Friday, October 31, 2014

Outside Run

Yesterday afternoon I did a run outside after work.  This is going to be my last after-work outside run of the season, because we switch back to standard time this weekend and it will be too dark.  I ran from my house to the Georgetown Branch Trail and back.  I ran about 3.48 mi in 35:30, which averages to about 5.9 mph.  It was chilly, which felt good during the run, but froze me afterward.  I was trying not to push too hard, although that was hard on the return leg, which has a lot of uphill.

This morning I did P90X2 X2 Total Body.  I added in 3 sets of 8 reps of front shoulder raises with 12 lb per hand.  I really would like my shoulders to look less knobby.  I burned about 200 cal.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Easy Run

Yesterday afternoon I did my first run since the Marine Corps Marathon 10K race on Sunday.  I did 3 mi on the treadmill at 5.8 mph, taking 31:03.  I didn't do as many rest breaks on the rails, which was good, and something I'm going to try to continue.

This morning I did Insanity the Asylum Vol. 2 Pure Contact.  Afterward, I added on a couple of plyo moves from NROLW that I liked.  First, I did the squat with one-arm overhead press, with 25 lb.  This move makes me feel like I am strong!  Second, I did the reverse wood chop with a 20-lb weight.  For both moves, I did 6 reps on each side and 3 sets, with 1 minute rest in between.  Overall, this all burned about 170 calories.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

P90X2 Hybrid

Yesterday afternoon and evening, I didn't do any specific fitness activity.  I did do some yard work quickly before it got dark.

This morning I started on my P90X2 hybrid.  I guess I really started on it yesterday, but yesterday's workout wasn't from P90X2 - hence the "hybrid".  This morning I did P90X2 Balance + Power.  I haven't done much stability work for awhile, so some of this was hard.  I'm trying to concentrate on keeping my butt down in the planks.  I burned about 180 calories.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday Night Doubles

Yesterday morning I did my shortened version of P90X2 Recovery + Mobility.  I was definitely not as sore as after my half-marathon, but the break was good.  I burned about 85 calories.

Yesterday evening I had my usual Monday night tennis doubles at TCCP.  I played pretty well.  My partner, Lindsay, and I won the first round 6-2.  One of our opponents liked to lob a lot, but we tried to take them out of the air and stop any lobbing rally.  In the second round, my partner, Whitney, and I lost 6-5.  It was a very good match, with lots of good points.  We had been down in games 3-1, then went up 5-3 before we got tied 5-5 and did a tie-breaker.  In the tie-breaker, we were down 6-2, but came back to 6-5 before we lost.  It was fun!

This morning I did Insanity the Asylum Vol. 2 Agility Tutorial along with Ab Shredder.  I also did a 90-s plank on a stability ball.  I worked up a good sweat with all of that.  I haven't done Ab Shredder in awhile, and it seemed hard.  I burned about 185 cal.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Marine Corps Marathon 10K!

Yesterday afternoon I didn't do any activity because I was resting up for the Marine Corps Marathon 10K today.

The Marine Corps Marathon 10K started at 7:55am today.  By the time I got through security at about 7:30am, the line for the port-a-potties was really long.  I had no choice, though - I had to go.  So I did not get to start off in the start corrals.  I crossed the start line shortly after 8:05am as they were starting to warn about closing the start.  Whew!  It had taken all the runners in the corrals about 7 minutes to pass the start line, anyway.

I tried to start off at an easy pace, and it did feel pretty good.  It was definitely cool to run around the National Mall and be cheered on by all the spectators.  The route had some gradual ups and downs, mostly on the freeway ramps, but it wasn't too bad.  I was running at a little under a 10:00-min pace for the first three miles and wanted to ramp it up for the last half.  Unfortunately I couldn't push it as much as I hoped.  The last mile was really tough.  I took a 1-minute walking break at about 5.5 mi.  The last tenth of a mile to the finish line was a nasty uphill switchback that was no fun. 

I finished in 59:27.  Given my horrible half-marathon performance last month, I had the goal of finishing in under an hour, which I did.  Also since I'd done so badly in that last race, I was more prepared to not do so well in this one, so it wasn't as much of a disappointment.

I was the 2111th finisher out of 7635 (top 27.6%), which I was surprised by.  Apparently it was a slow field.   There were 4816 women, and I finished 910th among women (top 18.9%).  In the 40-44 women's age group, I was 90th out of 571 (top 15.8%).

