While we were in North Carolina, my boyfriend and I went on several long walks. We talked about our health and fitness goals. Neither one of us ended 2013 where we wanted. We both really struggled with sticking to our plans and minor injuries. All of that talk really struck a cord with me. I made the decision to do something about it. I decided that I wasn’t going to wait any longer to make changes in my life.
Monday: Cross Training + Strength Training
- Cross Training – Elliptical (1.70 miles, 20:00 minutes)
- Strength Training – Upper Body (30 minutes)
On Sunday evening, I pulled out a brand new FitBook (<— affiliate link) and set about creating a plan for success. When the alarm went off on Monday morning, I was ready to go to the gym and get started. I think I actually shocked my boyfriend a little bit with how quickly I got ready. My plan for the day was a 20 minutes on the elliptical and an upper body strength workout.
Tuesday: 4.26 mile run + Strength Training + Yoga
- Easy Run – 4.26 miles, 56:56 minutes, 13:24 min/mile avg. pace
- Strength Training – Core + Push Ups (18 minutes)
- Yoga – Standing Poses (AM Yoga DVD, 22 minutes)
As excited as I was to get started on Monday, I had no desire to wake up on Tuesday morning. Eventually, my boyfriend got me out of bed and to the gym. For my last run of 2013, I decided to round the year off to a nice even number of miles. I was disappointed that my yearly total was only 424 miles but I didn’t let that stop me from having a good run. When I got home from work, I spent some time doing a core workout and practicing yoga. Before long, it was time to ring in the new year!
Wednesday: Rest Day
On New Year’s Day, I was planning to go to the gym for some cross training and strength training. That didn’t exactly happen. Instead, I stayed home and watched Netflix. It ended up being a gloriously, lazy day.
Thursday: 4.00 mile run + Strength Training
- Easy Run – 4.00 miles, 52:21 minutes, 13:03 min/mile avg. pace
- Strength Training – Core + Push Ups (15 minutes)
We stayed up later than we wanted to on Wednesday night so waking up early was not going to happen on Thursday. I didn’t want to skip a planned workout though. I brought my clothes with me and stopped at the gym on my way home. I hopped on the treadmill and knocked out an easy 4 mile run. My legs felt good and I didn’t really feel like I was pushing myself too much. After my run, I did another core workout.
Friday: Cross Training + Strength Training
- Cross Training – Elliptical (1.41 miles, 15:00 minutes)
- Strength Training – Full Body (40 minutes)
Thursday night ended up being another late one so the alarm clock was not even set. Instead, we decided to meet up at the gym after I got off of work. My planned workout was 20 minutes on the elliptical and a full body strength workout. The strength workout took a little longer than expected so I cut my elliptical time short. By the time I finished, my arms were worked!
Saturday: 8.00 mile run + Strength Training + Yoga
- Long Run – 8.00 miles, 1:46:32 (total time), 13:19 min/mile avg. pace
- Strength Training – Push Ups (10 minutes)
- Yoga – Twists (AM Yoga DVD, 25 minutes)
With the Dopey Challenge fast approaching, I decided that I needed a solid weekend of running. The past few weeks have not gone according to my plan at all! I had a slight knee issue that took forever to go away. This was my last chance to push myself and see if I can really pull this thing off. I also wanted to make sure my run-walk-run ratio was going to work for me. On Saturday, I knocked out an 8 mile run that went fabulously! I followed my run with some yoga.
Sunday: 16.03 mile run
- Long Run – 16.03 miles, 3:39:00 (total time), 13:40 min/mile avg. pace
When I woke up on Sunday, my legs felt good and I knew that I would be able to get my scheduled run finished. Of course, I procrastinated most of the day and didn’t get started until the middle of the afternoon. Running 16 miles was actually a little bit easier than I expected it to be. I know that next weekend is going to be tough but I felt so much better about it after this run. Seriously!
How did your workouts go last week?