Weekly recap (6/19-6/25): Rest for the weary
Okay, I'm not exactly weary, but last week was a rest week thanks to my still-sort-of-sore achilles.
It felt a lot better but my coach dialed my schedule back to just two short runs just to make sure it was okay. (This is why I have a coach. Left to my own devices, I would have been out there at least 4 days and may have injured myself.)
- Monday: HIIT class at Journey
- Tuesday: Rest
- Wednesday: Easy run with friends - 3.07 miles @ 8:55 pace
- Thursday: Barre class
- Friday: Rest - assisted stretch session at Stretch Zone
- Saturday: Easy run - 3.01 miles @ 9:05 pace
- Sunday: Bike ride - 12 miles
Last week's totals
Total miles: 6.08 miles
Total runs: 2
Total bike: 1
Total strength: 2
Total workouts: 5
A few highlights from the week:
Highlight #1: After almost a year, I finally made my way back to Journey Cycling & Fitness for a HIIT class. I had intended to do two last week, but I had such crazy DOMS that I opted for just one. DOMS is what I get for skipping those strength workouts for far too long. Fortunately, I also did one yesterday (Monday) and I have no DOMS this time around, so my body adjusted quickly.
But anyway, I love these classes. They're 45-50 minutes of interval training using body weight, kettle bells, TRX, bosu balls, and other weights. Love. Them. And looking back over my 5-year running history, my best running has always happened when I was also doing HIIT workouts regularly.
Highlight #2: Running with my running group again! While I really like running alone, I also like to balance that out with at least one group run. And I've been lacking that for a long time. And we always hit up the bar afterwards for a cold beer and some good conversations.
My achilles was fine during the run and just a bit sore afterward. I went home and foam rolled for a few minutes and it was fine after that. My DOMS, on the other hand, were still raging a bit and didn't subside until Thursday!
Highlight #3: This is the biggest one (and a non-workout one) - I'm officially the mom of a threenager. My little guy turned three last week. I can't believe it. I'm not sure where the past three years have gone, but they disappeared quickly and along with them, so did my baby. He's so big now!
In the several weeks leading up to his birthday, he kept talking about how his birthday was coming up and he was going to be three. So of course, I shouldn't have been surprised when the first thing he said when he woke up on his birthday was "I'm three!" So cute!
On his birthday, he had fun at school in the splash pad and on his scooter for bike day. We picked him up early so he could come home and open his presents and eat his cake.
Other than that, I had a fairly quiet week surviving the soupy Charleston summer air. I had my second session at the Stretch Zone and it was awesome. It's definitely helping keep my calves loose and my achilles pain-free.
Sadly last week, I also found out that my favorite barre studio is closing the location close to my house. I'm so sad! The other locations are just too far for me to drive on a regular basis. I'll miss that studio and the instructors, but I'll try to make it to the other studios once in a while.
I'm hoping something cool comes into the location their closing (a yoga studio, maybe?) so I at least have something yoga or barre close to home so I can get those workouts in.
And that's a wrap.
Coming up this week, I'm moving back up to 4 easy runs with a small speed test to see how my achilles does. After that, we'll get back to rebuilding. I'm glad my coach proceeded with caution instead of throwing me back into my schedule. I'd rather take it easy for a week or two than be sidelined for months.
How was your week?