47 total workouts recorded:
- 8 High Intensity Interval Training workouts: 975 calories burned
- 16 Running workouts: 47.7 miles
- 15 Walking workouts: 16.16 miles
- 8 Indoor Rowing workouts: 1153 calories burned
This month has had it’s ups and downs. I have been challenging myself with each of my workouts, pushing the limits and pulling (2) 2 a days throughout the weeks in October. It’s been a tough road with that as well as the weather changing, but i feel myself growing stronger. The cooler temperatures have been perfect for running and the fall foliage as well as other beautiful scenery that comes with Autumn have made for some amazing experiences. With all the craziness in our lives, it’s always good to stop and enjoy the view. My running has been and will continue to slow down for the winter although I’ve taken up indoor rowing as well as Crossfit (which I will update you on at another time). These 2 activities have made me increasingly stronger and more well-rounded. Running tends to just concentrate on certain areas, while the other workouts are all body and the intensity levels are cranked up when needed. Now I’m not saying that running sucks or that I’m giving up on that, but as the temperatures continue to drop I need to find more options for working out.
The Learning Curve
Excercise this month has taught me a couple of things about myself that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get passed. The first was with indoor rowing. I love the fact that I can go down to my basement and get a quick 20 minute workout in and it doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside, or even the time of day. Although there was a little bit of a stagnant feel to the workout; I wasn’t going anywhere. There were no passing cars, random noises in the woods, no one to say “hey” to. It was just the basement atmosphere with the occasional visits from our cats. It tended to be a bit boring until I realized that music makes the workout soo much better. So I sync up my headphones with my running tunes and I take off. Adding in just that simple form of entertainment quickly made the workout more enjoyable.
Something else that has taught me something new was crossfit. I consider myself a runner and always have, but I never saw myself as a person who lifts weights to get a workout. Crossfit, or High Intensity Interval Training, has shown me that my body is capable of achieving even more amazing things when it comes to exercise. I’ve been involved in Crossfit for about 4 -5 months now and so far I’ve hit 3 PRs, I’ve been able to rope climb successfully, easily tackle numerous sets of pull ups and push ups, and improve my running speed. It’s surprising how much I have accomplished doing crossfit. This form of excercise is tough and takes a bit of a toll on your body, but over time it gets better as well as easier. One of my favorite quotes from that Crossfit Box (gym) is “You’ll never know your limits until you push them.” This is something that motivates me every time I go so I can continue to get stronger.
This month I’d like to overcome a few more PRs as well as be a bit more conscious of what I’m eating. It’s getting closer to the holiday season where everyone is feasting on large amounts of food and drink while enjoying the company of family and friends. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, but sometimes our eyes can be bigger than our stomachs. I’m also on the lookout for my first ever turkey trot, so if anyone knows of any that have really fun festivities, feel free to add them in the comment section below. Stay warm and happy trails everyone!