Monday, July 18, 2011

Weekend Report: Harry Potter and Pool Workouts

Well my childhood is officially over. Harry Potter, the sensation of my generation is finally finished - 7 books and 8 movies later -  we can now all move on and become adults. 

I’m really not a Potter-maniac -  I’ve read all the books and seen the movies, but I’ve never worn a cloak, stayed up all night for a premier, or read a book aloud to a non-fan in an attempted conversion (6x6, I’m looking at you). 

If you’re a long-term Eat Run Read-er, you may remember that  I consider myself much more of a LOTR fan, but really any epic fantasy battle will do...

The movie was definitely good. If you haven’t seen any of the previous ones, then you might want to catch up before going to this one. Especially Part 1 (which came out last summer)…you must see Part 1 for Part 2 to make sense. And a random PSA sidenote: Neville Longbottom got hot. Who knew???

Anywho, pre-Harry, I started my weekend in the water.

SpeedyKate and I are perfect pooling partners. (Go here if you're new to the concept of pool running/aquajogging/pooling.) She’s good at bringing the motivation, while I devise the plan. So on Saturday morning when she said 2-hour pool run, I sighed, agreed, and came up with a pool program to keep us entertained and working hard through those 120 minutes:

30”, [(3”/2”)x6]x2, 25”

It looks like math, but don’t be afraid! It’s simple Mollie-workout-notation, no calculating required. In English, it means:
  • Warm up 30 minutes.
  • Alternate 3 minutes hard, 2 minutes recovery, 6 times. (30 minutes)
  • 5 minutes recovery between sets.
  • Alternate 3 minutes hard, 2 minutes recovery, 6 times. (30 minutes)
  • Cool down 25 minutes.

This workout will get you to 2 hours, and a level of tired you didn’t think possible in the pool.

Post-workout we met Jessica for brunch at Tonic – the mushroom/tarragon/goat cheese omelet is delish! (But opt for tater tots over the hash browns, the latter were a bit disappointing.)

Then I met some friends for  the aforementioned Harry Potter experience, followed my new favorite late-hot-weekend-afternoon snack: a shot of espresso over soy vanilla ice cream. You have got to try this.

Sunday was pretty chill – SpeedyKate and I met for yet another pool venture (this one slightly less intense, but a solid 70 minutes), then I lounged, studied, and baked.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend too!