So on Tuesday I shared my positive experiences with a two-week break from running. I also mentioned that I would be talking more about how I plan to proceed going forward in terms of running and my workout routine, now that I really like the feeling of running less.
While I think my routine will be one that continues to change as I feel like changing, right now I am in the mood to alternate cardio days with Pure Barre days. Of course it’s possible I have consecutive days of cardio (as I did this week just based on how the week started) but overall, this is my loose plan.
I don’t want (or as I’m realizing, need) to run five or even six days a week, every week. I don’t want to run for an hour or even run long at the moment.
Overall, I feel really good right now. Running or choosing the elliptical for 30 – 45 minutes seems right and ENOUGH. Longer Pure Barre routines feel AMAZING. My appetite feels so human and pleasant and normal. I feel more in tune with my energy levels, hunger levels, and mood while also loving how my clothes fit (read: no bloat or that bulky muscle feeling which I hardly realized was an issue until now that it’s not there).
This new way of approaching my workout routine is just what’s working for me at the moment. It’s what I feel like doing. It makes me happy when I wake up. I don’t feel the winter morning dread of ugh, I need to get moving. It’s time to go warm up to run.
Rather, I feel up and ready for my workout. Eager. Excited. Happy. Not that I totally wasn’t all of those things before but there was definitely that feeling, more often, of UGH…
Do I really want to work out today? Do I want to change out of my pajamas? Am I ready to run 6 miles? Do I even want to run 6 miles? How long will I need to warm up? Am I in the mood do this?
Of course I don’t know that my workout routine will stay this way! My guess is that I will keep doing what feels right for me, rather than subconsciously trying to keep up with the mileage and routine I slowly built for myself as a runner over the last five years.
Monday – 10 Min Elliptical/3 Miles
I thought about running outside and then saw a temperature of 17 degrees. No thank you. I headed to the gym in my community for a quick cardio workout.
10 minute warm up on the elliptical followed by 3 miles on the treadmill. This is only my second run since returning after my two-week break.
I played with my speed, running conservative intervals throughout the 26 minutes. Without pushing it, I was fine to play between 6.6 – 7.5, probably averaging out more around 6.8.
Tuesday – Pure Barre Pure Results: Abs
I listed today’s Pure Barre workout in Friday’s Favorites post as my favorite fitness from the week.
Woah. This one hour Pure Barre workout which focuses on abs/core is intense! Even when they say the focus is abs, trust me when I say it’s still a full body workout, running through the usual Pure Barre routine of abs, arms, thighs, seat, core. My heart was POUNDING at times and I almost broke a sweat!
Wednesday – 10 Min Elliptical/3 Miles
So I didn’t even plan to run 3 miles! I went over to the gym under the loose assumption that would bop around from elliptical to treadmill and maybe even the bike!
I warmed up on the elliptical and then switched to the treadmill with only a goal of one mile. Then one mile became two and at two I said hey, just go to three!
I ran what we would consider a progression run, starting at 6.8 and progressing to holding at 7.6. It felt amazing. 3 miles finished at the 25 minute mark exactly.
Thursday – 45 Min Pure Barre
I was still a little bit sore from Tuesday’s Pure Barre workout but once I stretched a bit, I was fine for a 45 minute Pure Barre routine.
Friday – 30 Min Elliptical
I had to take my son to school this morning so I was half an hour later than usual to start my workout. This didn’t matter much though as I only planned to do 30 minutes on the elliptical! <- Major plus here to shorter workout times. I don’t have to stress fitting in an hour or more of running when I have other obligations!
After the elliptical, I did a few rounds of Jen’s strength circuit again. Remember I mentioned she shared this workout on Instagram? Have you tried it yet? It’s such a good one and easy to follow!
Saturday – 5 Miles
First outdoor run in FOREVER!! I was excited to get outside and run a few miles. It had been so long since I ran outside (maybe early December?) that I didn’t even know how to dress for the weather. HA.
Anyway, I went easy the first mile and then picked up my pace in random intervals to where I knew I was working but not crazy pushing it. I was eager to see my splits when I finished because I knew I had to be moving fairly quickly. My legs FELT SO FRESH.
If you think for one minute that two weeks off from running will hurt your fitness, think again. I feel so rejuvenated out there!
Sunday – Pure Barre
I will be away for a few days later this week and plan to leave my running shoes and workout clothes at home. For this reason, I’m squeezing in a Pure Barre workout today since I will be off for at least three days later in the week. 🙂Workouts From The Week plus More Details On Running Less! #running #purebarre @pure_barre #run #fitfluential #workouts Click To Tweet
How was your week in running/workouts? Were you able to run outdoors?
Are you looking to shake up your workout routine? What are you thinking to do differently?