Ah gosh guys. The Brooklyn Half is moments away and I haven’t had a good long run since the Cherry Blossom 10-miler the first week in April. My hips hurt. My legs don’t have any juice. It’s the pits. If I had to boil down the cause of my running malaise, I think I slacked at : nutrition, stretching, cross training and doing my PT exercises. Should I skip the race?
The Brooklyn Half is a few weeks away and my long runs are getting long (to me). I have to recalibrate how long I can work out after a long run. (It’s Tuesday and I’m still feeling Saturday’s run.) All in all, it was a lovely and busy week. Here’s what went down:
Monday: Uplift Express. I’ve taken 3 classes at Uplift and this place always exceeds expectations. More on this studio here!
Good morning, sunshine(s)! Did you have a good week? The Boston Marathon was last Monday and like many of you, I have race fever! Speaking of racing, earlier this week I shared my race etiquette wish list. Got anything to add to that list?
Ok down to business.
Every time I worked out last week:
Monday: I finally tried Pop Physique (a California-originated barre studio that opened an outpost in NYC). The studio has a sassy-chic aesthetic. I liked the workout. It’s very similar to Physique57 in structure and intensity.
I’m a huge fan of Physique57. I wrote about it here. So when they shared their new online program with me, my curiosity piqued. Still, I’ve never been great at self-motivating to workout at home. I need in-person bullying (I mean motivation) to get the job done.
I’ve been in Colorado all week to ski, away from home and away from ClassPass. Skiing of course is an incredible workout (more on the science of that here) but on the days I didn’t ski, I wanted to get some brief toning in and so I decided to give Physique 57 On Demand a try.
P57 On Demand is the most incredible at home video workout series I’ve ever seen. Once you log in, you can view their extensive bank of online videos (you need internet to access since the videos are streamed), and you can approach the videos in three main ways (which I will break down soon). All of the equipment from the in-studio experience is subbed with things you’ll have at home (ie: a chair instead of a barre).
Save for Monday (because I got in late from Miami Sunday night) I am back in morning workout mode this week. I wouldn’t say getting out of bed in the pre-dawn hours is easy, but it’s doable, so I’m doing it.
Here’s what went down:
Monday: Back to Peloton for a post-work spin class. The instructor played “Bug a Boo” by Destiny’s Child which is now the 2nd best musical moment of my fitness career. (I once heard Jai-Ho! at Physique 57 and so far nothing can surpass how much I smiled.) I was assigned a bike in the front row and eye contact with the instructor definitely made me work harder.