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Okay, so none of that makes sense…UNLESS….you are an English teacher like myself OR you remember the analogies section from standardized tests.  But really, I think it’s an appropriate association…don’t you?  Good.  Glad we agree 🙂

Today is FRIDAY!!!!!  Which means…Five Things Friday.  Today, sticking with my theme of associations, I am doing a Five WORDS Friday…which will actually be more like 20 since there are four words in associations….

1.  Treadmill Running : Ugh :: Outside Running : YAY!

I have not been able to run outside much lately.  It’s been incredibly snowy up here in the Northeast…and it looks like we’re going to get even MORE snow next week.  woot.  Truth be told – I am okay with treadmill running but I really would like at least ONE run outside a week.  Temps say it is going to be close to 50 this weekend – HEAT WAVE!!!!  I’m on that like peanut butter’s on jelly…..(did I mention I really like peanut butter?)  Truth be told, I don’t mind running inside that much…if anything it lets me catch up on my Sportscenter…..

2.  Sweat Pants : My go-to clothing choice of late :: Yoga Pants : Not my go-to clothing choice of late

Whatever your comfy clothes preference is…lately, I have a three pair of sweat pants rotation – for when I am home, obviously not when I am teaching (although that would be amazing if I could wear them to school!).

3.  Swimming : My First Fitness Love :: Swimming : Something I always use as a fitness basis

While that analogy might not make sense…if you think about it…any one of us that has had a first love/relationship/etc…we ALWAYS remember that ONE.  Everyone always says, “You’ll never forget your first love” blah blah blah….right?  In my case, swimming was and always will be my first love and most important sport I’ve ever been involved with.

The reason I use Swimming as a fitness basis is because it is probably the ONLY sport where you are required to use EVERYTHING.  I mean, think about it….running, you primarily use your legs….biking, legs….soccer, legs…well you get the point.  I always try to explain to my swimmers how people who make fun of swimming are doing so because THEY DON’T GET IT.  They don’t understand how difficult it can be.  The true swimmers don’t see the difficulty….that’s what separates those who can and can not.  I always tell them, “if it were easy, everyone would do it”.

4.  Vegetarian : Veggies :: Pescatarian : Veggies + Fish

I am a vegetarian who dabbles in the pescatarian realm.  Truthfully, I love sushi….and all kinds of fish…so I eat it when I am out but that’s about it.  I won’t prepare it for a home cooked meal.  I know, I’m weird.  We all have our things.  I still laugh when people get worried or upset after I tell them my food choices.

Pretty much always

It’s nice that it’s more and more common these days for people to be Vegetarians as well as more restaurants accommodating those of us who choose to go without meat.  I tried to be a Vegan…for all of two weeks….I just couldn’t do it.  I workout WAY to much and would have to eat non-stop for me to go Vegan.  Plus….I like cheese…and eggs….and, well….I like them!

5.  Exercise : Fitness :: Diet : Healthiness

My fitness is determined by my exercise just as my healthiness is determined by my diet.  While they are all intertwined, I think it’s safe to say without a clear idea of what we want out of all of these, we aren’t going to get the results we hope for.  Goals are excellent ways to start our path to fitness and healthiness.  My goals this year involve more races and trying new experiences.  I am incredibly psyched for the Tough Mudder in April.  I am also excited for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler earlier that month!

And while I may pretty much be at a point where I am maintaining my fitness level, that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to work hard to feel better about myself.

Just remember, you have a choice….we all do.  If you don’t like the way things are….do something about it.  You’re worth it.

Have a great weekend!

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I totally lost touch with my blog….clearly.  Evidence being:  I haven’t written since the summer time!  Eek!

With that being said….rather than regale y’all with a recap of the last four or so months and the usual, “where I’ve been” post…..I’m just going to get right back into it.

For various reasons – my writing dropped off – life got busy – too many irons in the fire – you pick whichever idiom fits into that mold.  All of them are true but the truest is that I kind of lost my desire to write.

When is a better time to start back up then on the first day of the year?  Well, any day is really a great day to start…..”if not now, when?”…..right?

Like many people – I am resolving to make some changes this year.  I’ve decided that 2014 is going to be the year I am in the best shape of my life.  Details on how that’ll happen shortly….I’ve also decided to really connect  – with everything – this year.

