It’s been coming in waves over the past few months, but I can finally honestly say that I’m enjoying it again.
I had a forced few weeks off pretty much all exercise last month, and when I came back running and cycling were the only options. Now, I’m really not a fan of bikes — although I know spin is an excellent workout and I do try to fit it in semi-regularly — so running was pretty much the only option. Which felt a little daunting, given I’d been used to so much variety in my workouts.
But when you actually sit down and think about it (which, you know, is kind of my job), there are plenty of variations on running based workouts.
From stairs to long slow runs and intervals to sprints, with a little effort you can make it work.
Watch: Sam Wood demonstrates a quick at-home workout. (Post continues after video.)
Here’s my favourite from the past few weeks. FYI: I don’t usually include my warm ups, but as this is a high-intensity running session it really is important that you warm up properly.
This is a sample of what I did; adjust dependent on how your body is feeling.
Light jog — 4-5 minutes
30 seconds of high knees; 30 seconds of heels-to-butt (x 4)
High skips, 10 per side
Jog it out for 20 metres (x 4)
Stretch, focusing on glutes, hip flexors, hamstrings
[Comfortable = below race pace; Uncomfortable = above race pace]