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When I started this blog three years ago (yikes!) most of my posts were about running. Since then, my fitness focus has changed a lot.

Group fitness classes have become my favorite kind of exercise. Here are a few reasons why I love them so much.

– No need to count reps

I don’t know why, but I simply hate counting reps! This is probably why I could never stick to a strength training routine. The thought of doing 10 exercises for 15 reps and a total of 3 sets makes my brain hurt. At a group fitness class, I just do as many reps as the instructor tells me. That makes me very happy.

– Switch off your brain

Well, not completely, of course. I usually hit the gym after a long, draining work day, and I don’t have enough brain power left to think about what kind of exercise I want or should do. Classes offer a pre-designed training program, and if I like it, I’ll come again, if I don’t, I’ll simply try a different class or instructor.

– Social interactions

Don’t get me wrong, my co-workers are a funny and entertaining bunch, but they are all male. My friends are all busy and live in different cities, so I usually don’t see them during the week. My husband also travels a lot because of his job, and being home alone is just not fun. I really enjoy spending some time with the ladies at the gym, even if we don’t talk much (I’m shy!), at least we are sweating together. Is that gross?

– Additional motivation

I’ve also realized that I work a lot harder in group fitness classes. When I exercise by myself, I might be tempted to cut my workout short, skip reps, etc. That rarely happens in class. If the instructor tells me to do ‘just 8 more reps’, I’ll give all I have to finish that set.

– Automatic variety

I get bored easily and love trying new things. Our instructors make sure to provide variety, either by using different props (resistance bands, stability balls, drum sticks, etc.), or by introducing new moves. And if that’s not enough, I can also try a completely new class, as there are plenty to choose from.

– Time flies when you’re having fun

Especially our Zumba class is like a big party, and also the other classes are so much fun that those 60 minutes feel a lot shorter. Imagine running on a treadmill or lifting weights for 60 minutes! At least for me, that would feel like an eternity.

Do you like group fitness classes, too? Or do you prefer to workout by yourself?

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Before I start with today’s actual post, I want to point out that the Munich Airport Run guys (sort of) officially corrected the distance! The 10k was actually an 11.6k, which is 7.2 miles! An entire mile longer than originally announced! Considering that, my finish time is pretty awesome, with an average pace of 10:19 min/mile. Holy banana!

Now that my spring race is over, I’ve been wondering what I should work on next. While I sometimes enjoy just doing what I feel like, I’m a lot more motivated to workout regularly when I have a specific goal. There are so many fun ways to be active, like running, biking, Zumba, Pilates, but I don’t have the time or energy for everything I’d like to do, so I have to choose.

The next two weeks are going to be interesting, as I’m taking a little staycation. That means I won’t be able to run with my coworkers. How sad! I probably won’t go to my gym, either, as it is quite a long drive away (only 5 minutes from my office, but 30 minutes from home). So for the next two weeks I plan to focus on short solo runs around my neighborhood, bike rides with my husband, and maybe even some workout videos (via DVDs or YouTube).

I also want to bring back the one hundred pushups challenge. I really loved doing it last year, it’s short and simple and can be done everywhere. And my arms never looked better!

And then? Tough question! First of all, I want to maintain my current running form, by running either alone or with my coworkers 2-3 times per week. There’s a local 10k race on July 13th that I might sign up for if my training goes well. I also hope to do a few longer bike rides on Sundays with my husband. We love riding together, so I really hope for good weather this summer. My weekly Pilates class will also stay part of my workout routine, at least until summer break starts in late July.

What I probably won’t be doing that often this summer is going to my gym. They have no AC and it gets crazy hot in there. It’s just not fun working out there at the moment.

So, these are my fitness goals for the next few weeks. But wait, there’s more!

Cassey of Blogilates.com is hosting a two-week vegan challenge starting on Monday, May 28th. While I don’t intend to follow a vegan diet on a long-term basis, I do enjoy doing those vegan challenges once in a while. Sometimes I let things slide a little too much and need an extra kick in my booty to re-focus on a more plant-based diet again.

I’ll report back with details on that challenge and how I’m feeling once I’m a few days into it.

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Thanks to my crazy-busy weekend, I almost forgot to write my monthly workout recap! But finally, here it is.

