So, now that I’m finally back home and (mostly) healed after so, so many weeks of traveling and moderating my activity levels, I feel like I have a workout debt to pay.
Logically, of course, I know that a few weeks off from consistent workouts was what I needed to heal up my stress fracture, re-regulate on my new hormone levels, and re-calcify my bones. But working out is so much more to me than a way to stay looking fit; working out gives my days and weeks a rhythm that I absolutely love. I’m more energetic throughout the day, I sleep better at night. I’m more decisive when I workout, too; when you’ve got a workout scheduled, you kind of know what you need to wear what you need to eat, when you’re going to shower. When I work out I’m less burdened by all the little choices I HATE making all day every day.
So it felt great to get back to the gym this week and spend a little time strengthening my body and re-building my stamina.
Here’s how this week worked itself out workout-wise:)
Monday: My first run since June! I alternated 2 minutes walking/2 minutes running per my doctor’s orders for 30 minutes. I also did this glute workout, some crunches, and some planks.
Tuesday: 45 minute spin class at the gym, then I got started on this quick arm challenge with my 8lb weights. As a runner, I’m a little bit upper-body weak, and that is something I’m hoping to change. My goal is work my way up to doing this whole circuit with 12lb weights by labor day. And of course I threw in a quick ab circuit and gave myself a good stretch and foam roll before bed.
Wednesday: I tried a “Body Sculpt” class at my local YMCA and HOLY MOLEY was it hard. It was really just repeat intervals of weighted squats, lunges, curtseys, and crunches with some bicep curls and shoulder presses mixed in. But we did everything for 1 minute straight, and we did that several times over for an entire hour. I felt pretty strong when I was in the class, and even hit the tredmill for another 30 minute walk/run workout before my birthday dinner. Then I woke up the next day and I was more sore than I ever imagined I could be. Hence…
Thursday: My Quads were so sore! I decided to skip the spin class I’d planned to go to to give them a bit of a break, so instead I hit the pool for 45 minutes of freestyle swimming, then gave myself a good stretch out and foam roll. I did day 2 of the arm challenge, as well! Later on, I helped a friend move, which involved a good amount of walking around Ikea and shuffling particleboard furniture into place.
Friday: I hit the pool again for 30 minutes of swimming, followed by a 30 minute stint on the spin bike to try to flush the last of the soreness out of my legs a little bit. I then stretched and foam rolled, did a few rounds of crunches for good measure, and headed downtown for birthday drinks!
Saturday: I went to the mall with my friend, which felt like fitness? Just kidding, I managed 45 minutes on a spin bike while watching GOT on my phone, day 3 of my arm challenge, and some planks. Not too bad for the day after a night out;)
Sunday: 60 minute spin class that KICKED MY BOOTY, then day 4 of the arm challenge, and my glute workout. Now I’m headed out to a park with some friends.
My goal for next week is to move from 8lb to 10lb weights for the arm challenge, and work up to 5 minutes of continuous jogging! I’m also hoping to make it to at least one barre or yoga class; my flexibility is a little rough right now, and I’m trying to work some good stretches into my routine.
Now You Tell Me…
- Anyone else obsessed with Game of Thrones right now? I’m re-watching season 1, and it’s giving me so much insight into the current season!
- Has anyone else done walk/running when building up stamina after an injury, or when you’re just getting into the groove of running? Tips for timing it out?
- QUAD SORENESS is really killing me right now… every time I try to build some strength in my upper legs, i end up not being able to walk down stairs for 3 days. Any tips out there? Exercises I can try?