My (Past) Week In Fitness (Part 4)

Last week, when I wrote my week in fitness review, I remarked how the week just flew by.  This past week, however, trickled by at a snail’s pace, and not in a good way!  I can pinpoint why last week dragged– it was the start of second semester at school, so for three of the five classes I teach, I had all new students.  As a result, it felt like the first week of school all over again, where you have to learn student names, and do all of the introductory “setting the tone” stuff that I dread.  I just want to get to know my students as quickly as possible since I hate that first week of school teacher-student awkwardness and lack of familiarity.  Fortunately, this week will be better, as I am getting to know all of my new students, and we are all slowly getting into a routine!

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As a whole, this was a pretty good workout week, though I felt pretty fatigued towards the end of the week.  Let’s recap, shall we?

Monday, January 23rd:  7.65 miles on the treadmill (6 miles run, 1.65 miles walk)/weightlifting for arms and shoulders (6 exercises, 3 sets each)

I actually ran these six miles while reading these “Background Information” forms I always have my students fill out on the first day of a new class.  I ask students to answer a bunch of questions about their academic strengths, weaknesses, interests and hobbies, learning styles, and so forth and I love reading their responses.  It helps me get to know them and also enables me to cater my teaching style to suit student needs.  Anyway, it was good reading for a treadmill run, and kept me entertained for the entire six miles of running!

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Tuesday, January 24th:  6.15 miles treadmill walk

Treadmill walking is kind of my new favorite thing!  It’s not hard (when compared to running), yet it still works up a great sweat.  Since I am not as preoccupied with time when I walk (sometimes every minute in a run can feel like an hour!), I find walking while zoning out to a good Bravo tv show is quite relaxing.  I think it was Real Housewives of Orange County who kept me company on this walk.  Also, it is a lovely way to give myself a break from all the pounding my body takes from running.

Wednesday, January 25th:  8.3 miles on the treadmill, consisting of a combo of steady-state running, walking, and sprinting (3 mile run, followed by a .1 mile walk/.25 mile sprint interval repeated until the total in sprints was two miles, followed by a .1 mile walk/.1 mile sprint interval for a total of another mile of sprints, followed by cool down walking until I hit 8.3 miles total)/ weightlifting for legs (6 exercises, 3 sets each exercise)

I had no intentions of getting in such an intense workout when I stepped on the treadmill.  It was like I kept bargaining with myself to keep sprinting by promising myself walk breaks, and the prospect of frequent walk breaks motivated the frequent sprint intervals!  At the end, I was a sweaty, tired, but accomplished mess!  I then decided to further trash my legs by lifting weights for them on top of all that.  Hurt so good!

Thursday, January 26th:  30 minutes treadmill walk (2.15 miles total), followed by 30 minutes on one kind of elliptical (2.15 miles total), followed by 15 minutes on another kind of elliptical (1.15 miles total)

Thursday after work, I was EXHAUSTED!  I knew exercise could potentially energize me, or it could have just further pooped me out for the day.  I went to the gym with the hopes an easy workout would instill some pep back into my step!  Mentally, the thought of an hour on one cardio machine just wasn’t doing it for me, so I split up the hour into smaller, more manageable time increments on different machines to prevent boredom.  It worked, and I managed to get in a decent workout and accomplish my primary goal of stress relief.

Friday, January 27th:  60 minutes on an elliptical/weightlifting for chest and back (6 exercises, 3 sets each)

What can I say– it was Friday, I was tired, but technically had nothing to do after work.  I had the option of going home and sleeping, or going to the gym with hopes of feeling slightly more vivacious afterwards.  I obviously chose the gym option, and while my workout lacked any sort of intensity at all, I was happy to have done something!.  After the gym, I promptly went home and took a nap.

Saturday, January 28th:  7.15 mile treadmill run, 4.25 mile treadmill walk, 75 minute beginner yoga class

I woke up bright and early on Saturday, and got in a nice seven miler at the gym before my husband even woke up!  When I got home, he wanted to go to the gym, so I kept him company and walked alongside him, and got in 4.25 miles of easy walking.  Then, my husband and I were off to meet up for my sister for a beginner’s yoga class!  I mentioned on the blog very briefly I was taking on a new fitness challenge but never returned to the topic after that.  Well, that new fitness challenge is yoga!  I am devoting a whole post to why I am starting yoga, so I won’t discuss it too much here, but let’s just say I am so excited to be doing it together with my sister and my husband!

Sunday, January 29th:  6.1 mile treadmill run

I actually planned to get up early and be at the gym when I always get to the gym on weekends– when it opens!  However, I did something I haven’t done in forever– I slept in!  Well, I slept in for me anyway!  Normally I wake up around five so I can eat and digest before I get to the gym for seven.  However, Sunday, I woke up at 6:43.  I think my body was telling me something with all of that exercise on Saturday, so was just OK with me that I woke up later than usual.  The only thing it meant though was I was going to have to wait for my husband to wake up so we could go to the gym together– any opportunity to sneak in my own early-bird extended workout was lost.  We managed to get to the gym, but only had sixty minutes to workout, as he had to work, so I pounded out a six miler and called it a day.  I would have liked to run further, but honestly, I think I needed to take it easy and six was probably more than enough!

Monday, January 30th:  8.15 miles on the treadmill (6 run, 2.15 miles walk); weightlifting for arms and shoulders (6 exercises, 3 sets each)

Oh, Monday– why don’t you ever be easy?  It was a long day at work– not bad, just long!  My energy levels just weren’t there, but I managed to squeeze in a decent workout.  I really wish I could workout in the mornings on weekdays, but that would require me to get up at 3:45 AM, which obviously would never, ever happen!  I have to look at the bright side– working out at 1:30 in the afternoon is the best time of day at my gym– there are no crowds and the whole vibe is very mellow.  I kind of hate how my gym gets after four or five in the afternoon– it’s very crowded, loud, and often has a kind of unfriendly, competitive vibe since people are clamoring for access to machines.  I don’t think that is an issue exclusive to my gym– any gym I have belonged to tended to be the most crowded in the late afternoon and early evenings.  I know I am lucky I get to exercise at a time when the mellow vibe at my gym matches my usually mellow workout personality!

Well, I guess that’s it!  Again, I have a “why I am doing yoga” post coming at you soon, so be on the lookout!

Have a fantastic (workout) week!

How was you past week in fitness?

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