Apr 12, 2015

Sunday Sweats - Strugglin' On

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I was considering putting Dory on here for the picture instead.  "Just keep swimming!"  But yeah, same basic sentiment.  This year has alternated between being frustrated that I don't feel like I'm improving and then getting into a groove and feeling awesome.  So when I hit those setbacks and my ankle is having issues, or when I don't feel like I'm improving as fast as I should be, I just need to remember that in the long run it is still forward progress.

Anyway, on to the workouts!  Here's what I did...

Weekly Workouts

Monday - Strength Training, 15 Min Biking

Lunchtime workout: bench, dumbbell rows, situps, ankle rehab, and dumbbell clean and press, which was new to me.  I've worked specific muscle groups, like biceps or triceps, but it's less frequent that I do things that hit multiple muscle groups.  So then I discover weird things like the fact that my forearms are about as useful as wet spaghetti, and my left side is weaker than my right in a few different areas.  Oh well.  Such is life.

After work, squeezed in some biking, jogged about a block in my toe shoes, and called it a day.  (Side note: running on your toes is HARD!  I am not good at it.)

Tuesday - Strength Training, 1.5 Mile Run

Arm workout (and ankle rehab) and then an attempted run after work.  This did not go well.  My leg was hurting and nothing about it was feeling good, and I gave up after a mile and a half.  I did jog around a little bit in my toe shoes later, while walking Luke, and that bothered my leg noticeably less, which is exciting!  But I know I can't go that far in them yet, because they make my legs so incredibly sore the next day after only a couple tenths of a mile.  (I'm not sure which muscles are getting worked, but they're obviously not very strong.)

Wednesday - Strength Training, 30 Min Biking

Biked in the morning, despite not getting up very early, and I'm glad I did.  Feeling accomplished!  Barbell squats at lunch, along with lunges, calf raises, and general ankle stuff.

Thursday - Nada

Things happened.  Friend things, and Cinderella, and laughing at my cranky goddaughter's absurd accusations and parking lot crying fit, and realizing I'm not the only one who has trouble staying up past 10 (even if the other one is only 7 years old).

Friday - Nada

Uhhh, yeah.

Saturday - Played Outside?

This probably shouldn't count, but we played tennis and goofed off out in the sunshine and it was generally a wonderful day.

Sunday - 5 Mile Run

This was a roller coaster of a run.  The first mile wasn't too bad, but by 2 I was struggling, and at 2.5 I was ready for a break.  I stopped and stretched (and switched my movies - Return of the King!), and then got back on the treadmill, determined to at least walk the full 5 miles if I couldn't run it.  I walked about half a mile, and then tried running.  As I kept going, my ankle hurt less and less and I think the end of the run actually felt better than the beginning.  Huge victory!

Total Weekly Mileage: 6.5
Total Hours Exercised: 4
Weeks to Next Race: 3

Thoughts Going Into Next Week

I'd love to get my "hours exercised" up to 7.  An hour per day always seemed like a lot to me, but when you think about it, it's really not.  Lunchtime workouts are at least half an hour, and then I just need to tack a run or half an hour of biking onto my morning or after work and boom!  Goal completed.  Also I've begun phasing in the toe shoes.  It's weird in some ways and running on my toes is really difficult for me.  Presumably it'll get easier/become more natural in time, but right now I feel like I'm dancing around instead of running.  Despite that, I am starting to feel like I will get the hang of it eventually and that it'll be a lot easier on my legs/ankle.

How did your workouts go this week? Do you land on your toes or your heels?

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  1. You're doing awesome. I took a 2 mile hike today in mud and ice at times. It was pretty dangerous. But it was 60 out and you have to take any chance you get!

  2. we've talked about this before but when i started running on my toes - well, trying to, i just ended up giving myself an injury. i land on my mid foot probably, i know i don't land on my heels. but either way the more i tried to focus on how to land, the more i hurt myself. the second i stopped trying and just started running, injury free :)

  3. I sort of land on the balls of my feet I think? Or at least on the treadmill it is that way. When I am running in place during a work out or something...it is on my toes. I don't know why I run different on a treadmill? I struggled real bad this morning and only ran for about 15 minutes total of my usual work out. The rest I walked. I don't know what my deal was but I was proud of myself for even getting in the work out at all.

  4. Oh gosh, I totally know what you mean about hours vs. days. It seems like a lot to do an hour a day, but 7 hours a week is like nothing! Whatever. I choose to just think about it by day and not worry about it :)

  5. Thanks for posting that graphic. I'm the type of person who always feels like I need to see progress and improvement from week to week and I get really frustrated when that doesn't happen for whatever reason. I don't want to be that way though, and I know that sometimes that's just how it goes.
    I used to have a fairly bad heel strike, but it really seemed to be dependent on my shoes. I had one pair that made it REALLY bad, then I switched to more supportive shoes and I got better. Now I run in shoes that are specifically designed to give you a midfoot strike and I am in love with them. I feel like I run much more efficiently that way and it just...feels better.


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