The last few days I’ve been particularly unmotivated to exercise. The weather has been unpredictable and mostly unpleasant with grey skies and rain most conducive to drinking tea at home! Luckily I had three motivated workout buddies to help me get out the door.
On Sunday night my sister & I made plans with GC to do a Monday morning run to the beach. Of course I was the last to wake up and still groggy by the time we met at the park. All of the paths were muddy, littered with fallen branches. Exposed slick tree roots made it necessary to look down constantly and after a short time we decided to stick to the road.
We chatted on the easy run down to the beach and were rewarded with a stunning view of the expansive beach and grey, tumultuous waves. After a brief walking break, we turned around and started toward home. We kept a good pace on the steady climb, encouraging ourselves and discussing how much easier it was to run with friends. Still, I was thoroughly exhausted by the time we left the park. Our altered course was slightly longer and harder than the usual trails!
the workout: 4+ mile run
Yesterday, I had hoped to ride my bike after bringing my sister to the airport but the rain had already begun by the time I returned home. The afternoon of cleaning, packing and general pre-trip organization got away from me and before I knew it, my husband was on his way home from work. Instead of skipping my workout completely, I made us a fresh juice for energy and invited him to the gym. He was happy to accompany me and we found ourselves side by side elliptical trainers. I punched in a half hour cross training program and set a fast pace with no resistance. I realized a while back that resistance on the elliptical irritated my back but I could cover the same distance as I would running if I treated my workouts as low impact run replacements. I pay constant attention to my form, only holding on lightly for balance when I’m “running” backward and I follow my pacing on the machine to be sure I’m not getting slower. The half hour flew by as my husband and I discussed our days and pizza toppings for dinner. (We ended up making one with fresh pesto, tomato and mozzarella; the other with marinara, leek & mushroom, and gruyere.) I concluded my time at the gym with stretching and core exercises. I added back in a couple I really dislike but I think are necessary for the continued balancing and healing of my back. I’ll post them on my Core page next week.
30 min elliptical, 3 miles, HR ZN 2-3 fat burning