Workin' Up a Sweat

This week I’ve had some really good workouts that I haven’t had a chance to talk about. I usually hate workout dump blog posts so I’m irritating myself as I’m writing this but I want to be able to look back on this week. I promise I’ll make it short. But I might get sappy at the end. You’ve been warned.

Monday I met up with Linda (that’s my personal trainer, if you’re new around these parts) for a speed run at Lake Underhill Park. I’ve been avoiding that park since the whole gunpoint thing but going with someone else makes me feel a lot safer and now that it’s lighter in the evening, I don’t mind as much.

We did:

  • 1 warm-up mile
  • 10 x 1/10 mile with 30 second rests
  • 1 cool-down mile

Pin it!  (< — haha, totally kidding. And if you don’t get that, you don’t read enough blogs.)

Now, I know the sprints were only 1/10 of a mile, but those are sixes. I have to say, we felt like we were flying and we even had a couple girls cheer us on as we ran by which made us feel super fly and popular.

Tuesday was a weights workout. I’m still doing my weight training, but haven’t been talking about it as much. Do you want to hear about those workouts? Usually I just talk about them if they were particularly notable so no one starts using my blog to cure their insomnia.

On Thursday, I finally found a place to take spin where I didn’t need a gym membership to do it.

The class is super small (only 9 bikes) and it’s in a personal training gym. Do you see the little wires hanging from the ceiling? Those are headphone jacks that we have to plug into to hear the music and the instructor. Kinda weird, but I liked it. The instructor was pretty good, but the class was too short (45 min with the warm up/cool down, so only 35 min of real work). The music selection was…well, let’s just say I think I’m pretty good in life never hearing Caribbean Queen again. I’ll probably give the class another shot since I miss spin so much.

This evening was another speed run with Linda. And it was pretty much the last thing I wanted to do. Ever.

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We did:

  • 1 warm-up mile
  • 6 x 400s
  • 1 cool-down mile

I was hoping to get all the 400s in the 8:15 min per mile area but I was feeling really slow out there. When I got home and loaded my Garmin on the computer, I saw this:

I’m so surprised by this run. I was hating every moment. During the last sprint, Linda was ahead of me and trying to yell back at me to keep pushing it but I couldn’t give any more. And that was our fastest sprint. I was barely hanging on for the cool down mile. I mean, I was spent. But once I got home, I was feeling GREAT.

So hang on for a second while I get super sappy on your asses. I didn’t want to do that run today and considered canceling. I was even bitching to Linda before we started. But I seriously felt great afterwards. So, if you’re sitting on the couch and you don’t feel like getting up and being active, do it anyway. It doesn’t have to be running, it can be anything. It’s WORTH it. And if you don’t feel like doing it for yourself, do it for someone else. My dad was never active, had a quadruple bypass in his 50s, and died of a heart attack 3 1/2 years ago. If he had gotten off the couch, he’d still be around to make me laugh at his stupid jokes. So if you don’t feel like getting off the couch for yourself, do it for someone who cares about you.


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15 responses to “Workin' Up a Sweat

  1. I love that you said you felt super fly during that speedwork. Work it, girl! I’m also glad you’re kicking butt with all this speediness–keep it up and you’ll be under 2 in no time!!!

    And I’m glad you got all warm and fuzzy. I wish your dad was still here, too. XO

  2. good for you for not quitting on that run!

  3. Aw Paula, I am sorry to hear about your dad. I didn’t know that.
    You are right, it is so much better to be active…I just feel BETTER. But it’s so easy to get into a funk and not work out and be all like “hmm…why do I feel so funky?” because I forget the FEELING! I must remember. It is just better to be active…mentally, physically, everythingly.

    Um, I died laughing at the Pin It. New blog pet peeve of mine.

  4. Hi Paula,
    I’ve been enjoying reading your blog for some time, so thank you for that 🙂 I always find myself saying how great I feel after a work out even on the days that I really need to push myself to workout and even on the days when my asthma acts up. I am sorry to hear you lost your dad!
    Keep up the good workouts and keep up the blogging!

    • Paula

      Thank you! And yes, I think I might need to take my own advice today and stop being a slug. It’s easy to forget how good those workouts feel when you don’t want to get off the couch. (Like me, right now) 🙂

  5. Amber K

    That sucks about your dad 😦 But good for you for getting out there even though you didn’t want to. Sometimes when I really don’t want to exercise even for me, I try and picture my future kids and realize I want to be healthy for them!

  6. First of all, I laughed hysterically out loud for all to hear (did you know they’re making a Buddy The Elf Musical?! I will be there) about the Pin It comment! I’m anti-Pinterest for sure. I don’t cook and I don’t craft so what’s the point, really?! LOOK AT ALL THOSE 6’s!!!! You rock girl! Seriously impressive. I’ll do that workout someday when I’m not so lazy.

  7. Susan Britcher

    Hahahaha OMG so funny – sitting here reading your blog…..trying to delay my eliptical workout becasue im just not in the mood….now Im fully guilted into getting off my ass and onto that eliptical machine! Exactly what i needed to hear. Thanks

  8. Zenaida Arroyo

    Awesome! I have my lazy days when I don’t want to run but once I do, I feel great.

    By the way, what kind of Garmin do you have?

  9. Stacie

    Way to kick some ass. Damn girl! You are getting super speedy!! Love what you said about running for your dad. I’m so sorry for your loss but so proud of you for refusing to live that same life.

  10. Megan

    First – how did I miss the gunpoint post? Holy effing scary! That’s like something out of a movie. Glad you sped away quickly!

    And as for this post, man, you had me tearing up at the end there. I thought about this post when I racing (err… fast jogging) this morning, and I thought about how my own dad (who passed away when I was in high school) missed out on so much life because of the choices he made. He never got to run a race, or see his daughter finish one, or will see his granddaughter complete her first mile. So sad. So I ran for him this morning. Thanks for that extra push, Paula.

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