I was feeling extra unmotivated this morning after a long yesterday of building a chicken coop (I know, right? It IS amazing) and the semi-daunting prospect of taking a preschooler and toddler to the Gravenstien Apple Fair later this morning. My early morning plans of running with a friend at China Camp were postponed and I knew I really should workout.
Begrudgingly, I laced up the Asics and hit the pavement. About a mile into my run, I was bored and got to thinking about ways to make the run more interesting and overall a more challenging workout. This is what I came up with:
A little over a mile in, there's a pond (Scottsdale Pond for anyone local) with some gravel pathways to walk around. I used this path to do some walking lunges. Chose a number you want, but don't be too overzealous if you have a few more miles to go after them.
Around mile 2.5 I ran into a park next to a local elementary school. This park bench became a box for some sweet box jumps and a ledge to do some triceps dips. I set a timer for :60 each exercise and went for it.
The same park has this random old set of stairs built into a hillside. You can't see the top of the stairs because I'm not too savvy a photo editor, but they aren't ridiculously high. Maybe 30 steps total. I set a timer for 5:00 and went up and down until time ran out. It was awful, but the good kind.
This ordinary light post? The perfect place for a wall sit. Place your back against it, tuck the tail bone in, walk your feet out and lower your body so your knees make a ninety degree angle, and start your timer. Go as long as you can.
This squishy playground turf is PERFECT for a yoga mat. I didn't bust out any yoga moves, but I did do some planks on my elbow with knee taps. To do them, get in plank position on your elbows, alternating right and left knees, bend your leg slightly so your knee touches the ground, then bring yourself back to plank.
Breaking up a run with some other exercises is a great way to keep your motivation and even end up running farther than you had originally planned. Think of the places on your running route that have benches (parks, bus stops, popular walking paths) and start with that. If you aren't up for jumping onto a bench with both feet yet, start with step ups. Do the same number or the same amount of time with each leg.
Get out and let your world work for you. Your body is the only fancy gym equipment you'll ever need.