Happy Friday, friend – how about a long overdue update on the fitness front! I think part of the reason I’ve been doing less writing these days is that I’ve actually been out about so much these days! Winter barely even happened here, and we’ve been drenched in sun and temps in the 50’s and 60’s for weeks and weeks now. No complaints!
Fresh air has gotten me back into my running shoes and back out strolling every afternoon with the kiddos. I’m wearing my Fitbit again too, which I am loving. I definitely find that I’m more motivated to take that afternoon walk with the kids, or jog with the dogs – if I see that I haven’t reached my daily goal yet.
So here is what I’ve been up to as far as fitness goes…
I updated you guys halfway through the Barre3 Challenge, but then never shared my final thoughts at the end (I know, I know). The biggest effect the Challenge had on me was figuring out how to juggle four studio classes each week. In the past, I’ve typically stuck to more like one or two, and sprinkled in other fitness here and there. Doing the Barre3 Challenge showed me that with proper planning and right motivation, I could actually fit in more fitness than I’d originally thought.
The other thing it reinforced to me is that I am not good at home workouts. I have never been big on exercise videos or DVD programs, and even though the Barre3 online workouts are all different and are very well done, I am just not good at getting motivated to work out at home. This is probably the same reason why I’ve barely ever touched our treadmill. I am too distracted at home and despite all my good intentions and proper planning, I almost always ended up blowing off the home workouts (whereas I never skipped a studio workout I’d signed up for!).
Just as the Barre3 Challenge came to an end, I got the opportunity to try another fun fitness program…
Checking out ClassPass
Have you heard of ClassPass? I have been using it for the past few weeks, and I am so excited about it! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, ClassPass is an alternative to a typical gym membership or fitness studio. For $79/month, you get access to fitness studios all over your city – like yoga, pilates, barre, spinning, and more. The catch is that you can only go to one studio three times over the course of each month, so it forces you to jump around and try new things. This is actually a good thing for me, as I tend to do what is easy and familiar, and this has prompted me to try a lot of new things this month (which I ended up loving!).
This came at the perfect time after the Barre3 Challenge, which showed me that fitting in fitness all week long was possible – I just needed to be a bit more organized. I’m using ClassPass to do a lot of evening and weekend classes, and the best part is that I have quite a few friends using it too. One of the features I really like is that you can “friend” other people using ClassPass, which gives you access to their class schedule. So instead of texting all week long to see what other people are doing, I can just look and decide if I want to join them – super convenient!
The website is really well done and easy to use, and I like how easy it is to see your upcoming schedule, as well as what you’ve tried already. And the best part is that some of the studios I already know and love are part of ClassPasshere in Seattle, so I can visit my favorite spots while also trying out things that are new.
Unfortunately, as soon as I signed up I got slammed with a horrible cough/cold that came home from school with Cullen, so I sat on the sidelines for most of the first two weeks. But since then, here is what I’ve tried so far in Seattle: CorePower Yoga, Flybarre, HauteYoga in Queen Anne, my beloved Barre3, and Strala Yoga. This weekend I’ll be headed to Barre3 again, as well as trying out my first Flywheel class – I’m scared!
For my Seattle friends, anyone interested in trying it out for just one week (less commitment!) there is a $10/week promo right now! And for everyone else, look and see if ClassPass is available near you…
I am hoping they arrive in Cincinnati soon so I can try some classes the next time I head home! Outside of the fitness studios, I’ve also started pounding the pavement again…
Ready for Racing
I am not a winter runner. In a former life I can remember early morning long runs back in Cincinnati where we’d run on the side of the road because the sidewalks were all icy in the middle of January. But running is a lot different for me these days. Admittedly, I’ve grown less hardcore and more wimpy as far as weather is concerned. But a bit part of that is also because I am usually running with two small companions. And while I can do my best to push myself out the door in the cold or drizzle, I can’t force my kids to sit through that in a stroller. And so, I’ve taken most of the winter off other than a run here and there.
But these last few weeks I’ve been out on the trails and sidewalks again, and I feel totally energized and excited for another season of running and racing. As of right now, I’m scheduled to run the Brooks Trailhead 15k in May, the Seattle Rock & Roll Half Marathon, in June, and the See Jane Run Half Marathon in July. These are all races I’ve done before, so I’m excited to see if I can improve on my times this year.
I’m not doing any formal training yet, but just building back up some base mileage for now. During the week, I’ve been getting out here and there with the stroller when the weather has allowed. And now that the days are getting longer, I’ve been jogging around the neighborhood with the pups during evenings and weekends.
Casey is running the LA Marathon next weekend, so after his race I’ll be able to ramp up my running a bit more. We have figured out that it doesn’t really work for both of us to be formally training for things at the same time! I’m so excited to go cheer for him and watch him run. I love marathons!
As running picks up, I’ll probably do less of the studio classes each week – my muscles can only take so much (and there is only so much time!). My goal is to still do two or three classes a week as cross-training, but we’ll see how it goes as mileage increases.
Last but not least, I’m so excited to share that I’m joining the Brooks Run Happy Ambassador Team this year! Brooks is an awesome running company based right here in the heart of Seattle, and I’m thrilled to be a local representative within an amazing group of runners. Their motto is to “Run Happy” – which is exactly how I feel about running, especially these days.
I am not very fast, and my relationship with running has been sort of a rollercoaster over the past few years through pregnancies, and newborns, and breastfeeding, and all the rest of it. But I have always come back to running over and over again because, to me, there is no other feeling quite like crossing a finish line. Running is fresh air, and a mountain breeze, and a few hours (or even minutes!) that are just for me. I am so excited to Run Happy with Brooks in 2015!
It’s going to be gorgeous and sunny here this weekend, so our plans include running, hiking, a birthday party, and as much time as humanly possible spent outside. Happy weekends to all of you!