Making The Most Out of My Training Speed Bumps

Week 3 of speed training crashed and burned. You know those training speed bumps I often write about? Well this week was one on top of the other. Instead of getting upset, it's all about making the most of the situation and rolling with the punches.

Monday I left work early to so I could pack my bags, get some groceries, and head to the man friends for "Superstorm" Juno hibernation. The media told us to prepare for the worst so we were bracing ourselves for what was made out to be a blizzard for the record books. We had a crock pot full of chicken soup, a couple of bottles of wine, tons of carrots, celery, hummus, pretzel chips, (ok there was some chocolate for me), cornbread, bagels, and Lara Bars. The best part of being snowed in is the reading and wine consuming! I got to flip through about 20 running world magazines and finish the book I've been reading. (Super Sad True Love Story. CHECK IT OUT. GO READ IT. A huge giant slap of a wake up call.)

But when we woke up the next morning everyone was like "oops sorry we overreacted but enjoy your day off because we closed all the public transportation." After spending the morning working from home I decided to play hookie and join my family in Brooklyn Bridge Park for some sledding and an all out war snowball fight.

The next day I was SO SORE. I could hardly even lift my arms they were so sore. I was struggling through my Physical Therapy session all the while being laughed at because of my dismal upper body strength. I think it's time to start taking my arms a bit more seriously.

The next speed bump is due to the fact that I am babysitting my cousins for the remainder of the week. I can't exactly leave them to fend for themselves while I get a run in so last night after I made dinner, my cousin Havana and I decided to tackle some P90x. Holy smokes, what a workout. Here are my thoughts on P90X.

Pros:

  • Convenient
  • A great workout
  • Intense
  • Easy
  • Quick

Cons

  • Easy to do the exercises with poor form if you don't know how to execute them properly which leads to injury.
  • Impossible to find the room in a normal NYC apartment (I could never do P90X in my apartment. My downstairs neighbors would want my head on a stick.)
  • I'm not a huge fan of the "90 days" thing.
  • I hate working out at home.
  • I don't have weights at home.

That being said I had no clue what to expect. Basically P90X is a series of 30 minutes of different series of dynamic exercises. We started easy enough with a little warm up to get our heart rates going.

We used the opportunity to dance our way through the warm up.

Next we slowly went through the series of exercises. This was the time to instruct us on how we should and should not be doing each squat, dead lift, ski jump, split jump, and other exercises properly. The only problem is we didn't have a mirror so we really can't see if we were doing it properly.

I I had to modify the core exercise we were supposed to be doing. I literally couldn't do it because of my pitiful arms (which were still really sore) and my core being embarrassingly weak. I swapped it for a couple of the different plank exercises my PT has me doing.

All in all P90X really is a kick ass workout. If you prefer to workout with DVD's in the comfort of your own home this is a great investment. The hardest part about getting into something like this is carving out the time and then executing without injury. If you are a runner and if you aren't doing your strength training you are 100% sabotaging yourself. Do your squats, split squats, dead lifts, and core work. It makes running SO MUCH EASIER. A short dynamic 30 minute workout like P90X is a perfect way to kick start your day. Do it first thing in the morning if you're an afternoon runner. Otherwise set 30 minutes aside before or after dinner to bang them out.

Those speed bumps are going to happen, there's absolutely no avoiding them. But just because you can't get a run in doesn't mean you have to dig your grave. Find something else you can do to keep you on track. What's your favorite way to get active when you can't get out to run? Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.