The week started with my gym kicking off its Biggest Loser competition. They've done it several times before, but I've never participated until now. I knew the element of competition is exactly what I needed to help jump start my fitness routine (again).
The BL shirts are really nice! They are a dark heather gray with the above logo in a neon-ish orange. I like how it fits as well!
- Monday we were weighed in, had our body fat calculated, and took pictures. I'm really excited about the whole thing! That same day I took a Vixen Muscle class and ran 2 easy miles.
- Tuesdays I have grad class all night, so those are always forced rest days.
- Wednesday I took my Vixen Muscle class, and I completed my speed work for the week.
- Thursday was supposed to be an easy run, but I ended up leaving school late and didn't make it happen. This was the one missed run of my week.
- Fridays are our date nights, so they are always scheduled rest days. We had a healthy meal at Chipotle.
Saturday morning there was a Biggest Loser group workout scheduled for 10 am. I knew I wanted to run before the workout because I had a busy day planned, so my intentions were to leave my house at 8 am to run some miles, and as part of my run, I'd end up at the gym. I'm very fortunate to live only 2 miles from my gym, and I wanted to be smart about my time. Including the trip to the gym in my miles made the most sense!
Unfortunately I got a late start to my morning, so I wasn't able to run the full 7 miles I was supposed to. I ended up with 5 miles at a 12:03 pace. I was supposed to hit a 12:58 pace, so I'm happy with a 12:03. I wasn't trying to beat the pace that was provided by the plan, and I definitely walked when I needed to, but somehow I still ended up ahead of the prescribed time. I made sure not to push it too hard, because I knew I'd be participating in the BL workout right after the run, and I wanted to have some gas left in my tank. I don't feel too badly about missing out on the last 2 miles since I did go directly to another workout. I plan to make that my Saturday routine for the 8 weeks BL is going on.
The picture below was taken during the BL group workout, and in the background you can see someone wearing the BL shirt I described earlier. We were cheering on the final finishers. Everyone was extremely encouraging and motivating toward one another even though it was a competition. I can tell this is a great group of people, and I'm so glad I made the choice to join! My partner and I won third place! :)
These last two weeks of training have been humbling. When I first looked at the plan created for me by Runner's World, I thought the paces that were planned would be easy - almost too easy. What I've found is that I couldn't have been more wrong. Far too often I've been sucking wind during a run that should be very doable, and I find that extremely frustrating. I think a huge part of it is being on the treadmill. Running feels at least a bajillion times harder for me on the treadmill.
Either way, whether I'm sucking wind or gliding like a gazelle (never), I will keep pushing and keep trying!