Winter Workout Woes

Something that I struggle with year after year is maintaining my level of fitness throughout the winter. It’s partially the hustle and bustle of the holidays, partially the colder weather and partially because I’m not usually training for anything. But this year I have a plan.

Jolene and I (and anyone else who wants to participate) have been emailing each other about a 6 month running challenge. She posted her ideas on her blog and I thought that they all sounded like something I wanted to work on for myself, so I decided to join her.

Her ideas were:

1. One long run per week
2. One maintenance run per week
3. One interval run (either speed or hill intervals)

I’ve been doing okay so far. I guess I’m getting the running in when I think about it. On Sunday, I did about five miles with Joan. Mondays are usually my rest day, but I did this little mini-workout instead of completely taking the day off.

I thought I found the workout on Pinterest, but now I can’t find it. It was:

10 jumping jacks
10 pushups
10 squats
10 sit ups

then 9 of each, then 8, etc.

Tuesday was supposed to be my maintenance run day. I was going to do about 4 miles. I got about a mile into it and it started sprinkling. Then a few minutes later, it turned into a straight out downpour, so I turned around and went home. It was raining so hard that Jason actually got in his car to come look for me. (I gave him my ipod and continued running home without it once he found me.) I wasn’t wearing my garmin, but I’ll count this as a speed workout because I was definitely running much faster than normal.

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Yesterday was more cross-training. Lately, I’ve been into doing body weight workouts that I’ve been finding online rather than weights at the gym. No reason for it really, just wanted to switch things up. I decided to do Naomi’s 480 rep workout. This was much harder than I thought it was going to be. Those burpies nearly killed me! I didn’t time myself, but I think it took around 40 minutes.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to exercise-wise. Do you struggle with workouts in the winter?

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