I did enjoy the race.  The spectators were great - I just wish they were allowed along more of the route, because they couldn't be on the highways.  Since I started from the very back of the pack, I enjoyed passing just about everyone I encountered.

I am hoping to train more wisely and get my anemia resolved for my next race, which probably won't be until next May.  I'm looking at a half-marathon then.  Maybe I'll try to do another 10K sometime before then.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Combo Loss

Last night, I had a combo match.  Unfortunately, Martine and I lost 6-2, 6-3.  We made a lot of unforced errors.  I had trouble generating pace off their slow shots.  Fortunately, our team won the other two courts, so we won the match overall.

This morning I had a practice with my team.  It was a beautiful fall day.  My partner, Sharynne, and I won the first round 6-1.  Then my partner, Martine, and I lost the second round 7-5, 3-2.  In the last round, my partner, Susie, and I won 4-2, if I remember correctly. 

This afternoon my mom and I went to the DC Armory to pick up my bib for the Marine Corps Marathon 10K.  There was a huge line!  I measured it, and we walked 0.3 mi outside in line.  It took us about 40 minutes.  I had been hoping to walk around a bit in the expo, since I've never really been to one, but it was so horribly crowded that I didn't want to stick around.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mixed Combo Win

Last night my husband and I finally played together for our mixed combo team.  We were on #1 doubles.  We won 6-2, 6-2.  Our opponents did not have very good doubles strategy.  The opposing woman just couldn't handle the spin and pace on Bill's shots.  The opposing guy was a reasonably good player, but didn't position himself well for doubles.  It was good to get the win.  Sadly, our team has only won 3 courts in 4 matches so far.

This morning, I did my shortened version of P90X2 Recovery + Mobility.  I burned about 90 calories.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Unexpected Rest Night

Yesterday my tennis practice was canceled because of rain, so I took advantage of the time to get some work done and didn't find a different activity.

This morning I did Cathe Friedrich's HIIT Double Wave Pyramid.  This is a short workout - only 30 minutes, and the cool-down stretch is probably at least 5 minutes of that.  But that's the point of my taper/rest week.  The jumping HIIT segments did give me a lot of work.  I'm realizing that taking the time for NROLW has cost me some plyo cardio ability.  Blah.  The workout burned about 160 calories.

I've been pretty hungry the past couple days, especially in the middle of the night and in the morning.  Does that mean I've been losing any weight?  Of course not.  I'm still hovering around 128 lb.  Grrr.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Short Run

Yesterday afternoon I did a short run, which was my last run before the MCM 10K race on Sunday.  i ran 3.0 mi in 30:00 on the treadmill.  I increased my pace throughout again, so I averaged 6.0 mph.  I ran this without a drink, since it was short.  I had hoped to not take any breaks because of that, but that didn't happen.  Blah.  Lately I've been feeling more tired again, so I'm wondering if I really am getting over my anemia.

This morning I did Cathe Friedrich's 4 Day Split Kickbox workout.  This is a fun one.  I burned about 200 calories.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday Night Doubles

Last night I had my usual tennis doubles at TCCP.  It was fun.  My partner and I lost the first round 6-1, even though I felt like we were playing pretty well.  Our opponents just played better.  In the second round, my partner and I won in a tie-breaker, 6-5.  We had been behind, so it was good to get the win.  In the last round, we only got to play two games, and we ended up 1-1.

This morning I did Insanity Core Cardio & Balance.  I dogged it a bit.  I burned about 180 calories.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Taper Week

Last night I did my last long run before the Marine Corps Marathon 10K next Sunday.  I did 5 miles on the treadmill in 50:00.  Again, I increased my speed each 1/5 of time so that I ran at an average of 6.0 mph.  This was a tough run - my legs were tired, so I took a lot of breaks.  Apparently it's not such a good idea to run after playing 6 hours of tennis the day before, 4 of those hours in back-to-back matches!

This morning I started my taper week for my morning workouts.  I did P90X+ Kenpo Cardio+.  I burned about 255 calories.  There was a very pretty waning crescent Moon outside my kitchen window when I sadly got up well before sunrise.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Two Wins!

Last night I had a combo match at 7pm and a tri-level match at 9pm.  My partner and I won both!

I played the combo match with Jessica, and I knew we were playing against a weak team.  However, our two opponents were just so inexperienced that the match was no contest at all.  We won 6-1, 6-0.  One of our other courts also won very quickly, so we shuffled things around and played them for a set or so, which was much more fun.  Our team won both of the other courts, so we had a clean sweep win.

