Happy Monday, my friends! I cannot believe the first week of August has already come and gone. In a few days, I’ll be on the west coast, driving through Oregon, on my way to Mt. Adams for my first big backpacking trip. I’m pretty nervous but also so excited to get out there, get away from the craziness of work and the insane heat in Austin.
With the start of a new month, comes the start of a new training phase. Normally I hit the ground running, 3+ lifting days and 2 conditioning workouts per week. This is my sweet spot. I get enough rest to recover, while also making strength gains.
In July, I stuck to my standard schedule but did some extra leg strength sessions, including high volumes of weighted step ups, with the goal of strengthening my legs and hips for climbing lots of hills. I also incorporated more hiking and incline walking with a weight vest to break in my boots and improve my conditioning.
But since the beginning of the month, I’ve taken a step back, dropping my strength training down to twice a week.
August is going to be different.
With a huge physical excursion coming up, that’s taking priority over my standard training schedule. In order to be successful and complete the trek pain free, my workouts this month will be pretty different. Instead of prioritizing strength gains and lifting heavy during the first two weeks of August, I’m scaling back my low body weight training. I’ll also lay off any incline walking for the first two weeks of the month. This will leave my legs rested for the climb.
During the days leading up to our hike (this week and part of next week), I’m adding an extra rest day to my week and prioritizing mobility and flexibility work (read: lots of foam rolling and extra yoga). My hope is this will give my body the recovery needed to handle the demands of gaining 6,000 feet in elevation over two days.
When I get home from the hike, I’m not sure what’ll happen but I plan to listen to my body. If my legs are toast, I’ll continue with extra mobility/flexibility + light conditioning for another week. Again, the priority here is to NOT injure myself.
If I’m being honest, this whole, listening to my body, taking it easy thing is not natural for me. Even as recently as a year ago, I don’t know that I would have been comfortable toning down my training. I would have worried that my body was suddenly going to change or that I would lose all my progress. I’m so happy I do not live in that small, restrictive space anymore. This August is all about honoring my body and what it can do for me. Honoring the fact that it can carry me up a mountain and also honoring its need for REST and CARE.
Whatever your goal, training should enhance your life, not detract from it. With this in mind, it becomes very important to approach each new month with a fresh perspective. Maybe your goals have changed, like mine. Maybe you know it will be SUPER stressful at work, so you need to take a couple steps back on your workouts. All of that is OKAY!
Goals/priorities/time constraints change! So should your training. If you want to chat about your goals and set some priorities, let me know!
August is not JUST the start of a new training phase, it’s also almost seven months since I started le blog. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to go back and share seven of my favorite posts from the last couple months, too!
I’m pretty proud that all my workouts now have real time accompanying videos! Here are a couple of my faves!
I hope you had a great weekend! Let me know if you check out any of my favorite posts 🙂
What was the highlight of your weekend?