WARNING! This post contains really really unattractive pictures of me!
So I just have to say, thanks so much for all the comments about being impressed that I run in the cold - being able to brag on this blog is serious motivation to get out of bed and get out there.
Today was Week 5, Day 2 for Jillian's 6 Pack Ab challenge. I wore my heart rate monitor just for fun and I burned 245 calories (or, as I like to think of it, two servings of ice cream)
in the approximately 35 minute workout! That's a huge jump from about 150 for level one. Here's what I looked like when I finished. Please note that my hair was completely gelled down when I began.
I'm getting a bit concerned. Since I had some extra time, I decided to check out my progress. I didn't even see ONE pack, much less the five that should have been there. (6 weeks to 6 pack abs = 1 pack per week, right?). I know I haven't been doing it five times a week, but shouldn't training for a marathon count too? Like I said before, I'm not posting pictures, so here's a conversation to illustrate my progress, or lack thereof.
Me: I don't see anything even close to resembling a six pack.
Eric: You definitely have some definition at the top!
Me: Ok well look at just my midsection and tell me if you think that anyone looking only there could confuse me with Gwen Stefani.
Eric didn't care to comment on that. He's no fool.
I then decided to use my snow day to do something I've meant to for a long time - go swimming! Since I'd run 33 miles in the past 4 days, I figured this was the perfect cross training. Plus, it would force me to wash my hair, no small feat, since I'm on Danielle's plan.
In the pool, I just kept telling myself this was good for me, because I didn't want to be a marshmallow runner. That's what Runner's World calls runners who don't do any cross training so all their non-running muscles are like marshmallows. Apparently I currently am one since I can run for hours but 35 minutes of swimming makes me feel like I am going to die.
If the calculations I did in my head during my shower were correct, then the distance I swam today (about 1km) is close to the distance I'll have to swim in the triathlon. Which means I really have my work cut out for me, since I took lots of breaks and also did not exactly feel like hopping on a bike and then doing a run afterwards.