I played the tri-level match with Anda.  Like our match last week, we were playing against the toughest team.  This time, though, the other captain brought out her big player, probably because we did win last week.  That player, Marva, was one that we've only beaten once.  However, Anda and I played really well, and we got the win last night, too!  We were pretty even in the first set and then managed to win 6-4.  In the second set, we got down 2-4, but came back to win 6-4.  Yay!  Unfortunately our team lost the other two courts, so we lost the overall match.

This morning I did my usual Sunday boxing class.  It was fine - nothing unusual.  I'm glad I am feeling more energetic again.  I do think the iron supplement is helping.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mixed Combo Fail

Last night I had a mixed combo match.  Again, I was playing with someone that is not my husband, but at least he is a 4.0.  After the warm up, it seemed like both our opponents were very erratic players, and we should be able to get them to make a lot of errors, although the guy hit really hard.  The other guy served the first game, and his serve was so strong, I really couldn't do anything with it.  But the pivotal thing happened on the last point:  my partner broke the strings on his racquet.  He had another racquet with him, but it was an old racquet of his wife's and not really good for him.  Why he brought that as a back-up, I don't know.  Anyway, he had a lot of trouble adjusting to the racquet, and we lost the first set 6-1.  In the second set, my partner had an excellent serve game, so we were hopeful.  But then we ended up losing the second set 6-1 as well.  We both had too many errors, and I just couldn't handle the other guy's serve, which is very rare for me.  It was an extremely frustrating match.

This morning I had a practice with my tennis team.  We played without keeping score in order to be able to focus on learning and reinforcing some of the stuff from Wintergreen.  It was a beautiful morning.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Evening Practice

Yesterday morning I did my shortened version of P90X2 Recovery + Mobility.  I burned about 110 calories.

Yesterday evening the rain finally stopped, just in time for a practice with my tennis team.  Those of us who went to Wintergreen tried to show the others some of the key ideas.  We didn't keep score in our playing in order to focus on the actual practicing.  It was a good session.

This morning I did the first workout from Stage 3 of NROLW for the last time.  Most exercises I kept the same, but I increased to 60 lb for the bent-over rows, to 33 lb per hand for the incline presses, and did my second swiss-ball plank for 90 s.  I didn't do the bodyweight moves at the end in order to save some time.  I burned about 170 calories.  This is where I'm ending NROLW.  Next week I'm doing a bit of an easier week because my Marine Corps Marathon 10K is next Sunday.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Two Runs

Yesterday afternoon I had planned to do cardio tennis at TCCP, but it was canceled because there weren't enough people signed up.  So I came home and did a 4.5-mi run instead.  Again, I split the runs into fifths in time and each fifth increased by 0.1 mph from 5.8 mph to 6.2 mph.  I finished in 45:00.

This morning I did the second workout of Stage 3 of NROLW.  I didn't increase weights, but this workout doesn't really have much in the way of weights to increase.   I did get 4 pull-ups in each set.  This workout really makes me feel like I'm sitting around doing a lot of nothing.  I shortened the rest intervals a bit so that I finished in about 65 min.  I didn't do the HIIT because I didn't have time.

I have decided that I'm not going to continue on with NROLW past this week.  I just don't think it's what I need right now.  I like the idea of lifting heavy, and I think I've gained some strength.  However, it's been 3 months, and I certainly haven't seen any decrease in my body fat, despite what NROLW claims.  Of course, I've been doing other stuff with it, which the book definitely does not recommend.  I also feel like the workouts have really been dragging on for longer than I want to spend on them.  For me, the straw that broke the camel's back was looking ahead at Stage 4, which is pretty much a repeat of Stage 2, but with more sets so it'll take longer.

I think I'm going to arrange my own schedule with a mix mostly of P90X2 and Asylum vols. 1 and 2. 

This afternoon I came home to do a shorter run.  I ran 3 mi in 30:00, following my increasing speed strategy.  Then I did 5 x 1 min at 7.5mph, alternating with 5 x 2 min standing on the rails for rest, in order to do some HIIT.  This was interesting, and I think it was good.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday Night Doubles

Last night I had my usual Monday night tennis doubles at TCCP.  I played really well!  I felt like I was moving well on the court and applying what we learned at Wintergreen, especially about getting overheads and getting balls at the net.  My partner, Donna, and I lost the first round 4-6, but that doesn't reflect how well we played, and we played against what I would say was a stronger pair.  The second round, my partner, Patricia, and I won 6-5.  Again, it was a really tight match and we all played really well. 

