Mar 15, 2015

Sunday Sweats - Getting Into It

Image found on Greatist who borrowed it from

This quote was one I've been thinking about lately, in more areas than just exercise, so I'm glad I found it!  There's never really an optimal time to make life decisions.  Life is always going to be busy (if we let it) and things are going to keep on coming, so sitting around waiting for "the right time" is pointless.  If you really want something, make it a priority and find a way to fit it into your life.  I suppose I should stop being a bum and make my own pretty quote pictures, but since I have yet to do it (quite obviously not making it a priority :P), I figured I might as well share the images I've found that have been inspiring.  It's a nice way to start off the week, no?

Anyway, on to the workouts!  Here's what I did...

Weekly Workouts

Monday - Strength Training

A quick lunchtime workout with curls, triceps, around-the-worlds, and what I call my "ankle rehab" stretches, which typically consists of some balancing stuff, calf and shin raises, "writing the alphabet,"and a bunch of other things I don't have names for.

Tuesday - 30 Min Biking, Strength Training

Actually got up early and biked!  I was up at 4am!!  It was crazy!!!  (But then I still managed to be late to work because I puttered around in the kitchen doing dishes and making steamed broccoli and hard boiled eggs.  I don't know what my problem is.)  Another lunchtime workout, this time pull downs, military press, and ankle rehab.

Wednesday - 30 Min Biking, 15 Min Yoga

Biked first thing in the morning and did about 15 minutes of stretching and random yoga poses from various videos.  I really like spinal twists - they make my back feel amazing!  Downward dog I like a lot less, because my upper body is so wimpy.  After about 30 seconds, my arms start to shake from holding myself up but I'm tired of struggling so much with it so I'm trying to get more practice in for that pose.

Thursday - 15 Min Biking, 2 Mile Run w/Incline

Despite a late night, my body woke me up at 5:30am and I got a quick bike ride in with some stretching/basic yoga.  The run was awesome!  Just a little short one to test out my ankle, but it was pain free and it felt good!!!  Lots of ankle rehab afterwards, just to make sure.

Friday - Nada

Have I mentioned Fridays are a pretty low-motivation day?

Saturday - 30 Min Biking

I was supposed to run, but hey!  At least I did something, right?

Sunday - 45 Min Pilates, 3 Mile Run w/Incline

Kicked ass, sea bass!  Sunday is yoga/pilates day, but since I didn't run Saturday, I figured I'd make it up.  Pilates went great - I'm starting to be able to attempt some of the more ridiculous "plank while waving your legs around, balancing, and working your core muscles" type things.  And even after that workout, I was able to get through my 3 miles fairly easily and my ankle didn't hurt.  Booyah!  (Oh, and Strider was killing it, as usual.  How you doin'?)

Total Weekly Mileage: 5
Total Hours Exercised: 5h


The things I struggled with:
  • Feeling tired and stressed from the never-ending to do list.
  • Having energy to do things after work.


The better moments:
  • Morning workouts!  Thursday was the best example - I was running on 4.5 hours of sleep but I felt energized and generally awesome.
  • Running without pain!  Fingers crossed this becomes the norm again.
  • New shoes.  <3

Thoughts Going Into Next Week

Alyssa suggested a couple things for me to try with the ankle issues, so I bought some compression socks ($60 - my goodness!  More expensive than most of my shirts).  I'm also going to give toe shoes a try.  I've read quite a bit about barefoot running and, at the bare (tee hee) minimum, I'd like to at least do some walking/light jogging with the new shoes to strengthen my feet.  Not gonna lie, though, having my toes separated like that is weird.  I was never much of a fan of toe socks and this is even more extreme!

How did your workouts go this week?  Have you ever tried barefoot running or minimal shoes?

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  1. I am just not motivated when the weather is yucky

  2. what shoes did you get? KC used to be super into barefoot running and would run in 5 fingers, trouble was he didn't take it easy and just kept running like he was (7 minute miles, 5 miles daily with a 10+ miler on the weekend) and of course he ended up injuring himself - he hasn't run in 5 years. don't hurt yourself! meanwhile, i need new shoes.
    good for you for getting up, seriously, it's the best feeling once you drag your butt out of bed.

  3. That is such a perfect quote!!! And so very true!! I need some new running shoes real bad. I think we are budgeting them in to next month! I hate picking out stuff like that, such a big decision. Also, I am so with you on morning workouts giving you energy. I was freaking exhausted this morning..did not want to get up whatever so ever. Dragged butt down to the treadmill and hopped on and half way through I really started waking up!! I love my morning work outs :)


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