The Running Free

“You’re running free, as only you would be if you never owed them anything. And now you’ve found your way out, in the trust you’ve seen your path on home.”-Coheed and Cambria

If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that I work out like a fiend. Most days I try to hit the gym twice a day: in the morning for cardio and at night for weight lifting. Since forfeiting my final race of the fall season, I’ve been trying to develop a new plan to help keep me active in the cold, weather months. Getting up at 4:30am to be at the gym by 5am is never easy, but it gets even tougher when it’s 30 degrees outside. So to keep me focused, I decided to create a new plan of action to keep me from getting bored and burnt out. Although I didn’t complete my last race, I still want to keep up the level of endurance I gained by training for it. I’ll be starting out my mornings with between 45-60 minutes of  intense cardio endurance training.  I plan to run 3-4 days out of the week, as well as do indoor cycling/spin at least 3 days a week. Most of the time I enjoy using my own spin routines that I’ve created, but there are times when I enjoy sitting in on the classes at the gym. I’ve found on instructor that I really enjoy at Sweat. In terms of my running schedule, I try to alternate my running workouts between tempo runs, long runs, hill intervals, and speed intervals.

Because I’ll have more time to incorporate weight training into my schedule, I’ll be getting back with my old trainer to give me my work out logs from my old training days. I was at my physical peak when I had a someone who was properly educated on all the ways to kick my butt. Luckily for me, both of my trainers were good friends and always loved trying out new routines on me. Just like I used to, I’ll be alternating upper and lower body every other day during the week, and rest from weight training during the weekend. One thing I’m going to try to incorporate more into my weekly routine is yoga. There’s a studio a few blocks from my apartment that does a yoga class designed to help runners. I went a few times last year before I moved to the neighborhood and loved it. My goal is to do yoga twice a week to supplement the rest of my training. I know that rest days are just as important as training days, but I’m not the kind of girl who actively enjoys resting. Unless I’m feeling absolutely awful, I rarely find a reason to not work out. Maybe the more I do yoga, the more I’ll enjoy rest and changing things up a bit.

I’m planning a few posts that give you some more insight into each of these workouts. Stay tuned for that soon!

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