I realized something. I don’t share regularly enough with you all about my own workouts. Now that I’m training for my first full marathon, I thought it was high time I made a better habit of keeping records of my workouts. And sharing them with you all in the process. Sound good? Good! Here’s this past week’s workouts.
Sunday Jan 15 – Lower/Core + 30 min Kickbox
For Sunday’s cross training workout, I did a 30 minute Turbo Fire kickbox DVD but kept the moves lower impact for recovery. I also did a light lower and core workout inspired by some of the moves and layout in this Spartacus workout Paige recently shared. I adjusted it to make it very core and functional training focused.
Monday Jan 16 – Upper Body + Recovery Run
I started with three easy miles on the treadmill then tossed together an upper body circuit workout.
I chose moves to hit the entire upper body that could all be done using just a stability ball and a pair of dumbbells. I completed each of the above moves using the ball in place of a bench or laying prone (stomach down) across the ball. I did each move for 10 reps before moving to the next move in the circuit. It went by really quickly and by the 4th round I was feeling the burn for a great stability upper endurance workout.
Tuesday Jan 17 – 6 speed miles on the treadmill
The weather was kind of dreary so I hit up the treadmill for my speed session. I warmed up for a mile then alternated 1/2 mile of speed work with 1/2 mile recovery. I did the speed work at 7.5 mph and the recovery at 6.5 mph for four rounds. Then cooled down the final 1.5 miles. It was brutal in an oh-so-fun way.
Wednesday Jan 18 – 3 mile recovery run on treadmill + Lower Body & Core
Once again, three easy and steady miles at 6.2 mph on the treadmill. I decided to switch things up this week doing an upper/lower body split and since my legs were feeling so good, I gave them some work. I did a mix of the following moves as supersets.
- step-ups and V-ups
- plie jacks and bicycle crunches
- barbell squats and planks
Thursday Jan 19 – OFF DAY!
I am doing something new by taking my rest day in the middle of the week. For my marathon training, I’m generally following the Hal Higdon intermediate plan, with a few of my own tweaks to personalize it a bit. The plan features two tougher weekend runs back to back and calls for a day of rest to prepare. I am actually really enjoying the plan’s layout! And the extra time on rest days to play with my special kiddos.
Friday Jan 20 – 6 miles
It was drizzly. I ran. That’s about it.
Saturday Jan 21 – 12 miles
The forecast showed a ton of bad storms expect to roll through my area. I almost opted to save my run for this afternoon, but knew I would rather get it out of the way. Then, I considered doing my 12 miles on the treadmill, but that made me want to cry. Peter had the genius idea to do a short loop around home so I could easily come in if the rain got too bad and finish up on the treadmill. Perfect!
I dressed and set out. I ran TWELVE one-mile loops by where I live. So boring. But it worked. And it didn’t start pouring until I was merrily inside sipping coffee in a brutally cold tub of frigid water. So glad I made it work!
There’s my recap…
What was your favorite workout or fit activity this week?