Friday, November 9, 2012

Fitness Fridays


I'm linking up with my friend Jen for today's Fitness Friday.  Join us!

I missed linking up last week, but started a new workout that I'll share today.  Since KT and I got back from our honeymoon, we've started eating healthier, too (you have to do that when you eat a piece of wedding cake each night for a week!).  I'm back to drinking mostly water with the occasional glass of sweet tea and a cup of coffee about twice a week at work for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.  I've also cut out most things like fries, onion rings from our favorite place, Lay's Original chips (that I like sometimes at night), and sweets.  Yes, sweets.  At Halloween.  I haven't cut these out completely, but I've been making healthier decisions.  

You all know I run.  I run about 15-20 miles each week which isn't marathon training, but isn't bad either.  My goal was to run 500 miles this year and I've hit that already.  I've also started loving running longer distances, too.  Before, I was running a 5K (3.1 miles) 4-5 times a week with maybe a 4 or 4.5 miler thrown in.  Now, I'm consistently running 4 or more miles with my running days usually having nothing less than a 5K.  I've also added in some shorter runs with some workouts as you'll see below.

Last weekend, I reached a goal and a distance I hadn't run before: 7 MILES!  I ran 7 miles!  S-E-V-E-N MILES!  I've decided that I think I can run a half-marathon.  My encourager (KT) tells me I can.  After running 7 miles in 52 minutes (7:42/mile pace), I think I can, too, but I don't know if I want to.  Luckily, we had a couples massage scheduled for Saturday afternoon, so after an hour long massage, my legs weren't tired anymore.

My New Workout: Great Arms, Better Abs
Do you ever get tired of doing the same thing over and over?  Do you ever feel like you're not making progress because you don't get sore after a workout?  I do.  I run 5 days a week, sometimes 6, and I work out at the gym 3 days each week.  I also do ab work 4-5 days.  Last week, I decided to get out of the workout rut and do something different, so I did.  So far, I've done a variation of this workout each Tuesday and Thursday.  And I can tell a difference. 


I've done this in 15 minutes where I've only run a mile, done 40 push ups, 100 sit ups, and 40 pull ups.  I've also done it where I've run 3.1 and done 60 push ups, 150 sit ups, and 60 pull ups.  Last week, I stuck to 100/40, this week, I've upped it to 150/60.

November Workouts
Since I missed linking up last week, I'm going to recap my November workouts.

November 1 - Great Arms, Better Abs (1 mile/6:55, 40 push ups, 100 plank sit ups with 10 lbs., 40 pull ups)
November 2 - Upper body, abs, glutes
November 3 - 7 Miles/52:00
November 4 - Off Day
November 5 - Upper body, abs, glutes
November 6 - Great Arms, Better Abs (3.1 miles/22:00, 60 push ups, 150 plank sit ups with 10 lbs., 60 pull ups)
November 7 - Upper body, abs, glutes, 1.4 miles/10:00
November 8 - Great Arms, Better Abs (2 miles/15:00, 60 push ups, 150 plank sit ups with 10 lbs., 60 pull ups)

What do you do when you feel like you're in a rut with your workouts?

1 comment:

Jen said...

Oh Anna I know you can do a half! But I hear ya on not knowing if you want to. I love 5ks and I'm going to attempt a 10k in the future. As far as half's go...no thanks.