New year, new race…

It’s already begun. Just signed up for my first race of the new year, and the honor goes to…

*drumroll, please*

The Go Green St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon!

I’ll be gunning for a PR in this one, so time to step it up with my training. The good news is, I’ve started integrating spinning into my cross-training, and it seems to have done wonders for my cardio. After a brief 2 1/2 week respite from running due to a minor injury (that’s what I get for running a marathon less than 2 months after running my last one–lesson learned), I went on my first run last weekend and was able to run at a fairly good clip without the usual effort such a pace would require from me.

And just to prove that wasn’t a fluke, I tested out my cardio capacity this morning on a 3-miler and sure enough, I was able to run that at a pretty decent pace as well. This spinning thing is the real deal!

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Back in the saddle–kinda

It’s now officially the 3 week mark for my injury (well, ok, technically another day to go, but that’s rounding error, right?), and I am now allowed to incorporate cardio once again, but only in the form of a non-weight bearing exercise that won’t aggravate my ankle.

Unfortunately, there are precious few such exercises, but thankfully, the bike is one of them. I took advantage of my brand spanking new membership with 24 Hour Fitness today and hopped on the bike for 23 minutes. It felt great to finally get my heart rate up and get my legs moving again. Nowhere near the intensity I’m used to training at, but there was no pain whatsoever, so I consider that a triumph :). I was pleasantly surprised to see that this particular club had one of those hand-cycle machines (don’t know what they’re called, but you may have seen them–they look like bicycles, only the motion is done with your arms, instead of your feet). I decided to extend my cardio workout with that machine and was quickly humbled. I lasted only 4 minutes on it before I decided to call it quits.

Don’t let it fool you, it’s a pretty good workout, even if all you’re using are your arms!

I followed all this up at home with an upper body and core circuit, which I’ve been doing for the last 2 weeks. All in all, I’m glad I got a workout in on the last day of 2010, but I am more anxious than ever for my 6 week evaluation so I can see if the fracture is fully healed and I can get the all clear to start running again!