This was an exciting week as I began my return to running. I also went to watch Rob run a 10k and experienced some race envy. Let’s discuss how the week played out.
Monday: Strength training
I completed the first workout of week 4 in phase 2 of my strength training plan. This means I have been following a strength plan for 10 weeks (plus “week 0” and the transition week in between phases when I was still getting used to the new plan and traveling for work). I’ve been trying to use heavier weights and definitely feel some of the exercises more.
Tuesday: 20 minutes elliptical, 1.5 miles run/walk
This was my first day back to running! I started my workout on the elliptical and then moved to the treadmill. I did 1 minute walking/1 minute running for a total of 20 minutes. My ankle was feeling a little tight at the end but I did my mobility work and it felt better almost immediately. It felt so weird to run again after 6 weeks off!
Wednesday: Strength training
Another solid strength training workout. I like how Drew has mobility work built into the plan, so during this workout I had 3 sets of 6 breaths on each side of ankle mobility. It’s definitely good to spend that much time on it especially as I am transitioning back to running.
Thursday: 1.5 mile run/walk and 15 minutes Lateral X trainer
My plan was to do my run/walk (same intervals as Tuesday) and then do some swimming/pool running. The pool can be seen from the main part of the gym and its usually empty or 1 lane will be used (there are 3 lanes total). Just when I was about to go change I saw 3 people go in and I really didn’t feel like sharing lanes. So instead I tried the Lateral X elliptical. Woa! This was quite a workout. I felt it in my glutes and quads immediately. I managed to stay on for 15 minutes and then wrapped up with some core work.
Friday: Mobility work and 25 minutes spin bike
After work on Thursday I had gone to happy hour and stayed out past my usual 9pm bedtime. (Ok, honestly I usually go to bed at more like 8:30…) I was exhausted on Friday morning but couldn’t sleep past 5. My workout felt like I was just going through the motions but it felt good to move. Also, on Thursday I moved my cubicle space from the basement to the 4th floor. That was quite a workout! And many of the people I work with are still downstairs so I got in a lot of steps going back and forth on Thursday and Friday.
Saturday: 2 mile run/walk
Rob had signed up for the Dreaded Druid Hills 10k and I went to cheer him on. I ran this race 2 years ago and it’s a small, local race and even though it’s tough it’s alot of fun. I wore my running clothes because I figured I would do my 20 minute run/walk around the park while he was racing.
It was so weird to be at a local race and not participating. I definitely looked like I was racing, dressed in my running clothes, waiting in line for the porta potty, even waiting at the start line with Rob. After the race started I did my own run/walk and found a turnaround point for the race where I was able to get some pictures of Rob. I headed back to the finish line and was able to see him at the end.
It was MUCH different being at this race than being at the Cleveland Marathon. I definitely had thoughts of “what if I just jumped in and ran the race?” However, when I started my own run I was really glad to not being racing a 6 mile hilly course! This was my first run outside in 6 weeks. Also, I haven’t run more than 4 miles in…I don’t know? 6 months maybe?
It definitely motivated me to get back to running and racing. I would love to be able to do a 5k before the end of the year, but we’ll see. It’s more important to take this recovery slowly and not be stupid.
Sunday: Rest day
it’s always nice to enjoy a lazy Sunday morning with no workouts planned. We grabbed breakfast at a local bagel place and then went for a short walk while we drank coffee. The weather was just amazing!
So I would say the return to running has gone well so far but I ran for a total of 30 minutes over the course of a week. Still, it’s a start. My foot and ankle have been feeling ok and any minor tightness has been resolved early by stretching my calves, rolling my foot, and working on ankle joint mobility. I’ve just gotta stay on top of that stuff and back off as soon as the running gets to be too much.
How were your workouts last week?
Do you get race envy when you don’t participate in a race?
Ever tried the Lateral X elliptical?