I took things easy (for me) this week. We all need cut back weeks in our routines and since I don’t follow any sort of training plan, I just let the cut backs occur naturally.
It just so happens, naturally meant Thanksgiving week.
Funny how most of America was busy intensifying their workouts to burn off their turkey, casseroles and pies.
I just can’t plan for that and I don’t think that anyone really should eat with the intention of being able to burn it off later. What if your body doesn’t feel like cooperating, doesn’t feel like running an extra bunch of miles even though your brain says you have to?
That’s what I always think to myself when I hear that.
It’s not that I didn’t run. I did. I just felt the need to go a little lighter with things.
Nothing hurt or bothered me but something inside was saying to take it down a notch for a few days.
So, this week saw a reduction in miles at the beginning of the week, fewer barre routines, I skipped most core work and didn’t stretch all that much either.
Pure Barre DVD and 5 miles
In The Gym (elliptical & 3.1 treadmill miles)
I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I got to the gym.
I didn’t think that I felt like running so I started on the elliptical. When I hit 20 minutes, I hopped off and stepped on the treadmill figuring that maybe I would run a quick mile and then go back to the elliptical to finish things up.
This was my first treadmill run with my Hoka sneakers. Within one step I just could not get over how light and comfy they felt on the belt!
I knew they were a light shoe, I have been running outdoors with them for a while now but on the treadmill? Wow.
Don’t get any ideas here- they are not replacing my favorite Energy Boosts as my main shoe.
I am just thrilled to have two pairs of great running shoes that I really like so that I can rotate every day and be happy.
I ended up running 3.1 miles (speed between 7.0 – 8.1).
I need to remember that the treadmill can be lovely.
As often as my first instinct is to say I hate it, the treadmill can sometimes feel easier on the body to the point where I may, just may, attempt to switch up my runs from outside ALL of the time to inside SOME of the time.
Nothing crazy here, I just went with the flow which saw my pace jump around between 9:00 – 9:30 min/miles.
Pure Barre DVD & 7 easy miles
I was on the phone for the entire run. I never even looked at my pace but I will assume easy.
This run was nothing to speak of other than to say I love my Lulu Fluff Over Mittens because they keep my hands from knowing it might be cold outside.
I haven’t completely decided just yet but I think it may be another rest day. I would say I would go for a walk or something but I hate walking.
Walking would just turns into running because I never feel like I am getting anywhere when I walk, especially if I walk the path that I normally run.
Wait, does ice skating count as a workout? I think my son and I are going ice skating later today.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
How often do you take cut back weeks in your routine?
Best thing you ate so far this weekend?
Do you have a favorite sneaker for treadmill runs?