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Last Week’s Workouts: First Barre Class + First Long Run of HM Training!

Good morning and happy Monday!

Okay, first. Sorry that there are some blog related glitchy things going on. There have been issues with the comments not showing up (although I am seeing your comments on the backend and will respond to them so keep leaving them!) and also still with the mobile ads blocking text. I’m working through these issues. (UPDATE: comments are working again and if you are a fellow blogger it’s a conflict with Thesis and upgrading to WP 4.0 FYI but is fixable.)

I am in the midst of a major blog redesign and overhaul and it can’t come soon enough. I am so ready to bid the current state of the site farewell!!! Hold on tight please! 🙂

Second, thanks for your feedback on the Weekly Workout posts. I was actually surprised to hear that this is something you use and get ideas from so I’ll keep them coming…starting today! I’m excited about last week’s workout recap because it was the first week of half marathon training and I did my first ever barre class!

About half marathon training, I’m following a training plan with a specific goal in mind for this upcoming race. It’s been a REALLY long time since I followed any kind of training program or had a set goal so it’s been refreshing and motivating…and fun to push myself!


3 mile easy run + yoga


1 mile warm up run + CrossFit

I did the “Legs on Fire” workout that I posted last week.




This WOD was hard but really good. I went into with the goal of just moving steadily. You have to be careful with long AMRAPs not to go out too fast. I try to start at a reasonable pace and then turn it up if I’m still feeling good halfway in. I also set a goal not to put the bar down on the shoulder to overhead. For shoulder to overhead you can strict press, push press or jerk. I jerked and it was an efficient way to get through it quickly. Between the S2O and the T2B, this was a shoulder smoker! I finished 8 rounds + 15 reps RX.


5 mile tempo run


My training plan called for 5 miles…2 miles for warm up and cool down and 3 at tempo pace which was 7:40. Loved how this workout pushed me out of my comfort zone.




I was invited to attend a class at Hilliard Studio Method by friend who manages our local lululemon. We were talking a couple of months ago and I mentioned that I’d never try barre and she’s been inviting me ever since. I finally bit the bullet and got out of my comfort zone and was I ever out of my comfort zone. I kept looking over at her during class with a look of bewilderment and she’d just smile and wink. Ha!

So barre…Hilliard Studio Method is a barre-ish studio here in town that packs it out. Their studio space is beautiful. I loved the loud, upbeat music and our awesome instructor Lee. I gave her feedback after class that she had a great teaching voice, specific and helpful cuing, hands on assists and use of names throughout class. I took the “Core Ball” themed class in which we used a medicine ball for a variety of surprisingly challenging movements. I liked the work we did with the ball that included a lot of plank and bridge variations. I knew Lee was legit when she started us out with a tough plank series that included a two-minute hold in forearm plank. I can’t say that the the more traditional barre movements that required pulsing, light dumbbells and thrusting/tucking was my favorite thing ever but I guess that’s something that I would get more comfortable with over time. I’m just not super coordinated and kind of awkward when it comes to that stuff!

Overall, it was a great way to mix it up and do something new and my core was sore for two days after. I don’t think it’s something I would do regularly because a) I personally really enjoy my current combo of heavier lifting/running/yoga so much and b) it’s $27 a class!


8.3 mile run


First official long run of half marathon training! I met two of my girlfriends at 7 a.m. to knock out 8.3 miles. It felt just like old times to get up early, eat some peanut butter, fill up my fuel belt, turn on my Garmin and hit the road. Our average overall pace was 8:54. Body and legs felt really good during and after the run.


I had a massage scheduled for Saturday afternoon with our therapist Kathleen Morris at Metro Fitness Club. It was seriously one of the best massages I’ve ever had and my body has felt 100% great ever since. I have never felt so good after a massage before.




I took my friend Kyle’s class at Charlotte Yoga and it was so what I needed. Kyle’s Sunday night classes are not hot but the room is warm and breezy. He plays really chill/ambient music and gives the perfect mix of flow and floor work. The class is 75 minutes and last night we spent around 50 minutes flowing and 25 minutes on the floor. The long holds during the floor work are totally relaxing and restorative. We held frog for over 5 minutes and got in pigeons and supine big toe variations. I felt so open during the class that I was able to get into this arm balance. I think I can count the number of times on one had that I’ve been able to get into Grasshopper on both sides but the combo of my massage + Kyle’s sequencing made it so easy for me last night. Ahhhhh!

A PERFECT week of workouts!

Have you ever tried a barre class? What do you think? 

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  • Amy September 8, 2014, 10:39 am

    I love barre classes because I do feel like I have gotten a little leaner since incorporating them into my routine. I took advantage of the beginner’s package at Hilliard and, while I loved it there, cannot afford the price tag. Luckily, I found a girl named Heather who teaches at the Dowd and she is awesome.

