Training: Making the Most of Limited Time

My pace took a big hit at minute 6 as I waited at the busy intersection.

Monday was a preschool holiday. Tuesday was going to be booked with meetings from start to finish. Two days off? Nope. I split the difference and hit the gym on Monday night.

The Plan

  • Monday: Gym
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Pilates
  • Thursday: Gym
  • Friday: Run and gym
  • Saturday: Much too much yard work
  • Sunday: Much-needed rest

This week has involved a lot of work on the TRX and large stability ball for core strength. I’m getting dramatically better at some of the combinations that I do on both. I like to alternate between push-ups and knee tucks, skiiers, pikes and swan dives. My balance is getting so much better that I’m seriously considering an earlier-than-planned return to kickboxing, maybe as soon as Tuesday morning.

Friday was my moment of genius. My husband took my early-rising son to school in the morning, freeing up an unexpected hour between 8:00-9:00 AM. Sure, I could have kept Friday as an off day, as usual, but was I really going to let that hour be sucked away by email? No way. Instead I ran 1.13 miles to the gym, did my workout and then walked back.

That run and walk gave me a good chance to test my Runkeeper Pro app (see image) that I picked up for free though the app store. Short review: get it now while it’s free (through January 31, 2011), but it’s absolutely worth the $9.99 that they usually charge. I’ll write a more detailed review for Health and Fitness Wednesday.

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