Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My Workout Buddy.....

I owe my recent increase in exercise to one person.... My dear friend Amy, who has unofficially taken responsibility for my workouts, and marathon training.... isn't she darling?

I had the pleasure of meeting Amy when I lived in Atlanta 3 years ago. She worked with me, and we were instant friends right from the start. She is completely in shape, a marathon runner, and exactly the type of friend you want during a weight loss journey.

Since I have been back, Amy and I have teamed up for workouts. She suggested I get a week long pass to her gym, and that week, she and I worked out 4 days. Even though I pass about 15 gyms on the way to hers, it was important that join because having her to work out with REALLY encouraged me. I finally realized that I am one of those people who THRIVES when I have someone to work out with. Don't get me wrong, I can work out by myself, but if I know I get to spend time with a friend while at the gym, it just makes getting there so much easier.

We aim to work out 5-6 days a week. Here is the first part of the plan that she gave me to follow....(I'm not kidding...it is in an excel document and everything....I have a training schedule for 25 weeks until I run the marathon)

Day 1: Lower Body, Abs, Interval Walk
Day 2: Short run
Day 3: Rest or 45-60 minutes of cardio
Day 4: Upper Body, Interval Run
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Long Run
Day 7: 45-60 minutes of cardio

This plan will of course change and get harder the closer I get to the marathon, but it has been very effective so far.

What kind of workouts do you prefer? Do you need a buddy like me, or do you prefer working out solo?