Hi everyone! Fall is almost officially here, and in Alaska that means a total change of daily life for those of us that live here. It’s going to become a very dark place with lots of slippery outdoor conditions soon, and it always seems like the transition from summer to fall is a big change that I feel physically and emotionally. And if I’m going to be honest, I’ve been a hot mess with workouts ever since the Gold Nugget Triathlon in May. I spent all summer working through a big move and getting a new puppy, and the only regular workouts I did were long and difficult hikes almost every weekend. I had one big trail race to train for, but nothing else to keep me motivated to get into a consistent workout routine. Now that it’s fall, I’m ready to get back into a routine! You don’t need a race to train for in order to come up with a weekly workout plan, am I right?
Because my running injury from last fall is still a lingering problem, I know better than to assume that I can jump into a regular running schedule. But I did learn this summer that running on trails feels better on my body than running on concrete, so I’d like to try doing at least one short, easy trail run per week. I’d also like to get back into biking and swimming, as well as some yoga to keep me grounded. So here’s a tentative plan of what I’d like to do each week:
1 trail run: I’m hoping to do this on my way down mountains, but I also would love to find some non-paved running routes at sea level that I haven’t run yet before.
2 bike workouts: This will hopefully be outdoors on my bike, but I’m also planning on getting back into spin classes at the gym. I can tell I lost a lot of bike endurance over the summer and I’m looking forward to getting that back!
1 swim: I really miss swimming, and would love to fit in at least one hour of pool time each week. I might even take another adult swim class to improve my form because it was so much fun learning how to swim last spring!
1 yoga practice: I’m down for doing this at home using Yoga With Adrienne, but if I can make it to class at the gym that’s even better. Some yoga poses irritate my SI joint injury, so if I can find a flow that feels good I’m going to do it all the time!
1 fun outdoor workout: This can either be hiking, kayaking, walking the dog – or hey, even skiing or snowshoeing if we get snow soon! This is probably going to be my favorite workout of the week and I can’t wait to try a bunch of fun new activities this fall.
What are your fall fitness goals? What’s your favorite workout each week?