As the title says, this was an “off” week but not necessarily a bad one. I got in plenty of good workouts, there were just a couple of runs that weren’t so good. Was it because I tried running 4 days this week? Who knows. I did some yoga on Sunday to reset and hopefully this upcoming week will be better.
Monday: 4.3 miles plus PT exercises
I was up and out the door earlier than usual because of the time change, so I had a little more time to run before work. It was so nice to see the sunrise again!
Tuesday: 2 mile run and PT appointment
I wanted to see how it went to run 2 days in a row (in order to run 4 days this week) but I kept it short. While I felt good before the run, as soon as I started I felt stiff and just couldn’t warm up. I was glad I was only doing 2 miles!
I had a PT appointment later in the day and learned a few more things, including different mobility exercises for my hips and back. This was technically my last appointment, but they agreed to let me come back if anything flared up again.
Wednesday: 10 minutes spinning plus strength training
It’s been nice to use the spin bike to warm up. I got in a full body workout using the stability ball and heavier weights.
Thursday: 3.5 miles fartlek run plus PT exercises
I did another mini-workout of just picking up the pace for a minute or so at a time. It wasn’t as fast as last week, but still felt good to move quicker than usual.
Friday: 20 minutes spinning plus Pilates workout
I tried another magic circle video on Pilatesology. It really worked the inner thighs, glutes, and lower abs.
Saturday: 5.2 miles plus PT exercises
I don’t know what was going on during this run, but it just wasn’t my day. Nothing wanted to move for some reason. It was like the feeling that sometimes happens during the first mile of a run before you get warmed up, but it almost felt like it got worse as the run went on. I even stopped to walk a few times just to reset my form. Mentally, I was in a good place, enjoying the day and happy to be outside. Physically, I have no idea what the deal was.
Sunday: 40 minutes yoga that focused on core
I used 2 videos- one was a standard flow and the second one was focused on the core. Fightmaster Yoga is great and always has an inspiring message. Sometimes I really benefit from the mental aspect of yoga and it was much appreciated on a Sunday morning.
Right after I drafted this post I read Amanda’s post about Yoga Vs Stretching. It’s definitely worth a read and an important reminder of all the benefits of yoga other than just loosening up tight muscles!
As runners we know that not every run will be a good one, and that’s what I have been reminding myself. After the frustrations of the last 6 months it’s actually gotten easier to let these things go. (I guess that’s the silver lining of a long-term injury?) Hopefully this week will be better, but if running just isn’t happening for me at least there are other workouts to keep me active.
How were your workouts last week?
When was the last time you had an “off” week or a bad run?
Do you ever do yoga just for the mental benefits?