Few, what a whirlwind week! Life has been so crazy that my focus really hasn’t been on training. That being said, I did manage to keep plugging along.. I’m hoping going forward training will be able to take more of a priority. Oh, and just because.. a little peek at my weekend in photos : )
I really love fall.
Fit Articles of the Week: Five Things I’ve Learned from Fifteen Years of Racing via Miss Zippy‘s guest post on Fit Happy Mama
Fit Tip of the Week: The key to efficient breathing when you swim is to begin exhaling through your nose or mouth as soon as you finish breathing in. [Source: Breathe easier during exercise from Fitness Magazine]
Running Song of the Week:
Week of September 2nd
Monday — 1/2 mile swim, random ab session with my roommate
We squeezed in a 1/2 mile swim right before the thunderstorms Monday morning. Good thing too because I really needed a pick me up. For the first time ever, this swim felt hard. My muscles felt like jelly and my lungs were definitely breathing harder than usual. I’m not sure if it was from all the lack of sleep (anyone else sick of this story line yet???) or the long run the right before, but it sure was a workout! Either way, it was good to get out there.
Later in the day after I got back to my apartment, I started doing abs with my roommate. I literally have no idea how it even happened.. one minute we were talking, the next minute we were talking while doing abs.. apparently having roommates is a good influence on me!
Tuesday — early morning meditation (10 mins) + yoga/foam rolling, 20-minute lunchtime walk
I’m going to include meditation in these recaps since it’s an intention for September. I woke up naturally at 4:45am (ugh) so I had plenty of time to do everything and anything. I started out with 10 minutes of meditation, setting a timer on my phone. I kept repeating over and over to myself that I hear the noises/bangs outside, but they don’t bother me. Surprisingly, the 10 minutes flew by. Then I followed up with a little yoga, stretching and foam rolling.
During lunch I had to get out but it was way to humid to run so I took a 20 minute walk. It helped wake me up a little.
Wednesday — 3 mile morning run, 1/2 mile afternoon swim
For the first time since moving, I woke up Wednesday morning at 6am FROM my alarm! I felt great and finally had enough energy for a morning run. The run went smoothly (I made sure to warm up and run the first mile slower than normal) the only problem was that I kept stopping to take photos. I need to leave my camera phone at home next time!
Then after work, I met Kelly + Eric for another swim, two in one week! It was such a gorgeous night, hopefully not our last sans-wetsuit!
Thursday — 2 mile morning run
Let’s just say I didn’t sleep well and that made this run HARD. So hard that I feel like I shouldn’t even count this as a run because I was probably walking the majority of the time. Sigh.
Friday — Rest
I work 7-3 on Fridays and then BC TAILGATE was Friday night so this was a much needed “rest” day.. though I’d argue it was anything other than restful : )
Saturday — at home yoga
Sunday — at home yoga and lots of foam rolling!
I feel like this week is a good summary of what my workouts have been looking like this summer: short little workouts squeezed in throughout the day/week. Gone are the days that I could devote an hour every day to going to the gym or run early in the AM day after day without warming up. Maybe they’ll be back someday.
I had a bit too much fun this weekend so I didn’t manage anything more than yoga, stretching and foam rolling. I’m okay with that though because my legs needed a rest. I stupidly wore flip flops Friday night to the game and my legs (ie. shins, knees, hips) are still paying for it. Hoping to get back to running today!
Do you usually try to squeeze in bits of activity throughout the day or get your workout all in at once?