Nearly every morning as Ryan and I walk to the gym, we ask each other what our workout plans are that day. On Tuesday and Thursday, I always say “just cardio,” which prompts him to ask me what specific cardio workout I have in mind.
My answer is almost always the same. “I’m not sure yet. We’ll see how I’m feeling.”
Though I love having a plan as I walk into the gym, I am also a fan of not having a plan and doing whatever workout I want to do based on how I’m feeling that day. This can backfire on me because I’ll slack off sometimes if I’m feeling mentally out of it, but it can also work really well and make me complete a really challenging workout when I’m feeling more energetic.
After 20 minutes on the elliptical beside Ryan, we parted ways and I hopped on the treadmill, dug through my little wristlet of go-to workouts and selected and incline run workout that I ripped out of a SELF magazine back in September.
I tweaked the incline run workout a bit and ended up completing this 30-minute workout:
As I started this workout, I figured it wouldn’t be too challenging. Well, I was wrong.
Once the incline got up to level 13 I was seriously huffin’ and puffin’. My chest was tight and I was working hard. I haven’t really pushed myself in the gym in a few weeks so it felt good to kick my own butt a little bit. I walked home from the gym feeling like I got in a great workout. Score!
After a super sweaty incline interval run, nothing sounded better to me this morning than a cold, creamy smoothie.
In today’s mix:
- 1 1/2 c. almond milk
- 1/2 c. vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 small frozen banana
- 1 tbsp. peanut butter
- 1 handful fresh spinach
I slurped this baby down in 2.5 seconds flat.
Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work I go!