As an ambassador for the Cleveland Marathon, that means regular posts about my training progress up until the race on May 17th. I decided this was a good way to adopt a regular weekly blog series that I'm calling (Half) Marathon Mondays!
So here was what my first week of training looked like:
Monday: Spinning class at Harness Cycle
Tuesday: 3 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: Kettlebells using Shred It With Weights
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: Yoga video
Normally I wouldn't have done two runs back to back on Tuesday & Wednesday, but BC's birthday was Wednesday night and we went to his parents for dinner which is about 45 minutes from Cleveland. I didn't want to worry about being out late and or waking up early Thursday morning to get my miles in, so I switched days. It was a good idea, too, because I was exhausted by the time I got home and woke up late on Thursday, but not so late that I wasn't able to get a kettlebell workout in.
I'm still working on slowly building up my running since I'm sorely out of practice. And I mean that literally: my calves were screaming by the end of the week, even with most of the miles being walked. But with 11 weeks to go, I know I'll get those legs conditioned and running more. I have yet, however, to brave the cold and have been braving the dreadmill instead. I am hoping to get myself out there for Friday's long run this week.
Speaking of Kettlebells, inspired by my friend Nathan, I decided mine needed a name (technically I own three - a 5 lb, a 10 lb, and a 15 lb. I never use the 5 and alternate on the 10 and 15 so they are all sharing the name). ANYWAY....After thinking about it for a few days, I decided to name my Kettlebell Meghan.
1) I'm using it for cross-training, which makes the Kettlebell a Trainor.
2) When you look at a Kettlebell you can clearly tell they are all about that bass.
AM I GENIUS OR WHAT?
Saturday morning I was debating going to a yoga class or doing a video at home and opted to do it at home. Partly this was a timing issue but also a financial issue: with FitBloggin in June and a Florida trip in August I'm trying to be more careful with my money and was able to find one I really liked on Amazon Prime.
I did have a partner, though:
I haven't been to a yoga class in months and I'm glad I decided on a video at home because I'm pretty sure a class would have killed me. (Obviously, not really.) But man was my body tight. I also did learn that the House of Blues downtown offers donation-based yoga classes on Saturdays, so that's good to know for the future.
How is everyone else's training going?
Love from the ashes,