Training Recap and Plan April 17

You’ve probably noticed no Canadian Blogger Series post this week! Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances this week’s post had to be postponed. However, we’ll be back in full swing next week! : )





I had another great training week last week! Smile 




I won’t go through each workout like I normally do but I had a great week mileage wise. I also managed  a spinning class and a body pump class. This week was technically my last week of recovery training. This week is my first “official week” of spring/summer training. I am really excited to take it on! I am so excited for Saturday’s run!! That’s my longest run in a long time so I can’t wait to tackle it!


Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes) 35 min 40 min   40 min  40 min   REST
Elliptical / Arc (Min)           65 Min  
Class      Spinning + BP   Yoga Body Pump  



How was your last week of training?

What is your planned long run this week?

Anyone ever try hot yoga, I am thinking about trying it Friday but I’m nervous!!

It’s Good to Hit the Mat



So today I finally got back on my mat at home with a yogamazing podcast plus another iPad podcast that wasn’t very good at all. Nothing beats Chaz for at home podcasts! Once I got going into my sun salutations I remembered why I love yoga. By the time I got into pigeon pose I remembered why I needed it:


1. My runner’s muscle’s NEED to be stretched: As I slid into pigeon pose my hips were so tight I could barely hold it. Muscles that tight are an injury waiting to happen. When I tweaked my IT band back in September I had slacked off on yoga due to high mileage, exactly when I shouldn’t have slacked off. The more I run the tighter my muscles get, yoga is the solution to keep my muscles stretched and injury-free.


2. It’s a great change of pace: I love to run, I don’t need to tell you that, but it’s nice to have variety in my workout to always keep it interesting. I am always up for trying something new so changing up my workout with yoga is a great way to do that. If you haven’t tried yoga in the past give it a shot, you may be surprised at how much you love it. I find variety to be motivating, hence why it is one of my resolutions to try a new class this year!


3. It helps me relax: My life is hectic, I am the first to admit it. Yoga is the time I take to myself to stretch and quiet my mind and enjoy the moment. I do that so little in my life that being able to take the time to do so is important. Healthy living is not just about running miles or lifting weights, it is about reducing stress and finding balance, yoga helps me achieve just that! Finding balance is important to me, after all I named my blog after it. Smile


If you’re a yogi, favourite pose?

What’s your favourite way to change up your usual routine?

How do you relax?

Any yoga podcast suggestions?


Canadian Bloggers: After the #fitblog chat on blogging tonight I was thinking it could be fun to do a Canadian blogger guest post series. If your interested in discussing send me an email hlmmurphy at gmail dot com.

Workout Plan Nov 21 – 27

It’s hard to believe another weekend has come and gone. It was a good one, lots of fun and relaxation! I went out last night to see a local band play at an Irish bar on George Street and that was a lot of fun. Today was spent doing a whole lot of nothing, just the way I like it. I downloaded Instagram on Friday for my new iPad I got this week  for reaching my targets at work last quarter. I took a really neat picture of the first snowfall we got Friday night. There is just something about the first snowfall. Instgram is such a fun app!




Anyways on to a review of this week’s workouts and goals. Here are the results:

Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes)   34 min   40 min      
Elliptical / Arc (Min) 45 min   35 min   60 min 48 min   
Class  Body Pump     Body Pump   Yoga PC  
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Miles) 4.5   3.2 3.9 6 4.11  
Class       Body Pump   Body Pump  
Swimming (meters)              
Total Miles this week: 21.71            



No yoga and my IT band started bothering me again. So my Saturday workout was actually done on elliptical. I am hoping with lots of stretching this week and the IT band pain will disappear again but we shall see. However, I met my goal last week of upping my weights on all muscles in Body Pump. The only weight I didn’t up was legs due to my IT band. Plans for this week:


Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes)   45 min 47 min 40   50 min track   
Elliptical / Arc (Min) 45 min       50    
Class      Body Pump     Body Pump  


I am starting a track cycle this week so that will be a nice change. No yoga on the map as you can see because I plan it and never do it. So the plan is this week to make it a part of my goal.


Workout Goal

Yoga in some form at least 3 times this week.


What are your workout goals this week?

Favourite iPad app?            

Workout Plan Oct 24 – 30

So my results for this week:

Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes)     15 min 15 min 24 min (OUTSIDE YAY)    
Elliptical / Arc (Min) 40 min 50 min 20 min 20 min   50 min   
Class        Body Pump Body Flow Body Pump Yoga PC 
Swimming             1 hour
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Miles) 4   3.5 3.2 3.5 3.2  
Class     Body Pump        
Swimming (meters)              
Total Miles this week: 17.4            



So I had to make a few adjustments due to injury pain on Friday I had to change my run for elliptical. Other then that I am really pleased with my mileage. As usual though I had trouble making it to classes. I love them while I am there but getting myself there is the problem! Oh well there is always this week:


Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes)     25 min 15 min 33 min    
Elliptical / Arc (Min) 45 min 60 min   20 min   50 min  
Class  Body Pump   Body Flow Body Pump     Yoga PC


I may try and do one of my workouts this week at lunch and see how that works for me. I have a gym right next to my work as well as some beautiful trails so I may try it out and see how that goes. Changing things up keeps it interesting! : )


Do you workout lunchtime, how do you find it?

What is your favourite time of day to workout?

Monday Mantra: Yoga Love

So first an update on last week, it was a total success. It’s amazing what a little thought and planning can allow you to fit into your day. I slowed down and spent time everyday this past week and it was nice to not constantly feel like I was running from one thing to the next. Sometimes life is going to feel like a race and that’s okay. But most of the time it should include taking time to enjoy the moments that matter most….lesson learned.


Monday Mantra Eleven: Yoga Love 





I am doing my first race ever in 2 weeks, I don’t know where the time has gone! So I have been working hard running and doing body pump for strength training. But what has seemed to have fallen to the wayside is yoga. Yoga is so important to maintain injury-free training, and besides that I love it. So this week I plan to make time for it even if it just means doing a podcast. I am committing to at least 4 yoga sessions this week so I can get my muscles ready for my race!

How do you stay injury-free during heavy training?