Monday, April 27, 2015

Cyc Trainee Program

After recently having another birthday and turning the ripe old age of 27, I've come to the conclusion that my body can't quite continue taking on the toll of long distance running. While running will always be my first love, I've started exploring other cardio options that will keep up with my aging body (okay...there's a hint of sarcasm here, but I'm still getting older)! 

A few months ago, a friend and I came across a new member deal at a nearby cycling studio. We bought the 3 ride package and I instantly became intrigued by indoor cycling...specifically, this studio called Cyc. I loved the atmosphere, the music, the lights, the workouts, the instructors, and everything else about it. Overall, it had a different feeling than other gyms I had been to before. It wasn't intimidating and I instantly felt connected and welcomed.

"Cyc offers an exhilarating, beat-based, 45 minute ride that activates the whole body, the whole time. Weights are incorporated into sectors inspired by more than 20 different sport movements such as boxing, volleyball and swimming."

After a few weeks, I kept wanting more and knew that this workout was a great fit for me. I wanted to be part of the Cyc family and quickly figured out who to talk to in order to make that happen. I emailed the manager and found out that they'd be having "auditions" within the next month for those interested in potentially becoming a Cyc instructor. 

For the audition, I had to prepare 4 sectors (i.e. songs) to perform for the lead cycologists there (I just love how they call their instructors "cycologists" - it fits perfectly with the name and working out is definitely a form of therapy for me...who needs a real psychologist when you can sweat out your problems?). These 4 sectors included a warm-up, jumps, swimming, and boxing. The Cyc method is much different than your typical spinning class. Their method incorporates weights during certain tracks and works the entire body (as opposed to Spinning, which is similar to simply riding an outdoor road bike). 

Once the audition date arrived, I had picked my music, created and memorized my routine, and worked on my stage presence and confidence. The latter really got me out of my comfort zone. Physically and mentally, I can create a routine, memorize it, and perform it without any problems. Where it gets tough for me is having to lead a class and keep them motivated at the same time! I was able to let my personality shine through during my audition (even though it is still something I will have to continue working on) and was notified the next day that I made it into the next round and would be included in their training program to become an instructor! 

The training program starts on May 4th. It's going to be one of the most intense, yet exhilarating, challenges I've ever done. We will be training at the studio Monday-Friday from 7pm-11pm for 8 weeks! I am so excited to meet everyone and see what training has in store for me. However, even though I have been accepted into the program, it does not guarantee an official Cycologist position. There will be on-going evaluations throughout the process and an exit audition must be passed before you can become an official instructor. 

I will make sure to document this journey on the blog! Here's a short video showing a glimpse into what a Cyc workout looks like.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mileage Update

Happy St. Paddy's Day (yes, it's really with "D" not "T")!!! 

Just wanted to pop in and give a quick mileage update. This year is flying by, but we're still on track for our 2,015 miles in 2015 goal.

Kristen and I are running the Bearathon in Waco on Saturday again this year. We both did it last year and it's not called "The Hardest Half in Texas" for no reason. It's extremely hilly, but atleast we know what to expect going into it this year. The forecast predicts 60's and rainy. While some people may not enjoy running in the rain, I actually kind of like it. The one thing that will be on my mind during the race is the George's Big O Bloody Mary waiting for me after we finish! We went there last year, so I'm going to go ahead and call it a tradition. Cheers to adding 26.2 more miles to the log. 

Hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy some green beer this evening. 

3/17/2015: Miles run - 525.30 of 2015. Miles remaining - 1,489.70 of 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Winter Funk

Texas weather is about as unpredictable as Kanye West at an awards show. One day it's a perfect 75 degrees and sunny, the next it's overcast, rainy, and cold! I'm really tired of it and it's had a huge impact on my mood and workout routine. Lately, all I've wanted to do after work is lay around inside my warm apartment. And for the most part, that's what I've done. I gave up and just went with it. But it's easily starting to show based on the fit of my clothes and my mood and energy levels. 

It's freaking March! Texas isn't supposed to still be cold...stupid groundhog. 

Unfortunately, there's nothing I can do about it and I know I need to get it together for the sake of my sanity (and wardrobe). 

Since running outside has been somewhat off the table, I've tried to stick with a few indoor workouts...mostly 30-minute living room routines or a few cycling classes here and there. 

Bathing suit season is (hopefully) upon on us, so even though I'd rather cuddle up under a blanket and eat Doritos, I'm going to try and become a functioning member of society and do my best to work up a sweat a few days a week. 

Please tell me I'm not the only one on this struggle bus?! 

3/4/2015: Miles run - 449.3 of 2015. Miles remaining - 1,565.7 of 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2015 3M & Austin Half Marathon Recaps

Hello everyone! It's been a while and I'm way behind on posting, but I figured better late than never, right?

My friends and I have completed two half marathons in 2015 already! I think it's safe to say that the runner bug has bitten a few of them :) it happens...as for me, I may take a little breather from long runs due to some knee issues. 

