Well, hello. Anyone kind of feel lost after a big race? I usually get the post-race blues but don’t quite feel that way this time around. I’ve got New York in just over three weeks so maybe that’s why? I do feel a bit tired and I’m not following a training plan for the next few weeks so my running has been kind of minimal/all over the place. I don’t think I’ve gone out for more than 6 miles since Golden. I do want to get just one double digit run in this weekend, mostly just to remind my legs what it feel like to run long. I’m not going to NYC to “race”… I’ve been waiting five years to get into this marathon so my plan is to enjoy every single moment and take in the experience.
I’ve been running when I feel like it, and sometimes that means having three days off in a row. I’m not stressing myself out because I know it takes long to recover from intense races. The goal is just to move these legs a few times a week, stay injury-free, eat well, and go to NYC ready for yet another life-changing race!
One thing I am adding to my schedule is SPINNING! I used to be a spin class addict back when I was in university. I had the most awesome instructor – Lydia – who made me sweat more than I ever thought possible. I’d leave class with a huge puddle around my bike. It was seriously the best workout. I’ve been wanting to get back into spin but I no longer have a gym membership and most spin studios are downtown. I don’t live downtown so it takes a bit more effort (and a lot more time) if I want to hit up a class…until now!
A new studio – SPINCO – has opened up in midtown Toronto (Yonge/Eglinton area). I was invited to check out their first Spin it Froward class last Monday. They’ve teamed up with Peace Collective to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. On Monday nights, you can attend a spin class for just $10 and 100% of the money goes towards giving Canadian children access to recreational sports. Amazing.
It was a whole new kind of spin class for me. The studio is dark and the music is super loud. The instructors also incorporate pushups on the handlebars (while riding!) and some dumbbell work as well. The first time I went, I grabbed the 3-pound weights thinking they’d be no big deal and was I ever wrong! Turns out doing a million exercises non-stop with three pounds in each hand actually hurts. I grabbed the 2-pound ones the next time I went… 😉
The studio is so beautiful and the instructors are so badass, energetic and motivating. I’m really looking forward to getting my butt kicked on the regular! I’m hoping to fit in 1-2 spin classes/week. Such a great way to cross train and the time goes by SO fast.
Huge thanks to SPINCO for having me as an ambassador for their incredible studio. I think this is just what I need. I won’t be running nearly as much after the NYC Marathon so I’m going to appreciate having another way to get my sweat on (and avoid being outside in the cold).
Photos courtesy of SPINCO/Deck Agency.