fitness as of late
I probably haven’t run over six miles in…two months? three? (WOAH.) Yet, I can strangely admit that I don’t particularly miss long runs. Blame it on the al-al-co hol (ok, the heat) but I’ve actually enjoyed a variety of other workouts that, for the most part, have made me feel better than any sluggish 10-mile run. Shall we?
I’ve been kind of obsessed with a particular 5-mile treadmill workout. (I know, I have no idea why I’m actually enjoying the treadmill, but I’m going with it). It’s super simple: Start out at 8:20 mile pace, and run each mile 20 seconds faster: 8:20, 8:00, 7:40, 7:20, 7:00. For some reason, paces on the treadmill always feel faster than on the roads, so I want to take this one outside soon and play with starting at 8 mins and going down to 6:40. #shots
Some early mornings or late nights, I try to beat the heat and hang out with my best friend in Williamsburg (McCarren Track). I’ve been digging 200 and 400m repeats, and am always humbled/frustrated how fast (puns!) you can lose speed. I usually turn my watch off since I can go by feel, aand I also know my splits are not nearly as low as I want them.
HIIT Strength training
A friend taught me this 109876554321 workout, and I’m loving it. You basically pick five exercises (push-ups to planks, inchworms, shoulder press, kettlebell swings, froggers, for ie) and do 10 reps of each, then nine, then eight, then seven..all the way down to one. It takes about 20 minutes, and damn it’s tough.
Ok so I went to a barre class once, and I must say I didn’t hate it. The Greatist team went to Pure Barre in Union Square, and while I was forced to do a lot of “tucking” and “pulsing”, along with being reminded that my hamstrings are as tight as fuck, I did get a solid workout out of it.
Ahh, namaste. If you think hot yoga is tough, hot yoga in the summer is a sauna on crack. I don’t know why I love the heat so much — maybe it’s the extra challenge — but it’s almost comical/refreshing how much I sweat. Regardless, yoga is still remaining a staple (naked or not) so I’m glad I’m still getting it in. (Even at home!)
Since I’m not getting my LSD on runs, I’m trying to go on more walks throughout the day just to keep moving. Taking breaks midday to get some air, along with getting a few miles in just walking about, feels good.
PS – This makes me feel like I’m being a fitness crazy person, but I will say that I’m balancing all of this out with a pretty regular consumption of alcohol, and a pretty irregular amount of sleep and a solid dose of stress. It all evens out!