Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Week of New

This past week was full of a bunch of new and exciting things that helped me rack up a ton of points for the second week of the HBBC. Plus, I am at a good start for the third week. This challenge is flying by!

November 26 - 3 mile walk with Mike and Bernie (our dog if you are new to the blog) in Albany, New York (3 points)
November 27 - Traveling (0 points)
November 28 - 3.5 mile run with Mike and 10 minutes of stretching (4 points)
November 29 - 1 mile walk at work, 2 mile walk with Bernie and 20 minutes of stretching (4 points)
November 30 - 4 mile run and 20 minutes of stretching (5 points)
December 1 - 50 minute indoor cycling class, 1 mile treadmill run, Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and 20 minutes of stretching (8.5 points)
December 2 - 2 mile walk/run with Bernie, Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and 10 minutes of stretching (4 points)

Total Points: 28.5 points

The new things this week were my indoor cycling class and the Jillian Michaels DVD.

I don't like that I had one day where I didn't rack up any points, but Tall Mom's Challenge will nip that in the bud the rest of December.

Yesterday Mike and I braved the 30 degree weather for a 2 mile run. We averaged a 9:28 pace, which is actually pretty speedy for me. See, he does motivate me!

Today we tried something else new! We attempted a track workout.

Local high school track

Just us and some seagulls

We had originally wanted to do a 5 mile run, but when I suggested running along the canal path Mike didn't like that idea. I then suggested a speed workout and he was game!

We started out with a 1 mile warm-up run around the track and attempted to do 8 x 400s.

Look at him go!

Sprinting in to the finish

We went the opposite direction because of the wind, if you were wondering about the pictures.

My turn!

Well, I already gave it away but we didn't do 8 x 400s. I only did 2 and Mike did 4. My stomach started to bother me after the second one and I don't want to aggravate my ankle too much.

Mike's times:

1 - 1:40
2 - 1:39
3 - 1:35
4 - 1:36

My times:

1 - 1:53
2 - 2:01

Not too bad for our first time doing a speed/track workout! I know that next time we do it I will be able to do more than two but since we aren't really training for anything I'm not disappointed in today's workout. Plus, I did day 3 of Jillian Michaels!

Have you tried anything new lately?


  1. Hi,

    I found your blog through Run to the Finish and am loving it. Wow you are so brave to tackle an Iron(wo)man! I've recently decided to try a Half Marathon in May so I appreciate your perspective on things. Any suggests for newish runners/bloggers?



  2. Hmmmm... anything new... just running different routes around my neighborhood when I have to run alone!! Wow... glad you guys decided to do a track workout!!! Maybe you could try a tempo run next?! Warmup for like a mile, and then do about 15 minutes at a faster pace than your usual training pace, then, cooldown for a mile.

  3. I love me some Jillian!! Great job on your week!

  4. Wow! Taking on ironman? I'm impressed!

    Thank you for visiting my blog! Super cool you used to live in Maine. I love the MDI area and I'm actually going to be running the MDI Marathon next year. :) Let me know what Maine races you'll be running - maybe we'll meet up!!!

  5. Bernie is a cutie! What a great week for you with HBBC! I'm behind on updating my points but this past week was definitely better for me.

    I want to try a spin class soon.