Shaking Things Up!

I am boring.

Well, that’s a lie, (at least I hope it is, I hope I’m not a boring person) but my fitness routine is boring.

Before running I had spent a few years trying to find something I would enjoy and would stick with. The first thing I loved was Body Pump, but when paying for a gym membership didn’t fit into my budget I eventually shifted to running.

Initially, I was motivated to run because I didn’t want to die while running the 5k I had signed up for. That has since morphed into running because I enjoy it.

Which is great! I’m so glad that something I used to dread is now something I love. But that’s all I do. I run, I didn’t even stretch initially, mostly due to laziness.

I’ve remedied the no stretching thing (a fear of injury fixed that one real quick) but I still think the rest of my fitness routine needs to be seriously evaluated. My endurance is increasing, but my legs aren’t able to keep up they get tired long before I feel tired.

I also feel less flexible, and to be honest, as much as I love running it can be boring day after day even on my best weeks. So I’m going to shake things up!

  1. Interval training once a week. I started this two weeks ago and I really feel it’s made a huge difference. I’m going to continue this.
  2. Move during the day. I have an office job, and I sit for far too long during the day. My coworker challenged me to walk up and down the six flights of stairs in my building once every hour, or eight times a day. I’m going to try to do that for the next month and then reevaluate whether to continue.
  3. Yoga I enjoyed the yoga classes I took and now my boyfriend is interested in taking a yoga class with me. I’d like to get some of the flexibility back that I lost from running.
  4. Strength training. I hate strength training, so so much. I just get so bored! So I’m going to experiment with things here until I find what I like. I found some body weight exercises which I think may be the best place to start for me. I also need to work on my upper body. My legs have gotten toned and my arms are flabby, it’s a problem.

 

Obviously, I’ll be documenting my process here and I wouldn’t be surprised if this list changes over time. Any suggestions you have feel free to share. Let me know how you keep exercise fun and interesting.

I Gave Yoga a Try…

I feel like I’m finally back in the swing of things since spraining my ankle, YAY! I was worried on Monday that the storm that blew through Maryland would ruin my chances of getting a run in. I almost didn’t change into my running gear after work but at the last minute decided I might as well, besides shorts, a t-shirt and sneakers are way more comfortable than a button up shirt, skirt and heels!

Well the sky cleared up right when I reached the park and I was able to get a great run in, one of my best in a very long time! Plus on my run I saw a groundhog. I was disappointed I didn’t have my phone on me so I ran back to my car to get it hoping he would still be there when I returned, and he was! While I was at it, I had to take some selfies as well!

groundhog running

Even though I only went running one time last week it was for a good reason! The Yoga Center of Columbia was offering introductory yoga classes for my favorite price, FREE! I signed up for two classes, runner’s yoga and a basic Yoga 1. I’ve been feeling like I need to introduce more stretching and cross training into my schedule and this was the perfect way to get started.

I had never taken a yoga class before this so I had no idea what to expect before going in, but yoga involves comfy clothes so I was all about it! Each class was a great introduction to pretty basic poses and I learned a lot.

Overall, I preferred the runner’s yoga over the yoga 1 class, which makes sense, seeing as I’m a runner. The class focused more on the lower body, and it felt so good! Plus when I went running the next day I could definitely tell a difference.

I wish I could afford to sign up for yoga classes at the studio, it’s so convenient to where I live and the classes I took were great, but unfortunately part of the reason I run is because it’s cheap and doesn’t require a gym membership. However, now that I at least took a couple actual yoga classes I’m a bit more confident about doing it on my own at home. Plus who knows, maybe in the future my budget will allow for it and I’ll know exactly where to go!

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Non Scale Victory Friday!

It’s FRIDAY! It’s been a busy, but good, week for me. I’m going to jump right into my Non Scale Victories for the week.

1. I’ve been wanting to get my boater’s license for a while so I could learn to drive my boyfriend’s jet skis. Last week I finally did, and this week I drove a jet ski for the first time! I was a bit nervous, but I didn’t do too badly. Nobody was injured so I’ll count it as a success. After trying my hand at jet skiing my boyfriend took over and we rode around the bay eventually ending up in North Beach, which is right by my hometown in Calvert County. That was an unexpected detour.

2. On Tuesday I got back to running and right when I was starting ran into some friends of mine that were waiting for their running group. I ended up joining them, because why not? I’m glad I did. I don’t usually like running in groups. I prefer solo runs and going at my own pace. However, running with them helped to keep me motivated at times when I may have given up if I were on my own

3. Columbia Yoga Center by my house was offering yoga classes this week for my favorite price, FREE. I’ve been wanting to get try some cross training and I thought this was the perfect opportunity. I did a runner’s yoga and a basic yoga I class and I really enjoyed both. Look out for a blog post about the classes.

That’s all for now! I’m excited for the weekend, I’ll be going to Virginia Wine Country for some rest, relaxation and my favorite thing: WINE! Leave your own Non-Scale Victories in the comments below!