This was one of those weeks that I would have run every day if I could. I know better than that at this point, but the days I ran really helped me to stay grounded and focused during a busy and stressful week. It’s like somehow when I am out running I can either not think at all (which is a nice break for someone who’s mind is always going a mile a minute) or I can think more clearly about problems or upcoming tasks.
Some people say that running can be a form of meditation, and while I have never been one to meditate, I can see how that can be true. I definitely felt way more relaxed after my runs!
Overall it was a good week, and I feel like I did well with balancing all the different workouts that I wanted to included. I added a summary to the end of the post, which I am thinking will help me to keep track of what I am included in my workout routine each week.
Monday: 4.1 miles, PT exercises, 10 minutes post-run yoga
I also did 50 push-ups and a 1 min 30 second plank as I started working on some of my winter goals.
Tuesday: 45 minutes spinning PM: Upper body strength training and foam rolling
I followed this video and also did 10 minutes of yoga. I got home from work a little early so did an upper body workout and foam rolled.
Wednesday: 4 mile fartlek run and PT exercises
I did the same time based pyramid workout as last week, but this time I did it faster! Part of the reason was I knew what to expect, so I wasn’t as conservative with my paces early on. I did a 2 min 15 second plank after my run and the myrtl routine.
Thursday: Strength training and yoga
I spent about 40 minutes doing a variety of strength training exercises (which included 50 push-ups and a 2 minute 20 second plank) and the did 2 of the “Hit Reset” videos from JasYoga.
Friday: 3.1 miles and PT exercises
Just an easy run in the dark to start out the last work day of a very busy/stressful week. Before my run I did my PT stuff, and after my run I did a quick yoga video for the hip flexors and quads.
Saturday: Yoga Warm up, 9 miles, Mobility
Pre-run I followed the “Align Your Stride” yoga routine which is an 8 minute running warm up. The run was uneventful, although it was tough getting started. When I got back I did the myrtl routine and couch stretch. Later in the day I did some foam rolling.
Lots of time was spent catching up on blog-related stuff, and also starting to set up our home office! We ordered a few pieces of furniture after the holidays and it was delivered on Friday. It’s nice to finally have a space to get organized!
Running: 4 runs, 20.2 miles
Yoga: 5 short sessions (10-15 minutes)
Strength Training: 1 total body workout, 1 upper body workout, 3 PT sessions, push-ups on 3 days, planks on 4 days
The good thing about short and busy weeks is that they go by quickly! Now we start the long haul through the rest of winter without any time off.
How were your workouts last week?
Do you run more or less when you have a busy/stressful week?