New Year, New Running Shoes (weekly workout recap)

brooks ghost 14


I’m not going to lie, getting up early again and squeezing in a workout today before work is super hard after being off several days over the last two weeks.

While I’m totally a morning person, I do appreciate NOT being on a schedule and definitely fell into a later morning routine during the holidays.

It will take me a day or two to adjust but one this is for sure — I won’t skip a workout. I know that I feel so much better after some form of movement in the morning before work and that is what keeps me motivated!

Last Week’s Workouts:

Monday – 10 Min Power Abs + 3 Mile Walk

Tuesday – 4 Mile Run

Wednesday – 5 Mile Run

I was happy to be off today and run a little later in the morning!

Thursday – Melissa Wood Health Combo (bodyweight)

This combo that I put together was just SO GOOD. I was sweaty and working hard right away — I will keep this combination in mind for this winter when I want something that elevates my heart rate on days I can’t go outside to run.

  • 15 Min Cardio Warm-Up with Plie Squats
  • 15 Min Power Pilates with Plank Series – At first glance, I always hate planks but trust her workouts to be worth it.
  • 13 Min Inner/Outer Thighs

Friday – 5 Mile Run / 10 Min Abs 

I had ordered a new pair of Ghosts earlier in the week and while I was running today, I saw the man delivering the new shoes to my front door!

I was 1.5 miles into my run but of course, I stopped to switch into the new pair of Brooks Ghost 14’s that had arrived!

brooks ghost 14

Is there a runner alive who wouldn’t stop midrun to switch into new running shoes in this situation?

Saturday – 30 Min Barre3 (3 lb weights)/15 Min Ab-Focused Flow

It was raining this morning (I HAVEN’T SEEN SUN IN DAYS!) so I couldn’t run. I wanted something different and of high energy (but not a total HIIT style workout) so I picked a Barre3 workout from youtube. This one is perfect if you feel like a sweaty, squat-filled workout that is still low-impact and built on the foundation of yoga/barre/pilates.

After the Barre3 workout, I added an ab flow from Melisssa Wood Health. All of her ab flows are different and although this one focuses on abs, it’s really more like a full-body experience.

Sunday – 5 Miles

Still no sun but at least it wasn’t raining so I was able to run outside in my new running shoes again!


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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