Happy Monday, interweb! I hope your weekend was relaxing and wonderful. I’m actually going to skip my typical Manicure Monday for now because I’m so pumped about fitness today that this post just couldn’t wait. Maybe I’ll instagram a manicure later 😉
Why I Run
Being a fairly new runner, I’ve been contemplating the question of why I run quite a bit lately. I started running “for real” (or at least considered it real then) when I was training for my first half-marathon. At the time, ensuring I could run a half-marathon was my reason for running. I really enjoyed half-marathon training, but what kept me going was knowing I had a race to finish. Now, with no races in sight, I am still running. But why?
I actually contemplate this a lot while I am running. It’s strange to think that I think about running while running, but I do. Sometimes my thought process goes like this: “I don’t want to run today. Well, okay I do. *goes outside to run* It’s cold. Why am I doing this again? I guess I’ll just start. *2 miles in and feeling fantastic running to my favorite songs* Oh yeah. This is why I run.” The “this” that I refer to is hard to describe in words, really. But a few of the words I came up with for why I run are…
When I put it all in words, why I run is so clear to me. A lot of the time when I’m not “feeling” a run but go anyway, the mantra I use is, “I run because I can.” There is literally no reason I should not or cannot run, which is amazing to me. I am so lucky. I can use my body to exercise, move, and empower myself all at the same time FOR FREE. There is literally no cost of running to me because it gives back so much more than I put into it.
Running is hard, and I don’t think it ever really gets “easier.” It just gets more familiar. The one foot after another. The pushing myself to go faster or farther next time. The voice that whispers, “I can do it, just a little more,” each time I run. This all becomes more familiar to me, more of a habit, more of who I am. Truthfully, running has taken me where I never thought I could go. That alone is reason enough.
February Workout Plan
With that said, I’m glad to announce that I’m starting a new workout plan for February. And my workout plan is to include? You guessed it: running. Last month, I only ran a handful of times mostly because it was too cold to run outside. I’ve had a pretty bad relationship with the treadmill in the past, but since I got into some incline walks lately, we have become better friends. I even tried an interval walk/run workout the other day and loved it. So now I really have no excuse. I guess I can’t call it the dreadmill anymore, can I?
Last month, I pretty much only did cardio workouts, some running, and the same strength routine the whole time. It wasn’t bad, but I’m really craving more variety. I have the desire to start incorporating yoga into my weekly routine as a way to stretch and de-stress. I also realize I’ve done like NO dedicated ab work in quite a while. February seems like an odd time of year to focus on abs, but I have the motivation to, so why not!
My workout goals for February are…
– Run 3x a week. Inside, outside, I don’t care! I just need to run.
– Keep doing total body strength training 3x a week
– Start doing yoga 1x a week. I’m thinking of doing this routine a few times through. Or I can always whip out the Denise Austin!
– Begin an abs routine. I found this Ultimate Abs Workout via Pinterest. I only tried a few sets of each move to see if I’d like it, and that left me sore. I think it will do 😉
All of these goals translate into a weekly routine that looks like this:
- Monday: Total Body/Run (2-3 mi.)
- Tuesday: Ab routine/Run (3-4 mi.)
- Wednesday: Total Body/Cardio
- Thursday: Ab routine/Long Run (5-7 mi.)
- Friday: Yoga
- Saturday: Total Body/Cardio
- Sunday: Rest
I’m excited to start switching it up! And since I’ve vowed to get up early every day this month, I want to make sure my workout is something worth waking up for 🙂
- Questions for you: Do you ever think about the why behind your running? Does your answer empower you to be a better person, a better runner? Why do you run?