Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Things are changing! Yeah -- time to figure out where I'm going with all this... anyway.
I just found out yesterday that my gym membership ends on Saturday. YEAH. I had been looking online at the University Rec Center site trying to find that information -- it's listed nowhere. I get the email newsletter for MAY and it says - hey, by the way, memberships expire the 8th. :P We were thinking it went through the END of May... so I was planning to go gymless for a month maybe.
Now I'm faced with a dilemma -- try to sign up at a local gym like Planet Fitness which is cheap and has no contract OR - use that same money to invest in something that I can continue working with after our move in case I don't end up getting back into a gym membership right away.
I've been mesmerized by a video ZORBS13 posted on her facebook of someone doing an ab workout with a suspension training system (in this case with the TRX system) and I finally looked up the site, expecting this joker to maybe cost $40 and saw that the package with the straps costs $189.99!!!!!!!!!! And that's without the door attachment! Which is another $25!!!! HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME, PEOPLE?!??!?!
So I considered making my own.... and then I saw a review that compared TRX, Freestyle Trainer, and homemade.... and the Freestyle trainer looks like a winner!!! Similar system, from a Ring Training website - mostly selling at home gymnastics ring style stuff - but the freestyle trainer has the handles and loops just like TRX at the ends so you can stick your feet in and whatnot.
The only downside being I'll have to find a park w/ a swingset or something to use it at, it doesn't really do a door attachment like other kinds where you hook it over, but you can slip it over a pullup door attachment (which I THINK my brother in law has which I might be able to use when we move?) If not I can always find a swingset or park pullup bar station or SOMETHING to use. SO!
That costs $50. The local gym membership would be $29 startup, $10 per month - so.... $50 roughly for the two months I'd be doing it.
As much as I love NROL4W and would like to keep doing it, I think the other thing might be more beneficial in the longrun... If I can switch the connector at the top to function w/ a carabiner system I might be able to use it with a standard door attachment thingie from the TRX system since they sell those separately anyway, later on. I think I'd prefer purchasing something than making my own if the difference in cost is $20-25. Ya know?
This is what's on my mind right now. Things are going to be tight when we move. But I still think it's the right thing to do.
I did 50 laps - .3 miles per, for 15 total miles. My hamstrings were SO SORE - the very first round had me hurting. But because of the cause, I really couldn't stop myself from continuing like I wanted to. so I did 3 mile bouts (10 laps at a time). In between I got SO COLD because of the WIND - I was huddled in a blanket. hahaha.
CLOVERR1 did 150 laps by going allll night - for a total of 45 miles. YEAH! Around a .3 mile loop! INSANE! And AWESOME!
There was a contingent of fleet feet chicks in light teal outfits - tops w/ a team logo on front, fleet feet on the back, and matching running skirts. I think one of them actually went all night, too! Not sure how she matched up - I saw her walking some laps, but mostly she was running - whereas CLOVERR1 kept up a more running style gait, sometimes a bit slower, but never REALLY switching to walking.... ya know? Anyway. I think both of us wanted to kill those chicks! HAHAHAHA.
And also I wanted to be one of them. Speaking of which, I went to Fleet Feet the day after it ended... so like not Saturday but Sunday - and tried on the shoes I'm probably ordering on mega clearance from runnignwarehouse ($39.88!!!!!) and bought some balega enduro socks (have heard rave reviews times a million on these, including from a worker at the store who popped of his shoe to show me he was wearing them RIGHT NOW haha), some mint chocolate gu(HECKYES), and talked to a couple employees about possibly working there when we move and definitely running with a group at some point.
The main guy we talked to about the job was like - YOU WILL LOVE IT. haha. basically. So.... I'm applying. The downside is that the place is far from my in-laws place and even if I can get a full time position, it's likely to be short on hours (like 33hrs vs 40) BUT... the guy DID say it pays well for what it is... so.... whatever that means. It's worth a shot.
We drove past a few gyms that were either closed or only open to members w/ keypad/keys - at least I know where they are. My brother in law is really keen on me working at the new crossfit place that opened up - I'm not sure they want someone with zero gym qualifications except for personal workout history, but heck. You never know till you try!
So we know when we're moving now, the exact days pretty much, and so at the end of this month I'll be letting work know.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I was in the break room a bit ago eating my snack - an orange and a skim mozzarella cheese stick - and my coworkers says,
"Dana, you're gonna live like.. 50 years longer than me!"
HAHA. He's like - we work out about the same, but you're always eating oranges and oatmeal and stuff and I'm eating all this crappy fast food, drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes....
I was like,"HAHAHA Thanks, I try!" :)
On the other hand -- it does make me a little sad that someone who is young and has vigor for life and commitment to exercise would turn around and treat their body so poorly in other aspects...
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
So... had to wake up reallllly early this morning (talking 4 something?) cause my DH was having some midnight worries and needed to talk so we did that and then there is this place in town called the Waysider which is a local institution -- it's a like... down home cafe type place. Breakfast foods all the time... we got the typical type of thing. Eggs, bacon, grits, biscuits, pancakes. I actually thought the biscuits were not so great - very salty. The eggs were bland. But the pancakes and grits were freaking awesome. haha And the sausage DH got that I tried was good... as were the hasbrown things DH got. They weren't the like... stringy buttery kind. It was the homefry kind, but not all deepfried... I dunno. Just like. Good potatoes. :D hahaha.
Then back home and back to bed. I didn't feel overfull -- I tasted lots but didn't over eat.
Sleep sleep sleep (rowing was cancelled due to the river being HIGH from all the storms) - then I wake up kinda at an awkward time to still be able to go to the gym and decide not to go - and instead I eat more breakfast. Cereal. Cereal. And more cereal. ??!?!?!? WTH!?!?!?!!?
*sigh* So I gotta get on track. I'm all discombobulated. I also don't want to do too much this week leading up cause I've got the Relay for Life Friday night and I intend to run as much of that sucker as possible (7PM-7AM), while being rational and reasonable. So between all the calorie burn overage last week and what I know I'm gonna burn later this week I'm not crazy concerned about my extra food the past few days... (actually yesterday was perfectly in range but still) And I think I did need an extra rest day today... just feel a little off my game in general.
I made a NEW plan for the week - ST tomorrow, minus the body weight matrix if I feel the need. We'll see how the other part of the workout goes before I make any decisions but I think giving myself an "out" of kinds will make it easier for me to get going in a way. Thursday - row and run. Friday - some ST - NO SPRINT INTERVALS - just some plain old lifting keeping in mind not to be too strenuous cause later that night I'll be running running running all night. Plan is to sleep in well on Friday, too since I'll be off work. We'll see. I might scrap Friday's ST depending on when we plan to leave and whatnot to be more well rested for the Relay for Life. I'm sure I'll be TOAST on Saturday. Sunday we'll probably be still visiting the inlaws and travelling back but maybe a nice short recovery run on Sunday.
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