Disney Workouts/Weekly Recap

hotel gym


Oh hi!

We are back from Disney World and I feel like I need a vacation.

The worst part about taking a few days away is the coming home to do laundry (like the minute I walk through the door, without stopping for the bathroom), the food shopping, cleaning (how is the house messy if we were away?) and adjusting back to the regular routine although there will be no school this week so regular routine isn’t really going to happen.

The one thing I will say is that my workout routine is not something that takes a readjustment; it’s so much a part of me that I look forward to my normal morning run and crave Pure Barre as much as I do my first brewed cup of coffee in the morning along side my prerun oatmeal, banana and peanut butter.

I will recap our trip a bit more this week but for now, let’s look at my workouts.

weekly workout recap



Pure Barre DVD

The best part of being a morning person is not struggling to get ready for an early morning flight. In fact, I was even able to squeeze in a Pure Barre session in the living room before getting my son up and out the door.




I wouldn’t exactly call walking around Disney World a rest day though; being on your feet for a good 12 hours and walking miles upon miles (Disney is twice the size of Manhattan) in between sitting on buses, monorails, boats and rides is rather tiring!



3 Mile Treadmill Run

The gym at our hotel is really nice.

hotel gym

It’s not just a couple of old treadmills which you typically find in a hotel gym either.

It’s fully stocked with plenty of new machines and weights/weight machines with room to do planks if you want to but I was on vacation and the one thing I will not do on a vacation is a plank.

Instead I ran 3 miles and called it a day.

hotel gym

It’s hard to run out of my element, I will admit that. Adjusting to a new treadmill and running when eating on a different schedule tricks my system yet somehow I still ran kinda fast  – 3 miles in 25 minutes. Not bad.

The view from the gym is really nice too.

hotel gym



30 Minutes Elliptical

My feet were done from all of the walking around and the thought of running on a treadmill made me cringe.


I had a few minutes though in the morning so I opted for the elliptical machine.

It was a harder elliptical machine (or maybe just not what I am used to or maybe I was tired) than the one I use regularly in my gym which made me think about how difficult it is for me to share elliptical workout routines since each machine and settings are so different.



Pure Barre DVD and 6 Easy Miles

We came home Thursday night so I woke up Friday morning excited to get back to normal. We weren’t gone long but I love my usual mornings so much that it felt good to wake up at home.

I skipped the ending ab section of Pure Barre (I felt like the “warm-up” was enough for the core work this time) and headed out for my usual 6 mile loop.

You would think my legs would have felt super fresh and ready to run after not running as much over the last few days.

Not the case. I thought I would be really fast but I wasn’t so I just went with it and enjoyed the warmish December air.



13.2 Miles

It was nice to have the opportunity to run long on an early Saturday morning at the end of December with temperatures probably in the 40’s which felt more like 60’s.

I hope it stays this way all winter!



Pure Barre DVD & Maybe a few easy miles

I am leaning towards one of the shorter Pure Barre routines (the Mile High series) and possibly a few miles. I haven’t decided yet but it’s so warm here that passing up a chance to run outside at the end of December so comfortably seems silly.


Is the weather warm by you for this time of year?

Best thing you ate so far this weekend/on Christmas?

Do you struggle adjusting to different treadmills/elliptical machines/working out when on vacation?



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.

15 thoughts on “Disney Workouts/Weekly Recap”

  1. On vacation I’ll try to run outside if possible. Running on any treadmill is bad for me and usually not worth it but if it were my only option for a week I’d do it of course, but the bare minimum. And 12 hours on your feet at Disney might as well be a marathon 🙂

    1. Walking all day is so much harder on me than running lol. And the Disney Marathon (and half) is next weekend and I always wanted to do it! I just have to coordinate other people to come with us since someone needs to watch my son which is the hard part. Maybe next year.

  2. So I have been reading your blog for a few months now and I love it. I actually run similar mileage to you and really need to get my body toned. I read your reviews on the different barre DVDs could you recommend one of the pure barre for me to get. I love pure barre but it’s sooo far away from me. Thanks and I’m glad you had a good vacation! I totally agree though I hate coming home to do everything except I love getting back into my running routine.

    1. Sure! I have only used the Mile High Series (which incorporates the red ball in all exercises) and most recently, the Studio Series which incorporates the yoga block and free weights (for arms at beginning)….I like them both. The Mile High series in 35 minutes in length and leaves out the extra arm section with weights that you are used to from the class. The studio series is 45 minutes in length which is closer to the true class setting. Either way, I recommend both because they are different moves but work all of the muscle groups which is terrific toning and balancing/stretching of the muscles. If you are sort of new to Pure Barre and/or found the studio class challenging, I would start with the Mile High series. The Studio Series, in my opinion, is more challenging and requires more precise positioning for some of the routines which can be difficult. I still can’t do the side plank lol. It also does a lot of work on tippy toes. Let me know if you have any other questions! Oh, and I found all of the videos on the Pure Barre website. Their pricing was actually the best — get a set which includes two dvd’s and the socks and block/ball. Worth it.

  3. When we travel we make sure the hotel has a “nice” gym so I’ve been lucky with the treadmills I’ve used on vacations. Our weather isn’t warm but it has been warmer than we usually have this time of year. I’ll take it!

  4. Just stayed at a hotel and had one of my best workouts ever! Strange, i know 🙂 the whole family likes to work out so we jammed inside the tiny room. I did arms w weights and body weight, then glutes w my sis. Last of all yoga w the 3 year old haha. Then we went rock climbing for 6 hours dang it! I was exhausted 🙂

  5. Good for you on being able to knock out all those workouts over the holiday! I actually love doing laundry after vacation. Wish I was close enough to take over that duty for you.

  6. The weather is warmer in Ottawa but it is still cold! I will take 4C any day over negative temps!

    I haven’t been on an actual vacation for a long time. When I travel with the track team, I try to get out for a run or two. The last big trip involved 9 hours in a bus – so when we arrived, I went for a run right away. When I go camping I try and go biking or running.

  7. Unless I’m trying to kill time, I don’t usually bother working out in the hotel gym when I’m on vacation because walking around and exploring tend to be a big enough workout. That being said, the hotel on my last vacation offered free classes, so I took advantage of those and appreciated the change in routine. Now to invest in a gym membership for next year…

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