This morning I didn't feel like doing Asylum vol. 2 XTrainer as I had planned, so I did P90X+ Kenpo Cardio+ instead.  I burned about 255 calories.

Monday, October 13, 2014

No Match

Last night, my husband and I were supposed to play in a 7.5 mixed combo match.  However, our team arrived at the facility, and there was already another match playing that had started an hour earlier.  MCTA had double-booked our facility.  The guy running the courts offered to stay until we could play our match when the previous players had finished, but that probably would've meant playing until midnight.  Not really what we wanted to do!  Our captain is getting the match re-scheduled.  Now I've had two nights in a row of expecting to play a match and then not doing it.  Kind of a let-down.  At least I got to bed on time instead of late.

This morning I did the first workout of Stage 3 of NROLW.  I kept the weights and such the same as in the previous workout, except that my second Swiss-ball plank, which I held for 80 sec.  Those are really tough!  I burned about 215 calories in the workout.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Win by Default

Last night my combo team had a match.  I was scheduled to play on the third court with Susie, but the other team defaulted that court because of illness.  So we won one court before we even started!  Fortunately we also won one of the other courts, so we won the match.  This was really a gift, because this team is usually the strongest team, and we always lose to them.  Instead we got a win!  During the match, I played singles with Donna on the defaulted court.

This morning I did my usual boxing class.  This is where I can tell I've got more energy than I used to, because I'm not dogging the exercises so much.  It was good to get back to boxing after a week away.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Long Run

I was going to do a long run yesterday afternoon, but I got so busy at work that I just couldn't get home in time to do it.  I still have so much to catch up on from taking the long weekend last weekend.

My team's morning practice got rained out today, so I did my long run this morning.  I did 7 miles in 1:10:00 on the treadmill.  Again, I broken it up in fifths by time, so I ran at 5.8, 5.9, 6.0, 6.1, and 6.2 mph.  This was feeling pretty good until at about 2 miles, when I accidentally dropped my water bottle.  In my attempt to catch it, I tripped and slid on the running treadmill. Ouch!  Fortunately, I did not receive any major injuries.  Mostly scrapes and burns from the moving belt.  I did take more breaks after this because I wasn't sure whether I was really uninjured or not.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tri-level Win!

Last night I had a tri-level match with my team.  My partner, Anda, and I won, 7-5, 5-7, 1-0.  This was the hardest team in the league, as always, so we were really psyched to win our court.  We were anxious to try what we learned at Wintergreen, but we just made a lot of errors at first and got down 4-1 pretty quickly.  We pulled ourselves together, especially Anda, who played really well, and won the first set.  The second set was pretty even until our opponents got the win.  We started off strong in the match tie-breaker, getting up 9-3.  But then we got nervous and couldn't get the last point.  We finally won it, 10-8.  So exciting!  Sadly, our team lost the other two courts, so we lost the match overall.

This morning I did the second workout in Stage 3 of NROLW.  I didn't change my weights for any of the exercises except the crunches on the Swiss ball. I held a 20-lb weight for these.  I'm just not sure the weight is making that much of a difference.  I rushed the exercises a bit, since they don't require a lot of weight, just to get done faster.  I skipped the HIIT again, for time.  I don't care for this workout very much, because it seems like it takes forever, but the exercises aren't doing much.  I burned about 130 calories. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mixed Loss

Last night I played a mixed combo match.  Unfortunately I was not scheduled to play with my husband, which is what I prefer.  I played with another guy who is a 3.5, so we made a 6.5 pair in a 7.5 league - not good.  We ended up losing 6-1, 6-1.  I don't think it had to be that bad, especially since we had a number of deuce games, but I felt like my partner wrote off the match before we even got started.  It's hard not to be insulted by that, but I think he just didn't care overall.  He's a singles player mostly, and so his doubles strategy was definitely lacking.  The opposing man also had excellent shot placement for doubles.

This morning I decided to sleep in a bit and catch up on my rest, so I didn't do a workout or even foam rolling.  I have another late match tonight.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Short Run

Last night I had planned a practice with my tennis team, but it rained.  Instead I did a 40-min run on the treadmill.  It was at an easy pace, so I split it up into 8-min segments and ran at 5.8, 5.9, 6.0, 6.1, and 6.2 mph, which averaged to 6.0 mph and a total of 4 mi.  This is the second time I've done a run like this, and I really like it.  It kind of fools me into thinking I'm not going that fast, since I started easy.

