Monday, January 27, 2014

#monthofmovement: week 3 recap: better late than never

wednesday, january 15
workout: 3.4 mile run
calories burned:  360
cost: blood payment (explained below)

Every Wednesday in January, a bar/restaurant by me has a BACONPALOOZA night (epic, right?). It was a mild-ish night, so the plan was to get in a short run and to have it end at the restaurant. What better way to rebalance your electrolytes, right? Well, about five minutes before I made my way out the door, I managed to slam myself in the face with my cell phone (and external battery). I heard such a crack that I was convinced that I'd broken a tooth. Luckily (or not?) enough, when I looked in the mirror, my tooth was intact, though I was bleeding everywhere. You better believe that I didn't let it stop me from either running or consuming massive amounts of bacon. That, my friends, is dedication. 

Also, it was really difficult to capture the glory that was my fat lip. In the picture, it looked a little bit like Botox-gone-bad. I'm pretty sure that the bacon helped to cauterize the wound (what a magical food), though shortly after finishing dinner it did swell a lot more. Luckily most of the puffiness was gone by the time I went to work on Thursday, though I did have one nasty cut on the inside of my lip. 

thursday, january 16
workout: at-home workout
calories burned: 235
cost: free

I think I'd mentioned that I was working an on-campus event for the entire week. By Thursday, I was just so exhausted that I could barely think (case in point: giving myself a fat lip). I could have gone to kickboxing, or the gym, but neither seemed very appealing. I decided to do a workout at home. I came across a great YouTube channel and was able to get in a decent workout in my own living room. It wasn't a huge calorie burn, or anything, but my abs were most definitely sore the next day. 

friday, january 17
workout: climbing
calories burned: 630
cost: $12* 

I was able to gather a small group of people to climb at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville on Friday night. I've been climbing semi-regularly again, and decided to challenge myself a bit and it worked! I climbed a couple of challenging routes, including a 5.10a and a 5.10b. And even better? After we were done climbing, there was Mexican food to be eaten and margaritas that were consumed. Pretty much a perfect Friday evening, if you ask me!

*10 pack purchased prior to the start of the challenge, so no further out of pocket cost

saturday, january 18
workout: elliptical
calories burned: 325
cost: gym membership

The marathon work week definitely caught up with me by the weekend. I woke up a little later than usual on Saturday morning only to find that it was raining and snowing outside. Yeaaa, no thanks. I did manage to drag myself to the gym for about 45 minutes on the elliptical. Not too shabby, after such a long and stressful week. 

sunday, january 19
workout: 7.6 mile run at battle road
calories burned: 960
cost: nada

I pulled up to the parking lot juuuust as it started flurrying. By the time Kim arrived, it was snowing a little bit harder. Not to be deterred, we took off on the trail. The fresh snow on the ground made for a beautiful, and difficult, run. We took a few breaks here in there - and I'd say we likely ran about 5.5 (of 7.5) miles. It was really peaceful, not to mention fun - and it went by SO quickly, despite our leisurely pace. I came home feeling exhausted and energized at the same time. I am very glad that we didn't let the snow stop us from getting out there for a run. And also very glad that we allowed ourselves to enjoy it, rather than focusing on pace and mileage. 

And how could you not enjoy an activity that involved views like this? 

monday, january 20
workout: bolly-x
calories burned: 490
cost: $6*

I cannot reiterate HOW MUCH FUN I have at this class. I still felt like a flopping idiot, but I just didn't care. The instructor was amazing, and told us that it's ALL about the attitude. The swagger. Even if you don't have the moves down, ACT like you do. Danielle and I had a great time, and I definitely felt as though I'd gotten in a good workout. Win/win, if you ask me. 

If you live in the area and want to check out the class, they are running a special for first time visitors - class is only $1! Come on, what do you have to lose? 

* Livingsocial voucher purchased - 3 classes for $18. Regular drop-in rate is $12 per class at the Dance Complex (536 Mass Ave, Cambridge)

tuesday, january 21
workout: spin
calories burned: 450
cost: just under $10*

My original plan was to go to the Yelp sponsored Flywheel class, but yet another snowpocalypse arrived in Boston. Luckily, Velo-city was still holding classes, and I was able to use one of the five classes from a voucher I'd previously purchased. The class was fine. I actually really liked the instructor but didn't love what we did in class. I don't mind an arms section, but this class involved a little too much upper body movement and exercises for my personal taste. Hey, to each their own, right?

*I purchased a Gilt deal for 5 classes for $49 prior to the start of the challenge

week 3 recap:
3120: calories burned
11: miles run (eesh, that's it?)
0: dollars spent this week
3: workouts using vouchers
6: friends (well 5 + 1 boyfriend) who joined me for workouts

Week three was a good week. I mean, other than almost knocking out my tooth and giving myself a fat lip, of course. I still would have liked to get outside for one more run, though I'm not going to complain too much. I feel as though I was able to do a little of everything, and despite lagging a little bit over the weekend, I had a lot of energy for my workouts. I didn't succeed at doing more morning workouts, unfortunately, though it is something I improved upon for week 4.

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