Weekly Workout Recap 11/17/2014-11/23/14


Good morning!

I love the process of putting together these workout recaps each week because it helps me to grasp an overall picture of what it is I do considering I have never followed any sort of structured fitness schedule.

It’s becoming clear (in case you haven’t noticed) that I am really enjoying the barre routines, both Pure Barre and the Gigabody Barre options, which is a great balance for all of the running that I do.

The trick is finding a workout routine you enjoy. I never loved the body pump-type classes, yoga,  Zumba or anything structured around weight-lifting.

I took them from time to time over the years, trying to force myself to get into it but it wasn’t for me.

Finding what you enjoy, figuring out a balance of how to incorporate it nicely into your daily routine may take some time but keep at it- you will know it when you find it.

What works for one person may not work for another though. You can’t just assume that you can follow the same workout routine that your friend does or mimic exactly what you read on someone’s blog.

Our personal preferences, strengths, abilities and flexibilities (I will never be able to do a split stretch!) are unique to each individual.

weekly workout recap


Pure Barre DVD & 30 Minutes Elliptical


7 Miles & Gigabody Barre Balance (11 minute video)


6 Miles & Gigabody Barre Strength and Floor (both videos around 11-13 minutes)

You can expect the Gigabody review most likely next week! I am really loving the short barre routines, especially when I combine them.


Pure Barre DVD & 6.50 miles

I liked what I did with this run! I did one warm-up mile and then decided somewhere in the second mile to begin alternating speedier miles with a recovery mile.

It looked something like this:

  • Mile 1 – 9:30
  • Mile 2- 8:58
  • Mile 3 – 9:20
  • Mile 4- 8:13
  • Mile 5 – 9:15
  • Mile 6 – 8:00
  • Cool down for half a mile

It’s really challenging, especially outside, to go from running at your leisure to picking up the pace for a full mile before cooling down again only to speed up for another mile.


I lose focus when running outside so forcing myself to pay full attention to keeping my speed up and then keeping it down was great.


6 Miles & Barre Balance and Floor Videos


13 Miles (I think)

My silly phone died again before my run was over. I am pretty sure I covered 13 miles. It could have been a few steps more (or less).

This run wasn’t so fun even though my first mile claimed to be 8:16. I don’t believe that was accurate at all, I didn’t feel that fast, didn’t want to go that fast and after that? Nothing was close to that fast.

I made a stop at my house at mile three to take off my jacket and replace it with a lighter layer because it was suddenly warmer than it has been.

I can’t keep up with the up and down temperatures.



My friend Meaghan asked me to join her for a spin class at Lifetime as her guest (remember I am no longer a member).

I am super excited! The instructor for today’s spin class is supposed to be amazing.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and good luck to ever running the Philadelphia marathon today!


Favorite way to cross train lately?

Best thing you have eaten so far this weekend?

What’s on your workout agenda for today or today is a rest day?



Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

9 thoughts on “Weekly Workout Recap 11/17/2014-11/23/14”

  1. I too have never been a fan of body pump, yoga, zumba, or even spin. I’ve tried many times to get myself to enjoy it, but it’s not happening. Everyone has their own preference, and when you find what works for you there really shouldn’t be a reason to change it up.

    Best thing I’ve eaten this weekend? Probably my breakfast. I’ve literally been eating the same meal for a few weeks straight. It’s a single serve pumpkin pie microwave cake topped with apple slices, raisins, hemp hearts, and nut butter.. or cookie butter.

  2. I wonder what my workouts would look like if I actually started tracking them… I stopped doing that a handful of years ago and never really got back into it. As for what’s on the agenda today… it’s still too early to tell 😛 I may have a quick power walk on the treadmill to break up the time I spent sitting at my computer working/studying, but time will tell.

  3. Love that you were able to keep an eye on your speed and push yourself on the alternating miles…I’m not sure I could keep the focus!! haha

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