Workout: elliptical - 65 min., 11.3 miles/ strength train - 3 min. plank, 15 minutes core, 30 minutes chest/back
I made sure to start strong for two reasons; first, I wanted to come back like I hadn't stopped, and second, I wanted to put up some numbers for the chilly challenge. This is a challenge put on by two members of the blogging community, and each member has a respective team. I chose Team Escapades, with Amy C, who is a great blogger and great runner. I recommend you all go and sign up on the spreadsheet linked above. Each week has mileage totals, and you can help your team while possibly winning prizes. Additionally, this is some great motivation heading into two of the toughest months of the year. After signing up, shoot me a tweet (@therunginger) and let me know you are on the team. So far the Escapades are winning!
Beyond the challenge, I also wanted to provide some humorous motivation for my fellow bloggers. These pictures are courtesy of an Adidas ad campaign; I came across them as I was killing time on Stumbleupon. I think they are hilarious. Google them, and you will see a few more.
I felt like the guy in line at the bank today. I had just been at the gym, so I was instinctively flexing my knee out. I hate standing still, so I feel his pain. We runners are truly odd birds!
Finally, I wanted to talk about my first running experiences with my Vibram Fivefingers. I have only put 4.2 miles on these puppies, but I can already tell that my calves are going to hate this whole journey! I have been icing, massaging, and doing everything possible to get my calves to recover faster, but they just get totally worked by these shoes. The best part: I love every second of it! Sure, after two miles my feet are frozen, but those two miles are some of the best I have felt. The whole experience is like making your feet come alive. The Vibrams make you do things your body has trained itself against for years, and that is when you know you are doing the right thing. Again, I am only 4.2 miles in (took a calves rest day today), but I know this is going to be fun. I will report more as time goes on.
Did everyone have a good New Years? I spent mine at Oakley Square in Cincinnati. I love the feel of the area, though it might be a bit too hipster for me to actually live there. The problem arose every time we needed a cab. We didn't get back to our hotel until 3:30am, but at least one of my good friends lives right by the square, so we had some where to kill time. I think this picture of my buddy and me explains how the night went. I don't even know what kind of a grin that was.
How is your new year's training going so far? Are you trying anything new?
What are you training for?
What are you using for motivation?
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