Monday, December 16, 2013

Training Truths: It helps to have a Plan

Zooming into the last weeks before the Christmas holiday is hectic. Hectic at home. Hectic at work. Hectic everywhere! Once again, I am grateful to have a supportive family who understands my need to run and workout.

Last week I knew things would be crazy with mrC out of town Sunday to Friday, so I went into the week with a plan. I still did my morning #squatstreak and foam rolling routine, but then varied my evening workouts based on how much time I would have. It was so helpful to do it this way and useful for making sure I accomplished my RTB weekly team challenge set by our Team Captain Katherine.

MON: 4 minute ninja ab workout, 1 minute of jumping jacks, and 2 AMAZING strength sets by Katherine (10 push-up, 10 front alternating lunges, 10 pistol squats, and 30 second side planks).

TUES: Snowy afternoon 2 mile treadmill run

WED: Same as Monday.

THURS: Same as Monday.

FRI: Cold and easy 5K run to the beach and back. mrC was back in town (and bored I think) and followed me in the car with the dog. He did capture this really good look at one of the hills I have to climb on the way back.

SAT: 4 minute ninja ab workout and then another Saturday morning SurfSet session. As if the full body workout wasn't reward enough, we walked out with sweet little gifts from TI Fitness Training.

SUN: It was the first BIG storm of the season and we picked up 10.5 inches of snow overnight, so I hit the treadmill first thing in the morning for my long run - 6 miles. It was a bummer to have to do my long run on the 'mill because I never feel like it is a good run. It always feel so much harder than my outdoor runs, yet my stats usually show that the opposite.

Do you plan your weekly workouts? 

And #ChillyChallenge Week 2 Warriors. Here are some of my favorite photos from the week. I know some of you are dealing with cold weather, snow storms, and most are working on holiday planning, but you are ROCKIN' the daily challenges! I can't wait to see what you've got for week 3!

There's still time to join the fun and be eligible to win a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 17s. Follow #chillychallenge on Instagram, complete the daily exercise, post a photo TAGGED #chillychallenge @runningescapades. Post at least 5 photos to Instagram throughout the month to be eligible to win. All details here.


  1. You are so right, especially during the holidays, we need to plan when we are going to workout and get it all in! I find with my training that it is easiest to work out in the morning, and if you have that plan, you are more likely to stick with it! I have no doubt you will be able to over the coming weeks :)

  2. I think planning them out is so important especially when things get busy! I also find that it helps me to make sure I am getting in weight workouts each week if I plan out what I'm going to do. Great week and great job tackling that hill!!

  3. Yes! Planning makes it so much easier to get it done. I do usually ease up this time of year though to give myself a mental break. The video of you on the hill was way badass! Loved the music too. Were you wearing anything on the sneakers to help you grip the snow covered pavement?

  4. even though I am COMPLETELY an intuitive exerciser---I do have a fitness mission statement (goals)

  5. I do have a workout 'plan', but it can change in a moments time. I don't stress about it if it does I go with the flow knowing that it will be done :)

  6. I love morning workouts, but just can't do them during the school year.

  7. It has definitely helped my cross training!

  8. Hi Tara! I didn't wear anything on my shoes, although I have tried yak tracks. I didn't care for them, but my husband loves them.

  9. Same here, no stress if I have to flip flop some days which happens a lot!


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