Thursday, January 21, 2010

Workout Updates

Thanks again to everyone for your continued support through my detox endeavors. Ending the detox was not an easy decision to make. But it came down to toughing it out for a few more days to get the full benefits in exchange for not being able to ingest vegetables again for a veeeery long time, or go ahead and quit early and still be able to consume veggies in my day-to-day diet. I really had to weigh out the pros and cons of each side. And although my judgement may have been a bit irrational at the time, due to the hunger and severe NEED for solid food, I feel that in the end, I made the right decision for me.

So now, moving on from the detox, I'm pleased to announce that I'm back in the swing of things again, workout wise. I have no idea what came over me in December, but I became a huge, lazy piece of shiz! But that is all behind me now. I have plenty of spring races coming on the horizon, including Half Marathon #2 - woot! So as soon as I phased off the detox, I knew I had to make up for it by getting my rear back into shape. So below are my workouts for the past week and a half - note, I've worked out more in the past 3 days than I have in the past 2 months. Fact. LOL...and sad.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010: P90X Ab Ripper X
--This was my first workout in nearly 2 months. Sigh, I know. I suck. The holidays, illnesses, and life all got in the way. Moving past that, I got my butt in gear and did the ab ripper workout. The following morning, I didn't even feel any soreness. As the day went on, I began to feel more and more sore. By Thursday, I couldn't laugh, cough, or even breathe without about doubling over, lol.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010: 2 mile run - treadmill
--This was my first run since November. I struggled, but made it the whole way through without walking. My pace was around 10:00 - 10:30. I was incredibly sore the next 2 days - could barely walk, lol.

Monday, January 18, 2010: 4 mile run
--This was my first run outside since Gobbler Grind in November. I still consider myself a new runner. I just started running consistently last year. And even my "consistent" running hasn't been all that consistent. I'm the epitome of a "fair weather runner." I don't even own all the proper gear for cold weather running. In fact, there are probably only a handful of times that I've ran in temps below 50 degrees. And they were probably all in the mid to upper 40's. So I set a new record on Monday when I pounded out 4 miles in only 36 degrees. I know, 36 isn't even THAT cold. But this is a new accomplishment for me, and I was quite proud of myself.

I met up with my friend Valerie at a new trail Monday morning (I love work holidays!) and set out for a run. Neither of us had ran in awhile (minus my pathetic 2 mile TM run on Wednesday), so neither of us really knew what to expect. The run was def slooooooow (for me, at least...Val blew right past me very early on). But the scenery was beautiful. There was snow on the ground, we were in a wooded area with a trickling stream and several little bridges to run over, and there was a LOT of fog out that morning. It was absolutely breathtaking! And to my surprise, I was able to pound out 4 miles! This is only my second run back from a 2 month hiatus and I was able to run 4 miles! Wow....a year ago, it took me several months to work up to 4 miles! I remember being excited just to run 1.5 - 2 miles.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010: P90X - Shoulders & Arms, and Ab Ripper X
--I'm trying to get back into the P90X program, but with training for some upcoming races, I won't be able to follow the schedule exactly. So I've just incorporated it into my schedule on the days I want to do strength training / weight training.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010: 3.1 mile run, yoga
--I ran 3 miles outside in my hood - LOTS of hills....and I ran 'em all! My pace was slow, yes. Like ridiculously slow. But the run actually felt good, so I'm not going to focus on my pace. I really only took my Garmin to see my distance. It was cold out too. And windy. But again, it felt good. When I got home, I stretched really well and did 45 min of yoga. It was a good workout day.

So, it's official - I am training to run the Oklahoma City Marathon (okay, the half marathon) with The Running Dork and The Running Lawyer. That's the "big" event I'm training for at the moment...but I have several other races on the radar as well. A goal I really wanted to set for this year was to run at least 1 race every month this year. So far, I have the first half of the year covered. :) I'll post more about upcoming events soon.


Fair Weather Runner said...

you bet your sweet ass i'm bringing it up to KC. we can have a slumber party in it, watch some dvd's, warm our asses on the cozy heated leather, we call him....pedro, the sexy beast!

i LOVE it. and yeah, a text could NOT describe all of that.

Fair Weather Runner said...

oh and great job on the workouts... that WAS the whole point of me coming over here to comment....chirp....chirp.

can't wait to see you! t-minus 9 days indeed. YAYAYAYAYY!!!!!!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Nice work on the workout!!!

I followed your detox, wanted to see how this works. Thank you for sharing.

teacherwoman said...

Yay for getting back at it! :)

Carolina John said...

so your claim is that you were not lazy before december? pffffttttt....

jk. glad to see you're back on the bandwagon!

Anna Banana said...

I can't wait to do OKC and I'm so excited you are doing it as well! Great job on the work outs! If you ever need a running buddy here is KC let me know!

Indi said...

Awesome job on the workouts!! I did some hills last sunday and seriously stresses my calves and havent' run since. So you're doing better than me for sure!! We should get some training runs for the half worked out sometime.
And I think you did great with the detox. No way I could even manage a day let alone what you did!!
So not sure what all the plans are but hope to see you next weekend.

Anonymous said...

Awesome job with the workouts!! I mean to comment your last post with how amazing that whole salad must have tasted. I think that any time you set a goal, you should be proud of how far you got! You set your mind to something, did it and then when you knew it was time to stop, you did. You never quit. I hate the word quit. You simply made the best decision for you!

Jonathan said...

Nice workout! Great job!!! Today is day 5 of my P90X workout! I have to do legs & back, and ab ripper x today. I've really enjoyed it so far.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

That's how I'm doing P90X too.... whenever I can. I started week#5 today though, and I think I've only missed 3 scheduled workouts... but on track with my tri stuff!!! You're doing awesome!!

Badgergirl said...

Nice job getting back on the workout bandwagon!

And good luck with training for half marathon No. 2! That's the plan for my spring as well, except I'll be up in Green Bay!

Racn4acure said...

Hi Ashley - sounds like giving up the detox was a good idea. I feel your pain with the the exercise routine. I am trying to get back into it as well. It not easy is it? Art

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Valerie said...

Yay! I'm reading your blog at home and it's working...must just be my work computer. Maybe they don't want me to be reading blogs there, hmmmmm:)

I'd hardly say that I "blew" past you running that morning! I was sore that next day. I kind of love that soreness you get when you're getting back in shape.

I think my name could be The Running Meximelt :) Or The Running Burrito :) Indi's name is hilarious. I love how you guys turned all ethnic!

Mark Klanac said...

The legs and back workout still gets me and I've done it for 2 years now! I am always sore for a day or two but I guess that's a good thing right? Stick with P90X. I went from doing 2 total pull ups with legs and back to 82 at the end of 90 days. Bring it!