The Combo Workout and a 13 Week Update
|February 18, 2014||Posted by The Fit Scoop under My Training|
Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day! My husband was out of town for the weekend so this little cutie was my valentine 🙂
Time for a training update. It’s been 13 weeks since Violet’s birth, and 7 weeks since I was cleared to resume exercise. I’m generally doing 2 to 3 days in a row of running followed by a rest day which ends up being about 5 days of running a week. I’m also lifting two days a week now. I’ve done a couple of 40 minute runs, but most runs are around 30 minutes. Since most of my runs are on the treadmill (except for on the weekend) I’ve been “spicing” up some of my runs with moderate intensity intervals and doing some strength/cardio combo workouts. One of my boredom-busting indoor workouts is to do strength training supersets followed by 5 minutes of running (or any other cardio) and repeating this for 40 to 50 minutes. Here’s an example:
The constant changing of activity keeps me from getting bored, and I get my cardio and strength done in one workout while Violet naps. A cardio/strength combo workout isn’t something I’d do if I were training for any endurance events, but since I’m just trying to stay active and not be bored indoors it works well. Also, when I’ve trained clients that are not particularly motivated to do cardio, the combo workout tends to be a way I can sneak it into our sessions without much complaint. Give it a try if you are a cardio-hater!
I think my current plan is to keep to my current exercise regime for another month and then start thinking about building up my mileage. I’m pretty excited just to be running again, but I’m trying not to get too greedy with how fast I progress. I keep reminding myself that going from nearly 10 months of no running (if you are new to the blog I didn’t run during pregnancy) to running 30-40 minutes 5 days a week in 7 weeks is plenty for now. I do feel like a shadow of my former running self, but my progress so far just goes to show that it will come back with time – it just may take a little while (and feel like a long while – ha).