Before I get to a new workout, I wanted to talk about a few challenges I am participating in for the next few weeks!
The first one is Jamie Mendell’s The Good Life Holiday Challenge. Everyday for the next week weeks, she e-mails us a challenge for the day. Each week has a different theme, and this week’s is food. I love that it has new challenges, and it’s totally free. This isn’t about losing weight, or working out constantly. It’s about challenging yourself to live your life in a healthy way.
Feel free to check out #goodlifechallenge on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to follow along!
The next challenge I joined is Lindsay and Elle’s Elf4Health challenge! I have heard great things about this, and can’t wait for all of it! Make sure to check out #Elf4Health on Twitter and Instagram, too!
I was paired up with Amalia and can’t wait to get to know her more! Our first challenge was Meatless Monday. Not going to lie, this was a tad hard, but that’s why this is a challenge! This was the week I decided not to go grocery shopping and eat up our fridge, so it needed some planning, but I managed. I can’t wait to get to know my Elf some more, and complete these awesome challenges.
If you missed the first cut off date, and still want to participate, you can! You just won’t be paired with anyone for the first two weeks. With over 800 participants, who doesn’t want to join!
Ok, back to regular scheduled blogging …
I did this workout last Thursday and it was amazing! I loved every minute of it. Basically, I wanted to run 5 miles, but didn’t want to just do that on the treadmill. It can get boring, and I like breaking things up. I also wanted to work on some speed, too. Enter: this workout! I combined the best of both worlds, and had a sweaty, fantastic workout!
This is a bit different than my usual workouts as it was based on miles. Usually I break it up for a time limit, but I enjoyed the mile aspect. Here’s the rundown..
Run a 1/2 mile on the treadmill at an easy warm up pace. Once you reach that distance, get off and do some stretching. Make sure you’re nice and warm. Next, get back on the treadmill to run 1 mile. For this mile, start at a comfortable speed. I chose 6.8. Every minute you are running, bump it up .2 on the treadmill. After reaching that mile, get off and do circuit #1. You only do this once.
For the next mile, sprint 45 seconds, and go at a recovery pace for 1 minute, until reaching 1mile. Then get off and do circuit #2 off the treadmill.
Run the next mile sprinting 400m, recovering with 200m, repeating for a mile. Get off the treadmill and do #1. Then run 1 mile running 800m fast, then 800m recovering, before getting off for circuit #2.
Finally, end with a 1/2 mile cool down.
The exercises will definitely make you feel it by the end, too. I can’t wait to repeat it next time I get on a treadmill! Remember, choose speeds based on you. Maybe you don’t want to do 5 miles, that’s ok! Either shorten the distance each time, or cut off a mile. This is completely tailored to you and what you can do!
Are you and Elf4Health this year?
Do you like challenges or do they make you nervous?
I have to say both! Haha I like them, but if I fail at any part, I always feel guilty. But I’m back to trying!