I picked up my bib today for my upcoming half marathon. T-2.5 days! Weather is looking good - cold (0 degrees Celsius at the start) but sunny. I’d prefer a few degrees warmer but I’d take this over the nasty weather last year any day!
The only downside of having the race this weekend is that I’ve had to ease off of Iron this week to keep severe DOMS at bay. Hard to run if you can’t even walk! 😂 But I’m looking forward to getting back at it with you guys in full form next week. I’ve been advised to avoid intense leg workouts for a week post race but I can be in full swing on all the other body parts. Keeping my diet clean in the meantime and will add some carbs to Sat dinner for a little carbo loading to be race ready.
I’ve been getting my grunt on these past few days as I’ve pushed up the weight. I think this officially makes me an honorary gym bro?! 😂
Last week was a very mixed week.
Exercise: after a strong start with leg day, I let DOMS and the polar vortex get the better of me and missed a couple of workouts. I did get back at it again towards the end of the week and am feeling back on track. Attached are pics from my run for yesterday’s cardio.
Diet: I was doing pretty well until the weekend Super Bowl parties hit and ended up indulging in various non-kompliant food and drink. Water under the bridge and now I’m back on diet.
Sleep: generally I manage to get my sleep but I had a couple of late nights this past week dealing with a few time sensitive things. This is an area that I can’t do without when I’m training so I’m already back on track here too.
Holding myself to higher standards this week! Good luck team!
That was intense! My legs feel like jelly...in the best possible way. You know you’ve given your all when foam rolling after stretching feels like workout part 2! And walking up a flight of stairs to get to the locker room is part 3 🤣 Speaking of stairs, I have them in my apartment so the next few days should be entertaining!
Also new for me today was learning to use the barbell and squat rack. Until now, I’d been using dumbbells. Feels great to learn something new and push a little harder!
Have a great week team! 🙌🏽
Today I finally ventured into the weights area at peak workout time. It was me, another woman and whole lot of dudes! I held my head high as I pulled 7.5-10 lb dumbbells from the rack while those around me were lifting many multiples of that. I was very grateful for all the details on form provided in the daily workouts so I could look like I belonged 😂 One thing I noticed was the imbalance between my right and left biceps. I’m right handed and that shows in the workouts. I know our bodies have imbalances all over but I’m always amazed to see it!
Ran a 10k today on a whim so swapped tomorrow’s cardio for today. I realized about two-thirds of the way through that my legs were TIRED from this week’s workouts so perhaps a 10k to finish the week wasn’t the best of all ideas 😂 Having said that, it was a fun race with an inspirational purpose: to empower women of all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels to be active. When the race was founded in 1972, 72 women crossed the finish line. Today over 8300 women did. Proud to be part of that field!
Got in some extra cardio today with a group run in Central Park with the New York Road Runners. Couldn’t have asked for nicer running conditions to celebrate Global Running Day! 🏃🏽♀️
Fellow trainees, I am about to embark on a dream trip to hike the Torres del Paine 9-day circuit in Chilean Patagonia. I am beyond excited!! But that means I'll be off the grid for the next 9 days and also means I won't be able to do the workouts or comply with the diet. The good news is I'll get plenty of cardio and burn lots of calories as I'll be hiking an average of 10 hours a day! I look forward to getting back to the Kenzai 10k routine and catching up on your blogs when I return. Happy running!! 🏃🏻♀️🏃🏻