DH and his colleagues had planned a BBQ yesterday, but of course, rain ruined it. The park would not cancel or postpone the reservation based on the weather forecast (a little annoying, but I don't really blame them, these forecasts can't be believed), so we had to drive to the park Saturday morning and watch the rain beat down mercilessly on the already soaked earth, before heading home. One of the families joined us and we did some indoor grilling, stuffed ourselves and played table tennis. I don't think I can handle any more hot dogs or burgers this summer!
Glenn has been talking about this combination workout he designed, which he calls the "Super G". It's his workout, he can name it whatever he wants! It includes 6.2 miles of running (flat roads + hills + stairs + running backward) + strength training. He estimated it would take about 2 hours to complete. We decided to meet this morning and take on the "Super G".
I had switched my long run to Thursday and did nothing but a slow 4 miler since then, so I would have some fuel in the tank for this. I didn't really know what to expect. It was pouring rain this morning, when I met Glenn and his friend (and personal trainer), Blaine. The rain subsided somewhat by the time we started. I am always interested in new running routes, so I enjoyed the run. Glenn grew up in this town, so he pointed out historic neighborhoods and the grammar school he went to (we did the stairs portion of our workout in the school yard). We then headed to Green Acres Park, where Glenn's girlfriend Mikki was patiently waiting for us in her car, loaded with refreshments and dumbbells. The next 1/2 hour, the rain came down heavy, as we struggled through weights, pushups and punishing exercises. Blaine demoed the exercises; they were challenging, but not overwhelming. I have no doubt we looked like 3 crazy people. I mean, running in the rain is one thing. Pounding weights in the middle of an outdoor basketball court, in rain that almost blinds you, is something else! Mikki shook her head in disbelief; she informed us that the US Open Golf Tournament postponed play due to the weather today...Tiger Woods wouldn't play in the rain, why were the 3 of us out here?
After gulping down way too much Gatorade and chewing on a lemon lime Clif Shot Blok (I might start using these instead of GU on my shorter "long" runs), we made our way out of the park. We still had 3 miles to go. The last 1.6 miles were hills. That did not sound like fun...a mile and a half of hills at the end of a 2 hour workout is not what a hill newbie like me wants to hear. They were not as bad as I imagined, though. I took them at a slow pace, and we finished together. It had taken us exactly 2 hours, including breaks. Bananas and apples, protein bars, more gatorade and water awaited us. Glenn was so thorough in planning this. We stretched and chatted for a while. The pain came much later, after I showered, fell asleep on the couch and awoke from a solid 3-hour nap. My legs are holding up alright, but my upper body took quite a beating. If I make whining, whimpering noises, DH might give me a shoulder rub later.
That was a complete workout. Thanks a ton, Glenn and Mikki!
Monday: 7 miles
Tuesday: 5 miles + BodyWorks + spinning
Thursday: 14 miles
Saturday: 4 miles
Sunday: 6.2 miles + strength training
Total mileage: 36.2 miles