Work It Out

My workout routine has always been dynamic, so here’s a little update as to what I’m doing now.

When I first started blogging, I was doing a lot of running.

After my 15K (which I LOVED), I took a little break that kind of coincided with my adventures in Australia.

Then last semester or from February to May, I was taking a lower body circuit style class. I was still running here and there, but I feel in love with the workouts that made me sweaty and worked different parts of my body.

This summer, I would do a little bit of cardio, either the elliptical or treadmill at the gym, and then move into a circuit workout. I originally started with moves I remembered from my class and then started doing workouts I found from other bloggers (maybe I’ll share later!).

And now, I’m taking a yoga class, a Pilates class, and a ‘exercise and conditioning’ class (which is supposed to be a bunch of different types of workouts) all for credit. Other than that, I’m running a little, lifting some light weights, and spinning when I can. No worries, I’m not overloading myself and still eating PLENTY.

Under the bed: Where I like to hide my weights

I just like to mix up my workouts and experiment with different types of exercise. I’ll elaborate more on my classes later but they’re a fun way to get more exposure. Right now, circuit styles are still my favorite. I’m trying to incorporate more running because I think it’s a great exercise but I’m not going to push it overboard.

Getting my run on

A year ago Sunday is when I finally felt Iovercame my running ‘weakness’.

Exercise has always been a part of my life. Since I was little, I’ve been involved in a number of sports but only swimming stuck. I attributed this to the fact that I couldn’t run.

When I say I couldn’t run, I mean I would get red in the face, very short of breath, and my body would burn. Some might say this is just working hard but even now, I still doubt what my body could do.

For example, when I had to run a mile in high school under a certain time limit, I had to walk a lap cool down, fight back tears, and nurse a bloody nose that I got from all the effort. NOT my idea of a good time.

However, the spring semester of my freshman year in college, I started running a little. Outside at first, and then on the treadmill. I probably ran 2 miles at a time but I thought I was running 10. No biggie because that was the gateway I needed. I started to feel really good running and wanted to keep doing it and get better at it. The summer in between and my sophomore fall I hit the gym everyday, running and conditioning myself mainly because it was such a great workout.

This time last year I ran my first race, a 5k. I surprised myself with my time, my endurance and my ability to accomplish something I never thought I could. I finally felt that I could call myself a runner.

Me (in the middle) after my first run!

I continue to run (and do various other physical activities) but running has taught me that often we’re often ┬áthe biggest obstacle in the way of our goals. Maybe I really couldn’t run when I was younger, but training myself and pacing my effort bit by bit showed me nothing is overly impossible. It might take sometime but the end result is absolutely worth it.

Currently, I’m training for a 15k and pushing myself even further.

Have an excellent weekend!

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Hi! I'm Kristina and a college student who loves food, eating, fitness, and variety of other fun things! I have a combined love of food and fitness and trying to balance it all into my busy life. FoodNook is my way of documenting my experiences and adventures in navigating healthy living on my own and trying out new things.