Re-Evaluating My Workout Routine (workout recap)

Before getting to my re-evaluating of my workout routine, I need to tell you that my Islanders clinched a playoff spot Saturday night! It was a great game to attend.

islanders clinch

On Friday I mentioned that my workout routine is being affected by my current lack of normal-for-me morning person peppiness. The weekday mornings are a little hard on me/pressed for time right now in terms of getting my son to school, squeezing in my workout, and then starting my day.

It’s not that I don’t have the time, it’s that the timeframe feels tighter than usual (because it is) and it’s affecting my morning mood to get moving. I do not get up as early as I once did. Combine that with still needing time in the morning to linger around at my own pace with the fact that I’ve been driving my son and his friend to school to then come home for a workout before showering to start my work day — it’s a lot.

I think this pressured and bothered feeling has been brewing for a while and I certainly do not want my mornings or my workout routine to feel so icky and stressful because it has always been my favorite part of the day.

So.

I’ve re-evaluated the situation and my workout routine to make myself feel happier again and here’s my plan.

I know that every day gets closer to warmth and earlier sunrises. Both combined always make me peppier in the morning. Not to mention, school ends in June and I won’t have to worry about driving my son to school then.

Normally I run only one day on the weekend. I think for right now, the plan is to run both Saturday AND Sunday. This way, I don’t feel pressured to get out the door nor do I have the weekday-pressured workout time frame. Since I only run a maximum of 4 days a week, this leaves me with 1-2 days to run weekday mornings. Worth a shot.

I’m not struggling as much on the Pure Barre front so I can still get my average of 3 Pure Barre workouts done during the week. And, with Pure Barre On Demand, I can vary the length of the workouts based upon my mood.

If there’s a morning when I just don’t feel motivated enough to move myself, I will either go for a walk in the morning OR later in the day.

I think this approach to my workout routine will really help me. It’s important to be flexible with a workout routine and equally as important to be happy with your workouts. I do not wish to feel rushed or bothered during my workout time. That’s not pleasant or fun and workouts should be happy times, not pressured times, you know?

Monday – 45 Min Pure Barre

Tuesday – 35 Min Treadmill Workout (4.2 miles)

It was a bit too cold for me to run outdoors so I went to my gym for the treadmill. I honestly did not feel like much of a run or a workout so my goal was 30 minutes. Of course, once reaching 30 minutes, I was in the mood to continue so I went another 5 minutes to make it 35 minutes total, 4.2 miles

Here’s what I did:

1 – 10: 5 min easy/5 min  of 1 hard/1 easy

10 – 20: 1 min hard/1 min easy

21 – 33: 2 min hard/1 min easy

cool down to 35 min

This is a good workout option for the treadmill if you want something engaging and slightly challenging. You can make it more challenging as you go by increasing your speed during the hard sections, depending upon how you feel and what you want to accomplish for the workout.

Note: I did not go faster than 8.2. My hard sections often started at 7.7 and then I quickly bumped it up to 8.0, only sometimes going higher, and mostly in the latter half of the workout.

Wednesday – 1 hour walk/10 min Pure Barre

I was due for a Pure Barre workout but didn’t feel like a long one, nor did I want to run. So, I went for a walk (I had extra time today) and then chose a 10 minute Pure Barre workout which focuses on seat and abs. It’s one of my all-time favorite Pure Barre 10 workouts!

Thursday – 1-mile run/Walk/20 Min Pure Barre

Well, I thought I wanted to run today until I went for a mile to realize I really did not feel like it so I stopped. I walked a bit before deciding to do a 20 minute Pure Barre workout. I’m clearly all over the place.

Friday – 30 Min Pure Barre

I chose Pure Barre for today so that I would really look forward to running tomorrow morning.

Saturday – 8 Miles

Went into this run with zero expectation considering how the week had been going for me in terms of running desire in the morning. I can’t say that I started out wanting to run 8 miles but as you know, once you are going and accumulate like 3 or 4 miles, it becomes relatively easy to find a groove and the desire to continue. I was slower than usual for absolutely no reason but that’s okay — at least I was out there.

8 miles

Sunday – 5 Miles

Super windy but I didn’t mind since I wasn’t in a hurry. Definitely appreciated taking my time getting out the door and running at my leisure.

5 miles

Before I go, I wanted to mention a few workout things that I bought:

It was time for new athletic socks so I ordered my favorite Gap Coolmax athletic socks. Honestly, I’ve worn all the athletic socks out there and always come back to these as my everyday running athletic sock. Great price, good fit, comfortable, and wash well. Can’t really ask for more than that.

I also ordered new headbands.I always wear the thicker-styled headbands when I run.

Oh! I never really talk sports bras but I do wear the medium support line from the Gap. Most are on sale — I have this one and like it. Washes well, comfortable — no complaints.

Have a great week!

Workouts recapped on the blog today along with my new approach to my workout schedule #running #purebarre #workouts @pure_barre Click To Tweet

How often do you re-evaluate your workout routine? Are you due for a change now?

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