Pretty Much….

In reality….I dug up last year’s resolutions….just to kind of gauge where my life has gone/changed/if at all…..  They looked like this:

2013 Resolutions:
1.  Practice Yoga 1-4 times a week.
2.  Continue to see my therapist.
3.  Join a Crossfit Gym.
4.  Get a Real Teaching Job at a local High School
5.  Learn to say ‘no’ and not feel bad about it.
6.  Volunteer.

Reflection: 

While I didn’t necessarily accomplish EACH of these…..I did manage to accomplish the important ones.  #2 and #4.  HUGE!  Just the fact that I got a teaching job – albeit a Long Term Sub position which ends soon (as far as I know) – I have had a purpose for the first half of the school year which is such an important part of my life.

I did #3 but it was in a roundabout way.  I am teaching spin at the location I do crossfit.  Did I mention one of my resolutions this year is to be in the best shape of my life.  I’d like to volunteer more and definitely do more yoga….my schedule is insane right now….so one of my resolutions will address this….

It’s always nice when you can look back at realistic goals and know that you weren’t too far off…..you know?

Greatest Moment of 2013 – Getting my teaching job at Ridley.  I literally was on the verge of a meltdown on my way home from a job interview that I thought I was going to have to take which would have changed my entire life…..when I got the phone call about Ridley.  It was a rollercoaster of emotion day.

Some of my students - with their thinking hats on :-)

Some of my students – with their thinking hats on 🙂

Worst Moment of 2013 – Steamtown Marathon.  If you’ll remember, I kind of started blogging again because I was training for this marathon.  Turns out – my heart was just not in it.  But THANKFULLY, I have two amazing friends – Jen and Heather – who came up to watch my struggle to the finish and kept me motivated to finish.  Thank god for my father – who I called at mile 14 and just kind of fell apart emotionally.  I have officially retired from marathons but other fitness goals are on their way 🙂

While I might look good - I feel awful - about 100 yards from the finish line.  Photo credit: Heather Van Horn xoxo

While I might look good – I feel awful – about 100 yards from the finish line. Photo credit: Heather Van Horn xoxo

SO……here we go…..

My 2014 Resolutions:
1.  Stop chasing after things or people who ignore me.

2.  Be a better friend – devote more time to them.

3.  Slow Down – allow myself to enjoy the moments.  2013 went SO fast.  I need to reflect more.

4.  Roll with the punches – I have gotten a lot better at this….but I still tend to get worked up in situations that are out of my control.  Who’re we kidding, we’re not really in control of anything…..

5.  Continue to search for and GET the elusive full time teaching position that gives me a real salary and benefits.

6.  Get into the best shape of my life:

-Crossfit 2 times a week

-Train for a Half Iron Man

-Run 20-30 miles a week

-Teach spin 2-3 times a week/Ride with a group on a regular basis

-Swim at least once a week

-Eat better and drink less alcohol (truthfully, I don’t really think I’ll miss alcohol that much – I just can’t handle the recovery time any more)

And that’s all I’m listing.  While I’ll have some other small goals – I feel that putting down TOO MANY goals can be overwhelming.  So there it is.

Oh!  Also – I plan on attempting to write EVERY DAY in 2014.  Whether that’s here or for my own self – who knows….but I just gotta do it….

Happy New Year!  What are your resolutions?

“It’s important to remember that each footstrike carries you forward, not backward. And every time you put on your running shoes you are different in some way than you were the day before.”

That little gem came in my RW Quote of the Day email this morning.  I needed that right now.

Yesterday wasn’t as successful as I hoped.  I did a long run – yes.  It wasn’t 16 miles – it was only 13 miles.  It was incredibly hilly.  This is what the elevation looked like…..

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Needless to say, I was not really prepared for this.  I had it in my head (because my running friend Mindy TOLD me it would be this way) that we were going to do a relatively flat run with some hills at the end.  And if you’re a runner you’re looking at this and thinking…well the first part was all down hill….

See Miles 5 through 7?!?!?!  It’s one giant hill.

The elevation for Steamtown (the Marathon I’m training for) looks like this:

 

Screen shot 2013-08-05 at 8.02.18 AMI’m thinking I should be good to go???  What do you think?

