This time last year, I was in the midst of training for the Hampton’s Half Marathon. At the time, my weeks were filled with 8, 9, 10, and even 11-mile workouts. But this year, I have no long-distance fall races planned. I’m giving my legs a nice little rest from any sort of serious racing. I’ve been devoting a lot of my time to yoga and only running 2 or 3 days per week.
I do miss those long runs a little bit, but right now, my focus is on getting stronger and staying injury free, so that when I’m ready to sign up for my next long distance race, I can train knowing I’ve created a strong running foundation that I can rely on. Right now, my legs feel better than ever. In addition to lots and lots of yoga, I’ve been incorporating HIIT workouts (like the one above, which I completed yesterday) and moderate intensity lower body strength training (see the “Lunchtime Lift” circuit workout below) into my exercise routine.
[My Instagram recap of yesterday's run around the reservoir.]
[Yesterday's running outfit: Lululemon compression shorts, Aerie racerback bra, and Saucony Kinvara 4's.]
Below is my lower-body strength workout from Tuesday. I’ve been dubbing my weekly weight-lifting sessions as the “Lunchtime Lift,” because I’ve been fitting them into my 1/2 hour lunch breaks. I’m lucky enough that I work at the gym, so I don’t have to factor in time for getting there and then back to work, which means I have just enough time to squeeze in a solid, kick-butt strength session like this one. If you workout efficiently, 25-30 minutes is really all you need. Plus, I’m not a huge fan of spending hours in the gym (I’d rather be blogging :P), so the “Lunchtime Lift” is a strategy that is proving to really work well for my goals and needs.
This circuit is great cross training for runners. It targets all of the major leg muscles and helps to build strength and endurance, which are both important factors for building speed and preventing injury. Plus, I threw some bicep curls in there for a little bit of upper body lovin’ too.
In addition to interval workouts, yoga, and “lunchtime lifting,” the one other super-important part of my training lately has been disconnecting. I spend a lot of time working on my phone (I’m typing this on it right now!) and my laptop. I feel like I’m always on social media. So for me (and I imagine anyone who spends prolonged periods of time with electronic devices), unplugging for an hour or so each day is essential to maintaining some inner peace.
It helps me to reduce stress and let’s me find time to indulge in other activities that I love, like reading, baking, and binge watching entire seasons of a show on Netflix. (Kidding about that last one. Sort of.) Separate from the time I spend exercising, I’ve been deliberately making a point of putting down my phone, closing up my laptop, and disconnecting for an hour or so.
[But before I do I have to announce it via Instagram with a Peace Sign Selfie.
Now, I wanna hear what’s going on in your life! Are you training for any races right now? What does your current workout routine look like? Do you prefer interval workouts or long distance runs? Chat with me in the comments section below!