I’m away this week in Florida for work, traveling with the Women’s Lacrosse team that I work with. It’s a trip that I’ve taken a few times before with different teams, so I’m used to the type of schedule that we’ll have this week, with lots of different team activities, practices, and games. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have any time for myself though, as on trips like this (and any type of work trip, for that matter), I find that it’s really important to carve out even the tiniest bit of time for yourself, whether that means 10 minutes or an hour each day. I believe that we need this to recharge our minds as well as our bodies, and if you are able to use this time to get a bit of a workout in, well that’s even better.
Luckily for the past couple of days, I’ve been able to get up before everyone else and get my workout in before the day really even starts. It’s a win-win for me as I love to get my workout in first thing in the morning, and then I also have the whole day to tend to other things as they come up, without worrying when I’ll have time to get in some “me” time.
Monday morning I laced up my New Balance’s and headed out for a run around the neighborhood, that ended up being a pretty easy paced 3 miles. It was a great way to start the day, and a great way to get moving before it got too hot.
Yesterday, I was about to head out for the same 3 mile run when a bit of inspiration hit me, and I decided to switch it up a little bit to keep myself from getting too bored. After all, we are staying in a little housing development where everything is pretty much identical, so doing the same exact run two mornings in a row wouldn’t exactly ignite my senses. So I did the following, and thought I’d share it with you all so that next time you are on vacation or away from your normal gym, maybe you can try this quick workout. It’ll still get you outside and enjoying the weather if you’re somewhere warm, but it’s got a little bit more variety than a casual jog around the neighborhood.
The house where I’m staying has a great little .5 mile loop around the development, so I used that to my advantage.
The key here to make this a really challenging workout, is to put everything you can into those .5 mile run bursts. Those need not be a “sprint”, but they should be an all out effort, or whatever you have to give in that moment. Take about a minute rest between each set, in order to give yourself enough recovery time to really push it for your next run burst. This is a high intensity cardio workout with a little bit of strength thrown in, and will probably take most people anywhere from 20-30 minutes.
To make it easier, take more rest or take your run periods a little bit easy. This is a great workout for all levels because it can be scaled to fit any fitness level, and it all comes down to YOU and doing what’s best for you.
Have a great week, everyone!