Most of you who follow me most likely follow for running tips. Afterall, I am That Running Girl. But as someone who’s been running for nearly 17 years now, I know when my body needs a break from running. But just because I’m taking time off my race training does not mean I’ve stopped working out or running… In fact quite the opposite. If anything, I feel like I’ve been working out harder and smarter the past month or so.
Here are a few things I’ve been focusing on in my workouts:
Personal training: I decided to find a personal trainer who could recommend some exercises that would work well with my body. The woman I’ve been working with is wonderful and has had me doing plenty of cardio and resistance training.
BBG: I’m sure many of you are familiar with the BBG workouts from Kayla Itsines. These have been great to do a few days a week since they’re not exercises I do normally. I feel like I’m pushing my body to work different muscles each time.
Warm core yoga: One new workout I’ve been loving is warm yoga. I can’t handle hot yoga, but warm core yoga is a great way to sweat while tweaking those tiny muscles I never work.
Sprints: I couldn’t give up running totally. Instead of distance running, I’ve been doing some intense sprint workouts on my treadmill. Not only are the workouts shorter, but I am burning more calories after my workout than during distance running.
Spin: Lastly, I’ve been doing a lot of spin classes. Between Flywheel and utilizing the spin room at my gym, I’ve been spending a lot of time on the bike lately and loving it.
Now I want to hear what you’ve been doing lately! I’m always looking for fun new workouts to try. 🙂
If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, you’ve likely seen that I am participating in a contest at my office gym called The Biggest Winner. The concept is very similar to the tv show, The Biggest Loser. Basically it’s an 8-week contest to see who can lose the most body fat percentage. We weigh in each Tuesday and the gym officials keep track of our body fat weekly. While I know I’m not overweight by any means, it’s great motivation to clean up my diet and lean down before summer. So how am I planning to reduce my body fat over the next two months?
Count My Calories
I most likely won’t continue this the entire eight weeks, but plan to count my calories for the first week or so at least. This is mostly just to keep myself in check and to give me an idea of my portion sizes. For instance, I love to grab a handful of chocolate almonds after dinner. Now, I’m held accountable to take exactly one serving from the bag.
OK this may seem drastic, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. I’ve been running consistently for 16 years now and my joints need a break every now and then. Not only that, I’ve talked about how I tend to gain weight when running (especially long distances) on the blog before. Aside from some HIIT training, I plan to keep my running to a minimum… if I do any at all.
Try New Workouts
To keep my muscles guessing, I am going to try as many new and different workouts as possible. So far this week, I’ve done a power barre class (totally new to me!) and two spin classes. I am planning to do a yoga class tomorrow as well. This will force me to use different muscles regularly and to mix in cardio, strength and interval training.
Reduce Alcohol and Carbs
Ahh… my two bugaboos. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love both alcohol and carbs (technically the same thing I guess, but you get what I’m saying). I’m allowing myself to have a drink or two on the weekends, but am keeping my weekdays alcohol free. Carbs will also be kept to a minimum and will consist mostly of oatmeal, some fruit and whole wheat. This will be a challenge for me, but that’s how you see results!
Track My Steps
One way I stay motivated is by wearing a tracker of some sort every day. I personally wear this tracker (I received this tracker complimentary as an employee), but have tried several other ones and feel that each has their pros and cons. Wearing a tracker helps keep me accountable and reminds me to move throughout the day. It also tracks my sleep, so I can be sure I’m getting enough sleep consistently.
On Sunday, I ran my third half marathon and my second Rock N Roll Dallas half. I was approached by Toyota about a week and a half ago asking if I’d like to participate in the Rock N Roll half this weekend. Despite the fact that I’d taken a few weeks off running (and was focusing on other types of workouts), I immediately said yes. It’d been nearly four years since my last half marathon and I was way overdue for one!
Although I had little time to train, I made sure to get in one long run before the race. Last weekend, I ran 9.5 miles to make sure I could make it without any issues. I was still hesitant to have high hopes for the race on Sunday regarding my race time.
Fast forward to race day. Although temperatures were pretty low, it was perfect running weather. The course was absolutely incredible and I can’t stop thinking about some of the amazing views of Dallas I saw. I was born and raised in Dallas, so sometimes I forget how beautiful it can be!
I ended up running the entire race and only stopped to walk up one hill toward the end of the race. Considering I’d only trained for two weeks, I will call that a success. I ended up finishing with a time of 2:16:33, two minutes slower than the last time I ran this race. While this is nowhere near my PR, it still felt great to run another half marathon. And a special thanks to Toyota for letting me run on their behalf. I had such a great race.
*This post is sponsored by Toyota; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.