Hey there! I’m writing this while I’m high… on endorphins, so please pardon any sporadic exclamations ; ) Today was a busy day – no more boredom from here on out. I got up at 6:15am for my 9:00am class [it’s just how I roll, y’all]. I’ve explained how I dislike rushed mornings before. Anyway, I was at school from 9:00am – 4:00pm; Mondays are going to be my ‘long days’ from now until December. I started out in my huge [265 students!] Human Physiology lecture, followed by my Physio Lab, Human Nutrition, and Science of Food. I never imagined being a science major!
After a hot day on campus, I came home for a breather, rented a few textbooks, and ate a pre-workout snack. Ok… let me just say this: renting textbooks is the greatest idea. I complain semester after semester about spending ridiculous amounts of mullah on unused books that aren’t necessary to get an A in the class. Then 75% of the time, you can’t resell them because there is a new edition available. Well, for any of you students out there, check Chegg.com. I’ve saved hundreds of dollars already this semester… and the company plants a tree for every purchase you make – yay!
Alright, so after a few minutes of down time, I slipped into my running skirt and blasted Grooveshark to pump myself up for a workout at the gym. When I got to The Resort, I was almost bursting at the seems with energy. I could not wait to run. I went straight to the track and ran 1 mile @ 7:55!! Not exactly a warm-up. Before doing more cardio, I did a session of strength training: arms + legs. Then I hopped one one of the only open treadmills [can you say freshman frenzy!?], and did a killer 30-minutes.
- 5 minutes @ 6.8 / 5 minutes @ 7.0 – 0 incline
- 5 minutes @ 6.8 / 5 minutes @ 7.0 – 1.0 incline
- 5 minutes @ 6.8 / 5 minutes @ 7.0 – 2.0 incline
6.8mph = 8:49/mi. | 7.0mph = 8:34/mi.
I wanted to run under a 9 minute/mi. pace for the entire 30, and I did. You can bet I was red as a beat!
Off to strength training session round two: more arms + legs. There were lots of tricep dips and squats today. Because I was injected with speed at some point during the day – totally kidding – I hopped on a spin bike for 15 minutes [5.3 mi.]. Stretchhh… done!
I love the WREC.
Around and around I run.
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So, besides the little bit of knowledge I learned about osmosis and diffusion in lab today, the main lesson I learned was that it’s all about attitude.
The start of a new semester is always a tad stressful for me because I don’t do well with being thrown a million things at once. Teachers are great at making their class seem more overwhelming than it actually is, but… that’s not to say I’m not still worried about my 16 units of science, science, and more science. I hear all the time about people managing 18-20 units while working full time, but I’m not that type of person. I’m a bit more sane ; ) However, rather than getting stressed on the first day of school and questioning how I’m going to handle all of my academic responsibilities on top of training and blogging, I told myself throughout the day, “You can do this. You can!”.
I think most of you active people would agree with me that your best workouts, runs, strength classes, etc. are produced when you are excited about them. I know when I dread going to the gym, I usually walk away with a pathetic workout… and a poor attitude. Yet, when I mentally prepare myself with positive energy, I have some of my strongest workouts.
My staples for a successful workout:
1. Cute exercise cloths. Sporting a colorful top, clean pair of running shoes, or even a new pair of socks has a positive effect on my workout (compared with wearing a frumpy, old outfit). I was the only one rocking a running skirt tonight, and I owned it ; )
2. Keeping my iPod fresh with exercise tunes specific for exercising.
3. Adequate fuel + water. I drank a lot of water today via my new pink Klean Kanteen.
4. A positive attitude. Confidence is key!
Wow, that was some wordage right there. After a day entirely of science, all I wanted to do at the end of the day was write. Though I am passionate about nutrition, I am a writer at heart. Must shower, take a couple more swigs of coconut water, and rewind. Day 2 begins early again manana.
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- What is/was your favorite subject in school? Are you a science nerd or a book worm?
- What are your ‘tools’ for making the most out of your workout?