running & workout recap (cut back week)


Shortly after I published my post on Friday, my site went down. FOR HOURS. Like, a good nine hours, maybe longer.

Why? I don’t even know. I don’t understand what the tech people tell me, all I do know is that I am in the process of switching web hosts so please bear with me this week should things get nutty over here as the switch takes place.

In last week’s workout recap, I said that I felt the need for a cut back week and that’s exactly what I did. I didn’t have advanced plans for what the week would look like and instead made each day’s workout decision based upon my mood when I woke up each day.

Overall it was a great week of running easy and fun workouts.


Usual workout: Easy run plus Pure Barre. I noticed that my Monday runs have jumped up in mileage, averaging 7 miles which is much higher than they used to be.

Today’s workout: 4 miles on the treadmill to shake up the scenery by running indoors instead of my usual running path. I followed my easy run on the treadmill workout plan but I did play with the incline throughout the 4 miles ranging between 1.0 – 3.5.

I grabbed my jump rope before heading to the gym which I mentioned in Thursday’s post.

I haven’t jump roped in a while so this was the perfect time to bring it back as part of my effort to do something different in my workout routine!

jump rope

In between sets of upper body free weights, I jump roped. I didn’t count or time myself but the more I did it, the better I got at it!

I skipped the longer Pure Barre workout that I normally do in favor of one Pure Barre Tone in 10: Full Body.


Usual workout: 8 Miles involving speed work

Today’s workout: 2 sets of 3 easy miles with jump rope in between.

I ran outside today but ran my path in the reverse direction which is an interesting thing. It really does look and feel different coming from the other direction!

running path

In between the two sets of 3 miles, I grabbed my jump rope which I left outside my house and ran inside to my gym to jump around. I didn’t time myself but I am finding that the more I jump rope, the longer I can do it!


Usual workout: Easy run & Pure Barre

Today’s workout: In the gym

I had zero plan this morning other than grabbing my jump rope and heading inside to the gym. Here’s what happened:

  • 10 minute elliptical warm up
  • Jump rope
  • 3 miles on the treadmill easy, ranging speeds 6.3 -7.5 (incline between 1.0 – 2.5)
  • Jump rope, free weights and squats
  • 5 minute elliptical cool down

I left the gym and noticed that I felt super energized which is exactly how my workouts should leave me feeling during the week.



Usual workout: 8 miles with speed/tempo miles

Today’s workout: 3 x 2 miles on the treadmill with jump rope in between

I would have run outside this morning but it was hot, humid, icky and raining so I went to the gym instead. I ran three sets of 2 miles on the treadmill, no specific points to the paces. After each set of two miles, I stepped off to jump rope.

Pure Barre Tone in 10: Full Body workout when I got home. This Pure Barre Tone in 10 routine covers abs/core/thighs/seat/arms all in 10 minutes.


Usual workout: Pure Barre & Easy Run

Today’s workout: Pure Barre & 3 Easy Miles

This workout was fairly similar to a typical Friday. I chose the Pure Barre Mile High Series DVD (35 minutes) and then headed outside for a 30 minute run which came in right over 3 miles. I jump roped quickly after my run because I am loving the jump rope this week!


Usual workout: Long run between 11-14 miles

Today’s workout: About 12 Miles

I had woken up with my period (yes, you needed to know that because hormones and periods affect workouts) so I felt sort of bleh but not bleh enough to stay home. The original plan was to run 10 miles but it took me until the 9 MILE mark to feel myself which is why I kept going longer than intended.

I actually couldn’t believe it when I felt the normal burst of energy with that feeling of everything syncing after the one hour mark of this run. I hadn’t even taken a gel with me since I didn’t plan on running over 10 miles so it’s always nice to see I can keep going and even speed up without bonking.

The rest of the day was spent at my aunt’s beach house waiting for the Tropical Storm that never really arrived. I checked the beach for waves but saw nothing.

atlantic beach


Rest Day.

I had cramps all night long (like the kind where you don’t know exactly where to put yourself as you question how it is legal for such discomfort to hit you every 28 days) so it was nice to not have to get up early or have a workout schedule for today in mind.

Enjoy the rest of the long weekend!

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How is the weather where you are, were you affected by the Tropical Storm?

What’s on the workout agenda for today?

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  1. says

    I’ve just begun running and working out. This post maybe a good reference. I’m also considering if I should hire a personal coach. Anw, thank you for this post.