Wednesday, June 4, 2014

National Running (Rest?) Day


I celebrated by taking the day off :)  That's okay though - I really needed it. I went back to Crossfit (actually called G-Fit - I will explain below) for the first time 8 MONTHS on Monday, the day after running that 5k, and my quads, glutes, and hammies are in desperate need of some TLC.  Yesterday I swam and today I just walked my dogs and foam rolled.

Speaking of not running, let's talk about my favorite kinds of cross training, shall we?

What I do when I'm not running:

1. Indoor Cycling - I first started spinning in college (junior year maybe??).  I LOVE IT.  A spin class is a great way to get a tremendous workout, without too much impact.  I'm also a big fan of being told what to do, so I literally don't have to think at all.  I love coming out of a spin class sweating like I was just in the sauna.  It just hurts so good!  However, I have two cons about spinning: it hurts my lower back (but this is all about setting up the bike properly so that can be avoided), and it really depends on the teacher.  A "good" or "bad" teacher is all about the vibe you have with them.  You just know...

2. Swimming - Ahhhh a nice relaxing swim.  Swimming is so weird in that it feels so slow and relaxed, and yet I can't last more than 30 minutes in the pool before being exhausted.  I rarely do "workouts" in the pool.  I just use it as a time to stretch and lengthen my aching muscles.  You can read more about my swimming here. 

3. Walking - You must know by now I very much enjoy walking my dogs.  Walking is a great way to keep moving and flush out lactic acid without taxing yourself.  Just obviously don't walk all day (i.e. sightseeing of something of the sort) the day before a big race, because that can have the opposite effect.

4. 8 Minute Abs - Have you ever heard of 8 Minute Abs???  This isn't exactly cross training because it's not a whole workout, but it's magical.  It's a goofy workout video that is seriously death by crunches.  I swear it works.  Check it out!

5. GFit (for the next month)- Gfit is a women's only form of Crossfit that, as far as I know, only exists in 2 locations (right by where I live).  I love the high intensity of it, and the fact that it forces me to strength train, which I have a hard time doing all by myself.  I haven't been going for 8 months, and I actually am only going for one more month.  I am canceling my membership, and it takes a month to do so.  Nothing against Gfit AT ALL, but it just doesn't work my lifestyle for a few reasons: 1. it's too expensive.  I can't justify the price while also keeping my other gym membership, and only going once or twice per week.  2.  I don't go enough.  As you can see, I like to do a lot of other types of workouts, especially running, hello!  I can't go to the Gfit the recommended number of times to actually see results.  Gfit is designed for people who want to do that and only that.  And that's fine!!  I loved going and it's a GREAT workout.  If you happen to live in this area and want to check it out, here's their website.  It's run by an AWESOME group of (ripped) women.  I'll miss them!

What I would rather rest than do:
1. Elliptical - Personal preference...too boring, and I don't feel like it's as good workout.  And don't get me wrong, I would know.  I spent HOURS on it in college.

2. Yoga - Oh yoga, I wish I liked you more!!!  I have tried many a time to get into yoga, but to no avail.  However, the yoga I have enjoyed the most, and feel like I could get hooked on, is hot yoga.  I do like that, because I get my SWEAT on (see above, in Indoor Cycling).  In order to get a great hot yoga class I'd have to join a studio, which I fiscally cannot do.  I also wouldn't have time for enough yoga.  I guess the yoga dilemma is sort of like the Gfit dilemma...  I do believe in STRETCHING, though!  Stretching is a must.

1. What's you favorite type of cross training? Least favorite?  Something you're dying to try?

2. Did you celebrate National Running Day?  PS. It's not too late to tweet #IMARUNNER to @timexsports.  They will donate $5 Team Boomer (a Cystic Fibrosis Research Team).


  1. Anna! I went on Twitter for the first time in many months and I just realized you had a blog! This is so great! It's def 5k season in the Horenstein household. Every single Sunday, my mom is obsessed, it's an awesome family activity! I am so proud of you for all of this, you rock girl! Also, yoga has been amazing for me, and if you aren't sweating in regular yoga it's too easy for you! Love the blog, keep it up!

    1. Thank you Jaime! It's so nice to hear from you! I've been avoiding posting my blog on facebook, but I might do that soon. I saw you and your mama did the Gary Papa Run! How was it?