Yesterday I took a day off from running. We didn’t get as much snow as they predicted (although up in the Shenandoah Valley area, north of us, they got 15+ inches!), but it was really cold and windy. I figured since I had already adjusted my weekly running schedule with plans of taking Wednesday off, I’d just stick to that. Plus I didn’t really care to run in below freezing temperatures with wind gusts up to 50 MPH. I did do my level 2 workout of the 30 Day shred yesterday morning. Our puppy, Scout, sure knows how to spend the morning inside and out of the wind. This is how she slept for about 2 hours yesterday morning:
Before work this morning I did Jillian’s 30 Day Shred, level 2 workout. My legs and shoulders really seem to get a good workout with this level, as they are burning by the end. I think all the jumping moves during the cardio parts work my calves and quads in ways that running usually doesn’t. Kind of the point of cross training, right? I have two days left at level 2, and then it’ll be time to step up to level 3!
The weatherman was way wrong about the forecast today. He said high’s in the mid-40’s and partly sunny. It never got above 32 degrees today and it was cloudy and windy. Good try, though….
After work I ran a little over 4 miles with Barry. It ended up being my fastest run of the week, at 9:39 pace. I have been doing something a little different this week, and I think it’s been the reason my running has gone well. I have been eating a snack, such as a granola bar, about 10-15 minutes before I head out to run. I feel like it’s really helping me feel energized, or at least keeping me from feeling like I have an empty stomach. Today I ate a Power Bar before my run.
There’s something exciting happening this weekend (well, I think it’s exciting, anyway) that’s non-running related. You will have to wait and see what it is! I hope it doesn’t end up being a disappointment, haha.
Have you done the 30 Day Shred workouts? What did you think of level 3?
Do you snack before a run? If so, how soon beforehand and what do you like to eat?