I planned ahead and booked Baby A into YMCA childcare so I could attend a spinning class this morning. Then I went to bed at 9:30 last night and slept 10 hours! I actually woke up before he did this morning and we rushed through breakfast so I could get to my class. I arrived at 8:30, 15 minutes early to class, right as childcare opened. I asked for a spinning class pass and was told the class was full. I missed the last pass by a minute! Wearing flip flops with only my biking shoes in my bag, my only option was to do my own spin workout on one of the bikes in the cardio area. Luckily the other 5 people who were also turned away from the class didn’t decide to spin on their own also, so there was a free bike. My workout would have been better had I attended class and I really just wanted to zone out and do what somebody instructed me to do today. I managed to complete a respectable 30 minute spin workout, then round out my gym hour with some core strengthening exercises and stretches.
the workout: 30 min spin, warmup, (10:00 sprint intervals- 1:00 min sprint, :30 rest ), (10:0o min climb- :30 seated, :30 standing, increase resistance each set), (10:00 speed drills- each minute increase rpm), cool down, exercise ball push-ups, cardio ball knee tuck, plank
Yesterday, before the hour of 10am, Baby A and I had completed a run, attended a hilarious and chaotic baby yoga class and eaten breakfast. I laugh as I look back to my past 11 years of late night opera schedule and think that during some of those years my days regularly began at 10 when I woke up and rushed to rehearsal. Then I look back even further to my days in college, when my sister and I would bike to the swimming pool for an early workout and still be at school by 7:30 when the doors opened so we could nab practice rooms. And even before that, all through high school, I was up at 5am practicing violin before school so I could do swim team, soccer, dance classes and theater after school. Sleeping until 7:30 then packing my morning seems to be pretty par for the course in my life!
the workout: 3.31 mile run, 9:08 min/mi ave, 3 mile afternoon walk
Thursday morning I almost swam an entire mile. I hadn’t done this since… okay, I can’t actually remember the last time. This particular morning I decided Baby A would be happier at YMCA daycare than in the pool and I would be happier in the big pool than the baby pee pool. It was an inspired decision and a plan I will repeat again soon! My only error was forgetting the lap count in a mile. 1800 yards, not 1600. I didn’t swim fast enough to fit in the final 200. I swam Thursday because I ran Wednesday night. Haven’t done that in a while either.
the workout: 1600 yd swim
My Wednesday evening run was a last minute workout decision. I’d planned to swim before heading to my recording session but alas, Baby A didn’t wake up early enough for me to feed him then fit in a swim. And I wasn’t about to wake him! After the session, I stopped by REI to purchase a hiking backpack so that Baby A and I can start training for summer hikes in Jackson Hole WY. By the time I made it home, my husband was heading toward Hot Sauce and Panko, a local wings joint. Instead of skipping it since I’d already eaten lunch, I tried chicken katsu on a waffle. Delicious but not great pre-run food. A few hours later as we prepared Baby A for bed, I decided I really did crave that run. It was cold and almost dark but I opted for a run outside instead of wasting time driving to the gym. I passed several other runners and a swarm of people attending an event at the Conservatory of Flower. The greenhouse was beautifully lit and I did a couple sets of stairs near there so I could watch the crowd before running on.
the workout: 1.87 mile run, 9:35 min/mi ave
Tuesday was another gym day. I forgot my phone, hence had no entertainment and didn’t think I’d make it through a long half hour on a machine. So I mixed it up. 5 minutes cardio, 10 minutes strength training, x 3
the workout: 5 min elliptical, arm, chest and shoulder work, 5 min bike, arm, chest and shoulder work, 5 min elliptical, core
On Monday, the wonderful world of trail running reopened itself to me. I’d tried it briefly on Saturday when Baby A started fussing and he calmed down immediately. I tried it for a longer period of time during Monday’s run and my knees thanked me. I checked with our pediatrician just to be certain all the bumps wouldn’t harm Baby A in any way and he said something to the effect of my child being indestructible because he’s so big. At 1, his weight is 80th percentile, height 75th and head size still in the 90s!
the workout: 3:24 mile run, 9:49 min/mi ave, 3.21 mile afternoon walk