I am so thankful for being back in PA. I miss my family and NC like crazy, but I need some normality back in my life.
After a few hours of blog work yesterday morning I started off with a trip to the gym. I need to start getting back into my routine.
I decided to do a hodgepodge workout so I ended up doing a little bit of everything.
I got there and decided to give my leg a rest from the treadmill and walk around the indoor track.
It is slightly easier on my leg. I ended up doing just over 30 minutes.
After I had finished my husband was about to start his workout and suggested I try VERY SLOWLY jogging one lap around the indoor track (a mile around our track is 9 laps).
I was terrified. All I could think about was the shooting pain in my leg I had when all this started (which I haven’t felt in quite a while now).
Wes assured me I was into 9 weeks so it was time we slowly started testing my leg to see where it was.
I slowly jogged and to my surprise I had no pain!
I stopped after one lap and stretched some just to make sure the pain wouldn’t start up. To my surprise, I felt great!
We are taking baby steps and slowly testing my leg. Probably won’t try anything again for another day or two but I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that I can see the work I’ve put in paying off.
After my walking and jog attempt I hopped on the Arc Trainer for a 30 minute sweat session.
Nothing fancy. I did attempt to try and mimic my running form simply to help get my body back into remembering the correct form.
I need to really focus on my form and make a commitment to form drills when I start up again. My form is not where it needs to be and to avoid injury in the future this needs to be corrected.
My final cardio of the day was 10 minutes on the rowing machine.
This was brutal today. It most likely was due to the fact that I was tired, but I didn’t have a single minute left in me at the end of the 10.
I finished off my workout with some kettle bell swings and ab work before calling it a day.
I found another use for my CLICK Protein Powder today.
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After I finished my workout I was pretty hungry and needed a snack. The weather was awful today and between the cold tempatures and snow I wanted something warm.
I opted for oatmeal but since our kitchen is still pretty sparse I needed a new topping.
I give you – CLICK Oats. After I had cooked the oats I added cinnamon and a little of my CLICK Espresso Mocha Protein Powder to the top and mixed it all tighter. It was delicious and just what I needed.
It just goes to show you this protein powder can be used in just about ANYTHING!
Do you enjoy doing one type of workout or do you like to mix it up?
Have you or do you currently do any type of form drill?
Looks like a great workout! And congrats on the pain free jog!!! Kevin has been rowing since he’s been injured and raves about what an amazing workout it is. For a guy who won’t do ANY cross training to actually enjoy a non-running workout is huge, so I know it must really be great! Unfortunately my gym doesn’t have rowing machines and I’ve only done it twice, but I was wiped each time. Keep up the good work, girl! Welcome home!!!
Thank you Megan! 🙂 It is exciting! Yes rowing is a great workout! I finally tried it while we were traveling and was able to go 15 mins, today I maxed out at 10! It can be exhausting!
It is so nice to be home!! Getting some regularity back! 🙂
Congrats on the jog being pain free! I love mixing it up too, keeps me on my toes 🙂 I wish my gym had a rowing machine – that’s a tough workout!
It really is! Mixing it up sometimes makes it go by so much quicker. An hour and 10 minutes of one thing would have taken forever but by doing it this way the workout was over in no time!
Yay for no pain!!
I know right!? Thank you! 🙂
I have recently been trying to work on my form. I got the McMillan running drills DVD so I have been incorporating those into my runs.
That’s soo great that you were able to run a little bit with no pain!
I love watching form drills and trying out new ones! It is something that I really need to work on!
Thank you! 🙂 I was excited! Still a long ways to go but it is a step in the right direction!
Awesome on no pain! Now the challenge is again to not get over-zealous! So hard (I see it with my wife – they are just trying to wean her from the brace, and she wants to just stop wearing it … ), but important.
I want to mix things up more this winter, but the reality is I am happy just going out running.
We’re trying something new tomorrow – I always wake the kids up for school coming back from my run. Tomorrow they are on their own alarms and I’m going a bit longer. You can read how it goes on my blog 🙂
Yes don’t worry I learned my lesson! SLOW SLOW SLOW!
Enjoy your longer run 🙂 Winter mornings are always hard but there is something so refreshing about running when it is cold outside!
Well, the temp this morning was 17 when I went out, not sure if that is ‘refreshing’ or ‘freaking cold’ 🙂 Actually not terrible, I still have more layers and accessories for when it gets really cold. I have to write up the whole thing but it was a really good run this morning!
That’s great! Yes I wouldn’t quite call that refreshing but with lots of layers it could be doable! 🙂 Layering is the key for me when running in the cold. I always buy shirts bigger in the winter so that I can put lots of layers under them!
Glad to hear things are getting better, and especially that you are taking it nice and slow.
Have you ever looked into low heart rate training? Once you can start running again, that might be a good way to force yourself to keep it easy for a while, and 6-8 weeks of low heart rate training can have significant benefits for your endurance/speed.
I have never really looked into it. Do you just aim to keep your heart rate low/easy running during that time?
It’s often called ‘maffetone training’ if you want to google, but basically the idea is you keep your heart rate in your aerobic zone (there’s a formula to calculate it based on age), and over time the speed you can run with your heart rate at that level will increase – and then when you try to run fast you’ll be that much faster because your aerobic system will be stronger. I’m personally not sure I entirely buy it, but I do think it’s a great way to train when you are coming off an injury, because you can’t push yourself too hard too soon if you commit to 6-8 weeks of keeping your heart rate low.
Yes this is kind of how I was planning to come back. I was going to start slow and work on that for several months to get my aerobic back up and my base again then eventually I’ll work on speed but this is kind of how I was going to start back. Will have to look it up and read a bit more!
Hills will be a good way to work on your cardio with less impact than speed/interval training, too. OK, now I’m done. Sorry, I’m weirdly invested in your recovery *creepy internet stalker* I think because it reminds me so much of my recovery from a foot sprain last year – that’s an injury that takes a LOT longer than you’d think to heal, I was so miserable. So I’m rooting for you!
haha … I think a bunch of us feel invested in Sara getting better 🙂 I have too many running blogger friends who have ended up ‘out for the season’ either due to injury or other personal reasons. I try to be there and supportive for all of them as I can …
Love it! Love all your suggestions! Thank you 🙂 I have done hills in the past – they are tough but great!