All I know is I’m getting frustrated not getting the longer miles in.  I stopped at 13 yesterday because my hip was KILLING me.  First time in a LONG time that’s happened.

A few things I decided I will do this week – lessen the distance on my runs (keep them between 5 and 7 miles) but make them more quality.  I will also plan to do a flat long run on Sunday.  Probably two loops on the River….each loop is jut about 8.4 miles.

I’ll keep the hills and the speed work…but no more 13 mile or more hilly runs (I’ll probably do it again in September).

I was SO frustrated yesterday during my run.  I was angry that it wasn’t the route I was expecting.  I was annoyed that I couldn’t figure out how to find my usual pace.  Everything threw me off.

I felt bad for Mindy and Ilya because I kept slowing them down.  It was clear they wanted to go ahead of me.  Mindy was super supportive and helpful.  I even doubted that I would BQ.  I get down on myself SO quickly when physically I am breaking down.  Anyone else?

I need to refocus.

The joys I experienced yesterday and today even are that I am now incredibly keen on how I need to recoup when it comes to finishing long runs.

Sometimes I’ll take an ice bath – most times I’ll just shower all the sweat off – put on my compression socks or sleeves and walk around a bit.  I also drink a TON of water right after and throughout the day.  I’ve mentioned how much I sweat – yesterday was no exception despite the cooler temps.

Today is a rest day.  I feel like I could use a good stretch – so I might pop into a yoga class later and/or go for a swim at school.  No matter, I am channeling my energy into the right things today…..

What do you do to refocus?

How do you recover from long runs?  Ice bath?  Sleep?
John “The Penguin” Bingham, Going with the Flow, The Penguin Chronicles Archive

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted on a Friday.  For whatever reason(s), I have been busy!  Who knew?!

A quick update on the running situation.  I ran outside yesterday in the VERY COOL temps (like cool enough that my hands were starting to feel really cold!) to a nice 8:30 pace.  6.5 Miles.  Total mileage for the week is at 31.5 (so far).  The plans are to run another 5 today AFTER I teach spin.  The temps will still be relatively low.  If that doesn’t happen though, I am not going to beat myself up over it.  I’ve decided I am TOO worried about time and how fast I’m going.  I need to relax.

Anyway!  This week’s Five Truth’s Friday deal with Swimming.  I rarely talk about swimming on here – unless it involves me coaching and/or the funny things that happen with my swimmers.  I suppose that means I am ready for the high school season to start! 🙂

1.  I was a distance swimmer.  I think this is one of the reasons it was SO easy for me to accept that I could run long distances.  Don’t get me wrong – I didn’t just run 7 miles the first day I went for a run but there are so many similarities.  One of the biggest ones is that you spend an awful lot of time alone.

When you swim more than 8 laps (a 200) you have all this time to think about your plan and how one flip turn can be the difference between a 100 that is 1:02 versus a 100 that is 1:03.  Don’t think 1 second is a lot of time?  In swimming – it’s an eternity.  For those of you that don’t believe me – Michael Phelps won his 100 Fly in Beijing by .01 of a second.  THAT is how big of a deal 1 second is….1 second is .99 longer than .01.  Get it?  Phelps is on the LEFT btw….

2.  When I am having a bad day and/or really angry – I will swim for about and hour – do about 4,000 yards straight.  It’s not often because I rarely get mad but it’s been known to happen.  Swimming, like nothing else gets out so much of my frustration and anger.  Unlike any other activity I’ve ever done.  Ha, maybe I just found my answer to getting rid of some of my anxiety.

3.  I rarely swim for exercise.  I know, I KNOW what I just said…but I also said I rarely get angry.  Truthfully, I get bored swimming alone.  I’d rather join a Masters Swim Team but most of the times they practice are not convenient for me so I end up doing my own workout.  So many people think that swimming is a solitary sport – and it CAN be – but if you’ve ever swam/practiced with a team, you know you are not alone in between sets when you make fun of the coach and/or talk about something else that was going on that day.  There’s an understanding amongst swimmers that “you’re all in this together” sort of thing.  You’re putting yourself through the pain of practice TOGETHER.  That’s nicer than swimming countless laps alone with no one to converse with…you know?