I didn’t run that much last month, somehow my running mojo kept leaving me again and again. I’d like to blame it on the weather, which has been alternating between scorching heat and chilly thunder storms for the past few weeks. I’m not exaggerating, I wish I was.

But I wasn’t that lazy either! Last month I went back to the gym, where one of the trainers planned out a circuit-style strength training routine for me. I’ve already completed it twice, and I really like it. It seriously kills my arms every time!

And I’ve also been biking a lot, either outdoors or on one of the stationary bikes at my gym. Let’s call June the Month Of Cross-Training, okay?

Running

  • 7 times
  • Total distance: 23.4 miles (37,7 km)
  • Total time: 4:21:50

Biking

  • 3 times
  • Total distance: 28 miles (45,1 km)
  • Total time: 2:20:00

Other workouts:

  • 1 Pilates session (60 minutes)
  • 4 strength workouts (120 minutes)

While I ran less often in June compared to the previous months, I did achieve a new distance record! My longest run so far was 5.3 miles. Not bad at all!

In July I’ll try to increase my mileage again, while keeping up with my strength training. Not an easy goal for a girl who loves her couch so much, but I’ll do my very best.

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So, May is already behind us, and so is my first 5k race! Afterwards I ended up in some kind of workout slump, though, so my mileage dropped a little. But I won’t get upset about it. I’m still running and working out, just a little less.

Running

  • 9 times
  • Total distance: 29.75 miles (47,88 km)
  • Total time: 5:32:26

Other workouts:

  • 3 Pilates sessions (3 hours)
  • 1 DVD workout (45 minutes)

While I ran less often in May compared to April, I did manage to get some distance records in. My longest run so far was 4.6 miles. Yeah!

My Pilates training was more consistent again. Too bad next week’s class will be the last one for a while. They’re taking a long summer break, but I’ve already signed up for the next class that starts in October.

No biking this month. Somehow we couldn’t find the time. I hope, this will change in June.

My PLANKS training is not going so well, I’m really struggling with it. Guess my training plan sucks? Well, we’ll see where I’ll be at the end.

Have a great weekend!

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April was a really great month for me and my training! I ran more often, longer, and faster than last month. And I signed up for my very first race! It’s a 5k close to my workplace, and it’s already this Friday! I’m getting nervous.

Running

  • 11 times
  • Total distance: 35.93 miles (57,82 km)
  • Total time: 6:32:00

Other workouts:

  • 1 Pilates session (1 hour)
  • 1 elliptical workout (30 minutes)
  • 1 bike ride (18 miles in 1:45 hours)

I really ran a lot last month! For next month I plan to include some longer runs and gradually increase my distances. There was another bike ride, too. The hills around here nearly killed me, again. But that won’t stop me from riding. Ha!

I’ve been slacking a little with my Pilates class lately, but it’s not entirely my fault. Our instructor went on vacation for two weeks. I’m looking forward to getting back into my class this week.

Wait, there’s more! I’ve also been continuing the 100 pushups program. Today I did my final test and completed 40 full pushups at once! Considering that I started with only five I’m very proud of my progress. My arms look better than ever, just in time for summer dresses. 🙂

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Oh my, February is already over, Spring is approaching (yeah!), and it’s time for another workout recap.

Running

  • 9 times
  • Total distance: 24.55 miles (39,5 km)
  • Total time: 4:48:20

Other workouts:

  • 3 Pilates sessions (3 hours)
  • 1 strength workout (25 minutes)

I must say, I’m quite pleased with this. I probably should increase my strength training, but at least I’m making some progress with running. Finally!

If the mild temperatures stay around, I’ll try to get in more outdoor runs. They’re so much more fun than the muggy gym and the boring treadmill.

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I’m a bit late with my January workout recap, sorry about that! So without further ado, here are the stats:

Running

  • 6 times
  • Total distance: 14.92 miles (24,0 km)
  • Total time: 3:00:20

Not as much as I had planned, but considering that I had the flu and was unable to breath properly for more than a week, I’m fine with it.

My other workouts:

  • 2 Pilates sessions (2 hours)
  • 1 strength workout (25 minutes)

Oh well, also not much. I’m still neglecting my strength training. But at the moment running is the most important for me. Maybe I will change my mind in a few months. We’ll see.

Have a great week!

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