Fitness Friday 8/1

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This week has been interesting in terms of fitness. I was a little lazy in the strength workout department… as in I did none. Sorry not sorry; however, I did run at altitude in Big Bear on a hilly trail. So I think that counts for something! Lately I’ve been pretty unmotivated so my days of working out have gone from 5 or 6 to 4 or 5. BUT I just signed up for 15 Pilates classes at a studio down the street in Huntington Beach (thank you Groupon!), so hopefully that’ll get me motivated to at least do some strength training again. I don’t know about you, but I really love working out with people and being alone on my runs has been killing me! Just check out my times from my GPS watch…

Monday, the 28th in suburbia (mainly grass) right before I left for vacation to Big Bear:
7.28Tuesday the 29th I ran in Big Bear on a hilly dirt trail behind the Snow Summit townhouses. I freaked out every 20 feet because I was basically the only one on the trail and chipmunks and other animals kept on rustling through the brush and bushes. I guess it was a mutual scare. I was just afraid a bear or some other animal was going to come after me (paranoia, I know). I had an elevation gain of about 1,000 feet so I was going pretty slow, but it was okay for my first trail run in altitude in two years. Oh, and as you can see, my GPS wigged out as soon as I hit the trail (aka split #1) so I’m not sure how accurate the data really is. I also went stand up paddle boarding later for 30 minutes so I had a double leg workout!
7.29Wednesday the 30th I did not work out because I was coming home from Big Bear and decided that would be my rest day.

Thursday the 31st I didn’t get to work out until 8 pm when I could barely see, so my times are really slow. My stomach was also hurting from a brownie pie that I had made around 4 (I’ll share the recipe next week!) because I have a sensitive stomach. In any case, I was just happy to get a run in since my boyfriend’s car broke down and we were trying to get it fixed all day. Sometimes life just happens and gets in the way and you’ve just gotta roll with it. I completed the run in the Wetlands so it was mostly dirt.
7.31Friday the 1st I ran in suburbia (mainly grass) at around noon and died of heat. Why do I never learn my lesson and go to bed early so I can run when the weather is nice? Some things never change.

Strength Training:

Today I start my first Pilates class! I’m actually going to it in 30 minutes so I need to wrap this up! I didn’t do any other strength training unless you count balancing myself on a stand up paddle board for 30 minutes. Hopefully I can keep up 3 Pilates classes a week until school starts back up again (and my Groupon expires). I did two different Pilates classes when I used to go to 24 Hour Fitness and enjoyed one of them, so let’s hope these are similar. Wish me luck!!

***It took me an hour to get my computer (not the usual one I use because it just wasn’t working) to upload my Garmin workouts. Anyone else have this problem with the Forerunner210?? It does it every week but this week it just wasn’t having it. Any advice or tips are appreciated!***

How do you incorporate strength training into your fitness regimen?

Do you prefer fitness classes or the gym?

Please note that I am *not* a trainer or fitness expert, this is just a workout based on my own knowledge and experience that has personally worked for me. Please consult a doctor before starting any fitness routine.


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