PMS, Fewer Miles + More Pure Barre


My month of training with Laura ended last weekend. With my brain acting completely noncommittal to signing up for a fall half marathon, right now I am just winging my workouts until I can maybe make a decision over here. Until then, I am just going by feel with my mileage, workouts and Pure Barre routine.

This week saw fewer miles and more Pure Barre. I didn’t start the week totally with that intention but it’s how things ended up based upon my mood and how I felt each morning.

It was a PMS week which can sometimes affect my workouts. Workouts during PMS can sometimes make me feel as though I can’t sweat or that I am sweating much sooner in a workout or that I am already sweating while just getting my workout clothes on my body. It’s not a fun feeling! When I feel this way, I often adjust my workouts and/or put off what I would normally do for another week.

workout recap running pure barre

Monday – 7 Miles

I made up a new workout during this run which I really enjoyed. I’m hoping to get that workout together to share in a post with all of the details in the next few days!

Tuesday – Pure Barre/3 Miles

I was in the mood to do a longer Pure Barre workout so I selected a 40 minute workout from the Pure Barre On Demand menu. After that, I went outside for 3 miles. It was really humid so thankfully I didn’t plan to run any longer!

Wednesday – Gym Day

I woke up with the intention of running a hill workout on the treadmill. Once I stepped on the treadmill though, plans changed. My easy pace felt hard and I just knew, not even a quarter mile in, that running today was not worth it. I was feeling that unable to break a sweat feeling even though I was starting to sweat too soon (PMS!).

I’m sure I could have tried to warm up but why? I can always run tomorrow. I can tell when my body is up for running and today just didn’t feel like that day.

gym day

I hopped off the treadmill and switched to the elliptical for 30 minutes followed by some free weights in the gym. When I got home, I tried a new 5 minute Pure Barre workout focused on the seat. It was great! We put a weight behind our knee to increase the burn!

pure barre on demand seat workout

^Screenshot from Pure Barre On Demand 5 Minute Seat Workout Class.

Thursday – 7 Miles

I had no real plan for today’s run other than to complete 7 miles. My pace picked up as I went along not because I felt like running fast but I wanted to get home!

7 miles

Friday – Pure Barre

I chose to skip my usual Friday morning run in favor of a longer Pure Barre workout. I didn’t feel like running today.

From the Pure Barre On Demand menu, I searched around until I picked a 50 minute workout. I love having so many options with Pure Barre On Demand. It really makes every Pure Barre workout rejuvenating because I very rarely complete the same workout twice.

Pure Barre On Demand

After the 50 minute workout, I added on two 5 minute workouts – one for arms and then the seat one again like the other day. I really like that one!

Saturday – 11 Miles

It was fairly warm and humid by the time I got outside but I did just fine for 11 miles. I had my usual time of the month stiffness in my feet around mile 4 but that worked itself out and the rest of the run flew by. I probably could have kept going too but mentally I didn’t see the point. 11 miles was enough. 🙂

In case you missed the Ask A Running Coach Q & A post from earlier this week, here’s the link. I asked Laura two running-related questions which she answered in-depth on the topics of why I don’t find that I need fuel during long runs as well as 5K training for longer distance runners. 

Sunday – A few miles?

Since I skipped my usual Friday run, I figure I will swap around my typical Sunday routine to include a few miles rather than just a Pure Barre workout.

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How was your week in workouts? Did you run more or less than usual?

Do you find PMS can affect your workouts?

Best thing you ate so far this weekend?

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  1. says

    My week in Workouts was decent! I am taking a break from running until September so lately the spin bike, elliptical and weights have been my friend… It’s a nice change of pace but I’m excited to start running again! It looks like you still had a good week of workouts even with PMS being a pain!

  2. says

    My workouts were all running this week but I added a few extra miles which was nice. I really need to start doing some weights to build up my strength. Do you like Pure Barre on demand better than an actual class?

    Have a great Sunday!

    • says

      I have been doing at home pure barre workouts now for 3 years so my answer is definitely that I like the at home versions just as much as the studio! you can read my reviews of the at home workouts (of the DVD’s and streaming workouts) in the Pure Barre section of my site. I haven’t fully reviewed the new on demand yet but I will soon. It’s definitely worth it if you ask me! It’s much cheaper to do the pure barre workout at home and gives you a ton of flexibility while really being the same as the studio classes. I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, just let me know!

  3. says

    My workouts this week were pretty standard- I feel like Ive been spending so much time on the elliptical lately! I don’t really notice that PMS affects my workouts, just the first day of my cycle I’ll get back cramps which make it harder to work out, but I always feel better after I exercise.
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  4. says

    I get some PMS, but my actual period is worse and really does take a toll on my workouts. Exercise helps, at least. My week in workouts was good and I am excited for this week because I finally replaced my stability ball after Ollie popped it.
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  5. says

    Hormones are such a pain! You still had a really great week. I’ve been aiming for 50 miles each week but most weeks I’ve been able to do more, except this last week–50 was my max. Not because my body was sore or anything but just because I was so not into it.

  6. says

    Solid week of workouts!! I really should get back into doing barre on the reg…

    The best thing I ate this weekend was definitely sushi takeout last night. I’ve been eating SO much sushi lately.