It’s only Wednesday, and already this week has been one of monumental change and progress. At least two new things have happened in my life, and I’m very excited about both of them.
Thing 1: I moved. Specifically, I moved out of my parent’s house in Southwest Portland, and into an apartment in Southeast Portland, where I now live with Laura and my puppy. This is exciting, but also disorienting, because now I need to find all new running routes. Kind of. I wasn’t really doing much running from home before anyway, but I could if I wanted to. Now I have no idea where to go, or any general idea of how far I’m going around here. For my run today I looked up running routes near Reed College and found about one billion on mapmyrun.com.
This is it, in case you care. It was okay, but mostly sidewalks. I’m sure you all know this, but sidewalks are really bad to run on if you’re worried about shin splints and things like that. Sidewalk concrete is actually harder than road concrete. I think one of those things might actually be called pavement. I don’t really know. I do know that I’m worried about shin splints, and this area is basically one giant sidewalk – as opposed to SW, where there are no sidewalks and you usually have to run halfway in the road and it’s super safe. Anyway, if anyone who reads this knows of the best ever running routes in this area (around Reed), please tell me.
I also live about a mile away from a 24 Hour Fitness now, so if I want to I can run there and then workout and then run home. Which would be cool if I ever did any workout there besides run on the treadmill. But if I’m already running I’d probably prefer to keep running outside. But maybe not, I’m really into destination running, it makes my life feel more purposeful.
Thing 2: Laura and I were recently lucky enough to get a hold of the INSANITY workout DVD set that you’ve probably heard about from the infomercials. Don’t worry, we didn’t even have to make three easy payments of $39.95 because Laura’s borrowing it from a friend.
I realized that if I truly wanted to have the UHB (ultimate hard body), I was going to have to do something besides just run a lot. Clearly the solution to this is to workout in front of the television at home with personal trainer Shaun T. “It’s probably the hardest workout ever put on DVD.” That’s a direct quote from the video on the website. Also you supposedly get to workout in a pool of your own sweat! I’m not sure we had an entire pool of it, but after two days of Insanity, I can assure you that a certain level of sweat is most definitely involved. The workouts they have you do are so insane that even the people that are paid to workout with Shaun T. for the video can’t keep up with everything. Which might just be so we don’t feel as bad when we’re gasping for breath and collapsed on the ground as a result of a workout DVD, but that’s fine with me. It did make me feel better. But not as good as I’m going to feel in 58 more days when I have an INSANE body!
Miles run this week: 7
Miles run in 2010: 336