Friday, we meet again. It’s been an interesting week. The YMCA was offering a no joiner’s fee for the month of January, so after crunching some numbers I decided at the last minute to join the Y on Sunday. On the last day of the promotion. Pumpkin’s dance class didn’t work out and both girls want to take swim lessons. It’s costing me more to pay for Cupcake’s gymnastics class per month that to join the Y and for Pumpkin to take swim. So, I’ll be pulling Cupcake out of gymnastics at the end of February and both girls will start swimming lessons at the Y in March.
And we get to take advantage the other benefits of the Y, like open swim, the fitness center, free classes and Cupcake can still take a gymnastics class (though she wants to try soccer). I’m excited! And lots of my friends have Y memberships, too, so we can do fun things together! Yay!
So with my new YMCA membership I tried some new things this week!
Saturday – MRTT group run. 8.14 miles (10:07 min/mile). I was hoping to do 10, but I was feeling the effects of my DietBet. My energy levels weren’t what they should be. 8 was all I could do. But we had an awesomely large group of ladies out and that made me super happy!!!
Sunday – rest. And by rest I mean run a thousand errands, including signing up for a Y membership.
Monday – I went to my first class! There was a new class just starting that day called Group Power, so I popped in. It was great! It’s a 1-hour, high rep weight training class, using adjustable barbells and choreographed to music. It was a lot of fun and hard work! I’ll definitely pop into that class again!
Tuesday – 4.0 (9:30 min/mile) miles to celebrate a 4-0 birthday. Not mine, but one of my MRTT friends. I was happy to help her celebrate! We dropped the kiddos off at childwatch at one of the Y locations that lets you run outside. After our run I did a little strength training before heading out.
Wednesday – The Y has a cool program called ActivTrax, which customizes workouts based on your fitness level and goals. I met with a staff member to go through the set up process and did a fitness test and got started. I warmed up with a 1 mile treadmill run (9:50 min/mile) and went through my recommended exercises. It’s a total body workout, but there’s typically a focus. That day’s focus was chest. And there’s always an abs workout.
Thursday – 5.60 (9:13 min/mile) miles with some MRTT girls. I was supposed to do a tempo run, but it’s really hard to miss a group run. So I did a little of both. We ran the first 3 miles together and then a super speedy friend helped push me (and she pushed my stroller) for two speedy miles and then a half mile cool down. My splits were 10:16, 9:35, 9:50, 8:03, 8:19, 9:10. Tempo run success!!
Friday – Due to all the fun I had during the week I was really behind on work. I was up early this morning to work and even though I found out my deadline had been pushed to tomorrow I couldn’t convince Pumpkin to go to the Y today. So I had to settle for 30 minutes of cardio and I went ahead and finished my work. Now we can spend the afternoon with friends and relax this evening.
And hopefully my legs will be fresh for tomorrow’s long run!
Have a great weekend!!!