change of pace

6 Oct

there’s been lots of talk of change here, directly and indirectly, and i just failed to notice another change of pennsylvania pace . . . my running.

i realized this morning that for the last 3 years i’ve averaged about 30 minutes, 3 days week with my tennies and the pavement. a lot of the more strict part of that during half-marathon training, and a lot of it just trying to keep in shape to avoid that terrible first 2 weeks of running.

seeing as how i’m not big on speed intervals, or trail running, or super long distances: that adds up to a whole lot of the same thing.

enter, change.

in this new apartment we sprung for cable for the first time. read: it wasn’t free anymore so we signed up. read: we would mooch if we could.

along with the wonderful world of cable comes video on demand and a whole lot of free exercise dvd episodes. for the last few months, thanks to my flexible work-for-yourself schedule, i’ve spent some of most mornings with my dear friends jillian, jackie, and some cheesy yoga chicks.

intense, right?

i still run when i can, usually 2-3 times a week, but it was rainy this week and i realized how much i enjoy the change. and i think my body has really responded. i can tell a big difference in my muscles where running was simply keeping me from gaining weight. it’s as if i’ve tricked her into responding to exercise by sneaking in new things. (evil laugh impression: go!)

here’s what i imagine she’s thinking.

arms: what the heck? we are only used to swinging back and forth by your side and wiping sweat from your brow. what is this new movement and soreness?

legs: ha, ha, suckers!

abs: thanks for noticing we exist. keep up the grunting.

legs: ’bout time.


legs: that’s true, the squats do kind of hurt.

toes: wow! we thought you’d forgotten about us, thanks for reaching out.

legs: since when can you touch your toes? i don’t even know you anymore! let’s go for a run and get reacquainted.

or something like that.

allz i’m sayin’ is, a little change will do you good. you being my legs apparently.

they’ve got a serious ‘tude.


6 Responses to “change of pace”

  1. Kelsey Kopecky October 6, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    Jillian is a good gal. I’m proud of you for all these years of scooting around. Miss ya roomie.

    • dearabbyleigh October 6, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

      scoot scoot :(
      the sad face is for not scooting with you.
      miss you!

  2. Brittany October 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    welcome to the wonderful world of muscle confusion (at least that’s what P90X calls it) :)
    If you like Jillian, you should try her 30 Day Shred. $9 at Target and they have some pretty inexpensive hand weights

  3. little sis October 6, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    i like your talking legs.

  4. Valarie October 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    I LOOOOOOVE those videos. Definitely part of the pre (and post, might I add) wedding workout plan! Have you tried the Kettle Bell workout from Jillian yet? I would also recommend 6 round slim down with Stephanie Viotorie (sp?). Happy Workout!

    • dearabbyleigh October 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

      loooove the kettlebells – although i don’t have any! i’ll give 6round a try!
      love you, as well.

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