Thurs, 1/7: ran 4 miles home from work — legs were pretty sore/tight.
Fri, 1/8: morning strength sesh: kettlebells, free weights, back machines, push-ups, abs, and all the legs (walking & jumping lunges, jump squats, air squats, in-out squats, kettlebell squats). felt like a really good workout.
Sat, 1/9: 7 mile run outdoors. slow, as my legs were insanely sore.
Sun, 1/10: started to run/walk outside but got caught in the rain, so switched to treadmill for 3 miles of incline walking (leg was killing me). followed up with lots of push-ups and some abs.
Mon, 1/11: 30 mins of strength & abs, 30 mins of treadmill incline walking.
Tues, 1/12: rest. i worked 12 hours (and slept 9 hours the night before, woot!).
Wed, 1/13: 5 miles on the treadmill this morning, with minimal leg pain (just some soreness but nothing crazy). felt good to be able to run again, even if it was at a 9-mile average pace.
total weekly mileage: 16 (running — lots of walking, both on treadmill and alllll over NYC).
thoughts: i’ve been having a lot of issues with one of my legs lately (calf pain, IT band pain, quad pain, knee locking up, just overall NOT WORKING WELL and always hurting), so i made myself cut down on running this week and listen to my body. i feel pretty good about how i handled this, especially after i was able to run 5 miles this morning without too much pain, so i think i’m on the mend and it was just overworked and under-stretched. i definitely feel motivated to pay more attention to stretching and recovery this year, as i know that’s been lacking and it’s so important.
i feel like the most important lesson i’m learning about working out lately is to not be so hard on myself and to do what i can. yes, i want to push myself to new challenges and goals with my running and work hard at it, but no, i don’t want to get hurt, or do anything stupid, or think my weekly mileage and long runs affect my overall worth as a human being. i tend to get too hard on myself at these times, and i need a mental reset.
do the best with what you have. challenge yourself, but don’t beat yourself up.
i think that’s the advice i need to give myself going into 2016.
How were your workouts this past week?
What advice do you need to give yourself going into this year?