Quality Over Quantity & Cardio Pure Barre


A few things to note before getting to my workouts from the week:

Lower Mileage.

Overall my mileage was lower than normal BUT I can’t say I noticed. I definitely wouldn’t call this an “easy” workout week, I would just call it a week of doing other things on the days that I would normally run easy.

When I can’t run outdoors, running on the treadmill every single day doesn’t always work for me. My easy runs aren’t easy enough sometimes when running on the treadmill and that’s okay – I can do something else when the treadmill doesn’t feel right.

I can also do some fun workouts in the house when the weather doesn’t allow for me to go outside. I really like other forms of cardio and lately I love jumping jacks! You will see that I started the week with my jump rope but ended my week with jumping jacks instead. I find jumping jacks to get my heart rate up faster and higher than the jump rope. Even my son has started a daily routine of jumping jacks!

Quality over Quantity.

Without even trying, I normally fall around the same mileage each week. Right now though, I just don’t care if I run less. My focus is on making sure my harder running days are quality workouts and if I need to miss/skip/swap an easy run for something else, so be it. I am sure my mileage will return to normal when the weather is nicer but it’s not a priority.


I made sure to stretch every single morning before beginning my workouts for about 10-15 minutes and intend to keep it up.

Monday – In The Gym (5 Miles)

I brought my jump rope with me to the gym today (which got all tangled with my headphones during my walk over to the gym as you can see).

jump rope

2 mile warm up

off for free weights, jump rope

2 miles between 6.5 – 7.3

off for squats, lunges, jump rope

1 mile easy outside (because the sun was up!)

Tuesday – 60 Minute Treadmill Run

Even though I can say that I ran a little over 7 miles, I mostly ran by time today so we will call today’s run a 60 minute treadmill run.

20 minute warm up

30 minutes half marathon pace (7.5 – 7.7)

10 minutes easy

This run was simply awesome. I held my pace without issue and finished up with some jump rope again today.

Wednesday – Pure Barre/In The Gym

I started with two Pure Barre Tone in 10 workouts (and yoga):

  • Thighs & Seat
  • Seat & Abs

Then I went over to the gym for an easy run on the treadmill. However, when my easy pace felt hard, I slowed down, finished one mile and then switched to the elliptical for 20 minutes.

I did several sets of jumping jacks today in between sets with the free weights.

Thursday – 7 Miles (Speed Intervals)

I made up a new speed interval treadmill workout today! It was super engaging so I hope to share the full details on this new treadmill workout later this week.


The blizzard had started around the same time I walked over to the gym. I had the gym all to myself because the usual people who I see every morning clearly decided to stay home.


Friday – Cardio Pure Barre

So the blizzard (which brought like 14 inches of snow) left things super icy by this morning that I decided it would not be smart to walk the short distance to my gym. I would only be running an easy 3 miles anyway so I didn’t think it was worth it.

Instead, I created a cardio Pure Barre style workout by starting with sets up jumping jacks and burpees (KILLER!) and then turning on the Pure Barre Studio Series DVD.

pure barre studio series

At random points during the Pure Barre workout, I paused the DVD for more cardio segments of jumping jacks and burpees.

Let me tell you. It was hard! I was in a sweat within the first 5 minutes and my heart rate was soaring!

I need to do this again. In some ways I relate it to the Pure Barre Platform class. I only took that cardio form of Pure Barre once but I like to think what I did at home was a little similar in approach (without the platform).

Saturday – 12 Treadmill Miles

running shoes treadmill

I feel really weird saying that these 12 miles on the treadmill flew by but they really did! In fact, on my proud walk home from the gym, I wondered if somehow I missed a few miles in my calculations.

This long run on the treadmill was as perfect as possible for me.

In my head, I broke the long run down into two sets of 5 miles to reach a total of 10 miles with a goal of adding an extra two miles for a total of 12 miles on the treadmill.

Breaking things down into sets makes it mentally seem so much easier which translates (hopefully) into physically easier.

First 5 miles = 44:44

Second 5 miles = 43:20

2 miles easy

Miles 9 and 10 were my fastest miles which made me so very happy. I kept my pace easy and controlled in order to not burn out too quickly. Sometimes I take off in the first set of 5 miles only to find myself wanting to stop at the 8 mile mark. I didn’t want that to happen today so I worked really hard to stay in charge of my pace.

I also want to add in here that although I took a Hammer Gel with me, I did not open it. Lately I can run my long runs WITHOUT fuel. Of course I eat a pre-run breakfast but I am finding myself more and more capable of running long without opening my Hammer Gel during my long runs. Laura said it’s because my body has learned to burn fat as fuel. Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

Sunday – Pure Barre

Maybe I will try out another round of cardio Pure Barre. I really enjoyed it!

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Who else ran long on the treadmill yesterday? How did it go?

What other forms of cardio do you like when you aren’t running?

Which do you like better, jump rope or jumping jacks?



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  1. says

    Nice job getting in 12 on the treadmill! When I work out indoors I am more likely to do random things to break up my workout. Yesterday I did intervals of biking and strength training and it really goes by quickly doing it that way. I dont jump rope or do jumping jacks regularly. I think its a good habit to get into but any kind of jumping makes me nervous because of my foot.
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  2. says

    Your workoutsbare so varied this week, it’s awesome! The jump rope is so fun! I like to use that to add a bit of cardio to strength training when I am not training for a race. I was so happy to not have to run long on the treadmill this week!
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  3. Julianne says

    I have been very into Youtube videos for strength/cardio when I am not running. There are some seriously challenging ones out there! Jumping jacks over jump rope for me. I also love/hate burpees; they are the hardest bodyweight exercise to me, jump squats in close second.

  4. says

    I think its so fun sometimes making up your own workouts to do when you’re stuck inside! I’m glad that you had a great run on the treadmill yesterday though 🙂

  5. says

    I’m walking a lot right now and running less. I also like the elliptical which is disappointing to all of my friends who take working out very seriously haha! Jump rope wins!

  6. says

    What a great idea to add cardio to a pure barre routine! Some days I debate between doing a heart pumping workout or a strenuous one, but this way you can do both!

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