I’ve heard variety is key to staying motivated to work out.  Totally believe it to.

Getting out of my normal routine and heading to the local high school field was fun and different. Plus it was such perfect weather this weekend, who wouldn’t have wanted to be outside?

It was fun to kind of make up a routine while I was there (will post below). Since I’ve been doing crossfit, I’ve realized how easy it is to put together your own workout. Lots of rounds and basic moves will get you better than almost anything else.

For this workout, I was wearing my New Balance Neutral 890v3 shoes recently sent to me for a review. I’m always excited to try out a new pair and this was no different. 

New Balance

I was a little intimidated by their heft when they first arrived because I’m used to wearing more minimal shoes. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how they worked for my feet. Plus, despite, looking larger, they were actually very light!

One of my signature/favorite moves is the classic “box jump,” which can be done on a park bench too!

New Balance for Running

As for the shoes — extremely comfortable. My feet were in heaven thanks to their soft interior and cushy feel. I didn’t think I would like it but I actually did. They felt great running the suicides as well — and I even felt like I could run marathons in these shoes. 

I bought into the “minimal” movement after reading “Born to Run” but after wearing these for a couple of workouts, I’m starting to wonder if I should switch it up again. Are my feet better with a less minimal shoe? These really worked for me so I might begin early training in them to see if they work for the long term. Stay tuned for the consensus on that in a few months.

Up close on my the new shoes:

We also did some running — “suicides” if you will. That’s the drill where you run to one mark, run back, run to a further mark, run back, and run to an even further mark and run back. It’s a sprint cycle and you can repeat as many times as you want. It can get rough!

R was my coach for the day and he ain’t easy. He’s very “come on, let’s go” and it’s actually a lot of pressure! I mean, that’s a good thing but yikes! Also, he played photographer for the day 🙂

Here’s a look at this fun workout: 

You can repeat if you like!

Not familiar with the pyramid set? It goes like this: one sit-up, one push-up, two sit-ups, two push-ups, three sit-ups, three push-ups — and so on. Once you get to 10, you do the whole process backwards starting from 10. It’s actually really tough!

Details on the shoes, from New Balance: 

Built to meet the demands of world-class runners, the 890v3 brings peak performance to every run. With REVlite midsole and an ABZORB crash pad plus a comfortable, seamless upper, it’s lightweight and fast, mile after mile.

 A few more shots: 

Now for the details of this post: 

  • New Balance has the following mission:Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance is currently the only athletic shoe company that manufactures footwear in the U.S. with 25% of our U.S. footwear shipments produced at five New England facilities.  To learn more about how New Balance Makes Excellent Happen, visit http://www.newbalance.com
  • “Disclosure: Compensation was provided by New Balance via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of New Balance.”
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