Weekly Running Log Week of June 20th
I’m so happy I’m slowly getting back into a regular running schedule. The last 5 weeks have been rough injury-wise, but I’m really happy the way I’m recovering slowly and steady. I still go to see my physical therapist once a week and I continue my stretching exercises at home plus a ton of icing! I never realized how much icing really helps, when done right and on regular basis. I always sort of neglected that part of my training. Like my Dr said “ice is your best friend.” You bet.
Flexible Ice Packs work wonders and they really help you wrapping your affected injured area nicely.
It has been a really hot and humid week here in Palm Beach. Living in the South that’s no surprise and it’s something that comes with the territory for the next 3 -4 months (not weeks). You just need to find a way to somehow work your running around it, as safely as you can.
Here is how my Running Week went:
Monday: 4 miles outside my neighborhood at night. It was one of those runs I didn’t want to end, but I felt like I probably shouldn’t be pushing it since this was only my second week back to running and I ran quite a bit over the weekend.
Tuesday: 3.5 miles. Jim got called in early to work which threw my running plan for the day off a bit. The only way I got a chance to get a run done was to leave right then and there before he would take off to work so I will be right back on time to watch the kids. I only had 45 minutes to make it work.
I stopped at 3.5 miles. I really wanted to round it up to 4 miles, but I had to be back on time. It was super hot and humid already very early in the morning.
Wednesday: no running. I went for a massage appointment at my physical therapy location. My first massage in years. I felt like my body really needed it. I figured it would probably help things heal faster, too. I planned on running after this appointment. However, I cannot tell you how EXHAUSTED I was after this deep tissue massage! I went home and felt like I could sleep for hours. I felt more exhausted from this than from a long run. I really felt the detoxifying process in my system.
There was no way I could even run 1 mile.
Thursday: 5 miles outside. It was sooo hot and sooo humid! This run felt like a drag, but at least I pushed through to get it done. BTW, my body felt great running the day after a massage.I remember when a massage therapist in NYC told me once that a massage before a marathon is even better than after running 26.2. You have a better run and better recovery afterwards. Something to keep in mind.
Friday: 3 mile walk outside. I started out running, but due to all the moisture in the air I was not able to run. I really should have gone to the gym, not sure why I even attempted to run in this much humidity. I stopped running and walked for 3 miles, just to get my daily foot steps in at least.
I have been really loving adding Spirulina and Hemp Seeds to my Daily Protein Smoothies. I can really feel how these add-ons help my energy levels, well-being and physical recovery.
Saturday: 6 miles on the treadmill at the gym. I knew better today. I didn’t even try to give an outdoor run a thought. I really wanted to get my 6 Miler done and the gym seemed to be the only doable option. Crazy Florida Humidity. I forgot my headphones at home. Right before entering the gym I really debated whether I can endure 6 miles on the treadmill without music. I headed in without the headphones. The guilty feeling of not running totally outweighs the pain of running without music. I survived it.
Sunday: I got up early for my Yoga Class. I have been really loving Yoga again. 1. 5 hours of pure bliss. Love the challenge, the flexibility and the peace that comes from a great class like this. Afterwards I went for a 3 mile run.
I haven’t paced myself in those 2 weeks that I have been back to running. I’m moving slower than usual and I just don’t see the sense in wearing a Garmin right now. I’m just really happy and grateful to be moving again – even at a much slower pace.
Another thing that I has really helped my foot and hip recovery is the right arch support. I have had tons of running insoles in the past and I really didn’t want to add another one to my collection but my Dr recommend these and said that he has many happy runners purchasing this kind. He told me you can only get those particular ones from a Dr office. I think I paid $40. They feel awesome!
Total Mileage for this week: 21.5 miles, plus Yoga, Stretching, Foam Rolling and Icing. Yeah!
How was your Running Week?
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