No running or wine? Who’s blog is this? If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time you probably have noticed that I am so set in my ways. Changing things up (read: skipping runs) is not easy for me. So this post will kind of be a running recap from last week/weekend recap/how I made it through a weekend with no running and no wine.
Let’s start by recapping last week’s workouts:
Sunday: Rest day from running and 45 minute Pure Barre Mile High DVD. I got this for Christmas and it was supposed to be 45 minutes but I think it was closer to 30.
Monday: 4.6 miles easy (8:39 pace), core and 2 minute plank, PM: 75 minutes hot yoga
Tuesday: 5 miles easy (9:15 pace) in the snow, 2 minute plank, PM: 30 minute Barre 3 workout
Wednesday: 3.4 miles (treadmill), body pump, PM: 10 minutes yoga + foam rolling, 2 minute plank
Thursday: 6 miles (treadmill), 30 minutes Barre 3, 2 minutes plank
Friday: Rest day from running, core work and 1 minute plank
Saturday: Rest day from running, foam rolling and 1 min 30 sec plank
Total Miles: 19
If you’re someone who actually read through people’s recaps (no offense taken if you don’t- I totally understand that some people find it boring to look at other people’s mileage/workouts!) you are probably wondering why this week looked so much different for me.
After my treadmill run on Thursday a lot of things started going wrong. First on all, mentally I was frustrated about running inside. There was still ice everywhere and dangerous wind chills so I know I really shouldn’t risk an outdoor run, but I also hate being forced to run on the treadmill. I also noticed that my hip area was starting to hurt again (it still bothers me on and off again but this was more consistent) and I think it was partly due to running in the snow and on the treadmill this week, which I am not used to. I remember last year having similar problems when we had weeks like this and thinking back I wonder if it contributed to the injury I was dealing with right before the Raleigh marathon.
So at the end of the day Thursday I decided to take Friday off from running. When I woke up on Friday my right ankle felt really tight (something that has never happened before) and I knew my body was telling me something. The weird thing was that on Friday my hip felt better but instead I had a little ache in my piriformis and I am terrified of going down that road again. I had an honest talk with myself and came to a few realizations.
Mentally, I wasn’t enjoying my treadmill runs. It was better than nothing, but I knew a few more days on there would really put me over the edge.
Physically, my body wasn’t used to these types of workouts- running in the snow and on the treadmill. There was a really good chance I was changing my stride.
Why was I putting pressure on myself to keep running through all of this? I’m not really “training” for anything yet (although I just realized I only have 9 weeks until my half-marathon). Thinking about my long term goals for the year I would rather take a “less is more” approach right now and cut out the runs that will risk injury and mental burnout. Would I rather run on a treadmill/in the ice and negative wind chills or on a 50 degree day in March? I think we all know the answer to that. Let’s just hope that we get 50 degree days in March! Although 35 degrees sounds pretty good right about now too.
So what’s my plan moving forward? I don’t really have one. I thought about taking a spin class or something but then that’s ANOTHER new type of workout that my body will need to adapt to. So I will probably rest from cardio until everything feels back to normal and then start running outside again, weather permitting. Or keep my treadmill runs shorter.
I made it through a full weekend with no running and no wine. Instead I did lots of meal prep and started reading a book for January (a running book of course- if anyone has a non-running book they want to recommend maybe it will help keep my mind off of running for a minute!) On the bright side, I got to stay warm for most of the weekend despite walking to church in 15 degrees for 20 minutes each way while dodging sheets of ice on the streets and sidewalks. We only got 2 inches of snow and that was 6 days ago so it’s kind of annoying that it’s still so bad out!
To sum things up and try to keep the drama to a minimum, some marvelous things from the past few days: listening to my body, giving myself a break, doing other things besides running and drinking wine, getting extra rest, avoiding the cold and treadmill, focusing on long term goals.
What was marvelous about your weekend?
How do you know when you have hit your limit physically and/or mentally and need a break?
Do you change up your stride when you run in the snow or on a treadmill?
Any book recommendations?