one down, eleven to go
In my initial post I mentioned that I will be following Nike’s training plan. So here is the first week’s plan and results. All of the runs so far have been indoors and since I want the Nike+ Running app to track my runs I have to hold the phone in my hands in order for it to track and record my speed/distance. This is super annoying and I can’t believe Nike hasn’t made it compatible with their shoe sensor. I’ve looked into it and you can only use the shoe sensor with the Nike+ iPod app… if someone knows something I don’t please let me know! In the meantime, come on Nike, get with the program!
Week 1 is designed as the “warm up” week and the fact that I didn’t have to run more than 4 miles was nice. I actually surprised myself in being able to keep a steady pace throughout the length of the runs with minimal walking. In fact, on the first day I completed the 3 miles without stopping, not even once… holy. cow. boy was that tough. For all you running snobs don’t roll your eyes at me, I’m no runner. In fact, the day that I completed 4 miles the Nike+ Running app congratulated me for the longest run yet and although the app only has a history of runs going back to a of couple weeks Kenne reminded me that it was, in fact pretty accurate. Running is not exactly my choice of exercise so now that I think about it, she was totally right, that was my longest run. I just need to take it one day at a time; a half marathon sounds daunting but all I can do is stick to the plan… so far so good.
Since this is a fitness post I figured I’ll squeeze this in. On Saturday I went to a crossfit class at Reebok Crossfit Back Bay which was sponsored by City Sports and therefore, completely free :). And since I like free stuff and I’ve been meaning to try it, I jumped on it like white on rice. Just like a lot of other aspects of my life, I’m probably behind the curve here but this was my first time (I know crossfit has been all the rave recently). Although the class is 1 hour long the intense workout portion is probably 15-20 minutes. Since the class was free it was probably intended to provide a lot more instruction and overview of what cross fit is about so it may have been structured differently (not sure but I can only speak to my experience). I got to the class a few minutes late but I tried to integrate myself as quickly as I could. I was completely flustered, lost and confused but I was able to hide it or at least I think I did. After some warm up exercises, the next 20 minutes or so were filled with instructions of the different exercises on proper form followed by the workout of the day (i.e. WOD) and ended with a little overview of why they love crossfit and why I should too. It wasn’t bad but I would still like straight up body building :).
It was a good day overall, after crossfit I went to the gym with Dave and smashed my 4 mile run to finish up the first week of this half marathon training, 11 weeks to go.