Running Long, At Home Full Body Workout + Weekending

Hi guys! It was a great weekend & I wanted to recap my sunny Saturday again as I have really enjoyed doing these recaps and letting you into my weekends. Since I do not blog on the weekend (blogging is like a full time job, so I guess I have two of those!) it is always fun to give you insight into what I do on my weekends.

If you have been reading the blog for a while, you will know that on Saturdays I do my long runs. What does my running schedule look like right now? Well, the distance can vary from day to day, but I run five days per week and take Fridays and Sundays off, unless of course I am doing a race on Sunday in which I will generally take Saturday off. This past Saturday my long run was 9.2 miles (or 14.8 km which makes me want to run another .2 km to round it to 15 because I’m one of those people) and I felt AWESOME.

Wait, how can anyone feel awesome running for that long on a Saturday morning? Wouldn’t laying in bed be better?

Well, since Friday was my rest day, my legs were ready to go come Saturday morning. Plus, I don’t run super early on the weekend either. I generally start my long runs between 8 and 8:30am (compared to 5:15-5:30am on the week days!) so I give myself more time to sleep in the morning. This also allows me time to have my pre-run cereal and a bit of coffee. Speaking of coffee, I think I had a little too much coffee on Saturday morning because I was having some tummy troubles – sparing you the details. All things considered though, the run itself was good and I averaged a 9:18/mile pace. Hey, I’ll take it!

After my run I came back inside to stretch it out. I haven’t gone to my usual Saturday yoga class for a few weeks now just because I have been getting so much done around the house after I run. I don’t know if it’s the post-run endorphins, but I have this urge to get as much done as I can before sitting down and working on the blog. Does anyone else get these bursts of energy? After stretching out my legs, I grabbed a resistance band and my weights and decided to do a 20 minute full body workout. If you read my blog during my bikini competition prep, you’ll know that I used to strength train pretty much every single day. Now I am lucky if I make time for it once a week. Bad, I know, especially to keep my body strong as I approach marathon training. However, I changed my perspective: do I have twenty minutes? Yes? Okay, then I can get this done.

I did some bicep curls, tricep kick backs, dead lifts, upright rows using the resistance band, hip strengthening with the resistance band (you put your feet inside and basically do ten steps to the left, then ten to the right to help strengthen your outer glutes and hips), shoulder presses, and squats. Foam rolling followed, of course!

Nala was not having the workout time. She brought all of her toys out of her basket and put them on my yoga mat. I snapped this shot of her and her current favourite toy as proof. Oh, you want to get your downward dog on? Allow me to lay here.

After a couple hours of blog work, making brunch and doing laundry, Nala and I went for a car ride to the grocery store. Thrilling, right!? It was a beautiful, sunny day, so I had the back windows rolled down and Nala was loving life in the back seat. Once we got home, I unloaded the groceries & made a yogurt bowl, because you know. I can’t get enough of them!

The rest of the day was spent doing household chores (because everyone loves to clean the bathroom, right?), hanging out with Nala & Ryan once he got home from work, and BLOGGING! I am trying to do lots of brainstorming for future posts, so be on the look out for lots of good stuff in the future ; )

What’s YOUR favourite weekend activity!?

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