up in the gym just working on my fitness.

1 Apr

If you know me, you hear me talk about working out an OBNOXIOUS amount (or even if you just follow me on twitter). I didn’t always love working out (read my running story here), but for the last few years I have been a bit of an endorphin junky. I love the way I feel during and after a workout and the fact it gives me something to work on other than school or (eventually) a job.

Last week, my PT gave me to all clear to do some longer runs, and while I am super excited about getting back into running and racing, I have realized that there are some changes that need to be made in my fitness routine, and I plan to chronicle those on the blog. I also think it would be fun (let’s face it, mostly for me) for me to post my weekly workouts on Sundays. So, without further ado…

This week’s workouts:

  • Monday: 20 min Yoga for Runner’s video warm-up, 3 mile run
  • Tuesday: New Rules of Lifting for Women weight workout, Spin class.
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: 5.5 mile run outside in the morning, PM Yoga (foundations class)
  • Friday: New Rules of Lifting for Women weight workout
  • Saturday: 10.36 mile run (from the Senior’s Center in Santa Monica, up San Vicente to the Veteran’s administration and back).
  • Sunday: New Rules of Lifting for Women weight workout, spin class. PM: Restorative Yoga.
My current goal is to try and incorporate the high-intensity workouts I love (spin, running) along with things I NEED to do more (weight workouts for strength and yoga for flexibility). So far, I am happy with this plan – and the fact that it is flexible. For the last few weeks or so I’ve planned my workouts generally at the beginning of the week so I have a plan and don’t wake up each morning wondering what I should be doing.
yoga. I still have a bunch of classes left for the Groupon I bought at Yoga Poser in Santa Monica. The class I went to last Thursday was INCREDIBLE. We did so many chaturangas that my arms were actually sore after and the next day, and even though it wasn’t a Bikram class I was dripping sweat. Cute. The Sunday night class was a little less awesome. I liked the idea of “deep relaxation” and “restorative” yoga – two things I don’t really do, ever. While I was super relaxed after the class, I would rather go to bed an hour earlier than think I’m gonna get a workout in when really I just spent a bunch of time lying down in a dark room with strangers and candles.
running. It felt so great to get back out there this week. My 5.5 miler was incredible – I felt strong and FAST. The 10+ miler was great too – I ran with a friend from my marathon training group. I started feeling some dull knee pain a little over half-way through, and have had some residual soreness and pain since, so I guess I’m not all the way better just yet. I need to be more realistic about my running progress. That half marathon I was thinking about doing last minute this coming weekend? Probably not a great idea. A 10k in two weeks? Much more realistic.
spin.  Spin is *literally* a godsend. I love the high-energy workouts, the bumpin’ music, and the sweat. This is my current favorite spin song. I’d spin every day if I could, but you know, it’s intense. Twice a week is perfect.
weights. For the last month or so I’ve been following the New Rules of Lifting for Women book. The workouts are short and simple, but challenging and effective. I have DEFINITELY noticed changes in my arms and shoulders. I may not be “jacked” yet but I’m still in stage 1. 🙂
other ideas. I am trying to keep things interesting and not fall back into my rut of only running every day – so that’s where the restorative yoga came in. Tomorrow morning, Jenn and I are going to try a Pure Barre class we recently nabbed on LivingSocial. Fingers crossed I like it!
Future Fitness Goals:
ASAP:
  • get racing again. Duh.
  • cross train, cross train, cross train (see above)
  • incorporate rest days. If there’s a day where I just don’t feel like working out, I need to listen to that.
Long-term goals:
  • get certified to become a spin instructor
  • get jacked
  • run a marathon

Sorry I’m not sorry for the fitness overload.

What’s your favorite workout? Favorite way to crosstrain? Dígamelo!

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