Running Hiatus Workout #4

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I’m going to grow gills. I’m obsessed with swimming!  It’s challenging, it’s fun, it’s tiring…. it’s almost everything running is! :) 


Running Hiatus Workout #4


I hit the gym for some strength moves before diving into the pool.  Although I could have done these at home, I feel like I try so much harder when I’m at the gym!  Here’s my routine:


  • 30 second jumping jacks (to warm-up)
  • 10 walking push-ups
  • 10 plank to push-ups
  • 90 bicycle crunches
  • 30 second jump rope
  • 20 regular push-ups
  • 30 old school crunches
  • 60 reverse crunches
  • 30 seconds of mountain climbing
  • 2 30-second side planks – Right
  • 2 30-second side planks – Left


WHEW!! It felt like I was doing my own version of the 30 Day Shred !  Jillian Michaels definitely taught me some great, effective moves.  (In case you’re wondering, I bring a piece of paper and a pen to write down the routine as I do it…otherwise, I would never remember anything!). :)  After the strength moves, I hit the pool.  I swam:


  • 20 laps in 30 minutes (1,000 meters or 0.62 mile)


I’ve found that swimming is a lot like running in that I don’t start off by saying I’m going to do this HUGE distance.  Instead, I tell myself I just have to swim a little bit.  Once I did 10 laps, I felt like doing 5 more.  And once I did 15 laps, I felt like going all the way to 20.  Reverse psychology works on me every time!


Post-swim snack:


Plus a un-photographed rice cake.  I think I need to hide them from myself! They are sooo yummy. 🙂


And cereal around 5:30 to hold me over to dinner:


And dinner:


I had an Sweet Apple organic chicken sausage on a slice of whole wheat toast. 


Plus ketchup:


These sausages are so good!  We were out of buns, but the toast worked. 🙂


And a side salad:


Annnnnnd I’m out!  I want to get to bed early so badly.  See you in the morning! 


"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”  – Albert Einstein



  • jenngirl April 19, 2009, 4:37 pm

    I’m so impressed with your swimming workouts! WHen/if I get pool access, I may have to try it out too 🙂

    Love chicken sausages on toast, total favorite of my own!

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance) April 19, 2009, 4:44 pm

    You’re making me want to go swimming!

  • runsarah April 19, 2009, 4:45 pm

    Awesome workout- I need to incorporate more of Jillians moves into my workouts!

  • Bec April 19, 2009, 4:49 pm

    what a great strength move list, I am definitely stealing it!

  • Meg April 19, 2009, 4:59 pm

    Awesome workout and a great quote!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 19, 2009, 5:02 pm

    GO YOU!!! Swimming is a great workout 🙂

  • K from ksgoodeats April 19, 2009, 5:14 pm

    Way to go with the swims!!

  • Lisa D. April 19, 2009, 5:16 pm

    is this the same girl who just a few days ago said she didn’t like swimming??? I’m glad you changed your tune! Maybe you will be back in another triathlon before you know it!

  • sloank April 19, 2009, 5:17 pm

    I had the exact same dinner as you!! Hahaha… Seriously, 100% same thing! I love it!!

  • Oh She Glows April 19, 2009, 5:20 pm

    I’m so happy you are finding something you enjoy! I love your quote tooo…its so true!

    Do you find you are consciously eating less now or are you just naturally less hungry? I was disappointed to find that my hunger didn’t diminsh much at all even though I was burning 400-600 calories less a day!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 19, 2009, 5:29 pm

    Angela – I’ve just been paying more attention to my caloric intake (or trying to!!!). No, my hunger has not decreased. I’m definitely hungry in an effort not to eat my face off! LOL

  • redheadedjournal April 19, 2009, 6:37 pm

    Glad you had a good swim!

  • Jenny April 19, 2009, 8:21 pm

    It seems like you do such a good job of maintaining a positive body image. Do you have any suggestions? I struggle with this.

  • Maggie April 19, 2009, 8:28 pm

    I love the quote! I am happy you are enjoying swimming almost as much as running 🙂

  • BethAnn Caputo April 19, 2009, 8:40 pm

    Are those Bilinski’s sausages?? I just bought them today from Whole Foods in the sweet apple flavor…can’t wait to try them! Good job on the workout…swimming is tough!

  • ChickPea April 19, 2009, 9:38 pm

    You’re making me so anxious to get home and jump in my pool at home!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 20, 2009, 3:12 am

    bethann – im not sure the brand, i threw away the package! but it was green and has a rooster on the front.

    jenny – i am going to do a whole post about this soon because trust me its not as easy as it looks!!! 🙂 expect it sometime this week (sooner rather than later!).

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog April 20, 2009, 7:29 am

    I love rice cakes too! everyone always hates on them though. they’re just missing out.

    love the swimming routine! I wish I had access to a bigger pool. the one in our complex is tiny and I have to swim back and forth so many times that it gets really boring.

  • Devan Geselle April 21, 2009, 11:16 am

    My dream granola mix in would be carob covered goji berries.
    oh my
    can you just taste the splenor<3

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