroom that have screens attached to them so you can do a spin class solo. You just plug your headphones in, there is an instructor on the screen, and after picking the SORT of class you want, (endurance, intervals, hills, a mix) the time (if you want to) and some basic facts about yourself (gender, weight, resting heart rate if known) to help with your calorie burn, you are off! I selected "endurance" since I wasn't sure how my leg was going to handle being in and out of the saddle, so I just had a pretty flat ride. I definitely increased my resistance a lot to keep my cadence around where the program said it should be, and I ended up covered 10 miles in 26:06. Um... In case you were curious, that averages out to 23 mph. And that is NOT slow.
Maybe there is a secret triathlete in me that wants to get out? (I hope so!) Now I wonder if I can count that as "taking a Spin Class" for my 101 in 1001 list?
After the bike, I got on the treadmill just to walk and get my heart rate back down a little. It honestly was not too high (oh the differences between running and cycling!) but I had only been working out for about 25 minutes! So I walked on the TM for 20 minutes while watching sports center. When I left the gym, I felt like I had gotten in a solid cardio workout.
I made a decision yesterday. I received an email from active.com offering $20 off a $100 purchase + free shipping at Kelly's Running Warehouse. In addition, Kelly's Running Warehouse is on Ebates (<--- affiliate link!) at 3.5% cashback. I decided it was time to make a purchase that I had been putting off for a LONG time.
Trail shoes. Specifically, the Brooks Cascadia 7 (the 8s are out, so the 7s are cheap right now!). I have tried these on A LOT at my running store, race expos, etc, and LOVE the feel of them. I have been trail running MORE recently and definitely could use the additional grip! (I also got a pair of shorts to get me to the $100 needed.)
I want to get into trail running, potentially ultra running (ultra running after I nail a big road running goal, that is), and I am hoping that these will help motivate me further to get out there and get it done!
Yesterday also had something else going for it.
I will find out early next week if there were any problems with it and if I need to come in and take that LOVELY 3 hour test. I know a lot of people do, even if they have zero issues, so I am trying to mentally prepare. I hope to avoid it though.
If you are pregnant or have had a baby, what did you think of the sugar drink? Do you own trail specific shoes? Do you want to run an ultra?