ARGH this foot! This is such a dangerous time for me because the foot is feeling so much better – BUT it is NOT ready to run yet. I have to stay patient and keep waiting. I am so ready to run though. That said – I do think all the swimming and biking will leave me pleasantly surprised at how my endurance has maintained.
Monday: 3000 meter swim and a yoga class. It was good to ease into the week with just a long swim. I went to a yoga class in the afternoon. I don’t go to yoga classes often – usually just when I’m dealing with an injury haha! I am good about doing my ROMWOD stretches every day, so a yoga class is just an added stretch and the meditation part is nice too. I definitely do NOT meditate on my own – and I would like to try to start.
Tuesday: 30 minutes on the step mill as a warm up, then a big focus on legs and glutes. Normally I would core work as well. However, I was still sore from my core work on Sunday, so I decided to skip it.
Wednesday: 1500 meter swim & chest/shoulders. This day is so hard! Doing upper body work after the swim is brutal haha! I know it seems weird to swim first and then go lift weights – because my hair is wet. Honestly though, I am afraid that I will lose the motivation to swim if I wait to do it second. I just braid my wet hair and wear a hat. My other justification is that, as an endurance athlete, I like to do my endurance work first and then weights.
Thursday: 60 minutes on the bike followed by back and core work with kettle bells. If you haven’t done core with kettle bells yet – do it! It is hard and awesome and awful all at once.
Thursday afternoon I went paddle boarding around the bay. It was a beautiful warm day, so I decided to take advantage. It is a lot of fun! If you haven’t been, I definitely suggest it. I was really afraid I would fall in, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is not quite as easy to fall in as I thought. I had been once before a couple of years back, so I didn’t need much help to get started going again this time.
Friday – This was my “long run” day. I did a brick again, but extended the swim from 3000 meters to 4000 meters. It was hard – but it felt good to swim a new distance. AND just in case you were wondering – an Ironman swim distance is 2.4 miles (3862 meters). So I felt good to know I could do that. It took me about an hour and 50 minutes. Slow – but I did it. Then I followed that with an hour on the bike (about 15 miles). Next week I am going to try and extend the biking mileage as well.
Saturday – 30 minutes on the step mill, 30 minutes on the bike, biceps, triceps and core work. I have been testing the step mill as my foot is feeling better. I don’t want to rush it and strain it, but stepping flat on each stair doesn’t seem to cause it any pain.
Friday and Saturday my mom was in town for some doc appointments. We redecorated my back porch and it looks so cute! I have a fire pit back there now! I love it.
Saturday night after the workout and moving furniture, and organizing my house – I was so so hungry. I am really doing more “intuitive” eating. I do still input what I eat into My Fitness Pal. I am doing this mainly to make sure I’m not eating too much protein and getting enough fats and carbs. Too much protein can be tough on your kidneys. I enjoy protein powder concoctions, eggs, Greek yogurt, fish, chicken, steak, burgers haha! Long story short – I could easily eat 200g of protein a day. However, it is important that I get enough carbs and fats too – so My Fitness Pal is a good tool for that. I have been MUCH more relaxed with it and am listening to what my body is wanting first over the numbers on My Fitness Pal. I’ve felt really good and my body is totally adapting to that.
I’m hoping by the end of this upcoming week I will be cleared to run, but we will see. Patience is key and I don’t want to push it.
What was your week like?
What is your favorite cross training workout?