Yesterday I ran my first 5k since arriving in Chicago… Not the best of times but I did place in my age category! Sometimes going outside of the usual gym routine and outdoor activities can be a great way to get out of a rut or plateau. This race showed me that I am slacking a bit in the endurance area where running is concerned. Time to improve – there’s always room for improvement!
The race was for the Les Turner ALS Foundation (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Prior to the race there was a speech given by Kaylynn Van Driest. She quoted from Lou Gehrig’s famous 1939 speech and her words were unforgettable. The meaning of the race as I interpreted it stuck with me the whole time: Us, those that are ‘able bodied’ are running for those who cannot, our strength is shown through our voluntary actions and willpower to reach the finish line.
Here’s the chest/cardio workout for today… All supersets are to be completed 4 times with the weight increasing with each consecutive set.
- Superset #1: Run .5 at medium pace followed by 10 pushups and repeat 4 times
- Superset #2: Flat bench chest flys with dumbbells (10 repetitions) & Leg raises (bodyweight; 15 repetitions)
- Superset #3: Incline bench press machine (10 repetitions) & Bosu plank transverse abdominal crunches (elbow to knee; 20 repetitions)
- Superset #4: Decline bench press with dumbbells (10 repetitions) & 10 burpees
Bosu plank transverse abdominal crunches, ‘the how to’: Turn the bosu over so that the curved side is on the bottom. Using the two grips on the flat side – get into a straight arm plank formation. Once in form, the goal is to twist picking up each knee to reach the opposite elbow and repeat.
Get your sweat on!
xxx – Sarah