From Running to Barre Class

When I’m not training for a race I try to stay as active as I can. However, sometimes it’s easy to fall into “slumps” and I’ve definitely had my fair share over the last few months.

You work so hard to follow a training plan for a race, run the race, enjoy the runner’s high and then what? Now what? Recovery, possibly. Extra recovery, potentially and then BAM! you’ve done nothing for a few weeks or months even.

I was kinda hoping to train for a winter half marathon but feel I might be falling off the wagon on that one as I haven’t had time to do any long runs. I’ve thought about those long runs and even planned them out; mostly an evening run on the treadmill. This past weekend I failed at getting in a long run as the heat from our wood stove sucked me in and I fell asleep on our couch at 8:30 PM. What an excuse!!!

I did get back on track Sunday night with a 7k treadmill run that I didn’t really enjoy but was happy I did it (when it was over, of course). Bad runs are still good runs.

My little wall I stare at sometimes.


I managed to go to Barre today at lunch and I had 2-3 moments of “I hate this”…” I hurt, please stop” …and “this is going to help my running”. My body felt great all afternoon at work which is energizing when you are working from a desk sometimes.


It’s been three weeks since I’ve been to a yoga class. And I miss it. I’m thinking my body is going to react with “what are you doing” and in utter shock! Let’s just hope I’m able to pack everything I need and not leave anything behind (like my sports bra and running last week). I missed my soccer game on the weekend as I was at a CAAWS (women & sport) workshop, so I’m looking forward to my game on Thursday. I’ll take that as my “speed work” for the week.

Also, I’m really looking forward to December and not just for Christmas. My youngest daughter and my husband have birthdays back to back (3rd and 4th) so it’s birthday party weekend coming up. I’m also looking forward to seeing my family and running lots over the holiday break.

How was your weekend?

Got any confessions to share?

What’s one thing you are looking forward to in December that’s not holiday related?

17 thoughts on “From Running to Barre Class

  1. Yoga! I have added a yoga session to my workout schedule this week, too. Stretching seems like such a good idea but honestly when I am doing it, it feels like a waste of time. Bad me.

    Have a fun family-birthday weekend!

    • For along time I didn’t feel like I was getting anything out of yoga and then all of a sudden it just hit me. I was able to do new poses that I couldn’t do before. I love how it’s not an impact sport like running and soccer. I need the balance 🙂

  2. I wanted to take a good week off after marathon training, but I’ve definitely been more lax than I should be getting back to my running. I’ve gotten a few runs in but haven’t made myself a real plan for my next half marathon in February. I need to get on that.

  3. I did next to nothing last week (recovering from the marathon), and just this afternoon started writing out a plan for December….. minimal running, arms/shoulders, abs/core, and legs. Oh, and let’s not forget daily planks & push-ups 😉

  4. I’m looking forward to my Florida half next weekend! And then back to running for fun for a couple months before I gear up for full marathon training again. Oh, and I’m starting a strength cycle with my coach. That’s always fun! Seriously!

  5. I’m a yoga girl, but I will take the barre class because it isn’t something that I am ever going to do at home. But then, I hardly ever do yoga at home, so I’m a terrible example. Happy birthday to your hubs and kiddo!

  6. I love yoga like I never knew I would! I have the Panama City Beach half this weekend- just me and a house full of women and a half marathon! Can’t wait!

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