As I put together this week’s workout recap, I am not really sure where to begin. Even though I update each day’s workout as they happen in order for this post to be accurate, I think this week needs some additional explaining.
First, I ended up running 5 miles last SUNDAY which is usually my day off from running. I ran on Sunday because I didn’t run the Friday before so I figured it would be fine. However, I was a little bit in fear that running on Sunday would throw me off for this week because I really don’t like to run more than six days in a row.
I felt fine Monday morning but figured I should keep things shorter and easier so that I didn’t burn myself out for the rest of the week.
But then, I woke up Tuesday EXTREMELY SORE. In fact, I felt the soreness in my legs all night while I was sleeping.
I am never sore. What happened? What did I do? I really can’t imagine it stemmed from running those few easy miles on Sunday.
My legs felt as though I tried a new workout and worked muscles I haven’t worked in my life.
I was so sore that I skipped my run Tuesday morning. I never do that but trust me, I was sore and running on the treadmill seemed like a silly idea.
The soreness wore off by Wednesday morning but my right hip was achy. I get a little achy in that hip from time to time. It’s probably a nothing pain for anyone else but I get NUTS if something bothers me.
I pride myself on my ability to run injury free for so many years that I get so nervous if something bothers me!
Combine all of this with my new thought process of worrying about running too much in my 30’s only to feel the effects in my joints and bones and whatever later on in life.
I think that’s a topic for another day but really, we have to make sure we aren’t overdoing things in our younger years that may destroy our joints for real adulthood. I don’t want to need hip replacement or require a wheel chair simply because I thought who I was to run every day when I was younger.
I ran a lot less this week and even changed my sleep position which helped that weird feeling in my hip immediately.
So what was wrong?
I spoke with Laura about it and we aren’t really sure but here are some ideas:
*Sometimes even people like me get sore.
*I’ve been running a lot on the treadmill which may alter how I run.
*I had added back little bits of yoga again and maybe I stretched muscles that hadn’t been stretched in a while.
*Running on the treadmill also means I am not finding a natural pace. My easy runs have been a lot faster than they would be if I was running outside.
*Maybe the way I sleep really does affect my hip.
*Maybe I need to change the structure of my routine, making some weeks lower mileage but higher intensity and some weeks lower intensity but higher mileage. Or something like that.
*Perhaps I was dehydrated or maybe my hormones played a role in muscle recovery (I had my period last week and ran what totals about 43 miles and I usually run less during my period).
Thankfully I feel normal again is all I can say.
Are you still with me? Thanks for listening to me ramble, on to the actual workouts from the week!
Monday – 30 MIN Pure Barre/30 MIN Running
In my effort to not burn out before Saturday’s long run, I figured 30 minutes on the treadmill (3.50 miles) couldn’t hurt me mileage wise.
Tuesday – Skipped My Run!
I did not go to bed planning to skip my run but when I woke up, something said skip today’s run. The lower half of my body was just plain sore.
I know that I could have run but figured it was smarter to take the day off.
Instead of running, I stretched with yoga and then did the Pure Barre Tone in 10 for Arms & Abs.
Wednesday – In The Gym (3.25 Miles)
The soreness I was feeling yesterday was basically gone but I didn’t want to push it so I kept things easy.
10 min elliptical warm up
30 minutes treadmill (3.25 miles)
10 min elliptical cool down
Thursday – In The Gym (5 Miles)
I slept really well and woke up feeling fresh and ready to run. There was no soreness or stiffness left but I didn’t want to go crazy returning to my usual running routine. Clearly something was bothering me this week and jumping back to normal too soon is not smart.
3 miles easy (6.3 – 6.8 < – easy run on treadmill workout plan)
10 minutes elliptical
2 miles (6.8 – 7.0)
Friday – Pure Barre/4 Miles
Before heading to the gym for the treadmill, I combined two Pure Barre Tone in 10 Workouts:
- Full Body
- Seat & Abs
Saturday – 11 Miles
This run flew by! I swear it’s because I decided to run only 10 miles with a one mile cool down. Funny how only 10 miles seems like nothing sometimes.
This was my only run outdoors this week which made it a really treat. It wasn’t too cold, just a bit windy.
I kept things easy and felt really normal which was important to note after the way things were going earlier this week. Here’s a screenshot from Runkeeper for the first 7 miles (I can’t fit the entire run on the screen, so annoying!).I slowed down a little towards the end but averaged I think 9:15? 9:10? Something like that.
I could have done without walking in the house to find my son in the kitchen making waffles from scratch though! Doesn’t he know by now not to be in the kitchen making waffles after my long runs?!
I really think he does this to me on purpose. We all know I do not like to speak more than two words until after I have showered and eaten my post run breakfast. Let alone clean up his waffles mess!
Sunday – Pure Barre
I am definitely not running today. Although I really would like to get outside for a few miles, I don’t want to screw up the rest of my week by running today.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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Do you ever experience out of nowhere, unexplained soreness?
Are you good about taking days off when you need one?
Anyone else worried about running too much now which may affect your joints when you are older?