Happy Running Nostalgia + Arms ‘n Abs
Yesterday’s outdoor run couldn’t have gone better. I wasn’t sure how it’d go, because I had to deal with some doggie drama beforehand.
Niko’s sick bed.
You see, apparently, I didn’t wean Niko off of her old food long enough before switching over to her new (higher quality) food, and her tummy got a little PO’d. Our pay back was my coming home to a main floor full of Niko…sickness. Actually, Shane got to it first, so he cleaned it, but I still had to tend to my pup. I felt SO bad.
After assuring her comfort, I set out on a 40 minute tempo run. It started out great, and I held a pace of about 9:15. Once I remembered I’m horrible about keeping a certain pace for an extended period of time outdoors, I called of the “tempo” part and just made it a quick run.
Runners: are you good about holding a certain pace for an extended period of time? I just can’t do it without feeling like a slave to my Garmin!
Trying to hold my quick gait, I noticed something felt incredibly special about this run.
Hmmm, I thought. No, it’s not that it’s my first outdoor run of the year. I’ve run a good handful of times outdoors already this year.
However, it was my first outdoor non-long run of the year. All of my shorter distance runs have been on the treadmill. But today was the first time in months that I ran my usual four mile distance run, and it felt incredible! 😀 I can’t explain the feeling, but my best is that it was happy running nostalgia 😛
I’d planned on doing a bit of upper body and abs strength training directly afterward, but due to hunger, I waved it off until this morning.
So this morning after training a client in the wee hours this am, I cranked out this core + upper body workout:
1a) clapping modified pushups (12 reps)
1b) double arm dumbbell row (12 reps)
1c) stability ball jack knifes (for abs) (10 reps)
—repeat 2-3 times
2a) inverted press (10 reps)
2b) long arm dumbbell pullover (12 reps)
2c) flowing plans (5 times through side plank>plank>other side plank)
—repeat 2-3 times
3a) tricep dips (10 reps)
3b) hammer curls (12 reps)
3c) boat pose (hold 30 seconds)
–repeat 2-3 times
Let me know if you have any questions about this work out if you want to try it yourself!
Well Niko still seems to be pretty sick – she hasn’t physically gotten sick, but she’s acting very lethargic and isn’t drinking any water :-/ I think a trip to the vet is in order for my morning. Don’t you hate the helpless feeling you get when your baby/pet is sick?! Gah!
Anyway, today is my last long day of the week. Working all day at the BIC (whenever I make it in) and then training a couple clients. I hope you all have a fabulous Thursday!
How does your day look today?