Happy Sunday. What can I say about this week? It was another hard, emotionally draining week and I’m more than happy that it’s over. I wish I had some words of wisdom about the current events but unfortunately I don’t. All I can say is to continue to keep yourself updated on all that is going on and if you’re a believer, sending out a bunch of prayers surely couldn’t hurt either!
Here’s how my workouts went this week:
Monday, June 1
Peloton Coldplay Run 11/21/19 – Becs (30 minutes)
Peloton Full Body: Live From Home 5/28/20 – Jess (30 minutes)
I really love the combo of a run and strength training. I always feel like I get a really good workout. The Coldplay run was great! I love Becs but haven’t taken many of her classes and taking this class made me realize I need to change that.
Tuesday, June 2
Peloton A$AP Ferg Ride 11/24/19 – Tunde (30 minutes)
Peloton Burna Boy Ride 2/20/20 – Tunde (30 minutes)
More artist series rides! the A$AP ride was really a lot of fun – loved all the songs – and I can’t wait to take the A$AP run with Chase. I actually don’t know much about Burna Boy but I enjoyed the songs selected for the ride.
Wednesday, June 3
Peloton Pitbull Run 10/12/19 – Jess (30 minutes)
Peloton Pitbull Ride 10/10/19 – Ally (30 minutes)
This workout was a blast. I pretty much love all of Pitbull’s music so it was nice to have his songs to jam out to while running and cycling. I also used the run to complete my leg of the Global 24hr Relay for Global Running Day.
Thursday, June 4
Peloton Hip Hop Bootcamp 11/16/19 – Jess (60 minutes)
My one bootcamp class of the week and it was hard as usual!
Friday, June 5
Peloton Move for More HIIT Run 12/5/19 – Jess (10 minutes)
Peloton Intervals Ride 1/20/20 – Irene (30 minutes)
Peloton Bad Bunny Ride 10/1/19 – Cody (30 minutes)
Peloton Move for More HIIT Run 12/19/19 – Chase (10 minutes)
I realized that I had not done any speed work in a while so I decided to start and end my workout with intervals runs. Ten minutes for each run was all I needed – both were intense! This was the first ride I took with Irene and it was really good – I love her personality. Unfortunately I believe this was the only cycle class she has taught so far in English so I probably won’t be able to take anymore of her rides – she is one of the two instructors in Germany. I’m still making my way through the Artist Series rides and decided to take the Bad Bunny ride. I only knew one of his songs before doing the ride but it was really good and I got some new songs to add to my playlist!
Saturday, June 6
Peloton All-Star Ride 5/30/20 – Robin (20 minutes)
Peloton Speak Up Ride 6/3/20 – Tunde (30 minutes)
Peloton Arms & Shoulders Strength 5/26/20 – Adrian (20 minutes)
I saved these classes for the weekend because I knew that they would be very difficult, and I was right. My arms were on fire after the 20 minute class with Adrian. He kicks your butt all while smiling it’s so deceiving! The All Star ride was pretty intense as well, but I want to draw special attention to the Speak Up Ride. I wish that everyone could just listen to this ride. It was very powerful and touched on the recent events over the past week.
Sunday, June 7
Un-Canceled Project 10K
This week’s theme was community for the Un-canceled project. What a fitting theme considering all that is going on currently. I’m incredibly thankful to my community of friends, family and colleagues that showed up with week to show support and also to check up on me – it doesn’t go unnoticed and was much appreciated.
Total Weekly Mileage: 17 miles
Summary: 5 runs*, 7 cycle class (I don’t count warm up/cool down rides), 2 strength workouts and 1 bootcamp class.
*I include running from my OTF workouts, boot camp classes and stand alone runs as well.
Grade This Week – A
I wanted to talk more about community. This week I was reminded that I have some pretty amazing people as part of my community. My company has really stepped up in numerous ways – making donations to social justice non-profits, management checking in with employees to discuss our mental health and posting information on our intranet about employees can volunteer to help in the re-building efforts in different locations. I should mention that 20% of our employee staff is located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, so we’ve also been very concerned about employees that live there. Luckily all our employees in the area are okay for now.
It was very reassuring to realize that people I consider friends hold the same beliefs as me when it comes to social justice. It was heartwarming to see all of the #blackouttuesday posts earlier this week. Let me just say this: As a member of the African-American community, oftentimes you feel very alone when it comes to the topic of social justice. You feel like you’re in the fight alone. We’ve literally been screaming about this topic for decades as more and more black men and women lose their lives to police brutality. I think that viewing the horrific and senseless murder of George Floyd finally “woke up” everyone, and now it seems like we’re not in the fight alone. For that, I am thankful and I hope that finally, FINALLY, some changes are made so that this never happens again. I’m glad that the dialogue is starting and I hope it continues. Speaking of opening up dialogue, if you haven’t already, please take a look at Wendy’s post from Friday. What I’ve learned this week is that hard conversations are uncomfortable, but necessary for change.
Although this week was A LOT, I still feel like we need humor to balance out our emotions. Please enjoy the memes below…
That’s it! I hope you had a great week 🙂