August 21, 2013
When I first started running and was serious about getting back into a workout schedule, I found the motivation to be a lot easier than it is today. I signed up for races and had a training schedule that told me when and for how long to run. I joined a gym that had a class schedule that I followed in order to make my monthly payments worthwhile. Since then, without a training or gym class schedule to follow, I’ve been trying to figure out different ways to get myself motivated to put in the miles. The recent move and tough summer resulted in completely undisciplined workout schedules and basically getting it in when I could-so on top of trying to figure out a good routine, I was also working against my lack of motivation and definite loss of endurance – i.e. the idea of putting in even a few miles on the treadmill was enough to make me want to quit before even starting. So I started out slow, focused a bit more on lifting, which I honestly enjoy and took an active re-interest in creating fun and nutritious meals, while slowly working the cardio back into piece by piece.
All of this to say, that even though I’m not motivated to just run 3-4 miles straight as my workout, I AM getting in my mileage. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with running intervals and breaking them up with a lifting set. Not only is this helping to keep me from losing focus or getting bored, its also a good way to incorporate lifting and work on endurance/speed. It’s a lot easier for me to sprint a shorter segment than try to maintain a faster pace for a whole run. Plus, it lets me focus on certain muscle groups on different nights. So, I started out with running quarter mile segments between lifting sets, and tacking on a mile or so afterwards, then I upped it to half mile segments with a walk to finish. Last night, my workout looked something like this:
Run: 1 mile
Lift: Squats + calf raises x10
Lunges x5 forward and rear lunges per side
DB Bench press + butt lifts -x10
DB leg curls – x10
Repeat for 3 miles.
See? Still getting in my mileage and still working hard. Even though I didn’t get in a solid 4-5 mile run, (or hell, even a 3 mile run) – I sprinted the last few minutes of my final mile and enjoyed that exercise high that you can get when you push yourself pretty hard and you break that peak of endorphins. Its moments like that, that I remember why I’m working so hard to get back into a schedule, on top of all the other benefits – sometimes it just feels good to kick some ass