The Hobbler Speaks

Good Morning Lovelies!!

The past few days have been very good for me exercise-wise.  Saturday I participated in an urban scavenger hunt (I hope to do a post on that at a later date), which had me running and walking all over Long Beach for 3 hours… hi, sore calves!

On Sunday morning I went to a Level 2 (read, most difficult) hot yoga class at CorePower Yoga with Alison.  This class fantasic- extremely difficult yet fun! We did a lot of twists meant to detoxify the body, and I even got into crow pose for about 1 second! Crow is my nemesis, so I’m hoping with a little more practice, strenght, and less bodyweight I will be able to conquer it, and move into a tripod head stand… scary!  The only downfall to this class was that the instructor didn’t plan out the music too well, so we had to listen to “From this Moment on” by Shania Twain, probably one of the most unbearable songs in music history, at least three times.  Ugh, now that I’m talking about it, it’ll probably be stuck in my head all day.

After making a decision to get my fitness life back on track, I chose a strength cicuit to complete.  This is the workout I did:

I completed this in about 30 minutes, which is great if you’re just trying to sneak in a quick workout, or if you were already exhausted because you worked for 10 hours and all you wanted to do was lay on the couch and finish the 4th book in the series of Percy Jackson and the Olympians… Anyway! There are a lot of variations to this workout to either add or decrease intensity.  To decrease, lessen the weight, but keep the reps as they are.  To increase, you can increase the weights, or do more challenging versions of the exercises themselves. The workout originally called for doing pushups with a leg raise, but I opted for some good old fashioned girl pushups.

Like I said, this work out was fantastic, and got me nice and sweaty and completely wiped me out in less than an hour! Perfect!  I knew I was in trouble when my legs started shaking after I finished, but I didn’t know how much trouble until I woke up the next morning.  Ouch, was I sore!!  I hobbled through the day, but kept my mind focused on going for a run after work.

Luckily, my dad wears many hats in our relationship… father, friend, roommate… and accountability partner! If I didn’t know that he was waiting for me to get home for us to run together there would be no way in hell I would have gone, I mean, I had Percy Jackson & the Olympians to look forward to, remember?  But I went, and it was HORRIBLE.  The abosolute worst run of my entire life.  Okay, maybe that’s exaggerating, but it put up a good fight with the chafing run for the title. I had horrible “side-calf” cramps from ankle to knee (anyone who runs barefoot knows what I’m talking about) that wouldn’t let up.  But I pushed through, stopped a few times for stretch breaks, and got my three miles in.  No matter how horrible, you’re never going to regret a run (unless you get hit by a car and die on said run, then you might regret it).  Good news is, I’ve had so many bad runs in the past few weeks, I’m bound to have one of those really amazing “I can run forever” runs soon, right? Right?!?

Problem is, if I thought I was sore yesterday, I was in for a rude awakening (literally) this morning when I woke up and found that my legs didn’t want to respond to commands.  They are really angry at me today, friends, so it looks like I will spend my Wednesday taking care of my body instead of ripping it apart.  I plan on hitting the chiropractor, sitting in the spa, and icing this evening. And maybe I’ll be able to move again… maybe…

Well I’m off to go hobble around the office, have a great day!

Ciao!

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Brittany’s Seven Pet Peeves of Running

After a long hiatus from blogging, welcome back to a list of complaints about running.

Since my dad and I have decided to run a half marathon I have been hitting the pavement much more often.  Unfortunately, that leads to many pet peeves about running that make me want to scream and junk punch people.

1. Chafing

Today it was 85 degrees in Southern California (suck it East Coast), so I decided to venture out with shorts on.  Shorts + thunder thighs + sweat = uncomfortable chafing. No matter how much I enjoy watching my own leg muscles flex (after watching them be sick blobs on my office chair all day), I will wear capris until the inside of my legs no longer touch.  Come on 20 pounds.

2. Unexpected Knee Pain

After a day of being stuck in the office when I should be laying on a beach somewhere, I was psuedo-excited to venture outdoors in the perfect weather.  That is until I took one step and it felt like my leg exploded.  I kept running, but I wanted to pull the move of the kid in the above picture.

3. Sidewalk Blockers

Hi, I see you running at me full speed.  I will make eye contact with you. I will smile and say hello. I will rock this poncho. But I will not… I repeat WILL NOT move out of my position on the sidewalk to let you pass.  You can run in the grass, peasant. Or even better, go run in the street.

4. Idiots on Bikes

Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife… I’m gonna put a stick in their bike spokes if they pull the same move as the sidewalk blockers.

5. Idiots on Skateboards

I ain’t hating on skateboarding, but I will hate on skateboard hooligans if they insist on following suit of their walking and bike riding brethren and riding straight toward me while they are trying to sound hard about the middle school party they are going to go to this weekend.

P.S. If you happen to know of a breeder that breeds skateboard riding, cigar smoking, wine drinking terriers, please email me their phone number (bkcrail@gmail.com).

6. Old Car Fumes

A) Hippie Brittany hates pollution. B) Running Brittany can’t breathe as it is, please don’t spew you’re 1984 Chevy Nova P.O.S. smog in my face.

7. Dog Poo on the Sidewalk

Hey, Mister, letting you’re dog s**t on the sidewalk, the world isn’t your toilet.  What the hell is wrong with you? If karma exists, the people that let their dog poop on the sidewalk and don’t pick it up will get a special hell that guarantees that everywhere they step in poop. And then, ONLY then, will I feel vindicated.  Until then, I will resort to angrily blogging about it and potentially yelling at people when I see them committing this cardinal sin (potentially because if they look shady, they might have a gun).

Despite it all, I will continue to run.  Mostly because I am committed to finding the bright side, and I keep running maybe I can scratch number 1 off the list.  Too bad for everyone else the decline of humanity is responsible for numbers 3-7.

And with that, I bid you goodnight.

Daddy Daughter Beach Run

Over the weekend, my dad and I decided that we are going to run the San Diego Rock n Roll marathon on June 3rd.  Luckily for us, we have quite a bit of time, because we’re both pretty out of shape. So since we both had Tuesday off of work (floating holidays ROCK!) we decided to drive on down to Newport Beach and start our training off right.

We started off at the peir, and ran our little hearts out for awhile.  Runnin’ aint so bad when you got a view like this!

I should have taken some pictures of some of the super cute beachhouses, but instead I took some pictures of my awesome new shoes.

Pink and orange with reflecty toes!! I  absolutely love these

Overall it was a really fun run, we ran and walked about 3 and a half miles.  I’m feeling pretty good today, but probably a lot better because we went to yoga yesterday.

Did I mention that I have another 4 day weekend this weekend?! Hells yeah!! So I’ll be running again tomorrow. After I sleep in of course.

Have a great night!!