Manic Monday – 02/09/15

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It was a much more low-key week this week than the last several have been. Between my knee bothering me and being downright exhausted after a couple of intense weeks of workouts and rehearsals, a cutback week was just what I needed.

Monday 02/02/15: Rest day. My knee was really bothering me after rehearsal on Sunday, so I knew I wouldn’t be going to the gym. And mercifully, rehearsal was cancelled due to inclement weather, so I got to leave work early, put on sweatpants, and relax for an evening, which was SO NICE.

Tuesday 02/03/15: Rest day. Since starting an Ibuprofen regimen (500mg 3x per day), my knee was feeling better, but I didn’t want to push it. I spent a good 15-20 minutes massaging my legs with a handheld roller and it felt AMAZING.

Wednesday 02/04/15: I backed off on the Ibuprofen so I could see how the knee was feeling. Verdict–still felt weird, but not actually painful. In celebration (and to help continue the healing trend), I skipped my scheduled run and went to my FIRST YOGA CLASS IN OVER A YEAR! Yaaaaay! Then I had a fast and low-key rehearsal, too!

Thursday 02/05/15: 10 minutes of incline walking to warm up; CXWORX class.

Friday 02/06/15:  I intended to try running a mile, but stopped at .5 because my knee felt weird. Not painful, but weird. I did 30 minutes on the recumbent bike instead. Rehearsal was somewhat dancey, but not too bad.

Saturday 02/07/15: Rest day. Lots of cleaning around the house. We also went to a special viewing party of my friend Emily’s Food Network debut on “Outrageous Chocolate.” It was SO COOL seeing my friend on TV, and she was so excited. Congratulations, again Emily! I hope they give her her own show soon 😉

Sunday 02/08/15: Rest day, other than some dance stuff at rehearsal, probably no more than an hour altogether.

I have my first race of the year, the Cupid 5k, on Saturday. I haven’t been doing a whole lot of running lately, so this week will be all about testing out the knee and making sure I’m good to run. I’m hoping to get back to Body Pump this week, but not sure that my schedule will allow it. I’m also hoping to check out a new yoga studio that’s cheaper than the one I went to last week, and of course, take my beloved CXWORX class on Thursday. Here’s a tentative plan for the week:

  • Monday: Short run (2 miles?) with long warm up and cool down
  • Tuesday: Fluid Yoga?
  • Wednesday: Short run (2 miles?) with long warm up and cool down
  • Thursday: CXWORX
  • Friday: Packet pickup; Spin?; rehearsal
  • Saturday: Cupid 5k; Valentine’s Day crepe brunch; Star Wars marathon
  • Sunday: Rest

Friday Free-For-All – 02/06/15


My knee is feeling better! I stopped taking Ibuprofen on Wednesday, and haven’t had any pain since. I’m still being cautious, but it seems to be ok. Thank goodness!

My friend Emily, aka “Chocolate Sculptress,” will be featured on Food Network tomorrow. Emily and I used to work together at Lake Champlain Chocolates back in the day, and we’ve been friends for 10 years. She now works at the South End Kitchen as a chocolate educator/sculptor, and she made a 5 foot tall, 60 pound chocolate sculpture for Valentine’s Day. They’re featuring her in a program called “Outrageous Chocolate,” and it airs tomorrow at 8 on Food Network. It’s so cool. Now I can say “I knew her when…”

I am SO HAPPY IT’S FRIDAY. All these rehearsals and workouts are really taking it out of me. Tomorrow I plan to spend all day in my sweatpants binge-watching Friends on Netflix. It’s gonna be beautiful.

What are your weekend plans?