Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What's next?

Pre-workout fuel: Peanut butter bread
Workout: Ran 4.27 miles in 37 minutes, 31 seconds; average pace, 8:47.

I woke up this morning, hobbled out of bed, and went to the bathroom - the thinking room if there ever was one.

While most of my thoughts were trying to sort out an odd dream that involved wild critters invading my house and Denali munching on a raccoon, I did devote a moment or two to deciding on a workout for the day. I could do yoga and walk the dog. I could run with the dog. I could get out the bike. I could ...

Ugh. For the first-time in more than a year, I don't have a schedule dictating runs, paces, cross training. And, to be honest, I find it a bit unsettling. I like knowing what to do and when to do it. It works for me.

So I'm on the hunt for my next challenge though I don't know what it is.

What I do know:
*I need a break from the half-marathon and will sit out the rest of this calendar year in terms of that distance.
*A full marathon, while seemingly more possible after my showing at F4F, isn't a goal. IF I were to do one, I'd want to start training now and run in January and the idea of running 20+ miles in the winter isn't appealing.
*I want to stay in 10K shape and plan to run the River City Rat Race next month.
*I have neglected other forms of exercise in the interest of keeping running a priority, mainly lower body strength training. I tried Jillian Michaels' "Shred It With Weights" yesterday, and I've since had the privilege of being reacquainted with my inner thigh muscles.
*I am becoming increasingly curious about a set of DVDs being released by Bob Harper. The clips sort of remind me of a less intimidating P90X.

Speaking of "The Biggest Loser" trainers, did anyone catch last night's episode? I would so like to get in on those workouts! And the numbers? Insane.


  1. Ohhhhhhhh... Tell me how you liked the Shred It With Weights! I've been toying around with getting it. Can you compare it to the 30 Day Shred (did you do that at all?).

    I'm a huge Jillian fan. I've never used a kettlebell before though.

    and I wish you luck on deciding your next challenge. That's always the hard part for me!

  2. I've only done 30-Day Shred part 1, and I think this was definitely as tough if not tougher. I used a dumbbell, and I think I did it wrong because my back HURTS! I found it on OnDemand/Exercise TV and thought I'd try it before buying it.

  3. I fear I will be at the same cross roads in late November. Will look forward to you blogging about how you sort things out. Whatever you choose, you'll do well- I'm sure of it!