Fire hydrant fury

I missed yesterday’s track workout.  About an hour before I was supposed to leave, I started feeling migraine-y and if there is one thing I don’t mess with, it’s migraines.

Instead of running, I snuggled on my bed and watched crazy storm clouds dance with the skyline. Maybe it was a good day to take a pass anyway.

This morning, I woke up with every intention of doing a nice little treadmill tempo to make up for the missed speed session. But when I got out of bed, it came to my attention that my ass was, in fact, on fire.

Okay, not really, but holy hell delayed-onset muscle soreness! At Tuesday’s boot camp, we did these slightly embarrassing fire hydrant things. You know what I’m talking about.

It’s awesome that we do these in the middle of a crowded public park. I’m sure the after-work picnicking-and-frisbee-tossing set appreciates it.

I’ve been doing this boot camp for six weeks now, and I have to say that (public humiliation factor aside) I’m rather enjoying it. I’ll write a complete review at some point (right now I’m at six weeks, and I think I’ll continue through twelve weeks) but I have no doubt that I’ve become stonger.

(Photo credit: Ramped Revolution Fitness.)

Those damn ropes are heavy and I know that the first time I tried this, I barely got them past my boobs. But now, I own the ropes around the tree. For whatever that matters. Which is probably doesn’t.

I’m a few days late, but here were last week’s workouts:

That average pace was a little surprising to me – at first. Generally speaking, as I’ve cut my mileage way down this summer, my pace has improved a bit. But this last week I didn’t do a track session (because of Peachtree), and aside from that race (which was pretty slow, for me) all I did was super easy mileage. Not hard to get to an 9+ minute average.

Looking at body comp, I continued to make small moves in the right direction:

It may not seem like much, but I’m pretty happy with my progress. I no longer have a flabby gut. And I think most of it is due to a higher protein diet and minimizing shitty carbs (which I’m officially terming “carbage”) but I’ll write more about that later.

And for the record? My ass is still on fire.

13 responses to “Fire hydrant fury

  1. For someone who is already at a healthy weight, you have made a lot of progress on the scale! Congrats :)

  2. I’m looking for that post on proteins.

  3. Maybe I’m an idiot and you addressed this a while back, but what are you using to measure % fat and muscle? That’s something I’d like to know without having to pay $$$$

  4. I am also looking for that protein post. Gave up the shitty carbs (anything that isn’t a fruit or vegetable) a while back. But I also gave up chronic cardio and switched to crossfit and short runs. Increased my protein and fat intake by quiet a bit. The results are pretty amazing. No more hangry. No more stomach troubles. Better sleep. Reduced hayfever. etc. etc.

    Have down a few half marathons but would like to try another one while eating this way. Have been reading a ton of nutrition information and also looking at how to get my body burning fat rather than sugar. Can’t wait to hear what you changed up.

  5. WOAH. I came to this post for a good read and totally got complimentary tickets to the gun show. (See what I did there?)
    Anyways. You are an animal!

  6. You look like you’re in beast mode with those ropes!

  7. Boo, so sad to hear you get migraines! I tend to get them right before a storm too. I think it is a low pressure system thing?

  8. That is great progress, well done! You look great, too. :) I think you’ve earned a beer or two, yes?

  9. I am really curious to see what you classify as carbage and what makes it through (as I sit here stuffing my face with a foccacia sandwich, um).

    I did those ropes with my trainer this spring, and every single time I’d spend the first five seconds thinking I *owned* the ropes and the next 55 seconds wanting to die. No idea how to pace myself with those things.

  10. Your ass is on fire? That sounds like a personal problem…

  11. I’m also interested in how you’re measuring your fat + muscle percentages. I think keeping track of that would be way more motivational than just looking at weight…

    Anyway, get it, girl!!!

  12. You look fantastic! Hmm, maybe I should sign up for a boot camp.

    Question: How do you feel about your Asics Gel DS trainers? Do you think they’re suitable for marathon training? You mentioned them as a replacement for the Ravenna a few months ago. I just tried them on in Sports Basement, and I like them a lot, but I have to wonder how they hold up during long runs.

    I currently wear the Ravenna 2 for most of my workouts, but I’d like to buy something that lasts longer.

    Thank you!

    • Eh, I’m medium on the DS Trainers. I don’t hate them but I wouldn’t buy them again. They feel a bit bulky compared to my old Ravennas (although spec-wise, I think they’re pretty close). But I’ve had no issues with them not holding up during long runs and did several 18-20+ milers in them when I was training for my spring marathon this year. (I wore PureFlows on race day though.) I don’t wear them much anymore but they have around 300 miles on them and still feel great in terms of wear.

      I’ve never been thrilled with the mileage I get from Ravennas either, so keep me posted if you find something else that you like better! :)

      And thanks! :)