Whew! Another week of awesome workouts that I am still excited to talk about! Remember in my last post how I talked about my return to spin? Well I am happy to report that I am still loving having spin classes as part of my workout routine!
Last Tuesday I attended a HoCo Bloggers meet up (I live in Howard County). The only other blogger meet ups I have attended involved other health and fitness bloggers. So it was a different experience being at an event with people who blogged about finance or theater.
The coolest part of the meet up was that we got to pick different # stickers to wear. I don’t remember all of mine but I picked 4 that seemed to describe me the best.
Unfortunately, I did not stay at the meet up for too long since I wanted to take a 6:30 spin class that evening. However, in typical Sana fashion, I missed getting to the class by three minutes and I was denied entrance.
Since I missed the spin class, I decided not to ditch working out all together and ran 2 miles on the treadmill. And this begins the part of the post where I get to tell you about the longest treadmill run I have ever done.
On Wednesday, I decided to take a 10:45am spin class after I got out of my science lecture. I usually never workout in the morning but I was going to be busy later on in the day so I needed to get my workout done with.
The class was a lot smaller than usual since it was early in the morning, but I was able to get in a great workout. The bikes at this particular gym had a twist knob for the resistance. I prefer having numbers to change the resistance since it’s easier to guage where I need to be.
This particular class focused heavily on RPMs and I actually had a hard time keeping something that was consistent. I would jump from 60 to 80 and back down to 50. I think with more experience I will be able to get the hang of this spin business.
On Thursday, I decided to do a double workout. It has been many many moons since I have done two workouts in one day. I think it was back in 2007-2009 that I would attempt the double workouts before I was injured. I do miss how much fun it is to combine two awesome workouts together.
My run took me along the Mt. Vernon trail where I got to watch 3 or 4 planes take off. Have I mentioned how obsessed I am with watching planes land and take off?
I am pretty sure something is off with the RunKeeper App on my phone, but apparently I ran 3 miles with a 11:19 avg min/mile pace? I am pretty sure that it was a fluke.
Either way, I will take it!
Can you see the Washington Monument in the background? It is so nice to be able to run near all these historical monuments.
Workout #2 of the day took me to Revolve, a spin studio in Clarendon, VA for a D.C Fitness Bloggers meet up.
The lovely Anne posted about this meet up via Twitter and I was excited to attend a spin class with other D.C bloggers!
I am going to start of by saying that this is the best spin class I have ever taken. The studio transformed into a trendy nightclub with mood lighting and an awesome playlist.
I appreciated the fact that each bike came with a towel, because I had a lot of sweat action going on during the ride. Since I had just run 3 miles prior to the class, I took it a bit easier but still had fun while getting a good workout in.
From the Revolve Website here is a description of the class that we took-Body Ride:
Cardio…Strength…Flexibility…Everything you need in one complete class. This all-encompassing workout allows you to maximize the time you have to work-out in one place. Start out strong. The ride is cardio-intense and gets the heart rate up and keeps it there. Stay moving while you strengthen and tone the upper body on the bike. Polish it all off with a cool down stretch both on and off the bike. You get it all. You get the complete body!
What you can’t tell is that each bike came with weight pouches attached on that sides, that allowed us to work the upper body after we were done with the ride.
I also felt totally cool, finally being able to ride with legit cycling shoes. And I felt especially cool when after the class was over I was still the only one stuck on my pedals.
Post-ride we were treated to some raw/vegans snacks and tonics from Goûter.
I believe that was my first time trying a tonic and I was pleasantly surprised with how tasty it was.
The snacks tasted like macaroons, also delish!
Thank you Revolve for hosting us bloggers- I know I had a blast!
It is not always easy for me to get in many outdoor runs. I prefer to run with someone else and I need ideal weather conditions (sunshine, less wind and temperatures in the high 40’s). So, I have started to use the treadmill to my advantage instead of just skipping a workout when conditions are less than ideal. Now, I think running on the treadmill is way harder than running outdoors. I am not sure why but I have a hard time focusing mentally. I just keep moving until I reach the distance that I want to.
Lately, I have been running between 2-2.5 miles on the treadmill. Before this point, I would only run a mile on the t-mill and call it a day.
When I ran the 2.5 miles last night, I covered up the front part of my treadmill with a magazine and a towel so that I could just zone out and run. I want to be able to use the treadmill to become a better runner and be able to get my runs in as often as I can.
I am going to work towards running 3 miles on the treadmill next….I am going to have to find other ways to distract myself!
Speaking of running, check out this cool event I was given an entry to run. Have you heard of the The Vampire 5K?
5 cities, one night……Which side will you choose?
The best part is that you can run the event as well if you live in Dallas, Denver, LA, DC and Atlanta you can win a entry by leaving a comment below on this post about why you love running.
I will pick a winner by Tuesday, March 12th NOON EST.
The run begins at dusk on April 26th and ends under a full moon. Participants may register as either a Vampire or Citizen. Citizens in all white start in one location, Vampires in black in another. The paths converge at an unknown location and then the hunt is on! Vampires will try to “convert” citizens by pulling both white garlic flags they will be carrying while running through fog, red powder and other mystery zones. Participants will then “celebrate eternity” in the post-run Red Dusk after-party with music, red colored beverages, fun awards, and make-up artists on-hand ready to “transform” any willing citizens into new Vampires. The V5K benefits Red Cross blood donation services and local blood banks.
Dallas, Denver, LA, DC and Atlanta.
Find your city and register now for $10 off with the code: SUPERVAMP at: www.vampire5k.com
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* I was given a free entry to the Vampire 5k as well as a referral bonus for the people that sign up.