    • Jen September 8, 2014, 2:41 pm

      cool, thanks for the recommendation amy!

  • Erica Ro September 8, 2014, 10:40 am

    I just tried a Barre class last week and I have pretty much the same takeaway! I did, however, sign up for 1 month unlimited because they were offering a deal for new clients. I feel like it’s something I could improve on if I take a couple more times. Very interesting and different from other workouts!

    • Jen September 8, 2014, 2:41 pm

      keep me posted on how it goes over the course of a month and if you see any changes/results.

  • Linda September 8, 2014, 10:45 am

    Thought about Barre, but like you, too much other stuff I enjoy doing! BTW, that was one tough class on Sunday!

    • Jen September 8, 2014, 2:42 pm

      i was so happy to have you there! 🙂

  • Fiona September 8, 2014, 10:51 am

    I have always wanted to try a Barre class! I think it would be a nice change from BodyPump and spinning (my usual combo) and throw my muscles into a total different workout! I wish my gym offered it!!!! Looks like a great workout!

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles September 8, 2014, 11:37 am

    I started Pure Barre over the summer and fell in love with the routine! It is super pricey as well so when my one month membership ended, I actually ordered the Pure Barre DVD’s just to keep up the corework and isometric movements on my own at home. It’s a great compliment to my running routine. So far so good!

    • Jen September 8, 2014, 2:42 pm

      cool! i can see how it would be an awesome workout for at-home!

  • She Rocks Fitness September 8, 2014, 12:51 pm

    I tried a barre class and only did it once and probably will never do it again. It is just not my thing, but I am glad I tried it out and to see what all the hype was about. WAHOO on your long run this weekend! 🙂

    • Jen September 8, 2014, 2:43 pm

      i had a feeling you would share my sentiments! 🙂

  • ErikaMC September 8, 2014, 1:52 pm

    I would love to try Barre but there isn’t anywhere near me that offers it. Besides that I wonder how I would fit it in between everything else I enjoy doing. If you could recommend a routine/schedule as to what to do on what days between strength, cardio, hiit, yoga that’d be great – I feel like I could use a little tweaking in my schedule but I’m not sure how.

    • Jen September 8, 2014, 2:44 pm

      this is what my weeks are shaking out to right now…

      monday: easy run
      tuesday: crossfit/strength/HIIT
      wednesday: speed or tempo run
      thursday: crossfit/strength/HIIT
      friday: yoga or rest
      saturday: long run
      sunday: yoga

      2x yoga, 2x crossfit, 3x running

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run September 8, 2014, 1:59 pm

    Hi! About the blog glitches. I’m experiencing them, too. UGH.

    Do you use Bluehost?

    Also, did you just upgrade to WordPress 4.0?

    • Jen September 8, 2014, 2:44 pm

      yes, it had to do with thesis and the WP upgrade. my developer has it all under control now!

      • Hillary September 8, 2014, 11:37 pm

        Ahh, still dealing with the same issues. Who is your developer/host? 🙂

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run September 8, 2014, 2:02 pm

    $27 a class? That’s insane! Way to go outside of your comfort zone 🙂

    • Jen September 8, 2014, 2:45 pm

      yes, crazy expensive right!

  • Rachel September 8, 2014, 3:03 pm

    What is your goal for the half marathon?!

    • Jen September 8, 2014, 3:05 pm

      to PR (current pr is 1:52) + i have a time goal in mind but probably won’t share that! 🙂

  • Lauren K September 8, 2014, 4:34 pm

    Speedster!!! I ran 3 miles Saturday at about a 10 min/mile pace (wasn’t trying to push it), but 3 miles at 7:40…that’s amazing!

  • Amy @ The Little Honey Bee September 8, 2014, 7:53 pm

    Wednesday’s WOD sounds awesome! Yay RX 🙂 Congrats on the first long run – great pace too!

  • tara September 8, 2014, 9:29 pm

    i’ve never tried barre though i’m intrigued. but at that price tag i am WAY less intrigued : )

  • Austin September 9, 2014, 3:17 pm

    I do barre classes online through Barre3 (trust me, I am not normally and at home workout person.. I am a runner/group exerciser/biker), but I love that they charge only $15/month and anyone can sign up. They have probably 60 or more videos in lots of time increments and the instructors are great and include their founder. It is great if you anyone is looking for something that is significantly less expensive but the exact same workout as barre classes in person. I am not affiliated with them, I just really enjoy the classes they have online!

  • Megan September 11, 2014, 2:29 pm

    OMG that yoga pose is amazing! Definitely inspired to increase my practice.

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