I have the Bearathon Half Marathon in Waco at the end of March and then the Liverpool Half Marathon mid-June. Other than that, I'm going to take it down a few notches until my knee is back to normal. 

Backing up a month or so, I mentioned in my first post of 2015 that a group of us girls would be running 2,015 miles in 2015. We kicked off our goal with the 3M Half Marathon on January 25th. There were about 8 of us girls running it and we kicked some booty! The majority of us ran together in a pack while we motivated and encouraged each other for the bulk of the race (a few others went ahead and got some great PRs!). Around mile 10, we broke out into individuals or groups of two. Everyone had great finish times and I really enjoyed getting to run this race with my friends. I already know a few of us signed up again for the same race in 2016. 

The group waiting in the cold before the start (yes, those are trash bags to keep us warm)

Our group of two near the end - me and Ashley

The group near the finish line by The Capitol (we went with a pink theme so we could easily find each other)

Three short weeks later, a few of us ran the Austin Half Marathon this past Sunday. This was my first time running this race and it was much harder than the 3M. The elevation and hills were killer, but I actually enjoyed the course a lot. There were definitely more people running it, which meant more sideline crowds (my favorite).  

The girls who ran that morning

Post-race pain faces

Love this medal! 

I was pretty sore after both runs and it took a good 2-3 days for my knee to stop hurting. But after some rest and relaxation, my legs feel much better and I'm ready to get back out in this wonderful weather we're having here in Austin...sorry East coast...

2/18/2015: Miles run - 382.45 of 2015. Miles remaining - 1632.55 of 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Long Run Weekends

Happy Friday, y'all! This is the last weekend to get some long(ish) runs in before the 3M Half Marathon next Sunday. I would love to be able to run more than 4-5 miles after work during the week, but this time change is still crap and it's dark by 6. So I've had to deal with medium distance runs Monday-Friday and schedule my weekends around getting some longer runs in. I honestly haven't run more than 6 miles since November at the Las Vegas Half Marathon (which was brutal). We'll see how it goes tomorrow! I also plan to go run some stairs at Mt. Bonnell at some point. I did that last Sunday for the first time in months and my calves felt it all week long. 

My friends and I are slowly chomping away at our 2015 goal! Everyone is doing their best to train for this half, which has been somewhat last minute since the holidays got in the way. After next Sunday, 6 of us will each contribute 13.1 miles to the log (78.6 miles), so we will no doubt be on track in January (we need 168 per month to keep the pace). 

Hope everyone has a great weekend! The weather is Austin looks perfect...mid-60's and sunny. Hallelujah!  

1/16/2015: Miles run - 82.75 of 2015. Miles remaining - 1932.25 of 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2015 in 2015

Hello, strangers and Happy New Year! I know I've been MIA for a few months, but I'm baaaaack. 

In 2014, I attempted quite a few monthly goals (failing at most of them), but I was excited to try new diets and workout routines to mix things up a bit after running for an entire year

After unsuccessfully completing over half of my monthly goals last year, I've decided to venture back to my main love and stick with running again...but this time I'm not in it alone.

Six girlfriends and I will be attempting to run a combined 2,015 miles in 2015. 

To break it down:
2,015 divided by 7 girls = 288 miles per person
288 miles per person divided by 52 weeks = 5.5 miles a week

Completely doable! We are keeping track via a shared Google Doc. 

Most of us have signed up for the 3M Half Marathon in Austin coming up in about 2.5 weeks. It'll be the first one for many of them and I'm so excited! I know they'll get the half marathon bug and will want to sign up for more like I did. It really is addicting. 

I'm hoping my friends will be willing to do some guest posts throughout the year to share their experience with this goal. 

1/7/2015: Miles run - 21.75 of 2015. Miles remaining - 1993.25 of 2015

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October's Goal

Officially 3 more goals to go this year! September's Paleo goal was kind of a hit and miss...the first two weeks were good, but I honestly got a little bored with the limited options and decided to kick it to the curb. I wasn't feeling much different anyways so I concluded that it just wasn't for me. Hey, isn't that the whole point of testing these goals out anyway? 

I did start the 24-day Advocare Cleanse on September 24th. I'm about 8 days in, so I'll be sure to do a separate post on that next time and report back once it's over. 

Here's an updated list of my goals for 2014. I think I have come to the conclusion that I do really great in the fitness/exercise related challenges, and not so great in the nutrition/food related ones. 

October – Squat/Ab challenge
November – No sweets or processed sugar
December – No eating out

Yoga and Insanity were amazing at keeping me in shape and motivated, so I thought I'd steer clear of another food goal (because lets be real, I'd probably fail again) and stick with fitness...which I'm better at anyways. 

At first I was going to do a Squat/Ab challenge (similar to what you see below), but I found this calendar on Pinterest and it looked like a good mix of workouts that will target more body parts than just squats and abs.  

    Who doesn't love Burpees? 

Happy almost Friday! Now get to Burpee-ing!