Workout Wednesday + A Total Body Circuit

In case you haven’t noticed, I seem to be latching on to daily alliterative post themes in an attempt to get some more regular content on this blog. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but we’re going to see how it goes. I’m envisioning doing a few of these weekly features, like Friday Favorites, in addition to one-off posts that come to mind. 

With that in mind, welcome to Workout Wednesday! A lot of my weekly activity comes from my weekly runs, but I need to do more than that if I want to keep my body healthy for running. This includes strength training, non-impact cardio, stretching and foam rolling. Each week, I want to share one of those other workouts I’m doing to keep my body strong. 

This week’s workout puts a bit of an emphasis on lower body strength, but will really work the total body when it’s all said and done.

This workout is a combination of a couple of different ones I’ve enjoyed and hits all of the areas I want to focus on these days. A big key for me is strengthening my lower body to prevent injury, so I’m incorporating a lot of squats and lunges, and the clams (think opening and closing your legs like a clamshell, feet together) are great for loosening up those hips. My left hip, in particular, has been bugging me a lot, so this is definitely something I want to work on. 

Today I plan to complete this circuit in the morning and get my run in after work. I took a full day off on Tuesday after a few knee niggles during Monday’s three-miler, so I’m ready to get back at it. I’ve officially hit the mid-way point of Week 8, with 8.5 more weeks to go until the Chicago Half Marathon! It seems at once like the time has flown by and yet there’s so much more to go — now’s the time to get super serious to make sure I’m ready on race day.

What’s your workout of the day?

Runners, do you do a lot of cross-training? 

What are your favorite cross-training workouts?