Changing It Up
Monday, August 15, 2011
Since I joined Sparkpeople I've always read about the importance of changing up your workout routine so that your body doesn't get used to it, or as a way of plateau busting. I haven't really hit a plateau, but who wants to go through that frustration? I never thought I would stick with something long enough for my body to get used to it but I've been running the same route (with a few exceptions) for like 2 months now. It is 3 miles and it takes me about 33 minutes.
The point is that I want to change it up BEFORE hitting a plateau. I tried running 4 miles, and while I can do it, it's really difficult to even find an area around here that I can go 4 miles without ending up somewhere where I'm afraid I can't make it home. Nothing would be more embarrassing than calling my husband to pick me up because I ran too far and can't make it back. I'm also wondering, if I just add distance, is that really enough of a change? From what I've read, people suggest cycling (but I don't have a bike) or swimming (I can't afford to pay 3.50 each time I go to the pool) so I feel like I don't really have that many options. Also I LOVE RUNNING.
Here is my plan. Instead of worrying about finishing in a certain time, I'm going to add some sprints followed by some walking. I think that if I run a 3.5 mile loop while jogging for 2 minutes, sprinting for 30 seconds, then walking for 30 seconds until I'm finished it should be enough of a change. Thoughts? Comments?
I also decided that doing 30 DS is not enough ST so I am going to start doing Butt Bible (from Exercise TV) Level 1 for arms and level 1 for legs on days that I don't run. I think I've mentioned this before but never actually did it yet (Oops!)
Darn, i just read over this blog and it sounds like "me, me, me" I usually try to incorporate some motivation and inspiration for anyone reading...unfortunately this didn't really turn out that way... :(
Hopefully my extreme determination is motivating for someone out there. i've firmly come to believe that with the right amount of motivation you can accomplish anything, and if I didn't have my friends on Sparkpeople I would have quit a long time ago. So
my friends, you have helped me succeed.