I say this so often but my hormones really affect my ability to run with ease. The changing hormone levels at various points in my cycle always seem to irritate my lower legs and feet when I run. It’s a topic currently at the top of my To-Google list but from what I understand, it’s something to do with blood flow and fluctuating hormones.
Monday – Pure Barre/3 Miles
I went with a Pure Barre Studio Series workout (45 minutes) and then went outside for an easy run.
I had to keep stopping to walk though because the tops of my feet into my lower shins felt horrible. It was awful and humbling at the same time because I struggled so much to complete 3 miles.
Tuesday – 3.75 Miles/Elliptical/2 Miles
I was so eager to have a great run but only one mile in, I was started to get the feeling things were not going as planned. My left lower shin into my foot started to slightly bother me again so I stopped to walk/stretch to make it all better. It was not as bad as yesterday but I do know that whenever I have this issue, it will linger for a few days. Ugh!
After giving it a try for around 3.75 miles, I headed into my gym for the elliptical. Taking the pressure off of my shin/foot area always works on the elliptical but after 20 good minutes of pedaling, I decided to try running outside again.
I felt totally back to normal so I ran two miles before heading home. What a morning!
Wednesday – 6.25 Miles
I wasn’t sure what today would bring once I started running. However, I felt totally fine as if the last few days of issues never happened! After careful thought, I realized I was at mid-cycle earlier this week which probably explains why I had issues in my lower legs/feet.
Anyway, I ran easy for an hour in the sunshine. I started super slow in fear but everything really worked out well!
Thursday – 7.30 Miles
This run made me think back to the days when I would start out fast and lose steam as the miles went along. Nowadays, it’s like please get me to mile five so that I can pick up my pace with ease!
I had no plan today but ended up throwing in fartleks after mile three. I think. I don’t even know. I was just happy to run outside and feel good while doing it.
Friday – Gym Day!
The forecast called for enough rain that I assumed I would not be running outside. I don’t mind a little bit of rain while running but steady, heavy rain is not fun. I started with one Pure Barre tone in 10 workout (full body) and then headed over to the gym.
It really wasn’t raining that heavy when I got outside but I was dressed for the gym and didn’t want to change my clothes.
30 minutes elliptical/free weights/jumping jacks/squats/1 mile treadmill (8:30 pace)/jumping jacks/squats
And that was basically my workout.
Saturday – 12 Miles
While it’s important to think about what you are about to eat (and drink) the night before a long run, sometimes it’s more important to have a nice dinner and not care about your run until the morning. I suffered a bit through this run but at least I enjoyed our dinner at Market Bistro. I don’t even know exactly what we ate but we ate a lot of good food.
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Do you sometimes feel affected by your cycle during your workouts?
Are you always careful about what you eat the night before a long run?
Do you have a To-Google list? Do you ask Google for the answers to all of your questions?