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Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Running | 4 comments

The Workout Rut

Hi! I loved reading all your sweet comments about our move! Thank you so much for sharing in our joy. It really means so much to me and I’m excited to share more of our journey here on the blog.

Things have been a little crazy the last 3 days, but we found a house in Georgia! Actually, we didn’t find the house. God pretty much dropped the house into our laps. Not even joking when I say, ‘the house came to us.’ I can’t wait to share more about it later!

But, in honor of workout Wednesday (I told you I was making that a thing), I wanted to chat about fitness tonight.

I’m in a bit of a workout rut. I’m still working out, just not as often and not quite as intense as usual. Rather than shooting for 5-6 workouts a week, I’m aiming for 3-4 sweat sessions. And I have no set plan each day. I just wing it and do whatever form of exercise calls to me.

After I had Atlas, I went all in with improving my running. I worked with a running coach and developed a detailed program to push myself hard to see some improvements in my splits and it was terrific! After I had Andi Rose, I committed to the 21 Day Fix and focused on toning up and that was amazing!

But lately, I’ve just been feeling kind of ‘blah’ about working out. I started doing the 21 Day Fix Extreme and I just didn’t love it, ya’ll. To be honest, I found many of the workouts too difficult (although, there are some that I really do love – I love the Dirty 30 Extreme). Mentally, I just wasn’t feeling the workout program. I didn’t want to push myself that hard, which is not the norm for me since typically I’m all about high intensity workouts. Autumn Calabrese is trying to get me to do weighted jump squats and I’m all, “Why the heck would I need to add weights to a jump squat? Jump squats are hard enough with just my body weight. Can the 3 pounds of cookie dough I ate last night serve as a replacement for the handheld weights you are asking me to use?”

Dave is training for a half marathon right now and part of me has an itch to start training for some longer races again. I will randomly go out and run 5 or 6 miles 2 or 3 days a week, but I don’t set out to run a certain pace…I just lace up my shoes and go. And sometimes I get 3 miles into the run and decide that’s all I’ve got in me. Not even physically – just mentally. Does that make any sense?

I credit my workout rut to the fact that we are moving in 3 weeks and I’m feeling a bit scattered/stressed as a result. Instead of working out, I would rather make a list of things that we must get done this month. Also, Andi’s sleep has not been good. She will sleep through the night for a couple nights in a row and then BAM! She will randomly wake up and cry for 2 hours in the night. Or BAM! She will wake up at 5:30am. And just like *that* I’m all thrown off because my sleep got hijacked. And then when she does sleep the following night just fine, I still lay in bed awake wondering if she will wake up, why she’s waking up and what I’m doing wrong with her sleep training. And then I google things like “signs of an ear infection in a baby”at 2am and I lay in bed convinced she’s going to go deaf if I don’t get her to the doctor asap to get her ears checked. And then I turn my alarm off and decide instead of working out, I’ll take a rest day…for the 3rd day in a row.

But you know what? I think that’s okay. Sometimes we just have to roll with what life throws at us and be okay with dropping the ball on certain things. I think the down time right now is good because it is fueling me mentally and physically for the fitness goals I decide to tackle next. I’m staying in a general routine out of pure habit, but I’m just giving myself some grace on the days I decide to opt out of a workout.

Our new neighborhood is filled with serious hills, so I’m a little too excited to start running some hill repeats once we get moved and settled. But for now, I’m going to enjoy this workout rut I’m in. I’ll run when I get the urge and do some crunches when I eat 1 too many cupcakes, but I’ll also enjoy saying ‘no’ to some exercises and just letting my body (& mind) chill for a bit.

What about you? Ever been in a workout rut? Ever done a weighted jump squat?

4 Comments

  1. A weighted jump squat sounds like a sure way to an injury – ouch!

    • Right? I did a few and quickly decided that I wasn’t extreme enough for all that. I was like, “um, this is how people ruin their backs.”

      • So crazy!

  2. Needed to read this. After the past week of less than stellar workouts due to exhaustion or just not feeling it, I was feeling guilty. This totally put a new spin on it and I feel much better. Can’t wait to read about your new adventures!

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