I know I said I’ll write about my workouts on Sunday, but I’m just way too excited to tell you all how things have been going.
We’ll start with Tina’s Bootcamp. On Monday I decided to register for the bootcamp since I thought it would make a great addition to my 10K training. I was a little late to the party, since the bootcamp had already started when I registered but with all the motivation I’ve been getting from the facebook community I had absolutely no problem of catching up on workouts.
I don’t want to give away too much information about the exact workouts since Tina has invested an enormous amount of energy into putting the whole thing together but I’ve already learned a ton of new exercises I can incorporate into my workouts once the bootcamp is over.
According to our training plan we are scheduled to exercise 6 times per week. During a typical week I will usually work out about 5 times so adding that extra day isn’t really that challenging. I’ve also checked with the online community and on cardio days it’s perfectly acceptable to just go for a long walk. This is actually great for me since I tend to walk a lot anyways.
This year I don’t actually live on Campus so I walk to Uni everyday. It’s a 12 minute walk to the gym (so that about 24 minutes covered on days where I go to the gym). On top of that the main buildings at Uni, such as the Library are about 20-23 minutes away from my house, depending on how distracted I am by the guys playing rugby on the sports fields 😉 (so that another 40-almost 50 minutes). And sometimes, when I have a longer lunch break in between lectures I decide to go home for lunch which adds a lot of walking time 🙂
So you see, I love walking. But on top of that and Tina’s bootcamp I’ve also been able to run. I set myself the goal to run 3 times per week leading up to the race to get my body used to it. And while I can run on the treadmill as part of the bootcamp I am surprised by how much I love running outside. I always thought that running outdoors is really difficult but my pace on my outdoor runs has actually been faster than when I run on the treadmill. Plus, the gym is so hot and stuffy sometimes that it’s a nice change to breath in fresh air while exercising.
So that’s really what I’ve been doing. The workouts can get pretty intense but I love challenging myself so that’s what really keeps me going. I also really enjoy the online support system on Facebook and check it a couple of times per day to see how others have been doing or how they’ve been working out. I also found a great workout from Julie that I did for one of my 50 minute cardio sessions and thought I’d share it with you. It a great workout and had me sweating from the very beginning.