Someone asked me the other day how many miles I run per week. I had a very quick reply to that question.
It’s not about weekly mileage for me, especially right now. I’m a runner who does other things too.
I really like the other things.
I still identify as a runner and I’m so proud of all of the races I’ve run and the miles I’ve put in, but I’m quick to say I’m a runner who loves spin, barre, pilates, walking, and even yoga. So these days, it’s not about how many days a week I run or how many miles per day or total weekly mileage.
It hasn’t been all about running for me in a few years really but especially now.
It just can’t be!
I can’t possibly focus on hitting a certain amount of miles when I’m so focused on figuring out which class to take on any given day at Equinox.
Even with extra time on my hands at the moment, the last thing I want to do is overdo it at the gym physically, or mentally.
I can absolutely run more than I am right now but mentally, I do not want to and physically, I feel so great that why would I want to overdo it?!
Last Week’s Workouts
Another week of balancing running with the rest of my workout options! Let’s take a look.
Monday – 5 Mile Run (treadmill)
I had a few workout choices today and didn’t make my final decision until the last second. Here’s what I was deciding between:
- Run + Spin
- Spin + Barre
- Run + Barre
First, I decided not to go spin. I felt like running and started my run at the same time as the spin class.
Once on the treadmill, I decided to save barre for another day and run 5 miles. While I could have made it to barre after the five miles, I figured it made more sense to save my energy for the rest of the week.
During my run, I alternated inclines with speed but gave myself two miles to warm up which was a big help. Otherwise, the inclines sneak up on me and tire me out if I jump into things too quickly.
Tuesday – 60 Min Pilates Fusion (2 lb weights. ball, slider)
Today I was deciding between barre and pilates fusion — it was a toss-up just based on the time of the classes and when I woke up for the day.
Wednesday – 20 Min Run + 60 Min Bala Bangle Barre Burn (2 lb weights, 1 lb ankle weights)
I knew exactly what I wanted to do today so there was no need to choose between workout options! This barre class is no joke, by the way. The ankle weights take it to another level.
Thursday – 45 Min TRX Max + 45 Min Walk (treadmill)
So I tried the TRX class for the first time! And while I’m glad I tried it, I don’t think it’s a class for me on a regular basis.
It’s a bit hard to explain why I didn’t love it. I think I just prefer barre, pilates, and barefoot sculpt-style classes (and yoga if I can ever get to those class times). Basically, I prefer a more delicate challenge and classes without shoes.
I think one on one, I could learn to like TRX a bit more. It takes some time to get used to but basically, I guess, the overall class style isn’t my favorite when I have so many other options.
Friday – 45 Min Spin (Cycle Beats)
First spin class of the week! See, it’s hard to fit it all in! But I’m figuring it out and going by what I want to do each morning.
Saturday – 20 Min Run + 45 Min Spin (Anthem Ride)
I don’t usually spin two days in a row but it worked out that way for this week! Anthem Ride is my favorite style spin class at Equinox. The pace goes by the music and there’s no reference to the center console for distance, speed, RPM, and whatever else they talk about in other spin classes.
Sunday – 45 Min Precision Walk Elevate + 45 Min Pilates
My favorite Sunday morning class duo — the walking goes by SO FAST. Inclines ranged from 3 – 15% and pilates was a welcomed restorative class.
I haven’t been able to make it to the yoga class times since joining Equinox over the summer but I see a possible time that could work later this week — I’m hopeful!