4.  Swimming is one of the hardest and best sports to do.  Yes, I am aware that there are A LOT of other sports one can make this argument with.  I get it.  Fine.  You can have it your way – but most likely if you’re arguing that the other sport is harder, you haven’t tried swimming (unless you’re a swimmer but in that case, you’ll agree with me on this).

One of the most famous AMERICAN Distance Swimmers (who held the World Record until this year), Janet Evans, wrote a book about her experiences in swimming.  Check out this Excerpt on Why You Should Choose Swimming

Incase you’re unfamiliar with Janet Evans (who was basically my hero growing up), she looks like this:

5.  My All Time Favorite Swimmers are:

Female – Dara Torres – Dara is the FIRST AND ONLY swimmer from the US to compete in 5 Olympics.  She’s won 12 Medals at the Olympics and in 2008 at the age of 41 she won 3 Silver Medals in Beijing.  HOW.  DO YOU LIKE.  THEM.  APPLES?! BOOM

Male – Jason Lezak – I’m not even going to explain why – just watch this:

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/7735706″>2008 Beijing Olympics Swimming Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user2079915″>Meazza</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

While I am not amidst any particular swim season – I had the opportunity to swap some awesome coaching stories last night with a friend.

It was interesting to hear his perspective and how similar it was to that of my own.  Although he coach’s track/cross country – it was remarkable to hear the similarities with our athletes.

As a coach, I have always had a few standard rules that I remind my swimmers of every season:

1.  No girl on girl hate.  As a feminist (not as scary as it sounds – just someone who believes in equality for the genders) I feel as though high school girls already have a hard enough time with the way things in society have changed (early sexualization in adolescence, more exposure to drugs and alcohol, and pressure from everywhere) that they don’t need to put each other down in the process.  If I see it or hear it or even hear ABOUT it, the issue is squashed immediately.

2.  Do not bring your drama with you to practice.  I suppose this goes along with number 1 but trust me, girls can be petty and bicker a LOT.  They can be passive aggressive, they can be caddy, they can be mean (you think that movie Mean Girls didn’t have some truth to it?).  They are there to practice and swim.  They are not there to solve the issue of why ‘Beth didn’t talk to Meredith in APUSH’ earlier that day…While my friend didn’t really experience this, he did mention that girls tend to be more dramatic (oh boy, do they ever).

3.  If you’re going to miss practice and/or a meet, TELL ME.  There are so many other attributes to this rule.  Section a) If you’re going to miss practice the DAY BEFORE A MEET and not tell me, you will not be swimming in the meet the next day.  b)If you miss a meet and do not tell me you will not be in the following meet.  c) There are several ways to contact me – email, text, phone call – DO NOT have another swimmer/friend tell me for you.  Take responsibility for your own actions.  I WILL TREAT YOU AS A YOUNG ADULT – NOT A BIG CHILD. (this is, of course, contingent that I am coaching my high school swimmers…younger swimmers are a little different)

4.  Come to practice every day with a good attitude and your attempt to do your best.  Just because you think I can’t see you skipping sets doesn’t mean I don’t see you skipping sets.  Come to practice to work hard – if you’re going to sit out at some point during every set, you are not only NOT helping yourself but you are setting a bad example for the other swimmers on the the team.  If something is wrong or you aren’t feeling well – tell me and we’ll figure it out.

5(this should probably be number 1).  HAVE FUN.  What’s the point in doing a sport if it isn’t fun?  No, practices aren’t always fun…no, it’s not always easy…but swimming and other sports are meant to be fun.  Why else would we do them?

 

Anyway – that’s what I got for ya today 🙂  I can’t wait til High School Season!!!!!

In the mean time – it is a cool 61 Degrees right now – and it’s 7AM – !!!!!!!  Who has two thumbs and is going for a gorgeous run outside this morning?!?!?!

THIS GIRL!!!!!!!

Happy Thursday Everyone!  SO CLOSE TO THE WEEKEND!!!!

I know I’ve already posted this song but I CAN NOT STOP LISTENING TO IT!!!!!!

……but you’re a good giiiiiiiiirl……. 🙂

Ok, the moment is passed.

How was everyone’s weekend??  Mine was decent.  In a spur of the moment, I headed up to the Boken of Ho’s.  Hoboken, NJ.  I visited one of my oldest and dearest friends, Reagan for some much needed best bud time.  Despite a fight (for the third time in all three of our last visits – it’s okay, he’s basically my brother so we fight and the next day we’re fine) that infuriated me to no end, it was fun.  It was great to see him and he divulged some much needed advice.  Sometimes you just need a visit with a friend who knows you well enough to tell you bluntly, “Katie, you messed up” and/or “Katie, everything will work itself out okay.”

