Tomorrow, I leave for Seattle for a business trip. This required me to switch up my Fort2Base Race training a bit. Normally, I rest on Friday and do a long run on Sunday. This week, I did my cross-training Friday with an Insanity DVD. I wish I had a heart rate monitor, because I wouldn't be surprised to learn I torched 500 calories in the 40 minutes of the Pure Cardio tape.
As for today, I learned another important life lesson: don't wear make up while running. It's vain and stupid, and you end up with shirts that look like this after you've wiped your sweaty little face on it. This was the result of the free running group and yoga offered at lululemon Oak Brook. I've never ran with anyone other than my husband, and this was a great experience. The lululemon employee has an established route and you can decide how far and how fast you want to run. At this location, most of the ladies take it a little slower than myself, so the group leader ran with me for three miles. It was super tough because it's about the temperature of the surface of the sun here today and not a cloud in the sky. Fun. Anyhow, it took us around 29 minutes and I was sweating in a very unladylike fashion. I didn't use an app to pace myself, but I figured if I could still talk, I was doing OK.
After that very sweaty run, I headed back to the store for a yoga class. It felt really good after the run to stretch out and concentrate on my breathing, but I was itching for a shower. Three cheers for cross training that just happens to be free, my favorite price point.
To refuel back at home, I went with an apple with almond butter for some carbs and protein and rounded it out with pickles and watered-down orange juice to help replace some of the electrolytes I lost during my massive sweat session.
By the way, did you know that Tricia at Endurance Isn't Only Physical is giving away an Allied Medal Display? I have yet to pick up some race bling, unlike my very speedy husband, but I'm looking forward to claiming my first medal at the Fort2Base Race. I'm planning on picking up something like this medal display to motivate me to fill it up with finisher's medals!