Remember how I got that root canal yesterday and then didn’t sleep well? Yeah, I think I got maybe 4 hours of sleep last night. I woke up not very happy this morning and have been a zombie ever since.
Especially in the two hour long work meeting this morning. I was dragging ass. I DEFINITELY did not feel up to running. To be honest, I’ve never NOT wanted to run more than today. Then I started to think about it.
- I’m exhausted and running on 4 hours of sleep = excellent simulation of how I will be able to run in Hood to Coast completely sleep deprived.
- I need to practice running a few times close together– again to simulate Hood to Coast and having my 3 Legs about 10 hours apart.
- I ran last night at 8:30pm with the plan to run again today at lunch. I needed to just suck it up.
So I made a compromise. I decided to run in the gym in my office instead of the 4 mile loop I usually do.
The GOOD thing about running the Esplanade Loop is that I am committed to running the entire thing. You’re kinda stuck on the other side of the river if you decide to be lazy. So I am never lazy. But I find that when I run the track, or run the treadmill, I don’t have that same staying power and I tend to get bored easily.
Today I ran on the treadmill in the gym. It was nice, I had the gym all to myself and it was a peaceful run. Amazingly enough I was NOT a zombie once I started running!!
I ran at a fast pace, felt light on my feet, felt suddenly energized. I did about 30 minutes on the treadmill at that pace and then did a bunch of work with the jump rope and ab ball:
I felt pretty fantastic. And the best news? My legs felt awesome! No stiffness, no soreness, nothing! I was fully prepared to be slow and sore from last night’s run and I wasn’t.
I still can’t get over how awesome of a workout that jump rope is! It’s baffling but I was running at a fast pace on the treadmill and my heart rate never maxed out like it did with the jump rope!
The outcome? I feel pretty awesome after my workout. Energized. Happier. Stronger. Excited about Hood to Coast!
Calories Burned: 352
Miles Run: 2.25
Activities: Treadmill, jump rope, ab ball
Feeling pretty darn good about my workout right now.
QUESTION: Do you have a new workout that you’ve discovered and love?