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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
- 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!