So, today before I give up the workouts from last week, I want to share a little motivation. I feel relatively new at this running thing, but I like it a lot. And that makes me excited. I’ll admit, I’m pretty easily excited, but this is some good, long-lasting excitement. But, excitement aside, why do I run? I’m not sure I really know yet. But I’ve made a few observations.
Moving makes me feel good. Being strong makes me feel even better. Possessing noteworthy endurance makes me feel like a goddess. Who wouldn’t want that!!??
Truly. I am confused by people who aren’t willing to work hard to feel good.
I feel good before, during and after. But the feelings of goodness are different from one another. On Monday I did a 10-mile route that kicked my butt. Hard. It had giant hills. Hills called Dinosaur Ridge. Hills that I only thought crazy people ran up. On Monday I got crazy. I ran up Dinosaur Ridge. Before I started I felt excited, springy and light, ready and willing. For most of the run I felt great. But then I got about 3/4 of the way up the mile-long ridge. Then, I felt like ass. I was hot, sweaty, sucking wind and doing the embarrassing runner-shuffle. Not really running, but too proud to actually walk. You’ve seen it, I’m sure. Well, I did it. And it felt rough. But my brain was saying, “You are doing this. You are succeeding. You are awesome.” Thank God for my brain. It kept the good feelings coming. And I ran to the top.
Afterwards I felt accomplished, strong, relieved, tired, starving and chaffed in some spots. Ew. But it was all so ridiculously worth it. And it makes me wonder….why do you run? Or, if you don’t, why not?
Circuit Workout (partner up!)
So, for this workout, pair up. You will each be doing separate moves, but using each other as a timing mechanism. Meaning:
Set 1: Person 1 runs (we run around a half basketball court twice) then does 50 jumping jacks. Person 2 does a regular plank and then a plank with knees to elbows. P2 switches exercises when P1 switches. Then swap places/exercises.
Set 2: P1 Grapevine x 2, 25 mountain climbers on each side. P2 Russian twists, bicycles. Then swap places/exercises.
Set 3: P1 High knees x 2, 25 burpees. P2 Push-ups, dips. Then swap places/exercises.
Set 4: P1 Squat shuffle x 2, 25 calf raisers 3 ways (toes forward, toes in, toes out, for a total of 75). P2 Push ups and plank raises. (Google if you don’t know a move!) Then swap places/exercises.
Set 5: P1 Speed skater jumps x 2 laps, 30 dips. P2 air squats, dips. Then swap places/exercises.
Red Rocks Workout #2
Warm up – run down a row, run up two flights of stairs, run back the next row. Repeat.
Run down two flights of outside stairs, run up one. All the way to the bottom.
Run down a row. Do five push-ups at the end. Run up the next row. Do five push-ups at the end. Repeat to the top.
This equals an obscene amount of push-ups. I don’t even want to tell you how many because then you’ll obsess about it the whole way up and the weight of knowing the number will likely just make you miserable. In fact, just in case your math brain is on, I’m not even going to tell you the number of rows at Red Rocks. Don’t find out the number until AFTER you’ve done this once. Then, even if the number scares you, you’ll still know you can do this!
Trot down the inside stairs. Yes, just trot. You’ll be tired. Trust me.
Run the planters up. Planters are the brick walled areas on the sides of the amphitheater. Where the trees grow. Run at a planter, climb up it. Repeat til you get to the top.
Jump squats down with 20 dips on each 5th row.
Frog jumps, bounders and backwards (sideways for us for now) push ups back up. We find it more productive to do 4-6 of each move before switching to the next. Eventually we’ll do each move up once…but that takes a little more endurance than I’ve got at this point!