**Today is the last day to enter my blogiversary giveaway! It ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. and I will contact the winner tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.**
I intended to publish this yesterday but the weirdest thing happened to me on Sunday night. We went to church and then out dinner but on the way home from dinner I started feeling sick. By the time I got home my face had turned bright red, my head was pounding, I broke out in a rash and I was burning up. We think it was a histamine reaction, but whatever it was scared the crap out of me. Mom to the rescue with cold compresses, medicine and reassurance that I wasn’t dying. I felt better after about an hour or so but was not in the mood to finish this post. So, here I am today. I’m sure you wanted to know those details…you’re welcome.
For starters, I want to say thank you for your kind and supportive comments on Thursday’s post. I’m constantly learning more, but last week was a milestone in my healing and growing. Sounds kind of hippie-ish and hokey to say all of that, but looking at the process as a whole as made me appreciative of where I am today. I did mention that I have one more step in the healing process, but my appointment is not for a few more weeks so I will post an update afterward.
Onto today’s topic…workouts
Last week Jen (Peanut Butter Runner) posted about balancing her workouts and it made me reflect on my own “balancing act.” She mentioned how she consistently incorporates strength, running and yoga into her weekly workouts and that she’s stronger in all aspects since doing so. I couldn’t agree more. Here’s my own take:
If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know that a) I love running and b) it’s arguably my “main source” of fitness. That’s not going to change, especially as MCM training approaches. However, since my stress-fracture prompted an enthusiasm for strength training last year, I’ve gained a new appreciation for varying my workouts. I’ve always *tried* to do a little of everything when it comes to fitness (and I’ve written about it before), but not until the last few months have I found my groove. Who knows how long it will last (hopefully indefinitely!) but I can say now that I’ve seen improvements physically…in regards to muscle strength in the gym, on my yoga mat and stronger/faster runs.
In order to incorporate “everything” (running, weights, yoga) I give and take when necessary and try to get the most bang-for-my-buck. Most workouts are only 30-60 minutes long but have a specific focus. As for my decreased running, I’m careful to not fall into the mileage comparison trap. I’m still a runner if I only run 15-20 miles a week right now. Who really cares how many miles you run per week?!
I’m not a fitness professional so this is just based off my experience, but varying my workouts has “changed” my body more so than just running. By “changed” I’m referring to the look and muscle tone of my body. *Gasp.*
As I enter marathon training this summer, I’m more conscious than ever about what my body wants and needs. Last week was a good example of “doing a bit of everything” and feeling good at the same time.
Tuesday: 30 minutes of strength training (full body). This was actually my mom’s class! She’s a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.
Wednesday: 5 mile run
Thursday: 30 minutes of strength (chest and back focus) + 2 mile walk
Friday: 5 mile run + 75 minutes of vinyasa yoga (at a studio)
Saturday: 30 minutes of core, stretching and glute/hip work (think clamshells and bridges).
Sunday: 8 mile run. I’ve said it before, but I really warm-up after 4-5 miles. Just look at my splits. (I stopped to tighten my shoelace during the last mile and didn’t stop my Run Keeper app).
Ideally I’d have at least one full rest day, but Saturday’s mellow workout fit the bill this time.