I said I would run yesterday but it was hard to actually get out there and do it. The weather app on my phone said it was 37 degrees but it felt much colder than that, perhaps because it’s been so cold lately that every day just feels like a sub-zero day.
I convinced Paul to run with me and we tried a new running path so I didn’t know how long the run would be. I had a 30 min run scheduled in my half-marathon training plan from Coach Jenny so I wanted to keep it around that but I also missed a lot of miles in the past few weeks so I was okay with exceeding the time as long as I wasn’t tired. We ran close to 3 miles in 32 mins plus we stopped in the park to take pics too so we were out for longer. Paul took a crazy video of me running down a hill where I tried to channel my inner Usain Bolt. Will try to edit it and post it later.
When I came back from running, my hands felt like they were frozen. But the adrenaline was pumping and I just rubbed my hands together and forgot about it.
I stopped outside and took some crazy selfies. By the time I came inside, I could feel my ankles getting stiff.
When I run, I have to stretch after, there’s just no two ways about it. If I don’t stretch out my muscles after the run, it will feel like there are bricks attached to my feet.
So I did some stretching, some yoga moves and did my #PlankADay challenge. I am up to 1 min 10 seconds and I am extremely proud because when I started, I could barely hold the position long enough to start the stopwatch. I joined the Twitter #PlankADay challenge which just requires you to tweet your daily stats. if you don’t post for 3 days, the @PlankPolice outs you on Twitter so everyone knows you’re slacking. I got outed already over the wknd, not because I didn’t plank but because I didn’t post. Won’t make that mistake again. Today, because of the extra energy from the run, I tried an additional plank position. I’ve been focused on getting better at the traditional plank but I also tried this backward plank – I sat on the floor and raised my body up so my weight is supported only by my heels and palms flat on the floor. I wish I had a picture of myself doing it but this is the position I attempted:
I doubt that my body was in such a straight line but I’ll try to get pics next time.
And when I was done, I felt great. I delayed the run because it was cold and it’s hard to get motivated to do outdoor activities when the temperatures are unfavorable. But when you know you need to, and you really don’t feel like you can, RUN! You’ll always feel better after!
Today is Wednesday and it’s Cross Training/Strength Training Day. I am going to work on improving my planks and take a go at some kettle-ball exercises.
AND today, I see one of my best friends from 20 years ago and I can’t wait!
What motivated you to get out of bed this morning? And have you done planks? Are you good at them?