Thursday, December 31, 2015

P90X2 Chest, Back + Balance

This morning I did P90X2 Chest, Back + Balance.  This is a good, hard workout.  I modify a lot of the pull-ups to be regular pull-ups, since I can't do many of them.  I can at least generally do the push-up moves.  I burned about 110 calories in this workout.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wednesday at Home

We were supposed to fly home from the Detroit area on Monday night, but an ice storm came in and our flight got canceled.  Then, we lost power at my in-laws' house.  What fun!  We couldn't get re-booked on a flight any time soon, so we rented a car and drove home, which took all day yesterday.  Blah.

Today at home, I actually did a workout in the morning!  I did P90X2 X2 Shoulders + Arms, followed by half of X2 Ab Ripper.  I burned about 170 calories.  It was kind of nice to get back into some "serious" weightlifting.  This workout has always been one of my favorites.

This afternoon before dinner, I did the next run on my training schedule.  This was 4 x 1 mi at 6.7 mph, alternating with 4 x 0.5 mi at 5.0 mph.  The speed intervals felt hard, so I ended up taking breaks on the rails for them; the backs of my knees were bothering me.  The distance came to 6.0 mi in 1 hour.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Running in Grosse Pointe

My husband and I visited his family in Grosse Pointe, MI, over Christmas.  I really like to run a lot over the holiday to try to offset all the crappy food that I eat.

With the airplane travel we had and family events on Christmas Eve, I didn't get to do any activity.

On Christmas day, it was actually mid-40s F in Grosse Pointe and dry!  In the afternoon, I did a run outside along Lake St. Clair.  I ran 5.53 mi in 59:46, for an average speed of 5.55 mph.  The good thing about outside runs is that I don't take breaks like I do on the treadmill, so it was an hour of continuous running, which was pretty good.

On Saturday, I went to a local fitness club to run on the treadmill.  I did the next run on my training schedule, which was an 80-min easy run.  In the 80 minutes, I ran 7.45 mi at 5.6 mph.  This was a bit tricky, since the treadmill was programmed to stop after 30 min.  And I won't get started on the annoying touch screen!

Sunday morning, I went back to the fitness club for the treadmill, since it was raining.  I ran for 60 min at 5.6 mph, obviously totaling 5.6 mi.

This morning, I went to the fitness club and did a run/walk on the treadmill.  I had planned a run, but my legs were just tired.  I alternated running at 5.6 mph for 5 min and then walking at 4.0 mph for 5 min for 45 min.  The last 15 min, I did all running.  The distance came to 5.0 mi for everything.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Last Exercise at Home Before Christmas

Today was our last day at home before we leave for the Christmas holiday.

This morning, I did my agility HIIT sequence, followed by planks and X2 Ab Ripper.  I burned about 170 calories.  I was tired at first, but the second round of HIIT moves went better.  I really hate working abs, though.

This afternoon I did sort-of a HIIT run on the treadmill.  I did 5 min at 5.6 mph to make sure I was warmed up.  Then I did 10 x 30 sec at 8.0 mph, alternating with 10 x 30 sec at 3.0 mph.  The idea was to do some sprinting, but the treadmill takes about 15 sec to go from 3.0 mph to 8.0 mph, so it wasn't exactly a flat-out sprint.  That sequence took 10 minutes, and then I did another 35 min at 5.6 mph.  In the end, the distance came to 4.65 mi.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Couple Days

On Sunday evening, I did a run on the treadmill.  I had been planning to run at least 50 minutes, but my legs had a different idea.  They were just sore from the day before, and so I only did 30 min at 5.6 mph, which was 2.8 mi.

Yesterday morning, I did P90X3 Eccentric Lower.  This is not my favorite workout, but at least it's short.  I burned about 135 calories, with a short warm-up and cool-down.  Then I did some foam rolling.  I've had to skip that far too much lately, so it's good to get back to it.

Last night, I went to a holiday tennis party at TCCP.  It was a good thing that I didn't have very high expectations for it, because it was meh.  The first round I played was OK, but the second round was frustrating - one of my opponents was just way too good.

This morning, I did P90X2 Incinerator.  This is a pretty good workout.  With the short warm-up and cool-down, I burned about 120 calories.  Then I did some foam rolling.

This afternoon after work, I did the next run on my training schedule, which was a 60-min easy run.  This run felt much better than my run on Sunday.  I ran on the treadmill at 5.6 mph, so the distance came to 5.6 mi.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Race Pace Intervals

Yesterday, I did cardio tennis at TCCP again.  Again I was not overly impressed, but it was OK.  I only burned about 300 calories according to my Basis Peak.

In the afternoon, I did the next run on my training schedule, which was a race pace interval run.  I did 8 x 9:30 at 6.3 mph, alternating with 8 x 5:00 at 5.0 mph.  9:30 at 6.3 mph is 1 mile, so these were mile intervals.  The run took me 1:56:00, and the distance came to 11.3 mi.  This run felt harder than I was expecting.  My legs were still tired, despite the day off on Friday and getting almost 9 hours of sleep.

This morning, I did my usual Sunday morning boxing class.  It was fine.  I was a bit tired, but not too bad.  We did some suicide sprints, and my legs didn't like those.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Cardio Tennis

Yesterday after work, I did cardio tennis at TCCP.  The last couple of weeks, TCCP has finally brought back cardio tennis after its absence since about April.   The free class I tried a couple of weeks ago was OK, but there were about 10 people, so it was hard to tell what the normal class would be like.

Well, the "normal" class yesterday had 5 people.  We definitely got more cardio in terms of running and moving.  However, I thought the drills were only so-so.  They were not as well-organized as I would've liked, but maybe that's just because a lot of the participants were confused.  Overall, it was a bit disappointing.  I did burn about 375 calories in the hour, according to my Basis Peak, so that's something.

Today is my rest day.  It's the first complete rest day I'm going to have had in weeks, I think.  When I woke up, I did a bunch of foam rolling and stretching.  I'm hoping to get to bed early and get a good night's sleep.  I feel like even though I've been sleeping a little more this past week, I'm still too tired.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

End of the Semester!

Well, my extremely busy semester is finally over!  My last final exam was today, and I'm finished with the grading.  Hooray!  Maybe I can get back to blogging my fitness again.

Yesterday after work, I did the next run on my training schedule, which was a 60-min easy run.  This was my first easy run at 5.6 mph on the treadmill.  Obviously, my distance was 5.6 mi.  So far, ramping up the easy run pace every 5 weeks or so seems to be working.  It's gratifying to see that I've gone from 5.1 mph to 5.6 mph and it still feels easy!  However, the run was really boring to me, for some reason.  I watched a TV show like usual, but I just couldn't wait to be done.

This morning, I did my HIIT agility routine - need to find the link for it.  Then I did a 60-s plank and two 30-s side planks, one on each side.  After that, I did X2 Ab Ripper.  That burned about 168 calories altogether.  I was feeling a little sluggish this morning - need more sleep!