A Return To Normal – Workout Recap

workout recap


Well this week was a slow return to normal after last week’s stomach virus. As soon as I started to feel more myself, I got my period < – bleh.

I realize talking about my time of the month is on some level too much information but when it comes to running and my workouts, it really isn’t. It’s pretty relevant actually because it affects how I feel which affects how I run.

Some months are better than others but overall, I tone things down when it comes to my workouts at this time of the month. I skip most yoga poses (actually, I skipped yoga completely since I was sick last week because I just wasn’t up for it or in the mood), take Pure Barre easy with extra caution because changing position can make me dizzy and I run where I am completely comfortable. Sometimes comfortable is fast and sometimes, it’s slow.

This week’s combo of recovering from a virus combined with that crampy bleh feeling gave me a week of easy runs which hopefully have left me ready for the week ahead, feeling fresh and ready for a real return to normal!

Did I mention all of my runs were outside though?! Best part 🙂

workout recap

Monday – Pure Barre Mile High DVD & 4 Miles

MapMyRun paused itself without me knowing during the first mile but I am pretty sure I ran a little over 4 miles and if I had to guess a pace, it was somewhere around 9:30 per mile. Maybe. I don’t really know but I did start to feel my normal runner self creeping back in so I was happy about that.

Tuesday – 7 Miles

Once again MapMyRun paused itself during the first mile – ugh, so annoying! I don’t know what’s up with it this week!

I had no plan for this run other than to go with what felt comfortable. Once MapMyRun got back to tracking, I was averaging around 8:30 per mile. Felt good!

Wednesday – Pure Barre Studio Series DVD & 4.50 Miles

To be exact, I ran something like 4.59 miles. I stopped as soon as I reached my front door. I would have liked to continue to 5 miles but I didn’t have time so there’s that.

Thursday – 7 Miles

Not much to say here. 7 miles around a pace of 9:30. Best I could do at this time of the month ( I even had a glass of orange juice with breakfast, that’s how you know I was feeling bleh). It was still nice to be in the fresh warm morning air!

Friday – Pure Barre Tone in 10 & 4.50 Miles

Pure Barre Tone in 10 Combo before my run:

  • Full Body
  • Arms & Abs
  • Thighs & Seat

In case you were wondering, I still wear my Mizuno’s – I rotate my running shoes on a pretty much every other day schedule.


Saturday – 13 Miles

It’s amazing to me that missing my long run last week sort of made today’s long run feel extra long! It was pretty cold outside ( in the 20’s), I started out too fast because I wanted to literally feel warmed up and MapMyRun paused AGAIN in the first mile.

I definitely felt more myself during this run but not 100%. The distance felt long (so weird to me!) and I got hit with some cramps briefly during the middle of my run (my cycle likes to do that to me towards the end). Overall I was pleased though!


Sunday – Rest Day

Maybe I am ready to get back to yoga? Not sure yet. I don’t know what happened to my interest but it’s gone since I was sick.

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Does your cycle affect your workouts each month?

Which shoes are you rotating lately? Which do you wear for long runs?

Best thing you ate so far this weekend?!

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.

14 thoughts on “A Return To Normal – Workout Recap”

  1. Your long run paces look great especially with everything you had going on! The first day of my period is the worst for me, and then I usually feel back to normal. But sometimes the cramps make it so hard to run, but I always feel better when I do get in some exercise.
    I rotate my pure flows, pure connects, and pure cadences. I wear the cadences for my longer runs because they are the most supportive, although the connects are my favorite because they are so light. I’m very sad that Brooks is discontinuing them and now I need to try to find another shoe to wear for speed work!

  2. I had to stop using mapmyrun because it kicked off for every run and I wasn’t noticing until the end. I’m only tracking long runs but used nike the past two weeks and it worked fine. Your long run was fast so I think you’re back to your normal self!

  3. I just started to cycle my shoes this year!!! Mostly this was due to I couldn’t afford more than one pair of shoes at a time, but I got a few discounts thanks to some programs my store has so I figured it was time to take the step. I actually do my long runs in my Saucony racing flats because they are what I will most likely run the marathon in. I do easy runs in Mizuno wave riders unless my legs feel heavy and I want a lighter shoe, in which I will wear my Saucony Kinvaras. I still think the Kinvara is my favorite shoe, but I also love the NB 1080 and am going to get it….once I can justify the price and my Mizunos wear out.
    I don’t notice my cycle affecting a run much, it’s more my diet and if I eat poorly.i think everyone notices that though haha

  4. Those are great splits on your long run! I used to schedule cutback weeks around my period because of the cramps and nausea. The exercise helps though!
    I’m looking for new shoes to rotate and I’m set on the Saucony Kinvaras and not sure what else. I need something light for speed work! I did look at the boosts and they had too much drop for my feet.

  5. I’m still working on trying to get my period while running. Getting there but it’s taking time to become regular.

    Best thing I ate this weekend was a seafood saganaki feast and coconut & raspberry gelato for desert. We went out for a nice beach lunch in the sunshine for my husbands birthday.

    I love the look of Mizunos and Sauconys – but I just can’t find a pair that fits as well as my Asics. Due for a new pair soon so I might try them on again. Hope you feel better soon Xx

  6. Glad you’re feeling better!

    Best thing I ate all weekend was this amazing paella in Miami! We went to a tapas restaurant in South Beach that had the most delicious bread (warm, soft, fresh from the oven) and ordered a big pan of seafood paella to go along with it. What’s weird is that I never really liked paella … That all changed yesterday!

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