We’re having a heat waaaaaaaaaaaaave—a tropical heat waaaaaaaaaave.
I was planning to run 6 miles today but ended up only doing 4 (at an 8:30 pace…woo!) because it’s in the friggin 80s today. I was hot and cranky. Afterwards, I completed the following circuit 3 times through, focusing on working my arms and shoulders.
Not going to lie – before I made this workout, I didn’t know what half of these exercises even were. If you’re in the same boat, here are some videos (also in my Exercise Guide): Hammer Curls, Tricep Extensions, Lateral Raises, Curls, Tricep Kickbacks, Deltoid Press.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaand after today’s workout, I had some cookies and coffee.
I mean, hey! There’s some milk/creamer in the coffee. I got a little protein. It’s legit.
A Balancing Act
In other news, I suck at keeping up a hardcore workout routine. During marathon training, I was mainly focusing on running. Now I want to put a lot more focus on weight lifting. However, I’m having some issues balancing both running and weight lifting.
Like I mentioned in my post about preventing injury during race training, it’s not the smartest to go hardcore exercising a certain area of your body every single day. When you do, it’s hard for your muscles to recover and improve, increasing the likelihood of injury.
I’ve been having a problem with under-doing it though. I do random weight circuits throughout the week but try not work the same area two days in a row. A lot of the time though, I just add a circuit onto the end of a workout and am not that intense with it. Then the next day I feel like I shouldn’t work the same muscle areas again.
This causes me to not workout as hard as I think I could. I’ve decided I should stop adding those little circuits onto the end of workouts unless I mean business. Since I want to keep running at least 3 days a week, I’ve decided to come up with a schedule for when I’ll work certain muscle groups throughout the week. This way, I’ll be doing both running and weight lifting and not treating either as an afterthought.
For some reason writing down my workout plans (like I did with my marathon training) really helps me get motivated and stay on track. So, here’s what I’m going to try out for a weight lifting and running schedule:
This plan completely separates cardio and weights, which I don’t know if I’ll like after awhile, but for now I think it’s the best way for me to be more intense with weight lifting. If anything, I might just add some easy runs on those weight lifting days that don’t involve much cardio (a lot of the bodyweight circuits I do incorporate cardio already).
I just need to share this awesome salad, which the pic does not do justice. Chickpeas and dried cranberries are some of my favorite toppings as of late. Oh, and avocado—always avocado.
Do you incorporate running and weight lifting on a regular basis? How do you mix the two?
Which do you prefer, weights or cardio?
Lately, I’ve been into weights. It probably has something to do with running 26.2 miles and needing a break from the running thing.