Last Summer @ The Zoo Beer Festival

Last Summer @ The Zoo Beer Festival

Fitness updates!  Taught Spin on Friday and Saturday mornings.  Playlists:

Friday:

  1. Wake Me Up        4:10    Avicii
  2. Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) -mp4 3:19
  3. Radioactive – Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix (Imagine Dragons Cover).mp4        4:25
  4. American Boys        3:28    Halestorm
  5. Cruise (Remix) [feat. Nelly]        3:27
  6. 30 Seconds To Mars – Closer To The Edge.mp4        6:22
  7. Pitbull – Feel This Moment (Ft. Christina Aguilera) (1080p) x264 [VX]        3:56
  8. Next To Me        3:17    Emeli Sande
  9. Mumford and Sons – The Cave        4:35
  10. I Believe        3:43    Yolanda Adams
  11. The Other Side        3:47    Jason Derulo
  12. American Woman        5:07    The Guess Who
  13. Can’t Hold Us Ft. Ray Dalton        4:18    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  14. American Girl        3:30    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  15. Jason Mraz – I’m Yours (Live On Earth Single Video).mp4        3:41
  16. Dave Matthews Band – Mercy.mp4        3:07

Saturday:

  1. The Stone        7:29    Dave Matthews Band
  2. I Don’t Care        3:39    Fall Out Boy
  3. Emeli Sande – Next To Me [Music Video] 720p [Sbyky]        3:30
  4. Cruise (Remix) [feat. Nelly]        3:27    Florida Georgia Line
  5. Wake Me Up        4:10    Avicii
  6. Avicii – Levels Music Video (Flashmob Contest Cover).mp4        5:35
  7. Teeth        3:41    Lady Gaga
  8. Gym Class Heroes: The Fighter ft. Ryan Tedder [OFFICIAL VIDEO].mp4        3:54
  9. Linkin Park – BURN IT DOWN (Official Music Video).mp4        3:53
  10. Runaway Baby        2:29    Bruno Mars
  11. American Boys        3:28    Halestorm
  12. Too Close        4:16    Alex Clare
  13. Kings And Queens        5:48    30 Seconds To Mars
  14. A Team        4:21    Ed Sheeran
  15. I Feel Pretty/Unpretty        4:01    Glee Cast

I also ran 4 Miles on Friday to top off 30 miles for the week.  No running on Saturday but I did spend a good deal of time outside with Reagan and some of his friends that were working out.  They were doing pull ups and all that stuff.  It’s decided – I need to seriously work on my upper body strength.  The last time I could do ANY pull ups was in high school.  That’s sad.

Truthfully – I am built (now) to be a runner.  At the height of swimming, my upper body looked like a swimmer – broad shoulders, broad ribcage (great lung capacity! – let’s just say I could swim 50 yds under water without taking a breath).  My upper body looked similar to these ladies:

Rebecca Soni – Broad Shoulders! Like woah

Natalie Coughlin – Bad Ass – LOVE IT

Missy Franklin – Yeah, you know who she is – she’s AMAZING

Ah, memories.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get back to that body – unless I join a Masters swim team – which isn’t necessarily out of the question but I am just in the middle of marathon training mode.

Speaking of which, it is going excellently!  How do I know this?  Ohhhhhhh because I ran 10 miles with no tiredness at ALL today.  10 Miles – 1:20.  BOOM.  I am getting in shape!  Felt great – I probably could’ve done more but decided to stick to the plan this week.

Speaking of this week…it’s going to be all wonky for a few reasons but mainly because Thursday is my birthday and I am all out of sorts with it this week.  I am normally pumped to celebrate my birthday – this year – eh.  I realize for many people, birthdays are not a big deal.  If you know me….me saying this….is a big deal….I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  There’s been a few things going on outside of the blogosphere that’s kind of bringing me down….here’s hoping it’ll change….and, at least I still have running!

