Good evening, friends!
Is anyone else watching the Penguins vs. Capitals game?! We are! Let’s go Pens!
Anyway…I thought I would take some time today to write a little bit about how I’ve transitioned from my rigorous Dopey Challenge training to regular workouts/half marathon training.
As you may recall, Dopey Challenge training took a lot of effort….early morning wake up calls, a strict nutrition plan, and lots and lots of miles each week.
Now that I’m slowly getting back into my regular training groove, I’ve decided take what I learned from Dopey Challenge training and apply it into my current workout regimen.
Each week, I focus on several different types of exercises to keep my legs strong for running.
- Monday: 3-5-mile run, arms
- Tuesday: 30 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the stair master legs, and abs
- Wednesday: 3-5-mile run, arms
- Thursday: 30 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the stair master, legs, and abs
- Friday: 3-5-mile run
- Saturday: 6-mile run (or more, depending on where I am in training – could be as high as 11 miles)
As you can see, I’ve definitely added some variety to my workouts. While training for Dopey, I tried to do the elliptical twice each week to give my legs a break from running. But, my legs weren’t really building any additional strength.
Since then, I’ve learned that by adding the stair master, I can work different muscles to optimize my leg strength for my races. It’s definitely a harder exercise for me, but I know that it has really been helping!
Additionally, I’ve also added more weight lifting into my weekly routine. Honestly, I couldn’t lift too much during Dopey Challenge training because my body couldn’t handle it with all of the miles that I had to put in each week. But, now that I’ve been adding lifting back into my workouts, I can really see a difference in my muscles – they are finally starting to get toned!
Not only did I switch up my normal training workouts, however. I also decided to keep some of Dopey Challenge training nutrition habits. While I’m not being as strict as I was last year, I’m really focusing on eating nutritious foods that really work to keep me full and my muscles happy.
For example, I’ve been focusing on getting more protein and finding fun ways to use vegetables. Check out these photos of our dinner the other night: pot roast with carrots, onions, celery, and cauliflower mashed “potatoes.” THIS WAS AMAZING! And, it kept me full all night – without a tummy ache!
I’ve also been trying to limit my carbs to whole grain options like oatmeal. Whole grains keep me full, while still providing the nutrition that my body needs after a long workout.
With all of these changes (and the lessons I learned from Dopey Challenge training), I’ve really managed to keep my weight down to my pre-Disney weight, which was my lowest ever!
I’ve had more energy, and I’m really excited to see how my race goes this weekend! For those of you that didn’t know, I’m running the Pittsburgh Half on Sunday – say “hi” if you see me!
But, that’s all for now, folks! 🙂
What is your current workout/nutrition regimen?