This morning I did the first workout in Stage 3 of NROLW again.  I used the same weights as I did in the last set the first time I did the workouts, except I increased the barbell bent-over rows to 58 lb.  The workout took me 75 min again...long!  I burned about 220 calories.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Monday Night Doubles

Last night I had my usual Monday night tennis doubles at TCCP.  The weekend finally caught up to me yesterday, and I was feeling really tired.  Even so, I played pretty well.  I tied my opponent in singles in the first round, 4-4.  In the second round, my partner Jessica and I barely won, 6-5.  In the last round, my partner Mariann and I finished in a tie with our opponents, 2-2.  I wasn't able to hit as many overheads as I wanted to, especially in the second round, because the kind of balls I was getting didn't work for it.  I still tried to do all the court movement.

I was tired enough last night that I decided to do my shortened version of P90X2 Recovery + Mobility this morning.  I usually do it on Thursdays, but I swapped workouts.  I really needed the foam rolling after all the tennis I've been playing lately, too.  I burned about 90 calories.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tennis Camp!

Twelve of us from my tennis teams went to Wintergreen Resort this past weekend for tennis camp.  We rented a big house in the resort.  We arrived Friday afternoon and left Sunday afternoon.  It was great!  We had a tennis clinic on Friday 6 - 9pm.  We had three instructors for the twelve of us, so we really got a lot of personalized instruction.  They emphasized court positioning a lot (for doubles).  We also played some games.

On Saturday, some of us played some tennis outside around noon to try to practice some of what we'd learned.  It was a beautiful day, albeit a little brisk.  Then we had another clinic 5 - 8pm.  We learned another layer of court positioning.  The idea of following the ball not only left to right but also forward and back was great.  It was something I used to do more, but then it seemed like I wasn't "supposed" to.  However, when put together with the other strategies we were learning, it worked really well.

Sunday we had our last clinic from 11am - 1pm.  This focused on shot selection:  which shots to hit at the net person, and which to hit back to the baseline.  Also, between the three clinics, I learned something that may fix my forehand, if I can stick to it:  stop running toward the ball when it bounces.  That keeps me far enough away from the ball to be able to hit it well.

We all really liked the clinics and definitely want to go back in the spring.  I hope that everyone is able to put into play some of the strategies we learned.  We also had a really good time because it was such a friendly and easy-going group.

Once we got home yesterday, I had a tri-level match.  I got to put into play a lot of what I'd learned, and overall it worked pretty well.  I did have some overheads into the net (because I didn't turn sideways) and some other errors, but mostly I felt like I played really well.  Unfortunately Justine and I lost, 2-6, 6-2, 0-1.  We really turned things around in the second set - I switched to playing the deuce side - and we did pretty well in the match tie-breaker, but had a few too many unforced errors in the end.  Fortunately, our team won the other two courts, so we won the match overall.

This morning I did the second workout in Stage 3 of NROLW.  Again, I did 3 sets of each move, with 6 reps per set.
  • Barbell Romanian deadlift and row: This was not extremely difficult in terms of the weight.  I had a hard time remembering to do both moves in a row, the deadlift and then the row.  I used 53 lb.
  • Partial single-leg squat: This was done with bodyweight, and it was mostly a balance move.  My left leg was much better than my right leg.
  • Pull-ups:  I did 3.5 in the first two sets and 4 in the last set.
  • Prone cobra:  I did manage to do this for the required 90 sec in each set.
  • YTWL: I knew this one was going to be hard, so I used 5 lb per hand.  Hopefully it's going to be good for my shoulders, because they need it.
  • Swiss-ball crunch with weight: I used a 10-lb weight plate, but with only 6 reps, this wasn't difficult.  I'm not sure if I'm not doing it right, or just need more reps.
  • Prone jackknife: I did these in Stage 1.  It wasn't difficult to do them for 6 reps.
  • Hanna side flexion 2:  This one was difficult, because it was a kind of side crunch.  I didn't feel like I was getting myself off the ground, but I'm not sure if I was supposed to.
I was also supposed to do a HIIT sequence after these moves, like in the second workout of Stage 2.   However, the moves listed above took about 70 minutes even though I didn't really follow the 105-s rest requirement between each move, so I didn't have time for the HIIT.  I'm not sure I really need that, given how active I am, anyway.  This workout overall was not very interesting and didn't seem very intense.  Most of the moves were bodyweight or very low weights.  Well, I have to hope the designers of NROLW know what they are doing.

