Good morning, my fit friends! Did you all have a great weekend? I spent mine mostly unplugging, hanging out with the wee ones, going to a birthday party, and feeling sick.
Now it’s time to get back to the grind – for both work and, for me, my workouts. Hopefully “Move It Monday” will give you a little boost. This is how I personally “moved it” last week – to recap my training and hopefully give you some new workout ideas and motivation to kick off your own week.
This past week was my first full week back to running. I scheduled out my runs to reach about 50% (okay more like 60%) of my previous overall mileage to get myself back to marathon training. I can hardly believe the race is like a MONTH away. Oh, I hope my body holds up and I’m ready. And, well, that life holds up too. There have been a ton of “issues” and deterrents coming my way lately.
Monday: 6 mile run + weight workout
My run felt pretty good. I still haven’t had any foot pain like before at all…but my ankle and arch still feel weak after being in the immobilizing shoe for two weeks. I have no pain, but it makes me nervous. I just keep making sure to do my little ankle strengthening exercises and keep my lower legs stretched out with the foam roller.
For my weights, I went with three sets each of a few supersets to do a quick and dirty weight workout in the afternoon. Oh, boy, did my legs feel those squats the next day!!
Tuesday: 50 min spin class
My body went all “WOAH!” on me after getting back to running and more weight bearing workouts. My quads, glutes, and chest all felt sore so I decided to take an extra day of rest.
Thursday: 6 mile run + functional circuit for running
I woke up early to fit in my run on our treadmill while the rest of the house slept. Braedon was sick (and still is apparently ) and I knew that would be the only way to fit in my run. So glad I invested in a home treadmill last year! It has saved many runs I would have missed otherwise with young kids.
Now…for that functional circuit. I wanted to focus on strengthening some of the areas that get neglected easily in workouts, but that need work to build up for strong running balance.
Please remember that I’m not a physical therapist and the workout below should not be used to treat or diagnose any injury. This is simply a circuit I put together with some moves beneficial to runners. In other words – you use at your own risk. Mmmmkay?
- Walking Lunge With Med Ball Twist
- Butt Kicks
- Resistance Band Y Pull
- Lying Trunk Rotation with Medicine Ball
- One Leg Touchdown Squat
- Side Shuffle
- Plank with One Arm Row
- Back Extension on Stability Ball
Friday: 12 mile run
I did NOT want to do this run. I knew I couldn’t do my run on Saturday, so I planned ahead to fit it in on Friday. Well, Braedon was still sick so I couldn’t go in the morning as I planned. The thought of running 12 miles at 5:30 in the afternoon on a Friday did not appeal to me. Add a sore throat and overall tired feeling on top of that. Eww.
I did it though! Since, you know…
It was rough getting started but once I got going,I actually felt really good. I can still certainly feel that I haven’t run much over the past month and had two full weeks off. Things go much slower. I’ll take slower for pain-free, though!
Well…mostly pain free. My left side that I had injured didn’t give me any problems on my run…but lo and behold that my “gracefulness” had to bite me in the butt. With less than two miles to go in my run, I tripped on some uneven pavement. I didn’t hit the ground, but while catching my balance, I contorted my right hip/ankle/knee into all sorts of crazy ways. After shaking off the nerves, I ran fine (albeit a lot slower) to finish out my run. But boy did I feel it in my hip afterwards. Grrrrrr!!!!
Saturday and Sunday: Off – Trying to remain smart with recovery, especially after the lovely fall and feeling a bit sick on top of it.
Now, here’s to hoping that this week will finally come together for me and not have any issues like feeling sick, clumsiness, crazy schedules, etc. Although I hate to say that it’s already not looking too good. I will just have to make the most of it!
Your Turn – What was your best/favorite workout last week?