Thursday, 12/11: Ran 3.58 treadmill miles. [Groan.]
I ran a little over 3-1/2 miles at the gym. Sooo… boring, even while listening to my newest obsession, the podcast “Serial.” I ran between 6.0 and 7.0 mph but felt only okay. I slept only about 6-1/2 hours the night before, which is fewer than my goal of 8 hours per night.
Friday, 12/12: Rest (unless you count dress rehearsal for “The Nutcracker” to be a workout).
Saturday, 12/13: Ran 3.75 miles + 1 hour of yoga.
Ran solo with music in the early morning on a relatively hilly route. I felt pretty good, well enough to sprint the last 100 meters. Had a quick break at home (during which I rehydrated with some caffeinated Nuun while made my kids’ breakfast) before dashing off to yoga.
I haven’t taken yoga in probably 10 years. Okay, maybe 8 years, but you get the idea. I started running 4 years ago and, since then, my body has readjusted itself for the purpose of running. Over the course of those 4 years, I haven’t done anything meaningful (such as consistent cross-training) to counteract the fact that my body wants to propel me forward, and only forward. As a result, my hips are kind of a mess.
The yoga class was I think a basic flow class, but it was offered at my Pilates place so I’m not quite sure; they offer only one kind of yoga class. But it definitely wasn’t hot (I’d remember that). At the start, I remember thinking, “Oh, this will be too easy for me. It’s not hot in here, and we’re not doing anything crazy if it’s in Pilates studio.” Ha! About 20 minutes later, I was eating my words as I struggled to do the Warrior pose with my tight hips. And a simple pose like the Tree pose? It was super easy for me years ago, but on Saturday all I could manage was resting my foot on my lower calf. Womp womp.
Sunday, 12/14: Rest.
I was supposed to run 7 miles today, but I was incredibly sore from yoga the previous day and I couldn’t imagine running. I have never been sore from yoga. And the soreness was so specific. When I walked, my hips would ache if I walked my “normal” way, which is apparently with my feet/legs/hips slightly winged out. On Sunday morning, my post-yoga body wanted me to walk with my toes pointing forward. Hmmm… interesting.
The soreness was less exquisite in the afternoon, when I had to perform in “The Nutcracker,” but I definitely noted a difference in how my hips felt as I danced.
Monday, 12/15: Ran 4.92 miles with Aimee.
I woke up Monday morning to my hips feeling normal again, so I went forward with my run with Aimee. My original plan for this morning was to run 3 to 4 miles, but we extended the run a little bit to try to make up for the fact that we hadn’t run the day before. I would have liked to have run 7 miles on Monday, but we didn’t have the time.
Tuesday, 12/16: 1 hour of Pilates.
I had my third private session with my Pilates instructor. During the session, she had me work on my hamstrings, shins, core (including my lower transverse abdominal region), mid back, and arms. My quads and hip flexors kept trying to do all the work, and I tried like crazy to engage my glutes and hams to do the heavy lifting.
I’m starting to get anxious about my private Pilates sessions ending after 2 more visits. I hope I have learned enough about proper form to continue with group classes. Lord knows I can’t afford more private sessions!
Wednesday, 12/17: Rest.
Too sleepy this morning to run, even though I had the opportunity to do so (it would have been a bonus run day) and I slept 8 hours(yay!) on Tuesday night. I’m not sore from last night’s Pilates session, so I’m wondering whether I worked hard enough.
Total Mileage for the Week of 12/11-12/17/2014: 12.25 miles.
Such a low-mileage week for me. I guess my body needed it, though. Despite trying to increase my hours of sleep, I have been running ragged throughout the past several days. With taking care of my family, working, rehearsing for and performing in “The Nutcracker,” going to Pilates and yoga, running, and trying to get everything done for Christmas, my body’s crying out for a break. I can’t feel bad about taking a step back this week with my running.
This next week, my goals are to return to my regular mileage (in the 18-19 miles per week range) so that the base is there for when I start marathon training on December 21.
What was your best workout of the week? Has holiday-prep taken its toll on your ability to run or exercise?