So, this morning I went to the gym. Again. I know, who am I right? I hop out of bed at 5:30 like it’s my job and before I know it I’m working out my T-rexy arms with the meatballs of the world. Anyways, I’ve been doing a lot of spinning and working a lot to get my strength back because, ahem, I may have slacked just a little bit during training for Long Beach. As in, I did NO strength training. I really started to feel my back getting weak during my longer runs and realized that I had to make more than a once a month effort at the gym to perhaps get some decent results. Thus I’ve found myself kicking serious butt at the gym lately, and totally, gasp, LOVING IT! I know, I’m turning over a new leaf, wild. I still have been getting in some great runs lately, and last night knocked out a quick 5.5 miler.
When I got home after my run last night, I thought to myself how I just ran 5 miles. Seriously, I would have never guessed I would be doing that. Thus leads me to the cheerleader coming out and saying, “Rah! Rah! Everyone can run!” I am used to running 2 miles, 3 miles, maybe, on a good day, 4 miles, but just going out and dominating a 5 miler and feeling great? If you would have told me that a year ago I would have literally laughed at you. Change is good though, and I’m glad I am at where I am now.
So back to me being a complete BA at the gym. Call me dumb, but I’ve seen the word ‘brick’ thrown out like it’s candy at Halloween on twitter and some blogs, and I never truly knew what it meant. Obviously, I knew it had something to do with a workout or some type of training. Well for you folks, here is the official definition in case you didn’t know, like myself.
“What is a Brick Workout? A brick workout is when you do one workout immediately after another. For example, you could do a swim followed by a bike or a bike followed by a run. There is no special way you have to do a brick workout. However, the most effective brick workout is one that most resembles the race you will run. So more than likely you are better served doing a swim to bike or a bike to run brick workout for triathlon prep.”
Well I normally stick to one or the other, never mixing it up, because that would be too crazy for me, but this morning, after spinning for 35 minutes, and thus becoming a swamp monster, I felt like getting in a little run so I ran for 15 minutes and got in 2 miles. Wait! I did my first brick workout! I didn’t even know it! So it wasn’t THAT bad, I actually felt fine, and honestly, it’s not like I was in the spin class where afterwards I think I might throw up, I just did my own hill workout on the bike. But still, brick me up baby!
This is random, but here are some new songs if you wanted to check them out, they have really been kicking butt when I work out lately. Drake – Forever, Ester Dean – Drop it Low, Kevin Rudolf – NYC, Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind, and last, my favorite, David Guetta – Memories. Be careful, the videos might be, how shall we say, inappropriate? :) Thanks also to my friend Tara for giving me some new sick jams!
So I did a brick, I’m becoming a gym mouse (not rat, that sounds gross) and oh, I’m running the Nike Human Race 5k tomorrow night, at midnight at USC. Why am I running a 5k? Because I can and it’s going to be super fun! On a completely unrelated note, my halloween costume is coming along and I finally figured out how I’m going to, as Tim Gunn would say, “Make It Work!” It’s going to be SO funny and I can’t wait to show it to you guys. Hopefully I will get it done this weekend.
I seriously need to stop going to the gym before posting… because these are getting way too peppy. :)