Thursday, March 15, 2012

Three Things Thursday: That's new to me

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.”
― Dave Barry

1. I did something Tuesday that, once upon a time, I only thought crazy people did: I ran twice in one day.

While I created my Martian half-marathon plan to include only three days of running as not to overwhelm me, I've been logging miles four days a week for more than a month. I like to run and I like that running more is making me stronger. However, this week was not looking good for my goal. I had two classes scheduled Wednesday, I'm trying out a new class Friday morning for work and I have Pump on Saturday. My only days to run were Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Period. (Incidentally, my run this morning didn't happen - thunderstorms and sleeping in happened.)

I could have just taken it for what it was, a busy week, but I decided to try something new - doubling up on runs. My first run was an easy morning run around the 'hood with Denali and Miles. Some people might call it a "junk miles" run but I think any time on your feet is a good thing.

I planned the second run to be after Miles went to bed but DST is wreaking havoc on our schedule. Mark agreed to put Boo Boo down and I took out Denali for a tempo effort. Five-minute warm-up, 30 minutes comfortably hard, 5-minute cooldown. It was tough, my pacing stunk and Denali was slow but I got it done and my average pace was 9:05.

2. My whole two-a-day thing continued Wednesday when I doubled up on classes at the gym where I take Body Pump. There was a boot camp-esque class, which I took the other week, and ... wait for it ... SPINNING.

I've never "spun" before but I have to say I liked it. It was challenging but you definitely get to control the workout with how much you turn up the dial and how much you put into it.

I guess I put a lot into it :)

Our ride was more of a strength ride with lots of hills and standing hills but I had fun. Spinning doesn't normally fit into my schedule but I think I might try to find a way a couple times a month.

3. And the other new thing this week? Oh, you know, just signing up for a marathon.

That's right. I'll be doing the Columbus Marathon in October. Yay ... I think.

I've actually been planning on doing this race for a while but finally bit the bullet and whipped out the credit card to register before fees went up. I'm equal parts excited and scared but, per Megan's advice on Twitter, I am going to skip the peeing of the pants and do a happy dance.

Side note: I've started a page with my upcoming races. You know, if you're interested.

Anything new with y'all?


  1. I am so excited for you that you signed up for the Columbus Marathon! You are going to do awesome and trust me, it's sooo fun. You will be hooked. Love two a days and spin always makes me sweat so much as well. Miles is such a cutie :)

  2. I love spinning! I also love my BodyPump classes. Great job on the workouts this week!

  3. We are so Twinkies - I wanted to run twice yesterday but greg told me I wasn't allowed. (as I came home from work early).

  4. Congrats on biting the bullet and signing up for a marathon! I've been waffling on it myself... thinking about doing Richmond in November but want to wait to see how I feel after my first half this weekend.

    You've inspired me though, so I might just DO IT!

  5. Great job all around!!! How are your sit bones today?

  6. Yesssss!!! I'm so excited for you to start training for the marathon! Nice job getting in all the workouts lately. You've been at it like a mad woman!

  7. YAY!!! You are going to rock Columbus!!

  8. Whoa, a double run day? Baller! The only two-a-days I'm getting are during my nightly pumping sessions. Can I count that as exercise? It does burn calories.

    Congrats again on the Cbus registration! An even bigger congrats for not peeing yourself :) You're going to rock the race!

    1. Double pumping is definitely a workout! I mean you have to fuel, hydrate and have the right gear.

  9. I love love love spinning! And I'll be coaching at the Columbus Marathon. It's a great race. Flat and fast is the motto. :)

  10. I love spinning. I went several times last year, but I don't have a gym membership anymore. Instead, I have been trying out power yoga. I didn't think I would like it, but this class is not the typical slow paced... it's heated and tough! The instructor is always sure to work our arms and abs...which running doesn't always do! Good luck with the marathon!