My Week in Workouts

Well, it’s been week one of what’s becoming the new normal as we deal with COVID-19. Although, once we get used to “normal” things change. It’s a bumpy ride for sure that has me feeling all the emotions. With all the uncertainty, I’m thankful that I have running and exercise in my life. Those two outlets have been great for processing and keeping things in perspective. Without further ado, here’s my week in workouts.

Monday

30 minutes Recumbent Bike

20 minute walk with Max

25 minutes Strength Training

10 burpees

My gym was still open on Monday but I opted for a home workout to do my part to flatten the curve. Oh man. I forgot how hard it is to get into the flow of an at-home workout. I mean, I did it for 7 years faithfully but not that it’s been almost 3 years of gym workouts, it’s hard to find that same motivation. My downfall is that I didn’t plan ahead of what I was going to do so I ended up winging it. I still had a great workout but I wasn’t pleased with how choppy it was. Mental note to self: plan the workout ahead of time!

I also started my own 30 day burpee challenge…because why not? Every day I’ll be increasing the amount of burpees by 2. Day 1 was 10…holy cow. I forgot how much I hate burpees.

Tuesday

6.42 mile run with Max, 8:31 avg/pace, 340 ft elev gain

12 burpees

My usual Tuesday trail schedule has been derailed now that my kids are out of school for at least the next 3 weeks. Instead of trail time, I got some Max miles. Since it was my 42nd birthday, I did 6.42 miles (4 + 2, 42) and added more pizazz with 2 mins on, 2 mins off fun. I know, I sure know how to party! I had to find some fun in the day because let me tell ya, having a birthday when everyone is self-distancing, in quarantine and the restaurants are all closed is no fun!

Wednesday

42 minute Strength Training

3 mile run with the whole fam

14 burpees

Day #2 of basement workouts went a little better. I had my plan and got to work.

Don’t be jealous of my sweet basement workout space. ๐Ÿ™‚

Work was mentally exhausting from questions, concerns and overall uncertainty of what’s going to happen in the near future. I purposely saved my run till after work to enjoy some movement. I ran with Ron and Max while the kids rode their bikes. Maybe I’ll make Ron into a runner after all of this? Haha…I don’t know but it’s fun trying! And I can’t believe I didn’t get photo evidence of this monumental occasion. Goes to show where my brain was.

Thursday

7 mile road run, 9:40 avg/pace, 938 elev gain

50 minutes yoga

16 burpees

I met up with Kyle to run to our favorite mega hill for super duper special hill repeats. Jen and Kevin met us there to make it a social distancing party. To be honest, hill repeats are perfect for social distance. We all run at different paces to we just natural separate! Kyle and I did 6 puke-worthy repeats before a 2 mile easy cool down. I’m so thankful for running during all of this to help work out my anger, frustrations, and fears. And for friends who help with talk/run therapy.

Later in the day, the kids and I had P.E. Today it was yoga which I think I enjoyed more than them. At least I got them to do some of it!

Friday

Rest day except for 18 burpees!

Saturday

6.1 trail miles, 10:51 avg pace, 441 ft elev gain

20 burpees

Oh man. I felt teary eyed driving to the trail head thinking about the past few days. When I met up with Jen, we both started to vent and let every emotion spew out while running. It was one of those runs where it just felt good to talk, laugh, and know that you we’re all in this together.

It was also one of those runs where a good ol’ runner buddy hug would have been perfect. And I’m not even a big hugger! But…we opted for air high 5’s from a distance. Sigh. One day we’ll get back there.

Sunday

12 mile trail run, 12:29 avg/pace, 907 ft elev gain

22 burpees

I was feeling 0% motivated Sunday morning. Originally I was going to run some roads and trails solo but at the last minute I texted Anya and asked what she was doing. Her original plan didn’t fit what I wanted for mileage so I went back to my plan. But then things flipped and she could run with me. I canned my road plans and met her and Linda at one of our usual trails. With plenty of time to spare because none of us had any pressing engagements thanks to social distancing, we did some runsploring on new to us trails. I’m so glad we did because they were amazing! We got a solid 6 miles on new dirt before finishing up on our usual trails.

Despite the trail head lot being packed, we only saw three other people and were able to keep plenty of distance between us.

Thank goodness we have the outdoors, running, and friends to help during this time.

So tell me, how are you? Like for real…doing ok?

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8 At-Home Workouts When Your Gym is Closed

It’s a weird time in the world right now. We are being told to “self distance” ourselves from others. Everything is shutting down including our local gyms. If you are like me, you are scrambling to find at home workouts for when your gym is closed…which looks like it will be for awhile.

I’m no stranger to at home workouts. For years I had a gym membership and then I got put on modified bed rest 30 weeks pregnant with twins. I cancelled my gym membership and didn’t renew it for 7 years. I loved working out in my basement. It wasn’t fancy. I had a few basic pieces of equipment that suited my needs. But then I got a gym membership. For the past 3 years, I’ve been a faithful 2-3x/week gym goer. I’ll admit, it’s been tough getting back into the habit of home workouts. I got spoiled at the gym! Never fear. I’ve got us all covered. I combed through the archives of my blog and found some great minimal to no equipment necessary workouts for everyone to enjoy. Times are tough but now is not the time to scrap your workout. Even a short 20 minute burst of sweat action will lift your mood. Stay strong and stay well, friends!

