Must Be Fall (weekly workout recap)


The sun is rising later and the leaves are on the ground — it must really be Fall!


I’m not opposed to this time of year (in fact, it used to be my favorite season before summer moved to the top spot) but I do struggle a bit more with instant energy levels first thing in the morning. While I don’t deviate from my regular workout routine (never), I am lenient with what I do and totally go by my mood on any given day.

This is not very different from how I approach the rest of the year. However, it’s definitely more noticeable for me during the fall and winter months. All I can think about lately is how grateful I am to have learned to be happy with running less.

I think I say this often but it’s so worth repeating again and again because it means so much to me. It’s been almost four years since I drastically changed my higher mileage workout routine and I’m still so happy about it. I really look forward to the running that I do but it doesn’t have to be my first choice. This makes life a lot easier. I cannot imagine still running so much – the mental and physical energy that would take right now seems so beyond me, and so not necessary.

I can’t say enough about the value I’ve found in a good walk or yoga/pilates flow. Sweating is not necessary for a quality workout.

It’s quite interesting, actually, to consider how this blog has evolved. I was that higher mileage runner who ran a bunch of races for a few years there. And then that changed. But isn’t that normal? I see conversations about how some runners don’t seem to evolve – that isn’t exactly normal, right? We are supposed to evolve and change. So while it can be nice to see runners who keep up their routines endlessly, I think it’s also important to see people who evolve with life and change routines naturally as life changes, rather than watch someone change because injury forced it on them.

Monday – 18 Min Yoga Flow + 3 Mile Walk

Tuesday – 30 Min Run/20 Min Walk

I started out not really sure if I was in the mood to run but then picked up my pace nicely.

Wednesday – 33 Min Power Yoga/Pilates (1 lb weights/band) + 30 Min Walk

Thursday – 30 Min Run (easy) + 11 Min Arms (1 lb weights)

Friday – 3 Mile Walk + 19 Min Sculpted Abs (using a ball)

I was very tired this morning even though I slept well. Starting with a walk was the best idea because I suddenly found myself speed walking and banging out three miles in 45 minutes. It was effortless and really woke me up for the day.

Saturday – 6 Miles (easy)

It was warmer today with a breeze. I ran an easy six miles which felt like I was running on autopilot – it was great. It’s worth noting that on weekends, I often run a good two hours later than I do during the week and certainly much later than I ever did in the past.

Sunday – 30 Min Warrior Sculpt (3 lb weights) + 3 Mile Walk

I just love Warrior Sculpt! 30 minutes is all I need to really work up a sweat from this type of workout. I save the 45-minute version for times when I want something even more intense (and also for when I can’t get outside for a walk too).


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.

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