Another month done in preparation for Athleta Iron Girl's half marathon in April. February started with big plans of multiple running days and completion of the Nike+ training xbox video game. As the month went on, I kept on my Nike+ strength training, but my plans of running 3 times a week did not happen. I was able to run once a week for 4 miles, until the last week in February I finally made it running twice. Yay to determination!
I ended up making it to the YMCA to run hill intervals on their treadmills. I figured if I'm going to run on the bridges to Clearwater beach, some hill running training will be necessary. In addition, I was finally able to run longer than 4 miles. and finished a 6 mile run with an average 10 minute pace! I was pretty happy for the accomplishment and I'm definitively ready to increase my miles in March.
February was also special because I completed my first 4-week program on the Nike+ training xbox video game. I was able to complete two workouts per week. Shocking! I found myself really looking forward to these workout sessions because it is so much like playing a game.
At the end of the program, there was a fitness test to measure improvements in Athleticism and Fitness level. I somehow managed to lower my fitness level by a few points, but I increased my athleticism by another few points. Oh well. No worries. I enjoyed it very much and am still pretty proud of the results.
During February I also received a copy of Cathe's Xtrain All Out Low Impact HIIT DVD through the FitFluential Ambassador program. The DVD includes three workout sections: interval training, step work out and gliding disc.
In addition, the DVD also includes three bonus sessions: core, shoulders and chest. I completed the interval training and was covered in sweat. While the exercises were low impact, they definitively got my blood pumping. Cathe's energy was contagious and I appreciated her instructions on good form. The music in the videos was current, almost club-like music. Another plus for me. I enjoyed the core bonus session the most. I feel as a runner, it is important to work out your core and this 10 minute session did it for me. I plan on continuing to use this core workout as part of my March 1/2 marathon training plan. It was that good.
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