I gave in to my curiosity.
My (non-runner) friend, K, asked me to take home her P90X DVD "AB SHREDDER" to give it a try.
My "gut" reaction: I was skeptical. I have plenty of workout videos (collecting dust) and I already do ab work anyway (when I remember, and am wearing the right pants, and don't have mini-people hanging all over me). I must admit I have been skating by in the strength training department...just doing some basics since the high school closed its doors on the weight room.
I took the said DVD home and it sat on my chest freezer with the mini DVD player for a few days, where I hoped I could watch it during a running session. (See my priorities?) Then K started asking for it back. :/ Ok. Now I really need to watch it and return it to her, but I lost it!
Finally, after finding it behind the chest freezer several days later, I gave it a whirl.
My reaction during the work out : Meh. Good exercises. Some variety. Annoying dude saying he's "So sad it's almost over". Didn't seem that hard, and I got through the whole thing, no problem. Isn't it a little unnecessary to spend 15 minutes just on abs? I couldn't help but laugh at his suggestion of getting some recovery drink after 15 minutes. :) For the record, annoying dude does say that you shouldn't do this workout every day ;) . Is this just for dramatic effect? Maybe to make you feel tougher than you really are? Maybe I am being too harsh.
That was yesterday. Today I feel like I went snowboarding for the first time in 10 years. Yessssssiree. I have external obliques I forgot existed. Maybe I should add a little variety to my core routine. Eek. I won't be replacing my running anytime soon with P90x; but, maybe it has it's place. Perhaps if sinewy finger like definition occurs I will be completely converted. This remains to be seen.
And about running:
12 miles easy today. It was misting and I felt cold, so I wore a light LS top, tights, brooks hat and gloves. I wore the shuffle and used it for most of the run today since there were some new podcasts to hear and it was light.
I am "tapering" from a month of 60 mile weeks and I am ready to cut back a smidgy more. I have only tapered once before, and I was ready for it. This time I have a mental block for some reason. I have to keep telling myself "Trust the taper. Trust the taper..." and "A week or two reduced is NOT going to hurt you going onto marathon training. It will help!" I am my own worst coach!
Also, speaking of self-coaching, anyone following Ryan Hall might be interested in this link: Ryan Hall interview
On yet another tangent:
I made Danish Pancakes today after my run and they were a hit with blackberry jam!
here. I am NOT a great cook, but if a recipe works I do it over and over and over again. Yay for simple! I love the non-rush of the weekend.
And finally, today I will finish with a shout out to John Nguyen who is hopefully kicking butt in his 50K today (or has already done so!) Go John!! You are inspiring! Check out his blog- he pretty much only does his race reports there, but they are wonderful.
Enjoy your coffee, God Bless & Happy Running!