I’m enjoying my easy-going-yet-stimulating exercise schedule. In fact, I exercised each day in the last seven, not in an uptight or excessive way, but in an easy-going way with plenty of variety, as follows:
|Saturday||Run (70 minutes, 6.8 miles)||Great to be back at running after my camping trip. Didn’t skip a beat.|
|Sunday||Yoga class (75 minutes)||Stretching has become a good maintenance activity for me in the past half year. Yoga helps a lot with this. I also like that it has me sitting and moving in positions I wouldn’t normally.|
|Monday||Run (1 hr, 6 miles)||Great run. No complaints.|
|Tuesday||Swimming (30 minutes, 1/2 mile)||For this swim, I experimented with alternating four laps freestyle and one lap on my back. Did three sets of 10 laps, with breaks in between. I find it helps me catch my breath 🙂 It might be a novice move, but I have no pretensions of being an excellent swimmer!|
|Wednesday||Run (30 minutes, 3.3 miles)||Great early morning run in which I ran one fast mile in the middle. Only the second time this year I’ve really run fast (the other time was the 5k).|
|Thursday||Run (1 hr, 6.3 miles)||For this run around McKinley park I found myself going faster than usual during the middle miles. To maintain discipline, I slowed down for the cool down.|
|Friday||Swimming (30 minutes, 1/2 mile)||My second experiment with alternating freestyle and swimming on my back. This time I did two sets of 15 laps. It was triumphant, though not easy (I still feel like I’m catching my breath an hour later!)|
|TOTALS:||Almost 6 hours||22.4 miles running, 1 mile swimming|
One final note: the range of types of exercise reminds me of how in marathon training we are instructed to do cross-training (non-running exercises such as swimming, walking, biking, yoga).
I am loving the balance of running with cross training!