The last time I wrote a post, I was battling a hamstring issue. I was really worried, because I had just come up with a little 4 week plan to get me ready for a 5 mile race! After taking a week off from running and almost everything else, it is so much better!! I have been taking it easy and stretching a lot. I started my mini training plan with 2 runs before I messed up my hamstring. I ended up missing 4 runs, but I think I am back on track :)
I had an AWESOME run Saturday morning!!! The weather was amazingggg and I only stopped my watch once to walk for a minute. I love running in the fall!!
Hopefully there will be lots of great runs in my future!
In my last post, I mentioned that I signed up for a 5 mile race and was trying to follow a mini- training plan to help me get a PR. For my first week, I ran 3 miles easy on my treadmill for Tuesday and did some hill work on Wednesday.
I started Wednesday with a 1 mile warm up to get to the road with the hill I was using. Lap 2 was me getting to the base of the hill and walking it out for a bit. Lap 3, 5 and 7 were me trying to run up this hill at a quick pace. I was exhausted and breathing heavy after each one. I expected to hate it, but it wasn’t that bad! I know doing stuff like this will help me get faster.
On Thursday, I took a nice fall and landed on my butt. I fell with my right leg straight out and my left leg bent behind me. I was in a sort of half split and slammed my right knee into the ground.
After I got up and shook it out, I expected a big bruise on my knee but didn’t think much of the fall. I taught BODYPUMP that night and picked a nice lunge track with lots of single leg jumps (release 80).
Colby and I stopped in at our favorite burrito place. I went all sweaty and nasty like this and I didn’t even care. Are you proud of my sweaty pic Kristy?
Friday morning I woke up with a bruise on my right knee and an insanely tight hamstring. As the day went on, it got worse and worse. By Friday night I was limping and couldn’t bend my right leg. I guess when I fell I strained the muscle and probably made it way worse by jumping around at BODYPUMP. Saturday was horrible and I was starting to get nervous. I iced and laid with my leg elevated and by Sunday I could bend it! Woo Hoo! I am typing this Monday night and it is a million times better now. I have been able to stretch it and I am walking normal. I am sad I had to stop running and teaching pump, but it is better to take it easy for now. I’m hoping to walk and stretch this week and hopefully go for a run by Thursday or Friday. :)
I had high hopes of lots of exercise this past Labor Day weekend. Instead, I felt tired and run down and took a major 3 day break. At first it made me panic a bit not to exercise 3 days in a row, but eventually I calmed it down and realized I needed it. Instead of working out Saturday morning, I spent over an hour watching Wen on QVC. Sadly, this isn’t the first time I’ve watched Wen on QVC and I’ve wanted to try it for a long time. I ordered a starter kit off Amazon and it should be here in a few days. I think my hair will do really well with this cleansing conditioner. I have dry, thick hair and kind of a dry scalp. I am just curious to how it will be after heavy exercise. I’ll make sure to review it on the blog :)
After taking a break this weekend, I signed up for a 5 mile race I really wanted to do. I did this race in 2010 and 2011 and it is awesome. I’ve been putting off registering because I’m kinda nervous. I haven’t raced since the Nike Half in April and I haven’t been running much. To put my obsessive mind at ease, I decided to make up a mini training plan to get me to this race. I know it is only 5 miles, but I ran it pretty fast both times and I’d like to PR!
The race is in 4 weeks and I did my 3 mile run today. I know I need to do some speed work/ hill work if I want to improve my time from 2011. (43:55 – a 8:47 pace and that is fast for me!) I NEVER do hill work or speed work (unless it is on the treadmill) so I need to push myself! There is still lots of BODYPUMP teaching going on each week, so I have to make sure I fit in my runs too!