This was my first week of recovery and no running after the Giant Race. My IT band was very cranky during the race and I paid for it all this week. I couldn’t walk without a limp until probably Thursday. I have injured my right knee once before. It took a long time of me trying to do things like the elliptical, step mill and rowing on it before I learned that it heals much faster if you just STOP and let it heal and do it’s thing. I knew going into the race that I would need to take 2-3 weeks off running completely. I think this is the best job I’ve ever done of being a good patient. This means nutrition and stretching become twice as important as well.
Monday – rest
Tuesday – biceps & triceps
Wednesday – chest & shoulders
Thursday – yoga
Friday – back & abs
Saturday – chest & shoulders with biceps, triceps and a little bit of abs
Sunday – yoga
Instead of continuing increasing by 5g carbs and 1g fat this week, I took one lower carb day on my rest day. This was on Monday & I did 140P/150C/58F.
The rest of the days I stayed the same at 135P/215C/53F. I actually lost a few pounds this week. I’m not necessarily trying to lose weight, but my metabolism has cranked up with this reverse. It is crazy to eat more, move less and loose a few pounds.
Taking progress photos for my coach – the amazing Katie, check out her website here – and John decided to “help.” Nice running shorts tan I have going on, huh?
I did still decide to have an untracked meal. I do this every week. It is, more than anything, a nice mental break from plugging everything into My Fitness Pal and planning the eating day constantly. I am very disciplined about hitting my numbers EXACTLY every day, so the untracked meal is something I appreciate. I thought about not doing it this week because I can’t run, but it is important to me that I also maintain a balance.
I went to my active release therapy doctor twice this week & was adjusted at the chiropractor once. I think the active release is making a huge difference already. My range of motion is a lot better, and I think I will heal up nicely and be a lot more biomechanically balanced.
In other, non-fitness or nutrition related news, my car died. So sad! I bought my little Civic when I turned 16 and it was a great car. But the engine overheated and cracked, so it was time to call it quits. I upgraded to a little Lexus which is so very exciting! It has a red interior which is very fun.
Another week of no running & active release for me. Fingers crossed I won’t have to rest a third week after this one, but if I need to, that is ok too & and I am prepared for that.
With love & rest,