Back On Track

I love waking up to the smell of smoke… there’s a huge fire in Colorado and the smell of smoke wafts through the entire front range area. I kept my window open last night because it was so hot in my house so the smoke smell came through the window. Ugh. No running outside for a while. After about two weeks of eating poorly and not exercising much it’s about time to get back on track with my fitness and health! This morning I ran 3.75 miles and then did 25 minutes on the elliptical. I thought it was going to be quite difficult but it was not too bad. Hooray! Thank goodness for muscle memory. After that I did some lifting since I’m trying to increase my non-existent upper body strength. It’s really sad how weak I am… I have a lot of lower body strength since I workout my legs the most in cardio and volleyball but my arms are toothpicks that could snap at any point. The workout left me feeling awesome! This is why I like staying active, it gives me so much more energy and I am more productive during the day.

One of my friends inquired if people would be interested in doing a running race this summer and gave us the following options: Muckruckus, Get Drenched, or Zombie Run. Obviously these are not serious races where people try to PR but they’ll be fun nonetheless! Muckruckus is where people run through mud and get really grimy – not my cup of tea, but the funds go to help people with multiple sclerosis. Get Drenched sounds the most fun to me. Everyone gets a water gun at the beginning of the race and the task is to make other people as soaked as possible. It’s basically one huge water fight! Water fight in 100 degree weather? YES! Zombie Run is a 5k obstacle course where you are trying to avoid “zombies” (people dressed up like zombies). You get a flag belt and if all your flags are snatched by the zombies you essentially “die” and the zombies win. They all sound super fun and hopefully I’ll be able to do at least one of them this summer!

Yesterday I was looking through the fitness classes available at the CU rec center just to see what I’ll be able to do fitness wise next fall. There are so many cool classes like Zumba, yoga, spinning, and a variety of dance classes. I’m so stoked! Yoga makes me feel amazing but I don’t do it very often because it is so expensive. I own a yoga DVD but sadly it doesn’t even compare to an actual yoga class. I have never tried Zumba or spinning but maybe I’ll give it a go in the fall. Definitely doing the hip-hop dance class, dancing is so fun! There’s also salsa dancing which I may take a swing at. I love when fitness and fun are combined. Then it does not even feel like you’re working out. Excellent!