Before we get to the workouts, remember to always be sure to do a 10-15 minute warm up before beginning the workout. Follow it up with an additional 5-10 minutes of easy movement for a cool down.

Here’s a collection of 8 at home workouts that require little or no equipment.

Two-a-day-workouts: Now that we’ve got all this time, it’s the perfect time for day a days! What I have found that works well for me is to get a run (or cross training on the bike, etc) in the morning. Then in the evening, Iโ€™ll find time after the kidโ€™s have gone to bed to squeeze out some strength moves. Rather than being sprawled out on the couch, Iโ€™ll do lunges, planks, balance work, etc. Multitasking at itโ€™s best!

What have you been doing for home workouts?

How are you coping with our new normal?

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My Week in Workouts

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A part of me was not planning on posting about my week in workouts this week. I mean, what’s going on in the US and the world right now with COVID-19 is a lot more important than how I sweated last week.

But then, I started thinking that even though things are so far from normal right now, I want to keep the normal things in my life that I can control. So workout sharing will continue. And you can probably expect at home workout ideas to follow. I’m staying away from the gym and will be trying to navigate Ron working from home (some days) and me heading into work (as of now at least) while homeschooling our kids.

It’s an uncertain time for sure but stay strong, talk to your friends and family with your worries and keep on keeping on.

Monday

10 min Arc Trainer warm up

30 min Stepmill intervals

Mobility + strength training

I woke up to a little soreness in my quads thanks to the last 1/2 mile of Sunday’s run. We took the super steep road DOWN to the trailhead lot which promptly trashed my quads. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel on the Stepmill but after an easy warm up on the Arc Trainer I felt better than expected. I still took the intensity on the lower side for the Stepmill for at least 15 minutes before I felt good to crank it up.

Tuesday

6 mile trail run, 11:42 avg/pace, 438 ft elev gain

It was another Microspike free trail run! I know I said it last week but it feels amazing to run spike free. Jen, Jess, Anya and I (The J’s and A’s!) hit up the relatively dry for this time of year trails. We had a few wet spots but surprisingly not that much mud. Don’t worry…it’s still early. Mud season is just kicking up.

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FYI – I’ll let you guess what’s going on in this picture. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wednesday

4.5 mile treadmill run, 8:13 avg/pace

Strength training

In an effort to save time, I ran on the treadmill at the gym before hitting the weights. I thought about running outside from the gym but that would have meant waking up earlier and feeling rushed to get everything done. If I ran on the treadmill, I didn’t have to put more clothes on/take off.

In all honesty, I didn’t mind running on the treadmill. I did a 5-4-3-2-1 workout with 3 min recovery in between. It was actually fun! What I did mind is how long 5 minutes can feel when you pick up the pace! Holy cow. The first time I looked at the timer, I had only run 90 seconds. Jeez! I swear time slows when on a treadmill. And also sweat increases by 1000%. True story.

Thursday

5.5 mile road run with Kyle, 8:46 avg/pace, 476 ft elev gain

1.7 mile cool down run with Max

Morning Flow Yoga

Nothing says GOOD MORNING like cranking up the pace on the hills and recovering on the downhills/flats. Although I will say, hills really screw up our catching up time. It’s hard to chat while gasping for air!

Later on, I hit the yoga studio for some mat time. I’m so glad I went! Charlene hit up all of my tight spots. I walked out of the studio feeling at least 5 inches taller. Always a good sign!

And then later that day, it seemed like reality exploded and the realness of social distancing and everything being closed was to become our new normal.

Friday

rest day!

Saturday

4.56 mile mountain run, 93 minutes, 1,472 ft elev gain

Kyle and I had been planning this mountain run date since early February. Originally, Ron and the kids were going to tag along and ski/board at Gunstock while Kyle and I ran. But then by Friday evening, I started to see other ski mountains closing early because of COVID-19 precautions. Ron and I decided they’d stay home and I’d meet Kyle but would stay out of the lodge and only run the trails.

We met up with two other friends and headed out. However, Jenny and I were the only ones who brought our Microspikes. I knew there was still going to be ice in spots but the other ladies wanted to try even if it meant sliding on their butts to get around ice.

Holy cow! That was one treacherous run even WITH spikes. I fell twice with my spikes on. It was sheer ice which meant very, very slow going. Ultimately, Kyle and Sarah aborted the run because of the ice and ended up running down a ski run. Not the safest thing but much safer than trying to get down with all the ice.

FYI – it was Jenny’s first EVER mountain run! If you remember, she just started trail running in January. She was so funny when she said, “This may be an everyday occurrence for you guys but I’m feeling like a major badass right now!” Hahaha! I clearly remember having those same feelings on my first mountain run too.

Sunday

11.25 mile road run, 9:07 avg pace, 601 ft elev gain

I didn’t have a ton of time available so I opted for a road run. Thankfully, Kyle was planning on an early road run too. We ran for about 8 miles together before I peeled off and finished on my own.

I was feeling a little beat up later in the day and observed to Ron that even though I ran 10.4 miles last week on the trail (which took 2+ hours), I felt so much better than after 11.25 miles (1 hr 40 min) on the road. That shows that even road runners should hit the trails, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

How was your week in workouts?

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