Happy Monday everyone!
As I mentioned in one of my recent posts, this past week was my first complete week back at home with zero traveling for work (and it was glorious). I would say I did a pretty good job getting back into a rhythm and I’m hoping to keep it up again this week! Here’s how it all shaped up:
Monday – Rest day. I was SO SORE after the Fenway race on Sunday that just rolling over in bed was enough to wake me up. I needed this day off 100% and am glad I listened to my body (at least on this day).
Tuesday – Gym. I did a 30-minute hill workout on a stationary bike and my legs felt a little tired but not too bad. I finished up with a little upper-body, but nothing too crazy since my arms were still pretty burnt out. While I was at the gym, I signed up for an evening abs class the next day, thinking that I would be feeling relatively close to back to normal by then.
Wednesday – Abs class at the gym. From the very first exercise, I knew I was NOT back to normal. It didn’t help that out of the 5 slots in the class, I was the only one who showed up, so the trainer was only focusing on me. I finally explained to her that I was still sore from my race over the weekend because it was almost getting embarrassing how much I was DYING on all the exercises.
The good news was that, she told me that next time, we could adjust the workouts to do other exercises to help me meet my fitness goals (which I explained were pretty much to be a stronger, well-rounded runner).
Thursday – Another rest day. After the class the day before, I was more than happy to chill out for a day.
Friday – Early AM class at the gym. This time, it was me and only one other person, with the same trainer as I had on Wednesday. Even though this was supposed to be another abs class, the trainer took us through a leg routine, which I really enjoyed. I learned a bunch of different variations on how to use the machines in different ways to target different muscles (for example, by turning my leg to face in, out, or pointing my toes up).
Saturday – Finally, a day of the week with enough time/daylight for a run! I slept in, took my time getting ready, and finally headed out for a run, not really sure of how far I was going to go. A couple weeks ago, I had noticed what seemed like a popular running trail nearby, so I decided to check it out. Well, lo and behold it was a LOOP that connected back to the park where I had been doing all my runs before! I was so excited to discover this. The whole loop is probably just over 3 miles, so not super long, but it is right along the river and it felt plenty safe with lots of other runners and walkers out and about.
Did I mention how INSANELY windy Saturday was?
The headwind was terrible at times, so I was thrilled that I still managed an overall 8:40 min/mile pace. Just after mile 5 (partway through my second loop of the trail), I passed this tall bird-watching tower. I had seen it on my runs before and always thought that I should stop and climb it to check out the view, but I never had before. I finally decided it was worth checking out, and I’m so glad I did.
Such an awesome view that this picture barely does it justice. I was feeling all my happy exercise endorphins and just couldn’t get over how alive I felt, standing on this platform in the wind looking out at the city. I’m so glad I finally took the few minutes to pause my run and appreciate this sight.
Sunday – I was going to run again, but I had a bit of a blister from Saturday and as soon as I put my sneakers on, I knew it wasn’t going to feel good, even with a band-aid. Despite feeling really torn about it, I decided to stay in and do a Fitnessblender workout – 40 Minute At Home Butt and Thigh workout.
I spent the rest of the weekend reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (I was a huge fan of Gone Girl and this book is just as suspenseful and addictive as that one was!) and scoping out potential turkey trots in the area! It was the perfect ending to an awesome week.
Have you ever read anything by Gillian Flynn? Did you run this weekend?