Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Crashing with a side of burning.

Today's Turbo Fire workout:
HIIT 15
17:57

aaaaaaaaand...

Today's run:
Couch to 5K Week Four, Day One
2.19 miles/31:44

Note to self:  If you intend to remain hellbent on completing Turbo Fire AND training for a half marathon simultaneously, you should do your runs before you do your TF workouts.  Oh, and you're a moron.

In other words, today was a little bit rough.  I did my Turbo Fire workout in the morning and didn't have a chance to run until this afternoon.  I got through the Turbo Fire workout just fine, though boy howdy is that an intense workout!  The fact that it's so short is incredibly deceiving, because it's evil.  I went into it with high hopes...

"Game face #1"or "This hair is why I work out at home."

"Game face #2" or "It's a miracle that I am not still single."


... but it slaughtered me.  By the by, get used to that shirt, kids, because I'll be wearing it for the next week.  I'm really good at doing laundry.  But I digress.  HIIT 15 really was hard, but awesome.  In less than 20 minutes, I burned almost 170 calories, which is pretty darn impressive for me.  The whole thing is high intensity intervals (HIIT = high intensity interval training), so essentially, it was one minute of maximum effort followed by a very short period of recovery.  Over and over again.  But it was nice to just work my butt off for 15 minutes and be done with it, and honestly, it went by really quickly.

The run this afternoon did not go by so quickly.  It started out okay... I kept thinking of my run on Sunday and how thinking positively made any pain I was experiencing lessen.  I really am trying to work on the mental aspect of running because I think it's often that part, and not the physical act of running, that trips me up.  But with about ten minutes of the run left, I just crashed.  Mentally and physically.  I slowed my pace way down and focused just on continuing to run.  Once I hit the last interval, all I wanted was to keep running and not give up.  I did succeed at that, so I am proud.  Plus, even though the HIIT workout this morning was short, I know it took a lot out of me, and I should be very proud that I did my run at all.  Plus, my pace wasn't even really that much slower than some of my past runs.



I think a big problem with the whole thing was that I was simply not properly fueled.  It's funny, really, because I did the entire P90X program disregarding the recovery drink that Tony Horton kept shoving in my face and making myself protein smoothies instead... but as I came up the last big hill today, all I wanted in the world was some sort of glorious recovery drink.  So I came home and ordered Fluid Recovery Drink.

I based the purchase off of reviews on Road Runner Sports and the nutrition facts.  One of my problems with the P90X recovery drink was that it had over 200 calories and worked out to be 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus values.  I can have a nice sandwich for 5 PointsPlus values, and I like eating a whole lot, so that's a problem for me.  The Fluid Recovery Drink, on the other hand, has just over 120 calories and works out to be 3 PointsPlus values.  I know it's only a difference of two, but to me, it's a much better deal.  So I'm excited to see if having a recovery drink will help my performance.

Now I believe it's time to watch some episodes of Frasier (that I rented from the library because yes, I am 50 years old) and think about getting to see this guy in just three weeks...

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