I did something crazy the other day—I went running… outside!!! It was a gorgeous semi-cloudy Thursday –20˚F with a wind chill of –40˚. My friend Kimmy from the BICEP3 project went for a lovely jog across the skiway to the MAPO and DSL buildings, turned left past Ice Cube until we got to the SPICE core drilling camp. Then we turned around and came back. Total distance, I am told, was about 3.5 miles! Never thought I would ever be crazy enough to run outside here, but it was actually a blast and I’m looking forward to doing it more often. Plus, we have the “Race Around the World” and the “South Pole Marathon and 1/2 Marathon” coming up!
Unfortunately I wore my Tough Mudder shoes, which don’t actually fit me anymore, so now I have annoying blisters. Powering through, I made it to circuit training on Friday only to find that the sprinting stations were very painful.
At circuit training, led by my good friends Sean and Jenn, the gym is set up with 12 stations, and we do each station for 1 minute and then rotate, completing the circuit 3 times. There are crunches, pushups, burpees, jump rope, kettle bells, squats… the list goes on! The best part—on Fridays I make the playlist that gets blasted for the whole 36 minutes. Here’s the playlist for this week!
The last activity I like to be involved in is yoga. We have classes led by the marvelous Lindsey on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, and Joe-ga on Thursday evenings (which I have been unintentionally sleeping through lately). The Sunday classes teach certain skills, and the past few weekends have focused on sun salutations, arm balances, forearm balances, and today was headstands. Often times the big gym is pretty cold, and during savasana you have to awkwardly listen to somebody grunting and moaning while weightlifting in the upstairs section. Overall, though, it is a great time and one of my favorite activities during the week.
I think I’m more in shape down here than I have ever been!