I know that I share my weekly workout recaps each Sunday but I having been meaning to take the time to discuss my routine a bit more in depth.
Believe it or not, there is actually method to my running madness <– but there wasn’t always.
Over the last few months, I decided to give my workouts a little bit more structure.
My workouts were usually determined each morning based upon what I felt like doing and I never followed a training plan.
However, a bunch of weeks ago, I took a better look at what it is I do and gave it some structure so that my routine would work better for me.
My running has progressed to the point where it averages out to 40 miles a week. I don’t even try for an amount, it just sort of happened gradually.
Some weeks are higher than 40 and some weeks are lower but what I noticed more than the amount of miles, was the quality.
Most of my runs were a bit la-de-da in nature. The distance was there but the effort was minimal.
While we can’t run hard every day, we can’t always run so easy either if we expect to grow as runners.
I needed some variety with my miles. I needed quick paces combined with recovery runs to help my muscles rebuild and recover.
I wasn’t looking to run more miles, I just wanted the miles I was running to have more purpose.
Pure Barre needed its slot in my routine too, carefully determined as to not affect my faster runs along with cross-training thrown in the mix as well.
So here is what I came up with:
I picked Tuesday and Thursday as my harder run days with easy/recovery runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the option to cross train (or rest!).
I do not predetermine the distance of my easy runs, it all depends upon my mood but they typically average 3 – 5 miles.
8 miles became the amount for Tuesday and Thursday which works perfectly for my favorite new running workout.
Saturday has always been my long run day. Sometimes I deviate based upon other commitments but more often than not, Saturday is my day to go long with an average distance lately between 13-15 miles.
I truly adore Pure Barre. I love how it makes me feel; I think it has benefited my running greatly and the results that I see in my body still amaze me.
As non-impact as the Pure Barre routine is though, it does fatigue the muscles.
I noticed in the winter that my leg muscles were always feeling contracted, if that makes sense. I put Pure Barre on the every other day rotation, carefully positioned on easy run days because running hard after Pure Barre was not working for me.
Sometimes I do Pure Barre Sundays and Mondays, which is okay and doesn’t hurt me but I don’t do it like this often.
I do not schedule complete rest days. I take them as needed which I am sure you have noticed, does not happen every week.
Sometimes I skip a run, sometimes I drop a cardio plan altogether, but it really depends on my mood and how I am feeling. For the most part, I do really well when I balance the easy effort workouts with the harder workouts.
Please make sure you do what works for you. What works for me may not be the best option for your body.
I definitely try to replace an easy run each week with the elliptical machine instead and want to get back to spin. I keep saying it but haven’t done it yet!
Kickboxing has been fun too. It’s nice to work the muscles in a different way sometimes.
How do I feel since implementing this plan?
Terrific! I absolutely without a doubt noticed a huge improvement in my running immediately! My pace during my Tuesday/Thursday runs is much quicker on a consistent basis than it was before going with this plan.
Sometimes we need a good shaking up of the routine. It helps us with motivation, to rejuvenate our love for running and exercise and challenge the muscles with something different.
We get used to and adjust really easily to doing the same thing over and over. Our bodies get more efficient over time which means we will not see the same results, sort of liking hitting a plateau which is what we all want to avoid.
For someone who never liked to follow a plan, I do enjoy having this little bit of structure!
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Is there method to your running madness each week when you aren’t training for a race?
On that note, are you currently training for a race and following a training plan?
What’s on the workout agenda for today?