Maybe I should call this the "feels-like-a-deadline workout challenge?"
Don't get me wrong, being nudged to try new things has been wonderful.
But I was home a whopping 12 days out of 31 this month. On those precious few at-home days, all I wanted was the comfort of routine. The last thing on my mind was looking up a Zumba class or downloading a new workout video.
So what new fitness routine did I attempt this month?
Well, let's just say I skipped it.
I warmed up with a 1.5 mile run, then did 3 repeats of "schoolyard skipping" plus strides and 2 repeats of "high skipping" with strides. I also tried out the foot shuffle, which is much harder than it looks!
The 5 repeats took less than 15 minutes, but this is a high intensity workout. I was drenched in sweat. (Disclaimer: The 80 degree morning may be partly to blame for my sweatiness.)
The verdict: I'll be adding these drills to my speedwork rotation.
Hubby won't be surprised at all when he reads this. I love to skip. I sometimes spontaneously start skipping when we're hiking. (He has pictures to prove it.) But I never thought of skipping as exercise, and certainly never considered it as cross-training.
I also really like the way this Running Times workout is structured, with skipping followed by strides, to build muscle memory into the drill.
My only quibble: I love running because I can do it anywhere, but these drills call for a sports field. First, flat, soft turf is important for safety while doing these drills. (You don't want to roll an ankle by landing on an uneven spot.) Second, even though I was on an athletic field, I was getting funny looks from dog-walkers for both high skipping and foot shuffle...
But I'll brave mockery to skip again!
We'll call this a May cross training success.
Here's quick recap of the other new-to-me cross training challenges I've tackled so far:
- January = burpees - I am not a fan.
- February = cardio kickboxing - liked Jillian Michael's videos enough that I've done several more since February.
- March = stability ball strength training - just glad I didn't crack my skull open.
- April = 100 ups - by far the best new-to-me workout to date. I've added "100 ups" to my strength-training routine every week since I tried them.
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