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Weekly Workouts: A Yoga Challenge & Current Focus

I loved my week of workouts this week! I am participating our annual yoga challenge at the studio so it’s been pushing me to get to my mat more and the difference it’s making in my body is wonderful. I’m feeling really open and really good. The challenge is 62 practices in 62 days or 31 practices in 62 days (half challenge). I’m hoping to come in somewhere in the middle with around 50 practices in 62 days. We shall see how it all shakes out.

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The 62 Day Challenge runs until January 1, 2016 and we have over 100 people committed this year! The intention behind it is to keep you accountable for taking care of yourself during the busy holiday season so that you can enter the new year feeling strong and energized. I’m going to stay focused on the challenge through the end of the year before moving into a big strength and lifting focus that I’m excited to share with you! 🙂

I wanted to focus on strength this fall but got distracted by half marathon training (I DEFINITELY have exercise ADD!). Even with half training, I’ve done a decent job of getting 2-3 strength workouts in per week but it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.

(Side note: I’m still considering going out and running my own half marathon one day in the next week or two. I want to actually run the race distance after all that training I did. Haha, yes…I’m crazy.)

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I feel like I am constantly trying to find a balance between strength, running and yoga but it’s pretty impossible to do. I let it ebb and flow based on what’s feeling good and motivating me at the current moment and it seems to all workout. So forgive me if I seem a little all over the place but I just listen to my body and my motivation and go with it.

Here are this week’s workouts!

Monday

3 mile run + hot yoga

Tuesday

Hot yoga

Wednesday

Hot yoga

Thursday

CrossFit + Strength

CrossFit: Every Minute on the Minute for 18 Minutes

Minute 1: 30 double unders
Minute 2: 10 toes to bar
Minute 3: 15 KB goblet squats

This was my first CrossFit workout in months! I was wrapping up training a client just as class was starting so I did the WOD before my own strength work. I was super thrilled that I did all 6 rounds of 30 double unders. My last three rounds were even unbroken!

Strength: 3 Rounds

10 DB chest flies (20#)
10 DB bent over rows (20#)
10 DB tricep kickbacks, each arm (10#)
10 DB bicep curls (15#)
10 DB side raise (10#)
10 DB strict press (10#)10 DB single leg deadlifts (holding one 20# dumbbell)
10 DB lunges, each leg (holding two 20# dumbbells)

Abs:

100 reps various crunches

Friday

3 mile run + hot yoga

Saturday

Hot yoga

Sunday

Teach Total Strength + hot yoga

What type of workouts are feeling good for you lately?

What do you do to stay accountable for taking care of yourself during the holidays?

REMINDER!
Today is the last day to enter to win a copy of my new book, The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions.

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  • 1
    Lisa November 22, 2015, 12:15 pm

    There’s a half in Huntersville on Dec 12th! It’s a pretty rolling hills course.

    • 2
      Lisa November 22, 2015, 8:04 pm

      This is a great run – go for it, if it fits your life / schedule!!!

    • 3
      Kim M. November 23, 2015, 12:42 pm

      Definitely run 13.1 miles girl! If you’re trying to avoid registering for another race, there is a course preview run for the Huntersville Half on Nov. 28th. No need to sign up, you just meet at Fleet Feet at 8 am and run the full course with a group. It would be super fun to run with you and an awesome way to put all that training to use!

    • 4
      Jen DeCurtins November 23, 2015, 1:56 pm

      Good to know! Thanks so much!

  • 5
    meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles November 22, 2015, 12:19 pm

    You should totally run 13.1 miles, make it your next long run or Thanksgiving morning! That way you can feel the benefits of your training and make up for missing the race. It’s hard to squeeze in the yoga, running and strength training, we can only do the best that we can, you know? 🙂

    • 6
      Jen DeCurtins November 23, 2015, 1:58 pm

      Haha! It’s really not a bad problem to have! I’m so grateful to be able to mix up my workouts and never get bored with a routine!

  • 7
    Liz November 22, 2015, 8:10 pm

    My husband and I were supposed to run the Savannah half 2 weeks ago, but his mother had a heart attack and we did not make the trip. We ended up running 13.1 around our neighborhood instead and it felt good. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • 8
      Jen DeCurtins November 23, 2015, 1:59 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear that. I hope she is doing okay. I’m glad to know I’m not the only crazy one running the race distance even if I can’t make the race! 🙂

  • 9
    Emily @ My Healthyish Life November 23, 2015, 8:10 am

    I have the same mindset regarding workouts. I try to “balance” everything, but it feels better to just do what feels good. Because I’m injured I’m limited to only strength training, so I’m happy with the progress I’m making in that area!

    • 10
      Jen DeCurtins November 23, 2015, 2:02 pm

      Sorry you’re injured, but at least you’re able to still get some sort of workout in! I think that’s one of the best parts about mixing up your workouts. When one workout isn’t working, you don’t feel stuck with nothing to do.

  • 11
    Julie November 23, 2015, 3:31 pm

    I don’t think it’s crazy at all to want to go out & run the half marathon distance after you’ve been training for it. I would totally do it, too, if it were me.

  • 12
    Caroline November 23, 2015, 6:58 pm

    Long time reader, rare commenter 🙂 PLEASE don’t apologize for your mix of workouts! That is one of the reasons I love coming to your blog. I am the same way–and love hearing how you balance it all. Keep it coming, Peanut Butter Runner/Yogi/Crossfitter/Lifter/Walker/Intuitive Exerciser !!

    • 13
      Jen DeCurtins November 23, 2015, 10:24 pm

      Thanks Caroline! I needed this encouragement! 🙂

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