Regardless.  On tap this week:

Monday – Teach Spin 8:30 (no running – unless I am feeling ambitious)

Tuesday – Run 3×1 Mile @ 5K pace (in other words – I’m doing 3, 1 mile sprints/runs in about 6:52)

Wednesday – Run 5 Miles

Thursday – Run 7 Miles

Friday – Teach Spin 9:30 – Run 7 Miles

Saturday – Teach Spin 7:15 (maybe run 3 Miles)

That’d bring the total this week (if I do all of it) to about 35 – maybe more if I run on Monday.  Right on track.

How was everyone’s Holiday weekend???

Anyone else listening to any songs on repeat??

Anyone have any good suggestions to get out of a non-birthday mood and get IN to a birthday mood? 🙂

Happy Friday All!

My posts this week have been a bit sporadic and not entirely formulated – what can I say?  I am not only trying to actively rest my body but also my mind.  Speaking of which…let’s get down to it.

What is Active Rest?

A common and effective treatment for many overuse injuries. Active rest involves performing light exercises (often swimming or cycling) that stimulate the recovery process without imposing undue stress on the injured body part. (Source)

So basically, I am working on preventing myself from over-training – like I did last year and it inevitably led to a torn tendon in my left foot.  That was no fun.  No fun at all.

Yesterday I ran 8 glorious miles with wonderful hills(again, I don’t know why it only shows 7 miles):

June 20

June 20

I felt good the whole time.  I think it helped that I only taught spin on Wednesday and didn’t double up like I originally planned.  I had also intended to double up today but I want to get in 14 miles on Sunday and I’d like to feel good through them so I am solely teaching spin today and tomorrow.  Running will wait until Sunday morning 🙂

In the mean time – I’m using Spin as an active rest.  I know – you probably think I’m crazy.  It’s okay, I’ve been called worse.

Here are some of the best ways to actively rest on days when you aren’t doing your “hard core” exercising:

1.  Swimming

As a former competitive (distance)swimmer – I actually don’t swim as often as I probably could or should.  Truth is – as much as I love the sport and love to coach it, it’s difficult for me to get in the water and just go unless I’m at a practice or training for something.  Occasionally I’ll get in and pop out 4K yards in an hour and be done for another three or four months – but I find that because of how much I did it in high school and college – I have plenty of time for everyone else to catch up with me 🙂

That being said – it is definitely one of the best ways to elevate your heart rate and get a good workout without actually taxing your muscles too much.  Even if all you do is 10 or 20 laps – you’re still doing something.  And the no-impact is great for rejuvenating your muscles when you’re sore.

2.  Walking

Walking is a great way to feel active even on days when you’re not actually planning on doing anything.  I find that even if I get out for a 10-20 minute walk on a rest day – or go shopping at the King of Prussia Mall (which is huge) – I get enough activity that it won’t over tax my muscles.  I usually schedule a walk the day before a big race/run.

3.  Yoga

Truth is – not all Yoga is created equal.  There’s Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Flow, Vinyasa, Chi Yoga, Alignment Yoga…you get the idea.  On a day off, for me, I’d likely do a power yoga because I still get the feeling of working hard and sweating.  If you’re really tired/sore – I’d likely recommend a calmer and gentler yoga.  The studio I work at offers a Gentle Yoga and an Inspirational Yoga which focuses more on holding the poses rather than flow.  I love flow.  I love having to work hard to push myself.  But that’s me….what do you think you’d like?

4.  Ride a bike – you know, like Miley Cyrus

And when I said ride – I obviously don’t mean be insane like me and use a Spinning class as your rest day – unless that is something you’re used to or comfortable with.  I have been using Spinning as a cross training exercise for at least 12 years so my body is used to it.  If you DID want to go to a spin class for a cross train – I’d say keep it light and easy.  Opt out of the heavy hills – you’ll still get a workout.  I promise.

5.  Lifting Weights

I know!  You’re thinking – but wait, that doesn’t sound like you’re resting.  If you’re sore – this is most likely not a great active rest activity for you.  But, if you do a LOT of cardio (like me) this is probably a good alternative on a rest day.  You’re still getting a chance to work your muscles and an effective weight lifting regimen will only take about 30 minutes (if you’re not at the gym to socialize – if you are, you’re on your own..and if you are…get away from me).

So there you have it – the five ways I actively rest/recover on days when I’m not training as hard.

What do you do for active rest???