I started my morning with a great run with a couple grad school friends, as per My Workout Schedule This Week!
We ran 4.42 miles in 40:03. Great run, minus the fact that it was super dark when we started running. Come on, morning sunshine! We miss you!
Speaking of running — I went on a race registration frenzy Tuesday and signed up for not one but TWO races this spring! I was thinking of doing the D.C. National (now Rock ‘n’ Roll) Half Marathon again like last year (LOVED that race!), but then I decided that given this is my last spring in Chapel Hill (tear), I’d rather enjoy some local races instead before we move in May. Plus, races here are a lot cheaper.
First up — the Tobacco Road Half Marathon on March 18th!
And second — the Tarheel 10 Miler on April 21st!
I’ve heard a ton of good things about both races and they are kind of considered “must do” local races, so I’m excited. Should be fun! Especially when I have great training buddies — a bunch of friends also signed up for the races, too! Win. I really want to try to break a 1:50 half marathon, so we’ll see how training goes. Maybe the Tobacco Road Half will be the race! (My current PR is 1:51:47 from the DC National Half in March.)
Speaking of workouts — as you guys know, yesterday I tried pure barre for the first time! I bought a local deal thingy for 4 pure barre classes for super cheap, so I was excited to give it a try and went to an hour long class yesterday morning.
The verdict? I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It was a good strength/toning type workout (I definitely had to come out of a few of the poses a couple times because I was dying), and I liked that it worked a lot of muscles I don’t train enough (hip/butt/etc.), but I actually wasn’t sore at all today surprisingly. It kind of reminded me of a standing up Pilates class or something — lots of very small but precise movements. We used weights to do some arm toning at the beginning, too, which I liked. The class didn’t incorporate any cardio, though, and generally I like strength/toning workouts that are super active and include both cardio and strength at the same time — more bang for your buck, plus it keeps me more entertained. Boot camps and HIIT workouts for the win! Anyway — I’m excited to go to the rest of the classes in my deal, but I wouldn’t purchase a pass for the future.
My break between classes is just about over — off I go! Have a great Thursday, friends.
What races do you guys have on the docket for this spring? Any specific goals in mind?