Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Life without a training plan

It's sort of weird not having a training plan, after following one almost exactly for the past 8 weeks.  I must admit I'm enjoying the freedom, and I am loving that I can increase my strength training/cross training without worrying I'm going to be too sore and jeopardize an important run.  I have done some killer Crossfit style and Bodyrock workouts over the past week and a half, and it feels great!  If you are looking for an amazing total body workout I recommend giving the 400 Rep Burpee workout from Bodyrock.  It looks like this:

Repeat 4x:
  • 1) One Leg Burpee, 5 reps on each leg
  • 2) Burpee Knee Raises, 10 reps
  • 3) Side Burpee Knee Tuck, 5 reps on each side
  • 4) Burpee Step Up, 5 reps on each leg
  • 5) Burpee Roll Over, 10 reps
  • 6) Sumo Burpees, 10 reps
  • 7) Burpee Pull Up, 10 reps
  • 8) Half Burpee & Jump Over, 10 reps
  • 9) 2x Jump Lunge & 2 Taping Push Ups, 10 reps
  • 10) Frog Burpee, 10 reps
This workout is awesome, my abs were sore, my glutes were sore, my shoulders were sore, etc.  The best part about this workout is that you adjust it to your fitness level--you could only go through it once or twice, and you can work up to going through it 4x.  Its also really long, so going through it twice is still very efficient and should only take around a half hour or so.

Since the race I've only done short runs of 3-4 miles.  Coach Tara suggested I keep my mileage under 20 miles for the next 3 weeks to allow my body to recover from half marathon training before I start full marathon training.   I'm going to split that between a few short runs and a longer run of 7-8 miles to be sure I keep my base.  I will be starting marathon training at the beginning of July.  And I CANNOT wait to start marathon training.  I love having a plan and a goal to work toward.  Goals really keep me motivated.

Do you find it easier to keep to a workout plan when you set specific goals?  What is your current goal?

I think goals are super important, they can keep you motivated and help you to keep pushing your limits.

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments, especially after my race.  I love love love comments, so if you come by and read please don't forget to leave a comment and let me know!!! Thanks!

I was going to leave you with a few race photos, but for some reason I can't paste them in today, so I'll try again in my next post!

Have a great Tuesday!!!

What's your workout for today?


  1. That's really exciting that you're going back to work doing something you love! I wish you all the best!

    I've been feeling like a workout slacker lately. I'm having a hard time sticking to a strength training routine, even though I love it when I do! I'm off on Thursday to Ragnar Chicago for 197 miles running fun!

  2. Congrats on finding a gig that allows you to do what you love. That's the best!

  3. Workout sounds awesome!

    I love having a training program... and I can't wait to start training for my next race.

  4. I like having a training plan but it seems like I'm always ready for a break after it's over. I like your burbee workout. I'm going to have to remember that one!

  5. I so feel you here! I am doing an impromptu HM next weekend and am lost without my training plan! tell me what to do!! :)

    You are a burpee machine. SOOOOO tough!

  6. I usually prefer to have a training program. Its nice to have a few weeks here and there without one, but if I go much longer than that I usually start slacking - so I need the program to keep me motivated. Which marathon are you going to be training for?

    Congrats on going back to work part time! That's really exciting! Sounds like you'll be a great personal trainer! I wish we were a little bit closer so I could have you train me! I've been thinking about getting a trainer, its just a problem of not enough time.