I’m excited to say that I will be talking about running in today’s post. Sometimes I think I could write about running every single day if I just told you every detail of my workouts but I have a feeling you would all stop reading if I did that:) Long story short(er) I am easing my way back into running and thought I would share my weekly recap with some details about what I did last week.
Sunday: 30 mins very easy yoga, core work
I found a yoga video online and realized 15 minutes in that it was not at all what I was looking for. It was just SO slow moving and I was looking for an easy vinyasa flow. I switched up videos halfway through but really wasn’t pleased with how this went overall. Did some solid core work including planks in all directions, bridges, clamshells, sidesteps, and 1-legged squats.
Monday: 30 mins barre3
This video was called “ballet barre” and brought me back to my dancing days growing up. Isn’t is weird how you can not do something for 14 years but it still feels so natural? I also saw my chiro on Monday after work.
Tuesday: 60 minutes hot yoga and core work
I did my core work in the morning even though I was really tempted to run. I knew another day off wouldn’t hurt plus I wasn’t sure if there was ice since it had rained so much the night before. After work I went to yoga class and really appreciated begin at the studio.
Wednesday: 2 miles, body pump, core work
Tested things out for the first time after 5 days off. This was in the gym so I did a few minutes on the elliptical to warm up and then headed to the treadmill. This wasn’t any sort of magical run back by any means- it felt awkward as it usually does when I start running on a treadmill. I took the pace easy and with only running 2 miles there wasn’t much time to get comfortable. But nothing hurt so I was happy about that.
I increased my body pump weight which proved to leave me sore later in the week. After work I did a little bit of core work since I wasn’t able to stay for CXworks class that morning.
Thursday: 4 miles and running drills
Made it outside to run for the first time in 9 days! This run would have been awesome if I wasn’t super paranoid the whole time. I did a thorough warm-up inside, and then did some running drills to help with form once I got outside. I accidentally stopped my Garmin at one point but I’m pretty sure I ran just under 4 miles.
Friday: 30 minutes easy yoga
I really wanted to run again especially because I felt good the rest of the day on Thursday, but I wanted to be smart. I was also sore from BodyPump and knew a day off would only help me more to have a good Saturday run. I really didn’t want to end up with another weekend of no running and no wine.
Saturday: 6 miles and core work
My plan was to run for about an hour unless things hurt. The problem with coming back from time off running is that you tend to be hyper-aware of every little thing going on in your body. I had a hard time relaxing but felt pretty good most of the time. After the run my hips felt kind of tight again so the plan is to work that out and hopefully be ready to run again on Monday.
So while I was running I stopped at like mile 4 to take a picture. I took out my phone (which had been at 70% when I left for my run) and opened the camera, and suddenly the phone went black. When I went to turn it back on it said the battery was dead. When I got home and put it in the charger it started up again and was at 68%. The only thing I can think of is that the cold weather caused it to shut down like what has happened to Meredith a few times. And I didn’t even think it was that cold out!
Total: 12 miles
I also planked every day this week but tried to switch things up by adding some movement or doing them on a stability ball.
This week I tried to focus on doing less. When I am having any sort of running pain issues I tend to go overboard with the prevention stuff like extra core work and last week it was in the forms of barre and yoga and anything else I could think of. While that stuff is great I also need to be making sure I am actually allowing everything to calm down too. Last Sunday I sat down with my Believe Journal and one of my weekly goals was to “do less”.
I am planning/hoping to post at some point (maybe this week) about what I think is causing me to have some of these ailments. It’s all a guess at this point between what I have learned from my chiro and everything I have read about on the trusty ‘ol internet. However, I do try to focus on reliable sources when reading about this stuff. Landing yourself in a forum where people talk about their life-altering injuries is never helpful.
Are you off from work today? If so, how are you spending the day?
Do you find yourself doing supplemental workouts when you are injured?
Do you turn to Dr. Google when you are having aches or pains?
Does your first run back after a break feel really weird? Do you get paranoid/hyper-aware of how you are feeling?
Even if I’m not where I want to be, getting back to running is definitely marvelous🙂