Last week was all about doing different types of at-home workouts. I tried out various strength training exercises, pilates, yoga, and barre DVDs/videos. I ended up being quite sore, and as a result only ran 1 day last week. At first I felt like I “should” have run more, but then I remembered that my marathon was less than 2 weeks ago and a break is good. Also, we had some rainy days early in the week and then it was cold and windy, so I didn’t mind staying indoors a bit more than usual.
Monday: I started out the week with a 35 mile Pure Barre DVD (this one) which was a good way to start working my core and glutes again. Even though I did core work during marathon training I think that following a video pushes me a bit harder than I typically push myself.
Tuesday: This was the first day of December and I decided to follow along with Kinetic Revolution’s #RunStrongChallenge this month. Each day there are 2 exercises posted on instagram, and they only take about 10 minutes to complete. After completing the exercises for Day 1 I did a 25 minute yoga video.
Wednesday: I signed up for a 10 day free trial of Pilateology, so after the two strength exercises of the day I found a beginner video to help me get familiar with the basics of pilates. I definitely felt it in my core!
Thursday: I decided to bring back the Iron Strength workout which I haven’t done since August, and it was such a challenge! I mean it is tough every time I do it but having not done anything that hard in a while I found that most of the exercises left me shaking. Luckily the Run Strong Challenge was a little easier today so I was able to finish up with sumo squats and an active hamstring stretch.
Friday: I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for a workout, but I was feeling a little sore from Iron Strength the day before. I completed the Run Strong Challenge exercises and the did the leg section of my Pilates for Runners DVD. (There are lots of side leg lifts that really burn!) Then I headed out for a 25 minute run, just because I felt like it.
Saturday: Rest- DOMS had set in from Iron Strength and I felt it in just about every muscle!
Sunday: Run Strong Challenge Exercises (I did days 5 and 6 to catch up) and then a 35 minute yoga video for stretching.
It felt good to be a little sore from these kinds of workouts. I definitely want to continue doing Iron Strength once a week for the next month or so, at least. Other than that, I plan to continue rotating in some of these other types of workouts while keeping the running to a minimum.
What was the last workout that left you really sore?
Are you participating in any workout challenges this month?