Weeks of 5/19/14 – 6/8/14

Time to catch you all up on what I’ve been doing! Feel free to skip this post; it’s really boring, and I don’t have any fun photos to liven it up.

Monday, May 19: injury screening #1
Tuesday, May 20: 30 minute elliptical (aerobic setting, level 1) and 10 minute stationary bike
Wednesday, May 21: injury screening #2
Thursday, May 22: 30 minute elliptical (interval hill workout) and 25 minute treadmill hill climb
Friday, May 23: rest day
Saturday, May 24: 2.5 mile walk to the gym, 30 minute elliptical, 20 minute stationary bike, 2.5 mile walk from the gym
Sunday, May 25: rest day
Monday, May 26: 1.9 mile run with 3:1 intervals
Tuesday, May 27: rest day
Wednesday, May 28: rest day
Thursday, May 29: rest day
Friday, May 30: rest day
Saturday, May 31: 3.5 mile run/walk
Sunday, June 1: 2.5 mile run/walk
Monday, June 2: rest day
Tuesday, June 3: rest day
Wednesday, June 4: 3 mile run with 3:1 intervals
Thursday, June 5: Walked to the store and back, 1 mile total
Friday, June 6: rest day
Saturday, June 7: Barrel Fest 5 Miler (recap coming soon)
Sunday, June 8: rest day

As you can see, I spent most of the first week on the elliptical and in injury screenings. I had only tried the elliptical a few times before, but I was aiming to get some good workouts on it while I was taking a break from running for my knee.

Wow, it takes a lot to go a mile on an elliptical.

Maybe it’s just the ellipticals at my gym, but after a 30 minute workout on the 20th, I only went 1.55 miles according to the machine. I felt like I got a pretty good workout on it though, mostly maintaining around 60 rpm (this machine measures rpm on one foot…some do two, so that would be around 120 rpm on those kind). I chose the aerobic setting on that day, which gave me instructions for 1-2 minute periods of time like “push with your arms”, “pull with your arms”, “legs only/no arms”, and “reverse” to keep things interesting and not too boring. Also, going reverse on an elliptical is no joke. That was probably the best/hardest part of the workout.

In place of a long run on the weekend, I walked to and from the gym, which is about 2.5 miles from my house. I thought about jogging it, but I didn’t want my knee to start acting up and then be stuck at the gym.

So I didn’t try to run until Monday and stayed close to home in case I had issues. My knee was fine that day, but my head just wasn’t into it, so I took a few more days off.

My next run was Saturday, which started off well, but soon got really humid outside. So I stopped after 3.5 miles.

The next day I went out for 2.5 miles, but I could really feel my knee towards the end.

I took two days off after that before doing a 3 mile easy run on Wednesday with the Mt. Juliet Flyers. It wasn’t too bad, though I could definitely feel my knee. I could feel it the next day and the next, which concerned me for the race that weekend.

The race went okay, though I was limping the rest of the day. Sunday my knee felt fine. That surprised me.

I’ve been doing pretty well about getting my strength exercises done at least once a day (though there have been a few days I’ve skipped).

My current plan of attack is to take my running down to three days a week. In addition, I will also have one day for plyometrics and one day for cross-training. This leaves two rest days. Hopefully this will help!

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