Hey everyone, hope you are all having a good week! I had a busy Tuesday today at work, but managed to get over to the gym during lunch. I ran my 3 miles that I had on my training schedule and did them outside. Following Saturday's run, I've realized I just need to get outside and do my runs there. I'm also loving my Garmin Forerunner! I'm a little bummed to see I am running so slowly outside and definitely want to try to boost that over the weeks leading up to the half marathon. I've never timed myself during training runs, I usually know my times just from timed 5K races, which have a different motivating factor. So we'll see what I can do on my own.
After running I attended a bootcamp style interval training class at the gym at work that lasts 30 minutes. It's called Tri-fit and I've attended the class a few times now and it is a great little blast of a work out!
I am really going to do my best to attend this class, as well as a Thursday lunch time interval training class that the gym offers as much as possible. Since I made the decision to stop attending the boot camp class that I loved so much, I have been a little bummed and missing the work outs for sure. More unsettling is that I can really see where my body is losing muscle and tone from not having that strength training.
So why did I stop? Well, they moved to a new location that was really inconvenient and difficult for me and it was also very, very expensive. I had never originally joined the program to have it be a long term thing and after I realized I had been attending for a year and a half... and also paying for a membership at the local pool.. and also for a membership for the gym at work... I just knew I needed to cut something. Since fitness and health is something that I want to be a part of my life forever, I thought it might make more sense to learn a little bit about strength training myself and find a less expensive way to replace boot camp.
I'm in definite need of a weight training for Dummies book or something, but I'm starting to do a lot of research and learn what I can. In the mean time, Tri-Fit will definitely be a part of my routine!
This evening, I treated myself... or rather, my brother treated me... to a massage! For a late birthday present my brother gave me a gift certificate to Spafinder and tonight I redeemed that gift certificate and got an amazing massage from Anthony at Complexions on Wolf Road in Albany.
I like a lot of pressure in my massages and Anthony did an awesome job, relaxing me, but also working out a ton of the knots and kinks that have built up in my muscles from running and sitting at a desk all day.
Complexions is a great spa and one of the things I love about going there is their "relaxation room." I was able to hang out for a bit in this cozy room before my massage, in a super comfy bathrobe. I sipped on fresh strawberry water and indulged in a cookie, or two, or three, while I waited.
Guys, I totally did not mean to eat 3 of these cookies but there is something freaky and magical about them. They are the best chocolate chip cookies ever. They are the perfect amount of soft in the center with a harder outside. They are the exact perfect temperature where the cookie holds up but the chocolate is gooey in the chips. I seriously don't know how they do it but it is almost worth it to pay the money for a massage and just get a couple of these cookies. I loved them!
One more thing... my beautiful friend Lauren whose birthday just passed celebrated another incredible birthday yesterday! Lauren gave birth to Sean Patrick yesterday at 11:29 p.m. He is a perfectly perfect and adorable, healthy baby boy who is seriously cute as a cute can be. Congratulations to Mommy Lauren and Daddy Sean Michael on the wonderful welcome of their baby boy!!