I’ve been toying with the idea of switching up my workout routine for a while. After a few injuries last year, including rocking the #bootlife in November, I started to think about how I could *try* to avoid injury this year. I basically asked myself “What am I not doing that I should be doing?” That being said, I came up with a new workout routine that I’ve been testing out this month. So far, so good, but the real test will be when I start training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Monday!
Obviously I’m still running, but I’m cutting it down to 3 days a week (it used to be four days a week). As mentioned earlier, I’ve been doing this for the past few weeks and it’s been working out well. I feel like I’m able to give more effort to my runs by only running three times a week. This also frees up an additional day for strength training. Right now I run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
I’m getting back to spinning and I love it! I always try to make the Sunday morning class and I’m working on incorporating another spinning class during the week – I just haven’t found the right class yet! I find that spinning helps me a lot with my endurance, which in turn helps me with my running as well.
I am using my extra day off from running to get in more strength training. This is usually in the form of boot camp or body works + abs classes, or simply doing a routine full of body weight exercises. What’s also great is that these workouts usually include corework as well, so added bonus!
Every year I say “I’m committing to Yoga this year.” The difference this year is that I’m actually doing it! I’m starting off slow by doing Yoga once a week. Currently I use my Yoga for Runners DVD. If I get a little better I might be adventureous and try going to a class, but the DVD is perfect for me based on my very very very beginner level. I hope to be able to do yoga twice a week once marathon training starts in June. Currently I do yoga on Friday night and I love it because the extra stretching really helps with my Saturday long runs.
In addition to the above, I still go to my Active Release Therapy (ART) appointments every other week. This will increase to once a week starting in June.
On the days that I have shorter runs, I’ve also been doing quick, 10-15 minute core workouts.
I’m not sure if running 3 days a week will work for marathon training (if you have any feedback on this, please let me know!), but in looking at my half marathon training plan I should be okay.
That’s it! I’m hopeful that this new routine will be beneficial and help me to *hopefully* run injury free this year.
Have you ever switched up your workout routine? How many days per week do you run?