As I mentioned here, I sort of restarted my training during the second week of February. The new program is going quite well, and I haven't missed a single run! It does only call for 4 per week though. I think that helps dramatically. There are 3 rest days, but I really only consider 1 to be an actual rest. On the other 2, I cross-train or at least attempt to!
I am limited by the fact that I only have 2-3 hrs free to do pretty much anything during the day. Now that the K-Man is older, he doesn't nap. So I do try to give him some of that time dedicated to just him. Mini-Me seems to demand so much more attention these days! Anyway, I really want to incorporate weights, but I seriously am completely a moron when it comes to weights - what to do, how many reps, etc, etc. I am not looking to bulk up, but gain strength from the workout. I desperately need direction though.
Without cable or satellite, I am discovering the possibilities through Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix. I started using a couple Denise Austin videos on Amazon. I like her. She is my go-to workout pal :). The only problem is that I liked 1/2 of one video and 1/2 of another. The one is pilates, so I can get core work. And the other was called Sculpt Yoga, using handweights and incorporating the yoga. I think together it ended up around 48 minutes worth. Not too bad, but a bit of a pain to fast forward through to the right parts, blah, blah, blah. I looked at a few others on there, but they smelled of 80s aerobics videos. Can't do it.
When I set up my favorites on Hulu, I chose an exercise video that I hadn't heard of, but figured I could watch and see called Core Fusion. I tried it yesterday, honestly having no idea of what was in store. All I can say is DAMN! It was a fabulous workout! This husband and wife team essentially does 10 minute segments on different body parts. They incoporate strength and yoga/pilates-ish moves. The arm segment was all handweights - woot! And even though it was only 10 minutes of arm focus, I truly thought mine might fall off at the end of the 10 minutes.
The way they do their videos is interesting too. Instead of talking as they do the exercises, they are doing the exercises with voiceovers. They alternate husband and wife per body part and the one doing the easier or harder versions of exercises. It was a great use of 50 minutes, and there are more shows to watch. I am very excited for my crosstrain days right now!
Meanwhile, my Asics app is reporting that based on my training runs thus far, I should finish in roughly 2 hrs and 22 minutes. It will be interesting to see how that pans out! 7 weeks & 2 days to go!