Miss Me?

6 Oct

Oh my gosh.


Did you guys miss me? Well, I didn’t miss you…

Just kidding. I still need to catch up on reading all your blogs. I’m so behind due to work and working out and turning orange…

I have had pumpkin soup every day this week. 16oz worth of pumpkin soup. I’m going to turn orange. 

Anyway, my workouts have not included running a billion miles. I am in the worst running rut currently. I hate running. I never been in this terrible of a running rut before either so it is frightening me.

I have no desire to run, but I force myself to at least run on the treadmill for as long as I can handle it. I wish I was still running 50 miles a week, but I love running, but I don’t want to now.

I just don’t want to run. Boooo to me. Has anyone else ever been in a super dull running rut?

So, if I haven’t been running, what have I been doing?

Eating Bonbons and watching soaps all day.

I start my workout with some plyometrics in my 20 pound weight vest. Yeah, plyometric workouts are tough and sweaty, but try with it a 20 pound weight vest.

I went through two shirts during my workout. Now, all the guys at the gym start talking to me. Not the senior citizen dudes, but young cute guys. They only go, “Sup?”, but still. That’s better than nothing.

Then, all the women are like, “What does that skinny ass girl think she is doing?”

I’ve been doing plyo moves like this:

  • 2 sets of 15 jump squats
  • 2 sets of 15 jumping jacks
  • 2 sets of 15 alternating jump lunges
  • 2 sets of 15 high knees
  • 2 sets of 15 mountain climbers
  • 2 sets of 15 running butt kicks
  • 2 sets of 15 wide push ups
  • 2 sets of 15 jumping jacks
  • 2 sets of 15 bicycle crunches
Julie’s track workout…

  • 2 miles or 8 times around the track: jogging (running or walking whichever you prefer)
  • 1 mile of sprinting the lengths of the track (8 sprints total)
  • in between the sprinting (for the ‘widths) i did the following:
    • backwards jog (2 widths)
    • sidestepping (alternating sides) – 2 widths
    • high knees – 2 widths
    • butt kicks – 2 widths
  • 10 bleacher runs (up 15 steps, across, down 15 steps)
  • 30 seconds bleacher up-downs (times 2)
  • squat jumps 15 (3x)
  • pushup with leg side crunch 15 (3x)
  • 1 minute planks (3x)
  • reverse crunches alternating with leg lifts (25 each) 2x
  • squat jumps 15 reps (2x)
  • box jumps (using bleachers) 15 reps 2x
  • 1 lap around the track, jogging
Single Leg Hops Bleacher Hops Double Leg Bounds Alternate Leg Bounds Squat Jumps Depth Jumps Box Jumps
1 2 x 10 2 x 10
2 2 x 10 2 x 10
3 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10
4 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10
5 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10
6 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10 2 x 10
What are some of your favorite plyometric workouts? 
Supposedly, plyo is great for runners.
According to Running Times, Plyometric training has been shown to be an important part of training a distance runner to recruit muscle fibers most efficiently. Dr. Karp explains this, saying, “Increasing the rate at which muscles can produce force helps improve how oxygen is used to maintain any given speed. It’s really about exploiting the elastic properties of muscles and tendons and how they utilize elastic energy.
After doing some plyo moves, I hit up the stairmaster or the elliptical. Then, I lift some weights for 45 minutes.
Today, however, I switched it up. I rode my bike to the gym (7.25 miles), ran 4 miles, lifted 35 minutes, ran another mile, and then rode my bike home the long way for a total of 16 miles of bike riding. 
Lifting has been going great. My arms are feeling it. I love it. Lifting > running as of now.
Well, anyway. If you e-mailed me in the past few days, I’ll get back to you soon. 
I apologize for my absence  and how boring I am now, but even six shots of espresso and Irish cream doesn’t wake me up.
To make my blog worth wild again, I have some upcoming posts on acupuncture and… whatever else you guys want to see. Let a sista know.
Enjoy the rest of your week, guys! I miss you all and let’s hope work calms down. I signed up for part-time and I’m working full time. Oh wee. What’s up with that?
“Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.”

20 Responses to “Miss Me?”

  1. sarah October 6, 2011 at 5:30 PM #

    I occaaaasionally do some plyo workouts- but I hate the looks that people( who probs have no clue what plyometrics are/ and don’t know how to workout properly at all) at the gym give me! Its like they think I’m retarded or something.
    Thanks for posting these workouts- they look awesome and I just know you’ll still be getting a really effective sweat even with the reduced running mileage.
    Pumpkin soup is SO delicious and definitely worth turning orange for.

