Gonna Make You Sweat

Not me, but I did do some treadmill work today.

Gonna make you sweat – I wonder if this is what my trainer thinks before our sessions?  Because I certainly AM sweaty by the end of it, leaving puddles on the equipment.  Sorry – TMI?

Anyway, I had a great session at the gym today.  I warmed up by doing intervals on the treadmill.  Hadn’t been on the treadmill for months, other than for quick warmups.  So, when I was told to do 1 minute intervals at 7.5 mph, I was a little nervous.

Seems I needn’t have worried.  I totally ROCKED those intervals!  Now, keep in mind that I have been doing running intervals outdoors and I’ve been doing some long runs in preparation for my half marathon, so it’s not like I’ve been sitting on the couch and miraculously found myself faster.  But I am DEFINITELY getting fitter, and it’s nice to notice.

After my treadmill time, my trainer put me through my paces.  Oy, the body will be sore tomorrow!  It was a good workout, though.  I haven’t done strength work since last week, I think, and so my muscles seemed to be well-rested.  I felt really strong during the assisted pullups and triceps dips.  Legs were tough, but I pushed through – couldn’t have done it a few months ago!  My trainer added in some new moves for my abs, and had the core strength to do them.

It was a tough, sweaty workout, but it’s so motivating to realize just how far I’ve come since I started working with my trainer almost a year ago.  I laugh in the face of lunges!  Well, no, not really.  I still hate lunges.

What do you notice as you get fitter?  Are you faster, stronger, lighter?  Any exercises that you can do now that you couldn’t before?

Fit Bits for Friday

Just a few random bits I stumbled across this week:

Hydration tips for runners at Runner’s World

The right way to warm up? at The New York Times

Dynamic stretching = good; static stretching = not so much at the Training Peaks Blog

But I really LIKE chocolate milk after a hard workout, so can I ignore this article from The New York Times?

Are side stitches related to what you eat? at Nancy Clark’s blog

Pros and cons of bike training indoors, when you need to beat the heat or escape the cold, at Competitor.com

Tips for transition area setup at Triathlon Magazine Canada

Just because I think Dara Torres is pretty amazing at Shape