Warning: post approaches 1,000 words! Sorry for the length!
So, with my current running/training plan, other exercises, and workouts, my current rest day is Fridays. So I figure that will be the perfect time to catch up and recap my week in workouts. Since I didn’t post jack shit last week, I will start from then and then make things a weekly addition.
So, Monday the 1st, I had a chiro appointment for an adjustment and cleared my running plan with her. So I basically got the OK to return to running, yoga, and biking which was freaking amazing! I didn’t realize how much I would miss all that stuff until I couldn’t do ANY of it for 3 months. And then seeing all my running friends and yoga friends posting about it was really making me jealous. So it was kind of hard.
Tuesday (May 2nd) I should have kicked off my running, but I didn’t because I was dealing with picking my car up from the body shop that was repairing it from hitting a deer earlier this year. And as proved through out the course of the repair, picking the car up was a pain in the ass. So what should have taken 15 minutes to almost an hour and I by the time I got home, I didn’t want to deal with changing clothes and going running.
Wednesday (May 3rd) I had taken the day off work because with all the rain that we had been having they were talking about shutting down the highways that I would need to take to get to work. So I just didn’t come in (which turned out to be a total waste of a vacation day). But better safe than sorry! So I dropped the bikes off to be serviced, met Matt for lunch, and then headed to Quail Ridge for my first run in 3 months. In the rain. Which made me feel like a total bad-ass. The schedule called for a 15 minute easy paced run, with a 5 to 10 minute cool down. For the 15 minute run portion I covered just under a mile (.91) at a pace of 16:41/mile, and then my cool down was 3:29 and I covered an addition .10 of a mile.
Thursday (May 4) I got back on the current schedule and did an interval workout in chilly temps and on the one portion of the Katy Trail that I could find that wasn’t flooded. The interval workout was 2 minutes running (easy pace)/1 minute rest/2 minutes running (easy pace) repeat 4 times. I managed to keep a pace around 15-16:00/mile for my run portions and either did very little walking or stood still for my rest portions. I also added a 5 minute cool down to the end of the workout for a total of 1.31 miles. I also hit up a YogaHour class, which was one of my first classes back from injury, which was super exciting! It went really well, and I can’t wait to get the flexibility and ability back that I’ve lost these past few months.
Friday was a rest day and also Cinco de Mayo so I had our usual Friday night dinner with family and friends, only a little more festive for the holiday.
Saturday (May 6) 20 minute easy run with 5 minute cool down. The workout consisted of a 5 minute warm up (.21 miles avg pace 23:58), 5 minutes running easy pace (.32 miles avg pace 15:36), 5 minutes walking recovery (.21 miles avg pace 24:12), 5 minutes running easy pace (.33 miles avg pace 15:10), 5 minute cool down (.20 miles avg pace 25:28) for a total of 1.26 miles.
So I rounded out the first week of running with a total weekly mileage of 3.57 miles (woohoo!).
Sunday I cleaned up a bit around the house, and bought my garden plants and got those planted.
Monday (May 8) I rearranged my training plan so that I would be running on Mondays and Wednesdays, and yoga-ing on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with my weekends usually having yoga and running on Saturday, although I will probably mix this up a bit, since this weekend I might bike on Saturday, do a home yoga practice, and then run on Sunday. Depends on what is happening with everyone else!
Anyways back to the workout, Repeat of Saturdays 20 minute easy, except instead of Quail Ridge I hit up Indian Camp Creek. 5 minute warm up (.22 miles avg pace 22:43), 5 minutes running (.32 miles avg pace 15:37), 5 minutes walking recovery (.22 miles avg pace 22:14), 5 minutes running (.34 miles avg pace 14:54 (hey hey!)), 5 minute cool down (.22 miles avg pace 23:00) for a total of 1.32 miles.
Tuesday was one of the hottest YogaHour classes I can recall taking in my entire history of doing YogaHour. It’s supposed to be a slightly warmer than normal class to start, but no means a hot yoga class where the room is already 90 degrees. The class was so crowded that is got over 90 degrees within the first 10 minutes or so. I was drenched! Such a good class though, and with one of my favorite teachers, Emily!
Wednesday was a 21 minute easy run, with 3 run segments and shorter recovery segments. 5 minutes running (.36 miles avg pace 13:56 (little too fast)), 3 minutes walking recovery (.12 miles avg pace 24:14) 5 minutes running (.34 miles avg pace 14:33), 3 minutes walking recovery (.12 miles avg pace 24:27), 5 minutes running (.32 miles avg pace 15:39) 5 minute cool down (.21 miles avg pace 24:20) for a total of 1.47 miles. It was 84 degrees out but if felt so much warmer, probably due to the humidity since some thunder storms rolled into the area later that night.
Which brings up to yesterdays YogaHour class, where I started my watch a wee bit late in class because we were cranking through the poses and movements in class.
All in all a very good start to my return to activity! I’m feeling good about my progress so far, and can’t wait to see how things open back up, especially now that I am going through chiropractic treatment and getting things cracked back into alignment.