Friday, October 3, 2014

New Routines

Yesterday afternoon I did a run on the treadmill.  However, I am switching my approach to the runs to that promoted by "Coach Jenny".  She advocates running by effort level, not pace.  That means that sometimes you'll end up running a little slower, and sometimes a little faster.  I'm going to be following her plan for prepping for my next half-marathon, but I thought I could start using it now, before the Marine Corps Marathon 10K.  So I ran for the prescribed 50 minutes at an easy pace - I could talk the whole time.  I did 10 minutes at 5.8 mph, 10 minutes at 5.9 mph, 10 minutes at 6.0 mph, 10 minutes at 6.1 mph, and 10 minutes at 6.2 mph.  This came to 5.0 mi in 50:00 min.  Also, this will help my body get used to going faster toward the end - I hope.  The run was in fact much easier than I have felt them to be usually.  My hamstrings did not hurt much.

This morning I did the first workout of Stage 3 of NROLW.    Each exercise was 3 sets of 6 reps, with 105 sec of rest in between.  105 seconds is really long, so I usually ended up doing about 90 sec.
  • One-armed dumbbell snatch:  this is like the push-press move from the last stage, but it's only one arm at a time.  I felt like I "got" this move, and it was actually kind of fun.  I used 20 lb (you only use one dumbbell) for the first set, but moved up to 25 lb for the next two sets.
  • Dumbbell single-leg Romanian deadlift:  I used 12 lb per hand for this move, since the book specified "light weight".  I think the idea is more balance rather than strength.
  • Barbell bent-over row:  I did use my barbell for this one.  I used 53 lb.  I may be able to increase this weight next time.
  • Dumbbell single-arm overhead squat:  This is a weird move.  I used 12 lb for the arm overhead and 25 lb for the lowered arm.  I didn't feel this much in the squat.  I felt it a bit in the shoulder.  Where I really felt it was in my lower back.  When I squatted, I had a hard time keeping my back flat.
  • Dumbbell incline bench press:  I used by stability ball for this one.  I used 28 lb for the first set and increased to 30 lb per hand for the next two sets.
  • Plank on stability ball:  This is a repeat move from the previous stage.  However, I'm trying to increase to 90 sec per plank.  I did that for the first round, but only did 60 sec for the next two.
  • Reverse wood chop:  I used a 12 lb dumbbell for the first set, but that was way too light.  For the next two sets, I used 20 lb, which was better.
  • The workout ends with a sequence of body-weight moves:  24 squats, 12 lunges per leg, 12 lunge jumps per leg, and 24 squat jumps.  You're supposed to time it and rest for 2x that time and repeat.  Well, it took me 4 minutes to do the sequence.  No way was I waiting 8 minutes doing nothing.  I waited 4 minutes.  I really was easier the second time through with the big rest break.
I enjoyed this workout more than the Stage 2 workouts.  It's pretty long, though, because the rest breaks are so big.  It took me about 75 minutes to complete.  I burned about 225 calories.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

First Combo Match of the Season

Last night was the first match for my 6.5 combo team this season.  Our team won two of the three courts, so we won the match.  Unfortunately Andrea and I lost our match.  It was very frustrating, because we felt like we were better players than our opponents and were playing well.  However, we couldn't close out any of our games.  We would be up two or three points, and then lose the game.  We lost 6-7, 3-6.  Grrr.

This morning I did my shortened version of P90X2 Recovery + Mobility.  I burned about 115 calories.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

End of Stage 2 of NROLW

Last night I did cardio tennis at TCCP.  I've tried to attend it the past couple of weeks, but there hadn't been enough people for them to hold the class.  We finally had it last night.  It was reasonably fun, but not too tough.  The pro tends to start a bit late and finish a bit early.  I did get to hit a lot of balls.

This morning I am at 127.6 lb for the second day in a row.  I really can't complain, because at least I'm under 128 lb, but it's frustrating to be stuck here.  I have been feeling like the waistbands of my pants are getting tight, which is bad.  However, I don't want to change too much of anything until I get my anemia sorted out, because that might be exacerbating a lot of things.

Today I did the second workout in Stage 2 of NROLW.  I didn't change anything from what I had done previously for this workout.  I burned about 205 calories.  This is the last workout for Stage 2, and I can't say that I'm disappointed.  I didn't enjoy this stage very much.  I never really got the push-press move in the first workout.  A lot of the moves in the second workout were abs and mobility, and they weren't all that interesting or difficult.  I'm not sure I really needed to do the HIIT, given my other activities.  I also didn't like that both workouts stayed at 2 sets of 10 reps, so I never felt like I was able to increase my weights.  Hopefully I'm going to like Stage 3 better.