Happy Marathon Monday!
I hope you had a great weekend. Nothing too fancy happened over here. I spent Saturday night watching the first few episodes of Orange is the New Black (season two), and eating empanadas and ice cream. When you can’t decide between malt ball and chocolate peanut butter, you get both.
Yesterday I went for my long run, did some shopping for my trip, and spent the night hanging with my cousin. Maybe not a fancy weekend…but pretty darn perfect.
Today I feel tired and sore. My body feels like it got hit by a truck so I’m taking the day off from running and the gym. Stretching and foam rolling sound really good right about now…which I did NONE of last week. This is why my body feels the way it does. I ran more miles last week than I have in a while and only took one rest day instead of my usual 2-3…
Monday: 4.53 miles @ 8:20 avg.
Tuesday: 6.2 mile tempo run @ 7:59 avg.
Wednesday: 3 miles @ 8:43 avg. + 30 minutes elliptical + strength training
Friday: 5 miles –> this track workout
Saturday: 3 miles @ 8:44 avg. + 30 minutes stairmill + strength training
Sunday: 10 miles @ 8:38 avg.
I wasn’t supposed to run on Wednesday or Saturday but the parking lot at my gym is currently under construction and driving/finding parking takes longer than running there so I’ve been running the 1.5 miles there and back.
Now one thing I have grown to hate is strength training. The have been times where I’ve absolutely loved it and couldn’t even imagine going back to running long distances but things have obviously changed. It’s really, really hard for me to find the motivation to strength train. I’d rather subject myself to 100 minutes on the elliptical every single day. BUT I know how important it is to build a strong body when it comes to running (or any sport for that matter) so anytime I try to talk myself out of it and remind myself how much I hate lifting those weights, I just repeat “DO IT ANYWAY”. It will benefit me in the long run. I hope.
My goal is to strength train 2-3 times a week but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way so I’ve been doing something a little different. I used to focus on one body part a day but that didn’t work very well because a lot of my muscles would be left neglected if I only made it to the gym a couple of times in one week. Instead, I’ve been doing full body workouts to ensure all of my muscles are being worked in one gym session. I’ve been loving the workouts so far and surprisingly, have been experiencing major DOMS doing only two exercises per body part.
Here’s an example of one of last week’s workouts (I did 3 sets of 12-15):
- dumbbell hammer curls
- cable tricep pushdowns
- tricep dips
- dumbbell lateral raises
- dumbell front raises
- back extensions
- cable straight arm pushdown
- sumo squats
- cable kickbacks
I linked YouTube videos for all the exercises in case you wanted to see what they looked like/try them out for yourself!
I don’t really do any ab-specific work because I focus on engaging them through all of the other exercises but sometimes I’ll throw in some leg lifts or planks if I’m feeling a little crazy! 😉
Aaaaaand I went to go pick up my pool running belt today! This is the one I got.
I can’t wait to look like a total freak in Aruba.
ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR MONDAY!!!