If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m back running. My goal is to run a half marathon at the end of the year, and I recently began working with Chelsea (Chelsea Brown Fitness) to make sure I balance out my run schedule with strength training and a healthy diet. (Still working on that last part…)
Having cut back on running over the winter holidays, my muscle tone was suffering. It has only been a few weeks on Chelsea’s workout plan, and I can already tell a difference. She has me doing all kinds of squats and exercises to build up my leg muscles and strengthen my core. When it comes to running, one’s stamina and lung capacity adjust faster than the muscles and bones do. Last summer/fall, I only ran, which was okay, but I had to be careful to take it slow and add distance in smaller increments to avoid ankle or knee injuries and avoid muscle strains. Adding weight/ strength training has seriously helped me get back into the groove faster, and I haven’t experienced any soreness in my ankles and knees like I used to after running 3+ miles. (Thanks, Chelsea!) I also have to credit my Brooks running shoes–miles on miles and still holding up.
One of the ways I was first able to get back in shape enough to start running last year was by going to Roll, and I still love going when I can. Saturday rides are my favorite, because it forces me to get up and not lazily sleep the morning away. And it sets the tone for the rest of the weekend. No lie, starting off the morning with a spin class makes me a more productive person for the next 12 hours of the day. And while all the instructors are fabulous, I frequent Lauren’s classes the most and highly recommend them whether you’re experienced or going to Roll for the first time. It’s equal parts fun and hard work. And while you’re there, be sure to checkout all the great Roll gear! (Obviously, it’s where I bought the shirt and shorts featured in this look.) It’s great for outside the spin studio, too.
Looking forward to the rest of my fitness journey. I’ll keep you posted.
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