A Cut-Back Week and Where Did Spring Go?

Last week I shared some of my thoughts on running lately, and how I have found myself in a bit of a slump, feeling like I haven’t been making the progress I would like to see. It was really helpful to read all the comments and hear about other runners’ experiences with this. It sounds like we all go through ups and downs with our running, sometimes due to life, and other times the causes are not so apparent. While I am sure that my body is responding to my workouts different now (at 32) than it did when I was 22, it doesn’t mean I still can’t improve and train hard, I’ll just need to adjust based on how I am feeling. 

Anyway, this did end up being a cut-back week and I think I needed it. However, last week was also a stressful week at work, and usually during weeks like that I turn to running to help me get through it. Sunday was a nice, relaxing day off from running which I definitely needed! Not sure what this upcoming week will bring, but I did come up with a schedule that I can always modify based on what the week brings. 

weekly workout recap

Monday: Strength training- I actually pulled up a Body Pump workout on YouTube, and kept my weight really light since I haven’t done this kind of workout since last June. It definitely left me sore for a few days! I finished up with 8 minute abs (how hysterical is this video?! I usually stick with planks and stability ball exercises for core work but this type of workout leaves my abs burning in a different way, so I thought I would add it back in from time to time.)

Tuesday: 4.2 miles easy, core and glute exercises

Wednesday: 6.23 miles with 2 x 1.5 miles at 7:30 pace, 8 minute abs  

Thursday: 3.32 miles easy, Pure Barre Tone in 10 for arms and abs

st patricks day run

Friday: 4.3 miles and this strength workout that Meredith talked about last week!

Saturday: 7.3 miles…this was a dreary morning for running, and I wasn’t really feeling it. I said to Rob before I headed out that if the weather were more spring-like that I would be much more excited to get out there. Although there was nothing “bad” about the weather (38 degrees and cloudy) I was just really in the mood for sunshine and warmer temps. 

sunday

Sunday: Rest day  (did this 35 minute yoga video and went for a walk)

Total: 25.35 miles

Walked: 21 miles  Push-ups: 4 days

Yearly Total: 481/2016

I think between the cooler/rainy weather and the time change, this week made me feel like spring was gone and winter had come back. We even had snow on Saturday (although it didn’t amount to anything- but initially they were calling for several inches!) At least this week looks like it will be a bit sunnier, and warmer by the end of the week. 

Do you like to do workout videos on YouTube?

How were your workouts last week?

Has spring arrived where you live?

weeklywrap

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6 thoughts on “A Cut-Back Week and Where Did Spring Go?

  1. I do like workout videos on YouTube. There us is one guy (“TheZeusFitness”) who does workouts that are just killer, or at least they are for me. I did one of his full body workouts last week and I was sweating like crazy in just 2 minutes (maybe less) … he included all of the lunges, squats and burpees!

    https://www.youtube.com/user/TheZeusFitness

    This weekend was ridiculously hot here, but I think we’re going to cool down tomorrow for about 48 hours. I’m looking forward to it because I had forgotten just how hot the mid 80s feel!
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  2. I can’t believe you got snow! After how mild winter was it seem like it’s just throwing out all the stops to stick around. It’s all rain, rain, rain here.
    I love YouTube for Pilates videos. It’s so much easier to stream a workout video from a phone then bring a laptop and DVD to the gym. Glad you enjoyed a cutback week – hopefully you enjoy some good spring runs this week!
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