As I said in Friday’s post, this was a busy blur of a week! While of course I got my workouts in, my runs were all at an easy level — here’s why:
1 – There were a few nights where I didn’t sleep as well as I usually do which TOTALLY affected my ability to run. I need my 8 hours (at least) of sleep, otherwise I am way too drained to put in a good effort during my workouts. It’s actually amazing to see so quickly how sleep really does make or break me!
2 – This was also a PMS week for me. While I didn’t notice the PMS side of my mood at all (which was great!), I do keep this time of the month in mind while running so that I pay extra attention to where my body is at in terms of pushing my effort levels. I can feel overheated very quickly as well as dizzy and nauseous out of nowhere.
3 – My period came like clock work Saturday morning which meant taking Saturday’s run super easy. It actually turned into a decent run but running on the first day of my cycle is never overly pleasant if you know what I mean. Just that overall bleh feeling, you know?
Link of interest: How What Female Runners Should Know About Their Menstrual Cycle
Anyway, I’m hoping this week brings me balanced hormones, sleep, and energy so that I can throw in some speed workouts! It’s supposed to be on the warmer side so I’m actually considering a treadmill run or two, just so I can feel comfortable enough to push my pace. We shall see though, sometimes it’s hard to resist a summer run for the sunshine!
Monday – 5 Miles/10 Min Pure Barre
Easy 5 miles before coming home and deciding that I felt like tacking on a 10 min Pure Barre workout for seat & abs.
Tuesday – 45 Min Pure Barre Workout
I mentioned this Pure Barre workout in Friday’s Favorite’s post. I had never done this specific Pure Barre workout and I really liked it! A lot of the exercises were different from the wide variety that I usually do in all of the other workouts. It was fun!
Wednesday – 4 Miles/Strength Stuff
I got caught in a sun shower (I didn’t know it was supposed to rain?) and it became heavy enough that I headed inside to the gym. I had completed like 2.5 miles outside so I added one fast mile on the treadmill before switching over to some free weights for upper body and then squats for lower body.
When I left the gym, it wasn’t raining so I ran a little over half a mile cool down before going home.
Thursday – 5 Miles
Too tired to remember anything specific!
Friday- 50 Min Pure Barre Workout (sculpted abs)
One of my favorite Pure Barre workouts, this is the one where you push the red ball into a wall to work triceps. Leaves me sore every time!
Saturday – 7 Miles
Woke up as expected with my period. While I didn’t feel completely horrible, I definitely had that bleh feeling with some cramps going on. I was okay enough to try to run to see how I felt in the process. Even with being sunny and warm, I still fell nicely within my easy range without effort until the last mile or so when I felt I had enough.
Sunday – Pure Barre
Oh wait, it’s Father’s Day! Happy Father’s Day to the dads out there and to my dad especially! Everyone remembers that my dad was a runner, right? Here’s his recap from his first New York City Marathon in case you never read it. He ran NYCM 3 times which is 3 more than me and very impressive to me now that I am older and a runner myself to realize what it takes to train and complete a marathon. 🙂Workout Recap on the blog today! #run #running #runner #purebarre #workouts #PMS #fitfluential Click To Tweet
How quickly does less sleep affect you and your workouts?
Any fun plans for today?
Lisa @ Mile by Mile says
My workouts are definitely affected by my sleep. I also need at least 8 hours. If I don’t sleep well I just feel off throughout the day.
Sleep definitely affects my workouts! I’m slowly realizing that I don’t function my best with less…
I hope this week is a bit better in terms of sleeping for you!
balanced hormones, sleep, and energy..now that sounds like the elixir of my dreams right now. I’d just settle for balanced hormones. My period kicks my ass these days.
The Cookie ChRUNicles says
I hear ya – every 28 days I wonder what I’m in for!
Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real says
If I don’t sleep well, the thought of exercise is not appealing. But I always feel better after so I force myself to just go and run a mile at the very least. I end up getting myself to run everything I planned on so it’s a win.
Jennifer Berkey says
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I will be staying fit and healthy this 2019 and I wish to inspire more people too. Thanks for this.