What a Week

18 Mar

I decided that my second post-marathon week was a good time to get back into the swing of full blown workouts – a week off was quite enough!

I’ve started on my quest to be in what I refer to as “personal trainer shape.” I definitely lack in the upper body and core department! Here’s how Week 1 went down:

Monday: Upper Body Strength Training Day 1 (Chest, Shoulders, Biceps), plus 10 minutes on the elliptical to loosen up my lower body for stretching, and abs.

Tuesday: Ran 5 miles

Wednesday: Upper Body Strength Training Day 2 (Triceps, Back), abs, and 5 mile run.

Thursday: Power Basic Yoga

Friday: REST!

Saturday: Walked 3 miles.

Sunday: Ran/Walked 4 miles

Phew! I’m ready to take on Week 2 – but with a minor change to my schedule.

No running. My calf that I’ve been going on and on about all week is still not feeling like running for me. When I do try to run on it, my form suffers, and I get pain in strange places like my foot and shin. So, I am going to suck it up and take Monday through Friday of this week completely off of running. I will instead either ride the stationary bike, or the arc trainer.

Between no runs, and a massage that I have scheduled for tomorrow night, I’m hoping my legs will be up to normal running again come Saturday or Sunday. I’m playing it safe here because it is getting better. I can walk normal and stairs aren’t agonizing anymore – but it still acts up when I run, so I know that the only way to heal it 100% is to not run on it.

I’ll probably sneak in a couple of lunch time walks and/or doggy walks this week too – since it’s supposed to be gorgeous all week! Smile

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In other news – did anyone else have an incredible weekend like I did?

Yesterday started with that 3 mile walk, followed up by an amazing trip to Boston for lunch with Jess, Jolene, and Meaghan. LOVE these ladies – we had lunch at Snappy Sushi and chatted for a good 3 hours. It was so much fun – I feel like we’ve all been friends for so long, since we just fall into a perfect chatty friendly comfort zone. I’m pretty sure none of us wanted to leave, if only we could sit and talk and eat sushi all. day. long.

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Pictures shamelessly stolen from Jess Winking smile

Awesome times, can’t wait to see these ladies again – SOON!

Then I had to rally for fun times #2 of the day – dinner with Jen and Paul. They made an incredible boiled dinner – complete with corned beef from Whole Foods. I’ve never had Whole Foods meat before – holy, it was delicious. We sat, and ate, and talked, and ate some more for a good two hours! Then me, Jen, and Alison (sorry if I spelled your name wrong!) walked to the Irish pub down the street from Jen and Paul’s house for a couple of beers, where we sat and talked and talked and talked some more.

Funny how that’s what us girls do, isn’t it? I never get tired of talking LOL

Today I woke up (kind of late – staying out til 1:30 a.m. will do that) to a beautifully sunshiny day! After studying for a couple of hours, I headed out into the beauty for some yard work (aka cleaning up after my dog and filling in all the holes she dug!). I was in running capris and a tee shirt all day – amazing!

My legs felt great thanks to this little contraption that I used at Jen and Paul’s house:

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Medi Dyne Pro Stretch

But, alas, not good enough to run the entire 4 miles. Hence, my decision to take a few days off. I also bought one of these because it feels amazing.

I wound down the afternoon with some stretching out on my deck, with a “tropical slushy” that I created!

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Then later in the afternoon it was a beer on the deck with mom before dinner! I love being able to spend so much time outside!

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How was your weekend? Anything exciting or particularly awesome happen to you?

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16 Responses to “What a Week”

  1. eatingforexcellence March 18, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Taking a break from running sounds like the perfect thing to do to get your calf feeling better! Have a great week, i hope you’re calf feels better! And enjoy your massage tomorrow 🙂

    • runcupcake March 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

      Thank you thank you! I hope the two combined do the trick!

  2. AmyC March 19, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    I hope you figure the calf thing out. I have had problems with a tight calf muscle coming & going…drives me crazy! Feels like we’ve tried all the same things. I hate taking time off too, but that seems to be the one that works 😦 Hopefully it will be better at the end of the week!

    • runcupcake March 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

      I didn’t give it time off because I was being stubborn – the time off is DEFINITELY a last resort! Have you figured out how to prevent it?

  3. jobo March 19, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    It WAS an awesome weekend! So much fun on Saturday!! And I hope your calf feels better dear! Take it easy mmkkkk? 🙂

    • runcupcake March 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

      I am, I am. I rode the bike today – argh, so hard to not run!

  4. JessSutera March 19, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    YAY for fabulous weekends spent with fabulous long-lost-lifetime friends!! It was SO GOOD to see you again on Saturday!! NYE was SO LONG ago, ha! And to think that in just about a month we get to hang again, wooohoo!!!!

    PS. I’m so proud of you for taking the week off from running, I KNOW you really didn’t want to so thank you for listening to your body and doing right by it!!

    • runcupcake March 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

      I kept thinking about what you told me, and what other have told me, and I know it’s the right thing, it’s JUST SO HARD!

  5. Heather (Where's the Beach) March 19, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Sounds like a great weekend – especially hanging out with the girls!

    • runcupcake March 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      It was wonderful! Hopefully we’ll all be able to do it someday?!?! 🙂

  6. Miz March 19, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    I can relate to your hating to take runningtime off as I really would feel the SAME WAY about the weights.
    Youre being so smart stopping and taking care.of.you.

    • runcupcake March 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      It’s a good thing there are times the sensible side of my brain over rules the irrational side!

  7. sprint2thetable March 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    That sounds like a great week of workouts! I love the idea of being in “personal trainer shape.” I want to do that too! 🙂

    Looks like this was the weekend for blogger meet ups. We had one in ATL as well. Yours looks like a fun group!

  8. bendiful March 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I nominated you for a versatile blogger award! You can see it here: http://bendiful.wordpress.com/ I love all your running stories!

  9. nycrunningmama March 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    I think it’s so smart to take a little time off…no sense in rushing into anything and hurting yourself even more. I also say that I want to get my whole body into shape…sometimes I feel like I neglect so many body parts when I’m training for a big race =)
    Sounds like a fantastic weekend!! xoxo

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