Wednesday, January 9, 2013

"Tropical Dash"

The Polar Dash Facebook page just announced that Saturday's Polar Dash is going to be a Tropical Dash! They're not changing the theme or anything, but the weather is supposed to be wonderful! The forecast has been updated again and it definitely makes me a happy girl.  I realize that the point of a Polar Dash is to run in polar-type conditions but I'm super excited. I think my biggest fear, even more than the dreaded cold, is of falling on the ice/snow. I'm not usually afraid of falling THAT much, but right now I cannot afford any injuries. My half marathon is about a month-and-a-half away. With 13.1 miles rapidly approaching, now is NOT the time to get injured.

Naturally I checked the forecast as soon as I read that. I'd have already known this if I watched the news a little more often. I rely a lot on news channel Facebook updates and what I find online on pages like Yahoo or MSN. Bad habit.

Unseasonably mild to start but temperatures fall through the 40s during the afternoon.
Increasing cloudiness, southwest winds shift northwest. A few showers possible.

Running outside this week in temps colder than what will be expected won't be such a bad thing. I haven't done an outdoor run in a while so this is definitely prepping me for it. I'm not sure if it's that I had to walk around/over ice and snow at some points or that I was faced with wind resistance (oddly, only when going uphill!) but my run time has been slower the last couple days. I definitely do not like that. At all. I don't know what the contributing factors are but I certainly hope I run a little faster on Saturday! If not, I'm going to have a time that's WORSE than my first ever 5K. That? Simply cannot happen. I really think that those other factors (and possibly just running in such cold temps, although I thought that would make me faster) are impacting on my speed. Today is a day off from running but I'm hoping that tomorrow I'll be a little (lot!) faster. It looks like it will be a little warmer, so hopefully...

I'm not looking forward to tonight's workout. I have Stretch 40 and Core 20 on my Turbofire schedule. I'm not so worried about the core workout because I like it. It's Stretch 40 that I'm dreading. That's pretty much yoga, of which I am not a fan. I understand that stretching is good for your muscles. I know that yoga has its own benefits for the body. I do not like it though. I feel like it's 40 minutes of time that's... Not wasted; I don't want to say that becuase it does have its benefits... But I feel like I could use 40 minutes of workout time in a different manner. I'd prefer to be doing something that will result in a lot of calories burned; or even doing some strength training. I guess some people count yoga as strengthening (and some people do not) but it doesn't quite give me the burn in the muslces that I like to feel. I believe that it does tone, to a point, but I don't think it's the same as the effects of free weights.

In addition to core and the horror that is yoga, I'll be biking. I'll be using my stationary bike and will likely only bike for about 30 minutes. Maybe I'll walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes too...Or do TF Fire 30...Who knows.  Like the treadmill, I can only stand being on the stationary bike for so long. I've definitely become bored with indoor workouts. I might pop a DVD in and get lost in a show while I bike... That should help pass the time. I would bike outside if the trail wasn't still covered in snow/ice... Unfortunately it's through a wooded area, and it hasn't been warm enough to melt what's in those shady areas.

I suppose it's that time... The sooner I start, the sooner it is over. With my schedule today, that's a good thing. I usually don't look at working out as a chore but with the workouts ahead of me, it's hard not to. The promise of watching a couple episodes of  "Friends" or "Sex and the City" while I bike is about the only thing motivating me to do it! Yoga is still on a "have to" basis....But I'll get through. I'm trying to view it as "it's ONLY 40 minutes." Hopefully that works!!

Hope your week has been going well!!!


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