A Different Kind of Workout Wednesday

I love and hate Wednesdays. I love them because they are usually a good work day, I get a speed workout in and have yoga at night. I love them because that means only a couple days till Saturday.

I hate them when I have to get out of my comfort zone. That’s how today’s impromptu workout felt. I thought about forgoing any type of speed resistance work today under the excuse that I cannot run and have never done speed work outside that element.

I am still nursing an uncomfortness in my left foot. It does not hurt. It just feels “off”. Still. It’s been a couple days now, but I think it’s starting to lighten up. (Pray that it goes away before my race next weekend!!)

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Doing something besides running has been humbling. There’s really nothing like ellipticalling for two hours on Saturday to make you miss running. Or running outside…or trails…ok, I’m back.

Anyway, today I made the decision even though I have never done it and could blow up/lose motivation or just stop. I did my workout on the bike.

Speed intervals are short in duration and for me, have always had about the same length of time as recovery. For example, a one minute sprint followed by a one minute recovery jog etc.

My workout on the bike mimicked what I would do on the track or treadmill.

For the first ten minutes, I did 30 second bike sprints followed by 30 second recovery. For the second ten minutes, I did one minute sprints with one minute of recovery. Then for the final ten minutes, I did the 30-30 combo again.

HOLY SWEAT!!!! I don’t know if it’s the fact that I wore a t-shirt instead of a tank or that I was really working hard…but I was DRIPPING. What a way to get out some toxins haha (I kid)

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What did I think? It was a good substitute for a low impact speed workout. I saved my foot and got some anaerobic training in.

Do I think it’s could stand in for running? No. Not on a regular basis. I think that in order to be a good runner, you have to run. However, being a good runner means not getting injured, so that’s where this becomes useful.

What was your workout today?

Bike or run?

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7 comments

  1. I agree that bike and eliptical can be suitable alternatives in a jam…but just so freaking hard to motivate for them. Best of luck on rehabing the foot!

  2. It’s really important as a runner to cross train, and bicycling is a good way to do that. It can also help with injuries. I understand, though. My shin yesterday was feeling really weird and randomly hurting so instead of running (which killed me emotionally. I was really looking forward to that run) I did some elliptical work and bike work. It was definitely a mental battle to not run. I hope your foot gets better soon!

  3. You pretty much summed it up at the end there — to be a good runner, you have to run, but you also can’t get injured. It’s a funny cycle. I can’t stand biking unless it’s outdoors or in a spin class. Otherwise it’s so boring to me! Same with the elliptical, unless I’m watching TV or something.

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