I’m following a non-training plan to keep myself moving when I’m not training for a race. Here’s what I did last week:
50 minutes of yoga — this Tara Stiles video. Tara Stiles founded Strala, which is the yoga studio I fell in love with while trying ClassPass. (I decided to stop using ClassPass for now, since I feel like I need to take tons of classes to make the most of it, and I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on myself.)
30 minutes of weights — this routine at the gym.
4-mile run around my neighborhood.
20 minutes of weights — this video. I overslept a bit and didn’t have time to go to the gym, so I tried a random video at home and it was OK. I still didn’t have time to finish even that!
6.75-mile trail run. I wore my new Hoka One One Challenger ATR trail shoes for the first time and loved them! They are so cushy and absorb all the rocks and roots so I don’t even feel them. Also, this is the longest trail run I’ve done so far!
I randomly bought these shoes after doing no more than 30 minutes of online research and finding nothing but good things about them. Competitor named the Challenger ATR the 2015 trail shoe of the year! What’s more, my local REI had one pair of the pink/green color I wanted left in stock, and it was my size!! Fate, I tell you.
3.5-ish mile hike. We hiked Little Si with my dad and brother for Father’s Day, but Aaron and I had to turn back before we reached the top so we could meet Aaron’s dad and stepmom for dinner. I don’t know for sure how much of the 4.7-mile (round-trip) trail we hiked, but we were on the trail for a solid two hours! It was beautiful, and not too difficult.
Overall, I feel good about my activity level last week. I think I did a good variety of workouts so I didn’t feel burned out on doing any one thing.
I loooved starting Monday with yoga to stretch my muscles after a weekend of running and to center myself before the start of a new week. By Wednesday, I was really excited to run, and by the weekend, I was really excited to run again. I can see this being a sustainable workout plan.
The one thing I struggled with last week was waking up at 5:00 a.m. each morning to exercise. I didn’t adjust my bedtime to correspond to earlier wake-ups, so I got less than seven hours of sleep each night (which is very little for me) and I really felt the effects by Thursday (hence oversleeping). By Friday, I was more than ready to sleep in until 6:00 — OK, more like 6:30!
I love waking up early to exercise before work so I have my evenings free, but I need to be more diligent about getting to bed earlier so I get enough sleep.
One trick that I think will help is to read a few pages of my book instead of looking at my phone right before bed. I’ve been reading The Goldfinch for what feels like forever, and I really need to finish the freakin’ thing! Reading always makes me sleepy at night, so I’ll kill two birds with one stone. 🙂