I made it through a full week of no running. And you know what? It wasn’t bad at all. If there is ever a time to take a break from running, the end of winter is it. I keep reminding myself how much I will want to be outside running again when spring arrives, and it’s better to take time off now than have to do it later.
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I kept active this week. Thank goodness for other ways to exercise because as long as I could sweat and strength train I didn’t miss the running quite as much.
When I last ran on Saturday, my hamstring felt tight, and that loosened up after a couple of days. Even though my ankle had felt fine during my last run, it started bothering me again on Thursday. These are the types of mysteries that I just don’t understand. As I am writing this over the weekend, it feels better. I’m still trying to figure out how to move forward but for now I am thinking I will take another week off from running and then go from there.
While I do think the time off won’t hurt, I don’t think it’s wise to just take a break and then start back up again. Who is to say the same problems won’t pop right back up again? If I don’t do anything different, why would I expect a different outcome? Now, as you can see, even without running this week my foot randomly flared up one of the days. If I were running this week I may have blamed it on the running.
Here’s a quick recap of the week:
Monday: 40 minutes spinning, core work using this video
Tuesday: 20 minutes spinning, upper body workout
Wednesday: 10 minute warm up on bike, lower body workout/PT, 20 minute walk
Thursday: 50 minutes spinning, glute workout
Friday: 20 minutes Pilates, core work/PT, mobility
Saturday: 45 minutes spinning (broken into 15 minute intervals) with strength training/core and a quick yoga session
I will say it’s been nice to have more time to do all the other workouts I like to do. Usually I feel like I am rushing to get in core work or foam rolling. Without spending the time bundling up and heading outdoors I feel like I have a few extra minutes to get those things done.
One strategy I am thinking about using when I return to running is heart rate based training. Has anyone tried this or do you have any books on it you would recommend? Now that I have a wrist-based HRM it’s much easier to keep track of my heart rate when I am running. Besides, sometimes I read when I am on the spin bike so it’s always good to have a running-related book lined up!
How were your workouts last week?
When was the last time you took a week or more off from running?
Have you ever used heart rate based training?