  2. Alexandra October 6, 2011 at 6:10 PM #

    welcome back to the world my fellow pumpkin lovaaa! Poop about the running rut, but I’m in love with the plyos workout, I’m totally gonna do that on Saturday 😉
    Looking forward to the acupuncture post!

  3. Meg (A Dash of Meg) October 6, 2011 at 6:19 PM #

    you are so cute ❤ love your blog and when you post 😉 life is crazy, so I totally understand 🙂 just love what you're doing and that's all that matters!

    girl you are crazy! plyos with a weighted vest. you inspire me. wowwwwww

  4. Abby October 6, 2011 at 8:17 PM #

    I HATE running ruts. That’s kinda how I feel right now. Like I swear I love love running…but why the heck do I feel like crap when I run? It’s not like I’ve changed anything…whatever. Keep powerin’ through. You’re super tough. Focus on the things that make you feel good right now. (even though you want stupid running to stupid feel stupid GOOD!! UGH! >=[ ) Love that quote.

  5. lovemesomeoats October 6, 2011 at 8:58 PM #

    Wow, your workouts are intense! I am definitely into pumpkin lately too! A little to much though…

  6. Diana October 7, 2011 at 1:02 AM #

    I’m not sure if I’m in a running rut – I think I’m just REALLY tired right now. Yesterday, I had a venti latte in the morning and a caramel macchiato with lunch, but by 4pm I still just wanted to curl up in bed and sleep… Total zombie. However, once I got outside and started running, I miraculously felt better – and ran faster than normal. I’m thinking it might have been because I took a rest day the day before?

    Obviously I’m no expert, but I think you’re onto something in changing up your workouts – best of luck getting out of your running rut!

    • lifttorun October 7, 2011 at 7:48 AM #

      I am so tired lately too. I wake up at like 7:20 then I get home from by 9:30. I’m too wind up so I stay up for awhile. It sucks.

  7. Tara October 7, 2011 at 4:05 AM #

    If lifting is working for you right now, embrace it. You’re a beast and it would be silly to waste your time trying to make yourself run because you’re not going to get much out of it. Plus now you got some cute young guys talking to ya… that doesn’t happen to runners out running! I wish I could be doing these crazy strength workouts like you.

  8. KatsHealthCorner October 7, 2011 at 7:04 AM #

    Haha, we can be orange together. 😉
    I love lifting weights! Right now I am really enjoying Jillian’s No Trouble Zone’s Workout. I love how absolutely AMAZING you feel after a workout of weights. 😀

  9. survivingcandyland October 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM #

    Welcome back! I am totally going to be an orange person too, so it’s all good! We can start our own club, the modern day oompa loompas.

  10. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) October 7, 2011 at 10:54 AM #

    Oh my god. I have missed your blogs even if you haven’t missed us. I knew it was going to good when you opened it with that line ha. 😉 I’m also orange…no need for fake and bakin I guess. My XC coach wants us to do a lot more plyametrics. We will see lolz.

    I’m glad the fellas are saying sup. Although in the military you’ll be surrounded by them. 😉

  11. IHeartVegetables October 7, 2011 at 2:28 PM #

    I definitely get in running ruts. I FINALLY went for a run outside today because the weather was so nice I couldn’t stay inside but it was my first time in like a month and man am I going to be sore tomorrow!

  12. Emily Dryden October 7, 2011 at 5:50 PM #

    I love your blog! I’ve been reading it for a while and I seriously respect your honesty and your sense of humor. It’s so much fun to read!
    We all go through running ruts and exercise ruts in general. Unfortunately, it’s part of life! Just keep pushing through and doing whatever workouts you WANT to do. I’ve found that when I start listening to my body and doing exercise that I enjoy, I slowly break out of my ruts and things return to normal.

    I hope that helps!

  13. I missed your hilarious posts – glad you are back!! 🙂 You always know how to crack me up! Thanks for also posting those workouts, it’s something I def need to start doing more of (and not just running).

    Have a good weekend!!

  14. Ashley October 7, 2011 at 11:43 PM #

    welcome back! I’ve been a bad blogger this week but thats life. I read on another blog earlier this week about the importance of plyo workouts for runners. As much as you loved running before, Im sure it will come back. Until then enjoy your time exploring other workouts. LOVE pumpkin soup, even if it will turn me orange 🙂

  15. Marissa October 8, 2011 at 11:57 AM #

    ah pumpkin everything is amazing.. scones, lattes, muffins, pies, cheescake … haven’t tried soup though!!


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