Despite the fact that this is hypothetically a running blog, you might have noticed that I don’t blog very often about my actual training. This is primarily because I see no reason to think it would interest you given that half of the time it doesn’t really interest me. However, I thought that it would be a good time to check in and talk about how my training has been going lately since I have a few goal races coming up. Back in September, I established some goals with respect to my training. In case you haven’t memorized every sentence of all of my blog posts (FOR SHAME), here they are:
- Run 4 times per week
- Yoga 2-3 times per week
- Barre workouts 3 times per week
- Cycling 2 times per week
- One complete rest day each week
Obviously, that adds up to more than 7 days per week if each workout was done separately, so I always double up my workouts by doing a cardio workout (run or cycle) and a strength workout (barre or yoga). And yes, I consider barre and yoga to be strength workouts. Why? Because they are not cardio. And because I hate lifting weights, so this is the closest I will come to any type of strength workout. I figure it’s better than nothing.
When I made my goals, they seemed pretty ambitious. I thought NO WAY that I would keep up with them. So, how have I done since I started?
Not counting the week I was in Ireland (where I literally had time to do nothing besides sightsee – tough life!), I have been at this new routine for almost 6 weeks. Here is my workout breakdown:
- 23 runs
- 14 yoga workouts
- 15 barre workouts
- 11 bike rides
- 3 total rest days
What do you notice when you look at that? To me, the most glaring number is the 3 total rest days. Sure, there were some days where I didn’t do a cardio workout and I did barre and yoga instead of a rest day, but those workouts can be tough. Breaking down these numbers, I see that I probably need to start giving my body just a little more time off as I continue to recover from my stress fracture. It still gives me pain from time to time, and I want to make sure I stay healthy!
Other than that, I’m really pleased with what the numbers show. I’m hitting my runs right on target, since I’ll run tomorrow to finish out my week and will average exactly 4 runs per week. My coach has just started (as of this week) to bump up my run days to 5 per week, but I will modify that as needed to stay healthy. My yoga workouts have been right in that 2-3 times per week sweet spot, and I’ve noticed big gains in my complete lack of flexibility. I can grab my toes while bending over now! THIS IS HUGE.
Even though my barre average isn’t quite where I was hoping, I’m still proud of myself for getting pretty damn close. Those workouts are tough and not exactly appealing most days! I can definitely see a change in the muscle definition in my body, and I think the strengthening in my hips and glutes has been part of the reason why I’ve seen such an increase in my speed recently. I’m definitely going to stick to it! As for cycling, my routine lately has been to hop on my bike (on the trainer) for 40 minutes while watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Don’t judge me, those people are hilarious/insane. It’s a little too cold for my comfort level to bike outside – I’m such a wimp about biking in cold – but I figure this is still a good way to get a cardio workout in while keeping the impact to a minimum.
I’ve really been encouraged by how my runs have been going lately. I definitely don’t feel great every time I head out, don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of days where I feel like I am barely moving and I can’t breathe and I’m the worst runner ever. But then I look at my watch, and it says I’m running an 8:54 pace or faster. Not so long ago, that would have been 10:30. I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon that I’m not sure I like, though: I seem to have lost the ability to run at a “normal” (for me) speed. I’m either running 8:30 pace or I’m walking. There is very little in between, which kind of concerns me. I’ll be interested to see how the Route 66 Marathon goes next weekend, since my goal for the race is a 4:22, which is 10 minute miles. I have a feeling it’s going to be a lot of 9 minute miles and 1 minute walk breaks!
LEAVE A COMMENT: What workout goals have you set for yourself lately? How do you stick to them?