Itâ€™s been an active morning over here!
Iâ€™ve found that Iâ€™m struggling with writing the book early in the morning, so I decided to swap my afternoon workout for a morning one. The bright side is that my yoga session + run is done; the downside is that Iâ€™ll be writing until 9 PM. 🙂
I did Yoga Sculpt on Exercise TV, which is rapidly becoming my favorite yoga workout DVD because 1) it actually makes me sweat and 2) thereâ€™s a dancing warrior series (Warrior I and II are my favorite poses). Iâ€™m working so hard on improving my warrior stance!
After Yoga Sculpt, I did 6 minutes of abdominal work per the Whittle My Middle Challenge, which is seriously killing me. That is a LONG time to do ab work!
And then I ran 6.0 miles. Whew! Told you it was an active morning. Here are my statistics:
- Distance: 6.0 miles
- Duration: 57:03
I was thinking on my run today about taking walking breaks â€“ I think itâ€™s important for you all to know that I WALK! (I typically let my watch keep rolling). I learned to run from the Galloway Method, which is when you run for one minute, walk for two, and repeat, gradually reducing your walking time as the weeks go by.
I still take walking breaks (I took 3 during todayâ€™s run) when I need to rest or just feel too hot (itâ€™s still 80+ degrees here). With an average pace of 9:30, itâ€™s obvious to me that taking walking breaks doesnâ€™t destroy my mileage splits. In fact, I bet I can run longer and faster on average when I do take breaks instead of just sloooowly jogging the whole thing.
Before yoga, I had a bowl of banana oatmeal:
My oatmeal contained:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 sliced banana
- Toppings: brown sugar, flax, coconut
And for lunch, I had spaghetti with Alfredo sauce, spinach, and veggie meatballs. I also had a glass of POM Wonderful + sparkling water:
This was easily two servings of pasta, but I was SO HUNGRY!
And it was so good. 🙂
Do you take walking breaks when you run? Have you tried the Galloway Method? I try not to walk on â€œshorterâ€ runs (like 4.0 miles and under), but I definitely see the validity in taking breathers on longer ones.