This was the first week that it really felt like fall with the cooler weather and darker mornings. I feel like it was just yesterday when I was anxious for summer running and the sun rising early but it feels like I was never really able to take advantage of that as I was dealing with this injury. I have been enjoying the cooler weather, though. It’s been in the 50s most mornings which is pretty much ideal I think.
Monday: Physical Therapy
I was supposed to run on the treadmill before PT, so I didn’t run in the morning. However, there was a water main break near the gym where my PT office is located, so my appointment was moved to a different location without a treadmill. I did get in some good PT exercises, but no run. The weather was perfect so I was a little disappointed about this.
Tuesday: 3.1 miles plus PT exercises
I went through the same routine that I had learned at PT the day before so I wouldn’t forget some of the new exercises. I don’t remember too much about the run but I guess that’s a good thing!
Wednesday: Strength training
I did a full body workout but also threw in some of the hip/glute/core stuff from PT. This workout was kind of all over the place- I used weights, the TRX, bosu, and bands.
Thursday: 2.5 miles plus PT exercises
I wanted to run more than this but got out the door too late. It’s probably good that I do my PT stuff first so I make sure I always have time for that. Better to put in the work for that stuff rather than overdo it with the running.
Friday: 40 minutes Pilates workout
I decided to subscribe to a month of Pilatesology workouts. I was able to select a video that moved very slowly and focused on form. This one was mostly focused on abs so next time I hope to find a workout that incorporates the hips/glutes as well.
Saturday: 5.2 miles plus PT exercises
I wasn’t sure how far I would run, but I was feeling good and decided to push my distance a bit to see how my body responds. So far, I am feeling good as I am writing this on Sunday. I think I am really starting to be able to feel when I lose my form so I can stop, walk, and readjust. Right now it’s still really hard for me to keep good form while running uphill, so those were the parts of this run when I stopped to reset.
Sunday: PT exerises and core work
Just headed to the basement for some of my PT exercises. Nothing exciting, but it’s good to get those proper muscles engaged every single day.
If nothing else, this whole injury process has definitely been a learning experience. Now, if I can just continue with what I am doing with no further setbacks I will be happy! I feel like I am at a point now where I am running enough to feel like I am actually running. With all the PT work that I need to be putting in, I wouldn’t have the time to run a whole lot more than this anyway. Although I wouldn’t mind being able to do a long run on the weekends…but let’s not get greedy.
Congrats to everyone who raced this weekend! Looks like there were some great PRs happening out there!!
How are you adjusting to the cooler weather and darker mornings?
Are you able to keep good form when running uphill?