Wow, it really only takes a day or two of not posting on my blog and before I know it, it's been 4 days! So enough with the slacking, I'm back and apparently I need to give you a run-down of the past 4 days.
Last Thursday was a power workout day. The kids had the day off from school for teacher in-service, so before they were even awake, I left the house and headed for the gym. I did my first spin class at 6am, then I had about an hour to do some heavy lifting before going to spin class #2.
After that I came home, took a shower, fixed the kids some lunch, then went back to the gym for my third class of the day, Muscle Fusion X. On my way home, I snapped this picture of the ice that was created by the sprinklers on this landscaping. It's not the greatest picture, but it looked really cool in person. I was just surprised that it was still so cold at 9:30 in the morning that the ice was holding on like that.
Anyway, class was AWESOME! This is the class, if you remember, which is taught by my favorite instructor at the gym and normally there are at least 20 or so people in the class. But for whatever reason, on Thursday it was just me, two other women and the instructor. At first I was worried she might not hold the class because the gym rules say that if there are less than 5 people attending, the class will be cancelled. But of course, true to Misty's style, she taught the class anyway and we got one heck of a workout! I loved every gut wrenching, sweaty minute of it. (Incidentally, I wonder if that's why there have been fewer and fewer people coming to that class since I first started going to it - it is HARD.) One of my favorite - haha - exercises was the bench jump. Misty had us stack our steps with at least 6 or 7 donuts (levels) under them and then we had to straddle it, jump up on it with both feet into a squat position, then jump back down...20 times in a row for one set, then we did it again later in the workout. Not. Easy. Especially after doing weighted squats and lunges.
On Friday, my dad and step-mom arrived from Michigan for a weekend-long visit with our family, but I did have time to squeeze in my noon spin class before they got here. On Saturday morning, I also fit in a quick 5.5 mile run before we spent the rest of the day enjoying our family time and that was it for my weekend workouts.
This morning I ventured out into the chilly morning for a long run. I did a 16.5 miler on an out and back route. I didn't realize until about mile 5 how windy it was out there. It was blowing so hard that my pace really slowed, but it didn't bother me too much. Sometimes it's fun to just take the time to enjoy the run for what it is - a long, slow run. When I got home I did need to ice my knee for a bit. It's been getting progressively worse over the course of the past week or so of running. It might sound weird, but I really think this (relatively) new knee pain issue has to do with the fact that about a month ago I ran out of my glucosamine chondroitin supplement and I never replaced it because I figured that since I'm eating clean, I'm probably getting most of the nutrients my body needs.
I had been faithfully taking the glucosamine since I first started running - so for the past 2 1/2 years, and I've never had problems with my knees before. Just a theory. Luckily, Chris and I are going to be heading into town this evening for a spin class, so I'll have a chance to stop at the store to get some more.
Also, when I got home from my run I found I had received the issue of Clean Eating Magazine that I won from Tosca Reno's blog. Yay!