What a week, wasn’t it? Emotionally draining. But it wasn’t draining because of the running; the running definitely helped.
Here’s how this week went in ‘base training’:
Monday: 7.6 mile run with my friends Lindsey and Julia before work. 1 hour barre class at The Barre Edina after work. Love those barre classes; they are great mix of core, glute work, and some serious stretching.
Tuesday: 4 miles with Matilda. I wore my best patriotic running outfit, though its so dark in the morning, I doubt anyone saw me!
Matilda looks skeptical…
Then I went to the voting polls right when they opened at 7 am. The whole process (waiting in various lines) took about 45 minutes.
I ended up doing another 3 miles after work because I needed to work off some stress…7 miles on the day. We stopped by our friend’s election party later that evening, where I dressed as a Democratic Donkey (well, technically it was an Eeyore costume, but you get the idea.)
You can probably guess how I voted. Let’s just say I spent Wednesday in a bit of a teary blur. But this isn’t a political blog; this is a blog about fitness and fitness fashion. So I will not delve into that here.
Wednesday: Despite a late night due to the election, I did get up to work out and that helped.
I went to my second FlyFeet Running class. This time, after the warm-up, we did 6 minutes at our 1 mile race pace, 2 minutes recovery, then a strength circuit, back to the treadmill for 4 minutes at that same pace, 2 minute recovery, another strength circuit, followed by one final 2 minute sprint and a final strength circuit of lots of burpees, my least favorite exercise!
(I would guess we covered about 2 miles of running.)
After work, I joined a few friends at the Zenon Dance School for a beginner’s hip hop dance class. It was $13 for a drop in class and it was a BLAST. There were probably 12 people in the class, all beginners. I didn’t feel out of place at all.
I’m the first to admit that I’m not a great dancer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love dancing. I hope to be back at Zenon for more drop-in classes.
I worked up a sweat too- definitely a bit of a workout!
Thursday: I slept in and ran with Dustin and Matilda after work. 7.6 miles. Our average was only 8:44 min/mile, but it was definitely harder than most of my runs. I realized at the Donut Run that its time for me to start pushing it, at least a few times a week. It can’t be all easy ALL the time or I’m in for a rude awakening when Boston training starts!
Friday: Another nice morning of sleeping in. I ran after work with my friend Nordica, 8.1 miles. We both got out of work a little early due to the bank holiday, so we actually caught a little sunlight. A fun ‘happy hour’ run.
Saturday: 12 mile long run- still able to wear shorts! Another gorgeous sunny fall Saturday.
That evening, we grabbed dinner at Pizzeria Lola (so good!) and then went to see Arrival, a new movie with Amy Adams. It wasn’t an action packed alien movie; there was more to it than that.It kept me interested. Good movie.
Sunday: I was up very early to meet my friend Sara for a 5 mile run in northeast Minneapolis. Though I usually sleep in on Sundays, at least a little bit, I didn’t mind getting up early for a chance to catch up with her over some miles and watch the sunrise over the river! I love running the lakes, but the river road is a beautiful option too.
I met a friend for a walk around Calhoun later in the morning to enjoy the sunshine. I’m so enjoying this fall- not ready for winter!
Summary: Almost 50 miles of running, 1 barre class, 1 FlyFeet class, 1 hip hop dance class. A nice mix.
How was your week in fitness and fitness fashion? Have you taken any dance classes before?
I loved this picture I found via Allison’s blog. Sometimes its hard to get going, but I never regret a run after I’m done!
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