I took the next step in my personal training certification journey this weekend and got certified in CPR/AED. I have to say I was pretty impressed with the class and was a lot more in-depth than when I first got certified as part of lifeguarding training – TEN years ago!
I followed up my weekend of solid workouts last night with unfreezing my Gympact account (Side note: when I got sick, I was in the middle of a pact so I was worried about getting charged for not working out. A quick email on my part, explaining my situation, was all it took to get a quick response and freezing of my account. Awesome.) and heading to the gym for a quick speed work session on the treadmill. I wanted to ease back into it and I was short on time because I didn’t get to the gym until 8:30 p.m. so I did the following workout:
Warmed up with a one mile slow run @ 9:40 pace
Then did the following intervals:
4×400 @ 8:00 pace
2×200 @ 7:30 pace
1×100 @ 6:58 pace
I finished feeling pretty great! The distraction of the Biggest Loser helped get me through it too.
Speaking of Gympact, I just cashed out some of my rewards and signed up for some races! I made over $100 in 2012.
If you want to give it a try, use my referral code and we both get $5: 237ec8546d.
Just one of the cool things about the Ragnar Ambassadorship is you get a free race entry for the 2013 season. So I finally got my act together and took advantage of this by signing up for half marathon #1 for the year – the Minneapolis half. I ran this race back in 2010 after not training AT ALL. It was pretty painful and I was totally disappointed in my time. However, this year I’ll obviously have trained for is and the course has changed since then. The finish has been moved so you no longer finish on an awful uphill. The other nice, but not terribly exciting, thing is that the majority of the course is where I do most of my training runs – so I’ll know what hills to expect, etc.
Finally, I’ve been reading a lot lately about racing flats and need some advice — are racing flats only for the elite? I typically like to rotate between a more stable/cushioned shoe for my longer runs and a lighter shoe for shorter runs and I also use those for races. Do I add a pair of racing flats to the mix?