There’s been a recent shift in my exercise regimen that I’m sure you’ve noticed if you follow me on Instagram.
Less barbells and rope climbs.
More running. Lots. More. Running.
Starting in about March, I tapered off from doing CrossFit so I could focus on training for the Publix half marathon. After that was done (with a PR, woohoo!), I received the landlord bombshell that I had to move out of our townhome, so I went ahead and gave my 30 day notice (sadly) to my CrossFit box. I just knew I wasn’t going to have the time.
In all honesty, April was a
trainwreck whirlwind with the BFF wedding and work travel and packing to move, so I took some time off from exercise. Sometimes it does a body good to rest up and recharge. Other times, life just refuses to allow you the time to “move your ass faster” (thank you, Jillian Michaels). I tried not to beat myself up for it.
But after Nette’s wedding, I was feeling a little fluffy. And while playing on my Nike+ app I saw that it has a Coach feature. I knew the next race I was booked to run is the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4th. So, in the Coach app, I plugged into the training template that my race was on that date… and it promptly spit out a custom race training program for the next 8 weeks! How cool is that?
You can choose beginner, intermediate or advanced (I went intermediate), and each week it’s broken out by the day as to what I should be doing. And you know what? I’m absolutely loving it!
Confession: I missed all of week 2 because of the move, but picked right back up in week 3 and haven’t missed a day since.
With the easy-to-follow instructions and tutorials, it keeps me accountable on a daily basis to put in the work. I’ve never run intervals or strides or fartleks before, but the challenge and education are welcomed – they keep me from getting bored! It also helps that our new neighborhood is close to an amazing run/bike/walk trail, plus our new complex has a fitness center with treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, weights, machines, med balls and a huge pool. I’m SET!
And trust me… the thought of going back to paying for CrossFit is fading slowly from my mind…. At least for a little while. I do miss the community aspect of it and come on, sometimes a crappy day is made so much better by throwing some heavy weight around. And for the record, I’m not buying into these articles going around about how CrossFit is a cult, is a recipe for injury or is generally bad for you. Personally, in over two years of CrossFit training, I’ve never once injured myself and believe that bad coaches are the exception, not the rule. Just sayin’. Plus, shouldn’t we all be supportive of one another for doing *something* to stay healthy and fit, regardless of the chosen method??? <rant over> But for now, I’m content with finishing this 10K training plan and focused on kicking major ass at my next race.
How about you? What are you up to in getting your fitness on?
Till next time,