I am running four miles and doing strides for the first time this morning. I've never done strides before! Jess sent me this article, which helped me understand the "why" of strides. I'm a "why" person through and through -- I always want to know why I'm doing something (uh, ask my parents, they remember those delightful childhood days of "why"). I always thought strides were strictly for speed, but turns out they also help loosen up your legs after a slower run!
I love having a plan laid out by someone else that I have to follow. Give me a plan or a checklist and I will complete it as assigned. But if I draw up the plan myself, I'm much more likely to go off-plan because hey, it's my plan.
For example, I cannot tell you the number of times I've meant to go to my trainer, Amanda's, 12:30 Monday yoga class and failed because I didn't get enough sleep or I had too much work. But yesterday, Jess had me scheduled to do yoga. So I went to yoga. And it was fabulous and I have new hips now.
I also saw Man of Steel last night. The climactic battle was about 20 minutes too long, but I really enjoyed it. If I were to compare it to superhero movies, I'd put it above all the DC adaptations besides the Batman movies and above the Hulk movies. It's probably about on par with Captain America and Thor? I LOVED how badass Lois Lane was. And of course, Henry Cavill (the guy who plays Superman) is really, really ridiculously good looking.
No, Zoolander. There's nothing more to life.
Workout: The Twenty Plus One
After today's run, I have also been tasked with completing a 30 minute strength workout of my choice. I put this together and wanted to share it -- I even came up with an oh-so-cool name for the workout.
Yes, it's The Twenty Plus One. Best part is that it requires no equipment! Body weight exercises for the win.
In case you were unsure of how to do any of these exercises, I've called in the aid of YouTube:
Burpees (push-up in burpee optional!)
Bridge Butt-Lifts (starting at 1:03)
Do you love superhero movies? Do you prefer making your own plan, winging it, or having someone give you a plan?