Jul 222014

It’s been a little while since we’ve chatted about my latest fitness routine, so I thought today would be a good time for an update.

As most of you probably know, I have been slowly but surely working my way through the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide eBooks, a 12-week nutrition and exercise program designed to help you get a “bikini body.” While I think this name is really lame and having a “bikini body” totally goes against all my health and wellness principles, the workouts are no joke and have totally kicked my booty into shape. The nutrition plan is also really helpful, and I’m so glad I decided to give these eBooks a chance. Bikini body or not, this program is a really good routine to follow if you’re looking for something new to keep you on track with your nutrition and fitness goals.

That being said, I haven’t been sticking to the routine as much as I was a couple months ago. When I first bought the eBooks, I followed the workouts to a tee and never missed a single Monday, Wednesday, or Friday workout. I was also tracking what I was eating, and throwing in a few other workouts here and there for good measure. I was super motivated and doing so well!

Then the summer came rolling right in, complete with flex Fridays, long weekends away from home, and fun activities with friends on weeknights. I am still working out 3-4 times a week, but sometimes it’s just a short run with Jack, or 2 of the 3 Kayla Itsines workouts I am supposed to do. I’m ok with that since summer is a fun time to enjoy yourself and I am still getting a good amount of workouts in, but I want to make sure I’m not slacking off too much and I have a strategic plan moving forward.

You may remember that on a run last week I was feeling a bit frustrated with my pace, and I mentioned that I felt like I had lost my running mojo. The run itself was fine and was still a lot of fun, but I just didn’t feel as fast or strong mentally as I used to.

The Kayla Itsines workouts are great for strength training and HIIT, but they can’t replace my love for running. Since my interest in these workouts seems to be waning slightly, and my desire to run more is definitely resurfacing, I’ve decided it’s time to switch things up a bit.

Last week I mentioned that I’ll be starting track workouts with Anne on most Thursdays, which should help my speed tremendously. I also want to get back into the habit of incorporating long runs into my weekend plans , since it’s one of my favorite things to do (last summer I used to squeeze in my long runs no matter where I was, so I know I can do that again). I would like to keep doing the Kayla Itsines workouts for cross-training purposes, but I might cut them down to twice a week instead of three times a week.

With all that work, it seems like maybe I should be working toward something, right? I mean, I have said over and over again that I enjoy my workouts most when I am working toward a goal. That being said- I think it’s time for me to run another half. I did two last year and the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler earlier this spring, so it seems only natural that I should put another race on my calendar for the fall. (You may remember that I also won free entry to next year’s Rock N Roll half, but I don’t want to wait that long).

Oh heyyyy

I’m looking into fall races within driving distance of DC, so anything from NYC to Virginia Beach would probably work. At the moment I’m thinking of running the Baltimore Half with my friend Sam on October 18, but I haven’t signed up yet. I also am thinking about the Navy-Airforce Half because I have a coupon code (oooh yeah) and it will be a little easier for me logistically, but it’s on Sept. 14 which I don’t love (hello, heat). Has anyone run either of these races before? Is anyone signed up to run them this year? I could also do the Woodrow Wilson Bridge half again, but I think I want to switch things up and try a new race.

Anyway, that’s my latest update on my workouts lately. One big difference for me is that I don’t think Fabio is interested in running another half, so I will probably go out there solo or with a friend, though we will probably be running at different paces. It will be weird not to have my biggest supporter by my side, but he has promised to at least cheer me on from the sidelines!

Question of the day: Are you running any half marathons this fall, and/or do you have any recommendations for me?

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