Manic Monday – 11/10/14

Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week, and lay out a plan for the upcoming week.

The focus this week has been recovery after the RaceVermont Half Marathon.  I wanted to take a couple of days off, and then slowly build up a fitness routine again.  As I said in my November Goals post, this month my overall focus is on wedding preparations.  That being said, I’m still trying to keep up my fitness as well, especially going into the holiday season of excess.

Monday 11/03/14:
I was definitely a bit achy on Monday.  My hips in particular were sore, so I spent some time with my foam roller after work.  My quads felt better after, but my calves actually were even more sore on Tuesday.

Tuesday 11/04/14:
I intended to do more foam rolling, but just couldn’t force myself to do it.  I did five modified (from the knees) push-ups, 5 dips, a 30-second plank, and 30-second planks on each side.  It wasn’t much, but it felt good to work my muscles a bit.

Wednesday 11/05/14:
I was more than ready to get back to the gym after a couple of days off, but my left calf was still curiously tight, so I decided to spend some quality time with the recumbent bike instead of jumping back into running.  I did 10.5 miles in 45 minutes, thanks to the ever-creative Nicole telling me a funny story.  I also did 6 modified push-ups and a 30-second plank.

Photo Nov 05, 5 37 21 PM

Thursday 11/06/14:
Instead of going to the gym or running, I did a short leg circuit that I made up on the fly.  I definitely need to work on my balance, and on my hamstring strength–they’re so wimpy!  I also did a few modified push-ups and a 30-second plank.

Friday 11/07/14:
I had intended to finally get a run in, but my left foot had been getting more and more achy throughout the week, and by Friday I didn’t think it was a good idea to run.  I had a couple of beers after work and relaxed for a while, then went to bed relatively early (for a Friday night).

Saturday 11/08/14:
Saturday was a big cleaning/productivity day.  I did a load of laundry, cleaned and vacuumed our room plus the rest of the basement, put clean laundry away, and helped my future MIL paint trim in the basement addition.  After a shower, Ben and I had a few drinks over at our friends’ house, and came home to a late dinner of homemade lasagna.

Sunday 11/09/14:
Another super productive day around the house.  I put away the rest of the laundry, cleaned the bathroom (including clearing out the enormous medicine cabinet with 10+ years worth of expired medicines and junk), and helped with some more painting.  Then I spent the rest of the day in my PJs playing video games.

While I didn’t get in as many workouts as I would have liked, I think my cleaning binges this weekend helped to get me off my butt and burning some calories.  My foot is feeling much better today, so I’m going to try to get some lunch miles in.

This Week:

  • Monday:  2-3 miles easy.  Ease back in after a week off.
  • Tuesday:  Rest/light cross-training
  • Wednesday:  Final wedding dress fitting!!!
  • Thursday:  2-3 miles easy or yoga
  • Friday:  2-3 miles easy
  • Saturday:  Rest
  • Sunday:  Rest

Happy Monday!  Tell me something you’re excited for this week!

8 thoughts on “Manic Monday – 11/10/14

  1. dgobs says:

    You’re so good! My post-half recovery consisted of lots of time on the couch, lots of Halloween candy, and a few soccer games. I’m such a bad runner 🙂

    I *was* super excited this week about helping my running buddy Colin get ready for his first half, especially the indoor track workout we were going to do tomorrow. Then I got an email today that the track will be closed because of the holiday 😦 However, I am excited for the day off work! I’m also excited to meet my best friend’s baby at the weekend!

    • DarlinRae says:

      Oo day off! We don’t get Veteran’s Day off, but I am taking 2 days off prior to the wedding, so I guess I can’t complain. And hooray for babies! They’re so cute 😀

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