The weather in my neck of the woods has been ultra-wintry. Therefore, this entire week's workouts were in the gym. We decided to switch things up and go to the gym first thing in the morning, requiring a 4:30 AM wake up call.
Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed the change. In the warmer months, I would always wake up early and go for a run outside, but not so much in this 20 degree (0-10 degrees in the early morn) weather. I forgot how much I love having my workout complete before even really starting my day.
This week was all about just getting my body used to the new wake up and rebuilding - especially since our week of vacation didn't include much running at all...oops. So, I decided to mix in interval training.
Each run this week, I started at 6.0 mph and increased by 1 mph each minute. When I hit 7.0, I decreased by 1 each minute - and so on. It really helped to keep me from focusing on the rebuilding (aka my slowness and low mileage). Another thing I have learned that helps me 'rebuild' is to run for total minutes instead of pace/mileage.
Monday: 2.67 miles
Tuesday: 3.30 miles
Wednesday: 2.30 miles
Thursday: 2.84 miles
Saturday: core work and upper body strength exercises with dumbbells
Since the time of our workouts changed, the timing of my food intake also had to change. Instead of forcing myself to eat breakfast right after my run around 6 AM, I decided to have a CLICK espresso protein drink. I usually only have half of a serving at a time, so it was the perfect thing to give me the fuel I needed right after my run - and hold me over until I was ready to eat my 'real' breakfast around 7-7:30 AM.
I will leave you with a little motivation for this Monday morning: SMILE
What time of day do you like to workout?