Inspired by some of you other runners out there who engage in these little things called cross training and strength training, I stopped at Target yesterday and picked up the 30 Day Shred. And before you get all jealous thinking that I live close to a Target, think again. The closest Target is about 50 miles away. I happened to be in the Cities for a seminar and decided to spend the afternoon screwing off shopping instead of listening to one more person rant on about how our court system is basically going to shut down after June 30th because of the lack of funding. What better way to protect my job than to inject money into the economy?
Anyhow, the 30 Day Shred . . . After I put Sophie to bed last night and cleared her legions of toys off the floor so I could do the workout without breaking an ankle, I tried level 1. I'd like to write a nice review of it, but my arms are so sore I'm having a little trouble holding my hands up to the keyboard to type. Anyone else out there who has done this, what size hand weights are you using? I used 8 pounds, which makes me seem like a big wimp, but it was freaking hard!
I'm going to try to do this a few times a week. Originally I thought I might do it for thirty days straight (the title seems to suggest that maybe that is what you are supposed to do???), but I've decided that's a wee bit too ambitious for me. But it is only 20 minutes long, which is completely doable, and if the 8 pound weights get too heavy, I guess I can get some soup cans out of the cupboard.
On the running side of things, Wednesday night I went out for a 6 mile tempo run. This was my first ever "real" tempo run. It went really well. It also reinforced my love for my new Garmin. Knowing the pace you are running all the time is like crack, seriously. How did I make it to this point in my life without one?
I'm planning on a long run tomorrow, even though it's (shocker) supposed to be pretty damn cold. Hope everybody has a great weekend!