Last week was a solid week of workouts … sort of. I would have loved to do more running but my body is just not letting me run as much as I would like. My legs are fine. My knees are fine. My feet are fine. Other areas of my body are not fine and that is the most frustrating part. I have a doctor’s appointment in a few days so I am hoping that they can help me have a somewhat successful Dopey Challenge experience. Since I don’t know exactly what is wrong with me, I can’t even talk about it or research how to fix it. GAH!
Besides not being able to run without issues, my week of workouts went pretty well. I managed to walk most of a mock Dopey, which gave me a serious confidence boost. I am still really nervous about the Dopey Challenge that is coming up in TWO WEEKS but at least I know that I can maintain the necessary pace for an extended distance. I really don’t want to walk all of the races but that if I have to then I will. Also, I realize I am being a lot vague about what is wrong with but I just don’t have all of the information right now.
Monday – Cross Training + Strength Training
Elliptical – 1.26 miles, 15:00 minutes
NROLFW – Stage 1, Workout 2A (28 minutes)
Tuesday – Easy Run
3.52 miles, 51:01 minutes, 14:29 min/mile avg. pace, 141 BPM HR
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Easy Walk
0.40 miles, 8:46 minutes, 20:47 min/mile avg. pace, 94 BPM HR
Friday – Easy Walk
4.02 miles, 1:04:31 (total time), 16:02 min/mile avg. pace, 115 BPM HR
Saturday – Easy Walk
8.07 miles, 2:09:49 (total time), 16:05 min/mile avg. pace
Sunday – Easy Run
6.00 miles, 1:32:29 (total time), 15:24 min/mile avg. pace
After taking it easy all weekend, I was ready to get back to the gym on Monday. Pete and I met at the gym for our workouts. Can I just say that I was so nervous about going back to the gym? My body has not been cooperating with me and I am spending more time analyzing how my body is reacting than actually working out. It is frustrating and disheartening at the same time. I started my workout with an easy warm up on the elliptical machine. Then I headed over to the weight area to do my strength workout. When I was finishing up my workouts, one of the guys in the gym actually told me that I should use a lighter weight. I know that he was trying to “help” me but I was quite offended by his statement. Thankfully, my body didn’t give out on me and I was able to finish my workout and attempt to ignore what that guy said to me.
My plan for Tuesday’s workout was to get in a 5 mile run (or at least 45 minutes). I jumped on the treadmill and did an easy 5 minute walking warm up before starting my run/walk intervals. I kept my run pace slower than normal in an attempt to avoid any issues. My body was feeling good and cooperating with me up until the moment when I increased my run pace. I thought I was in the clear and would be able to push myself just a little bit. My body did not like that idea at all and I had to cut my run a little bit short on distance. I still managed to get in the 45 minutes of running.
With Wednesday being Christmas Eve, we decided to take the night off of working out and focus on getting everything ready for the next day. We were hosting the Christmas celebration at our house this year and I think we were both really nervous about it. We finished wrapping presents and getting the turkey set up in the brine. By the time we were finished getting ready, we decided that we were to tired to go to our friend’s party that night. Instead, we stayed at home watching Christmas movies.
On Thursday, my family came over and we had an awesome Christmas. I made pumpkin cinnamon rolls for breakfast and somehow managed to not annoy Pete too much with the process. I tasked him with being my “flour man”, which he did fabulously. I don’t think he helped his mom very much with baking stuff growing up because he wasn’t very clear on where to put the flour. They turned out absolutely amazing! Only after they were finished and eaten did Pete decide to give me my Christmas present … a KitchenAid Stand Mixer! While we waited for the turkey to be done, my mom and I went for a walk around the block. She needs to get up and move regularly to help her heart heal properly. I still can’t believe how amazing she is doing. After the turkey dinner and everyone went home, Pete and I entered a full on food coma.
After work on Friday, I headed to the gym to attempt to work off some of the food consumed the day before. My intention was to run but I was afraid that my body wouldn’t cooperate. I decided to walk the 4 mile distance at a quick pace to make sure I could maintain the required pace for the Dopey Challenge. I never thought I would ever consider walking all 48.6 miles but that may be the only way I can do this thing. My body didn’t argue with me and I felt pretty good afterwards.
On Saturday, Pete and I ran some errands before going to the gym. My goal for the day was to complete 8 miles. I did the first half on our home treadmill and finished the second half at the gym while Pete did his workout. I managed to not upset my body and felt alright when I finished. My legs were a little sore but I fully expected that. Part of the Dopey Challenge is being able to run (and/or walk) on tired legs the next day.
On Sunday, my goal was to complete 16 miles and to attempt some running. I got distracted working on my blog and our wedding website so I didn’t get started until MUCH later. While I didn’t finish the distance I wanted to, I did get to run and it felt awesome. My body actually cooperated with me and I was able to maintain a consistent run/walk interval pattern. Of course, I did walk more than I ran but I still got to run. I am going to attempt another mock Dopey next weekend.
How did your workouts go last week? How was your Christmas?