Happy Monday, everyone!
Today I’m enjoying having no real plans or things to do, besides baking a loaf of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread. I have to say, having Mondays off work is kind of awesome.
It’s most definitely Fall in Flagstaff. The leaves are changing, the electric blanket is on our bed, and I even caved and turned the heater on in the morning a few times this week. I definitely felt the chill in the early mornings. With that said, let’s take a look at this week’s workouts! This was the last week of just running–no planned workouts or distances. The only thing I had nailed down was a 6 mile run on Sunday.
Monday – 3 easy miles with Rudy (8:32 avg)
I wasn’t planning on running on Monday, but I had the day off work and Rudy was begging for a walk. I figured if I was going to take him on a long walk, I might as well slog through a few miles. I took him on the trail near our house and once we hit dirt, I let him off leash to chase squirrels and pee on every bush, while I followed behind him and enjoyed the beautiful day. Considering I was recovering from a Very Vegas Weekend, my legs felt pretty good.
Tuesday – Cardio Barre Fusion workout + 15min NTC Alpha Ab workout
After I hurt my foot, I was looking for a good workout with low impact. Enter Cardio Barre Fusion. It has a great arm workout and my legs always feel like jell-o afterwards. It’s easy to do at home–it requires almost no equipment. I use 2.5 lb weights for the arm portion, and one of our kitchen chairs for the rest.
I also did the 15 minute Alpha Ab workout from Nike Training Club. I LOVE the this app. If you haven’t heard of it before, you’re welcome. I first heard about it from Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers, about a year ago (I *think*). Anyway, it’s a great tool for cross-training workouts. It has various workouts for any number of specific goals and various intensities. I like to utilize their 15 minute “Get Focused” workouts for after a quick run or to supplement a different workout. Download it. You can thank me later.
Wednesday– 3.5 miles (8:17 avg)
The only thing I can say about this run is that it was COLD. I had to bust out my cold weather gear, and it was only the second day of October! It was 32* out when I hit the pavement….it’s going to take me a while to get used to the cold again.
Thursday – Off
I wasn’t planning on taking a rest day, but when my alarm went off, all I could think about was more sleep. I decided to give in and nestled back into bed for 40 extra minutes of blissful sleep.
Friday – 4 miles (8:26 avg)
I had to close the gallery Friday night, which meant I got to run when the sun was up! I headed out the door about 7:30am and it was still only 21* out. I did a hillier route that took me through my old neighborhood and then into the woods to circle back out by our house. It was a beautiful, crisp morning and I had a great time just running in the sun.
Saturday – Another strength workout was on the agenda for today. I took inspiration from this workout from Tina‘s blog. It was a tough one! It only took me about 20 minutes, but I was beat–and SO sore from the push-ups! My arms still hurt.
Sunday – 6 miles
My Garmin died mid-way through my run, so I don’t have any stats for it. It was a beautiful day–mid 70s and not a cloud in the sky. I ran comfortably, with no other goal than to finish the 6 miles. I know I slowed down the last couple of miles..my legs were definitely starting to feel fatigued, but it was a good run on a beautiful Sunday morning.
This week I plan on re-introducing speed workouts and more specific weekly milage goals. While I love going out to just run, it’ll feel good to have some more specific goals to hit!
Tell me! How was your week of workouts?