Not Feeling My Run Game

Maybe because I’m not specifically training for a running race. Or maybe its because it’s summer but I have been talking myself out of running lately.

I should be training for GAC more but oh well. That does not mean I’ve been totally slacking at (my fitness) life thought. Cross training is a savior when you want to shake up your routine. Whether you are in a running slump (like me) or just want to incorporate different activities in your life.

Here are some cross training actives I love:

Hiking

shawnee

I love being outdoors and I love a good challenge so hiking is right up my alley. Oh, and SL proposed while on a hike so hiking holds a very special place in my heart.

Biking

triathlon set up

Another great option to keep in shape while in a running slump. Your legs get a killer workout without the joint impact that comes with running. This isn’t a great “biking” picture but it’s the only one I could find. Note to self: Take more pix while biking (despite the whole helmet thing.)

Swimming

swim

I am practically a mermaid so swimming is usually my go to. Banging out laps is a great full body workout but if you can’t swim (like SL) then don’t jump in on my account, just pick another way to cross train.

Yoga

beach yoga

Ahhh…I loved yoga days when I was training for the Twin Lobster Half Marathon. Yoga not only helps with flexibility but gives your mind a mental break. And who doesn’t need a relaxing mental break here and there?

Elliptical

empty gym

This sometimes feels like a cop out to me. Like I should be running but I’m being a puss and hopping on the elliptical instead. BUT IT’S NOT! I always manage to work up a good sweat on this machine and tend to stay on longer than I realize.

Walking

reebok skyscapes

Hello?! It’s basically running just slower and less sweaty. I walk to and from my office every days (totaling about 15 miles a week) so I don’t feel like a total loser if I don’t go for a run that day. I have a desk job so getting enough steps a day is tough but hoofing it about a mile and half each way to the office helps.

Strange as it is, this post is giving me some run motivation…

Happy Tuesday to all!

Another Summer Week

After a very successful weekend it’s time to take on another week! Friday night SL and I walked down to a new restaurant near our house, had a quiet dinner and laid low for the rest of the night because we knew Saturday would be a busy one.

Saturday brought perfect weather so we took advantage and made it a boat and beach day. SL, myself, and three others packed up SL’s boat and spent the day on the water and on the beach.

boat day

It was perfect. We even grilled corn on the beach. It wasn’t a complete success (some burnt kernels, some cold kernels) but it tasted amazing so it wasn’t a failure either.

beach corn

 

It was a perfect summer day. Much needed because Sunday was rainy and gross. We used the day to sleep in, make a leisurely breakfast, visit a few open houses and prep for the week. I got a TON of prep work down so I felt good about being prepared for the week.

My menu for this week looks a lot like last week’s because last week didn’t go as scheduled (but in a good way.)

Monday – Chipotle Chicken + Sweet Potatoes

Tuesday – Shrimp Tacos

Wednesday – Lemon and Olive Chicken + Quinoa

Thursday – Leftovers (because we will be away for the weekend)

Friday – Out

Weekend – Maine! Which means hiking, kayaking, swimming and more outdoor fun!

Workouts

I found my old Insanity DVDs while cleaning out my parents house last weekend and I did the Plyometric Cardio Circuit on Friday and I loved it (again). It was so hard but I really enjoyed it so I am going to add the DVDs into my routine this week. I am not sure if I’ll stick the Insanity calendar perfectly but I’m looking forward to getting back on the Insanity wagon.

I also plan to run and/or hop on the elliptical a few times.

I have some fun posts planned for this week that I can’t wait to share…stay tuned! Have a great Monday!