Trying something new: Barre Code

I finally tried Barre Code. I’ve seen things about Barre for awhile. Honestly the thing that kept me away was the cost. Friends said it was a great workout and it’s not that I didn’t believe them it’s that I already pay for the YMCA and for a personal trainer. Thanks to OnMilwaukee I came across a code for a free class. I thought, why not? Well, I’m the idiot who tried Barre for the first time the day after running 10 miles for the first time in months. I still loved it.

I think Barre would have been a lot more difficult if I hadn’t been working with my personal trainer for the last month and a half. It was a fantastic workout with cardio, core, and strength, mostly using the weight of your body. I’m pretty certain some of the pain I felt had to do with running pains from the day before. It was nice to see other people struggling too. I would definitely would try this more if it weren’t so expensive. There’s just no way I’m paying $18/class. Maybe if I wasn’t paying for other things, but for now I won’t be going back unless I can find a deal. I do recommend trying it.

The other awesome thing this week was my running. I’m back, really back. I was a bit lazy at the beginning of the week, but didn’t let the crappy weather (rain record) keep me from doing anything. Thankfully my Y has a nice indoor track. I am still really excited about Thursday’s run. I ran 3 miles at an 8:47 pace and can’t believe I saw that number again. Saturday Rachel and I were in charge of leading 2 mile group runs every hour during Fleet Feet Brookfield’s Running Expo. Now I had no intention of doing all 7 runs. I can do simple math and know that it would have been 14 miles and that would have just been stupid with where I’m at right now. We ended up leading 5 runs over 6 hours so I did 10 miles for the first time in who knows how long. The last two were a bit tough, but I made it. I don’t think I would have been able to do 10 straight, but I’m pretty tempted to run 7-8 next weekend. My foot is not bothering me at all. My body is exhausted, but not in a way I’m worried.

I am absolutely loving that I can see improvement and am feeling stronger. It’s fun to be reminded of what I can do. My goals have really been to get stronger and keep my body healthy, and while that remains I want to accomplish more. I don’t exactly know what that means, but I’m enjoying getting in better shape and starting to see muscles I haven’t seen in a long time.

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Training Plans

I’ve run quite a few half marathons. I could go back and count, but I’m pretty sure it’s somewhere between 15-20. I don’t really care the exact number. When I started it was a brand new thing and 13.1 miles seemed so far and a huge accomplishment. I really had no idea how I was going to get to that mileage. I went to a bookstore and grabbed a stack of books on half marathons. I chose one based on the fact that I agreed with enough things that the author said that I would trust him to get me to 13.1 miles. I chose the beginner plan since I was very much a beginner. I think I had run up to 7 miles at that point. I know I had run a few 10ks and a quarter marathon. I had done a handful of sprint triathlons and one olympic distance, but never had really trained for long distance running. It worked, I made it to the finish line and right at my 2:10 goal. It was exciting and I fell in love with distance running. After that I don’t really remember how I trained for half marathon number two. I ran a full marathon three months after that first half so assume I didn’t have trouble keeping up mileage for a half four months later. I was able to cut 10 minutes off my time and break two hours with a 1:59:56. I was pretty stoked. I later worked with a coach. I didn’t really like how that worked out. It wasn’t the right fit. I ran a faster half. I got injured training for another full. Blah, blah, blah. Skipping over quite a bit that I’ve probably already rambled on about and cut forward several years to now: I’m once again coming back from injury and want to train for a half marathon.

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I know how to slowly build up my mileage. That’s exactly what I’m already doing. But I want a plan. I’m sitting here with books and the internet and I literally don’t like any of the plans I’m finding. They either run too many days a week or not enough or have you running way too many miles the week before a race. I currently think I know too much and too little at the same time. I know I can get back to the miles. I’m not worried about that, but I want a plan. I think I know why I worked with a coach over the last few years. At least this time was a lot more successful than the first time I used a coach. But right now I’m paying for a personal trainer and that is important to keeping me healthy. I do not have the money to pay for a running coach on top of that. I’m thinking about it for my November half, but need to decide what the hell I’m doing for my August half.

I think I’m going back to good old pencil and a paper calendar. I will make my own plan. I have written a few for a friend. I generally know what to do and I think a lot of it will come back. I’m not planning on any speed work right now. I’m still hyper-paranoid about re-injury so will stick with my painstakingly slow mileage build-up. On a positive note I did register for the Madison Mini so that really is happening. It will be awesome and there will be post-race beers on the terrace.