It was another busy week, but I did what I could to get my workouts in. There never seems to be enough time to do all the things I want to do, so I try to prioritize. I cut back on my running quite a bit to keep my foot quiet, and upped the PT/mobility work. It’s not that I mind doing that stuff, I just struggle to figure out what is the right amount. More isn’t always better, so how do you know when you’re doing too much? I’ve been trying to do more reps of less exercises, so that I really feel them.
It was one of those days that I woke up just feeling like my body needed yoga. I figured I would do a short routine as a warm up, but ended up doing a few of the short videos from jasyoga. The rest of my workout time was spent doing some PT exercises and planks.
Pre-run I did some PT exercises. I was babying my foot, but did 3 miles that felt fine, and then I finished up with some mobility work.
Did a total body strength training workout. Lots of squats, push-ups, planks, and other weighted exercises.
The foot was still holding up ok, but didn’t want to do too much. Pre-run was PT, follow by a 3.7 mile run, and post-run was a yoga for hip mobility video that felt great.
Finally got back on the spin bike for the first time in almost 2 weeks! I did about 30 minutes and am planning to share the workout I did tomorrow. Finished up with core, hips, and mobility.
Pre-run was jasyoga’s “Align Your Stride” pre-run routine, and then I did some exercises to get my hips/glutes activated. Then I did 5 miles (see below for details on this run).
Running: 3 runs, 11.7 miles
Yoga: 2 short sessions (10-15 minutes), 1 longer session (25 minutes)
Strength Training: 1 total body workout, 5 short PT sessions, push-ups on 2 days, planks on 2 days
How much is too much?
I started drafting this post Saturday morning, and then had a terrible run shortly after. I had been feeling optimistic that it would be a good run because my foot was feeling better and I was dying for some sunshine/fresh air. At work on Friday I was thinking about how excited I was to run outside in the daylight (even though it was going to be really cold).
I have no idea why things fell apart so badly on that run. My upper hamstring/hip felt restricted, which I noticed if I tried to extend it too far back. I had done a really solid warm up before the run so I don’t think that was the problem. Other than that, my legs felt heavy and breathing just wasn’t coming easy to me. I am sure the cold didn’t help. It was about 20 degrees and hasn’t been that cold in a while.
All of this got me so frustrated. All I want to do is run, and if it’s not one thing its something else. I have cut back my mileage SO much over the past year and feel like I am worse off than when I was running 40 miles a week. Spending more time on prehab doesn’t seem to be helping. I feel like I am out of ideas for improving my running. It’s hard to improve at all when you aren’t running much. I actually feel like my fitness just keeps declining (which make sense- I am running less, doing less speed work, slower paces, etc.)
Anyway, sorry for the rant! I know many of you can relate to having a bad run or a bad stretch of runs. It helps to write this all out and process some of it, rather than making extreme decisions while I am out on a bad run (I will take a whole month off of running!) I may take some time off, but it really is my stress relief and I need that time outside. One run at a time, right?
What do you do when you are having a bad stretch of runs?
Anyone else constantly feel like they are dealing with one injury or another?
Any suggestions for tweaking my workouts? Sometimes it takes an outsiders view to help me see what I am doing wrong!