I’m sure you already knew I wasn’t going to run a marathon this weekend, but the weekend before Thanksgiving has seemed to be a “race weekend” for me since my first marathon in 2011. It hit me the other day that other than 2012 (when I had just gotten married) I always race the weekend before Thanksgiving. Even this year I was signed up for the Annapolis Running Classic Half Marathon. I wasn’t ready for it and didn’t want to risk re-injuring myself by running it, but there was definitely a part of me that was wishing I was racing this weekend.
There were still lots of workouts that happened this week! It was one of those weeks of workouts that was all over the place. After my “off” week the previous week, I took a few days off running. I suddenly got this craving for yoga and ended up doing 20-30 minutes EVERY DAY this week! Can you believe that? I went from not opening up my yoga mat in months to practicing every day. I made time for it after work and before dinner, and it felt amazing to move and reset my mind and body after the work day. Not sure if I can keep it up, but I sort of regretted all that time I took away from yoga.
Monday: 30 minutes spinning, PT exercises; PM: 30 minutes yoga
All I remember about this workout is I kicked my shin into the pedal as I was getting off the bike. Of course it was the side that had been hurt for months.
Tuesday: Strength training, PM: 20 minutes yoga
I changed things up a bit with my strength training and felt it in my legs! A little foam rolling plus the daily yoga definitely helped the loosen things up.
Wednesday: Pilates video; PM: 25 minutes yoga
The pilatesology video I tried was a really good one, and I will be going back to this one again over the next few weeks. However, I don’t think I am going to renew my membership after this month. I think it makes more sense to stick with free videos and the DVDs I own.
Thursday: 2.6 miles, PT exercises; PM: 30 minutes yoga
I finally made my way back outside for a run with the intention of doing 2-3 miles. It was much better than last week, but of course felt a little weird after 4 days off…also, I feel like it’s tough to get in a groove when running less than 3 miles.
Friday: Strength training, 15 minutes spinning; PM: 25 minutes yoga
Another strength training day! I did lots of lunges, pistol squats (with a bench), and regular squats. Also, upper body work while standing on the bosu and kettlebell swings.
Saturday: 5 miles, PT exercises, 20 minutes yoga
I went out for my run without a real distance in mind but ended up doing 5. I was back from my run by 7:30 so did a yoga post-run video and some core work.
Sunday: 40 minutes yoga
I did a flow that was supposed to be focused on the core but really worked my arms too.
I guess the good thing about not running a marathon the Sunday before Thanksgiving is that I can actually run ON Thanksgiving this year! (Do you know that after my first marathon I ran a 10k on Thanksgiving 4 days later…not my smartest move!)
Congrats to everyone who did race this weekend!
Have you ever tried practicing yoga every day?
Will you be running on Thanksgiving?
Is there a particular weekend that is YOUR weekend for racing?
Did you race this weekend? How did it go?