It's been awhile since I updated you on my weekly activities. I've been making some changes to my routine, adding in a bit more cross-training and a few extra workouts. I switched up my routine again this past week and I think it worked out really well for me.
My workout week starts on Tuesday. Tuesday morning I get up at 4:50am in order to get to the gym for a 5:30 barbell strength class. I am loving this class. It's very hard, it hits all the major muscle groups, and it's fun. Tuesday night I've been participating in Big River Running's speedwork sessions. They are hard but I love the structure of it.
Wednesday nights I'm starting to meet up with another runner for a hot evening run. It's the worst time of the day to run but we both want to run with somebody because 1)it's fun and 2)it keeps us motivated. This past week we did just under 3 miles.
Thursdays I get up at 5:30am for a morning run, usually 4 miles. I then take a yoga class at 7:15pm. The instructor is a bit weird..it's definitely a different type of yoga than I'm used to. I like it..I think I just need to get used to it.
Friday's I get up at 4:50am for a 5:30 spin class. I'm loving the spin class! It's so hard, I really push myself, but it's so much fun. I love that it's a great workout and it's something different from running. A girl just needs to mix it up sometimes.
Saturday is my swim day. This is the workout I'm the worst at but it just takes practice right? This past week I ended up doing a total of 500 yards but I had to take a lot of rests, usually after only going one length. I only did 8 full laps of freestyle. I know I need to increase that but I'm happy that I did more laps with modified breaststroke and other swimming forms.
Sundays are my long run days. The last two weekends I've run with a group of other runners and I love it. It's just more enjoyable running with others. This week my goal was 8 miles but I decided to do two full loops of the course we run, which is 9 miles. I could have stopped at 8 but when I hit 8 I knew it wasn't much further to the cars and I felt like I could do more. I'm so happy with this! It feels good to get in that many miles. I have switched completely to a minimalist shoe now and this is the furthest I've gone in them. My calves are still sore and I doubt I could have done much more since they were really hurting that last mile, but I'm glad I stuck with it.
Monday, today, is my rest day. Ah....I love rest days. I feel it is well deserved this week.