I awoke this morning feeling a little cranky. I’m not sure what was up with my ‘tude, but one my endorphins got going at the gym I started to feel more like myself.
Another 10 points for exercise!
My workout began with 20 minutes on the elliptical beside Ryan before hopping off to complete three sets of 15 repetitions of the following exercises:
- One legged squats (from seated to standing)
- Upright rows
- Bicep curls
- Tricep pulldowns
- Kettleball swings
- One legged leg extensions
- Front shoulder raises
On my way home from the gym I talked with Ryan about how I’ve been feeling about my workouts lately.
I really, really miss BodyPump.
Big surprise, I know.
That class totally rocked my body and left my muscles fatigued and tingling. It was the best feeling.
I wish my new gym offered BodyPump so bad but since BodyPump is not an option right now, Ryan suggested breaking up my weights workouts so I’m doing more exercises to target one specific muscle group at a time.
I think working out this way will help me feel like I’m really working my muscles to the core rather than just going through the motions.
There’s one issue with this new plan.
I like to be in and out of the gym in about an hour and I need to fit in two weekday five mile runs to stay on track with my half marathon training plan. I’d like to train every muscle group two times a week and this means weight training will overlap with my training runs twice a week.
I see some long workouts in my future but I’m kind of excited to shock the ol’ bod and try something new. I’ve been less than excited about my gym routine lately and I need a little spark!
My tentative plan?
- Monday: Lower body weights + Shoulders
- Tuesday: Arms + Chest + Back, 5-mile run
- Wednesday: Lower body weights + Shoulders
- Thursday: Arms + Chest + Back, 5-mile run
- Friday: Workout of my choosing (likely a circuit workout, yoga, workout DVD or group exercise class)
- Saturday: Long run
- Sunday: Off
I’m not exactly sure how I’ll work the running and weight training into my schedule on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but Ryan offered to do my runs with me after work since he wouldn’t mind getting in some weekday runs as well since he’ll also be running in the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon in November with me.
Still, I’m not crazy about the whole working out twice a day thing and would love to bang out my run and weights workouts in one swoop. We’ll see! Maybe I can… or maybe it’s time to invest in some weights for the house so I can do some exercises at home? Hmm.
I don’t want my half marathon training to feel like a burden – it’s only eight weeks after all – and will try my best to keep my running up along with regular weight training.
Whoa that ended up being a lot more wordy than I anticipated. I guess I had a lot of things to say about revamping my workouts, huh? Hope you’re still awake out there, friends!
I cannot wait to share this new recipe with you… once I perfect it.
Pumpkin protein pancakes! Err… pancake, since my batter ran together and formed into one gigantic pancake that I clearly had trouble flipping.
The recipe is so close to being sharable, but I want to do a little tweaking. It’s delicious with syrup, but right now I feel like it might be a little too dry without syrup. I like it as is, but I want to make sure it is delicious enough for the pickier eaters out there.
For what it’s worth, this little lady liked it a lot…
But she likes basically anything with pumpkin in it, so that may not be saying too much.
Before signing off for the morning, I just have to share with you that today is quite a big day for PBF!
More on that later!